Travel Blogs from Ayia Napa
Not much excavation has been performed at Kition. The foundation of the temple of Astarte is uncovered with a few capitals and pieces of the walls, and there is courtyard with sanctuary and place of sacrifice adjacent to the temple (12th century B.C.). Also, part of the original city walls still stand from the Mycenaean or Achaean settlement (13th century B.C.). ...
... in 350 B.C. but were crushed by the forces of Artaxerxes III. King Pnytagoras of Salamis later contributed support to Alexander the Great in his war with the Persians (4rd century). Then, when Alexander's successor, Ptolemy I, besieged Salamis, King Nicocreon (the last king of Salamis) committed suicide along with his family burning the palace down rather than surrendering. Salamis remained under Greek rule for the following two centuries.
After the conquest ...
... the Jews for his and they chased them to the northern coast of Cyprus where Barnabas' followers escaped to Egypt.
Thus, St. Barnabas's grave site remained unknown for 432 years until it was revealed to Archbishop Anthemios of Constantia (Salamis) in a dream. Anthemios went to the site and opened the cave and found the remains of St. Barnabas and St. Matthew's Bible. He took the remains and Bible to Emperor Zeno ...
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.....
The Paphos fairytale had to end sometime... We jumped on a very cheap $8Euro bus to Larnanca. ($4Euros to Limisol and $4Euos from Limisol to Larnaca). Couldn't believe how cheap it was.. Extremely good value considering the trip took a couple of hours. We got to Larnaca around dinner time.., walking to our hotel we had time to check out the views on the way to the Hotel. Our hotel (Hotel Opera), was absolutely ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Nestor Hotel Ayia Napa
Fantastic, Friendly Hotel
We stayed at the Nestor Hotel, Ayia Napa between 28th May - 11 June 2006 and what a fantastic holiday!
I read the reviews prior to booking and all I can say is whatever problems they had in 2005 and previous years they have definitely got their act together.
We stayed at the Nestor in 1993, we honeymooned there in 1996 and this year decided to take our 6 year old daughter.
We were not disappointed as the Hotel, Pool, Gardens and other facilities are kept in good clean order.
This time we stayed on an All Inclusive basis and our opinion is that Half Board would have sufficed. The food is laid out buffet style with choices for everyone. For all meals you can have as much or as little as you want - suits big appetites! Breakfast time sees cereals, full cooked breakfasts, toast and condiments with coffee,tea, juices and cakes. Lunch time has a good spread of salads, hot meals or meals from the pool side bar. Evening meals are themed but again if you dont want to try different dishes or are a finicky eater you will still have plenty of choices and not go hungry.
As a family of 3 we found that the rooms are on the small side but for the amount of time spent in them it really doesnt matter - if you are a couple then you would be fine. Families of 4 would be in a family room which i believe to be more spacious. Rooms are kept clean with fresh towels and bedding every other day by lovely staff.
The staff throughout the Hotel are all friendly and welcoming - look out for George from the Bar and Nora the Entertainment Co-ordinator. These two especially have a great rapport with children and adults alike.
Where the hotel is situated in Ayia Napa it gives you the best of both worlds...if you want to stroll down to the well known 'Square' and sample the night life it takes less than 10 minutes or if you want to stay outside the hustle of the night life then sample the hotel entertainment or surrounding bars - you have to see Elvis at the bar next door.
Beaches are close by and you can get there with a short walk or use the bus or taxi to take a 20 minute trip to venture to the beautiful 'Fig Tree Bay' area of Protaras. An excellent day out is at WaterWorld theres something for young and old, dare-devils or there are plenty of sun loungers for sun worshippers.
This Hotel is well worth a look and good value for money - check out their website [----].
Was Great Hotel!!
This hotel was a really good hotel! Nice staff!! George at the bar is great! Lovely!
Its a good location as well, 3 minute walk from the beach and about a 8 minute walk up to the Ayia Napa Square! There is one resturant and that is nice! rotation food and the hotel has a board to say what food is on on each night but it is really a lovely food! breakfast is great! its all really nice! the singers that they have in the bar can't sing to save their lives though...... but thats another story! we met some great people! :), the gym downstairs is brill! and the indoor pool! had problems with rooms and things but it was okay in the end! and it didn't necessarily stress out our holiday, but it was great to be honest!! :)
Only about 10 people who spoke english as tourists though in the hotel so it was mostly isrealians and germans and hungarians there..!
it was a great holiday though!!!!! if anyone wants to email me, then do so! xxxxxxx
Take no notice
Ever one please take no notice of the bad reviews on this page. The Nestor is a lovely clean hotel with superfriendly staff who are happy to chat all day. The house-keeping staff work very hard and the cleanliness is 100%. Yes there a a few little ants which you see very occasionaly and I've herad that the food is not great. We always stay on B&B basis as there are fabulous places to eat in Aiya Napa. We will be giong back for the 8th time in 6 years in September 2006. Nothing is to much trouble for any one here and my husband decided to spend his 40th birthday at the Nestor last year because there was no better place he'd rather be. It is a very home from home place, and yes no doubt when we leave our friends when we come home there shall be lots of tears. The management have even sent us Christmas cards. Obviously there are some very hard to please people in this life whose stay has not been good. Tough! don't come back, and leave us people that appreciate the good things in life to enjoy our wonderful holidays.
It started off ok. When we saw the hotel we were pleasantly surprised by the decor and cleanliness. However when we arrived at our room our opinions of the place changed somewhat. Ants were everywhere!!! The room had an awful smell to it and mould was growing on the ceiling. We were utterly disgusted and asked for our room to be changed however the hotel staff refused to do so. We went down to dinner, hoping to relax a little and take our minds off the room, however we couldn't even enjoy a nice evening with nice food as the food was diabolical. We finshed eating leaving most of our dinner and headed to the bar area which was swarming with germans! I am not one to complain about foreign tourists in fact I find them interesting, but when trhere is hundreds of them I feel a little less welcoming. Reserving sun beds is not allowed which was annoying as the germans always got the sun beds and everyone else was forced to lay on the floor. Overal this holiday was not one which will be in my top 5 and I will not be returning to this hotel again. However Cyprus itself is very nice and I would recommend it to anyone hoping for a relaxing holiday.
We have just returned from a two week holiday at the Nestor Hotel. This was our third visit to the hotel in the last ten years. The staff were excellent as always and made us very welcome. The rooms were comfortable but are going to be refurbished this year. The pool area is second to none, It is the cleanest and well kept pool that we know surpassing some of the 4 star hotels we have stayed in. The food was good but possibly room for improvement, not as much choice as in recent years. We have had a wonderful holiday and will return to the Nestor Hotel again.
foods ok if your foreign. no choice for british people hotel and staff excellent.talk to ingae entertainments great girl............dont try speaking to the manager he wont speak to you
Spent a week here with our grandson aged 4 went on a late deal exc value hotel very nice clean and staff very nice pool lovely and plenty of sun loungers had pool view which we requested towels changed four times and were new towels. Would visit again, well situated to beach and not too close to all bars but close enough if you want them.
Nice Hotel - good price
We stayed this hotel during the first week in March: After reading the review from the gentleman who stayed in February, I wondered what I had done: How thankful was I that I disagreed with all of his comments. It is true to say that the hotel was quite and so was the whole resort, but then again you don't expect it to be thriving during very early springtime. Most of the occupants were either aged folk taking advantage of good accommodation at a good price; we got a free upgrade to HB for the period we stayed: The food was pretty good, not too exciting and only about 3 choices, but it was always very well presented and quite tasty; always a good selection of sweets including fresh whole fruit. After all you can't expect 6 or 7 choices of food when the hotel is about 20% full. There was no entertainment laid on, but then again we didn't expect any in the closed season. The staff were all very friendly and accommodating, even though they were understandably bored because the number of residents were low. The facilities such as the outdoor pool was available, if you were brave enough; top temperature was 21 C during our stay; however, the indoor pool looked very inviting and the Gym looked very well equipped. The only fitness area I managed to trial was the Bar; this was very pleasant and prices, especially during Happy Hour were very cheap. The main resort itself was within easy walking distance but far enough away to not be an irritant, even in the lively times of the year. If we needed to stay in that resort again during anytime of year, we would certainly choose this hotel again and would certainly recommend it to others.
Beware The Nestor Hotel
I have just spent the last 6 weeks at the Nestor Hotel,I.E, from 5/01/2005 untill17/02/2005. First impressions were of a nice clean and friendly Hotel with many facilities. Unfortunately the faults soon began to show. Hotel clients are not allowed to have a Kettle,unless rented from the Hotel at Cú1.00 per day, Safe Keys at Cú1.00 per day, plus Cú10.00 deposit. Balconies, ranging from Side sea view to Pool view, to full sea view all at a cost and all payable in Cú from Cú1.00 to Cú2.00 per day.
Whilst the cleaners on the whole did a reasonable job, it did not disguise the delapidated carpets in the rooms nor the rough threadbare towels. Guests often had to wait until late in the day, for rooms to be cleaned.
Food was Diabolical. Bland ,Cold, Tasteless with the Spek/Bacon either badly burnt or practically raw, no happy medium. Fried eggs were cold and congealed, whilst the baked beans were hard like little pebbles.
Dinner was no better. There were no menu's as such, just "Theme Nights" such as International Nights, Italian Nights Greek Nights etc., one just had to take pot luck if you elected to dine in the Hotel. I.E. Fish Italiano was just pieces of square fish, in a dodgy looking batter, Saute Potatoes were swimming in a watery solution. Soup appeared to be Packeted whilst the sweets were usually jelly or a variety of cake in a syrup. But to be fair there was always Salad for those who could not or would not eat it.
God forbid that you had booked the all inclusive package, because you had the same problems at lunch time.
Wine., Red or White was poured out of sight from a cardboard carton, that was readily available in outside stores at 89cents per litre. If you were stupid enough to order a bottle of Wine, the most basic cost about Cú5.50 whilst it may cost aboutCú1.25 in outside stores.
Management, if it could be called as such, sat in their office all day, only showing face when it was time to go home at night. Despite intervention by Holiday Reps, nothing was ever achieved. They were just not interested.
The resort in Aiya Napa is described as being Lively , with lots of Activities, Nightlife, with most hotels having Nightly Entertainment. Not so at this time of year. It was deader than a fish on a fishmongers slab.
The Nestor is perfect!
We arrived at the Nestor and were impressed from the moment we walked into the reception. The reception staff were very helpful and all the facilities very clean. The pool was lovely and the surrounding area clean and spacious. Our room was perfect with a big bed and it was cleaned every day.
We stayed bed and breakfast which was served 7-10am (good for those who make the most of the nightlife!). There was plenty of choice and you can have as much as you want.
The hotel is located around the corner from the beach and harbour and a five minute walk to the nightlife and restaurants but not too close to be disturbed!! Nissi beach is quite a walk away, so if like us you're not the walking type we recommend jumping in a taxi!! (this costs Cú4-5) Although we preferred the beach near the hotel, you shoud definitley experience Nissi beach!
We would definitely recommend the Nestor and we will return to Ayia Napa, probably to the same hotel!
All in all - great weather, great hotel, great holiday!!!