On its own stretch of sheltered beach, approximately 15km east of central Limassol and 40km west of Larnaca airport. It is the last, and remotest, of the hotels on the resort strip; the nearby Moni power station is a bit of an eyesore.
Standard rooms in the main building are exactly what you expect from this international chain: spacious, excellently appointed with frills such as satellite TV, and colourful without being strident. Parquet floors make the rooms feel even brighter, and all standard rooms have balconies (you pay a premium, naturally, for sea view). For families, the hotel’s Palm Court Suites and Citrus Garden Suites (which have private courtyards) are a great compromise between villa-style living and hotel facilities; for those who wish to avoid the patter of tiny feet the Royal Spa Wing offers 28 opulent ‘adults-only’ suites.
Like the rest of the hotel, Le Meridien’s public areas are spacious, airy and bland, with an echoing atrium-style reception lobby that feels a bit like an upmarket airport check-in area. As with most big Cyprus hotels, though, this is beside the point, because it’s what’s outside that counts: lawns, lagoon-style pools, al fresco restaurants and, of course, the beach.
Eating and drinking
With eight restaurants on-site (one of them dedicated to children), there’s little incentive to venture outside Le Meridien’s five star cocoon – which is just as well, because there’s nowhere else to eat or drink within walking distance. This said, the choice of eateries is much narrower between October and May, when four of the resort’s al fresco restaurants are closed. In summer, however, Le Vieux Village (serving mainly Cypriot-style grilled meat dishes); La Trattoria (as its name implies, providing Italian staples); Enalia, Le Meridien’s seafood restaurant; and Kojima, (serving sushi and other Japanese favourites) offer plenty of variety. Le Fleuri is the hotel’s poolside restaurant (open for lunch only October to May). Some may find Balthazar, which strives to impress with its elegance, exclusivity and fusion cuisine, a bit pretentious; Le Nautile is more relaxed, with a menu of Mediterranean dishes. Finally, Mickey’s is for kids, with a menu that offers child-friendly favourites but may also encourage them to try something more adventurous.
Like most of the big resort hotels in Limassol’s tourist area, Le Meridien has a ‘private’ beach. This doesn’t in fact mean that non-residents are excluded, but the loungers, umbrellas and watersports are for hotel guests only. On the beach: waterskiing, parascending, canoes, sailing and jetskis.
There is, of course, a huge main pool, plus a heated indoor pool, fitness centre and sauna. Leisure Land offers a multitude of activities for adults and teens, including tennis, volleyball, basketball, bowling and more. Penguin Village is a fully supervised fun area for children aged 3 to 12, and there’s also a crèche for under-threes.
Le Spa is the hotel’s thalassotherapy centre, with four outdoor and three indoor saltwater pools and 34 luxurious treatment rooms.
Service is as professional as you would expect from a hotel of this calibre; reception staff`are extremely helpful, but the sheer size of the place means it sometimes feels a bit impersonal. On a more personal note, some of Le Meridien’s special deals include chauffeur-driven Mercedes pick-up at Larnaca or Paphos airports.
Who stays there
Couples and wedding parties; families; business travellers and conference groups.
Special winter rates can be as low as 115 euros including breakfast; there are also some good value off-season half-board deals. Best deals between October and May; rates almost double between June and September.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Swimming Pool
- Business travellers
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
- Sporty types
- Escaping the crowds
- No fuss
Pros & Cons
- 'Private' beach
- Good family facilities
- Very easy to find
- Lots of green space
- Rip-off charges for internet access
- Drab neighbourhood
- Grey-sand beach not very alluring
- Many rooms due for makeover