27 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Cannot wait to book again!
"i have just returned from 11 nights at the Aliathon Holiday Village with my husband and 2 children (4year and 20 months) We had one of the best holidays ever! my 4 year cried on the last day and unpacked the case to put everything back in the drawers so we could stay longer, he did not want to leave ! We stayed at in the Fishing Village (Family den room) , the kitchen was a plus for me with a baby as if you have babies having bottles there is a fridge and microwave. ' Our little house' was big and spacious, with main room and kids room both have doors leading to balcony so kids could walk freely around , plus two TV and lots of cupboard space Its 10 min walk to the water park , around 30-45 min walk to the Harbor (took longer as we walked along the beach front to stop and watch the sunset) Recommend a stop at Suite 48 for a glass of drink to watch the sun set (there's also a little Tykes play-area to keep the kids entertained ) Location was great, you had the choice of staying the hotel all day/night but also the choice of outside bars and food if you wanted a change of scenery. The Harbor had a variety of traditional taverns and plus the usual fast food places and lots of bars (burger kings and McDonald's will deliver late at night to the hotel! ) Entertainment program in hotel was fab ...... pool party night, Casino night , Outdoor Movie night (with popcorn, candyfloss, nachos,hotdog carts) Hotel food had a good selection of food on offer with its theme nights and a kids food section The mini water park was the highlight with my kids, kept them entertained all day and you felt a little easier than the whole pool was shallow. We booked the Pirate Ship ....great for a day out and perfect for the kids, get picked up 11.15am and dropped off at 4pm. My boy got to be a 'Pirate for the day' with treasure hunt , magician on board, got to jump in the sea, face painting, buffet included in the price on board. Staff was nice and very friendly and always happy to help at the hotel. Overall a great family holiday :) "
- Travel date: 12th July 2016
"I travelled with my disabled husband and 8 year old grandson.A couple of hick ups with my husband,but he was taken around the hotel by the owners Son and most of our concerns where corrected.The hotel was clean,never saw a piece of paper a drinks container or anything laying around and every member of staff I met were helpful and pleasant.As long as you remember not to have a bit of everything on your plate at each meal the food is not boring and of a fairly high standard,I would say the veg was the biggest let down.Didnt think much of the other 2 resturants that you could eat in. But perhaps thats me.I think that as with every hotel I have been to,they think British children only eat nuggetts,fish fingers and pitzas.The facilities for my Grandson were very good with lots to do throughout the day if he wished to.Evening entertainment not brilliant"
- Travel date: 7th August 2012
Very family friendly
"Well, we booked this holiday as my partners cousin was getting married here! I can honestly say it was beautiful, not only are the staff very helpful, the rooms are always clean and the entertainment was brilliant for the kids. We went in June 2011 and the temperature was hitting the 40's. Very hot and not a lot of shade around as very open areas. There was quite a few pools in the resort, I especially enjoyed the adults only pool! Nice and relaxing. Although the family pools and the childrens pools looked fab. We stayed in the fishing village which is very very nice. They all have their own personal balconies for sunning up or just relaxing. The main resturaunt had a different varity of foods each night plus a kids corner area for childrens foods. Always had fresh salads and fruits out ready for you. Plenty of seating indoors and outdoors. The adults only bar is very peaceful, never too busy. The lady who works there is always happy to help. Overall very nice holiday. Would reccomend to families with young children."
- Travel date: 28th June 2011
"I could use a number of superlatives but think sublime sums it up. For the sake of brevity, here's my considered summary: Food - Hot, plentiful, varied, tastey, cakes were exquisite, plenty of choice for kids and no turkey twizzlers (unlucky for any chavs out there). Staff - Attentive, well mannered, unobtrusive, knowledgable and clearly had pride in the product they were representing. Diana was an absolute star and made us amazing cocktails every night. Facilities - Pools are clean, safe and importantly uncrowded, the adults pool was ace and sooo chilled out, just canoodling romantic couples enjoying the vibe, me and the present Mrs Hughes loved it. The apartments are great, particularly in the Fishing Village although Agean Village is fine too. The Saturday Greek nights are sensational - not to be missed. Plenty of pool bars, snacks were brill - burgers particularly tastey and meaty, not like the crap you get here in the UK. Loads for the kids to do (we will take ours next year), plenty of stuff to do in the surrounding area, buses run regularly and are not crowded... What can i say - if you are planning on visiting the Aliathon then worry not; you will have a super time. A top class hotel, first rate food, great staff, brill facilities and zero chavs. Only downside was that the spa pool was a bit chilly and I noticed a crack in one of the steps upto our apartment :) Enjoy!!!! "
- Travel date: 27th September 2010
aliathon holiday review.
"I have just returned fom 2 weeks all inclusive to the Aliathon Resort,as a family we were looking forward to it and the reviews have been in general quite good. We were allocated a room in the Aegean part which is pretty much on par with decent med accomodation,on turning our air conditioning on in bedroom we were greeted by 3 small cockroaches dropping out,so we turned it off,the next day we turned it on again only to be greeted by the same again,but we disposed of them and went for a drink & a walk. On returning we were greeted by what I can only describe the mother of all cockroaches which frightened the life out of all of us. We managed to capture it and present it to reception who said they would move us but in 24 hours as there was no rooms available! The following evening we moved only to be confronted by a room infested with mice,happy days ! We went to reception and we were moved again, straight away this time and settled into fab weather,friendly locals efficient resort staff,good facilities especially for children,the food was good if a little limited,great pools,but you need to be aware of some issues. The kids have to pay 3 euros for slush drinks even when all inclusive (Â£4000 for an 'all inclusive' holiday and the hotel still charge for iced flavoured water) . You need to make numerous trips to the bars because the plastic cups are small and always filled with ice so 3 sips and it is gone. My youngest son was injured on the slide in the splash pool as the safety rules are ignored by older children and adults the First Choice resort staff say it is the responsibility of the hotel and the hotel life guard is supposed to walk around and control matters,at no point in the 2 weeks did he visit the kids pool whilst we were there. The hotel invite you to a greek night every saturday,reality is you have no choice because the hotel use the main dining room (which according to the brochure all main meals are in the main dining room) to greek/cypriot weddings and close of a large area of the fishing village,so everyone is forced to sit in a small dining area and rely on families eating and leaving quickly otherwise there is not enough seating! The queues at the bar on these nights were ridiculous the staff clearly could not cope with large amounts of people at once in the restaurant. We paid for a late checkout of 'our room' before travelling we paid in the Uk and the travel agent told us specifically we would stay in our room, this is not the case and although we werent moved some other families were moved out of their room into a different room this is not what is sold to you!! We noticed loads of All Inclusive people getting drinks for their family/friends who were self catering, dont blame them as this isn't policed at all! After 18.00 hrs the nearest bar is quite a way away (in the main dining room) this means quite a walk for families in the Aegean section of the hotel and really impossible if you have kids who go to bed early! There aren't enought sunbeds during peak season, unless you want to get up at 7am you don't stand a chance, in saying that it was better our 2nd week once the kids went back to school. The First Choice rep was no help to us at all clearly she had no 'clout' within the hotel it felt like the hotel dictated to first choice rather than the other way round. There were Greek families staying there the kids were completely out of control and not checked at all, mind you some English parents don't watch their kids at all in some cases the kids were at one pool & parents sunbathing at others. Once we moved rooms (for the 3rd time) we were much happier, we enjoyed our holiday and our time together but we did feel it was a very expensive holiday in comparison to our other experiences of all inclusive hotels. The kids reps were excellent and noticeablely all the kids loved going into the clubs, the football coaches were fantastic as well! After speaking to other holiday makers who have experience of other first choice holiday villages they knock spots off this Cyprus one, we may try a different one next year."
- Travel date: 9th September 2010
"Aliathon holiday village was a great holiday. We stayed in the Agean part of the village which was quiet apart from the pub just outside the complex which played music til 3am. The room had SC facilities and was air-conditioned which was essential and was on 24/7 throughout our stay. Loads of activities for kids and the co-ordinators of the activites were 1st class. They were always happy to talk to kids and parents any time of the day. My son and I did archery together. He also did high ropes, soccer school and other activities which I can't remember at this time. All the daytime entertainments happened at the fishing village. Which suited us as we wanted a quiet holiday away from the centre of the attractions. If we wanted a busy day, we could go to the fishing village. On the AI side, drinks were served in small cups which meant more visits to the poolside bars, which we thought was a pain. The food in the main dining area was very good with lots of choice. We had breakfast and an evening meal every day, we did lunch twice while we were there and the choices available couldn't be faulted. As part of our holiday we were given a voucher for the Mexican and the Greek restaurants on the complex. This entitled us to one free meal per week per stay. We did the Mexical and it was okay, we heard bad reports about the Greek so gave it a miss. If I ever return to Aliathon I would stick to the buffet service as I had no complaints about it at all! The holiday village is a short bus ride away from the harbour and shops in Paphos. I suggest you take the bus as walking there in the temperatures is too much. We had a nice snack in one of the harbourside restaurants. Watch out for timeshare touts though. We were advised by a rep to tell them that we lived there. If you are accosted by PR people at bars and restaurants, just flash your AI band and they will leave you alone! Overall we had a fantastic holiday. The temperature was in the 40s which cannot be helped but the aircon in the room was a break away from these temperatures and we took full advantage of this. The staff at Aliathon were very helpful and polite and made staying there all the more enjoyable. Would I go back, yes! We are thinking of doing a holiday village each year. The choice of these village is now up to eight I think."
- Travel date: 16th August 2009
Don't go in the Aegean Village
"As the title suggests, stick to the new plush Fishing Village, unless you are really interested in the legions of ants infesting both the apartments we tried. Mind you, the cats were most friendly! Food was hit and miss, but mostly repetitive, although to be fair, i'm not a salad person. Breakfast was atrociously greasy...stick to the fruit and yoghurt! Highlight of the holiday was MartinandSam's daughter, who must surely be the most beautiful woman in Stoke, and made it all worthwhile....an offer of marriage is pending a response. A resort in two halves to be honest, and the food could be improved. However, nothing can be done to prepare for the 25 degree change in temperature when stepping off the plane back in Newcastle."
- Travel date: 13th November 2008
Nice Resort - Shame about the food
"Rooms are spacious and clean, but you have to pay 2 Euros per day to use the safe & another 2 Euros per day for the iron. The one bedroom has twin beds which refuse to stay pushed together on the tiled floor. Our 2 kids slept in the lounge on the settee with a separate pull out bed. Our 16 year old daughter said the settee was not very comfortable for sleeping and she is unhappy with the lack of privacy. When we booked in May we were told all the 2 bedroom apartments were fully booked, but were then surprised to find some guests had received a free upgrade to a 2-bedroom apartment. Wardrobe and drawer space is insufficent for 4 people but would be okay for 2. The real disappointment is the food & we spoke to dozens of other guests that agreed. The choice of food is very limited and repetitive with the same dishes being served night after night. We complained that the soup was cold only to be told that it is meant to be served cold. A number of guests likened the meals to school dinners. The Mexican "restaurant" is just a petitioned off area of the main buffet restaurant and the Greek "restaurant" is the pool snack bar. There are 6 proper restaurants at the front of the complex (Greek, Mediterranean, Chinese, Mexican, Indian & Italian) and a proper English pub where the food is much better but we found these to be very expensive. Even with the 10% discount given to all-inclusive guests a 3 course evening meal cost around 90 to 100 Euros. 500 ml of beer (88% of a full pint) costs over 4 Euros - at 1.22 Euros to the Â£ this works out at over Â£4 a pint! The drinks included in the all inclusive are not that good either. The only choice of beer is Keo - the local gassy lager served in 250 ml plastic cups. The local spirits (also branded Keo) are a poor imitation of the real thing. There is wine on tap in the buffet restaurant but this is disgusting. It froths when poured and tastes acidic. We find it amusing watching other guests drinking it thinking it is meant to be "sparkling" when the wine has in fact gone off. When you first get here the reps warn you not to drink the tap water, but on the first morning we saw a waiter watering down the fresh orange with tap water. And you have to pay for bottled water! The breakfast is the worst we have ever experienced. The bacon consists mostly of fat, the beans are hard, the scrambled eggs are watery, the boiled eggs are green, and the sausages are a spicy processed type. All of it is barely warm if not completely cold. The tea and coffee is also made with tap water which has a very high mineral content giving a strange taste to the tea and coffee. The supermarket on the complex is very expensive (aren't they always?). While all the English reps are very good (as are most of the bar staff) we did found some of the restaurant staff to be rude. This is a very good complex which is severely let down by the all-inclusive food and drink. "
- Travel date: 11th November 2008
Another nice Holiday Village :o)
"Nice complex. Best for families with younger children who will benefit most from the great kids clubs and activities. We stayed in the newer fishing village area - very nice appartments and spacious. Large balcony. Cannot fault newer accomodation. Didnt eat in all inclusive restaurant, but had a nose around - looks fine. In par with other first choice hotels. Paid to eat at lunch buffet - 5 euros each (if your sneaky, you might pile your plates and feed a couple of kids free!!) - Food a little limited there though - certainly may get bored of if having frquently. Is supermarket just outside complex. But gets quite expensive. If you are self catering - get bus into town and stock up on food and drink + essentials there as cheaper. Get a taxi back for 10 euros. Its a shame the place isnt a little nearer the harbour/town - as its just too far to walk with kids; and starts adding up if you keep getting the bus/taxi etc. There then isnt much to see or do imediately outside the hotel. Having been to the holiday village in Turkey earlier in the year; this was quite different. Far more relaxed - could not believe how few people in the Pools. Its certainly a lovely hotel to stay at if you want a relaxing break, whilst your kids let off steam. Entertainment is, as ever for First Choice, terrible. Its a shame - as the staff are always so enthuiastic; I imagine its the material they are given to work with. Would be so much nicer to see authentic, local entertainment/dancers and singers etc instead of the same old people doing different tacky acts everynight. That said - the kids enjoy the games and competitions they put on in the evening; and I confess; we love playing Bingo!!! Whatever you do - just dont take the entertainment too seriously :o) Endure all you can - then go LOL There is a great splash pool here for the kids, with pirate ship and slides etc. No real trouble getting sun beds. First choice holiday villages in my mind, are for a certain person. I can never quite describe that person; but I suspect its the difference between driving a Jag and shopping at Waitrose; or driving a mondeo and shopping at Asda - if that makes any sense - all I know is, we always enjoy ourselves - and will most probably try a third holiday village next time we go abroad. Have fun!"
- Travel date: 5th November 2008
The aliathon Village was a brillaint all...
"The aliathon Village was a brillaint all round holiday the best i have been on. It has everything it is great for kids and for adults. The all inclusive is brilliant and the staff or superb. The entertainment team were great they had things for children to join and and also programmes for adults too join in on. The location is perfect as it is not so loud around the area and bar street and the harbour is only a 15 to 30 minute walk down the road however there is regular buses travelling there. The food is good quality and so are the drinks. If you do decide too go there ask for superior rooms as the deluxe are in the old part of the complex. The superior rooms contain two single beds and also a sofa bed and the rooms are in a superb position located right next too the new fishing village and canteen and resteraunt. All round a fabulous holiday i would recommend it to anybody and i shall be certainly be going back next year."
- Travel date: 24th September 2008
Just returned from 2 weeks at the aliath...
"Just returned from 2 weeks at the aliathon village. had fab time, however we stayed in the old part of the complex not the new fishing village which wasnt as nice but it was clean and had all basic amenities in it, and we only really slept there!there were a lot of ants like others have mentioned. food was nice but got a bit repeatative after 2 weeks. the onsite mexican and greek were also nice. The activities during the day were fun and had something to offer all the family. The evening entertainment ran by E3 gruop were fantastic and worked very hard and performed some brilliant shows. weather was very hot and overall had a great hol!!!"
- Travel date: 17th September 2008
Just returned from a great holiday at th...
"Just returned from a great holiday at the Aliathon. Being veggie didn't bother us at all which makes a change going all inclusive. Great choice and lovely food. If you are thinking of coming here then book for deluxe. We booked for superior but the rooms were in the old hotel complex and only of a 2 star quality (ants all over the place). We were lucky and managed to upgrade when we arrived in the new fishing village. This was more 4/5 star and so much better. We paid 10 euro's per day for this. The fishing village is beautiful. The splash pool area is great for the little ones as well as are the creche and kids clubs. Only downsides I'd say was the walk into Paphos. It would easily take you 30 minutes but there are frequent buses. Also the entertainment team were no where near as good as the ones we experienced at the Holiday Village Viva in Majorca. Book car hire whilst you are there as the roads are so easy and it is good to get out and about. Trips with First Choice are very expensive. Also if you want to book taxi transfers then do these yourself or email the hotel directly. It is much cheaper and they will supply infant and child car seats if you need them. Cost per trip approx 30 euro's. Have fun if you do go! We did!"
- Travel date: 15th August 2008
Top traveller tips for Aliathon Resort
"Not really a place if your travelling without children"
"Try and stay in the fishing village"
"Brill Holiday, first rate throughout, go and enjoy !"
"Only not to go, not good value for money"
"We were AI, but the restaurant we visited at the harbourside was lovely."
"Take plenty of sun cream and after-sun. 2litre bottle Pepsi was almost Â£3 in supermarket"
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