We went to the Asimina for our honeymoon in October 2011. Majority of good points, but a few bad.
We had a ridiculously nice room - on the 1st floor overlooking the pool. Other guests did tell us at the time that we probably had some of the best views (and best room) in the hotel, so go for a room overlooking the pool if you can, even if its just for the amazing sunsets over the ocean.
The hotel were aware that it was our honeymoon, and on our 2nd evening we were brought champagne on ice. Sipping champers on the huge balcony watching the sun set was the highlight of my honeymoon!
The turn down service every evening was a bonus as they leave a small bottle of water for each guest, which saves on buying it. Plus, I would recommend asking at Reception for the mini bar to be empied as you can then use it as a fridge for free.
Evening meal started at 7pm, which is quite late for us, but we ate in the beach restaurant everyday for lunch so that put us on! The food during the day was delicious, and as it overlooks the ocean, feels such a treat! Plus if you go half board you can switch and get your lunch included in the half board and go into the town for dinner, which we did on a number of occassions. The evening meal in the restaurant was nice, but did feel a bit posh, but due to the class of hotel this is probably what should be expected. Don't expect chips!! There is a good selection of food, but if you're picky like me (or a vegetarian like my husband) you might struggle, which is why we ate out on a few occassions. They offer a typical buffet section (food already prepared in turines for starters and mains), an oriental section with a chef constantly preparing the dishes, and a meat and fish / carvery area where food is cooked to order, or roasted meats are carved for you. Our regular "carvery man" was Myke, who was fantastic. As you can appreciate, you may be stood for 5 mins or so waiting for your meat to cook, and Myke was so friendly and attentive.
Near the end of our stay a few issues arose. They put on offers at the end of season, and the hotel was rammed - full to bursting! So that meant waiting for a table, "reserving" of sun loungers and our room becoming noisy from all angles. It wasn't a deal breaker, but I'm a very light sleeper, and even earplugs didn't drown it out. I think the noise is due to the door separating the lounge and bedroom and the wardrobe doors being on rollers so they were noisy when rolling, plus made a massive bang if you let go. But as I said, not a deal breaker. The main issue we had was with the senior staff members: 2 older gentleman that I'm assuming were Constantinou brothers. The waiting staff were excellent - attentive, friendly (but not in your face!) and so professional, but the treatment they got from these men was appalling, and it was public. I understand that this profession is stressful, especially when the hotel was at full capacity, but having a go at staff in public areas is not on. And this left a sour taste.Saying that, I would return to the Asimina, but not as such a busy time. Big thank you to Evi for her charm, ideas of places to go, and friendliness every day!
I have seen a few reviews saying that the hotel was "jammed in" amongst others. Obviously the beach front locations are very popular so would be a developers first choice! We weren't affected by the others being close as we were too busy sunbathing, being brought chilled flannels and frozen fruit to enjoy!
Tips on Paphos
Try Undersea Walking: absolutely fantastic - you walk on the ocean floor with a helmet on providing you with air. No scuba equipment needed. It felt very safe, and you have the option to purchase a DVD of your photo's.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Constantinou Bros Asimina Suites Hotel is a luxurious, 5 star, adult focused, all suites hotel with its own beautiful sandy beach and 2 outdoor, freshwater swimming pools. Some of the suites have private pools with wooden decks while all the suites have large balconies.The hotel is situated in a quiet location yet within short distance from Paphos airport, the town centre, the shops and the nightlife.The suites offer a superb range of amenities which include air conditioning and central heating, separate living room area (for most types of suite), deluxe marble bathrooms, flat screen LCD satellite TV and radio, DVD player, safety deposit box, bathrobes and slippers, tea and coffee making facilities as well as espresso machine, mini bar, hairdryer, ironing facilities and many more special touches.Special features include free Wi-Fi in all rooms, public areas and gardens and free parking area.Sports and leisure facilities include 2 outdoor fresh water connected pools, 1 indoor heated pool, a floodlit tennis court and excellent bowling facilities at the Asimina’s sister hotels nearby.In the hotel spa enjoy an impressive selection of therapies and treatments for body and face, nail and hair care, hair salon, a fully equipped gym, steam bath and saunas (one of which for nudists). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Asimina Hotel Paphos
- Hotel Paphian Bay
- Paphian Bay Paphos