I visited Cyprus in August 2007 when I got married there and totally fell in love with the place. We stayed at the Pavlo Napa hotel in the nissi beach area of Ayia Napa. The hotel was all inclusive and we could not fault the place at all. The hotel was about a 10 min walk to all the bars and clubs which was ideal as it was close enough to walk to but far enough away to be able to get to sleep at night. The rooms were really large and the facilities were kept really clean throughout our stay. The staff couldn't be anymore helpful or friendly and were always on hard to help when needed. The hotel gets a mix of nationalities staying here which just adds to the feel of the place. Lots of kids entertainment with the usual kids disco with some shows on in the evenings as well. Ayia napa never sleeps and there is always lots to do no matter if its night or day. We were really impressed at how friendly everyone was throughout our stay. We will definately be visiting Ayia Napa again and would have no hesitation in staying at this hotel again
After having just spent a two week honeymoon at this four star hotel I have plenty to say about it. The hotel is situated on the edge of the up and coming resort of Ayia (Agia) Napa on the south east coast of Cyprus. It is about two miles from the centre, making it quiet if you want quiet, but with the hustle and bustle of "the Square" about half an hours walk away. It is very hot in Cyrpus so walking may not be the best option, the taxi fare of only around C£4 is well worth it. There are also buses which run every 30 minutes or so for 50 cents. The first thing which stood out about this hotel is the friendly staff. After checking in very efficiently, which took less than 10 minutes we were congratulated on our marriage and we discovered a bottle of Champagne in our room, very nice! We also found we had been upgraded to a "executive suite", this may be due to my mother in law working for Thomas Cook! I do know people in high places! The hotel is very plush as you would expect for a four star establishment. Marble floors in reception, automatic doors and lifts and the corridors and rooms a fully carpeted too. All rooms have air conditioning which you really need in this country, especially in July. The doors are operated using a key-card system. This is basically a credit card type device which you swipe to unlock the door, the card then being inserted into a slot inside the room to switch on the lights etc. There was a rather amusing story on the second night I lost the card, maybe due to consuming certain drinks containing fermented fruit huices. Anyway the receptionist was very helpful and not at all condesending, simply go to the room and security would let us in. This was fine, we were in our room within 10 minutes (new key card would be ready in the morning) but as we had no card we could not get the lights to work. After staggering around for a few minutes we managed to get to bed and
fell asleep. We were woken at 4am by the sound of running water. Thinking we'd left a tap on or something I tried to investigate in the pitch black and I discovered that that water was pouring from the roof. As we were on the top floor this was a little strange, I put it down to the air conditioning system and rang reception. That was easier said than done but I managed to find the phone and amazingly pressed the right button! Reception sent up a chap to investigate and you guess, the same happy security man visited us a few minutes later - he must of thought my name was Frank Spencer! By this time the leak had stopped, he wasn't too perturbed though, saying we would get a new room if it happened again. Back to sleep then. We later discovered that in fact ANY credit card or even loyalty card etc in the slot would get the power back on! Anyway, I digress! The room was very spacious, with en-suite bathroom, balcony with side-sea view and cable TV. There was even a Playstation option on the TV, but I didn't try it out unfortunately! Mini-bar was well stocked and quite reasonably priced, about £2 for a glass of wine. As we stayed bed and breakfast only I can't say much about the food. The breakfasts (served 7am to 10am) were quite good, a very large choice from continental to English breakfasts with traditional Cypriot fare too, cheese not my bag at those early hours though! The hotel has it's own private beach litterally on the doorstep and five swimming pools. It's great for families as there are organised games of tennis, volleyball in fact most sports you can think of. We spent most of our time playing that well known sport of sunbathing! There are staff on hand to fetch and carry whichever drink you happened to want and two restaurant/bars next to the beach too. The beach itself is clean but the water wasn't very inviting, the sandy beach giving way to quite a few rocks
and large stones as you got into the sea. The swimming pools despite being five of them did get quite crowded around midafternoon. I suppose you have to expect that around the time of year we visited. So overall that is my opinion of the hotel, generally very good with a few small niggles. It is very reasonable value for money especially for that "special" holiday.
Well, June 2000 in Aiya Napa will be a holiday to remember! Not only did I meet the love of my life (yes holiday romances do work) but I stayed in an appartment that I would be happy to call home. Upon arriving at the small yet perfectly formed main building of the Philipiana, we collected our keys and made for our room - excitement drowning the smell of the cocktails and the beat of the music. Inside, our apartment was BIG, with a great living room, fab kitchen and cool bedroom. The main balcony was directly above the bar - on which, my friend invented the new game of 'Dangle a comb on a bikini top through the wooden slats to see if u can touch that bloke who's sitting in the bar!!!' Theres nothing grand about this place, and there are many buildings with various attributes but if your looking for somewhere right in the heart of it, just a 2 minute walk to the Square, a fab 24 hour bar with Karaoke and MTV, happy hr cocktails (BOOM!) and a great atmosphere then this is the place for you! See you next year!!