My husband and I spent a week at Aphrodite Hills at the beginning of November 2010. It really is a 5 star hotel. We had booked transfers with the hotel, and the car was waiting for us on arrival. From that moment on we did not touch our luggage. In fact, we did not see it again until we had finally settled into our room.
The reception at the hotel is excellent. The first thing they do is offer a choice of drinks – very welcome when arriving in a hot country after a long journey. We had requested a room overlooking the golf course and the sea, and we were taken to one on the top floor. Unfortunately, a large tree obscured most of the view. As we like to spend a lot of time on our balcony, I was a bit dismayed. The receptionist immediately told us to make ourselves comfortable while she found another room. Fifteen minutes later we were happily settled in a beautiful room overlooking the 9th green and down to the sea.
The rooms really are lovely. They are large, with a sitting area which is well lit. The main part of the room has carpet, which makes it much quieter. The rooms are very well insulated for noise. Apart from a few doors closing, we heard nothing from either side of us.The balcony is a good size with very nice furniture.It is lovely to sit there in the evening with a glass of wine and watch the sun setting over the sea.
We were on a half board package, and dined most nights in the main buffet restaurant. The food was the best we have ever had in this type of restaurant -excellent quality and a huge variety to choose from. We did eat one evening in the Mesogios restaurant and paid quite a large supplement. It was not worth it just to have waiter service.The breakfast buffet too, was superb. One slight criticism; if you buy a bottle of wine, they will not keep it for you to drink the following night. As I drink very little, this meant buying wine by the glass, which was very overpriced – 7 euros for the local wine. All the drinks were very expensive.
The pool area is lovely, with plenty of loungers and its own small bar/restaurant. It is a short walk from the hotel to the golf club, but they will take you in a buggy. They have a storage facility, so we left our clubs there.The golf course, like the rest of the hotel, was immaculate. It also had a very interesting layout and some challenging holes. A deep gorge divides the course and this comes into play on a few holes. Buggies are compulsory, ( there is a one kilometre drive between the 2nd and 3rd ) and they come equipped with a coolbox containing four bottles of water. However, you do have to keep to a buggy track which I dislike. The course was very busy from first light until it was dark, and we were always paired up with another couple. Play tended to be slow.
All the staff involved with the golf were extremely pleasant and helpful. We did not use the clubhouse, so I can’t comment on that.
The hotel is quite a long way from any town or village, and at this time of year they only operate the shuttle bus to Paphos twice a week. Also, there is no shuttle to the beach. If you want to leave the resort you would need to hire a car. In the resort there is ‘ The Village Square’. There is a small shop and a few restaurants, but while we were there it was almost always deserted.
The Aphrodite Hills is undoubtedly the best golf hotel in which we have ever stayed. It is beautifully maintained, spotlessly clean, very well organised and has no shortage of friendly staff.
I would rate this hotel 9 out of 10.
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