Aliathon Holiday Village

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Poseidonos Avenue, Paphos, 8063, Cyprus

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    Great Stay at the Aliathon


    We travelled to the Aliathon for a family wedding, in a party of about thirty. Some of our party stayed in the Fishing Village, others like us, (aged 39, 36, 5, 7months and 7months) in the Aegean Village.

    First of all, if you have booked the Aegean Village and have read some negative reviews: DON'T WORRY! It really is very nice. We had a standard 1 bedroom apartment which, although showing a few minor signs of wear, was well equipped, comfortable and very spacious. In fact, it was the biggest of any of the apts we saw, much bigger than those in the fishing village (beware, in the Fishing Village, a 1 bedroom apt in fact has the bed "room" on a sort of open mezzanine overlooking the living area; not very private if there are more than two of you!) Perhaps we got a nice big apt because they knew we had a child and twin babies to accommodate, and we had plenty of room even with two cots in our bedroom, it was that spacious. In fact, if (when) we return we will ask to be put in the same apt again, it was no. 216 in the Aegean Village - ok our terrace was in permanent shade, but we're not sunbathers and the pro's outweigh the cons and then some.

    Our apt included excellent air-con units which kept the place icy cold to escape from the relentless heat of Cyprus. We did see a few ants, but the maid sprayed the skirtings, windows and doors, and left us a can, and whatever is in the can does the trick, our tiny visitors never came back. Our apt overlooked the lovely lagoon pool, and we used that, the "reception" pool, the "main pool" and the splash park, and thoroughly enjoyed all of them - great variety, but all with showers, bars, and more than enough sunbeds and parasols for everyone. In fact, although we were told that the village was virtually full, we were amazed at how quiet it was - no queues for anything, loads of space, it was quite a surprise.

    As for the catering - we were on All-Inclusive, and I have to say I expected the worst (ie pizza, nuggets, chips etc) - however: it was absolutely brilliant. We like to eat the local fare wherever we go, and we did so at every meal, with several local options for each course of all meals, from greek yogurt and dried fruits at breakfast to "village salad" with olives, hummus and taramas, lamb kleftiko, tavas and stifado, halloumi, Cypriot sausages, beef and pork stews, moussaka, the list was endless. Add to that all the usual hotel fare, plus "kids options", show-cooking including fresh omelettes and pancakes, roasts, fabulous desserts, amazing salads, it really was tremendous. I was amazed that they could offer such variety and quality on this sort of scale. And the drinks were pretty good too! There is something so indulgent about finishing breakfast at 10am and toddling up to the pool bar for your first ice-cold gin & tonic of the day! (Or brandy sour, pina colada, tequila sunrise, pretty good wine, beer and just about anything else). One word of warning - the self-serve wine in the restaurant is appalling! Better to pop upstairs (use the lift if you're lazy and/or scared of spilling) and get a couple of glasses of good stuff from the main bar, then pop back down to your meal. And forget about the supposed rule about "only two drinks per visit", I never saw it being enforced, and we never waited more than a minute for service anywhere.

    Oh, and don't bother with the Mexican restaurant, it's not worth it. The Greek is better, lovely Kleftiko there, and better wine too.

    The wedding itself was a joy from start to finish, everyone had a fantastic time, and we'd all love to come back again and again.

    As for Paphos and Cyprus as a whole, it exceeded our expectations and proved to be a truly magical place for a family holiday with something for everyone, not least the superb weather! Can't wait to come back!!

    Unique Quality: Unique qualities would include the tremendously attractive grounds, lovely pools, great kids activities, and the high quality food and drinks on offer. The wedding chapel is beautiful and the wedding organisation service first rate, as was the service from all staff.

    Directions: The coast road leads past the Amathus Beach hotel with its little "turret thing" which you can see from many parts of town. Aliathon is just past the Avanti village and opposite the three hotels of the Athena chain.

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Loved the Aliathon

by TripAdvisor Member Joneses11

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!

Hotel Aliathon great ..Paphos not!!!!!!!!

by TripAdvisor Member widgypog2008

The hotel was great and very nice and clean etc but just a word of warning ..Cypus is REALLY expensive so please be warned..prices are more like London prices for all food and drink and Paphos really isnt any nicer than anywhere in Spain or go all inclusive!!!!!!!!!!!

Fab Facilities at the Aliathon

by TripAdvisor Member Kengai05

We stayed at the new Fishing village at the Aliathon in the last week of May. Our one bed luxury apartment was great - very clean, tidy, with all the facilities you need. Could have done with a bit more drawer space. The rest of the family had booked a kids suite - we had thought it would be a 2 bed apartment, turned out to be a one bed luxury apartment, with the bedroom converted into a kids den - the adults had a bed in what was our sittingroom.

Facilities brilliant - loads for the kids to do - activity reps kept everyone entertained without being pushy. Evening entertainment good, catering for everyone.

We were all inclusive and we were not disappointed. Food wonderful and plentiful, and the freshly cooked pancakes for breakfast were to die for!

There is some ongoing work at the front of the new fishing village area, but it wasn't noisy or disruptive.

Would recommend this village for families and couples alike.

Absolutely fantastic! Beautiful, friendly staff, great for kids!

by TripAdvisor Member suntannedfromcyprus

We went to Aliathon on 4th June and were very worried following the letters we had from first choice about changes to rooms and stuff not being ready but when we got there everything (apart from some of the wedding stuff apparently) was finished as far as we could tell and was absolutely beautiful. The new section which has just been finished has a massive pool with one side being "beach" style for a long distance so great for families. A further kids pool 100yds away was shallow throughout with lots of slides and things for the little ones. Our children (10 and 13) had a great time in the kids clubs and the all inclusive was very good. our only complaint would be it finished at midday on the last day and we had a night flight so this was inconvenient. We wont go back because it was such a great holiday we dont think it could be as good again! Would highly recommend. the accomdation in the fishing village was superb - we had upgarded to have a kids den and so had two bedrooms and a kitchen area even though we were all inclusive. Staff were very friendly but people we met there said they didnt recommend the mexican restaurant - slow service and average food - so we didnt eat anywhere except the main restaurant and the pool snacks. If you are worried from the older reviews, dont be> if you are staying in the fishing village its beautiful!!

Happy holiday

by TripAdvisor Member HomeJackie

We booked our holiday to Aliathon through first choice. The site is pretty much overtaken by first choice customers from easter through to the end of the summer. The complex is set on the airport side of Paphos. Only 20 mins by coach from the airport. About 5 min taxi ride into harbour or city centre.

The original complex has been extended and the new part has only opened this year. We went at the end of May 2008 and all building is completed. There is still some activity going on in areas adjacent to the complex but this did not effect the holiday in any way.

The beach is across the road and down a pathway between two water-front hotels. Sand is very hot underfoot!

The holiday reps there a very enthusiastic and great with the kids. We have a 12 and 13 year old and they were pretty much entertained all day with the on-site activities through to 11 at night.

The site has 2 pools in the original complex and a very good sized pool in the new part. Food was excellent - we went all inclusive and it was definitely worth it. Large variety of food, all styles of food on offer. Although there are a number of alternative bars and restaurants both on the complex and local to it if you want a change (we did but found the food and service much better in the main self serve restaurant). Hotel staff were very polite and quick to clear plates etc. All areas spotlessly clean. Also there's an adult only bar overlooking the new pool - very nice, and also an indoor spa for adults only.

Accommodation was excellent. UK style plugs, hairdryers towels etc provided. air con. spotlessly clean. cooking facilities. Brand new apartments all opened this year.

It's worth doing the organised excursions - completely hassle free. I can recommend the jeep safari - great fun but bumpy. Also the catamaran boat trip - lovely swimming off the boat, and they have kayaks too.

Great New Facilities

by TripAdvisor Member StillSandInMyShoes

We booked an All Inclusive package through First Choice (UK), having loved one of their other Holiday Villages. This was even better! We stayed at the Aliathon in May 2008, just as the new Fishing Village opened. But we got a free upgrade to a 2-bed 1st floor apt overlooking the pool in the original area, as pictured in the brochure, which nice in its own way; more like two smaller communities than the larger new fishing village. And handier for the shops and bus stops too.

Would recommend the first floor as the balconies are more private and the kids can't run straight from the french windows into the pool unsupervised. The apartment was fresh, clean, furnished IKEA-style and had air-conditioners in the living area and bedrooms. Our room was cleaned 6 days a week and the bedding changed weekly.

Unlike previous years' reviewers, without exception we found the hotel staff everywhere to be friendly, helpful and with a level of courtesy and genuine interest so lacking in the UK hospitality industry. And First Choice's staff were great too and always on hand. We talked and talked to everyone.

Well located sunbed spots are in short supply, so place your marker towel early. And you can't get an all-inclusive drink, even a soft one, until 11am (I know its a long stretch from breakfast).

The food in the main Arion Restaurant was fresh, faultlessly prepared and presented with selections from local, Greek and more familiar dishes at every lunch and dinner, buffet style. The stuff that healthy children shouldn't be eating, but always do is disguised by red lighting, so they might not find it until day 2. Desserts were fantastic, especially with limitless ice cream. The breakfasts! Wow! Anything and everything, even cooked to order omlettes and pancakes. I did have trouble though persuading the staff though that milk in tea, can't be the hot stuff from the coffee machine, but by perseverance by the end of our stay a jug of fresh milk was always sited next to the tea bags and sugar. I put on 7 pounds, so the food must have been good.

Tried the onsite Greek Taverna, but didn't find anything on the inclusive menu that was all that different to the Greek dishes served on various days in Arion. Didn't feel the need to stray again.

They were still building the Ents area upstairs, so part of the Restaurant was cordoned off for the evening ents, which made the restaurant very crowded at times at half term at the end of May. And noisy after 8pm. The Ents were rather unappealing and the Bingo just kills the atmosphere built up by the kids ents preceding it. Up against 4 of the 5 main UK terrestrial channels + SSports in every room, Corrie or Eastenders tended to win, even though we tried.

The busier (I'm sure they call it livelier) fishing village has a great beach pool, a kids pool with waterslides from a pirate ship and noisy klaxons by the water cannons. (The klaxons were switched off on their first day, as they were obviously way too loud.) A great-looking aerial climbing area looked finished and should have opened, but was apparently awaiting a special bracket to complete it.

More generally, watch out for dual Pound/Euro pricing in the shops everywhere in Cyprus. The pound-signed price marked is Cypriot Pounds worth EUR1.71, but British Pounds are only worth EUR1.25 at the moment, so that thing marked at CYP 10.00 equates to GBP 13.68. When other countries changed to the Euro in 2001, they only kept dual pricing for 3 months. Keeping it this long after Jan 2008 is just confusing tourists. Surely the locals are used to the Euro by now.

Took a day trip to Cairo & the pyramids too. Exhausting, but brilliant.

We want to go back next year and take the children and grandchildren with us! We had the best time!

great hol

by TripAdvisor Member ybina

we stayed in first week of june thought the new fishing village was good pools great just need more sun beds otherwise be perpared to get up early to get one. food was good staff were good and helpfull would like to go back when all the odd jobs are finished, just be perpared for long delays at the airport

Still in mourning!

by TripAdvisor Member Sad2behome

Me, my mum and my three children stayed at the new fishing village in paphos in the last week of may and we are all stiil in mourning at being back in England.

We went all inclusive for one week and had the most lovely, relaxing time. The food was all fresh every meal time and my three children ate better there than they do at home. All the staff were attentive and very friendly too!
The children had a week of fun and freedom, their clubs were just fantasic,clean and lovely and the entertainers,i wanted to bring them home, they geniunely loved the kids! The pool area was spotlessly clean and with the sloping pool it was safe enough for my 6 yr old to have alot of freedom!

We highly reccommend this place!

loved it!

by TripAdvisor Member WalesMillie

we stayed at the village on the 16/06/08 and stayed in the new development.what can i say but wow! villas built around the pool,we stayed on the second floor.flat screen tv beautiful furniture and immaculately clean.always games and quizzes going on by the pool but also a quiet area if thats what you prefer. food at the buffet resturant was was lovely with plenty of choice.we did not eat at any of the al la carte places as men were required to wear long trousers and we hadn't taken any with us. there were two things that let it down for us were there was not enough umbrellas by the pool and i didn't appreciate getting up at 6.30 just to get one.also the music in the main buffet does get to go back!

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Aliathon Village Hotel Apartments and weather in paphos in September

by catherine123

Just wondering if anybody out there stayed in the Aliathon Village Hotel Apartments in Paphos? If so what did you think of them? What is the temperature in Paphos generally in mid September?

RE: Aliathon Village Hotel Apartments and weather in paphos in September

by rachel_sun

Weather should be still good. 28c and sunny, that is what you can expect that time of year.

RE: Aliathon Village Hotel Apartments and weather in paphos in September

by lisaamey

i stayed in the aliathon village both in 2004 and 2005, we liked it so much we went back again! the hotel is beautiful, it has lovely surroundings and the swimming pools are kept really nice. also its nice because the the pools tend not to be overcrowded.
all the staff are very hospitable and the rooms are of a good size and very comfortable.
its about a 15 minute walk to the harbour and town centre, but its a nice walk or alternatively there is a bus stop right outside the hotel.
my party and I had no complaints we would certainly recommend it!
hope you have a good holiday!

RE: RE: Aliathon Village Hotel Apartments and weather in paphos in September

by catherine123

Thanks for coming back to me regarding your stay in these apartments? Did you stay in the superior apartments(has DVD,two tvs and playstation) or the standard 1 bed apartments?Just some people has been complaining about the standard apartments.


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 Aliathon Holiday Village

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Address: Poseidonos Avenue, Paphos, 8063, Cyprus