Loved the Aliathon
We stayed at the Aliathon during May and the beginning of June. As stated by others, Paphos airport is not efficient and they are building a new terminal to cope with the demand. Don't expect to get through arrivals or departures quickly!
This is just to warn you, but it will not affect your holiday.
We had booked a Kids suite and a few weeks before departure were notified that it was a one bed apartment, not two bed as I had been informed. This was sorted out with First Choice prior to departure, but I was still apprehensive.
On arriving at the Kids Suite, the first impressions were that it was large, clean and airy. The terrace was large enough for table, chairs and two sunloungers.
The kitchen is small and did not have much preparation area but it was adequate for our needs. It would have been good to have a small draining board and a small clothes drying rack on the terrace but these are personal wants.
The kids room had its own additional air conditioning panel, two single beds a chest of drawers and their own patio doors onto the terrace.
The hall area had a large wardrobe with hangers(!) and another wardrobe with a chest of drawers and the safe with shelving above.
This was enough storage space for two adults and two children.
The bathroom was a good size. The main living area, which was the adults bedroom, had a table and chairs to the side, two side tables, a dressing table, a tv table with tv and dvd and storage underneath. The bed is two 3ft beds together which make it huge and very comfortable. I have to say that it was one of the best hotel beds I have slept in.
I had been worried that as I was self catering, it would be awkward not to have a sofa but it was not problem at all to all fit on the bed if we wished!
The Kids club was fantastic and this was due to the sheer enthusiasm and friendliness of the reps. Even on their breaks, you would see them chatting to the children, waving and remembering their names.
There are three sets of reps, the kids, In2Action and E3. All of them would speak to you and appeared to be enjoying themselves. A special mention must go to Luke who was always on the go with a smile on his face.
The day entertainment was good and it was entirely up to you whether you took part. It was easy to avoid if you did not want to.
The soccer school again was good although the children had to be taken by taxi to the pitch as the one at the holiday village is not yet finished. Again the coaches were enthusiastic and all the kids received a photo, shirt and certificate at the end.
The pools were fantastic and look lovely too. The splash park for the children was so much more than I expected and kept my two children entertained for hours each day.
The high ropes course was completed while we were at the village and people 6yrs plus could use it when the reps were there to assist.
There is minor work continuing at the village to complete the putting green, football pitch and the entertainment area.
Not once did any of this interfere with us or spoil our enjoyment.
We went to the nearby water park for one day and it was great fun, although they do not allow you to take in your own food and drink. You are issued with a wristband on entry and then everthing you buy is placed on this, paying before you can leave.
We ate at several restaurants in the village shopping area and particularly enjoyed the Aegeon and Poco Loco. Futher afield we would recommend the Rib Shack near the Paphos Amathus Beach Hotel.
We ate at the main restaurant in the village for breakfast and evening meals on a few occasions and found the food to be varied and plentiful. The staff were attentive and friendly.
The usual scramble for sunbeds started in our second week as half term commenced and this was one of the few things that irritated me. People reserved six sunbeds or more before 7.30am and then didn't arrive at the pool until after 3pm. I know this as I am an early riser and, as my terrace was on a corner, I could see people going to both pools.This needs to be rectified before the summer holidays as there are going to be major problems. Part of the problem is that the guests staying in the older part of the village also want to be at the fishing village pools but the hotel haven't catered for this in the number of sunbeds at the fishing village. There were always beds available at the older part.
We had a fantastic time at the Holiday Village Aliathon and would definitely return in the future when there will be even more to do!