Escape to Sunny Cyprus
This trip was the 5th time I’ve flown from Manchester Airport this year and the 3rd time since March. All flights are departing from Terminal 1 for the time being and it is fully operational. All the security & health & safety measures you would expect are in place (sanitizer, masks, social distancing, spaced out eating & drinking) and 90% of shops, bars & restaurants are open. At the time of travel a negative covid test was required to enter Cyprus, which is an additional hurdle, but totally worth it to go there!
I stayed at the Athena Beach Hotel in a Superior Deluxe Sea View room with huge balcony, plenty of room for your own private sunbeds, and a private cabana in the grounds included too. We stayed all-inclusive which was worth the upgrade and is excellent value for money. The food in the á la carte restaurants is divine, and great quality wine is available by the bottle (not by the glass as in many all-inclusive hotels). In the á la carte restaurant the filet steak was cooked to perfection - so good I had it twice! Whilst staying at the hotel we were able to view the Junior Suites with Private Pools with unobstructed views of the sea, which offer an extra element of luxury, although the grassy grounds and pool areas are lovely too with plenty of different spaces to choose from depending on what you prefer – by the pool, by the sea, in a cabana, or close to the beach bars.
I also visited sister hotel the 5* Asimina Suite Hotel, a few minutes walk along the sea-side path, where every room is a suite, some with large private infinity pools and the hotel has its own private beach, lined with cabanas.
Some of my top selling hotels are on this part of the sea front and it was good to take a walk along the front to check them out. We passed 4* Constantinou Bros Athena Royal (adult only), 5* Olympic Lagoon Resort (great pool & facilities for families), the 5* Amavi (new adult only hotel), 4* Alexander The Great, 5* Almyra, and 5* Annabelle, ending our walk at Paphos harbour for a well-earned refreshing drink.
I can definitely recommend spending an afternoon & evening in Paphos Old Town, a taxi ride from the sea front accommodation in Paphos but once there you can walk around and enjoy the feel of the area with its historical buildings and local tavernas. From the cool and trendy Muse Bar you can sip a delicious cocktail and watch the sunset from its viewing point, and then head to one of the local tavernas for traditional food. We had a full meze in Fettas Taverna, which would have fed us 5 times over - delicious and healthy and highly recommended, but a LOT of food!
I will definitely be back to explore more of Cyprus soon! X