67 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
I read lots of reviews before we went an...
"I read lots of reviews before we went and was nervous as we were going All Inclusive for the 1st time (normally we go self catering as my husband is a fussy eater).
We had nothing to worry about!
All meals had such a variety that we ate (and drank) far too much! He resorted to the childrenâs menu only once! I found that the lunches were the best meals. We only had the one restaurant open so not sure if the other would have been a la carte. Drinks were plentiful!
The hotel was very clean and the staff friendly.
We preferred the top pool as we didn't want to get involved with the activities and liked the pool bar and jacuzzi.
We loved the little beach although rocky and it was great for snorkelling. There were so many sunbeds available both on the beach and the pool that we had a choice of positions every day. We particularly liked the towel service.
The only downside was that as non smokers we found it impossible to go anywhere near the main bar at night due to the cigarette smoke. This also meant we missed the indoor entertainment and were limited to the outside bar amongst the families!
For this reason we were not impressed with Coral Beach and found it dirty and littered with cigarette ends everywhere.
We would love to go to the hotel again but will stick to the Ayia Napa and Protaras side due to the beaches."
- Travel date: Mon 17th of September 2007
The Hotel when you arrive looks very fou...
"The Hotel when you arrive looks very four star but has a lot which lets it down.
In an all inclusive at this hotel I was not satisfied with the meals which were all buffet style and although most of the time the quality was good it lacked variety.
Lunch time buffet was far superior to evening meal, which although stated long trousers and shirts for men lots of men were wondering around in t shirts and shorts. No Manager met you at Dining Room and you were literally left to get on with it.
The local spirits were very short measures and if you wanted to buy a British whisky you paid a lot extra for this pleasure. Bottled water had to be bought as were iced coffees. You paid for your fridge if you wanted one which was Â£1. per day.
Toilets in this Hotel are not marked clearly and there do not seem to be enough to accommodate the amount of people this Hotel takes and the ones in the Fitness Area are really not good at all.
The Entertainment is not good and consists a lot of the time of the Innovation Club providing this.
The good points about this Hotel is that it is very nicely set out has two lovely outdoor swimming pools with an abundance of sunbeds - no need to put your towel out.
It is close to a very quite beach area again with sunbeds provided.
The beds are very comfortable and the maid service is excellent. The waitresses are very friendly and the Night Porter was an excellent chap. "
- Travel date: Wed 12th of September 2007
Our family of 9 have travelled to all ar...
"Our family of 9 have travelled to all areas of the world to find the perfect holiday. After reading the reviews on this hotel we where expecting just another hotel full of empty promises.
I can assure you this hotel will meet up to your expectations. The food was excellent; always loads of choice, all fresh and hot, there is even a kids menu with pizza, fish fingers, burgers. The adults loved the kids food to.
The pools are as warm as a bath, with loads of space around the pools for sunbathing. We went when the hotel was full and we still did not have to fight for sunbeds or get up at 5am to put the towels out.
The beer (draught Carlsberg), staff and entertainment were top quality with a great kids club right by the pool, so they are not to far from your sight.
You can even experience free scuba diving in the pool if you want to try your hand and can get diving qualification with a PADI certificate if you would like to.
Do yourself a favour - if you want a low cost, value for money, guaranteed sunshine holiday this is the best choice we have found in 15 holidays worth of searching.
Note: We have booked up for next August as well which really says it all.
- Travel date: Sat 8th of September 2007
First time in Cyprus and we had a fantas...
"First time in Cyprus and we had a fantastic time. Hotel is good, lots of space to catch the sun. Animation team were first class and made us all feel as though we had known them for years, very hard working and very friendly. Lots of daytime fun and games.
Food was o.k. We always found something to eat that we liked and you could eat all day.
Good selection of drinks both alcoholic and non-alcoholic on the all inclusive.
Hotel is clean and tidy. Rooms are a bit small but as we didn't spend too much time in there this was not a problem. Hotel has a good gym, TV room, shop, beauty salon and a good games room for the kids.
Two good pools, one that is great for the little ones as it is shallow and the main pool where all the daytime fun can be found.
Overall we can not complain, what you must remember is that this is a foreign country where they do things differently, put that aside and you will have a great time. I can recommend this hotel, I know some people have rated it low but a lot have rated it high. Try it and you will have a good time, we did.
- Travel date: Sat 18th of August 2007
Only downside to this hotel is that it i...
"Only downside to this hotel is that it is a long way from anywhere, in between Coral Bay and Paphos harbour, hire car is essential.
Good pools, food ok, travelled as a group with 7 adults, 1 child, and 1 infant, everybody enjoyed themselves, entertainment ok, beer drinkable, many eastern European staff that didnât smile a lot, nice hotel which is being upgraded to 5 stars this year so Iâm told."
- Travel date: Mon 16th of July 2007
We stayed here for just a weekend on an...
"We stayed here for just a weekend on an all inclusive basis.
It was lovely and relaxing with a choice of 2 pools. Unfortunately, only one pool had a bar and food nearby so we spent our time by this one.
Our 2 sons aged 7 and 2 loved the pool, especially our older who spent a lot of time getting us all drinks at the bar and feeling very grown up!!
The room, although a little jaded and slightly on the small side for a family of 4, was clean with a small balcony overlooking the sea and one of the pools. Beware of the cots, they are rather old, and on our last morning, the side fell down while our son was still in it and he fell onto the very hard floor!
Fortunately, other than a bit of a red lump on this forehead, he was okay. The receptionist listened when we explained what had happened but didn't seem to be overly concerned.
However, the staff were friendly and helpful, especially at meal times when we required a highchair. The food was standard with basic English breakfast, pastries and breads and a hot and cold selection at both lunch and dinner.
The only disappointment was that the hotel was holding a wedding exhibition for the whole weekend which meant that all guests could only use the pool side restaurant rather than the plusher restaurant off the foyer. I don't know if this affected the food or not. It would have been nice to have had some choice rather than seeing the same interior for each and every meal.
We didn't use the kids club, although we would for our oldest son if we returned, but the animation team regularly organised events around the main pool for everyone. We were asked to join in but declined and were never pressured.
All in all a pleasant, relaxing break away which was exactly what we wanted."
- Travel date: Sun 15th of July 2007
Well, just returned from Laura Beach nea...
"Well, just returned from Laura Beach near Paphos, And can say that myself, wife and son aged 9 had a good time. For anyone going to this hotel, there is nothing to fear.
There are no hidden nasties waiting to spring up on you when you get there. All in all, I reckon you will have a great time. However as with all things, there are always downsides.
Donât get me wrong the hotel is great, but these were my little whinges.
The staff were very split down the middle. Some friendly, and some plain ignorant. Mostly eastern european citizens.
The food is very bland and very repetitive, but isnât unbearable.
Housekeeping leaves a lot to be desired. in two weeks our room floor was swept once. my wife once had to get a brush and sweep it herself.
The entertainment was sad. there is something every night. but the French compare (well I think he was French) is so repetitive and boring. Using the same script, songs, and dances every night that there was no atmosphere. I feel after the first week I could have done his job better.
The hotel is also a mixed hotel with polish, Bulgarian, Russian, French, and German. we had a Russian boxing team stay there whilst we were there!!
Anyway, cheer up! It isnât all doom and gloom! There was a lot of good points too.
There are two really large pools as well as a man made beach. Both pools have beach bars that serve Pepsi until it comes outta yer ears.
I recommend the upper pool, its less busy and you get a bit more peace and quiet.
It is a well maintained hotel too, and first impressions are really good. The TV isnât bad either. Thereâs a channel called LTV which shows nonstop films in your room for free. They are all well known films too.
Well I cannot think of anymore to say. I promise you will have a good holiday and come back relaxed. We did."
- Travel date: Wed 4th of July 2007
My girlfriend and I had the best time at...
"My girlfriend and I had the best time at this hotel. Everything was perfect.
The food was fantastic. Always a nice selection to choose from, if you didn't fancy anything you could always eat from the childrenâs menu! Hardly any queues for food, if any it was for the ice cream or cheese and crackers.
There are 2 swimming pools. The main one you had music and the fantastic animation team with games and activities you could take part in. The other a more quiet pool with a bar situated in the pool, this one was the best for us.
The rooms were all you needed which had recently been refurbished. A bed, table and chairs which never got used, bathroom and a wardrobe. Air con was silent and cold, the mini bar made more noise but this got unplugged.
The staff were friendly, helpful and cheerful except one woman who seemed like she wanted to be somewhere else.
Entertainment was good, different show every night, and also bingo which got a bit boring. Some of the shows were rubbish; others were great all depends on what you fancy.
We would definitely go back to Laura Beach in the future, everything was perfect. The only bad thing was the showerhead, which liked to shower the curtain and the women who wanted to be at home."
- Travel date: Mon 25th of June 2007
Really disappointing and not at all valu...
"Really disappointing and not at all value for money.
Although not peak season queues for food were often long. Food is okay and lots of different dishes but I'd agree with other reviewers - not remotely 4 star quality.
Part way thru the holiday we were relocated to the lunch area for all meals so that a wedding exhibition could take over the restaurant area (so no point packing all those nice evening clothes and long trousers for men - dress code was 'relaxed' when we were relocated). So not 4 star environment either.
Staff were mainly - though not entirely - unhelpful and unfriendly.
Rooms were clean and comfortable.
Lots and lots of weddings on - feels more like being a gatecrasher than on holiday.
Entertainment is very amateur and though it seems to be pitched at children was sometimes too crude for them.
Wouldn't recommend it ."
- Travel date: Fri 22nd of June 2007
Our tour operator changed our accommodat...
"Our tour operator changed our accommodation at the last minute to the Luca Laura due to original hotel being oversold.
The hotel itself is ok, recently had a refurbishment, however not all the rooms have been done. We had a room that was facing the road, but it had been refurbished. Was by no means the lap of luxury, and really very basic for a 4 star hotel, but was clean, with a good bathroom.
From what I gathered, a majority of sea view rooms havenât been refurbished.
2 very good sized swimming pools, with plenty of sun loungers, 2 pool bars.
6km from both Paphos and coral bay, only 10 minutes by bus. All bus journeys only 80cents per trip, good value.
Food was ok but not what you would expect from a 4 star hotel. All buffet style and mass catered. There was always a good choice but sometimes you didnât know what the choices were!
Breakfast was poor, very little fruit on offer. Didnât really have lunch so canât comment on that. Wine and beer is self serve from pumps, wine ok after a few! Must say food could've been better but we didnât starve.
All in all we had a good holiday, probably wouldnât be my first hotel to return to as in my opinion is more of a 3 star than 4 star."
- Travel date: Thu 21st of June 2007
The hotel was fantastic, food great, loa...
"The hotel was fantastic, food great, loads of choice, especially since our party consisted of people with food allergies and vegetarians.
Lots of great entertainment for all ages. Facilities were great lots for the kids to do. Lots of trips out and about. Everywhere was very clean.
All inclusive facilities were worth the money. "
- Travel date: Thu 21st of December 2006
great all inclusive holiday
"rodgers family, 86,47,43,12,10
the laura is a large roomy, uncramped elegant type of place on 5 levels.The bottom level has tv room,video games room, very good gym/jakuzi/sauna, lunch restaurant, kids club and bar beside an excellent deep pool with plenty of sunbeds, down a few steps there's gardens that lead to a private man made beach level which has its own bar, the natural beach is small and the sea was rough for most of our holiday. First level is the large reception area with very nice seating that has waiter service from neros bar ( micheala was a very good waitress ), a small shop and the main restaurant and entertainment terrace, the new pool area is through the french windows and is a nice size figure 8 shaped pool, more kid friendly than the main pool with a sunken bar(Olga was a very nice barmaid ), and rock waterfall effect jakuzi, the pool is grassed which is safer than the main pool as the tiles get a little slippy to walk on when wet, also beside the pool is a kids sunken galleon play area.
The rooms were a nice size though the bathrooms were a little cramped and we had probably the noisiest room with the worst view in the hotel, room 4013/4015 as it had the main air con for the hotel directly above it and the view over to tixies bar on the main road with karaoke till 1.30, luckily the double glazed door kept most of the racket out, but that was the only bad point of the holiday and we got used to it.
The catering at the hotel was excellent, the food from the morning through till midnight was faultless, we never heard one moan from anybody during our stay.There was a large cypriot wedding in the hotel one night so we went out to a restaurant for a meal, it cost over 70 pounds and it wasn't as good as the meals in the hotel. There are beer pumps,Keo, carlsberg and leon, pop dispenses pepsi, 7up etc, and very good red and white wines on tap in the restaurants all help yourself.
The entertainment was mainly the animation team with professional artists on various nights of the week, (there was a very good hypnotist act.). The staff are mainly from the eastern bloch, most of them eugin,dan, micheala, olga, anna,pierre, johan were very nice and friendly people who spoke good english.The reception staff were allways on hand and the maintenance were very quick to repair any faults that occured. The hotel was kept very clean at all times, maids every day , clean bathroom and beach towels also every day. The Bulgarian ambassador, Air crews and some high powered Cypriots used the Laura during our stay which says something for its standards.
We really enjoyed our stay at the Laura and would recommend it, don't let the all inclusive put you off , wev'e stayed at 4* half board in cyprus and greece which would struggle to compete with the Luca Laura, we found some ants in our room one night so we complained to reception, because it was late the maintenance man had gone home so we couldn't get any ant spray so they gave us the keys to the executive appartment for the night ! how many hotels would have done that? great place....................."
- Travel date: Mon 9th of October 2006