Now I can compare the both parts of Cyprus, Paphos and Ayia Napa. Well this is not exactly why I am writing this post but if I get any chance to say a little about both parts I will and hopefully this will help you decide which part to visit of planning to book a holiday in Cyprus.
I must say, I am rather sad to be back to the typical English weather. I do very much miss the warm sunny weather and no care in the world days just eating, tanning, visiting places, enjoying the cocktail by the pool and walks down the beach. I know for a fact I couldn’t live in Cyprus and it’s much more fun coming over and being the tourist for a short time.
Whilst being away I spent most my days by the pool sunbathing and drinking cocktails and walks by the beach.
I enjoyed the warm sun and different climate. Yes it was rather hot but I can say not exactly as hot as the other side of Cyprus , Ayian Napa very close to Nissie beach and even in the evening and at night it was just as hot as during the day whereas in Paphos I could easily wear trousers and a top and feel fine. When I mean trousers I mean those lose summery ones or crop type trousers. No way would I have wanted to wear jeans or leggings in such heat.
Let’s be honest when booking this holiday it was a last minute booking and with the dates my sister could only get off, we had to book what was available. The hotel Crown Horizon was not exactly a typical hotel we have recently stayed in and when we arrived my first thought was we will have to enjoy and make the most of it no matter what, if worse comes to it but I can officially say it wasn’t as bad as it looked on arrival.
Photos of hotel:
The hotel is not the biggest hotel however it’s also not the smallest as I have seen much smaller ones compared to the one we stayed in. One of the good things about the hotel was the pool, especially the bar in the pool and you could drink any sort of drink all over the big pool. I can say from my experience, not all hotels allow this and a lot even tell you off when sitting and drinking by the side of the pool.
I can also say that the pool is not super deep which is another good thing. You could easily have a swim if you wanted and still be able to touch the ground and walk around. Ideal for someone sort like me, haha. Did I mention the hotel had an indoor pool, sauna, steam room, gym as well as a kids club for the younger ones.
I also liked the fact that you could eat from the snack bar once you ordered your food practically anywhere and who doesn’t like to have a little snack by the pool whilst sunbathing. Whilst the main restaurant had some nice dishes cooked and a variety to choose from.
There is a beach near by with a sort walk just under 5 minutes where you can have a lovely walk, simply just enjoy the breeze and tan on the lounges, splash in the sea and if your feeling more adventurous and want something different to do then you can book one of the many varieties of water sport activities like jet ski, banana boat, hire a boat to paddle and many other water sports. It was a lovely sandy beach with clear blue water, yet the Nissie Bay beach in Ayian Napa has slightly more clearer water and the sand was much more golden there with the beach being roughly similar in size . Ok maybe just a tiny bit bigger but that didn’t change how nice the beach was here still.
The entertainment was good however a few things could have been done to improve it. They had a mini disco for the kids which is great for the little one. After that was over they would have bingo and a lot of people played but as the week went on it got a bit boring playing bingo every night and I would maybe change it up to make it more exciting rather than having bingo on every single night. So bingo over and every night they would either have quite night, games night, karaoke or different people come in to preform some sort of show like the Cyprian dancers. I can say they try their best to keep you, keep us guest entertained but the down fall is all the entertainment does end pretty early and your left to entertain yourself. Well for some that ain’t a problem because there are bars and clubs literally straight outside as you leave the hotel from the back and you could enjoy yourself there. For those who didn’t fancy it or simply liked the fact of the all inclusive would just be chilling and talking to music or maybe playing a card game basically whoever they felt like with music playing by the host.
During our stay we meet some lovely people which made our stay rather present knowing you could chill with someone else if you wanted. Saying this we practically tend to meet people on every holiday we go on so this is just another one of them where you meet and get to know someone whilst being aboard.
Over all the price we paid, I can say this holiday wasn’t too bad, like any other holiday it has it’s up and downs.