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Address: Poseidonos Ave / CY 8101 / Pafos / Cyprus

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      30.10.2013 10:53
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      we loved it

      This hotel had everything we wanted for our honeymoon we were extremely impressed!

      We booked this hotel as, after looking through so many brochures and reading many reviews, we decided that this one had the most positives about it and we weren't disappointed!

      The hotel is in Paphos, Cyprus, but is not right in the centre of the resort. It is on the main road from the resort but set back a bit and on the beach so we weren't at all affected by the noise of traffic- which is nothing like in England any way! It is about a 10 minute walk along the sea front to the centre of the resort and only a few minutes from a few bars and restaurants so it is ideally situated if you want a quiet place but within easy reach of the facilities of the resort.

      The hotel itself offers many facilities including a gym, beauty treatment room, conference facilities, a mini 'cinema', gift shop, 3 places to eat, entertainment in the evening, direct access to the beach, huge swimming pool and more.

      There was never any problems with there being enough sun loungers, there were always plenty which is rare as other hotels I've stayed at you have to be quick to get one! But here there are many and they're not all around the pool they are spread out across the lawns which are extremely tidy and well kept.

      Food at this hotel is amazing. We could not fault it at all. Breakfast was a buffet style but unlike what we've experienced before, you can have freshly made omlettes and pancakes and bacon is fresh too. They have freshly baked breads out of all different kinds. Every morning I had about 4 courses for breakfast with cereals, crossiants, fried food and pancakes! Fresh orange you made yourself with the oranges and you could also be served some amazing chilled champagne! An excellent start to the day! You could eat your breakfast inside in the cool, clean restaurant, or you could sit outside underneath the balcony so that it was shaded or out on the patio in the morning sunshine! So much choice!
      Day time meals were lovely with there being a pool side cafe bar which had a BBQ several times a week and offered the usual kind of lunch time foods such as sandwiches and kebabs!

      Evening meals were fantastic! You Had the choice of two restaurants- a very intimate a la carte restaurant with rose petals on the table and personal waiter assigned to you or the general restaurant which was served in a buffet style but with a theme. We had two evening meals in our 10 day stay and wished we'd had more but we were often out and about in the evening. The themes we had were Italian and Greek. The Italian theme consisted of lots of pastas and pizzas and lasagne with a huge selection of different kinds including vegetarian which is very generous for the Cypriot culture followed by about five different desserts to choose from. The Greek night had lots of dips and salads followed by kebabs and some amazing chicken and again about 5 choices for dessert. This restaurant is upstairs, directly above the morning restaurant and you could either sit inside or outside on the balcony facing the sea.

      The bedrooms were not large but had everything you wanted and were kept very clean. We paid extra to have a seaview and I'm glad we did as it was lovely to be able to hear the sea every morning when we woke up. The balcony was very small though and not very good for sitting around on as we felt it was always in the shade with the balcony above shading it a little. The ensuite bathroom was very clean and modern. We couldn't fault it at all. Rooms came with fresh fruit and a small bottle of the hotel's red wine which was a lovely touch.

      The hotel staff were extremely friendly and polite. they speak little English which adds to the charm of this hotel. They were more than willing to go out of their way to help us and to ensure we enjoyed our stay. They made a poster and stuck balloons on our door once they knew it was our honeymoon!
      In the evening the bar area has typical entertainment with caberet acts and dancers but they are very classy, not like what you'd get in blackpool that's for sure! The bar offers some great cocktails and the staff were extremely friendly and you also got a free bowl of nuts too! always good!

      The other facilities such as the gym, cinema, beauty rooms we did not use but upon looking in they looked very clean, cool and the staff were very welcoming.

      This was a brilliant hotel to stay in for our honeymoon as it had that edge to it which meant it was special- champagne for breakfast, overly helpful staff etc.

      We would love to go back there if we could ever afford to again! It cost around £1,800 for 10 nights and bed and breakfast. This did also include our flight and transfer too. The evening meals were 30 euros each not including wine and cocktails at the bar were about 6 euros each which with todays exchange rate is similar to british prices.

      The hotel is exclusively for adults and so if you do have children it's sister hotel further down the road- The Athena Beach Hotel- is the place to go for you!

      This was an amazing place to go and I cannot praise it highly enough. Staff were more than willing tobend over backwards to help ensure our stay was as enjoyable as possible and the facilities were spotless.

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        08.07.2010 18:02
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        Can I pick the hotel up and take it to Tenerife?!

        We have just returned for a week at the Athena Beach Hotel in Paphos,
        Cyprus. I had done my research prior to going and discovered most hotels were either along Poseidonos Avenue on the sea front or near the Tomb of the Kings road which was inland. We are generally not lovers of sitting in bars next to roads and prefer to have a view of something and therefore decided to go for Poseidon's Avenue. We decided on the Athena Beach as it seemed a good all round hotel and for the time we were looking at going you could pay for a b+b stay and get upgraded to half board for free! For the same price as b+b in other hotels nearby we decided to go for it.

        We normally stay in self catering complexes but this time travelled with
        my parents who prefer hotels, originally we were only going b+b as we
        prefer to eat out at night and have a walk, however with an upcoming
        trip to Florida we decided a week of free food was too good to miss! It
        was save us quite a bit of money.

        We arrived at the hotel at about 11.30pm, our flight out was slightly
        delayed and of course we were nearly last drop off on the coach! We were checked in fairly quickly and received our room key. As we had missed the first night of our half board stay we were given a free meal voucher to be used any time during our stay, which I thought was quite good - we decided to use this on our last day as we had a late pick up due to a late flight. We found our room no problem at all - due to the time we got to the hotel we took the bags ourselves rather than waiting for the porter as we just wanted to get stuff put away and sorted!

        Room:
        The rooms themselves are not luxurious rooms and I have seen reviews
        saying they are basic. I wouldn't say they are basic, the furniture is
        maybe more of a simple style but we found the room perfect for our
        needs. What gives this hotel the 4 start rating are the facilities and
        amenities you receive. Sometimes people who always stop at high end
        hotels maybe don't appreciate the little things but for us we were
        impressed. Firstly - the safe only cost 6euros a week - this has to be
        the cheapest I've ever paid to rent a safe, okay so some people might
        expect to get it for free, but come on 6euros, it's not going to break
        the bank! There were also free slippers and bathrobes in every room, an
        iron and ironing board, tea and coffee making facilities, free tv (many
        apartments now charge for tv's) and best of all a large fridge for your
        own personal use! There was a sign saying it could be stocked as a
        minibar if you so wished but it was their for you to stock yourselves
        with items from a shop. We found the fridge really useful, there was a
        small ice compartment in the top which had an ice cube tray in it, it
        was great to have chilled drinks in your room without paying silly
        prices!!

        Whilst doing my research I discovered that if you don't pay for a
        seaview room, you get a room next to the road that runs across the back
        of the hotel and these are quite often bothered by noise from the road
        and bars across the road. Because of this we upgraded to a sea view
        room, and although the view we got was not great (we were on level 1 so not above the palm tree line, however we could see the sea!), we
        couldn't have asked for quieter rooms! We barely heard anything! One
        thing that probably helped was that the corridors and rooms were
        carpeted - when you have tiles the sound travels a lot more.

        Food and bars:
        Nectar Bar - this is the main bar which is on a verandah round the
        hotel, it has lovely sea views and is a lovely spot for pre and after
        dinner drinks! Between 7 and 8 it iwas happy hour and all drinks were
        half price! Bargain! They had a full cocktail list included in the offer
        and a wide variety of drinks. Salted nuts were also brought to every
        table when you ordered and were nice for a few nibbles. A Pina Colada
        was 5euros90, a coke 1euro 90 and a local beer (Keo) 2euro90. I don't
        think these prices were bad at all and were certainly no dearer than
        bars in the area.

        Pool bar - open throughout the day and into the evening for drinks.
        Snacks were served during the day. A hamburger and crisps (not chips)
        was 3.90 and toasted sandwich with crisps and salad garnish was 3.50 so fairly cheap and they were filling. The only thing that was expensive
        was ice lollies! A calipo was 3 euros.

        Main restaurant - This restaurant was used for breakfast and evening
        meal and was huge! It was a buffet restaurant with loads of tables
        inside and then a small area outside. We requested a table outside every
        night and only one night was there not one available, they automatically
        seated you in the indoor area, I can eat inside at home! For breakfast
        there was everything you could think of, breads, cheeses, hams, fruit,
        sausages, bacon, scrambled egg, fried egg, beans, an omelette station,
        crepe station, fresh juices and water, cereal and cakes! There really
        was something for everyone! Nutella crepes for breakfast! Yum yum!! The
        food was fresh and replenished regularly and several cooking stations
        for the hot food and they cooked it how you liked to order - fried eggs
        - sunny side up, easy over etc!

        Every night there was a theme in the restaurant, however generally all
        the food was the same with maybe the odd twist to it! There was a pasta
        station with 2 sauces, a carvery station, Chinese area, salad bar,
        vegetables, chips and a section with other meats. Again all of this was
        fresh and hot again with some of it being cooked in front of you. There
        was a different soup every night for starters and some bread rolls.
        Then there was the puddings, various types of mousse and angel delight
        type puddings, jelly and usually a gateau and/or cheesecake option and
        of course ice cream and various fruits. Also a section of various
        cheeses for cheese and biscuits. I think even the fussiest of eaters
        would be fine! Its an opportunity to try things you wouldn't necessarily
        order from a restaurant in case you didn't like it and I only ate chips
        once, the rest of the time I had rice and pasta which made a nice
        change.

        Twice a week they have theme nights where the tables are all set out
        round the pool and they have live music. One is a Greek night and the
        other a bbq. To be honest the Greek night was the most disappointing, as it was set up outside we felt there was not as much choice and this was the only night where we did struggle slightly with the food. I tried
        various different things but my husband stuck to chicken and chips (the
        only night he actually resorted just to this!), and on the Greek night
        there was no pasta station - on all the other theme nights there was!
        The BBQ night was better and seemed to have more of a selection and did have some pasta. The live music was good but was sometimes a little loud and would have been better as background music - maybe partly our fault as we always went down to dinner later and by this point the music was maybe louder than at the start of dinner as more and more people finished and joined in with the dancing.

        Overall I cannot complain about the food at all and I ate far more than
        I would have done on a self catering holiday! Probably not a good thing!


        Lunch restaurant - We only ate here once, on our last day we used our
        free meal voucher for a late lunch prior to getting picked up for our
        flight. I would say this was a little less organised and is more of a
        self service restaurant than a buffet. The food was fine, we did have to
        wait a while for our food but we weren't in any rush. I think they would
        be better make the lunch time a buffet too!

        Pool:
        The pool, sunbathing area and gardens are really what make this hotel,
        they really are extensive and you have no trouble finding a sunbed.
        What's great is that they aren't on top of one another either, you have
        you own space and don't feel crammed like sardines in a tin! There are
        loads of umbrellas and each 2 sunbeds come with mattresses, a chair and a little table/stool - all free of charge - again I have paid for
        umbrellas and mattresses at hotels before. The pool was nice and big and not too cold either! It was never very busy and there are rules on a
        board which generally people adhered to, it felt like a civilised environment rather than a pool a butlins! There was a waterslide next to
        the main pool, I guess this was really for kids but us adults loved it
        too! There was usually a guard near the slide as well stopping people
        from messing about near it, we did encounter a few Russian children
        whose parents clearly weren't interested in what their kids were doing,
        messing about once the guard had gone, but generally it was well used
        and people didn't mess about.

        There was aqua aerobics in the pool everyday except Wednesday at 12noon and various other activities, however we wouldn't have known these activities were on if we hadn't been given the sheet showing them when we checked in!

        Beach/Sea:
        There is a small beach area with the hotels loungers on it, it is quite a rocky area as you get closer to the sea so water shoes are maybe a good idea. The are jetty's dotted along the coastline to allow you to get in the sea further in (and avoiding some of the rocks). When we were there the sea wasn't that calm, we only actually went in once and founf even by going onto the jetty to get in I caught my foot on a rock and my husband hit his knee whilst swimming - just something to be careful of! I'm more of a pool person anyway!

        Overall:
        I cannot fault the hotel at all, every aspect of it was spot on. Pool
        area, accommodation, food and staff, I was just a bit disappointed by
        how quiet Paphos was. This may be due to the credit crunch but there
        wasn't as many shops etc to walk round as we thought there would be.
        Near the hotel there was only a supermarket and a collection of bars
        which were fine but without walking to the harbour there wasn't anywhere to wander round. The triangle is only 5 mins walk away, again with a selection of bars (best of all the Crocodile bar! Loved it!) and a
        supermarket. We did head out one night for a meal to the harbour and had a wander round the shops which was pleasant but again nowhere near as busy or as many shops as we expected. As we were half board by the time we had eaten it was a bit late to walk to the harbour as the shops wouldn have been shutting, it was only a 30minute walk and was quite pleasant. Had we been b+b I think we'd have walked down to the harbour every night! We walked down bar street one night at about 10pm and found it very quiet - this was maybe a bit early for that scene but there weren't many people about and quite a few places shut. This is maybe a sign of the times and I have maybe been spoilt as where we normally holiday in Tenerife you have lots of places to walk to and wander round! This is no slight on the hotel though and for that reason I give it 5stars! A fantastic hotel all round, just maybe pick it up and move it to Tenerife?!

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          25.10.2008 17:26
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          we will go back again

          We stayed in this hotel in 2008, We often go to Cyprus as my Nan lives there and we usually stay in Limmasol near to her house but this year we decided to stay in Paphos.
          We chose the Athena beach Hotel as the reviews were very good and it was rated in the top 15 out of over 120 hotels in Paphos so thought it must be good.
          We booked through Thomson and paid well over £1300 for the holiday.
          I was impressed with the rooms especially having bath robes for us, toiletries and bottled water were complementry which was nice.
          The hotel complex itself is beautiful and sits on a golden sandy beach. The sea had quite a few rocky parts so we kept our childrens jelly shoes on when they went for a paddle.
          The staff are very helpful and nothing seemed to be too much trouble.
          The Three swimming pools were very clean and so was the rest of the hotel.
          The nectar bar was nice to visit and have a few cocktails in the evening and has shows on.
          There are 4 restraurants on site and the rooms have 24hr room service available.
          Close by the Hotel there is a lot to do including golf and horse riding. We got some bikes on site for a bike ride which was nice afternoon.
          We stayed bed and breakfast and the breakfast was really good quality and very yummy.
          I would love to go again next year but we are staying with my Nan again.

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            02.09.2008 17:41
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            A good hotel, not so good a beach

            Hello and welcome to my review on the Athena Beach Hotel, in Cyprus.

            In this review I will try to explain as much as I can about the hotel, why we chose the hotel and the area and what is available once you get there.

            -Why Cyprus-

            so why choose Cyprus? As a family we have never really thought about going to Cyprus, as my Grandad served his national service there for 2 years. So all we really knew about it was there where the Turkish side and the Greek side, and they were always fighting.

            We know a lot of people who have been to Cyprus and they all gave it a big thumb up, but we never really understood what all the fuss was about.

            A year ago my dad, my sister and I done a scuba diving course in Malta so a big must for this years holiday was that we must go somewhere that has a good dive centre. We found the CYDIVE diving school on the Internet so we thought, that looks good and Cyprus sounds lovely, let's go there.

            For people who don't do diving there are lots of other stuff to do so don't discard the idea straight away, more later on in the review.

            -Where is it-

            The Athena beach hotel is on the Greek side of Cyprus. It is in the City/Town of Paphos and is very close to both the harbour and the airport. There are lots of restaurants near by and it is right on the sea, hence the name beach hotel.

            Paphos is on the south west of the island and the island its self is just west of Syria and south of Turkey, In the Mediterranean Sea.

            The location is ideal as it is close to the harbour, the hotel and you can get a bus up to the Old part of the town. It is right on the sea so you can enjoy sea views and a pint of beer (if you drink).

            -The Constantinou Brothers -

            I shall refer to the constantinou Brothers as the Con Bro's for this section of the review just so that it saves me writing it over and over again (its bloody hard to spell).

            The con bro's are two brothers who bought lots of land very cheaply in Cyprus in the 70's. Since then they have sold land to make hotels and cafes, and developed quite a name for themselves. After they had made enough money from selling the land for hotels and cafes, they started to build for themselves.
            Now they still own a lot of the land around Paphos and they have 4 hotels. Three of the 4 hotels are 4 stars and the other is 3 stars. The Athena and the Royal Athena beach hotels are both 2 stars and are next to each other on the sea front strip of hotels next to the harbour.


            -Why choose it? -

            So, why the Athena beach? There are lots of hotels along the sea front that the Athena is on so why choose it over the others.
            The Athena beach hotel is a 4 star hotel with lots of rooms and plenty of facilities. It offers bowls, mini golf, a beach a heated indoor and outdoor pool and lots of unheated pools. It is perfect for kids as it has a big water slide, it has bars and lounges, you name it, it's got it.

            Other reasons for choosing the Athena is that we got a package deal with first choice. There are loads of package deals for this hotel so there is something for everyone.

            The location is a key feature on why anybody would want to stay at the Athena and it is great. You can take a bus to the old town or the harbour, or you can take a nice walk to the harbour in 30mins. There are lots of great restaurants on the doorstep and the sea views are excellent.

            -Journey there-

            As I think I have previously mentioned, we travelled with first choice. In the package deal we got the flights there and back.
            We flew from Glasgow airport and got a direct flight straight to Paphos, Cyprus. The check-in went smoothly and after an hours wait we were on the plane. I don't mind flying but I hate the food. As soon as we were on the aircraft I could smell it, it almost made, me sick but I managed to contain my excitement and listen to the quick safety brief before take-off. Once in the air the captain announced that the journey would take around 4 hours and 55 minutes, not too bad as I have been further.

            Almost immediately after we were in the air the crew were coming round trying to sell headsets to watch the entertainment, me and my sister got a pair each as we saw that the outwards entertainment was looking quite good with "casino royal" and "happy Feet" playing. The head sets were slightly too big for my ears so they weren't very comfortable but I could see the TV screen ok so I wasn't complaining.

            After the second film had ended we were on the runway. It didn't seem a long flight as the two films took up most of the time.
            We got of the plane and past passport control and we were waiting on our baggage with about 3 other flights so it was really crowded ( and some people obviously had forgotten there right guard). We got our cases and were pointed in the direction of the bus.

            The first choice bus took is to our hotel on the route of 7 others. It was a really short bus journey and was quite comfortable.
            When we were in the hotel we checked in and a porter came straight to us to take our bags to the room. So all in all the journey there was quite and painless, no jetlag and we were free to enjoy the holiday straight away.

            -The rooms-

            As both me and my sister are now in our teens my mum and dad decided to get 2 rooms, we got 2 interconnecting rooms by 2 doors in-between that the porter unlocked from both sides, this is good as, if someone was getting changed the person in the other room couldn't just walk in.

            The rooms were quite basic with a bathroom come shower room and a balcony. We never used the balcony as we were facing the road outside and felt it wasn't a nice view.

            The bathroom was good as it had a big sink and plenty of space around it, it had a nice clean toilet and a big deep bath. There was a shower in the bath too. There were freebies in the bathroom too!!!!

            You got shower gel, bath foam, shampoo, a sewing kit, shower cap and a vanity set!!! But we soon realised that once it was gone, it was gone! They didn't refill the bath foam which was a real bummer!

            Another bad thing was that the hot and cold taps were the wrong way round and we soon realised the air conditioning was the same. I.e. if you wanted hot water you would have to move it to the cold position!

            The beds were a good size and came with 2 sheets, but the beds were really hard and uncomfortable. But we made do. There was a lamp above each bed with its own light switch in the middle.

            In the wardrobe there was a free pair of slippers!!! And a dressing gown with a notice saying if you nicked it you paid for it.

            There was also an iron and an ironing board and a safe. To get the safe key you just had to go down to reception and ask for it.
            There was a TV in the rooms too with news cannels in several different languages but the news kept repeating itself day after day!! Hardly news at all!

            Over all the rooms were good but I couldn't wait to get back to my own comfy bed!

            -The Reception-

            Check-in at the reception was quick and pain free, the staff spoke good English and they obviously knew what they were doing. Checking out was the same apart from one member of staff started talking in Greek without realising it before seeing our blank expressions and quickly turning back to English, apologising.

            You could leave your room keys at reception if you didn't want to hold onto them for the day, perfect as we were always out and about.

            The staff was friendly and helpful. When we asked for a bus timetable they picked one up straight away.

            There were also lots of tourist leaflets at the reception, for mini golf and the aquarium, among other tourist sights.

            We missed our first choice meeting the next morning but the reception staff passed on the leaflets and maps the first choice representative had given them. This was all very helpful as we were looking for a map that day in Paphos!! The reception staff were great and made the experience better as we weren't constantly trying to get there attention and working out what they were trying to say.

            -Breakfast-

            At last, a section on the food!!!
            My whole family were immediately surprised at how fresh the food in Cyprus was, none of this pre-prepared packaged stuff, proper fresh straight out the market food served everywhere.
            The breakfast was no different. The breakfast starts at 7.00 and finishes at 10.00, giving plenty of time in the morning. It was a buffet style service and as soon as you went in a friendly member of staff would show you to a table.

            On the table there was a pot of fresh coffee and hot water for tea.
            I wasn't hanging around and went straight up to the food and got my first course of fresh fruit. And I have to say the fruit was great, really juicy and tasty, and I hardly even eat fruit at all.
            Second course, lovely, there was a cook making fresh crepes and fried eggs, I went over and took 2 crepes with a little squeezed lemon juice and sugar. I have to tell you they were to die for!! I ate them everyday!

            There was also a selection of fresh breads and a toasting machine. One of the big ones with the conveyer belt things. On a previous trip to Italy, I had set a toast machine on fire! Because I left my toast in for too long and it went up in smoke, but don't worry I was careful not to do it this time as there were lots of on-lookers this time.

            Another cook was making fresh omelettes, you would go over and put a selection of what you wanted in your omelette into a bowl and then give it to the cook and say how many eggs you wanted and how runny you wanted it cooked, I don't like omelettes myself but my mum said they tasted great and it looked like a good way to do it.

            There were your classic breakfast cereals with milk too and a selection of cooked foods.

            Orange or grapefruit juice was available from a machine (a mix of both done me well) so over all it was a great breakfast.
            I was absolutely stuffed after about 3 course of amazing food (wish I got that at home). A perfect opening to a beautiful day.

            -The pools-

            There are 3 main pools at the Athena beach hotel. They are all around the one area and all have sun-loungers around about them.

            2 of the main pools are out door pools. The first pool is a small pool but is fairly deep. It isn't heated but is a lot quieter than the rest of the pools. It has a small paddling pool type pool next to it.

            The second outdoor pool is huge! It is separated into a big unheated side and a small heated section. Both have big steps going into the water. They also have big islands in the middle that are accessible from the pool side by a bridge. These pools have little circular sections with Jacuzzi type jets at the sides. I only noticed that one part of that pool was heated on the last day when my sister and I went swimming and I jumped in thinking it would be freezing! Next to this pool there is another small circular paddling type pool. Between the big out door pool and the indoor pool there is a big out-door slide, like in a water park. It is big and blue and has lots of water constantly flowing down it. I gave it a try one day and I got stuck halfway down!! I had to push myself down the rest of the way, so I think it is meant for little kids.

            The indoor pool is heated to about 27/28 degrees (it has a little poster with temps written on every few days) and I think that is the same as the outdoor pool. It isn't very deep and is always crowded but is good for a warm swim. There is a Jacuzzi next to it but it isn't that warm. Next to the indoor pool there is a spa. I will mention more about this later so please read on!!
            The bad thing about the pools is there are no lifeguards. This isn't too much of a problem but if you have small children you might need to keep a closer eye on them in the water.
            You can use the lunch canteen to buy drinks for around the poolside and there are always plenty of umbrellas and bins.
            I think that the pools are really good but I think it would be better in the summer when it is slightly warmer water in the larger pool!

            -The lunch-

            We were booked in the hotel as bed and breakfast so we only had the lunch there once. Another reason for this is that it was poor.

            The lunch is served like a canteen, were you pick what you want and either serve it yourself or the cooks will put a big dollop of it onto your plate.

            There was an ok selection to choose from but the salad looked the nicest thing there, unfortunately I didn't choose it. I chose a burger and chips instead. What I got was a cheap meat on a burnt roll with horrible cheese and cold chips. I wasn't too pleased but I ate it anyway as I was extremely hungry.
            The other food all looked the same and a lot of what was on the menu board wasn't there. The only good thing about the lunch canteen was the drinks. The drinks bar had everything from wine to coke. This was the bar that would serve the poolside as the poolside bars weren't open as the season hadn't quite started yet. All the drinks came in plastic cups so that you couldn't get glass in the pools and there was plenty of ice and water.
            Over all I thought that the lunch was the worse food I had got on the whole holiday as everything else was fresh and beautiful. A big let down on the food side, but a good comeback with the poolside bar.

            -The beach-

            For a hotel with beach in its name, the beach was disappointing.
            It was only about a couple of hundred meters long, made of obviously fake sand and only sporting a few sun-loungers, it wasn't up to much.

            The good thing about it was it was right on the doorstep from the hotel, and it was a private beach for that hotel. It was also located in a man made bay area so the water wasn't that rough.
            The sand was very smooth, but that's because it was man made. There was plenty of shade in the form of umbrellas and in the summer time, I think, the little bars open up around the beach.
            All in all a pretty disappointing beach for a hotel with the word beach in its name. Would have expected better, bigger and longer. But it wasn't very busy so it has its up points too.
            Nice to feel the sand between your toes.

            -The spa-

            My mum went to check out the spa one day when the rest of us went diving.
            We had been to a spa hotel last year so my mum had high expectations, in the end she didn't get a treatment. Unlike other spa's it wasn't just a go into relax, you had to get a special treatment, like a massage or pedicure etc.
            Also the prices were a little on the steep side for her liking so she decided to go back to the room to chill out.
            It looked quite nice from the outside and the inside but not what she was looking for.

            All in all a good addition to the hotel. We didn't know it was there until we got there and it always looked busy, even if we didn't try it ourselves.

            -Sports-

            There are several sports that the Athena beach hotel account for.
            Bowls
            Tennis
            And mini golf!
            All 3 were really good, or looked it.(never tried the bowls)
            The bowls is a major attraction of this hotel and is one of the packages you can go on. I have heard that bowls can be a very competitive sport, never tried it really (maybe I'm too young), although my gran and granddad play. There are loads of bowls courts and they were always full of people playing away.
            Onto the tennis courts, they were great. There are 2 of them and both are floodlit. They are a normal size and have good tight nets. The rackets were alright for a hotel and they had good quality tennis balls. The floodlights mean that you can still play until it is dark.

            The mini golf is good too, you get a putter and balls from the reception and just go round and keep score. It's a really good way to spend some time in the sun.

            Also there is a big golf course just around the corner and another big mini golf course too. I have not been but I know their there!

            -The harbour-

            Ok so moving away from the hotel itself there is the harbour. You can see the harbour and the hotel on the flight to the island. The harbour is only 30 mins walk from the hotel or you can hop on the no. 11 (I think) bus to get there. Once in the harbour you can tell straight away that it is a tourist place. On the way there it is hotel after hotel and there it is café after café and restaurant after restaurants. Every one wants you in there place so there are people standing outside talking to you if you so much as look at the place.

            The restaurants and cafes are all very nice, and there is something for everyone. A quick walk along to the boats and you can find historic sites including a castle and roman houses with stunning mosaic floors. (shall put a picture on later).
            The plenty of cafes mean you are never short of food or drink, and ice-cream for that matter.

            There is even a Debinhams set of to the side, and other British chains.
            Opticians are everywhere, sunglasses and contact lenses are really cheap over there so they are never empty. There is a tourist information place and an aquarium too.
            The place is loaded with stuff, even the same old tacky souvenir shops.

            All in all the harbour is a great place next to the sea, we went almost every day and never got bored of it.
            -Diving-

            Finally a section that I love! As I mention a few times before my dad, sister and I love diving and we found a great dive shop in the middle of the harbour. They ran a refresher course in the morning, morning dives and afternoon dives everyday.
            This was perfect; equipment hire was fairly cheap so we didn't hang around booking up 5 dives.

            The refresher course was the first, just to get things back into our brains. Then a cave dives in the after noon.
            The caves were spectacular, at 12m they weren't deep and they were more like swim throughs than real caves. One of the caves had roman pottery stuck to the top of the caves. Apparently they got there as when a roman ship crashed on the rocks, the pottery fell out. The pottery contained fruits than when decomposing gave of gasses so the pottery rose to the cave ceiling!!

            Our next dive was a day trip to lachi, on the other side of the island, we done 2 dives, and our mum came too as a non diver.
            After the afternoon dive on the day trip we got lunch at a superb restaurant, just opposite the boat, at the start of the harbour. We had a superb Meze, Which is loads and loads of dishes to share, a bit like Spanish tapas but more.

            The last dive was a wreck dive that only me and my dad went on. We went on a boat but couldn't find the location, even with 2 guys I the water, one being dragged by the life ring.
            I was sick so got chucked into the water as soon as we had found it. We went down and there was this huge hull of a cargo ship. The ship was blown up as it had ground on the shallow water in the 70s. it was amazing, there was bits of ship everywhere and since it was my first wreck dive I could contain my excitement. The engine was literary falling out of the engine room and you could see everything.
            Truly amazing.

            If I had the chance I would defiantly go back to cydive and do some more dives. The instructors were amazing and really friendly

            -Old Paphos-

            You can get a bus up to the old town of Paphos and it only takes a few minutes. Once you get there, there isn't much to see. Most of it looks like a building-site and the rest is flats. There are a few designer shops dotted around and there is the big market.
            I would say the market is the only reason worth going. We got a huge hand embroidered table cloth and napkins for much less than you would pay at home. And well that is about it, about old Paphos. Nothing to see. We went up and got the bus back down within an hour.

            -The EU-

            Cyprus is soon to join the European Union, so there are a lot of things that will change. The currency is the Cyprus pound at the moment but they will soon change to the euro and have already got the price in euros on most bills. Also a lot of regulations for boat hire and car hire etc will change so I say, go while its still different from the rest of Europe.

            -Conclusion-

            The Athena beach hotel is a four star hotel, and it deserves it. It has a perfect location and has plenty of facilities.
            It is perfect for couples, families and weddings! It has a beach pool and even water sports close by. It is perfect for access to the harbour and the old town. Plenty of cafes are near by.
            The pools are amazing and the slide is great too. I love this hotel and I will hopefully be going back.
            This hotel gets the 4 star rating from me as well. The lunch and the beach putting down the rating, other than that it's perfect.

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            A luxury waterfront beach hotel.