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Went to choose some bathroom tiles (picked dark blue and white), then decided a treat was needed so Gustoso's it was, for a delicious and far too copious Caesar Salad. On the way back it was pouring!!! First rain of the winter...So now at home, finishing mittens (another day's story..). ...
With only 4 days to go before we are officially homeless and carless, the novelty off selling off all our worldly goods and packing essentials into 2 x 20kg rucksacks does not look so appealing! Having spent the last 4 months planning our trip and spending every waking hour at car boot sales, auctions and on web sites, we have now managed to sell off, give away or loan out most of our personnel possessions. However, we still have most of the oriental furniture we have accumulated ...
... in the UK we moved to Malaysia and spent the next 12 years working and living in South East Asia.
We were fortunate, during our time there, to discover some beautiful places, meet some very interesting and friendly people and enjoy the great food and local customs that Asia has to offer.
Our journey together so far has been amazing and, since retiring over 2 years ago, we have continued to travel and enjoy life to the full. We have wonderful friends and family ...
... when I couldn't get rid of my cough!
The biggest adventure, I must say, came when we couldn't find our hotel for the night on the map. It was supposed to be on Polis Christopolous street. Well, let me tell you folks, Polis Christopolous is a village 45 kilometers north of the city of Pafos. Not quite what the website had suggested, as we thought we were staying about 3/4 of a kilometer from downtown Pafos. Woops. Lady Luck was ...
... icicles on the mountain side with a smattering of snow, by the time i arrived in Troodos there was plenty of snow on the ground, the corn on the cob sellers were getting the barbeque's out ready to sell hot corn and the shops were busy getting the snow off the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Annabelle Paphos
Fantastic and real luxury
Superb hotel, location was excellent, quiet secluded areas for sunbathing all around, the hotels beach was wonderful. Spa treatments were also good although you need to book well in advance as they were very busy. Finances allowing i'd go back again and again and again
Not my cup of tea
Not a lot for children at the Annabelle Hotel in Paphos, although they managed to make friends and have fun (when older guests weren't complaining - a separate pool for them might be useful). Shame the table tennis table was unavailable (apparently there used to be a pool table too). Not overly impressed with cleanliness of rooms - perhaps understaffed? The breakfasts were lovely but major meals expensive (per head out of the question if you don't have a large appetite). Think that more people would attend the themed nights if prices and entertainment were more competitive with local offers. Pool bars very good and their meals too. Most of staff very amenable and helpful (particularly in getting help when quite a number of people developed ear infections). Plush surroundings and close to local life. Poor attempt at a sandy beach. Close to water sports although very rocky surroundings. Wouldn't personally go back there but the rest of my family probably would. Met families that have been back for at least four years, so perhaps, as a particularly crabby old housewife, I spent too much time looking at the worn out furnishings and the dust under the beds to really enjoy the lovely atmosphere and weather? Although the cockroach in the wardrobe did make me think twice about whether I was being too picky!
My fiance and I stayed at the Annabelle for two weeks recently, and we were both very impressed! Location is excellent, being about a 10 minute stroll to the bars and restaurants of Kato Paphos ( harbour) and the World Heritage Site - the Roman ruins/ mosaics etc.
The hotel was spotlessly clean, and the gardens are well tended. The staff were friendly & attentive, and couldn't do enough for us!
The maids called in twice a day, so bed linen/clean towels were in plentiful supply - they even provided beach towels!
We booked B& B, and there was a very good choice for breakfast, lots of healthy options if needed! We booked a flexible dining package which meant that we could eat in the hotel for 4 evenings - that was very good- better than average hotel food.
It would suit people looking for a nice relaxed, quiet break.I dont think we would take our children there - It didn't seem very child orientated.
If you aren't happy with this hotel, you would not be happy anywhere! We would definately visit again and would thoroughly recommend it!
Relaxing break in the heat
Relaxing break in the heat!! We had a standard room which was clean and well appointed.The food was excellant in the Amorosa restaurant but we found the buffet menu in the main restaurant lacked choice and imagination.The staff were friendly and attentive.The hotel is a good choice for relaxation but the entertainment is a little lacking. Not worth upgrading for sea view as the beach is very disappointing and not very clean. The hotel pool is warm and clean, but was spoilt by the large number of children present in the hotel when we stayed.
If you want to stay in Paphos this is an excellent location, being only a few minutes walk from the town centre. We paid hundreds of pounds extra for a sea view, but it turned out to be a side sea view overlooking a path. We complained (not the only ones) and were given a room on the second floor overlooking the sea and the gardens. The trouble was that the trees were so high you couldn't actually see the gardens very much at all, and we could only see the most distant part of the sea, so we felt that we might as well have just paid the basic price for all the benefit we got. The hotel is fairly upmarket, with a pleasant, relaxing, peaceful atmosphere. Breakfasts were very impressive, with a huge choice. If I wanted to stay close to the centre of Paphos again, this would be the natural first choice as it's a class apart from the others we looked at, but I wouldn't bother paying extra for a view unless you've got money to burn.
Fantastic location and Superb Service
My Husband and I were booked into this hotel for 2 weeks in June 2004. However when we arrived to Paphos my husband became quite ill and ended up in hospital for the first week.
I checked into the hotel on my own, explained the situation. The staff in the hotel could not have been kinder.
Everyday they enquired about husband.
When he came out of hospital (2nd week) they really took special care of us both.
Our room was beautiful. The sunbeds are wooden. The poolside restaurant served a wonderful lunch. The ala carte was special.
The hotel is only a few minutes walk from the main street of Paphos but for comfort and good food you do not have to go outside.
I would recommend anyone to go there. This hotel is a member of the leading hotels of the world and I have to say I entirely agree with this.
I have just returned from a week in the Annabelle. We paid a very large supplement for a suite with sea view.
The suite we were given consisted of one room + bathroom. The main problem however is the very limited sea view from the garden suites. To see the sea from our room it was necessary to go onto the terrace, turn 90 degrees to the left and remain standing.
These suites in the garden all have their sea views obstructed by bushes about 10 feet tall outside the hotel grounds.
The Annabelle is on the way up!
The Annabelle is not the best hotel in Cyprus - that honour is reserved for the Anassa at Polis - the flagship of the same hotel group. The Annabelle is, however, a quiet sanctuary to escape from the noise and squalor of Paphos Town itself.
Neither does the Annabelle, at present, offer the best value for money, in that the Anassa, whilst being 100% more expensive, is more than twice as good.
During our stay, we did have cause to complain about the quality of one meal, but our complaint was dealt with in a most professional and friendly manner by the Annabelle's recently appointed restaurant manager, Heiko Appendrot, who enthused about some extremely innovative ideas for the future of the food and service in the hotel, over a convivial post-dinner drink. We have stayed at one or two of the hotels that Heiko has previously managed, and therefore accept his assurances that the Annabelle will soon again rise to the occasion. Just give it a couple of weeks!
Annabelle -best Cyprus hotel
We stayed at the Annabelle for two weeks in June, 2004
having had many holidays in Pathos, but never having stayed at this hotel. As soon as you enter the hotel you are aware of a sense of quiet sophistication. The air-conditioning is on but you don't hear it.
Everything about the hotel is 5 star; accomodation, food and amenities are all excellent. Nothing is too much trouble for the staff.
We are returning - next June.
My husband and I have just returned from our week's break to The Annabelle. This 5* deluxe hotel is the ideal place for those seeking a sophisticated and beautiful holiday destination. The luxurious rooms, suites and garden suites are tastefully furnished and fitted with the most up-to-date facilities. We booked our hotel and flight separately (£897 B/B through lastminute.com for the hotel and £328 for the flights). There is an extensive choice of sports and recreation facilities within The Annabelle. The quality of the food is excellent with an extensive variety of menus on offer from the 4 restaurants in the hotel.
There was so much to do at the hotel we rarely found it necessary to leave.
I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS HOTEL WITHOUT ANY HESITATION WHATSOEVER AND WOULD RETURN THERE MYSELF.