Kryou Nerou Avenue, 5343 Ayia Napa, Cyprus
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Families with teenagers, First-time travellers, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Great views / scenery, Nightlife, Relaxation, Romance, Special occasions
Best for Value for money - Expert review of Alion Beach
One of this resort’s smaller hotels, with just 100 rooms, the Alion Beach is perennially popular – full even in March, which must be a good sign. Although officially five-star, I’d rank the room appointments and – happily – the prices – at four. The overall feel is contemporary without being sterile, secluded but not inconvenient.
On a quiet stretch of Kryo Nero beach where it dimples into a small cove, separated from the main beach by a reef, 1km east of Ayia Napa town centre. The view encompasses everything from the town’s Limanaki to Cape Greko, the southeast extreme of Cyprus.
Sea-view rooms have been soft-renovated since 2010, though some inland facing ones await this treatment. Standard rooms are done up in earth tones and veneer furniture/flooring, with big beds, flat-screen TVs, free safe boxes, slippers and robes, at the expense of smallish, functional bathrooms that appear also not yet to have been overhauled. Corner “panoramic” (actually, double-aspect) rooms are superior in size and sea views but not amenities; their baths have glass shower screens and bidets. Some rooms interconnect to make family quads.
The lobby is decidedly neutral and gives nothing away, though the gardens are a big asset. There’s WiFi throughout, which signal may not reach all rooms.
Breakfast is served inside or on the terrace as per the weather; there’s “live cooking” even in the morning. Gourmet buffet supper proves a relative bargain at 25 euros, though there’s also an a la carte option.
No lack of these – a gym and indoor pool with plenty of natural light, squash courts, two tennis courts, a hamam and spa with all conceivable treatments. A smallish outdoor pool in the oasis-like gardens may be overlooked in favour of the excellent beach where sea daffodils bloom in September. Scrums for the sunbeds – sensibly on the lawn towards the beach – are obviated by an allocation-on-arrival system. No kids’ club per se, though families are evident and there is a games room.
Personal attention is a hallmark; many staff are long-serving, and the manager himself is often seen going walkabout to check on things. Nice touches, often forgotten elsewhere, include welcome wine and fruit baskets, and bed turndown service.
Many repeat visitors, from the UK and Germany as well as central Europe; wedding parties.
Rates vary sharply depending on room aspect and season – the same 160 euros that will cover panormaic corner rooms in winter will just stretch to an inland-view one at peak season.
More information on Alion Beach:
- Kryou Nerou Avenue, 5343 Ayia Napa, Cyprus
- Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool