Aqua Sol Holiday Village
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Late morning. We set off on our next part of our journey. Paris to Paphos. Our flight with Cyprus Air was great... Smooth as and had a fantastic view of the many scattered Greek Islands as we headed towards Cyprus into Larnaca International airport. Kriton and Laura were there to pick us up and drive us to Paphos. There is an awesome highway straight through Larnaca and ...
Ah, cobble stones (you know how I feel about footings), seaside, roads, infrastructure and long lunches...welcome to civilisation...welcome to Paphos, Cyprus! Now don't get me wrong I enjoy as much as the next person some cheap brightly colored ceramics and some blingy tinny bangles but it becomes a little tedious and the lack of appropriate supermarkets also becomes frustrating in an Arab country, so imagine my delight at entering the EU! Plus I known I can buy a glass of rosť at ...
... Once you have survived the passing of the cart you are left in the trail and waft of the over powering stench exuding from the horse that had hurtled past. It is a mix of horse, sweat, manure and dust and it can lingers longer than the heady scent of Elizabeth Taylor's White Diamonds! A combination of this smell and the hazards of what may be under foot materialise as I begin climbing the ancient steps built and carved into the rocky cliffs of the ...
... over lots of hills and mountains to get there, and the views were gorgeous. When we arrived we walked up into the hills to find the baths which were also very beautiful - there was a large pool with a waterfall and lots of long hanging vines; it was straight out of a Disney film! We also walked a bit further up the hill to get the views of the coast and the sea. We saw lots of massive lizards basking in the sun, some were as big as those you can buy as pets! At the bottom of ...
... would stand-in for me. There were tears, hugging along with many questions. In vain I tried making them follow the lesson. They could not concentrate, so half an hour later I told them that it was the Joke of the Day and suddenly I saw happy faces with peals of laughter.
So enjoy the photos and mini-video clips of the festivities that took place out here.
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Ignore the Critics, trust me!
Myself and 6 others stayed at the Aqua Sol Village and after reading all the bad reports, i can only say some people are VERY hard to please!!!
This Aparthotel is fantastic. Has everything you could ask for, the food is real nice and the people there!! Well they are just so nice its unreal, couldn't do enough. One thing i would suggest.....DO NOT FLY WITH MY TRAVEL! They are the worst airline ive ever flown with ill stick with Thomson's in future.
The hill at the Aqua Sol can be tiring, but you can ring taxi's which collect you at the hotel so you won't have to walk it, plus i found the taxi's ever so cheap! So as my title says ignore the critics, it is fantasic and i will definitely be back there again.
Spend your hard earned money somewhere else!
For the price of this holiday you can do better, search around.The pool at the resort is not big enough for the amount of apartments and people it caters for and there is lack of sunbeds - set the alarm for 7am and go down and do the towel thing if you want a bed - every one else does!.The pool got very dirty very quickly and was cleaned twice in two weeks! My husband caught a chronic ear infection caused, by diagnosis from the Cypriot Doctor, from a dirty pool.We were without water for 9 hours one day so no showers and no flushing the toilet- imagine that!
This is reviewed as a 4A it probably earns a 2A and no more.
The hill is steep to get to the area of Coral Bay.Restaurants are nice but repetative and the supermarkets are a little basic and tacky.If you are looking for nightlife then forget it! Paphos is around 12km away and it will cost you £10 cyp in a taxi. We found food expensive but then I suppose it all depends on what you want.Very dissappointed on the whole,I would not recommend this complex to anyone and would advise against it- shop around there is better out there for your money.
Good clean accomodation
We stayed self catering at the Aquasol in June 05 and was very pleased with its location and the standard of apartments. Its nicely tucked out of the way from the Croal Bay high street, which is a little tacky although not offensive by any means. The apartments are clean and basic which is all you really want on a beach holiday. You got a good selection of cutlery, crockery and glasses so you could eat in the apartments if you wanted to.
The pool area was clean and nicely layed out, although sometimes a little busy and loud with the music from the bar. We had breakfast one morning in the hotel which had a good selection of a full cooked breakfast and continental options - very nicely layed out and good food - as well as all you can eat for a reasonable price.
Overall a really nice, relaxing holiday. Accomodation was great, although be warned if you have an apartment over the pool area i would imagine it could get quite noisy from the music during the day and the entertainment int the evening (for which there is loads - nearly every night they have something on for kids and adults), the sun shone all holiday and the resort of Coral Bay was ok.
Just a little bit of info about Paphos - theres a regular bus service that runs from Coral Bay into Paphos town, which can sometimes get quite crowded. Paphos town is very 'touristy' with the usual McDonalds and Pizza Hut lining the streets. I would definitley recommend a trip to the old town (where the market is held) for a step back in time and a real look at the Greek - Turkish divided that can still be seen there today. In terms of eating out in Paphos you'll be hard pushed to find good quality Cypriot food, however hed away from the touristy areas and you may find a few gems - we found a lovely restaurant just before the bus stop on the harbour called Hondouras (think the spelling is right) - real Cypriot food, good value and beautiful open court yard to enjoy.
Great last minute deal
Aqua Sol Village set in lovely surroundings.
Apartments basic, but clean. Great views out to sea although our apartment overlooked a tree!
Pool nice and clean, but sometimes not enough sunbeds - mostly British people put towels on beds early in the morning!
Nice restraunts near by we ate out every night in the village. Food at hotel great. Would recommend for families....
Maybe it's because I'm not a Londoner..
My wife and I had just returned from a family holiday in Lanzarote and wanted a break away from the kids and terrible half board food, so got a four day cheapy (£99) to Pathos, as we had never experienced Cyprus before.
Our usual holiday destination is Turkey, so we felt that this short break may break us from our Turkish fascination.
The internet travel agent recommended The Aqua Sol Village in Coral Bay, which sounds quite idyllic, so we decided to give it a try, even though it meant driving from deepest South Wales to Gatwick. (Still amused that they call it London Gatwick. Surely it should have been called Brighton Gatwick.)
We travelled with Airtours, a truly second rate tour operator. Sorry Airtours, but you really have a lot of work to do to achieve the frankly basic standards that Thompson do so much better.
We arrived at the Village at well passed midnight, so travelled to the hotel in the dark, and just fell into bed and went to sleep.
We awoke to a spacious room, fairly basic, but clean and not in any way anything to complain about.
The rest of the hotel was pretty much the same. The gym is unusable, the jacuzzi not working and indoor pool not worth worrying about, but the outdoor area was most agreeable. We paid for breakfast in the hotel as we went self catering, which was not worth paying for. My advise - go self catering.
We then settled into a padded lounger, not the uncomfortable plastic type, and soaked up the vista and fantastic Cypriot sunshine.
The pool was fantastic. Like a warm bath, with lots of kids in it.
And therein lies our problem. We were sold the hotel as being ideal for couples, but in reality was full of kids. So if you are a family...enjoy!!
If you are looking for peace and quiet...go elsewhere!!
Our main problem was, and you have to admit it, that as a nation we make the worse kind of holiday makers. Pale white skins vying in competition with each other to attract the most horrific first degree sunburn. Tattoos aplenty. And mouths the size of the Mersey Tunnel, most with horrific London accents, screaming at the kids or bragging about how much they had drunk the night before.
And the hill. Yes, that hill is a killer.
And the rubbish. Pathos is a dirty resort. Bins overflowing. Rubbish everywhere. Not what we had expected.
However, the saving grace of the holiday was the fantastic La Vigna restaurant in Coral Bay. You will not eat better quisine in the whole of Cyprus. Fantastic for frankly fussy folk like us.
So, in summary.
Hotel ok. Resort ok.
If you want more to do, go to Turkey.
If you want much more for your money, go to Turkey.
If you want cleanliness, go to Turkey.
As a matter of fact, just go to Turkey.
But don't go with Airtours.
me and my girlfriend stayed there for the last week in april. a bit quite but good for sitting by the pool and relaxing. if any1 wants to know anything about the aqua sol village then feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. we are both 21 years old
Loved the place - but not the airline...!
Returned home yesterday morning having spent 14 days at the Aquasol tourist village. I booked with Airtours and flew with MyTravel airways who, quite frankly, were the worst airline I have ever flown with. First of all we had to weigh our hand luggage at Birmingham, and although the combined hand luggage weight was well under, we still had to move stuff around. The flight out wasnt too bad, for a budget airline, although if you're anything other than Hobbit size you will be bashing your knees, but thats the same with most airlines, though for some reason this one just felt smaller! On the way back we had a night flight. A WORD OF CAUTION - MYTRAVEL AIRLINES DO NOT CARRY PILLOWS/BLANKETS FOR NIGHT FLIGHTS. Not handy when you have two small children. and the TV "screen" didnt work, so take some onboard entertainment.
Onto the Aquasol. The place itself I really liked. The first evening we were there we were put in a room right behind the "entertainment". This went on until around midnight each night and with two little ones after two nights we asked to move as they couldnt sleep. The other problem with the room was it was on the ground floor and looked over the bigger pool. Not a problem itself but we had several visitors in the shape of ants, both the small and large variety, and in the mornings several people right outside our patio doors, which kind of made us feel we couldnt sit out there. As our three year old whispered to me on our first morning - "theres people in our garden"!!
We asked reception and they were very accomodating in all areas. They gave us a room (which we were asked to check first if we wished), and for every other query they were excellent - ie we were given extra towels when needed, extra pillows etc, all at a moments notice. There isa charge/refundable deposit for the room safe key, and for £20CYP you can get a late check out, but you have to book it at least 48 hours in advance.
If you need to exchange money though, go to Coral Bay or Paphos as the rate is slightly better.
Cleaners do the rooms 5 times a week, and generally everything was very clean.
There are some villas being built a short way from the front of the Aquasol, but we only heard them once in the two weeks and even then they werent being overly loud. Most of the building work itself I would say is now complete and they are doing the "cosmetic" side.
One issue we had was with Airtours reps not being in the hotel when they were supposed to be. This only happened a couple of times but it was sods law it was when I needed them!
We didnt eat in the hotel restaurant but we did have some poolside lunches which were at best average, but they did the job. A couple of times I noticed "bugs" on lettuce leaves so tried to avoid the salads. The onsite shop has a small stock of most things, food, drink, cleaning products, holiday tat etc. We generally ate out and there is a VERY nice restaurant in Coral Bay called the Coral King. The staff were excellent and the food very good value for money. Another good place was the Hippopotomus, although I didnt think the food was quite as good as the Coral King.
If you hire a car and go to Paphos, be careful for the Police with their speed guns. They tend to be out in the evenings, but I also went on the Cyprus rally and they were out at 5am. I didnt see them very often during the day though. I booked my car on-line instead of using the hire company the hotel recommend and saved around £140CYP for 14 days rental.
Overall, I had a great holiday but the flying experience did spoil it a little. Sorry, we didnt use the childrens club as we went away to spend time with the kids.
Excellent Value for Money - A great Time
We stayed at the Aqua Sol Village in Coral Bay, Pathos, Cyprus for two weeks last September.
We did a last minute purchase and paid around £350 for two weeks self catering.
The reviews noted a steep hill in the front of the hotel. This is true and can be heavy work BUT it was good excersise and really you did not need to leave the hotel. They had a great pool bar and excellent entertainment.
I think this hotel is great value for money. Clean rooms which were very spacious. Friendly staff and a lovely view out to see from the sun loungers...
Coral Bay is a beautiful area. I will return again soon.
Nice setting - but a few draw backs!
Having only just returned from this holiday, I would like to say that our room was very comfortable for our weeks stay. We were on the lower floor and had rather a lot of very tall trees and bushes outside our balcony which blocked our view of the sea! We self catered and found a good place to eat each night in the stretch known as Coral Bay. The hill leading up from the Aquasol village was gradual but hard going especially in the midday heat. the Childrens/Adults entertainment was well organised but if you don't like that sort of thing, it did not finish until at least 11.45 each evening. Even though we were given what was considered a 'quiet' room we were a part of what was going on even though we were not there!
Television viewing was limited! Had to ask for assistance because of no sound - this was rectified with a piece of wire inserted into headphone socket at front of television!!! Only one cup for two people and one drinking glass! Both put right by reception. If you want a 'mug' of tea - take your own.Don't rely upon anything being on the large size!Cleaning excellent - nearly every day and always thorough with clean towels every day.
Small complex with plenty of pool space and certainly no shortage of food on offer in several areas. Small mini market for all your immediate catering needs with fresh bread every day.
Sun shone and shone with clear blue skies - just what you need in October.
we spent 2 weeks her on our honeymoon almost 3 years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. We also brought back an unexpected souveneir as we now have a 2 year old daughter, so Aphrodite worked her charm!