4820 Platres, Limassol, Cyprus
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Families with younger children, Mature travellers, Great views / scenery, Nature / wildlife, Relaxation, Sightseeing
Expert review of Forest Park
The Forest Park, built between the world wars in Internationalist/Art Deco style, is one of the most fabled lodgings in Cyprus. Daphne du Maurier wrote part of her novel Rebecca here in 1938, while soon-to-be-deposed King Farouk of Egypt stayed in 1948. That said, it is distinctly three-star at present.
At the far west end of Platres, on the way to Phini village.
137 rooms in total (including 17 suites) distributed over two wings – the latter added in 1994. Those in the newer wing are bright and clean, if bland with their veneer furniture and grey-green pileless carpets. Bathrooms are spacious and a bit more modern. There are family quads, but get by preference interconnecting doubles. The 80 frankly dated rooms in the original, “ocean-liner” wing vary in size, but have large bathrooms and small balconies.
Real period pieces, some of these, beginning with the lobby. The cafeteria, with an adjoining bar, is used for breakfast service despite alarming pink-and-red decor; the main, round-fronted restaurant, recently overhauled with calmer blue and cream livery, stripped floors and wrought-iron chandeliers, hosts other meals. The outdoor fountain-terrace, set with teak furniture, is the summer pole of attraction.
Food, mostly buffet format, tends to be sustaining and international rather than Cypriot.
The outdoor pool and tennis court are the main items. A small, oddly square indoor pool in a pleasant conservatory adjoins a perfunctory gym; there is no hamam, sauna or spa as you might expect for the star rating.
This is, candidly, emerging from something of a bad patch in the early Oughties; new management has been in place since 2010. An updating of room decor is also promised.
Not only Austrian, German, British and Irish, but also guests from Lebanon and the Gulf States, plus Cypriot weekenders and wedding parties.
Aim for sharp discounts off inflated rack rates. Peak times are snow season (if it happens) and mid-summer.
More information on Forest Park :
- 4820 Platres, Limassol, Cyprus
- High-Speed Internet, Parking, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool