Offering both British favourites and traditional Cypriot cuisine, with the option to dine al fresco. Show cooking is a staple at dinner times, and if you're still feeling peckish afterwards, midnight snacks are available from 11pm 'til 12am. Gentlemen are required to wear long trousers in all restaurants. In the winter season, dinner is from 6pm 'til 9pm. Vegetarians options are available too.
As other reviewers have already said, the hotel is slowly shutting down for the winter, and this was evident to all who were lucky enough to have all the empty space to use. I didn't think it was a negative, and really liked the fact that there were no queues for anything at any point. The beachside restaurant was not open, but this didn't detract from a wonderful holiday.
Anyway, on with the review. We booked a sea view room with private pool and went all inclusive.
We arrived on a very late evening flight and were shown to our room and offered food from the cold buffet, this was gladly received. The cold buffet was of good quality and fresh.
The room... incredible. A reasonably sized room, well provisioned, that wasn't the best part. Sliding open the patio door and a small, but perfectly functional pool greeted us, lit up in the moonlight by a spotlight. We could hear the sea, but not see it in the dark. We had two sun loungers, two large reclining chairs and a table with two dining chairs. All for us? Yes. Also a bath with Jacuzzi facility! The hair dryer rather cryptically is stored in the drawer by the TV and cannot be moved! Had us laughing when we found it!
In the morning we awoke to a sunlit room, the terrace area bathed in sun and the pool looking very inviting, however it was pretty cold, colder than the sea.
Pleased to report that the sound from the entertainment was kept out at night (should you wish to have an early night) by the closed patio door. The only disturbances will be from your next door neighbours.
Room also comes with a fridge (which you can ask the staff to stock as a mini bar) or you can just use it yourself for drinks and stuff you've purchased in duty free on the way over. Just ask for the key to the fridge when you check in, we didn't pay any extra for it.
A safe is also available. It was a pretty old school key lock safe. We didn't pay any extra for this either.
Food was excellent throughout our stay, a selection of Cypriot, Italian, American and Mediterranean offerings, each day was themed. We had one 'free' entry to the a la carte restaurant which was also lovely. All inclusive gets you pretty much anything, as long as you aren't after a branded drink. Local drinks are included, the Cypriot beer, Keo is very drinkable in the sun and if you choose wisely, the local Cypriot wines aren't bad. The sparkling wine was a Prosecco variant and was also available free! Tea, Coffee and snacks all through the day as well as a good spread of continental and European hot food for breakfast. We also made use of the 'free' packed lunch service when we did an all day excursion. Order at reception and the next day you'll be presented with a cool box (yes a massive cool box, so bear this in mind) with sandwiches, fruit, cake, water, fruit juice and crisps. Pretty excellent!!
If you've got a food allergy, let reception know and they will let the on site chef know your requirements. I'm pretty sure that everything served was assembled on the premises, most of it from scratch. This included the wonderful cakes and gateau.
The evening entertainment is lively, but we didn't attend it barring one night, which was the 'manager's cocktail night'. This is where the guests get to meet the whole staff and quaff free cocktails, including ouzo, commandria, fire water and other local spirits.
The pool facilities are excellent, but probably a little cold for the majority in October, the inside pool was only one degree hotter than the outside pool, so bear this in mind if you think it is going to be like your local British leisure centre 29-30 degree Celsius water, the average temp of the outloor (big) pool was 23 degrees Celsius. I think our private pool was a little colder, probably closer to 21 degrees Celsius as the sun doesn't get to shine on a large surface area. Plenty of sun loungers available in the main parts of the hotel too, which is probably because it was really quiet. I can't comment on the serial sun lounger reservists.
In terms of location, this hotel is brilliantly placed. The 615 bus from Paphos harbour bus station stops right outside (on the way to Coral Bay) and from the opposite side of the road from the hotel you can catch the bus to Paphos harbour bus station. Every journey no matter how long is â¬1.50, and if you know you are going to be doing a lot of bus hopping e.g. the 610 to Paphos old town, buy the â¬5 day pass, which means you can hop on and off busses all day long. Busses are clean and frequent, but can be busy at peak times. Buy the tickets on the bus from the driver.
The only slight downside of the location is when you do excursions, you are normally the first pick up (in our experience), which means you are the last drop off at the end. If this bothers you, perhaps ask to be picked up in Paphos so you can avoid having to go around the houses looking at all the other hotels.
The beach a few hundred yards from the hotel is not a sandy beach and not particularly special. I was disappointed to see lots of rubbish (including a large tyre). It is limestone rock for much of it. If you want a spectacular beach, get the 615 bus (which you can catch from right outside the hotel, stand on the hotel side of the road) and for â¬1.50 you can travel to Coral Bay. Coral Bay does have sandy beaches and is really nice, but you do have to pay to rent a sun lounger.
Loved the room, the location and most of all, the sunset. Amazing sunset!
I should also mention the Thomson reps Kelly and Shaney who provide brilliant service, helping you book excursions, doing walks around the local area and keeping you happy. This definitely did feel like a Thomson Gold service!
Eventually we had to leave....
Late check out was â¬60 extra. We took this up as we had a late evening flight and wanted to enjoy the room till the bitter end. You still have to leave the room by 6pm.
Never before have we been so unhappy to be leaving a hotel. It will be in the memory for very long. We will be returning very soon.
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ma_g_allen, Chippenham, England, United Kingdom
Great food and great staff at this hotel
My husband and I spent 10 nights at the Atlantica Golden Beach in September. This was our second visit to this hotel - first visit about six years ago. Lovely to see many of the same staff were still there, especially in charge of the dining room and Nicoletta in the cocktail bar upstairs who remembered what you drank and greeted you with a smile and hug. Our bedroom was very comfortable with towelling bathrobes and slippers. We had not booked a superior room but as we had an Atlantica group of hotels loyalty card, we were upgraded. Bedrooms were kept spotlessly clean with clean towels and bedding as was the rest of the hotel. The food in the hotel was really good and the dining room very comfortable. The beach taverna, where we had our lunch, was also excellent with a good selection of food. The Thompson entertainment team worked hard to keep everyone happy. As another guest has said, the hotel really deserves it's gold certificate. Small touches such as a welcome cocktail when you arrived and a personal greeting from reception staff telling you about the hotel. Also cocktails as you were waiting to go to airport and staff handing you a bottle of water to take on the coach and a farewell wave. Really enjoyed our stay and we will be back in the future.More
Smokey15_11, Hartlepool, United Kingdom
Petty niggles that undermine an otherwise good hotel
The food was not up at 4*+ hotel.
The room was fine. Did not need a superior room, in a standard room they had removed the tea and coffee facilities and had to pay 7 euros a day to get them back. This felt penny-pinching.
Service was very attentive, which is good if you want to be served quickly - but not so good if you want to sit quietly.
The entertainment was excellent tho.
famous_eeee, New York City, New York
A* food but standards lowering as temporary closure looms
Yes, we enjoyed our all inclusive stay, staff were trying hard to disguise the fact the hotel is due to close and the stress that entails for them personally. However we found that attention to detail was lacking at times, we found that our bedding, for example, was discoloured, worn, tatty and one duvet cover torn in several places. Despite leaving a note for the maid we could not get milk for our morning tea and the tea bags were not replenished daily, I wonder if the replenishment of stock is under review due to the temporary closure for the winter. The info on what is not included in the all inclusive deal is given on arrival, as cakes with the afternoon tea are not included.We found that waiting staff were in short supply and often the outside tables were left full of discarded plates long after guests left the restaurant, giving the resident cat the opportunity for a tasty snack.The hotel really did shut down at midnight, the waitress kindly asked for our cushions on our chairs on the outside balcony that we were all sat on, promptly each night, before midnight, 'to put them to bed' leaving us all to sit on the metal framework to finish our drinks ! We might of actually purchased drinks after midnight when the all inclusive deal stopped, but the impression we got was it was time for guests to retire to bed ! However, the food was of platinum standard. We found it difficult to obtain bottled water at 9am, before leaving for a morning's exploration, reception staff directed us all to the correct place, but no staff in the vicinity, so we had to resort to helping ourselves each time, as did several other guests. A useful tip, do remember to take a bottle of water to your room for your early morning cup of tea. The gym did not have any water in the dispenser, or any bottled water available, we had to search again for that elusive bottle of water at 8am ! I felt that the hotel was geared towards the more mature guest and certainly favoured returning guests.More
Just wanted to say thank you to Peter1947 from Nottingham for alerting us that the hotel will be shut over the winter. We booked with Thomsons in the spring and had no idea about this. Neither did the shop we booked through. Since I got in touch with them They have now offered us an alternative hotel in Limasol. Not ideal but since we have already booked flights to Gatwick and a hotel from Scotland we had no choice but to accept. We were expectin adults only but this hotel takes kids so hope the adults only bar and pool is open.Thanks againMore
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