Aliathon Holiday Village Hotel

, Paphos, Cyprus
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Aliathon Holiday Village Hotel

, Paphos
4 star

Rooms: 98

Poseidonos Avenue - Paphos - 8063 - Cyprus | 357 26964400
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from djlengland
Just returned from Aliathon. 17 of us flew out for a wedding/holiday. All had a fantastic time. The hotel is still putting the finishing touches to it, so lucky you if you are going July time. Food is excellent (men do remember long trousers for eve meal) swimming pools, great fun, couldn't keep the kids out. Holiday clubs went down with them very well & the entertainment team are brilliant, althought entertainment for kids is on a bit late so tired children. Staff very friendly & couldn't do enough for you. If you are getting married Mo is absolutly brilliant, although it is a bit full on when you first arrive with wedding planing.Just watch they don't rip you off. The organisation (or lack of it) at the airport is terrible. Make sure you take food & drink with you and expect a long wait. Have a great time.

Hotel mixed but resort very overdeveloped

from couplenorthwest
We stayed at the Aliathon in December 2007. On arrival we were dropped off at the front of the hotel opposite a building site where at this time the rest of the development was being built. During the holiday there was some noise from this development but as we were mainly out during the day this did not spoil our holiday.

This hotel is probably one of the nicer hotels in the resort as the coast is lined with concrete high rise hotels. The hotel complex is too far from the town to walk but without the benefit of being secluded. I felt that the resort itself was overdeveloped and rather tacky and walking around we were accosted by people selling timeshare properties. In this way the photographs of the hotel complex were a little misleading as the surrounding area is not as pleasant.

The beaches in Paphos are not good. During the time we stayed we could not sit on the beach or go swimming in the sea. We went to Cyprus expecting it to be similar to Greece and we went to Paphos as some of the quieter resorts were closed in December. Having said this the place was very dull in December i.e. restaurants were very quiet. We tried all the restaurants on the complex except the 'taverna' style hotel restaurant which only had a choice of 2 or 3 meals in the evening. I would say that they were ok, but not particularly cheap a bit more expensive than UK prices. We didn't really expect to find indian and mexican restaurants here but we also went into the town of Paphos and were rather disappointed with what was on offer.

The reception area and hotel grounds, pools etc are very pleasant with a lovely garden. Generally speaking however I thought that the accomodation was not 4* and other guests also commented upon this.

We had a one bedroomed apartment on the ground floor. On arrival we did notice that there were cockroaches in the bathroom and assumed that this was because the apartment was on the ground floor. This also meant that the outside space was overlooked and perhaps not as good as those apartments on the 1st floor which had a balcony.

Generally the apartment was spacious and fairly well equipped. However the magnetic strip on our door key card stopped working a few days into the holiday and it took most of the rest of our stay for the hotel to sort this out.

The local supermarket was useful but if you are self catering you really need to go to the supermarket in Paphos. We mostly ate out.

There were a number of trips on offer and we went to Lara Bay and into the Akamas which was enjoyable. We also went to Kyrenia which was a pretty harbour town on the Turkish side of the island which was much nicer than Paphos! We also managed to go and see the 'Tomb of the Kings' and the mosaics in Paphos. The trips out were the highlight of the holiday.

Paphos had a very 'British' feel with fried English breakfasts and fast food etc. on offer. I think that people probably either love that about Cyprus or hate it. Having expected it to be very scenic and like Greece I was very disappointed particularly considering the cost of the holiday and meals out etc. Paphos has a bit of a Blackpool abroad feel.

I would never go to Paphos again and having travelled around in Cyprus somewhat whilst there I don't feel the need to go again.

A Great Place and great Location

We arrived on a warned the supermarkets close at 2.45pm on Wednesday and closed Sunday;so as self caterers we had a problem however the resort staff were brilliant providing all the essentials for that first tea and coffee after the flight.

The Aliathon Village and the Rooms were very clean and serviced for 6 out of 7 days clean towels etc every day.
The reception staff were brilliant and extremely helpful.

If travelling yourself there is a superb supermarket in the town..Papantonios stocks everything at good prices. (try the Olives!!)

The only down side it is about 40 minutes walk to the harbour or 1.20 euros on the bus ...not a real problem but the site publicity says 20 minute walk!

Would definately recommend this site for its location and cleanliness...the on site restaurants look very good we had one meal here and it was good as was the service.

The site probably very busy in the high season when we went it was gloriously quiet with glorious weather

a total disgrace

from golden1000
when going to the hotel i was rudely welcolmed by the reception they where totaly unhelpful very rude no smiles and very arragant and that is to say midly.... there where no bungalows which was stated and wasput in a room which was a total discace where we had mice and many cockroaches around the room the linen was dirty and when questioned this the staff i.e the manager just shrugged there shoulders without a care and said if not happy find else where to stay.... the swimming pool also had human feaces in where many complaints where made but again nothin was done about this.... the local doctor must have came out to the clientelle on many accasions due to many having ear infections and stomach upsets. there was no play club for some f or the younger children to go to let alone for the elder ones i will never go back to this hotel again not to have the holiday to be spoilt for the whole duration with one problem after another and with to many people getting sic there..... and the food was no better...... so if you want your whole holiday spoilt then the aliathon is the place to go.....

great resort

from slobbergob
we have just come back from 2 weeks in "alathon Village" pahos. We booked a one bedroomed apartment and weren't dissappointed. Our apartment was huge with a massive balcony with 2 wicker sunlongers and a table and 4 chairs & umbrella and a small clothes line drying rack in the corner.
The bedroom was bright & airy, the bathroom clean with a bath/shower, fully stocked with shower gels, shampoo's, lotions etc etc. Fair comment by someone who said there wasn't much storage space. Am asuming they meant drawer space which there is a shortage of but we asked for extra hangers for the wardrobe and 5 minutes later 20 extra hangers appeared. There was a big shelf space next to our wardrobe but as a typical BRIT we would have appreciated more drawer space for our smalls etc etc. Only 4 small drawers.
The kitchen had all the ameniies needed for a self catering holiday, oven, hob, dishwaher, fridge, freezer, sink, pots, pans, plates, utensils, etc. etc. I am a chef and there was sufficient equipment for me to cook a decent meal for 4 people. Although the table on the balcony would have been a bit cosy had there been 4 of us but the table in the apartment was big enough
The whole apartment was light and spacious with a view over the lagoon pool and well maintained gardens. The sheets were changed every other day and even when they weren't changed the maid made up your bed and tidied. Always fresh towels when needed. Just put towels that you want changing on the floor in the bathroom and they will change them.
We NEVER had a problem getting a sunbed even though some people did try to reserve beds. The pool was always well maintained and we saw the staff do regular checks on the pool every day. My husband used the pool over by the main reception early every morning to do 50 lengths. Always did this with no problems. The lagoon style pool is only 1.4 metres deep at its deepest so if you are adult size never go out of your depth. Only critisism was the water fall and underwater bubble jets weren't working everyday while we were there
While we stayed we had no problems with cockroaches or ants but we were off the ground floor so cannot comment on what has been said by people on the ground level.. Just to say our apartment was always clean and tidy. The TV stations were good if thats what you go on holiday for. All 5 english and couple satelite channels. Although have to say we don't fly abroad to a lovely sunny foreign country to watch TV!!!
Pool towels could be changed daily at the pool bar by the lagoon pool.
The staff were always friendly and polite and if they couldn't help us found someone who could.
We were self catering and got all our main food supplies from the bigger supermarket in town opposite Debenhams store. Stocked up when we first arrived and only needed to buy milk and bread from local on site supermarket which is quite expensive. Regular Bus runs from one end of resort to the other at a cost of 80 cents cypriot no matter where you ger on or off. Bakery attached to supermarket is very good for fresh rolls etc. We ate in the Mexican Rest. which was excellent but expensive. The Indian is just FANTASTIC. The Aegean buffet was good on the 4 occassions we tried it and there is also an Italian which other guests we spoke to said was good.
There is a lovely SANDY beach about a kilometre along the road from the Alaithon called Lunar Beach. Opposite the Aliathon there is also a couple of sandy coves. The sea was actually warmer than the pool while we were there. Just cross the road and walk down between the hotels and you will find the beaches. Someone said in a previous review that they had booked a sea view room. Not too sure how they did this as the Alaithon is actually across the road to the beach front hotels. Yes it only takes 3 or 4 minutes to walk to the beach but this is not a beachfront hotel.
This in no way spoilt our holiday as all you have to do is walk over a relatively quiet road and you are in the sea
.At the Aliathon we got exactly what we would expect from a self catering holiday. Good sized clean, aprtment. Well equipped facilities, helpful staff with 15 minute walk to the main centre of pahos harbour.
Have to say we had been a bit concerned because there was a whole new holiday village being built at the back of the Aliathon but we heard no noise from there at all.
Pahos Harbour is where it's happening. Good restuarants, pubs if you enjoy Bars then find bar street you wont be disapppointed. Yes eating out can be expensive but if you shop around then you can do it quite reasonably. It all depends on whether you want to eat what you eat in the UK or if you want to sample the local Quisine. If you want try the backstreet local tavernas not the tourist traps you will find some amazing food cooked by locals and served by locals. After all if you wanted english food you could have stayed in the UK .
Basically do what you would anywhere else. SHOP AROUND FOR THE BEST DEAL. If you like boat trips try Wave Dancer day and evening trips and Ocean Flyer and Sea Star.
Have been to Paphos 3 times now and will definately be going back. Great Place, Great People. Great Island

Great Time At The Aliathon

from DJ2112
On the 22nd August I posted a comment in reply too someone saying 'don't go !' and said that after our stay, I would post a new mail with what we thought of our stay this year, so here it is.

We arrived at the Aliathon on Wednesday 29th August, booked in at reception and were shown to our appartment. We usually stay in a Studio, as this is big enough for us. The appartment was clean and tidy (as usual). During our two week stay we did not have cause to complain once. We had no unwanted, ants or cockroaches - and our appartment was on the ground floor.
We did not use the Lagoon pool, but used the main pool. There were no issues with getting sunbeds. The pool area was clean and tidy. There have been some comments about ear infections, at the time we stayed no guests mentioned this.
We stayed self-catering as the Supermarket on site is very well stocked, although a bit pricey. The snack bar provides nice sandwiches for lunch. During the evenings we went to several different restaurants, including the Cavallini, Sunbow and also tried the new restaurants at the Aliathon - the Pocoloco and the Italian - both of which were outstanding.
The staff at the Aliathon are very friendly and accomodating, which is why we have returned for our eighth year and are looking to book for two weeks again in 2008.


from Spikenchelsea
We stayed in a one bedroom Superior apartment at the Aliathon.
The apartment was fine but did lack storage and also the kitchen area was very basic and a bit dated. This was rated as 4* but I would only give it 3* at the most. We were ground floor and the patio area was very small and cramped and we had to request an extra chair as they only supply 2 chairs, a small table and 2 uncomfortable sun loungers. The pool was great but the normal problem with towels left on sunbeds that nobody was using, so you need to be up early to get sunbeds around the lagoon pool (which is meant for use by the superior apartments but it seemed that anyone was able to use this pool, so again misleading information in the brochure) Can't comment on food as we went self catering and did not eat in the hotel. Beaches in Pathos are not good, so you need to go to Coral Bay for the best beach - only 30 mins on the bus.
They are also pushing timeshare at this hotel, so you have been warned....

t go

from maxib
Accommodation - We paid for a superior room (myself, husband and 15 year old daughter. What a let down. Our first impressions were of ants in every room, followed by lack of wardrobe space and the quality of the furniture and furnishings were not as advertised. Included in the price also was towelling dressing gowns and slippers (not provided) a large terrace with sunbeds (small terrace overgrown with vines and packed with furniture we couldn't reach due to lack of space). Also we were placed above the launderette where the maids congregated each morning with no respect for residents.

We decided to take the HB option with a view to eating out a few nights also. Our first meal was the last. The staff were ignorant to the point of us asking where we could sit as the tables were dirty and not prepared. We had to summon a waiter to order drinks which came after the meal. There was a choice of a sorry looking selection of salads, 2 main dishes and chips. We complained to the holiday rep and received a full HB discount.

The gardens surrounding the pool and the site in general were kept clean and tidy but we never saw anyone clean the pool or test the water. During the first week, my daughter and several other residents developed ear infections which had to be treated by drugs. We never went back in after that. Another guest had asked when the pool was cleaned and how often but the receptionist did not know this information.

On our second week we had special univited guests to stay (cockroaches). When we returned to our room in the evening the lights would be switched on and there they were trying to run for cover. We complained and the maids were sent the next morning to clean the kitchen area. Whatever they did, did work but several other guests had the same problem.

Several nights resulted in the electricity going off. This meant that not only did the air con not work but the pump providing water didn't either. So we couldn't get ready to go out and eat and also the threat of the cockroaches coming back in the darkness was scary! Just what you expect on your holdiday. By the way the evening temperature was around 37 degrees rising to 45 plus in the day.

This was our first two week break for over two years and I thought I had done my homework on choosing a 4* establishment with a few paid for extras. This was not a cheap holiday by any means and with us paying to eat out every night the cost escalated. However, the restaurants we visited locally and down in the harbour provided excellent food and wines and we were very happy with their standards and level of friendliness.

The best thing of the holiday, the air con and our trips to Coral Bay. I would never go back to Pahos again.

Happy with Aliathon but generally disappointed with Cyprus

from EvertonMad
For me a holiday is all about relaxing, good food, cold beer and nice weather. I got 3 out of the 4 during my recent visit to Pafos.

Aliathon was exactly what we expected. Nice accommodation but nothing that tremendous either. The rooms are cleaned every day except Sunday and you also have a very basic selection of satellite channels (Sky News, BBC2 and Dubai's One TV which shows American programmes & MBC2 which is a movie channel are the best of the English channels).

The staff are friendly but if there's anything in particular you require I suggest you email them in advance to request it. Baby's cot, high chair, specific room type or location (the superior room is worth the extra expense - better terrace furniture for a start).

There are two pool areas. The largest one is located near the main reception and it also has an adjoining kid’s pool (0.5M deep). Next to this you'll find is a kid’s playground. The second pool is located in the other half of the village. This is orientated more towards couples and adults. It has a pool bar but no kid’s pool.

I would highly recommend this hotel for families with young children. My wife, daughter & I spent hours at the pool and wandering into the playground next to it each day. The hotel gardens are well looked after and everything in the village is just a minutes stroll from your room.

My only disappointment in Aliathon is that the football pitches are now the foundations of the hotels extension, the building of which is exceptionally quiet by the way. You won't even know there's a building site unless you go for a walk near the bowling greens.

The cost of food in Cyprus even in the supermarkets is a rip off, not just in the tourist areas but everywhere I went including where the locals shop. Restaurant food quality is generally at a very low standard - tasteless and bland. Expect to pay about 20 euro per person for something really simple like a burger and fries in a pub or restaurant. Double that for something a bit more interesting. And forget about a side of fresh vegetables, you just don't get them in Cyprus. Frozen veg if you're lucky or a salad that looks like it's been in a fridge for a month (probably has!). Even in the supermarkets food items such as hummus and potato salad were full of E numbers and preservatives. It was just a disappointment. I normally come back after a holiday and say to my wife, 'oh I'd love to be back in that bar now having their steak' or whatever. No such memories this time. The buffet breakfast in the hotel was probably the best food we had on our holiday, even if it was the same thing each day.

A pint will cost you around 2 to 3 Cyprus pounds which is somewhere in the region of 4 Euro but local wine and beer (Keo or Carlsberg) is a bit cheaper than the imported brands.

Beaches are practically non existent in Pafos. It's a rocky coastline with patches of sand here and there but nothing to get excited about.

On a positive note, the weather in Cyprus is priceless. Warm but not hot and the sun although it feels quite strong on your skin doesn't burn you that quick. The roads are quiet, rush hour doesn't exist and there's plenty to see and do.

One last tip. Take a stroll to the Fiesta Bar one evening if you have kids under the age of 4. They have a play area in the beer garden so you can relax and have a drink while they play on the slides and tricycles. It's 100m from Aliathon; head in the direction of the harbour and after a short walk you will see it across the wheat field. They also have Sky Sports for the dads!

Enjoy your holiday.

Great accomodation

from josiepops
After many years of using Trip Advisor to help me decide on holiday accomodations etc I am finally posting my very own.... Hope you find this useful! (sorry it is quite long)

The hotel feels quite new (most parts are) and all public areas (restaurants, pools, seating area's, supermarket) are of a very high standard and impecably clean. The location is about 2k from the Harbour which I learnt is the main spot for evening meals and drinks etc so the 20-30 mins stroll is very pleasant with restauants down to the Harbour starting practically as you begin your stroll. Paphos town is another 1-2k further on - I pressumed this was the main part of the resort but it is actually quite old and tatty and as a result all tourists flock to the Harbour where the atmosphere is very typical for a costal resort. You can also take the bus which stops outside the hotel into the Harbour or to Coral Bay (nearest decent beach) - interestingly it is 80cent where ever you go even though it is 15 mins into the Harbour (traffic) and a further 20 mins up to Coral Bay.

I decided on Paphos as most people said it was great for beaches. After booking I then read a review that said quite the opposite. After my return I have to agree with the latter. Whilst Paphos is on the coast there are no great sandy beaches in the immediate town. Coral Bay is the closest and this was about 35-40mins on the bus. Quite normal though to do this as everyone else was. It is very worth the journey too. It was probably the first time I really felt like I was on holiday.

It was really great that whilst we were in Paphos we didn't have a bad meal. We did go to many places which were recommended on the web so that probably helped. Some restaurants I would recommend include: Aurion, Rib Shack, Porto Bello, Captains View - all on Poseidonas Av and The Seagull restaurant, just on the corner of the Harbour, was very nice for a special meal. The Aphrodity Restaurant at the Aliathon did really great food which we tended to eat at lunch time so I would also recommend that too. One thing I would add is that food in Paphos (supermarkets and expecially restaurants) was very expensive. I was shocked when you converted the price into sterling - it kind of made you not want to eat when thinking of the cost. One thing to watch is drinks at the pool bar. £1.60 for a can of Sprite - extortionate!!! If you are self catering (like us) take plenty of spending money for food - you'll need it.

Accomodation (I am realising this isn't in the best order - oh well)
We stayed in a one bed superior apt which I think cost an additional £40. I would say it was well worth it. The standard of accommodation was very high indeed - we were really impressed. We had asked for a sea view room (Med Holidays) but our view of the sea was virtually non existent which was a big disappointment. Superior accomodation was supposed to have access only to the lagoon pool at the hotel (one of two). There was no way that this was being controlled by the hotel as guests tended to use whichever pool took their fancy. It annoyed me at first (as that was one reason for paying the extra money) but during the whole week the hotel was full and everyday both pools only ever had around a third of the bed's in use. What was also fab was that no one bothered putting towels out.... People just sauntered down when they fancied and picked a spot where ever.

In general the resort is very typical of all Greek resorts (not been to Cyprus before). The resort center though is very large, very over developed and can be a bit in your face (restaurant owners drumming up business in particular). If this is what you are looking for in a Cyprus holiday then go for it.

Before I finish it is also worth saying that the hotel is undergoing HUGE expansion but this in no way effected our stay (no noise etc) as it was all going on behind the current hotel.

Overall the hotel was very good. Lack of Beaches was dissappointing. The costs of food was hard on the pocket. The weather was fab and Paphos was a very busy over developed resort.

Would I go again? To the hotel yes to Paphos no.

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  • Address: Poseidonos Avenue - Paphos - 8063 - Cyprus
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