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Fantastic stay at the Athena Royal Beach Hotel, Paphos
We stayed at the Athena Royal Beach hotel for two weeks this July. The service we received was first class. All the staff were friendly, helpful, polite and seemed genuinely keen to ensure we had a good stay. The hotel was fantastic - clean, great facilities, excellent bedroom & balcony and great pools. Although a little more expensive than the other hotels, it was definitely worth spending the money. The hotel is about a 30 minute walk to Paphos harbour (or a couple of minutes on the bus that you catch from outside the Athena Beach Hotel). This is quite good as you're away from the hussle and bussle and noise, keeping the hotel exclusive.
If you can, it's worth staying half board as the food in Paphos isn't brilliant and it's nice to have a safe bet sometimes. The hotel put on various themed food nights which keep it interesting.
I would definitely recommend staying at the Athena Royal Beach Hotel.
My boyfriend and I stayed at the Athena Royal Beach hotel w/c 7 August and we thought it was a fantastic hotel. We upgraded our room to a sea view one (14 Cyprus pounds a day) and it was well worth it. The staff were very friendly and helpful, the hotel itself was very nice and was defiantly of four star quality, the pool area was spacious with a choice of 3 pools to sit and sunbathe around and had a very relaxing atmosphere (due to it being an adults only hotel). The breakfast at the hotel was a good selection...I would recommend the crepes that the chef makes whilst you wait...we generally ate out everynight and I can recommend 2 very good restaurants Olestro (Mediterranean) and Cavallis (Italian) if you turn left out of the hotel, walk down the main road for about 5 minutes then they are both located there.
I could not fault the hotel atall, apart from there was not much night entertainment, just a pianist playing in the main bar most evenings but they do a couple of themed buffet nights round by the pool area which are quite good. They also had a lovely lady called Agnes who was the Animator (activities coordinator) for the hotel, she would have an itinerary everyday of different activites to join in on such as water aerobics in the pool, table tennis, french bowls etc.
A great hotel for couples, friends who just want to get away from it all and have a nice chilled out time.
We spent two weeks at the Athena Royal Beach from August 30 to September 13 2006. We had an absolutely fantastic time and can’t praise the hotel and it’s staff enough.
The hotel it’s self is beautifully kept and spotlessly clean. We had a room with a sea view and, as others have said, it’s well worth it. It’s fabulous. The room was a good size with lots of storage and the maids were wonderful – little touches like wine and fruit on arrival and flowers mid week made a difference. On our last day there were two beautiful swans made from the towels and sprinkled with rose petals on the bed.
The pool area was lovely. The sun loungers were plentiful, surrounding the three pools and going all the way down to the private beach. There was never any shortage whatever time of the day you went to the pool and beach towels are provided in your room. The beach itself was small and a bit rocky but you’re so close to the beach on the grassed area you don’t really need to be on the sand. There is also a little jetty which is lovely and peaceful. The fact that children aren’t allowed made a huge difference to us – it was so quiet and relaxing.
The Blue Spa is also really nice. I had a manicure and felt really spoilt. The indoor pool and gym also look good although we were far too relaxed to even think about using them!
We were on a B&B basis and the breakfasts were fab. You could any virtually anything you wanted – there were at least five different types of eggs and they are all especially recommended! We were spoilt for choice.
We had lunch a couple of times by the pool where there was a choice of various sandwiches/pitta breads, burgers or salads. It was more expensive to eat and drink in the hotel though so we often went out for lunch (not that you need it after the huge choice at breakfast!)
We also had a flambé at the hotel (Friday evenings). This is really worth doing. You book it in advance and choose from four menus (which all looked delicious) and it’s a real spectacle when they do the flambé. The food is fabulous too – you get 5 courses and the staff are excellent. They really look after you.
There isn’t much entertainment in the hotel but I don’t think it’s needed. There is often a singer/pianist on called George who was very good and there is a duo on once a week who put on a bit of a show (the girl’s dancing is something to behold!). Every evening there is a happy hour between 6.30 and 7.30 which is worth taking advantage of - the girls who wait on in the bar are great. If you want entertainment you can always go to the Athena Beach next door which has entertainment every night and there are lots of bars just a few minutes walk away. During the day there are a few activities throughout the day such as aqua aerobics, table tennis, yoga etc if you fancy it.
Apart from the flambé night we ate out every night and there are some great restaurants in the immediate area. We particularly recommend Oleastro (the first one you come to when you turn left out of the hotel) – great steaks and wonderful service. We also enjoyed Rimini – an Italian which serves lovely pizza. You can find this on the opposite side to Oleastro, just behind the Nature bar and restaurant (which was one of our favourite bars).
It takes about 20-25 minutes to walk to the harbour and it’s actually quite a pleasant walk but the bus also stops right outside the hotel. We recommend the Imperial Chinese restaurant which is on the left before you get to the harbour – fabulous food at a good price in a lovely air conditioned restaurant.
Handy for people who have an afternoon/evening flight back: the hotel has male and female courtesy rooms which you can book in half hour blocks. This was great because it meant we could spend the morning by the pool before heading home so we didn’t have to waste a second hanging around.
All in all, we have no complaints at all about the Athena Royal Beach and we would love to go back another year. Fabulous!
Lovely Hotel and Staff
We stayed here in Oct, and it was lovely.
It is a very quiet hotel as no children, and it is a majority of couples or older people.
We are in our early 30's and loved this hotel during the day as it was so relaxing, and there is an entertainment co-ordinator for table tennis, mini-golf etc, so the girls can read and relax and the men can have something to do!!
At night we went out as the hotel bar was very quiet with a lounge pianist. The hotel does have entertainment such as dance shows by proffessionals that they hire, but it is more for the 50 + age group. The rooms are very clean, average size and great shower. Iron is in the room along with hairdryer, sky TV, fridge and tea & coffee facilities. The in-room safe is complimentry.
The breakfast is fabulous, such a great choice, all fresh and presented really well.
We were half board, but I wouldn't do this again as there are many reasonable and good restuarants near the hotel. (I reccomend Napoleon restaurant, this looks old-fashioned from outside but the food is very very good) But if you are half board, the hotel allow you to move your meal to lunch if you give them notice before 10am, so it is great if you have already booked HB but fancy a change of scenary. Saying this though, the food is very good and different every evening with lots and lots of choice.
We went at the end of the season so it was very quiet, so I can not comment in the high season, but there were about 800+ sunloungers so I think that wouldn't be an issue. I did go next door to the athena beach hotel for a look and it was much busier, lots of families and generaly not maintained as well as the athena royal, so I think the extra money is worth paying.
The best thing about this hotel is the lovely, caring staff, and the relaxing atmosphere....I'd compare it to a day spa it is so calm!
Superb, relaxing and very friendly
We arrived back from the Athena Royal on Weds 26th July and I can assure you we didnt want to come home.
The hotel was superb and really relaxing. We were actually booked into the Pioneer Beach but got upgraded when we arrived, paid extra for a sea view room and we were glad we did. Waking up every morning to the sounds of the sea lashing against the beach was just magnificent. I have never had a sea view room before but will definatly have one every time we go away from now on.
The food was superb especially the clear beef soup. There was so much choice whether it was for breakfast or evening meal. and on Frid's you could pay a little extra and have a Flambe meal. You have a choice of 4 menus( which are all 4 courses each) you pick from while you are eating breakfast and you choose your time and then they cook your steak for you at the side of your table. You have candles and flowers and is really romantic. You will not be dissapointed. Well worth the extra money.It was only £12 extra.
All the staff are really friendly and very helpful especially the Executive Chef, Nicollette and the Maitre D' of the hotel.
The rooms were really clean and the showers were amazing. We had maid service every day and she always came while we were at breakfast so we never had to wait on the balcony while they cleaned the room. The only thing was that it was twin beds but within minutes of speaking to Nicollete our bed had been made into a queen size one.
If you get the chance book your selves to go on the Fun Bus. Its a day trip that takes you around the island. Gary ( your driver ) picks you up in a yellow bedford bus and takes you to a reptile park, up the mountains to the Adonis waterfalls, lunch at a cypriat taverna and then down to swim in the sea at Coral Bay and all you do all day is laugh! His knowledge on Cyprus is amazing and he has a great sense of humour. It cost £20 each but was the best day out we have ever had on holiday.
All in all a very relaxing and superb holiday. Will definatly go back there again.
Basic four star hotel
We have just returned from a two week holiday to the royal Athena beach hotel my boyfriend and i, enjoyed our stay, the pool and sunbeds were very relaxing, and the beds extend out on to the grass area towards the private beach so there are always plenty of sunbeds available. We chose the hotel as it stated it was an adults only, which made it very peaceful and relaxing as kids can be noisy at times!
The food however we felt was very basic three star food, little choice, repetitive at the pool bar and portions on the carvery rather stingy, i was asked if i wanted 1 or 2 slices of roast beef! If you want fresh orange juice at breakfast be prepared to pay an extra £1.00, yes they charge for fresh, hardly 4 and half star service.
Hoping the evening entertainment would be a little bit more pleasing, this also failed to disappoint, felt like drinking in the pensioners hall, with a very poorly inviting bar and pianist each evening with unexciting songs, and a very expensive drinks menu to boot.
They have a spa in the hotel which i must say was very immpressive with the treatments on offer, although i never had a treatment. If you like your exercise there is an equiiped gym and an instructor that holds water aerobics twice a week in the pool although her voice becomes irrating at times! The hotel shop is excellently stocked with all the essential goods, and newspapers and mags aplenty. The hotel also provide mags and books for borrowing each day on loan whilst relaxing around the pool.
Overall we had a relaxing stay and with the hired car visited some lovely beaches out towards coral bay, however next time we will return back to what we believe to be paphos best hotel the five star coral beach hotel as the food there is fabulous and the cypriot staff so warm and friendly. The food at Athena didn't meet our expectations, rather bland, repetitive and not the usual greek and cypriot dishes you would also expect to see at this standard of hotel.
we loved it
we have just come back from a wonderful hoilday. food was very good as we are both vegetarian ,they even prepared us a special dinner if we did not like the food on offer.all the staff are great and very helpful.I went on 16,8 and they were lots of sunbed most of them empty.we would definitely come back.
First Class - Definately Going Back
We have stayed in several four star hotels in Cyprus and this is by far and away the best. Lovely hotel, lovely rooms with fridge,. ironing board, tea and coffee making facilities, sky tv (including Sky Sport), and safe deposit box - all of these in the price of the room, no extra. Terrific staff, spotlessly clean all the time. Beautiful swimming pools - loads of sunbeds, and no kids! Someone in another review said that fresh orange juice was charged for at breakfast - well it wasn't when we went. Yes, the evenings are quiet, and there are quite a lot of older people there - but get yourself out into Paphos if you want a bit more life! The hoyel itself is faultless. The food was international - which is normal for half board - so go B and B instead!!
Can't wait to go back.
lovely but something missing...
Spent a week from 13th --20th at this hotel. Frosty receptionest named Markella our first experience, shes beautiful but needs to smile and interact with the guests! Room ok, clean but with a smell of un-emptied hoover about and it was also in the corridor all the time. There was some tired fruit, half bottle of red wine and bootle of water in the fridge. Air conditioning necessary as when balcony closed the room was airless. Breakfasts were wonderful with a vast choice of self-service goodies and didnt need to pay for fresh orange juice as reported in an earlier post.
Spa good,i had an excellent body massage and facial and used the indoor pool. I could only get sky sports on the tv which didnt interest me but as I wasnt in my room too long it didnt bother me.
Bar / lounge area looks nice but dosent work as its too spread out for the number of people and the entertainer george is dreadful,the duo were better but only as a once off. Theres nowhere to just sit and chill except here and at night if guests just wanted to read or maybe write postcards etc. the lighting was too low.I definitely wont return because there simply wasnt any soul to this place.
Great but 5 Star??
Stayed at beggining of October. The Hotel is smart, clean and the service just cannot be faulted. Whilst we were there they were being assessed for becoming a 5 Start hotel which they have achieved.
We stayed B&B and brekfasts are really good, loads of fruit, breads, continental and english fare. There is also champagne and FRESH orange juice. The day of the assesment for 5star there was even smoked salmon on offer. Sat outside the Oasis restarant with Smoked Salmon, scrambled egg, fresh OJ, galss of champagne...how decadent!
Now the stuff that really ticked me off...If they are going to be 5 start the towels need to be better, a bit rough and worn. Stop charging for Side sea view. We had to go onto the balcony and step to the right to see it...the extractors from the Louis hotel next door are loud and mars your enjoyement of the balcony.
Also at night the hotels own extractors sound like a permanent fridge compressor going..I ended up sleeping with ear plugs as i have very sensitive hearing..They offered us another room but I could still hear the noise..
Would I go back...mmm.. if they could assure me that the Sea view rooms didn't have the noise then yes, I would.
I'll add places to go to the Paphos search.
Paphos fort and harbour
Sunset at Chloraka Beach in Paphos
Paphos in October?
Hi. I am going to a weekend in Paphos in October this year. I am taking my 4 year old son. What is the weather like then? Will he be able to swim in the pools without freezing? Will it be hot enough for us adults to lay around sunbathing and getting a tan? If we can't, any ideas of what to do for a week with limited funds? We might be able to hire a car for a day if we are lucky.
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Blas! I said weekend, when I meant a wedding - for a WEEK.
Re: Paphos in October?
I got a bit of a tan, and swam in the outdoor (heated) pool in December, so you should be ok in October. Cyprus is one of the few Med places (excluding the Costas) which carries on having package holidays through the Christmas period.
As for things to do, Paphos itself is a large-ish resort with plenty of tourist provision by the harbour area (Kato Paphos). Some hotelpools are open to the public. Your son will enjoy pootling around on the nearby beach (easy walking distance from the harbour, sandy, rock-pools etc). There are also lots of ancient remains to explore. Local buses will get you to other places, such as Coral Bay (and there are lots of reasonably-priced tours available).
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That's encouraging. Thank you. I didn't know the beach was so close. It is sometimes hard to make sense of maps.
Re: Paphos in October?
How close it is depends where you are staying; if you are Paphos itself it'll mean a bus ride (or longish walk) but most hotels are in Kato Paphos, the harbour area.
Re: Paphos in October?
It's usually nice enough to lay around during the day,the pools will be cold and it will be chilly at night. If you hire a car the Trudos mountains are beautiful and a great experience for children being on the beach one minute then standing in white snow within a couple of hours.
Take warm stuff for evenings and a trip to the mountains. The roads up there are a bit scary, one track with few passing places, but worth the effort when you get there.