65 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"Have just returned from this lovely place. We were there for a week this was our first time in Cyprus. Georgios you should be over the moon with your dedicated staff from the reception staff. Vaya and the girls and At breakfast Nana and the staff. And over at the Avanti Hotel for our evening meal Renata and all the staff who gave us a great welcome each evening. Then we enjoyed a drink at the captain hook bar what a lovely bar man. We will definitely be back later in the year and look forward to seeing you all again. Thanks again from Jean and Andy Thorburn. "
- Travel date: Thu 19th of May 2016
I didn't want to leave!
"I have recently returned to chilly Scotland after spending two glorious weeks in Paphos. There are not enough good words, either in Greek or English, to describe how delighted I was with the service my friends and I received. Our apartment was clean, spacious and well-appointed. We arrived late in the evening, and were greeted by the charming, bubbly Katarina. Our breakfast servers, Elizaveta, Diana and Chris (and the ones whose names I didn't remember) were courteous, friendly and professional. The hotel dinner staff, including Renata, Anna, Radmila, Ina and Dimitris, were absolutely fabulous. The smiling faces all around displayed why so many of the guests return year after year. It looked like the staff knew everyone from previous visits! The bar crew were just as wonderful -- Tasos, Stan and the rest made us feel welcome every evening. Kudos also to Kikis, Zoe, Vayia, Nicolas, Agatha and the efficient housekeeping ladies. I have to make special mention of Aj, Dani and Jenn. These young people were superlative in their entertaining agenda, even going so far as to put on a private performance for my friends and me as we were leaving before their dance show was to be held. I felt spoiled and relaxed the whole two weeks, and was very reluctant to board the plane to return home. The weather was beautiful, the town was quaint and clean, the properties were pristine and well-kept, and the staff at Avanti are to be commended on a job fabulously done. I'll be back! "
- Travel date: Wed 29th of April 2015
One of the best
"My self and partner went to avanti village on 18th June. There is nothing at all i could fault with this place, the staff are very friendly as is the locals. We had a ball day and night. The weather was extremly hot (suncream factor 50 definatley needed. The apartment was very clean. A bit expensive to eat in your apartment and we found eating out was cheaper. The daytime and evening entertainer made our stay very enjoyable. The evening entertainment at the Avanti hotel was good, wasnt keen on the cypriot night as it was more like a dancing lesson. We ate out in the evenings mostly at the fiesta bar, the waiters were so friendly and excellant service. Cocktails at the fiesta bar spot on, it is meant to be happy hour but more like happy 7hours. All cocktails half price and so worth it. I would definately recommend the avanti village to anybody young and old. We are booking up again for same time next year."
- Travel date: Thu 30th of June 2011
a great holiday i would go back next year
"i went with my mum and sister to the avanti village for 2 weeks. i realy enjoyed the swiming pool and the lazy river .All the staff,especially the animation team Eddie,Babra,and Tati were very freindly.
i would recommend the Thalsa fish and chips restaurant because it is realy nice and not too expensive but when i went in i was the only one in there.
i would also recommend
it was in a nice area of paphos
- Travel date: Mon 10th of August 2009
The Avanti Village apartments are lovely...
"The Avanti Village apartments are lovely clean and well equipped. the pool is fantastic, the largest we have been to. Our two daughters aged 9 & 13 spent loads of time in it. It is in a quite part of Paphos but the crocodile bar is a must as the staff are so friendly and it is just round the corner. The only thing that stops me giving it 10 is the entertainment at night. There isn't really any. But you can use the sister hotel which has entertainment nightly but we didn't bother. Great place would go back."
- Travel date: Sun 28th of September 2008
We like a lot of other people there were...
"We like a lot of other people there were there for a wedding at the nearby Amathus Beach Hotel. The apartment was a good size and as mentioned on last review the beds are massive. Cleaners there nearly every day and cleaned up beds and changed towels on regular basis. The site is a bit of a maze but soon get used to it and it doesnt feel too big. The path ways are covered in every sort of herb bush and lime trees which made it nice sitting out on the balcony with the ants and lizzards.
This part of Paphos was a lot quieter than the main harbour area which I went to once then avoided like the plague as it was just full of junk shops and rip off resaurants. Just outside the complex are a few places to eat which were cheper and quieter - The Ribshack and Uncle Sams I found to be the best. I should have found a better supermarket as the closest ones were very expensive but thats to be expected in an area like this. All we needed was fresh bread for lunch every day and the cheap local beer Keo.
The main reason I would go back though is the terrific weather and great snorkelling at the beach. The nearby waterpark is also great fun. A perfect resort for a family holiday."
- Travel date: Thu 28th of August 2008
Great holiday for my wife and me togethe...
"Great holiday for my wife and me together with two teenage daughters - accomodation was clean and tidy and main bedroom was spacious with biggest bed in the world - pool is obvious attraction however you do need to get towels onto sunbeds before 9.00am if you want good location and a parasol.
Local restaurants are good and reasonably priced and food is genrally good to excellent especially the Ribshack and the Sole provider if you like fish - please AVOID fiesta bar - food is either frozen or poorly cooked or both and is expensive for what you get and customer service is non existent- if you like football and all that goes with the game then its the place for you - if you dont avoid like the plague - too many tatoos earings and football shirts for me - like a bad day out in manchester
avanti village great fun, great for kids, felt safe and secure highly recommended"
- Travel date: Tue 26th of August 2008
I've just returned from my holiday with...
"I've just returned from my holiday with my parents and sister from the Avanti Village resort. It was an awesum holiday and I would definatley return. The resort is just oustide the centre of Paphos so is quiet enough at night and during the day but a very short bus/taxi journey from the habour where there are a wide choice of restaurants and shops. I wasn't expecting much of a night life despite hearing of 'bar street' where the main bars are down the harbor. After meeting mates through an amasing day of quad biking, I joined them on an organised pub crawl, until I drank too much it was really good. I met loads of randoms and there are lots of bars and clubs door to door with great atmospheres.
The only downfall was the local bar to the village, the crocodile bar, the service was really poor and when we questioned them for overcharging us for the second night that week the bar staff kicked off and got very aggressive. Apart from the crocodile bar all the other restuarants and bars we visited had a great atmosphere.
We went the week before the summer holidays so there wasn't too many kids aswell.
It was the best holiday i've been on in the past few years and would definatley return although would go with my girlfriend next time."
- Travel date: Thu 24th of July 2008
Great self catering apartments- really w...
"Great self catering apartments- really well equipped & a good position! There's loads of family friendly bars / restaurants nearby- our favourite was the Fiesta bar- on the backdoor of the apartments & it was a great place to eat & drink- really good Kid's play area too!
We visited Cyprus for a wedding as a big group so didn't really explore Paphos much but we spent most of our time at the Avanti & it met all our needs. The swim up bar was a particular favourite place throughout the day & the Kid's loved the lazy river pool.
Well recommended for families, groups or anyone. Prices perhaps a bit more expensive than we'd like but still it was a great place to stay & we'd definitlely go back!"
- Travel date: Wed 18th of June 2008
My family consisting of two adults and t...
"My family consisting of two adults and three children stayed at the avanti during the may school holidays and would certainly return to these apartments if we come to cyprus again. I could not fault it. The apartments were very big and clean. We were in c block which was ideal as we werent to close to the bar and pool so it was very peaceful, yet it was only a three minute walk there. Beware the giant ANTS, i,ve never seen any so large. Take the No. 11 bus to the market and harbour and N0.15 to harbour and Coral Bay, beach is much nicer in Coral Bay but bus journey takes about 45 minutes. Buses cost same amount wherever you travel. Visit the Tomb of the Kings.
Cost roughly 10 euros for five of us, the kids loved it. Went to Bird and Animal Park. You need to get twoo buses here so we haggled with a taxi and got it for twenty euros, not bad for nearly an hours drive away. Went up troodos mountains, which was nice, be careful who you go with on the excusions as some of them see you coming. Stevies Co. quoted us Â£250 euros for 2 adult, 1 teenager, 1 toddler and baby. Horizon Travel charged us Â£130.00 so BEWARE. Went to Aphrodites rock which was really good. Avoid the market on Wed and Sun as it is closed. The cypriots were really polite and welcoming and were really good with our children. Lot more friendlier than the English.
Dont leave anything outside apartments as we got a pair of swim shorts nicked. It is very expensive to eat out. Best places to eat has to be RIBSHACK, food is outstanding and staff are great, Fiesta great if youve got kids as it has loads of toy bikes and cars and a play climb frame, Hot Cup Cafe great chocolate milkshakes, Da Vincis, nice meals and coctails but service a bit slow, and our baby kept getting restless. Tried getting in Chloes but they bluffed us of saying it was overcrowded, even though there were plenty of empty tables, I dont think they wanted the baby in as she was toddling around, seemed UNCHILD FRIENDLY. Went on a Glass Bottom Boat which was good. In the Animal Park you can stroke and feed girraffes which was a good experience and hold snakes and parrotts. All in all had a fantastic holiday."
- Travel date: Wed 4th of June 2008
Hi I have stayed at advanti village apts...
"Hi I have stayed at advanti village apts and loved it everybody was helpful myself and my family only went out to the complex at night and it was great even although it was quiet we seen that as an advantage to a great relaxing holiday.
The rooms were spotless and the maids were very kind and helpful, i also got married in pafos townhall and we are going to live and set up a business in pafos in 2010 so i highly recommend it to anyone especially with kids."
- Travel date: Mon 2nd of June 2008
My boyfriend and I travelled to Cyprus f...
"My boyfriend and I travelled to Cyprus for the first time in June and after having read some of these reviews were slightly sceptical about what to expect but were pleasantly suprised.
The resort was lovely, with beautifully decorated walkways between the appartments and the pool area was fab. The main pool was really big and great for cooling off after sunbathing and the lazy river proved to be very popular too.
The appartment was very spacious for the two of us although we found the kitchen to be fairy small in comparison and lacked some basic utensils which was unreasonable for a self catering appartment.
We stayed at Avanti village on a bed and breakfast basis which worked fine for the week we were there. The breakfast was served at the poolside and was of reasonable quality, if a bit repetitive although the fresh fruit was lovely.
We did not try the restaurant at the hotel as always seemed to be empty and so half of our time we cooked in the appartment and the rest of the time we ate out in local restaurants.
The poolside bar was fab if you fancied cooling off with a pint or a fancy cocktail with your legs in the water- just watch as its fairly expensive!!
The hotel shop is pricy and so i would sugget getting the number 5 bus to the supermarket past the old town which was a lot more reasonably priced and had a larger variety by far.
Nightlife at the village was non exsistant and the resort was usually empty by 10pm.
There are a few "games" around the reception are but was more like an arcade and would not fill an evening.
Paphos as a town was average. The "beach" was a five minute walk away but this was a not a sandy beach and so I would recommend getting the bus to Coral bay which costs only Â£1 and is a much nicer place to go, if a little busy at times.
Avanti village is one of the furthest resorts from the harbour and took us about 40 mins to walk to the harbour. It was however an enoyable walk as there is lots to see on the way although I would not recommend the walk before around 3pm as it can get very hot and is quite exposed.
There are a couple of restaurants/bars closer to the resort-our favourite was the Black Rose which is just a short walk away. This place had a great atmosphere with friendly staff and really great cocktails at a very low price compared to many other places in Paphos.
We took a little walk down one of the side-streets teeming with life from bars and pubs. Beware of the VERY pushy ENGLISH owners trying to herd you into their bars with offers of free drinks - a polite no is sometimes not enough - be firm! That is not the same with the local places though.
The restaurants in the harbour town are very mixed and you definatly get what you pay for. One night we went for a cheap set menu deal (around Â£8 for a 3 course meal) but were not very impressed with the food or the service. The next time we went to a more traditional taverna style restaurant where we ate meze which we would really recommend and although slightly more pricey, it is definatly worth the money. The service was fantastic too.
There is plenty to do in the Paphos area and the busses are fab-only Â£1 for trips all around the area and the bus stop is just a 5 minute walk away from Avanti.
Watch out for taxis which will beep at you whenever they drive past-they are expensive and the bus is just as quick!! We did have to use a taxi to go to and from the airport and this cost us about Â£30 each way.
The market in the old town runs on a Saturday morning and is worth a visit-it is located on a hill overlooking Paphos and offers a brilliant view of the harbour-and the market stalls are good too-dont be afraid to haggle!
We took the bus to a wildlife park one day and it was fantastic!! Get the number 5 bus to coral bay and then change there. The entry fee was very reasonable and the park was located in a beautiful setting overlooking the sea. The park is further away from Paphos centre but this proved to be an advantage as it was fairly empty (this was in June) and so we were able to wander around in peace and even managed to ride a camel and hold a snake!!! The food here is reasonably priced also!!
Before going to Paphos we had read that the Tomb of the Kings was a must. This again is a 30min bus ride away. There is a minimal entry fee and then you are free to wander around as you like. The first tomb we saw was fairly interesting but all of the others were very similar. Also beware of the heat as the area is very exposed with no shade. There is little else in this area and no cafes etc so be sure to take plenty of sunscreen and water!
Overall a very enjoyable holiday-Avanti was nice but we only used it as a base and little more, the people are friendly if a little pushy and serivce is generally good. The main downside was the very high prices of everything in Cyprus!
Would like to visit again but mostly to return to the Black Rose for a tasty cocktsil!! and would also try to hire a car in order to visit more fo the Island!
- Travel date: Tue 18th of March 2008