We returned last week from our first visit to Cyprus. Our son, daughter-in-law and grandson also were on holiday with us.
The hotel & grounds are beautiful. No high rise building just little blocks of apartments dotted around. We stayed in superior studio, which had king size bed, sofa bed, dining table & chairs, kitchenette, with full size fridge & bathroom with bath & overhead shower. No problem with hot water or pressure.
The rooms are large & all seem to have a lovely large balcony to terrace. Our son & his family stayed in a one bedroomed apartment which had separate large bedroom, 2 sofa beds in lounge, dining table & chairs, kitchenette with microwave & bathroom as above. The balcony was absolutely huge.
Everywhere at this hotel is exceptionally clean. There are 2 pool areas, a quiet pool, where there is no music etc had lovely cushions on the sun beds, a larger pool where the water slides & entertainment was. So there was something for everyone.
The food in the buffet restaurant was one of the best we have experienced in an all inclusive resort. We have been all over the Caribbean staying in 5* platinum hotel and this is on par if not better than some of those. There is a different theme every night, Mexican, BBQ, Italian, Cypriot, Gourmet, Carvery and our favourite was the Far Eastern night. There is a kids section of the restaurant and our grandson loved helping himself & tried things he would probably never have done.
The staff here are excellent and go out if there way to make sure you have everything you need to make your holiday special. They come around the pool offering freezing towels, which we needed as the temperature was never below 40 degrees, or little tubs of frozen dessert or fruit. This was a love,y touch. Mario & Illonna in the quiet pool bar mixed some fab drinks and a,ways had a laugh with you. They knew what you wanted before you even asked.
There's also an A la carte Greek restaurant on site which is really good, but not suited to children, you can go to the Buffet and get their food to take through to the Greek restaurant, which I thought was really good.
The entertainment team work extremely hard here and put on a different show each night. They work wonders with the resources they have. The dancing is amazing, Joe, Kirsty & Katie were fantastic classically trained dancers. The singing came from Malik who was good and Lucy, unfortunately I don't think the sound system suited Lucy's voice!!!
The team were fantastic with the kids, and our grandsons favourite was DJ Dimi who did the kids disco every night.
You hire towels for €10 for your stay but you get this back at the end of your holiday, you can change them every couple of days.
Out and about.
You are about a 10 min walk from the centre of Protaros. There is loads shops and restaurant there, a Magic Dancing Water show, which we went to and although we though it was great, we also thought it was a little over priced.
The beach at Fig Tree Bay is beautiful but make sure your there early to get a sun bed. There's also a few little bays to the left of the centre. These are a little quieter. Loads of water sports are on offer.
We hired a car to explore. And went to Greco Caves etc to snorkel. We then decided to hire a buggy from Prot or us motos. This was very reasonable & so much fun. We went along to Ayia Napa, which is only about 10km away, we also visited Fomacousta. Our only gripe was we did not fly until 10pm and asked for day one if we could keep 1of our rooms on. Reception kept saying it probably wouldn't be a problem but to go back 'tomorrow' this went on until the day we were leaving where we were told no rooms were available!!! You have to take a shower and get changed in the toilets. No electric points for hairdryer etc. The little hairdryer on the wall was practically useless. Surely you could let people keep their rooms on until at least 4pm. We have never had a problem anywhere els in the world.
All in all we had a fantastic holiday at a fantastic hotel. Would I go back. Oh yes in a heartbeat and cannot wait. Our son has booked up already for next year.
Big welldone to all the team at St Elias Resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ultra All Inclusive Resort rests on a total of 40.400 sq. meters of beautiful gardens. Its spacious, comfortable studios and suites, its unique architecture and amazing views give a feeling of independence and relaxation. Resort’s facilities include a reception building with a bar and sitting areas, a fully renovated main restaurant with extensive verandas, a brand new tavern "Meze by Elliniko" with astonishing view, a swimming pool with a second bar and terrace, a Jacuzzi ,2 kids clubs and a playground, tennis court, a second pool which includes three(3) water slides (Two lane Racing slide, Float slide and Wavy body slide, children below the age of 6 and/or under the minimum height of 120cm are not allowed to use the water slides), kids pool and as well as a brand new spa consisting of a gym, sauna, steam bath and treatment rooms. ... more less
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