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Mt. Olympus stands towering over the island of Cyprus reaching 1,952 meters (6,404 ft.). Since Cyprus is at sea level the height of the mountain is the relative increase in elevation. I decided to climb up to the peak of Mt. Olympus today to spend some time alone, to enjoy the beauty of nature, and to just relax and hear from the Lord. The bus ride to the mountain took 2.5 hours being all uphill and in a rickety old Mercedes-Benz van that looked like it was from 1970. I think I ...
... Who knew the bus schedule was different on Sunday right?...LOL. I was so tired from not sleeping two nights ago and then walking around all day yesterday at Paphos with ~50lbs backpack. I probably walked ~6.5mi in 90+ degree heat. I was soaking wet and utterly exhausted. I have never walked and been so tired and have my feet sore, but it was probably the extra weight from my pack and the temperature.
Well, anyway, so ...
Still loafing around Cyprus, spending time on the beach or helping my mate Alex with some building work he does....I'm now not allowed to touch anything glass like.....
Couple of photos from a trip to a hilltop monastery, none from inside as they don't let you in if you are wearing shorts......It's 39 degrees outside.....
... a certain type of tourist. In the vicinity of the Navaria Hotel there were limited tourism activities or attraction; however the beach was very close, the beach quality wasn’t particularly good however it was kept clean and tidy. Visiting Limassol at the end of March it didn’t seem like a winter destination as advertised, a lot of the restaurants and bar were closed and the ones that were open were competing for business. Whilst on the study visit we had ...
So how to come down after such a thrilling start to my visit to my friends’ Cyprus? Why by having a typical Cypriot breakfast delicacy of course; a hummus cake. Very similar to a Danish pastry but glazed with sugar and filled with hummus. And very large. As one Cypriot tells me: "One of those every day and you will be very large very soon!" ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Atlantica Oasis Limassol
We have just arrived home from two weeks at the Atlantica. The hotel is spotless the service friendly and professional. I will be back again.
For a good night out try the Stamna tavern in yarmasoia village great meze and live music. For somthing a bit more local the Santa Marie near pizzahut does good food. Avoid at all costs the Cyprus Goddessa on the main street. When we complained about the food the manager told us it was for tourists and if we wanted proper cyprus food to try elswhere even he would not eat in there.
Terrible food and shocking service!
My partner and I have just returned from a last minute break to the Atlantica, Limassol. Although we weren't expecting 5 star quality, we were really disappointed with the food on offer at this hotel. Breakfast always provided plenty of choice, but the cooked breakfasts were always cold. The restaurant was open until 10am, but I guess you had to get there first thing to sample the hot food! Dinner was much the same - the food was overcooked with little or no taste, and a bit on the cold side. The staff in the restaurant were very rude, refusing to bring the wine list, and you were lucky if your drinks arrived before you had finished your dinner! We stayed on a half board basis, although other guests were there on the All Inclusive deals, and we found that the queues for the bar during the evening were horrendously long. I have never stayed on an All Inclusive basis, and this hotel has definitely put me off staying on this basis.
This hotel is OK if you are not choosy about the quality of your food, and you don't mind the poor customer service. Also, there were too many British guests there for my liking - you couldn't seem to escape them!
Don't think I will be returning to Cyprus - it has been spoilt by tourists, and there is little of it's original charm on offer in Limassol.
What a little gem!! Top Holiday
What an excellent hotel!
My friend and I booked this holiday as part of a late deal allocated on arrival and what a little Gem we were given! The rooms were spacious and clean, with a daily maid service to change towes and sheets. She was very friendly and always polite and chatty to guests. The reception staff were helpful and polite. One even recommended a gorgeous little restaurant out of town. We stayed self catering however the hotel do give the option of upgrading to half board or all inclusive. We chose to stay self catering as there were plenty of restaurants in the local area which were very reasonably priced (and nice!). I spoke to other guests who were very complimentary about the buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner.
My friends 9 yr old daughter came along with us and had a great time attending the kids club and taking part in the daily activities around the pool. The evening entertainment was as you would expect in a hotel. some good some bad. BUT you are not tied to the hotel! We spent many nights in the NAGS HEAD. a superb little pub with extremely friendly staff (we even got a few free drinks and ice cream for the little one!). They had daily karaoke at 10pm which was funny.
Don't listen to the reviews about location. A ten minute walk and you will pass mcdonalds, starbucks, KFC, burger king, haagen daz cafe! (all very Greek!) we ate at some lovely restaurants all within 10 minutes walk including a chinese, greek taverna, seafood restaurant. the main road was lined with restaurants and for your younger guest i saw around 6 nightclubs.
If you wish there is a regular bus service that goes into limassol centre which only cost 70cents (50p i think) well worth the journey to look around the old town and the each down there is large. The beaches around the hotel area are small but quiet so ideal for relaxing.
My friend celebrated her 30 birthday whilst there and the hotel left a gift of fruit and wine, so if you are celebrating something tell them!!
This is my second holiday to Cyprus (1st to Ayia Napa a couple of years ago on girlie holiday)and i find it an amazing island. Can not fault the cleanliness and the frendliness of the locals. Definately would go back.
Myself and my fiance have just returned from the Atlantica Hotel where we had a fantastic time. The hotel itself was fabulous, the staff were excellent and it was kept immaculate. The choice of food and meals themselves were also very nice. We had a most enjoyable and memorable holiday.
Overall a good holiday
I booked the Atlantica Hotel in Thomas Cook for me and my mate to enjoy a girly holiday. Paid £405 for 7nights HB, which i was told was a good price. So we booked it and off we went.
Got to the hotel in the early hours, staff were friendly. Got to our room to discover a double bed.......mmmm!!!. Enquired at the desk about it and they said we'd have to put up with it for that night then they would change it in the morning. They ended up putting another single bed in the room which made the room a little less spacious. The balcony looked out onto roads.....which i was abit dissapointed about. The mini bar you had to pay for, it wasn't even stocked with goodies, i just wanted it to keep our water cool!
The pool was crowded everyday, it was far too busy to even bother, so we made trips to the nearest beach to relax.
The restaurant was good, had a nice range of foods on offer, except in the mornings don't have cereal, as they dont keep the milk cold. There was only one night that we both didn't really see anything to our liking on offer. I would recommend their coconut sponge cake...yum yum, and if rice is being cooked in the wok thingy...have it as it was lovely!
Night life around the hotel was ok, i suppose me and my mate wasn't adventurous enough, but some of the places did look abit dodgy!
We had lunch most days in a little cafe which the name i forget but they served with a bright smile and made a lovely cheese toastie and milkshake!
Overall we had a nice time!
Excellent value for money
Spacious Rooms, Excellent facilites, Rooms from as little as £25, No other 'tourist-class' hotel can compete.
Only one negative point - the road outside the 'Garden Apartments' is used by 'Boy Racers' on weekend nights into the early hours with constant screeching of tyres - this is a real shame for the hotel and the Management should pressure the council to put in 'Speed Ramps' as a matter of urgency.
This hotel is outstanding with very friendly and helpful staff. the buffet meals are fantasic although they make men wear long trousers for dinner which can be annoying when its about 90 degrees.
The location was a little disappointing however, we made the most of what was available that was enough to be honest, especially when we had a toddler with us.
We took advantage of the i day flight to egypt which was fab!!! The hotel even prepared us 3 packed lunches to go.
Location ruined our holiday!
Me and my partner thought we would book a late deal with the winter blues coming on.
So we booked this hotel it looked an amazing deal maybe to good to be true?
We arrived to the location late at night so didnt really see much until the morning but we must say the lobby is impressive.The greeting coming into the hotel was as expected.
What can we say; we cant fault the hotel at all, its an amazing hotel so clean, the food is lovely, it has everything you would want from a hotel apart from the location!
As a young couple we wanted alot more than sitting with 60+ yr old and corny evening entertainment , when you actually go outside of the hotel we expected a bit more than NOTHING at all, you have to see it to believe it or maybe not.
We would advise to go all inclusive as the drinks are really expensive and there is nowhere to go outside the hotel apart from one pub just up the rubble road.
We hired a car for three days so we could get out and about which we paid £100 for which we thought was really highly priced but we had to do something and this was our only option, we wanted to find a beach we had to drive 1 1/2 hours to find a beach.
If you are looking for a quiet do nothing and go nowhere holiday then this is your place but if your in your 20's like us we would'nt recommend it and we have taken the issue up with the travel agent for selling us this holiday.
We have been put off ever going back to cyprus if only you could pick this hotel up and move it somewher else.
We hope this review helps.
Board Basis: Self Catering
Date of Holiday: Oct 2004
Tour Operator: Portland Direct
When to this hotel for 1 week at the beginning of October 2004. Our party consisted a 4 adults (55/52/34/31), 1 child (5) and an infant (15M). The flight and transfer from Paphos went very smoothly and took only 50 minutes.
Upon arrival at the hotel, we were all invited to book in, whilst enjoying a cold glass of fresh orange. When the smooth booking was completed, they put our room number on our bags and showed us to our room, with the bags following shortly behind.
What a surprise when had, when entering the rooms - we had only booked 2 studios, to sleep 2A's and 1C respectfully. Our room had FOUR singles beds and the cot; the other had 2 single beds and a single come double sofa bed. Each had a separate bathroom and table/chairs to eat at (never used!) and balcony looking over the pool. The view was almost the same as the shot in most of the brochures/websites.
That night we decided to eat in the hotel restaurant (all boards were available including all inclusive). They had a deal on, where if you purchased your evening meal for the week, you got your breakfast free. After sampling the evening meal, a 5 come 6 course banquette, we were smitten.
The hotel and its staff work very hard to make sure you have a good time and don't have to do anything - they do this VERY WELL.
Basically, we didn't expect too much from Limassol, as it is an industrial port, which has expanded with the usual expanse of 'neon'. Around the hotel are a couple of reasonable bars, which all serve decent food. No real beach to speak of but we did go into the 'old' town and found that to be a mix of modern and original - no too overcrowed or pressured selling here. If you are looking for romantic walks in the evening, you'll be dissapointed.
We will DEFINATELY be back, as the kids really enjoyed themselves - in fact there is too much to tell you about. Just go and enjoy your time there!
Great Hotel in a poor location
Just back from 2 weeks at the Atlantica. The Hotel itself is excellent Can't fault it. Rooms,staff, cleanliness all excellent. The pool area is a very attractive, landscaped lagoon and while we were there not overcrowded but the signs are that,in high season, it might be. Sunbeds close-packed and innumerable tables for poolside bar. The food was exceptional and good value, such that, whilst initially on a self catering package (after bad experiences elsewhere), we quickly changed to half board when we saw what the buffet was like, and again, restaurant not over-crowded but signs that it could be in high season.
Its location however leaves a great deal to be desired. Limassol is a seaport city. Its resort area extends eastwards from the dock area. Several miles of neon-lit bars, restaurants, strip joints, clip joints, assorted pimps hustlers and ladies of the night. What it calls beaches are in reality more akin to an industrial foreshore. Beaches only in the sense that the sea touches the land although that fact hasn't put off the sunbed merchants efforts to set up camp on the cement-grey gravelly bits.
I never felt really comfortable there when, after returning from a hard days culture-bashing and fancying a cold beer on my balcony before dinner, I entered the Kiosk Eythemios a few yards from the hotel. This (large) gentleman has novel trading policies:-
Policy 1 :- Don't give any change!
Policy 2 :- If customer questions policy
1 offer him violence!
In fact it went something like : 'This Cyprus. No England. What you can do hey? YOU GO NOW or maybe you get hurt' At least I got a cold beer for my tenner!
That said, Cyprus has a lot to offer and you could do worse than base yourself at the Atlantica. We had a hire car and so escaped daily to more salubrius beaches, Troodos and the culture trail.
Alternatively you may spend all your time inside the Hotel, its attractive pool is superior to the local area and the sun still shines. Or even. who knows, the neon lit strip may be your bag - just watch your wallet!