More about Cyprotel Laura Beach Hotel
My wife and me have just had a lovely holiday at the Luca Cypria Laura Beach Hotel near Paphos. I did not enjoy a previous visit to the island in a different hotel, but my week's stay in this hotel from 19th October has changed all that. Our room was on the road side of the hotel but this did not disturb us. The room was good and little touches such as the flowers and messages left by the cleaning staff made it a bit special. The food was good but not outstanding. The space around the hotel with its extensive gardens was fantastic. There were always plenty of sun beds and space in the sun to put them. Very relaxing. I liked the private beach and the reef in the sea which created a calm area when the sea was a bit lively. There were thousands of fish which was great for shallow water snorkling. The staff went out of their way to be friendly and helpful. A surprise was that at night you were served at your table in the bars by waiters and waitresses. This was unexpected but really good. The hotel is due to be refurbished during the winter and I believe will also have an additional pool. This is already a great hotel and it will be even better. I am really looking forward to returning to the hotel.I will try to attach a few photos to give you a flavour of how just how nice it is.
Loved it !
Just come back from a week at the Laura Beach Hotel and loved it.
Hotel itself was clean and staff were very helpful, food was fab and unlimited choice for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It was quite repetitive but still enjoyable.
Entertainment was great especially at nighttime with the kids disco (which was very cute).
The only complaint we had was the room did face the main road and was quite noisy, this didnt bother us too much as we were out all day and most of the night but for £10 per night you can upgrade to a sea facing room.
Pool was fab and no mather what time you went down to the poolside you could always get a sunbed !
All in all a fab week in the sun !
Fantastic Holiday at the Laura
Just returned from a great holiday at the Laura Beach. We couldn't fault the place the hotel accomodation was great, the food was excellent and so was the service in the bars and restaraunt. The only disappointment was that the pool bar wasn't quite finished yet so no drinks in the pool but apart from that we had a great time. We wouldn't hesitate to go back again.
Enjoyable and Friendly
Planned a wedding in Cyprus and stayed at the Laura Beach in May for 2 weeks and 11 family members.
On arrival it seemed quite posh and is a very large hotel. Overall I was happy with the hotel, it was pleasant, but there were a few things that didnt make it a 4 star. It is obvious that at one time it was a very lush hotel, but it needs some money spending on it to bring it up to date, i.e. bathrooms & showers, curtains and bedspreads, televisions in rooms dont work. Standard of cleaning in rooms was ok, beds made every day but floor not swept. I was looking forward to a "barbeque night" which never happened. Local spirits at the bar were poor, cheap fruit juices and softdrinks. Entertainment was non existent in the Nero Bar which is the main entertainment room. Sometimes there would be a lady playing the organ, which isnt my cup of tea. We were most disappointed with the entertainment and that is my main gripe. The other entertainment in the downstairs bar was aimed at young children who were running around and the temperature in there was far too hot.
Not enough toilets in the hotel, there are two sets of toilets, both on the furthest side of the hotel, so if your by the pool, you have to get dry, dressed and walk through the hotel to the reception area. Food could have been a bit more exciting considering it boasts being a 4 star, it was a bit samey every night, and wasnt 4 star quality,but was presented well. Lunchtimes seem to be like a school canteen in the eatery and outside by the pool, everyone scoffing as much as they can, not my cup of tea either. Bar staff and waiters are very attentive and friendly, you will never have to wait long to be asked if you need a drink. It may seem like I didnt like this hotel but I quite enjoyed it as a whole, there are alot of good points which sort of outweight the bad. It was a friendly hotel with a good atmosphere.
Not somewhere to stay for rest and relaxation...
My girlfriend and I stayed at the Luca for a week in September and that was enough for us...
The hotel is not too far from the airport and doesn't suffer from aircraft noise - something that I've experienced at other places. When we arrived at the hotel the ubiquitous blue bands were placed around our wrists and we were branded as all-inclusives for the week! However it seemed that most people were on an AI tariff, although I was pleased to hide my band when we ventured out from the confines of the hotel into Paphos, etc!
The room that we were given was on the 'mountain view' side, but also adjacent (as all the rooms are on that side) to a busy and very noisy highway. The room also stank of smoke and of various other pleasant odours, doubtless festering in what looked like a very dirty, threadbare carpet. However when we raised these issues in the morning we were offered better rooms. In the end I paid extra for a sea-facing room. It had a great view of the Med and was much cleaner, but also suffered from the noise of the entertainment/pool, although to be fair this ended by about half 11 most nights.
I'd not stayed at an all-inclusive before and don't think that I'd do it again as it seemed to attract a proportion of the greediest people I'd ever met. Lunchtimes were like feeding time at the zoo and my girlfriend and I waited until 2 or after to eat to avoid the hordes of hungry campers. The food itself was certainly plentiful and the salads were good, however we could have been staying anywhere in the world, such was the paucity of Cypriot/Greek dishes. It took until the fifth day before Moussaka made an appearance, with Stifado showing up on the final day. I was disappointed about this, but I guess that the hotel is only responding to the needs of the chip butty brigade...
For some variety we went into Paphos to try Greek tavernas on a coupleof evenings and had some excellent mezes, fish and meat. Nino's Fish Taverna in Pahpos Harbour is well worth trying and has been going since the early 1960s - always a good sign to see plenty of locals in a restaurant, as was the case there. However, eating out isn't especially cheap by Med holiday standards, with shared starters, two mains and a bottle of wine & two beers working out at about £35.
If you want relaxation by the pool (trumpeted by Cosmos in the brochure that I read before booking) then forget it. The Animation Team were indeed very hard working but we got thoroughly sick and tired being harangued by them to do archery, aqua aerobics, cocktail competitions, crazy darts and the like. It was like something out of Butlins (anyone for 'Super Bingo"??) and not conducive to a chilled out stay with some beers round the pool. Similarly, if low-rent evening entertainment is your sort of thing you'll have the time of your life. Picture the sight of a middle-aged women trying to pop a balloon by gyrating across the groin of a hapless teenage lad and you'll get the picture. We didn't, hence the need to escape to Paphos itself. My tip for a bit of peace is to get down to the pool for a bit after 9 - that way you get to breakfast before anarchy sets in, and have a couple of hour's relative tranquility poolside.
The hotel is very much English dominated (not fair to lump in the Irish, Scottish or Welsh) and I found it pretty embarrassing to see the performances of some of my fellow countrymen and women. I seemed to be alone in actually saying "Efkareesto" (thank you) to the staff, bus drivers, etc. On plenty of occasions the people I said it to looked thoroughly amazed (and very pleased) to hear a tourist making a tiny, tiny effort to show willing! And what is it with the need to read The Sun, Mirror, etc on holiday when there's actually a very good local daily in ENGLISH (yes, really!) called the Cyprus Daily. It has all the home news as well as that from Cyprus (good for learning more about the place where you're staying) and it's only 55 cents rather than the tablods from home which cost double!
Another interesting insight was that it was the Brits (let's just say a family from the North West) who bagged all the sunloungers by the pool with their towels first thing - and to think that we Brits always blame another particular nation for this!
Moving on to a hasty conclusion...
If you want to eat and drink to your heart's content, not have to engage with any Cypriot/Greek culture (with the exception of the tediously predictable 'Cypriot night' complete with Zorba the Greek) and get a good tan then the Luca is for you. However, next time when my girlfriend and I book somwhere it'll be adults only and won't be all-inclusive. Still, we both got a good tan, if nothing else! Can't fault the Cypriot weather or the the locals who were friendly and patient, especially with some highly ignorant and unaware guests. (Standing by the drinks machine at the pool I heard one woman aks her friend "Is this the same water as ours? Marvellous.
Not a 4 Star hotel
The Laura's pictures in all the brochures I had seen looked lovely. I was attending a wedding, and this was my friends choice of hotel. As it was a four star hotel, I thought that the accomodation would be acceptable. However on arriving the room was very small and in need of renovation. There were other rooms available, which were larger, as they were facing a different way. There were three adults sharing the room, they hadn't considered giving us one of these alternative rooms.
The all inclusive idea always brings out the worst in people, I have to say it wasn't all Engligh people, there were a lot of French in the hotel and they were extremly rude. It was more like feeding time at the zoo.
The hotel has three restaurants and numerous bars, but due to the time of year of our visit, and the fact that a large part of the hotel was being renovated only one restaurant and two bars were open.
We were not made aware of this when booking and the lack of available facilities was not reflected in the price. The food was average and catered to a high proportion of people's tastes, but forgot about the vegetarians.
The staff were friendly and helpful when we were looking for a larger room and ending up upgrading to a family room, at £10 cyp per night extra.
The hotel was not bad, but had we had all the information about availablility and rooms at the time of booking, I think we would have looked elsewhere.
I certainly don't think this hotel is representative of four star accomodation, the St George next door, looked much nicer for the price.
we have just come back from staying in the luca laura and i would just like to put peoples mind at ease if you are staying here it is a lovely hotel and i would recommend anyone any age to stay here. me and my husband went there to get married with 20 of our close friends and family, the staff there couldnt do enough there and they were very friendly people!! the entertaiment staff were lovely even though a few left on our 2nd week laura, petra and mimo are still there and they are great. before we went on holiday i came on here and read all the reviews some bad some good but all i can say is people who wrote bad reviews on this hotel must have got the hotel name wrong we have been back 3 days and are already talking about going back soon!! the hotel is closing later this year and is going to be made up to a 5 star hotel but we were talking to quite a few people staying here and we coulnt see what they would need to do as it is lovely. if you are staying in this hotel there is no doubht in my mind that you will enjoy it. if you want to know any more please feel free to email me on firstname.lastname@example.org xxxxx have a nice holiday xxxxxx
best holiday ever!
when i arrived at the hotel i knew it was a nice hotel but when i had a look around i thought it was fantastic. The entertainmant was ok the reastaurant was lovely and the pool was good. I would defineletly come to this hotel again!
Our 7th trip to Paphos 1st to the CAypria Laura
We took a holiday 6-18 May this year at the Cypria Laura celebrating our 40th wedding anniverdary by getting away from it all. Although listed as a 4 star, in truth, it lacks the sparkle of some of the four star accommadation we have stayed at in the past.
What was apparant, was the legendary friendliness of the Greek Cypriots (our reason for returning to Cyprus so many times) and the Laura's staff. The choice of food was faultless. Work was ongoing to the main lobby, gardens, garden lighting and pool bar during our stay but did'nt bother us too much as it was very Cypriot in its approach (laid back) We saw it a a positive move in bringing the hotel up to its 4* standard.
Having booked the hotel on line ... I was somewhat worried when I read negative reviews before we left. I need'nt have worried; the food was plentifull, fresh and a good variation of choice, both Cypriot and Europien. The only chips present were on the childrens selection, a seperate choice for 'nursery food' available at a lower level to the main buffet selection in the main resteraunt.
At no time the feeding frenzy I had feared, when our half board was upgraded to an all inclusive, took place. Take heart make the choice to visit: its who you are with and what you make it, the Cypria Laura just brings it all together.
We returned yesterday from a week's all inclusive holiday at the Luca Laura Hotel, having had a fantastic time.
From the moment we arrived, we felt very welcome. The reception staff could not have been more helpful and the rooms were very clean. As mentioned in previous reviews, the cleaning staff left a towel in the shape of a swan - a very nice touch, together with a lovely poem, and every day the room was cleaned, a nicely presented towel and poem was left, together with a flower.
All the staff were very polite, especially the waiters/waitresses and I must mention John who was a pleasure to chat to. They work really hard and yet were always smiling. I cannot praise them enough.
The food was non-stop, from 7.00am until 11.00pm, and was fantastic. The catering staff did an amazing job and there was so much choice I do not know how they managed to cook so many dishes and present them so beautifully. Vgetarians are well catered for and there was also plenty of chips, pizzas for fussy eaters.
The pools and outside areas were very clean and there were enough sunbeds for everyone, both in the sun and shade.
The animation (entertainment) team were fantastic and worked extremely hard. I felt really sorry for them when nobody wanted to take part in many of the activities, including archery, water polo etc. They also worked very hard in the evenings and there was always something on, from karaoke, bingo etc. All of them were lovely and I never saw one who was not smiling! They were fantastic with all the children who were well catered for.
The staff were also good in providing a screen so everyone could watch the World Cup and a great time was had by all. We were just disappointed that we had to leave to catch our plane home so missed David Beckham's goal!
The only thing we could fault was the fact that the hotel's beach had a continuous red flag flying. However, we and many others did swim there but were cautious about not swimming too faraway from shore. There were no other coloured flags attached to the pole so it is possible that the hotel were covering themselves in the event of any accidents etc. I could be wrong in thinking this - it is just an assumption.
All in all, I have no hesitation in recommending this hotel.
laura beach pathos
Will be staying here in 3 wks time with 4 teenagers!
Want to do a jeep safari, scuba, and possibly some other trips.
Any info would be great.
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Take a look at my Paphos page.
If you are going to Paphos with youngsters, we highly reccomend the Aphroditie waterpark.
We had a wonderful time there with our family and friends. It was not crowded at all and we waited at the most a minute or two for slides.
Best waterpark we have been to for accessability to the slides and variety. (and we have been to many).
The beach at coral bay is wonderful.... less crowded than the public beach at Paphos.
I have heard that there are other beaches at Protaras that are much nicer, but I have not seen them personally.
There is a good scuba shop in the small plaza up the hill from the Coral Beach hotel. Great service, some ex-pat brits running it as a retirement job. very compeditive pricing and they know all the local dive spots....
We heard that you are better off renting your own jeep and driving around than taking the organized jeep adventures. But again, this is what we were warned about by our friends....
Trips to the mountains definitely called for as well as the World Heritage site in Paphos.
Safe travels and have fun!!!