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Amanda & Friends go All Inclusive at the Olympic Lagoon

Filed Under: Blog, Cyprus olympic

Posted on 14th Dec 2016

Our Sales & Product Manager Amanda spent October half term with family and friends at the Olympic Lagoon Resort in Paphos.

It’s just a 4 hour flight to Paphos and waking up at 3am to travel to Luton airport on a gloomy October morning we couldn’t wait to reach the sunshine. Landing in Paphos we shed our warm coats and basked in the 27 degree heat before taking a short transfer to the Olympic Lagoon to be united with our holiday mates. We travelled with a group of six adults and four children aged 8, 7, 4 and 2 and chose the Olympic Lagoon for its winter sun location and family friendly All Inclusive programme.

We checked in smoothly and enjoyed a cool drink before grabbing a space by the pool to enjoy the afternoon’s last rays. There are five pools in total which are at the centre of the resort and lead down to the beach. The main pool has two Mayan themed slides and there is a large shallow toddler pool as well as a quieter pool and an adult only pool. The pool area does tend to get very busy (the hotel was full during half term) so although there’s no rush it’s a good idea to take up your spot by mid-morning at the latest.

Travel-weary, that night we dined in the buffet restaurant which has an extensive selection of hot and cold food with a different theme every night. When we were there we enjoyed Italian, Mexican and Cypriot nights and there is also a separate kids’ buffet. The quality of the food is very good and it’s certainly not compromised because it’s buffet style. My only gripe was the choice of wine on offer during dinner – guests can choose from red, white or sparkling but to order from the wine list have to go to the bar.

Bellies full, we fell into bed in our family suite, which had two bedrooms separated by sliding doors (with a gap at the top so not soundproof) and a balcony and slept until morning.

The next morning we were refreshed and ready to enjoy the hotel’s facilities and entertainment. The Olympic Lagoon is not for families who want a quiet, “get away from it all” holiday. It has fabulous pools, a beach and great food but it also specialises in family entertainment and offers a daily programme of fun and sporting activities. We enjoyed aqua aerobics at 11, the poolside quiz at 2, archery at 4 and kids’ football at 5 and that was just the first day! Of course there’s no obligation to join in and there are plenty of quiet areas of the hotel; as our first time at an All Inclusive family resort we assumed we’d give some of the entertainment a wide berth but by the 2nd day we were wholeheartedly joining in.

That evening we enjoyed dinner in the American Diner which is a great, kid-friendly concept serving burgers and North American specialities in an authentic looking 1950s-style eaterie. The diner is relaxed and fun and a great spot for a casual dinner or lunch. On other nights we dined at the a la carte Cypriot restaurant which is open air and overlooking the sea and the Asian restaurant which serves delicious fine dining. The only restaurant we didn’t try was the Italian as it’s adult-only but parents can hire a babysitter if they wish to enjoy a child free meal.

Each night after dinner we succumbed to the evening entertainment which was excellent. We were worried we’d be subjected to a cheesy Butlins-style cabaret but the Kanika All Stars entertainment team was fantastic. Talented singers and dancers, they perform a show each evening with a different musical theme and it was the perfect opportunity to keep the kids entertained while the adults enjoyed a drink or two. If it wasn’t for the entertainment we would have spent each evening trying to placate bored kids while we attempted to sample the cocktail list; as it was, everyone was happy with the music, dancing and easy access to the bar. The evenings stayed warm even though it was late in the season and temperatures rarely dropped below 20 degrees by night and 27 by day.

As often happens on holiday, we fell into an easy routine of breakfast, pool, lunch, pool, games, beach, cocktails and dinner and the All Inclusive programme meant that the only thing we had to worry about was our tan lines and what to wear for dinner that evening. We tended to get lunch from the snack bar by the pool to avoid having to leave our sunbeds, making the days completely relaxing. We didn’t use the kids club but we did visit and it offers an excellent service, with daily activities for children aged 2 upwards and including evening movies and games so parents can enjoy dinner or the show a little later in the evening. There is also a teens club which has Playstations, games and activities and brilliantly allows children from 8 years upwards to enter – the only hotel I’ve come across which recognises that once kids reach 8 or 9 they find it seriously uncool to mix and play with 4 year olds!

The hotel leads onto a beach with shallow waters, perfect for swimming. The beach is rocky and not the prettiest but it’s a nice natural spot if you fancy a change from the pool and there is a water sports centre offering the usual motorised and non-motorised sports. We loved the paragliding and the kids couldn’t get enough of the Crazy Shark, a horrendous banana boat style inflatable – never again! We did venture into Paphos one day (25 minute walk) and it was lovely to see the harbour and Paphos Castle. Nevertheless, as a self-confessed culture vulture, I was surprised that for the rest of the week I was perfectly happy to lounge by the pool. The Olympic Lagoon offers an all-round holiday experience with something for everyone. Perhaps those who prefer a quiet idyll wouldn’t be so keen but with 4 lively kids and 6 adults with varying interests to please we found it the perfect half term getaway.

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