We knew we wanted to go to Cyprus, but had no idea where to stay, and most reviews we read had both positives and negatives. A friend highly recommended the Ascos Coral Beach Hotel, as he’d stayed a couple of times before, and trusting him, we booked last September. However, we did come across a few bad reviews of this hotel too, and were quite worried! We even considered cancelling at one point, but I’m glad we didn’t. When we arrived at the hotel at the end of April it was absolutely fine!
W found the hotel itself to be attractive, quite spacious and well furnished. Employees were all extremely helpful and friendly towards us. Our room was nice and comfortable and we had a great sea view. It was cleaned almost every day and the towels and linen were quite regularly changed.
The pool area is lovely, and we didn’t have to get up at the crack of dawn to win a sun lounger battle! Throughout the day there are lads of poolside activities going on. I really enjoyed the water polo, even if it was a bit violent. There is an outside covered patio area which was great to escape the sun’s heat, to enjoy a cool drink during the day. We went all inclusive and there was a wide selection for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We ate well and never had a bad meal for the whole week we were there. The wine served with the evening meal was always chilled and very nice. The evening entertainment varied each night and was really good. A couple of nights it was a bit cheesy, but a couple of drinks and we were well into the spirit of things.
The bar serving the cocktails is fantastic and has a full menu which Tony and I gradually sampled. The hotel is in walking distance to Coral Bay Beach, which is lovely. From the top of the road you can get the local bus into Paphos which is about 20 minutes away and cost us about 1.50 euro each way. There is plenty to do in Pathos. The cobbled streets throughout Pathos are filled with small boutiques and souvenir shops. It was lovely to walk around. In the upper part of Pathos are quaint museums and it has an authentic Cypriot atmosphere. If you head to the old town, Kato Pathos, there are plenty of archaeological sights. The harbour is beautiful with lots of restaurants and cafes along it.
Tony and I have always been interested in diving but had never had the opportunity to try it. However, in Pathos we saw a dive school and enrolled ourselves. Under the sea is unbelievable; the coral and colourful marine life is truly amazing. We’d couldn’t believe we hadn’t made an effort to dive before, and it certainly won’t be the last time we go diving.
The happy couple, Bev and Tony