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Historical Traveler Reviews Kefalos Beach Tourist Village Paphos
Just returned from a one week stay at the Kefalos Beach Village and was very impressed with what we found.
We only booked a late deal 2 weeks prior to departure and I based the booking off of previous reviews from this site....... needless to say I was not let down.
We.... (myself (32), my wife (30) and my son (8))could only get the booking on a half-board basis but this turned out as a great result because both breakfast (full continental buffet and full English) and the evening themed buffets were really good.
The hotel is in a good location set back 5 minutes walk from the main road where all the restaurants and bars are. Be warned though that the main part of Paphos is a 30-40 minute walk away down the main King Tomb road. Basically where you are located is at the end (or start) of where everything is.
The pool is virtually on the the beach although the sea was a bit cloudy with seaweed and very choppy so we opted to stay by the pool. The pool itself was freezing (be warned!) and the availability of sunbeds was good (I guess its the time of year) but I'd advise you to lay claim to some before 10:30am. The hotel was fully booked during our stay.
Entertainment was okay as long as you get into the spirit of things, we stayed for the kiddies disco and bingo (which is a good laugh)and its okay to stay by the pool bar just to have a few quiet drinks and watch the kids enjoy themselves. The more formal bar is at reception where they have the full UK Sky TV package on a big screen and are more than willing to put it on any channel including BBC, Sky Sports etc.
The staff at both bars are excellent and even when rushed off their feet you are never waiting more than a couple of minutes for your drink. On the subject of drink .... prices are cheaper off of site for beer and spirits but the prices are not stupidly high.
There is also a supermarket shop just outside reception that sells anything from bread, milk, etc to souvenirs and newspapers. We bought rolls for lunch by the pool but there is a sign requesting you don't eat your own food by the pool but a few people did without any real trouble. We did eat at the poolside snackbar and the food was good value and very nice.
The whole complex is quite large but the way they have layed the apartments out means you are only 2 minutes from reception/pool and beach.
With this hotel you can't go wrong. Good for the kids, good location, very clean, very friendly and if you do go to Paphos you could do a lot worse!!!!
All you could want..... out of the room!
We stayed at the Kefalos Beach from 12th - 16th October 2005. We were in Paphos to attend a friends wedding, which co-incidentally was next door at the Elysium (now there is a hotel!!!). We found the facilities at the Kefalos Beach to be of good standard. The pool area was very impressive and then there was a grassed area which lead down to the beach. Sun beds were placed all around the pool and grassed area, but not too close so to be intrusive. The cleanliness of the whole resort was especially noticeable. All of the public areas were spotless, the rooms also and the maid service was very good. If we had one criticism it would be that the rooms were a little dated (see photos). Apart from that this resort offers great location, clean tidy pool area and very friendly staff. We got a great rate from lastminute so all in all it was good value.
What a fantastic holiday! and a great place to stay!
We returned this monday 10th oct 2005) from two weeks in this gorgeous resort!
there were four of us travelling all adults. we stayed in a one bedroomed apartment, we were worried that the apartment would be crowded but when we arrived our minds were put at rest as we were pleasantly supprised that the rooms were EXTREMLY spacious and well equipt! and most importantly VERY clean!
the holtel guide said that we are to have maid service 6 days a week and towel change twice but we had both every day!
Before we departed for our holiday we had e-mailed the hotel about weddings in the resort as my mum will be getting married there next year, we had already set off to cyprus by the time they had replied to the email, but th eday we arrived we had a note in our room stating that they had replied to our email but were not sure if we would have recived it and details of what it said! we thought that was so lovely of them to actually go to the bother of findng out which guest it was!
The pool area was fantastic and it backed right onto the beach! the pool bar served food until 6.30pm and drinks until 1am! entertainment was held there everynight and everyday by the animation team(which was great..apparently) we didn't see any of that though as we liked to venture out into pafos at nights! but my partner did enjoy water vollyball during the day!
My mum also celebrated her 40th birthday at kefalos beach village and she was extremly flatterd when she recived a bottle of wine and a fruit basket from the staff and management, it was hardly expeted!
the location of the hotel was great..right in the resort centre! but to get to the harour it was a quite a long but pleasant stroll! then again when we were feeling less energetic we orderd a taxi at reception(it came within minuets!!) and it cost 3-4 cyp and 5cyp(early morning2-3am ish) which wasn't bad atall!
the complex had its own gym and beauty centre where you could have a wide range of therapys done for a very good price! it had its own laundry room..games room..hairdresser..and shop(the shop we found was quiet expensive, but that i suppose is expected!)
The bar which is located next to reception was great! we spent a few nights at the bar, after a nice meal chatting away to Pambos... who made THE best cocktails ever! if anyone reads this and is going...please don't forget to ask him how his B&Q lawn is doing!! and also how his wife and little boy are! Pambos was a credit to the hotel!!! also ask him to tell you a story..:P!
an over all brilliant holiday and a fantastic place to stay! well worth it!!!
Sort of O.K
We were disappointed, although the hotel is situated on the shore, there is no beach just lots of rocks (similar to a lunar landscape), in the whole week we did not see one person brave the rocks to swim in the sea.
The restaurant was rather cave like, dark & had a slight musty smell.
On one occasion we recieved a note informing us that on the following day, all of the hotel guests would be required to vacate the pool area at approx 5pm to accomodate a local wedding, at 4pm the hotel staff started asking guests to leave the area.
We paid extra for a sea view but were disappointed to placed in a room that although it did have a sea view you had to stand up & bend around the corner. Luckily! the air conditioning unit above my husbands, very uncomfortable, sofa bed kept pouring water, the maintenance staff could not repair it so we were moved to a room right on the front with lovely views.
The bar staff although very friendly were rather slow to serve drinks & food.
These things aside it was just O.K.
We have just returned from Kefalos Beach Village Hotel. What a wonderful hotel. We went self-catering and were amazed at the wonderful care and attention given to the apartment by the cleaning staff, they came in every day and cleaned the floors, made the beds and left fresh towels, the bedding was changed every 2/3 days. You could upgrade to B&B if you wanted to or just go and have breakfast as and when and put it on your bill, also the same with your evening meal. We went to and Ancient Greek Night and were left Togas and head-dresses by the staff to wear, it was very enjoyable. The hotel was very clean, the pool was fantastic although we could not take full advantage of this as my daughter broke her wrist before we went and had a plaster cast, she was able to go in with a bag on her arm and in a big rubber ring!!
We spent a lot of time on the beach which was sandy and shingly, it was lovely. We also had the same trouble with the sun beds as the previous writer. It seemed as if people got up at 7am and put towels out, what did annoy me was that some people did not even come to their saved sun beds until after lunch if at all!
Bird land was great as the previous writer has explained, we thoroughly enjoyed the parrot show and the giraffes. We went to Nicosia on a coach trip (Annesis travel - cost £13 adult, £6.50 children), it was so interesting seeing the green line no mans land, it is well worth going up to the top of the Ermes tower 50 cents for adults, free for children. Our guide Mary was excellent and told us all about the history of the island.
If you have boys in your party they would enjoy the Karting in Paphos, our son went three times, £15 for 30 minutes consisting of two lots of 15 minutes with a break in between. Paphos Karting is situated just before you come into Paphos from the airport end of the town.
We ate out every night going into Paphos several times, Brahms and Liszt being our favourite (they do a lovely 3 course sunday dinner for about £7.50), the entertainment was excellent and started around 9.30ish. In Coral Bay, Andria Restaurant and Seriani's Restaurant were also excellent.
We all really enjoyed our holiday, this being our secound visit to Paphos, but first to the Kefalos Beach, I would definitely stay at the Kefalos again and can highly recommend it for a great holiday.
We have returned from a great 2 weeks holiday at the Kefalos Beach Village, Paphos. The size and cleanliness of the Hotel and accommodation pleasantly surprised us. It was much nicer than the brochure had shown.
We (4 adults and 2 children (age 8 and 12)) arrived late at night and were quickly checked in and then driven in the golf buggy to our accommodation. We had gone on a bed & breakfast basis but the large studio apartment still contained everything you would want - microwave, small cooker, fridge with small frozen section and a proper hairdryer!
We normally go self-catering, as we tend not to eat breakfast on holiday, but the next morning we were up early. The breakfast buffet (served 7.30am until 10am) was extensive, probably due to the many different nationalities that were there ' English, Dutch, Greek, Scandinavian, German, but it was fresh and constantly refilled. It is definitely worth an upgrade to B&B if you have gone self-catering.
The pool area is lovely. There are plenty of sun beds around the pool and on the grass verge that runs along the sea front. The only problem we found was in our second week. The hotel was fully booked, so if we wanted a sun bed by the pool (so that we could watch our children when they were swimming), we had to put our towels on the beds by 9am (when we went in for breakfast). If we left it until we had finished eating, they were all 'towelled' and we had to take turns sitting at the poolside so the children had an adult with them. The Hotel also has an indoor pool just off the main pool area. The water was quite cold but our children loved it and it was good to get them out of the mid day sun (106 degrees on one day!!).
For those active types (like my husband), the gym at the Hotel is well equipped, air conditioned and never overly busy.
The beach is small and pebbly. It also goes deep quite quickly so children shouldn't go in on their own but it is clean (patches of seaweed permitting). There is also jet ski hire just at the end of the hotel's beach area.
Each night at 6pm we would meet up in the main bar for Happy Hour drinks with Pambos the bar man. Pambos made us very welcome and fussed over the children. Everyone at the hotel was very friendly but Pambos was the best. We would then take the 3-minute stroll to the main road for our evening meal. There are plenty of different restaurants within walking distance. Here are some that we enjoyed with the approx cost for 4 adults & 2 children:
Sisyfos Roof Restaurant (CYP 51) ' Greek menu - We had the set meal, which was lovely. We enjoyed it so much we came back again later in the holiday. If you get there early-ish you can watch the sun go down over the sea which is pretty.
San Marino (CYP 63) ' Greek menu ' Good food, nice staff.
Raffles Restaurant (CYP 71) ' Mixed menu ' On the whole, good food. The children had the spaghetti bolognaise but it came smothered in Parmesan cheese which we then had to scrape off before the youngest would eat it.
Dos Pesos Casa Mexicana Restaurant (CYP 59) ' Mexican Menu ' If you like Mexican food, this is the place to go. If you haven't tried Mexican before then get the Mexican Meze. You can try loads of different foods and we found it too much for us to finish (which doesn't happen often). Take your cameras as you can all put on sombreros afterwards and have your picture taken.
Fat Mama's (CYP 61) ' American & Italian menus ' Always a queue after 7pm but worth the wait. DO NOT have a starter if you don't eat a lot as the portions are massive. The starter could have been a main meal. The food if varied and very nice. We took my daughter for her 8th birthday and the waitresses came over with a free ice cream and sang happy birthday. Also remember to send your complements to the chef as the waiting staff will then shout across to the kitchen 'Complements from *** at table 21!' The kids loved this. There is also entertainment from the singing/dancing waitresses and a visit from Fat Mama & Willy so the kids get a photo opportunity.
Duomo Ristorante Italiano (CYP 65) ' Italian Menu ' Excellent food. We visited twice.
Chloe's Restaurant, Paphos Harbour (CYP 85) ' Chinese menu ' The most expensive holiday meal but the best Chinese we have ever had. Went twice. They don't have a children's menu but they adapted what they had for my 8 year old (fussy madam) and she had the chicken from the sweet & sour plus they made her chips (not on the menu). The waitresses made origami swans and put together 'cheat' chopsticks for the children. We had the best tasting Calypso coffees ever!!! There is also a Chloe's on the Tombs of the Kings Road nearer to our hotel on the road out to Coral Bay.
Just a note to say that most of the restaurants offer a discount to diners who sit down to eat before 7pm.
The best bar we visited was the Outback. An Australian theme bar with a cage full of budgies and cockatiels. They have game machines in the back (which occupied the children), big screens T.V.s showing sports, through out the bar (which occupied the Dads) and a long list of cocktails (which occupied the Mums).
We hired a mini bus for a couple of days. We went into Nicossia (interesting to see no mans land from the border and the top of the Ermes building), visited the beach which is said to be Aphrodite's birth place (nice and clean, safe for swimming) and a drive into the Trodos mountains in search of a monastory (not for the car sick). We also spent a good half day at the Paphos Bird Park. This is mainly birds but also a mini zoo. The children especially enjoyed the Parrot Show. Be warned, there is not much shade here and it gets very hot. We ended up leaving earlier than we might of as we were getting exhausted with the heat.
We caught the bus into Paphos Harbour a few times. The bus fare is 70 cents per adult and 40 cents for children under 12. This applies for any distance. The taxis charged us 1 Cypriot pound per person from the Hotel to the harbour (get Reception to book). The harbour area is great to visit at night.
For a full day, go to Pafos Waterpark. You catch the number 15 bus and it takes you straight there. A small park (compared to Florida water parks) but plenty to do for everyone.
We had a great holiday here and would not hesitate to come again. We would definitely book in at the Kefalos Beach Village again. The lovely hotel and friendly staff really helped to make our first trip to Cyprus a brilliant holiday.
We stayed at Kefalos Beach Village in the summer of 2004. The weather was fabulous and the accomadation really special! The hotel is very tastefully decorated and classy! Reception has a marble floor, gorgeous seating area, and lounge with a view over the pool-where you can sip a cocktail!
Both bars are low key-which we liked! Restaurant buffet breakfast was very good-lots and lots on offer (everything fresh), from fruit, yogurt and cereal, to, toast, bacon, eggs, sausage...something for everyone! We stayed Bed and Breakfast, and it was well worth it!
The accomodation was just like a small village-which we liked, as it was more tradition than the apartment blocks you see! We had a standard self catering studio-looked more like a small white Greek house-Very sweet!Accomodation was Clean, bathroom was good-also very clean! Better than standard!
The pool made the place for us-it was free form-perfect-big! The pool area had lots of places to sunbathe- as there was a grass area and small beach!
Location was good as you were off the main road- where there are shops, restaurants and bars( in a more private-quiet area). Our accomodation was at the front of the hotel and we heard no noise from anywhere.
The only down points were the price of drinks at the hotel bar ( but we brought alcohol from the small shop on the site and had a drink outside our own studio), and the distance from the lovely harbour area ( but this wasn't to bad as we would walk there and taxi back!) and had the benefits of peace and quiet in Kefalos village! Eating out in Paphos was also pricey- but you get what you pay for-quality of food was amazing! Try Metaxas restaurant, just off Tomb of Kings Road (opposite hotel) it is really special!
This is a most fabulous resort. The accommodation is in blocks of apartments with self catering facilities if you want them. We didn't bother - the restaurant is superb. An evening meal cost 7 Cyprus Pounds (about £9 sterling) and the quality is excellent. It's served as a buffet, so you can eat as much as you want!!
The staff are really friendly and very helpful.
Although a little out of the way this hotel is excellent, clean, air conditioned and all the appartments are modern. The food at the poolside was not always the best and the service a bit slow but always with a smile and all of the staff we dealt with were really friendly and helpfull, lovely pool and place to relax.
I had the most fabulous time whilst staying at this beautiful hotel. The staff are so friendly. Just booking to go again for the third time.