9km out of central Limassol, on a rather tatty stretch of the coastal tourist strip, although the hotel does dominate a good patch of natural beach. Once inside the location hardly matters – some guests never leave for the duration of their stay.
There’s a bewildering variety of standard rooms, studios and suites. The adults-only garden studios, redone in 2011, are in demand despite having limited views. Spacious at 50 square metres, they have a private Jacuzzi on the planked terrace, beyond which is river feature; bathrooms are his-and-hers, with double-jet shower and two designer sinks. Standard rooms in the main wing, done up in brown-and-gold earth tones, aren’t huge and date from 2005, but are holding up well; their bathrooms are excellent, often with a double Jacuzzi tub and rain shower. Hi-tech toys include big flat-screen TVs and iPod docks, though cable ethernet is charged extra. There are also family quads behind the beach, family quads and for those with older children, family two-room suites.
Seating in the jungle-lobby is extensive and inviting. New changing rooms sit behind the beach, now planted with non-native palms for that tropical feel. There’s even a wooden wedding chapel plonked on the back lawn. Free WiFi in lobby only.
Eating and drinking
Several restaurants merit a visit in their own right – certainly the locals attend them in droves. Mavromattis, a worthy branch of its acclaimed Paris parent, serves creative French/Greek fusion cuisine (50 euro tasting menu, 36 euros for lighter ‘chef’s choice’, up to 60 euros a la carte). Parquet-floored Vivaldi does north Italian fare while the Seasons Chinese has to be booked (allow 40 euros for the set menu or a la carte). The all-day Café Tropical is also the buffet venue for those on half or full board; breakfasts can extend to prosecco and smoked salmon. Ice creams at the adult poolside Colors Café are classic – I had one.
A large outdoor family pool, plus a smaller adults-only one with a Jacuzzi section. The indoor pool was re-glassed in 2011 to admit more natural light. The Shisheido Spa adjoins the gym, while a long-hours kids club is a boon for parents. The on-site scuba school is run by reputable Dive In.
Premises were well-maintained and spotlessly clean everywhere I looked. Service is known to be excellent, and long-serving restaurant staff seem almost telepathically perceptive. Certainly the duty manager, with little notice, spent more time with me than at any other hotel. Nice touches that could well be imitated elsewhere include complimentary room upgrades when available, free nibbles with drinks and 5am breakfast service for early departers.
Who stays there
British, Dutch, Belgians, Germans, French, Russians, Canadians, honeymooners, wedding parties and families (often the second or third generation to show up). The management claims up to 50 per cent repeat clientele.
Rack rates for inland-facing standards begin at 200 euros, 350 euros for the garden studios, in low season. Except at public holidays, there’s scant difference between weekends and mid-week.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
Pros & Cons
- Brilliant on-site restaurants
- Great for families
- Unrivalled service
- Rooms to suit everyone
- Some restaurants close off-season
- Fee for room internet hookup
- Road noise for inland-facing rooms