InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Resort
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Historical Traveler Reviews InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Resort Kouklia
This resort is above average. From the staff to the food and the pool everything is very good. Only few small things were not right - I didn't have cold water in the shower and the tap was broken. With that it would deserve excellent status.
3 days was not enough
I stayed at the hotel for 3 days over Easter. Having stayed at some excellent hotels over the last year, I expected high standards and this exceeded all expectations. As an Intercontinental Ambassador member, the welcome was superb as soon as we arrived at reception, and we were taken by golf cart to the room. The hotel has a main building and a number of separate buildings positioned around the pool and gardens.
The superior room had a lounge area and arch through to the bedroom. The TV rotated so it could be used in either. There was a balcony overlooking the golf course & sea and a huge bathroom with superb rain shower. The outdoor pool proved to be a bit cold; the upper level was good for swimming once you had got used to the temperature (I'm sure it would be warmer in full season). There was also a very good indoor/outdoor pool on the lower level of the main building.
Breakfast on the patio of the Eleonas restaurant was excellent, as was the Mesogios restaurant for evening meal - a set 4 course menu was well worth the CYP25 charged. Throughout the entire hotel, staff went out of their way to help.
The resort also includes the Village Square; including a tavern (fully booked over Easter), Ice Cream shop & Anoi Pub - certainly at the pub I was able to charge to the hotel room.
Next time, I might consider booking a room with private pool - the ultimate luxury. But certainly the visit will need to be for longer than 3 days.
Sunday Lunch a must!
Hi Didn't stay here but booked for the buffet Sunday lunch which was AMAZING! Choice of food was superb and the staff could not have been better! Live music too! My little one aged 3 was getting bored s one of the waitresses started reading him a book, so I could finish my meal in peace! Definately will be back!
Luxurious, peaceful and friendly
Date: 20th November 2005
Reviewer: Paul Guy, Bacup, Lancs.
Would agree with all the earlier reviews about this hotel. We booked a Club Room and there were only 16 guests using this standard of facility so we were very well looked after. Doubt that there were more than a 100 guests in the entire hotel. However, this is a huge self contained resort and the many Brits who live in the private houses and apartments being built close to the hotel, swell the numbers in the spa and restaurants. The building work is away from the hotel so we did not experience any problems with this at all. The differences we experienced from other travellers were a bottle of champagne waiting for us in our room on arrival. Being taken to a sandy beach some 20 minutes away beyond Pissouri in a hotel limo, at no cost, and brought back at a time we requested. Using the adjacent Village Square Restaurants - Pithari Tavern and Andi's Pub and Bar, both of which provide excellent food at less cost than the hotel's four restaurants (one of which is closed for the season). Andi (English) has SkySport so you can watch Premiership matches if that takes you. However the hotel's restaurants are very very good and well worth a visit. All the staff were excellent and very friendly. They always addressed us by our names and were eager to please in any way they could. We had a couple of bouts of rain during our stay so the staff transported us around in a covered golf buggie e.g from room to restaurant / spa. This transportation could be requested at any time. Also the hotel has just started work on building an amphitheatre for next year and the remainder of the private accommodation is not expected to be complete for another 5 years. Millions of pounds are being spent on the site. The hotel is fully finished though. But it is remote. So unless you rent a car this is as much of Cyprus that you will see. It is luxurious, peaceful and friendly and has fabulous views. We shall go back when the weather is a little warmer.
A serene and luxurius stay
We were so pleasantly surprised when our taxi drove through an impressive gate lined with beautiful olive trees in enormous terracota pots, all the way up to the main entrance of the hotel.
This place has been done in such a respectful and simple and yet classy and luxurius way that you just feel at home.
We went there for a 3 day weekend from London not knowing what to expect. Every single detail from the aromatic plants everywhere-the garden is full of laventer plants and there is an oregano pot on every table in the Eleonas restaurant) to the genuinely friendliness of the Cypriot people, was just incredible.
There is something to do or not. Tennis academy, golf, spa, restaurants.
First thing I thought was that 3 days would be too short and it was. Definitely going back!
We stayed here in late oct 05 having found a VERY cheap deal through lastminute - the hotel was beautiful, the staff friendly and eager to please, and the spa on the resort is also extremely good. The strangest thing was the fact the hotel was almost empty, the marketing manager for this place needs a bit of a kick! I've stayed in boutique hotels with more residents, but this added to the holiday if anything. The main buffet restaurant is good, but it's seriously worth paying the (little) extra to eat in one of the 'proper' restaurants - the Asian-European is superb - the Maitre'd is probably one of the best I've ever experienced and the food is out of this world.
One downside - this hotel is a reasonable way from anything, including the seafront. The hotel runs a shuttle to the rather stony beach, but nothing to town at the time of writing. There's loads of parking if you want to hire a car, but we found it a great excuse to stay in the hotel and spa all week! Might be a bit much for 2 weeks though.
This hotel is true luxury. The surroundings,the staff,the views,all perfect.
Golfers paradise and for the ladies, an absolute must, is a visit to the wonderful Retreat Spa. Pure heaven!
I booked a Superior room at the Aphrodite Hills resort directly through the hotel only one week before travel. There is currently alot of availability on rooms as the hotel has only just opened - as such the staff are usually ready to drop prices to accomodate.
This may not be a truly representative review, as the hotel was quite empty during our stay.
The hotel was opened in March 2005 and as such is spotless - some table legs still have cardboard wrapping attached!.The first impressions are excellent as the taxi drives up the long winding road to the resort. The foyer is marble throughout and gives an instant feeling of luxury. We were led through to a bar and given complimentary drinks whilst listening to live music. We were then taken to our room by golf-buggy - we always stay at 5 star hotels and the style and decor of the rooms in this hotel is easily the best we have seen. The bathrooms are large and completely marble - large shower cubicle with its own bench, bath with thick marble lip surround. There was also a bottle of red wine on the table, a bowl of fresh fruit, bottle of chilled water and fresh flowers in vases throughout. Touches like this cost very little to a large hotel buying in bulk, but do wonders for customer satisfaction.
It was at this point that our first problem occured - faulty air con. In July the evening temp is 25deg, so at the end of a long day this is quite an important problem. After a few angry phone calls the excellent night manager upgraded us to a club room - this provides guests with access to the club lounge providing free drinks and food throughout the day to only a handful of guests. We then paid extra to upgrade to a club suite with pool - these rooms are truly magnificent. The pools are good but there is only a small wall separating pool areas for different rooms. As it was quiet we were never bothered but at full occupancy this might not be ideal for some. Also of note, the suite on the second floor houses a jacuzzi on the balcony which overlooks the pool - having people looking down on the pool area can be quite awkward.
The other big problem for us was that the kids club was closed - there was no explanation as to why and after another argument the hotel sourced a childminder to open it. This was far from ideal and spoilt our holiday (hence the loss of the fifth point/star). I have been told that eventually the kids club will have two trained persons running it full time. At the present time the club doesn;t even have its own phone - a major and dangerous omission.
1. Excellent, very helpful and genuinely friendly staff. All welcomed us by name (though our moaning may have had something to do with this) and treated us like VIPs.
2. Shaded kids pool area
3. Fast room service - good quality and well presented. Examples of prices are Burger with fries £8GBP, Ice cream £2.50per scoop,
1. Poor management of certain things ie kids club. Should have been operational from day one.
2. Positioning and privacy of private pool areas
3. Distance from anything
4. Beach - hotel owns a pebble beach accessed by shuttle. Don't bother until they have developed it further
Despite the problems, we did enjoy ourselves and felt very relaxed by the end
5-stars at its best
We stayed in the Aphrodite Hills Resort in May 2005. Just two months after it opened. We expected somewhat of a construction site, but the hotel was completely finished as well as the gardens around it. The hotel is stunning (everything new and luxurieus), the site (with great oceans views) amazing and the staff was the friendliest to be found on the island. An unbelievable golf course is just a one minute walk from the hotel, as well as a beautiful spa and tennis courts. Our room was on the ground floor, our deck looked out at the green of the 9th hole with the ocean in the background. The hotel has a couple of restaurants, and a good poolsite lunch place. If you like relaxing at the pool and playing golf this is the place to be! The hotel is about 2 km from the ocean and a 20 minute ride into the town of Pahpos. Paphos however was dissapointing as it is extremly touristy. We will return just because of the hotel.
Mighty good aphrodite
We spent two very happy and relaxing weeks (last in May and first in June) at the Intercontinental Aphrodite Hills. It certainly deserves its 5* de luxe billing. Standards of accomodation, food, facilities and especially the service from the friendly and attentive staff, are really excellent. The hotel is between Paphos (22km) and Pissouri (8km) and a hire car is pretty much essential if you want to take the opportunity to see at least some of the many interesting places Cyprus has to offer. The hotel has only been open since March 2005 and during our stay it was far from full, most of the time. At weekends, however, corporate events and special room rate offers for Cyprus residents meant it got somewhat busier, though it never felt crowded. The rest of the time, we found it very peaceful, which only enhanced the sense of luxury and the feeling that this a rather special place to stay. Thoroughly recommended.
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