If you’re looking for a reasonably priced holiday for the whole family, it’s well worth trawling the internet for an all-inclusive deal, because it’s here that you can certainly find cheap package holidays, particularly out of season. And the great thing about these all-inclusive packages is that you don’t have to spend anything at all – as everything is provided for. Now, if like us, you have two growing teenagers with very healthy appetites, it’s not difficult to see why this is rather appealing.
Some years ago when the kids were toddlers we grabbed ourselves a fantastic all-inclusive package out of season at the very lovely Coral Beach Hotel and resort in Paphos, Cyprus. Paphos is a pleasant if busy resort and the hotel is situated on the edge of town overlooking the lovely golden sands and clear waters of Coral Bay. In fact, the resort lies on the edge of the UNESCO- protected Akamas peninsular and its spectacular scenery. This was perfect for us because we prefer to be out of the centre where you can find a little more solitude.
The hotel itself combines traditional Cypriot whitewashed walls and terracotta tiled floors with modern amenities of a very high standard. It has very pleasant restaurants and an impressive outdoor swimming pool. The fact that it’s also set in 10 acres of lovely landscaped gardens and has its own private bay makes it even more appealing.
Unlike many hotels in Paphos, the Coral Bay isn’t one of those enormous and soulless affairs. And as far as we were concerned the fact that it was quiet and didn’t offer family entertainment of an evening was another reason we immediately fell in love with it.
Of course, it may not be everyone’s cup of tea. So it’s well worth checking out online hotel review to see what others have had to say. By and large, I find this very useful, and you can usually get a feel for the place by reading three or four reviews.
Wherever you go in Cyprus, you will find the Cypriots incredibly warm and hospitable. And although the food at the Coral Bay is first class, it’s worth venturing out for at least one meal at one of the small village restaurants perched in the Troodos Mountains. Here you’ll be able to eat with the locals and soak up the atmosphere. The Village Restaurant in Plates is one such restaurant run by a charming man who is passionate about traditional Cypriot cuisine, which he learnt from his mother. Come here for lunch at the weekend and you’ll have to get there early to get a table. But you won’t be disappointed.
You may also want to hire a car to get around, particularly if you do the Troodos Mountains. Again, it’s worth seeing what deals you can get online before you go.
Of course, having said all this, you might just want to stay at the hotel sitting in or by the pool with a good book and free drink or two.
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