The Thalassa Boutique Hotel recently joined Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) and this is where I spent the last 3 nights of my trip in Cyprus this time. From the moment you step in you are made welcomed by the amazing professional staff whose main aim is to make every guest stay as stress-free as possible. The word Thalassa means sea in Greek and the hotel is situated at the most beautiful spot on a peninsula overlooking Coral Bay. It is the hotel that I found no fault with anything and pays great attention to details.
I had the elegantly decorated double sea-view suite on the 6th floor #603. The king size comfortable bed was nicely decorated with pillows of different shapes and colour matching with the rest of the décor. There were two bathrooms one in each room, a nice comfortable sitting room, 2 sets of satellite TV, a DVD system, mini bar and a coffee machine. In all it included everything one could dream of for amazing holidays. The highlight of the suite was the Coral Bay view that shimmers through the huge windows adding splashes of green and blue to the natural hues of the room. The wide balcony was like an oasis capturing the sea and sky with the sunrise in the morning that made me rise up much earlier than normal to capture the stunning view as the sun was rising slowly up in the sky. I would stand out at the balcony early each morning just to watch the fabulous sunrise. The view was dazzling all day long!
The two full marble bathrooms of the suite were big and nicely decorated with straw baskets with fresh and bright white towels. Toiletries are ample and addition to the usual ones there is a loofah pad, a razor set, and a dental kit. The lotion and conditioner are the Italian products of Palais Jamis Etro. The aromatic soaps provided are of excellent quality and include vegetable oils.
The services provided combine the ultimate relaxation and I will start with breakfast. The weather was beautiful so breakfast was taken outside at the Ambrosia porch opposite the garden and pool. Everything on the buffet is of excellent quality and taste with the finest presentation. Impeccable service with smiling young staff in uniform alert the whole time to meet the needs of the guests. There are delicacies scarcely to be found in other hotels and again attention is paid to detail. Boiled bright white linen table clothes are changed every time somebody else comes to the tables. Tea and freshly brewed coffee are served in either fine porcelain teapots or silver ones. Juices are all fresh and there are a number of smoothies to accompany tea or coffee. Finally one can find the rarest fruit like passion fruit, mango, kiwi, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, bananas and any other fruit you can imagine. Excellent quality of champagne is served upon request at breakfast as well.
I am a person who skips lunch so I did not bother going to any restaurant other than the Ambrosia. Textures, colours, aromas and culinary arrangements, -a feast to the eyes are what one can experience here. I urge guests to taste the Hot Seafood Platter which is not to be missed! I avoid meat and here I tasted some of the most amazing and distinctive seafood cuisine I have ever had.
I spent several hours at the Anagenisis Spa the other gem of the hotel. I used a lot the Jacuzzi, the Steam room, the Sauna and the indoor pool especially the first day when it was cold to get to the beach. I had a vitalizing and regenerating vinotherapy facial treatment by Litsa my therapist whose hands were so gentle. The Spa uses the Babor products and there are several packages of wellness therapies in good value of money. The treatments are so many that you truly don’t know which to choose.
I enjoyed the crystal clear waters of the sandy bay and spent 2 afternoons out there swimming. Just a few metres from the hotel there is the Mycenean settlement called Palaiocastro Maa not to be missed. It dates back to 1250 BC. It is very interesting although it is not highlighted as it should have been. There is a bus stop a few metres from the hotel (bus #615) that takes you to the bus station of Limanaki next to the Castle and the centre of Paphos. The Tombs of the Kings are also very close to the hotel and the interesting village of Lemba is another nice alternative and place of interest to visit. Don’t miss the Baths of Adonis but you need to have a private car to get there and take along your bathing suits or you can dive naked in the waters if you wish. Walking trails, an excursion to the Akamas, are a few of the many other alternatives to be experienced when in this area.
I found here the highest standards of quality, the best gourmet and Spa escapes in an ideal location and the most amazing and professional staff. Thalassa is a real Gem that Cyprus has to be proud of! Erini, Nico, George, Litsa are some of the staff that I truly want to thank but I can tell that all the rest were just as good but I happen to miss their names now. I highly recommend it and long to return.
Poseidon Ave., Paphos
Pentadaktylou St, Kato Paphos, Paphos
Queen Verenikis Street, PO Box 60701, Paphos
Theas Afroditis Avenue, 8101 Paphos
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Address: Coral Bay, Paphos, 8099, Cyprus