18 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog

Nice Hotel but wouldn't recommend it to younger people

1
Awful
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Reviewed Thu 25th of October 2012

"We spent a part of our honeymoon in this hotel back in October 05. It may have been the time of year but the crowd was much older than us and we did find the hotel just a little bit stuffy. We have stayed in many hotels and we booked an upgraded junior suite in this hotel. It was nice but I wouldn't be writing home about it and it certainly wasn't worth the price. The decor was a bit dated and the bed wasn't very comfortable. We weren't looking for mad parties but socially there was very little for our age group (30-35) in the hotel so we went out most nights. We found the fact that you had to really dress up to socialise in the hotel after 7pm a bit tedious and would have preferred a more relaxed atmosphere. The staff were fine but not overly friendly or helpful apart from the pool staff. They were all great. The poor/beach area was lovely and probably the most enjoyable part. We did enjoy our stay and loved Cyprus but for the price I do feel that we could have done better elsewhere."

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  • Travel date: Wed 5th of July 2006

Best holiday ever

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed Thu 15th of November 2012

"We're just back from 14 wonderful days at this gorgeous hotel. Everything about it was superb - lovely clean room (pool/sea view, and we thought well worth the extra for the stunning sunsets), very well maintained poolside area/gardens and really excellent service - and as for the food....

Breakfast - the most incredible variety imaginable and all of it beautifully presented.

Lunch - we ate at the Pool Bar the first day and had a fairly bland toastie and kebab. Next day, we tried the Byzantium Orangery and thereafter ate there every day: fresh and delicious salads and attentive service from the delightful staff, e.g. Arsinoe and Maria. The DIY Salad Bar was also just lovely.

Dinner - there's a choice of 3 or 4 venues depending on the night and we tried them all though it took a wee bit of working out what was where and what was extra if you were on half board, or Flexi Dine as we were. Here's what we thought of each of the areas:

Amorosa is a very large indoor dining room which often has themed nights and floor shows. The Cyprus night here was the best - stunning range of food again and very good service but somehow, to be truthful, this big space is a little bit lacking in atmosphere. Maybe in high summer when the hotel is full there would be more buzz about it...

La Terazza is an outdoor Italian self service buffet with an amazing range of food and desserts to die for. Good background music from the accordian player and nice feel about the whole area.

The Poolside Grill (seemed to be Friday, Sunday, Monday only) was a delight - I had prawns twice (more like mini lobsters!) and catch of the day once: all wow - and watching the sunset from there was just magical.

Rotisserie, the a la Carte area, seems to be available on the nights other than the Poolside - so it's one or the other if you want what they call 'fine dining'. We went here on our last night as a treat and it was just awesome - food of the highest possible quality. Both Rotisserie and the Poolside Grill had quite outstanding waiting staff.

Amorosa was 'free' on Flexi Dine or Half Board. La Terazza was CYP£2.50 extra each. You had to pay for Poolside but could get an allowance towards Rotisserie. I think! - a bit confusing as I say to work out what was extra and what was not, but, in any event, it was all truly outstanding.

We only ate out 2 nights, which shows how awesome the hotel food was - at Thalassa, a fish restaurant just left of the hotel (which was ok but nothing special) and at Cavallini's, an Italian just to the right (which was very special indeed and we would certainly go there again - lovely food and extremely good service, even though an Italy World Cup game was on at the time!).

The hotel food and drink is not cheap, but then neither is the standard of fare on offer - it is all quite superb and the service, from the excellent Maitre D' through all his staff, is simply great.

The pool and garden area was lovely, well maintained and with some really helpful staff like Badri and Andreas to assist with umbrellas - as a previous reviewer said, they seem to appear from nowhere when you need help - and touches like the ice cold towels at noon were much appreciated. Don't be fooled by the breeze if you go on the loungers near the sea, as we did - I got very burnt in patches on the first day despite only being out for 10 minutes in Factor 25 and had to be ultra careful for the rest of the holiday. Boots Soltan - never again! - I've never had sunburn like that before, usually tan easily.

The Amphora Bar was where we went at night to listen to the amazing Kevie, whose voice is a delight and the staff there, Christakis and Christina, Andreas and Tatiana - more wow, they were wonderful.

I went to the gym every day for at least an hour, yet still put on over half a stone due to above mentioned food and drink! Tried some treatments in the Spa as well - yet more superlatives, they were great and Rachel, the Spa Manager, is another superb member of staff.

The only downside, if you can call it that, is that we didn't see much of the real Cyprus. I had been very ill and needed a restful and relaxing break to get back some 'oomph' which this holiday certainly achieved. Next time, and hopefully there will be a next time at this wonderful place, we will go and see more of the island.

So, to sum up a long review, this hotel gave us our best holiday ever. I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone. This site was very helpful to us when we were booking our holiday so I hope this review will help others."

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  • Travel date: Thu 29th of June 2006

Good but could be better

3
Average
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Reviewed Fri 9th of November 2012

"This is a great hotel for a lazy week by the pool and the pool area is lovely! Very comfy sun loungers and a nice pool bar - just watch out for people stealing your sunbeds while you have lunch. We found the hotel quite busy so reserving a sunbed early in the morning is essential! The beach is not that amazing so the pool is certainly a better option.

The room was very spacious with a good size bathroom and good housekeeping. We had some unwelcome ants but the hotel left us some spray to sort this out. We arrived late and were left fruit, wine and plates of sandwiches which was a very welcome gesture. The air-con was also very good which was great as it was v hot.

The hotel seemed very clean and well thought out. The hotel is a 15-20 minute walk from the main town and we appreciated not being in the middle of town. There were also a few bars and restaurants near the hotel for a cheap lunch and to save a few pennies on the very expensive hotel drinks - as to be expected from a 5*.

The breakfast was very good - great selection and plenty to chose from. The only disappointment was the staff at breakfast who were not very helpful. You always had to stop someone to ask for tea/coffe and toast rather than it being offered but apart from that no complaints! We also ate lunch at the hotel some days and the service was rather sporadic.

We ate out every night and found good restaurants other than omelette and burgers which seemed to be on every menu. A great italian was the spagetteria in town and cavalini just near to the hotel.

The waterpark is also a great day out! All in all a very relaxing week in a good hotel. I dont know if it deserves to be one of the Leading Hotels of The World as the service lets it down somewhat. The hotel is very nice though so overall would recommend it!"

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  • Travel date: Sat 17th of June 2006

Amathus Beach is a fantastic hotel to st...

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed Sat 31st of July 2004

"Amathus Beach is a fantastic hotel to stay in. Staff are really friendly and helpful. You don’t even need to get off your sunbed for a drink, as they will be there for you! Nice cold towels bought to you to keep you cool. We went for ten days, and we found no faults what so ever. This was our second visit, and it was just as good as the first. We went B&B so we could try different restaurants Chloe’s is a must but you will need to book as really popular. La Piazza is also really good.

If you go to Trudos mountains , go in a jeep, its great fun and you will see more than going on a coach, not for the faint hearted though!! 10 out 10."

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  • Travel date: Sat 31st of July 2004

We were sold this hotel as an ideal loca...

3
Average
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Reviewed Wed 30th of June 2004

"We were sold this hotel as an ideal location for a family holiday with young children (7, 6 and 4). This could not be further from the truth.

The hotel was built in 1989 and the rooms we had 3217 and 3219 looked as though they had not been redecorated since its completion. The air conditioning unit in one room dripped water onto the carpet of the room throughout our stay and there was evidence of mildew on the grout of the tiles in both bathrooms. In addition, my husband enjoys reading on the balcony at night after the children have gone to bed but there was no light on the balcony at all and even after asking at reception if they could come up with a solution, they were unable to. In addition we were in a side sea view room which partially overlooked the sea but mainly a disused and decaying wine factory mind you this was better than being on the other side of the hotel in a side sea view room where a number of people complained about the smell of the sewage tanks being emptied!

The hotel boasted two restaurants and two bars at night times. One restaurant had a dress code as did one of the bars and my husband was not even allowed to buy a bottle of water from this bar to take to the room as he was wearing tailored shorts. The other restaurant was formal and totally unsuitable to take children into and again had this dress code. Unfortunately the dress code bar and restaurant were the only places where there was any form of entertainment in the hotel. Obviously with children it would have been particularly enjoyable to sit down with a drink and enjoy some sort of entertainment with them but the hotel did not cater to families for this. In this day and age on a beach holiday not many families expect to have to adhere to a dress code and my husband took particular exception to this. He complained to reception at the time but got nowhere.

The hotel offered a kids programme. It was more like a crèche and the activities on offer did not suit boys in particular. Handbag, teddy bear and pasta necklace making is not the sort of activity to appeal to a seven year old boy and consequently an awful lot of money was spent on slot machines in the games arcade to keep him out of the heat of the day! There were no outside activities for boys of his age during the day and the hotel needs to cater for everyone not just younger children.

The hotel shop, was well stocked with rubber rings, floaties, lie –lows and inflatable balls. Needless to say we purchased some of these for the children and wandered off to the pool to enjoy our spoils.

We found that none of these items were permitted in the pool and had to be confined to the baby pool. No ball games of any sort were permitted and my son who is a fantastic swimmer was not allowed in the deepest part of the pool. They even went to the extent of having four pool attendants to stop any sort of horseplay at all except swimming! My youngest son could not swim in the big pool at all as he had a rubber ring!

The pool was massive and could easily have been sectioned off into various parts or ball games, lie-lows etc. could have been allowed at different times of the day. We suffered this for a week and my husband complained along with another guest. The assistant manager turned up (I do not have a name for him as he was not wearing a badge) and initially said it was what the guests wanted. When pointed out to him that 95% of the people round the pool were families with children he then changed his mind and said it was a health and safety ruling. When pressed he said that the ruling was made by the hotel and not by any Cyprus government authority. He was asked if there was anything he could do to accommodate the families with children and he replied there was not. He suggested that we took the rubber rings and lie-low into the sea, which I’m sure you will agree is a pretty ignorant thing to say. He was then asked to get the General Manager as he was the person who made the decisions. This was Friday morning at about 10am.

The assistant manager then came back and said the General Manager was in a meeting in the hotel and would contact us later that day. Five minutes later he came back to say the General Manager had left and would not be back in till Monday! I must explain that the Assistant Manager was the most obnoxious man to deal with arrogant and superior and not a good advert for the Hotel. Over the weekend we received a note saying the manager would only be available to see us between 10am and 1pm on the Monday. By then we had made plans to do other things and if he was as arrogant as the assistant manager we would be wasting our time.

My husband and I have had the pleasure of staying in a number of hotels marketed by “The Leading Hotels of the World” and quite frankly the Paphos Amathus Beach should not be one of them. To advertise themselves during the summer months as a family friendly hotel is a joke. We were lucky enough to stay in the Princess Yaiza in Lanzarotte last summer and let me assure you there is the Amathus Beach is not a patch on this hotel. Unfortunately our holiday this year was almost double the price we paid last year and perhaps we were expecting too much. In my opinion the Amathus beach does not deserve to be called one of “The Leading Hotels in the World” and does not deserve its five star status.
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  • Travel date: Wed 30th of June 2004

On arival at paphos the first impression...

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Reviewed Wed 31st of March 2004

"On arival at paphos the first impression where positive. The al la carte deal ment that we had taxi transfer from Airport.. Big Plus. Very froendly taxi driver, from south africa.. gave excellent knowledge on area and some sites to take in.

Hotel - *****

On arrival received cocktail, Frozen towels to freshen up. Porter to take bags from taxi, of which we did not see until entering the room.

Check in was speedy, friendly and treated like royalty. Hotel foyer was spectacular, without one spec of dust/ dirt/litter/smears on glass, in fact I almost took my shoes off to walk through!

Room

On way to room, all corridors carpeted, very quite, again no dust spotless!

The room itself was very large, aircon, carpeted, super kingsize bed with robes and beach towels. View - Not so hot, partial see view. But not a problem. Bathroom, spotless, and you can use the loo as in GB, ie - no bin to dispose of... enough said. Walls very thick, and nothing could be heard - Fruit and wine and champaigne in bucket.

Towels changed every day, along with beach towels, bedding changed everyday. Mades come to room early evening to take covers off the bed, put remote on bedside cabinet, complimentary slippers by your bed!!

Pool -

12 poolside waiters constantly walking round to supply alcholic/non alchoholic drinks, food, or anything else they can give you.

Pool attendents to move furniture/umbrellas etc - again - spotless, pool perfect.

Food -

Perfect. Expensive, but you get what you pay for. Eat out most evenings, but the breakfast was as big or as small as you like - no immitations!!

Overall - 5 star , amazing service, amazing staff. Would recommend.

Prices are inflated - beer £4.10 --- exactly.

Down Side - Can be too much in your face, but enjoy it. Some of the guests can be so far up their own backside it can be annoying.. A lot of russians.. no offence, but they where very rude.

As you can see the down sides are a personal thing, service, hotel, staff - perfect.
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  • Travel date: Wed 31st of March 2004

As soon as our party arrived at the hote...

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed Wed 31st of July 2002

"As soon as our party arrived at the hotel Amathus Beach, complimentary cocktails were awaiting, a warm welcome and beautifully furnished marble everything!

Our room was lovely; partly on looking the sea - the bedroom and bathroom was beautifully furnished, again with marble! Every day, our room was cleaned immaculately, the maids leaving our pyjamas neatly folded with a sweet on the pillow -what more can you ask for?!

The facilities were great too, for instance the large swimming pool, with perfect swim-up bar for cocktails in the sun, surrounded by the lush gardens; where banana trees grew amongst hibiscus flowers - a lovely feel. There are many other facilities to be taken advantage of - ie boutiques, hairdressing and beauty salon, and indoor swimming pool were all luxurious and immaculate.

The indoor restaurant served a beautifully presented meal, and the breakfasts were out of this world - every fruit, cereal and decoration on top you could dream of - not to mention the crepes, pancakes, pastries, bread, meat, cheeses and lovely English breakfasts, etc... Rows of food to choose from.

Just outside of the hotel was a great little local restaurant (first on left - lovely, very friendly man called Polis!), and many other little tavernas only opposite are perfect to dine or have an evening cocktail in.

Although the beach was rather small, compact and all in all not the prettiest, it served as a sun spot, and was great for banana boat rides, and other water sports!

A trip to Polis, not too far away is a must for a beautiful beach - truly secluded, as no-one else was in sight, and Latchi, too. Charming local cafes, just waiting to be explored, overlooking fields, coast and flowers.

Truly one of the best and most luxurious hotels to stay in when in Cyprus - no other compares!!! :)
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  • Travel date: Wed 31st of July 2002

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