Aphrodite Intercontinental Hotel, Paphos
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A wonderful stay at the Intercontinental Aphrodite Hillsfrom natB
The pool is split into two levels. The lower level is shallow and mainly for kids and if you are adults trying to keep away from children, then the upper pool is quiet and calm!
We did find the cost of the restaurants in the hotel quite high but then it is a luxury hotel. We therefore went to the village square most evenings. It has a wonderful traditional Cypriot atmosphere and there is a taverna, pizzeria, relaxed bar, coffee shop and creperie. I would highly recommend going on a Friday evening when they have live music.
We found the resort to be very well designed. My fiancé really enjoyed the golf course (it has incredible views) and the spa was up there with the very best. Quick tip - when we arrived, the spa had just started doing Spa Specials. This is where they pick a treatment and reduce the cost by about 15-20 CYP just for that day. If you head to reception just after 10am, they will have a board advertising the special next to the desk. As the treatments are quite expensive, this is a great way to save money.
All the Cypriots we met were lovely and the Intercontinental staff (from all over the world - 22 countries represented I believe) were extremely courteous.
One last thing, head up to the Sunset bar in the hotel around 7pm to watch the incredible sunsets over Paphos!
self cateringfrom daisbuys
We booked through ExcelHolidays who organised the accommodation booking, flights and taxi transfers. Flying into Paphos Airport it was just a 10 minute taxi journey to the Resort. Although this does mean the complex is on the flight path, we experienced very few planes flying over and when they did, they landed within the hour of each other, mainly late evening.
Our Apartment was out of this world - luxury! which we hadn't expected for a self catering holiday!
In the Orpheus Village there are 21 Apartments with a communal pool, but during our stay we had the pool to ourselves everyday which was lush. So quiet and relaxing! Out of the 21 apartments only 3 apartments were being occupied.
Hiring a car is highly recommended and can be done in the Europacar Hire place in the village square of the complex.
The grocery shop had a good selection of food and alcohol. There is also a Chemist and a Gift Shop.
We spent every evening in the Restaurants in the Village Square which were very nice, although we did experience one evening (the World Cup Final ) we went to the Anois Bar and service was very very slow, but this is the only bad experience we had when eating out in the Resort throughout our stay.
In summary, we had a fabulous relaxing holiday and we will definitely be returning here for another holiday!
A few helpful pointers for Self Caterers in Apartments:
Arriving in the evening/night your keys are with the Security on the main entrance gate. You then need to ensure you taxi takes you up to the apartment (Orpheus Village is at the top of the resort, a good 15 minutes walk up hill).
Strongly advise either taking some food with you to tied you over or pre-order a welcome basket with the Reservations Manager at Aphrodite Hills (email through their website) as the grocery shop in the village is a good walk away!
Consider hiring a car for most of your stay, unless you like a lot of walking!
Travellers Cheques - You cannot cash these in the Resort unless you are a resident in the Hotel. A 20 minute drive into Paphos takes you to many Exchange places where you can easily cash these but it is a hindrance. Debit/Credit cards are widely accepted in the complex and there is also an ATM.
Lastly if you are looking to eat in the Aphrodite Hotel, there is a dress code for men, Shirts, Trousers and no open toe shoes.
A wonderful breakfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The hotel is lovely and relaxing. The pool area is excellent too - Lovely gardens and plenty of sun beds even in July.They come round in the midday sun with some cold towels and melon to cool you down. We stayed on a B&B option which was also good. The buffet style breakfast had everything you would want.
The village square is also very good - A variety of restaurants of which we ate at all of them. The Pitari was particularly good. We also dined and the 'Leander' - Al la carte at its best.
If you are looking to unwind, relax and stay in the most beatiful setting then this is the hotel for you. The staff are excellent. Will definatelty return.
1) Don't go if your skint - the hotel is luxury and the prices reflect this.
2) I'd hire a car if you plan to go anywhere - it is out in the sticks a bit!
3) There isn't a sandy beach nearby - but it is Cyprus (there is a lack of sand)
Our room was great. We had a superiour suite and it was brilliant - large balcony, free bottle of wine on arrival, fresh fruit, and water each day.
We had no problems with the hotel at all. It was a fantastic holiday and we will be back.
Far from Perfectfrom A TripAdvisor Member
1.The property is very isolated - a taxi to Paphos will take 25 mins each way and cost 40 pounds sterling return- not a good way to start a dinner !
2. Most of the staff are new and inexperienced, so service is patchy and way below the standards you should expect of an Intercontinental. In particular, the concierge desk never seemed on top of things.
3. All aspects of the resort, from food to spa to golf, are about 30% overpriced.
4. The sunbeds have no couches, the pool isn't heated, and there is no toilet near the pool, meaning a tiresome walk for old and young alike.
One day, this could be a top class resort, but not yet.
Unpretenious 5 star resort with first class sporting opportunitiesfrom amandatoon
The rResort is amazing and definately the only one of its kind in Cyprus at the moment. If you want 5 star luxury with lots of sporting opportunities (tennis academy, pools, spa, 18 hole golf (buggy only policy), riding centre (june 06), beach club (june 06), then this is a great place and it is so quiet and as yet undiscovered.
We visted the hotel restuarants (by the pool) and the main a-la-carte restuarant which were both excellent with great service. My only negative comment about the hotel is that it seems to be very crammed in around the pool in the centre and you feel you want more of a sense of space.
The Village Square is a fantastic idea with great food options at much better prices than the hotel - pub, cypriat taverna, coffee shop, pizza/pasta restuarant and ice cream palour. You also have a lovely shaded childrens area and mini golf so they can play whilst you enjoy the freedom. The village shop is here too for any items you need although it is pricey.
The resort is vast as it is home to residents and time sharers too but it feels very quiet. The setting is wonderful and landscaping has been a no one priority and not an afterthought. Service is great and it has a very unpretenious feel with everyone being very friendly.
My only negative comment on the resort is that currently the resort is under the flight path for Paphos airport and this does generate noise, we too experienced noise from birds at dawn, but like all things you get adjusted to it. The beaches in this part of Cyprus tend to be stoney so beware of this, although the new beach club has a sandy beach.
Go to Latchi Watersports and hire a speedboat to explore the coast around the national park - it is wonderful and they are extremely professional.
Perfect service and surroundings, prices exhorbitantfrom SusanneCH
The definite upsides which are worth a compliment:
- While the room was not very spacious, it was practical, clean and a nice design.
- Service is excellent, personnel always friendly and helpful.
- Landscape and architecture are fantastic.
- Pool is large and clean. Comfortable lounge chairs - The spa treatments are heaven on earth. Do not book them all on one day, spread them over your stay so that you can stay at the 'Retreat' for free during these days.
- Spectacular golf course with views that are breathtaking
Some disappointments and what we would advise
- do not stay on a Saturday or Sunday, the resort turns into a zoo. Local people enjoy the family weekend. Forget the 5 star quality of the breakfast and dinner buffet and the pool is FULL and LOUD. All the relaxation of the past 5 days is gone in one...
- plan to spend ALOT of money. The prices for ice cream, water, drinks - basically anything that is not included - are outrageous.
- the selection of restaurants was poor. During two nights we only had one to pick from. The other you have to pay additional.
- Pool atmosphere. Far too many lounge chairs packed around pool so that it does not look as 'elegant' as it could. And the pool service is lousy. Nobody enjoys cocktails because they are simply too expensive. Unfortunately, the atmosphere is affected by this.)
- the 'village' which boasted shops and galleries was a ghost town. Diamond store was robbed so that I could not even do window shopping. Any kind of shopping you have to do in Paphos.
Great resort, shame about the birds!!!!from Ben2099
But would I go back...no!
1) We stayed there one week and every morning at 3.52am till 5.30am we were woken by a bird sqarwking outside our door. It got to a stage where I was throwing stones at trees in order for it to stop...nightmare...funny at first but by day three very irritating!
2) My wife and I both play golf and eventhough the golf course was top notch, buggies are compulsory and they must stay on the cart paths at all times. Which means much more walking (in the heat) and less enjoyment.
One other thing, the resterants at the village seem all to have the same kitchen. Twice we ate at the pub, and even though the food was good, the service was so slow, even if the pub was quite. Avoid the pasta/pizza place...soggy pizzas and grim pasta.
Oh lastly, If you want your own pool avoid room 5118, as it is constant range of golf balls from the 9th tee, we saw many fly into the pool there while the guests were sunbathing.
We were in 5113 which was great apart from the bird!!!
An amazing week of relaxing blissfrom Tompolly
The hotel seems suited for couples and for families. Although it is not situated on the beach, there is free transport down and they are in the process of finalising the facilities available on the beach. I cannot comment on these as we were too comfortable around the pool, spa and Club area, including all our trips out to visit the beach. We did go down to Aphrodite's rock to watch all the women swimming around it - there is an interesting legend about this!
It would take too long to describe the resort and all its facilities, so it is worthwhile visiting websites for the hotel and the spa. We arrived overworked and overstressed and 24 hours later were so relaxed we couldn't remember what day it was. We will definitely return.
Beautiful Resortfrom Gracie99uk
The hotel is quite isolated and if we return we will definitely hire a car so we can explore more of the local area. On this occasion we were happy to chill out by the pool and have four days of total relaxation. I'm sure we will be back!
Top Local Tips for Paphos
From the airport If you have not got transport from Paphos/Larnanca airport laid on, I would hire a car directly from the airport. The roads are fantastic to dive on, very safe and drive on the same side as us!! The cost of car hire is very cheap, compared to the cost of taxi's.
Pathos Lousy beaches in Pathos. Taxi to town 15 minutes away are expensive. Worth visiting though.
Taxis Hire a car if you need to get around to see paphos as the shuttle bus only goes down twice a week.
Other names for Aphrodite Intercontinental Hotel
- intercontinental paphos
- intercontinental aphrodite hills hotel
- aphrodite hills resort
- aphrodite hills paphos
- aphrodite hills
- Address: 1, Aphrodite Ave., 8500 Kouklia f P.O.Box 64118 - Paphos - 5808072 - Cyprus
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