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As Always Excellent, Homely, Simply Great!
This property is in my heart and in the course of years it is like returning home each time.
I recently spent 3 amazing nights at this friendly family business hotel which by now I dare call “Home”.
So nice to be back indeed.
CHECK-IN: The welcome was warm as always and nice to see my friend Gregoria once again. Luckily the time I arrived she was not that busy, I was offered a cool drink and we had an extended friendly chat before I get the keys to my room. The property is extremely popular with repeaters.
LOCATION: With less than 2 km from the Baths of Aphrodite it is in a very convenient location especially if you come here by local bus. I caught the bus from Paphos to Polis (#645) and then the corresponding mini bus for Latchi to the Baths of Aphrodite (#622) and I was dropped off outside the hotel. In fact that morning I left from Larnaca to Limassol at 7:30 and then to Paphos. I reached the hotel by 1:30pm with a total cost of just €13.00.
THE OWNERS: Hard working people with much passion behind their property, professional and always with extra care for their guests. Through the years and every time I am back I notice the progress made. Step by step, year after year with endless hours of hard work.
STAFF:The owner and her staff are very attentive. They work as a team. They will go out of their way to make you feel welcome and comfortable. They are there for you always with a nice word, huge smiles and eager to know how you enjoy your stay, if there is anything more they can do about.
SERVICE: Impeccable. Very friendly as always….nothing is too much for them. You feel like home here and this makes the difference. You need to meet Santos to see what a loveable guy he is. Two ladies joined in and Simona quit but I miss their names right now. Don’t be surprised if you see the owner around giving a hand too but also members of the family like Grandma and Argyroula the daughter.
BEACH: The Beach of Latchi stands out as one of the best in Cyprus. Clear turquoise waters so inviting that you cannot help just watching them. You want to jump in even if the water is cool.
The beach is pebbled so better carry along a pair of swimming shoes if your feet are that sensitive. The water gets deep right from the first few steps and kids should be supervised. For children who know how to swim it is a joy for snorkeling or kayaking. Depending of the time of visit if you are lucky you might spot Green Turtle tracks too. Turtles lay their eggs in nests on the beach during the night in this area depending on the season of course.
ROOM: I had the same room as the previous time, overlooking the garden and the chapel of the hotel. With a pleasant surprise the first thing I noticed upon stepping in was the protective net attached to the balcony door. It was something missing all these years. Thus I could sleep with the door wide open without being bitten by mosquitos, and this time I could sleep over the sounds of the waves lapping against the beach. No need of course to use the air condition not even once.
Beds, mattresses, quilts and curtains are new as most of the rooms have been refurbished not a long time back. Have in mind that a small fridge will be provided upon request with a small fee. Sheets are changed every 3 days while towels daily. One or two things that are not provided are beach towels, shampoo, plastic caps and shower gel, so better carry your own.
The bed was comfortable enough, the ladies from the maintenance cared to have the room decorated with a tiny pot of flowers every day. The balcony is not that wide but it can easily fit a rotunda and 2 chairs. Attached on the wall there is a tiny clothes-horse to dry towels, and bathing costumes. (You can ask for a kettle if you wish but better bring your own tea or coffee as this is not provided free). I loved taking my coffee out by the balcony in the afternoon overlooking the Rock across the Baths of Aphrodite in the distance. Depending on the time, day or afternoon and the weather condition, the colors of the sea change and the rock across Aphrodite Baths seems much closer.
BATHROOM: Upgraded bathrooms with bathtubs, normal size, neither big nor small. Towels are blue and are changed daily. The only trouble is the noise coming from the fan in the toilet every time the light is on. I just avoided to switch it on if not needed and between us the room has much light luckily so this was something minor.
WI FI:As from the previous year internet access is provided free of charge in all rooms and it is fast too.
CHAPEL: For religious ceremonies, weddings and christenings there is a chapel in the hotel as from last year.
BREAKFAST: The variety of the buffet is rich and varies depending on the season. The buffet includes many seasonal produce which comes from the orchard of the owners which is opposite the hotel. Vegetables, fruit, marmalades are all homemade and fresh. The restaurant’s terrace has been upgraded since last year, so there are no more umbrellas over our heads. Instead shade comes automatically with the press of a button.
The terrace is simply great now and the view is breathtaking. Guests can enjoy magnificent view of the bay of Polis.
The restaurant’s terrace has been extended at the back and there is another room added just below for different activities.
DINING: The Chef of the cuisine is still Alexandros with a long background experience. I was on H/B so every night the buffet was a surprise. There are fish and meat dishes daily also a few of them are vegetarian ones, several dips, desserts and seasonal fruit. There is much variety to choose from, with the wine list being a bonus. Cypriot wineries produce excellent wine of high quality which I urge you to try here, or you could ask for the home’s wine which is good and cheaper too.
ACTIVITIES: There are trails to explore if you love trekking which are very close to the hotel.
Guests can also get to the Bath of Aphrodite which is less than 2 km on foot and see the place where the goddess of Love took her bath. It is one of the highlights in the area too.
The small fishermen harbor in Latch also worth visiting for a stroll, perhaps have some meze and try some Ouzo, or get there early in the morning for a boat trip. There are different kind of trips (half day) sunset trips, or BBQ trips.
MASSAGE: Get to Polis and arrange an appointment for the most relaxing massage you had ever had in your life. (Ambiental Touch)The team of therapists and healers are a bunch of professionals with many years of training and experience. I know them well and I can assure that they are the best in the area. You will find them at Ambiental Apartment, Stasioikou A 7, Prodromi, Polis, at the traffic lights next to the DIY shop. Tel:+357 9633 2778. (I highly recommend them)
POLIS:Take a stroll in the centre of Polis which is beautiful. You will be amazed with the number of restaurants and café bars you will come across. There is also a small, very old church that worth visiting if you get there, but other than these there is not much to see in Polis.
TO CONCLUDE:The 3 nights I spent here were once again memorable. What I appreciate is that through the many years of visiting I noticed so many things changing to the benefit of guests. The Aphrodite Beach Hotel has turned to be a unique choice for relaxing holidays the year round for families, couples, and groups of all ages and interests. The location is excellent, the service exceptional, the rooms humble but functional, the food great. In all, it has the whole package and for all the above that I mentioned I highly recommend it.
Home of Cypriot Hospitality, It Has it ALL!
My 5th or 6th stay here, I believe I lost count and who knows how many more stays I will experience. I spent 5 dreamy days out here on this last visit.
WARM WELCOME: A home away from home and Grigoria who is like a sister to me by now, is the wakeful guard, passionate with what she is doing, an authentic Cypriot who undoubtedly takes the Cypriot hospitality to another level. The “welcome home” tagline fits perfectly here.
LOCATION: It is the very best hotel you can get in the Akamas Peninsula especially if you want to explore the area. Most of the visitors are nature lovers. It is just a stone’s throw from the Baths of Aphrodite, ideal for trekking, sunbathing, long strolls and relaxation. The bus stop is just a few metres away.
STAFF/SERVICE: Besides the family members (Granny, Argyroula the daughter and one or two others) there is Santos and Simona this year working here. The guys are loveable, Santos has a great sense of humor and can be seen anywhere doing anything….but always with a smile and a nice word. He can’t go unnoticed, behind the bar, in the garden, in the orchards. Simona is a qualified young lady helping at the reception and the restaurant too. Her passion is her love for horses and psychology. I remember we met years back when she was taking care of some horses on a farm in Kalavasos. Grigoria’s Team is unbeatable. No glum expressions, only smiling faces, discreet and goodwill. Really nothing seems too much trouble for anyone.
What sets this hotel apart is Grigoria herself. She is an amazing lady with a warm smile and an open heart. She wins you from the first moments, speaks fluently English, German some Russian and if not mistaken some French as well.
Of course, how can I leave out the daughter of the family, Argyroula.
She was a young child those days when I first visited the hotel and has now grown up to a beautiful young lady who helps her Mum but at the same time studies. She escorts guests to their rooms if she happens to be around, assures that everything is fine and nothing missing. You will also see her around helping in the restaurant, always with her sweet smile ….definitely taken after her Mother.
BEACH: Latchi prides for its clear turquoise waters. The beach is pebbled out here, so better carry along a pair of swimming shoes if your feet are that sensitive. The water gets deep right from the first few steps and kids should be supervised. For children who know how to swim it is a joy for snorkeling or kayaking. Depending of the time of visit if you are lucky you might spot Green Turtle tracks too. Turtles lay their eggs in nests on the beach during the night in this area depending on the season of course.
The beachside restaurant right below the hotel belongs to Grigoria’s brother but I have never so far had the opportunity to try the cuisine only because I skip lunch. Besides, the restaurant of the hotel is a delight itself, the view is stunning, the tastes are excellent and varied so I never did bother check elsewhere. I only know that it is a popular fish tavern, well-known to locals too.
Beach umbrellas & sunbeds can be hired under the cost of € 2.50 each but this has nothing to do with the hotel itself. For years now, the cost keeps the same and the money goes to the owner of the restaurant who provides the beds and assures that the area is cleaned daily.
ROOMS: The majority of them have totally been refurbished and their interiors are impeccably clean and very inviting. New curtains, beds, mattresses and quilts. Have in mind that there is no fridge in the room. It is provided under a small fee. The double bed of the room was comfortable enough. Sheets are changed every three days, but towels daily. Beach towels though are not provided but with pleasure Granny gave me one to use for the days I was there.
The balcony easily fits the small rotunda and 2 chairs and the glass sliding door opens to a breathtaking view, overlooking the sea, the garden, the orchards and the pretty little chapel which is one of the recent additions in the grounds.
BATH: The newly refurbished bathroom with a bathtub looked smart. It is neither small nor big. There is much space to place toiletries by the sink now, something that was missing some years back. The lighting in the bathroom is kind of dim though and every time the lights are on the extractor fan makes noise. No toiletries provided other than a small soap, have this in mind and take along your own. Towels are clean and most of them are brand new, blue in color.
WI FI: As from this year internet access is very fast and is provided complimentary in all rooms, something that was missing the previous years and it was for me another pleasant surprise. This shows how much the owners care for the comfort of their guests.
CHAPEL: The chapel is a dream come true for Grigoria. Her wish is now a reality and it is dedicated to ‘Panayia Pandanassa’ Mother Mary as a thank you gift for the blessings she received through her life. It is ideal for religious ceremonies –weddings and christenings.
BREAKFAST: Buffet is rich and varied including hot and cold dishes, with seasonal produce coming from the orchards of the owners. The homemade Marmalades are simply delicious (you can take home with you). I still remember those lingering breakfasts by the terrace, the morning coffee and the tantalizing apple cake each morning. The beautiful view, the feeling of sea breeze in my face, the first rays of sun sparkling in the water, the fine and pleasant smell of jasmine, the lapping of the waves over the coast and the sounds of nature. What else would one want? How I wish I were there with my friend Grigoria now!
RESTAURANT: Another outstanding feature here is the food. (Mediterranean cuisine) Alexandros, the Chef has taken the cuisine to another level. He is not just any chef, but a professional with a long background experience. He was part of the Cyprus Olympic Team years back and has been working in 5* hotels for more than 20 years. Some of his popular dishes in the menu is Mousakka, Stifado (stew) Dolmades (stuffed vine leaves) Afelia –a Cypriot popular dish with pork meat, and several more. There is always a seafood dish every night. Dishes that are refreshing, light and very tasty is what the menu includes. Of course there is always a dessert and seasonal fruit.
Book H/B if you plan skipping lunch when out exploring, thus you will avoid paying extras for the a la carte menu, because there is no way not to enjoy the cuisine and exceptional service of this restaurant! The wine list is also a bonus! The restaurant’s terrace is a marvel and enjoys a magnificent view of the bay of Polis.
IN ALL: The business is indeed a labor of love as it was created slowly and step by step through the years with lots of hard work and dedication. The location is unique the service top notch. Still having second thoughts? You should not unless you are after a 4 or 5* hotel which might be luxurious but do you really want to miss all the above?
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Amenities at Aphrodite Beach Hotel
- Continental Breakfast
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Room Service
- Bar / Lounge
- Free Parking
- Pets Allowed
- Free High Speed Internet
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