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InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Resort Hotelcyprus

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INSIDE SCOOP ATARRA SAYS All the kids congregrate at the graduated entrance to the hotel pool.Our exclusive extra: 5 hours of complimentary creche access per week, per booking. scoop image

About The Hotel

This stunning resort overlooks the spot where the goddess Aphrodite is said to have emerged from the sea, in one of the most naturally beautiful locations on the island. The luxurious hotel is renowned for excellent service and opulent facilities, and is ideally placed for sightseeing, sports and leisure.

For the energetic, there is a huge choice of different activities to try as part of the clubs for kids or teens, with a varied daily programme. There are also waterparks in Paphos & Limassol, go-karting in Paphos and watersports and scuba diving in Pissouri. The childrens carers and entertainers are qualified/experienced in childcare and are English speaking.

The stunning Pirates Village features a spacious indoor Kids Club for 3-12 years, a separate creche for 6 to 35 months, shaded play areas, and outdoor adventure playground with bouncy castle and trampoline, a multi–purpose court, and a children’s swimming pool with water slide. Pirates Village is supervised by the hotel’s specialists, trained in children’s care.

Daily activities designed by the recreation team will include arts and crafts sessions, dance classes as well as water and sports activities, such as water-polo, minifootball, mini-golf, junior Olympics, table tennis and basketball. The Annabel Croft Tennis Academy offers expert tuition. Older children will definitely not be left out as they can enjoy a range of fantastic evening entertainment including karaoke, talent shows, camp-outs, disco and movie nights.

Dining choices on site include a new Asian speciality restaurant, traditional taverna, pizzeria, pub & bar, coffee shop-ouzerie and creperie. Guests on half board can now “dine around” at a choice of resort restaurants, or can take their allowance to put towards an a la carte menu. The “dine around” involves a total of 13 resort restaurants, with 2-3 being open at any one time (on rotation, in line with seasonal demand), giving guests wide variety of dining choices. Ask us about the new all-inclusive option, which is proving very popular.

All rooms and suites are elegantly decorated and offer comprehensive facilities. There are family suites with interconnecting rooms available as well luxurious suites with private pools and terrace. Please contact us for more information.

The hotels scenic 18-hole golf course will keep enthusiasts busy, whereas tennis fans will enjoy the Olympic-class facilities of the Annabel Croft Tennis Academy. There are beautiful pools, inside and out, including a stunning cascade pool. The hotels Village Square offers boutiques, restaurants and traditional bazaars.

There is a choice of two nearby beaches for guests, with beach clubs open between May and October. The Cove of Aphrodite Hills is a pebbled beach directly in front of the Resort entrance. Accessed by shuttle from the Hotel, the Cove provides a drinks & snacks kiosk, sun beds, umbrellas and beach towels. Zias Beach Club is located within 15 minutes drive from the Resort, offering a pebbled/sandy, child-friendly beach. This beach club consists of two areas – the complimentary beach facilities (sun beds, umbrellas, beach towels), and the bar and restaurant facilities.

The superb Retreat Spa offers a supervised Thermae Experience, a sequence of Greco-Roman thermae heat rooms with hammam and sauna. There is also hydrotherapy, eastern treatments, stone therapy and an extensive menu of massages, pregnancy treatments, beauty treatments and wraps.

Read more in our blog about InterContinental Aphrodite Hills >

Your Tots Too experts for Aphrodite Hills are Helen and Atarra.

Family Facts

Cots available on request

Babysitting available, €11.10 per hour plus transport charge of €25.60. Book two months before arrival to guarantee availability

Creche available all year when kids are in house. (6 months-3years), open Mon-Sun, 10-6. At other times, little ones can use the kids club facilities with parent or babysitter supervising. Booking in advance is recommended so it can be staffed accordingly

The Kids Club is available for 3 - 12 year olds, 7 days a week all year round, 10.30am - 7.30pm. Free of charge for hotel guests, charges apply for guests staying in the Residences

Pushchair friendly resort

15 minutes from Paphos airport or 1 hour 15 minutes from Larnaca airport

Essential supplies from resort mini market. Doctor on call for the resort, general hospital 20 minutes away

Separate children's pool, horse riding, mini golf, adventure playground, tennis and golf tuition

Sterilizers available on request, kettles in the room

Car seats available in hotel transportation

The Grotto Teens Club for 12 - 17 year olds opens from 12.00 to 23.00. Activities include basketball, playstation battles, funky hair design, pop idol and movies. Free of charge. In the clubhouse there is pinball, billiards, table-football and more

Reviews

  • Anon by request 26 July 2013 "I thought I would drop you a line to say how much we enjoyed Aphrodite Hills. As usual Tots Too did a great job and we look forward to your thoughts for next year!
    I have penned a couple of lines of feedback...

    A very enjoyable holiday in a great resort. We would recommend this for families ahead of young couples. I have highlighted a couple of observations that other clients may find useful.

    We travelled with three children (aged 8, 6 and 4). Having stayed in the Abama in 2012 and Pine Cliffs in 2011 we have made some inevitable comparisons.

    The set up of two connecting rooms was perfect and provided everyone with enough room. We were located in rooms 1127 and 1128 which I would consider to be at the quieter end of the hotel (we requested this). Although the 'view' was limited the advantage was that they were very close to the pool. Rooms were clean, had effective air con and the maid service was consistently good. No free wifi in the rooms but available in some of the public areas.

    The Kids club is brilliant (better than Abama and Pine cliffs in our view) especially for those under 8. Staff seemed very capable and were friendly. For the over 8's the club set up integrates well with some excellent tennis and football coaching (modest additional cost).

    Worth noting that the principal beach is c.15mins away in a hotel minibus. The cove closer to the hotel was closed. This was fine, with plenty of loungers and a restaurant but note it is rather pebbly rather than sandy.

    We were on half board and this provided us with enough dining options. However, those looking for fine dining/wide range of cuisines might be slightly disappointed as not all restaurants were open every day. Service staff were attentive enough but the speed of delivery was often slow. If you want a quick meal go earlier in the evening. Prices all pretty much in line with a 5 star resort but there is a small on resort supermarket for snacks/water etc.

    Special mention for the breakfast buffet - comprehensive and of a high standard but not quite as good as Abama.

    We travelled at the end of June/early July which (from our perspective) was ideal as the resort was relatively quiet. Temperatures were c.30 degrees but with the resort located higher up in the hills there was often a comfortable breeze.

    We didn't play golf but the course looked to be in good condition.

    We went to Fassouri water park (bus collected/dropped off from hotel). I would highly recommend (clean, loads of life guards etc) and activities for all ages. Remember to take some pool towels. Not quite as good as Siam park in Tenerife but still great fun.

    All in all would recommend highly."

  • RK 21 August 2012 "Sorry it’s taken me a while to get back to sending you feedback on Aphrodite Hills. Here it is – please see fit to do with it as you please!

    The family suite worked very well for us, and we were very pleased with the spaciousness of the rooms, especially the master bathroom. The huge walk-in shower made it very easy for one parent to shower all three kids at the same time. The room décor was pleasant, if uninspiring, and the room was kept very clean. The balcony was a good size, and had a lovely view of the golf course and sea beyond. There was ample wardrobe and drawer space. One quibble, however, was that the hotel attempted to charge us 7 euros a day for keeping our own food items in the minibar fridge. All we had in there was a few grapes and pita bread for the kids to snack on, and we thought this was a very petty and annoying policy on their part. Also, our room was located very close to the outdoor terrace where – very loud (and frankly, somewhat naff!) - live entertainment was staged every night (until quite late – after midnight on more than one occasion), and we could hear it very clearly through the door. Thankfully, this didn’t stop our kids sleeping, but they did complain about it when still awake, and we could have done without it when wanting to read before bed!

    We thought the pool area was lovely. The pools were big enough never to feel that crowded, and we always managed to get a lounger. The pools were kept very clean, and in a good state of repair. Again, we found the hotel’s policy of not allowing guests to bring their own refreshments into the “pool bar area” (defined as anywhere around the poolside) somewhat petty – we only wanted to bring bottled water, which cost around six times as much at the pool bar as at the on-site supermarket. Also, we felt that the pool bar didn’t offer an appropriate selection of snacks/lunch items for younger children.

    The beach (we visited the one 20 mins away by shuttle bus) was rather disappointing – we didn’t go back for a second visit. The beach was mainly pebbly (painfully so!) and the water was too rough and cold for the kids to swim in.

    We got rather bored with the food, and we didn’t think it matched in quality the food at, say, Pine Cliffs in Portugal, which we visited the previous year. Having said that, the breakfast buffet was good, offering a wide selection of different foods, with something to please everyone, and we were very impressed by the Mesogios restaurant, where the food was beautifully prepared and presented. We were disappointed that a couple of the restaurants remained closed throughout our visit (The Secret Garden steak house, and the Leander, which was being used as a kosher restaurant for a particular tour group). The other restaurants were perfectly OK, but nothing really special…apart from the Asian Corner, which we thought was truly awful (supermarket standard sushi).

    The spa was wonderful – a real haven of tranquillity. The staff were very friendly and professional, and the treatments very relaxing at reasonable prices.

    But, I’ve saved the best for last: the kids club and kids play facilities were superb. All three kids loved the kids club, and were very eager to go. The kids club staff were very flexible about allowing our youngest, still two so officially in the crèche, to join his sisters in the 3-12 club when it was clear he would be happier there. The four- and six-year olds absolutely loved the evening parties and entertainment. Both the indoor and outdoor club facilities were spacious and in excellent condition, and the staff all seemed lovely. We also thought the adventure playground was of a very high standard. We really can’t praise it highly enough, and, as you know, when it comes to family holidays happy kids equals happy parents!

    I would recommend Aphrodite Hills, with the few caveats that I’ve mentioned, but I don’t think we liked it enough to go back again (whereas, we felt we might revisit Pine Cliffs a few years down the line) – it was lovely, we had a wonderfully relaxing and enjoyable time, but life is short and there are lots of other luxury hotels to discover!

    We would – indeed will - recommend Tots Too to friends, and I may well be calling you for a recommendation for next summer when our plans for 2013 become a little clearer."

  • PF 30 July 2012 "We enjoyed the holiday very much. Overall a great experience with lots of sun and swimming. Beautiful views and lots of space at the resort. The kids enjoyed and C and I did as well. We only took advantage of the kids club on a couple occasions but it seemed to be excellent. The resort was very good. On the positives, it was easy with the pool and the room situation was good - space was plenty for our time. The staff were very friendly, although sometimes things were a little disorganised (e.g., never seemed to be any towels and the supply of sun loungers were in short supply). But again, the staff seemed to be very helpful and kind.

    On the slight downside, the food options weren't great.. We were on half-board and it was limited - buffet option was fine, but a little repetitive after several nights. Only on the last evening did we learn that there were at least two additional restaurants that were option with the half-board and the hotel did not share this with us.

    Unfortunately we did not get to the beach - sadly we kept meaning to go and perhaps it was the short bus ride that made it seem difficult. My husband did take the children to the water park one day and the kids loved it.. and it's only a short taxi ride.

    I did have a treatment at the spa and was very impressed, it's a lovely spa and a quiet space away from everything. C also enjoyed the golf course.

    Thanks again for your help with booking and I'm sure we will be back in touch with you again soon!"

  • AY 17 July 2012 "We had a lovely time thank you. The hotel was great. The only comments I would make are that the rooms were a little tired and the spa was so expensive that I could not treat myself. 80 euros for a pedicure! The staff in the spa even agreed with me when I said it was overpriced! The drinks were also stupidly expensive, 4.50 euros for a cup of tea. Come on, how does that happen? However the hotel has all that you would expect of a 5 star establishment. The food was good and the choice of restaurants was good also. Two of them not worth a revisit however, Asian Corner and Zimi. But the Greek restaurant, Pithari, brilliant. The hotel buffet restaurant, Eleonas, very good also. Great selection of swimming pools, all felt safe. Kids club fine. Evening entertainment for adults average. Great to see a medical centre as part of the resort, especially as the resort is on its own in the area. Didn't like the "sunbed grab" that one was forced to join every morning! Think that I'm a bit past all of that silly behaviour; so a few more sunbeds to cover the busy period would be a very welcome addition to the hotel's facilities. I used the gym a lot, only two running machines and had to queue for these on one occasion. Health Centre staff pleasant but it did occur to me on my five visits to the gym that they could have cleaned the equipment as part of their role; no sign of the machines being cleaned at all. Again one of the more tired and just very slightly "grubby" parts of the hotel. Staff helpful and on the whole friendly. Good feel about the place. Overall a pleasing break and worth the £3700 that we paid. Just those one or two niggles that if sorted would make Aphrodite Hills hard to beat. Views slightly spoilt by building site for Alexander Heights but that will be done in 2014 I understand."

  • Anon by request 03 June 2012 "We had a wonderful holiday and couldn't fault the service of both you and the staff at the resort, the excellent childcare and the general standard. We will definitely be rebooking at Aphrodite hills and could not recommend it highly enough.

    It meant that we all got what we wanted out of the holiday, quality time as a family but also some parental r & r while our son went to kids club - and he was pushing us to take him there, not the other way round. Being an only child he also made friends with other kids at the resort and they all had a great time playing together.

    The only criticism I have is that the restaurants were a bit limited. Aphrodite Hills has the lunch /pool restaurant which is closed in the evening but serves Mediterranean / Greek food, and then there is the buffet Eleonas restaurant, the pizzeria and the Greek taverna which you can go to with kids. The Greek taverna often doesn't appeal

    As you usually eat something Greek at the pool bar for lunch and don't want it again! The buffet is good quality but I'm personally not so keen on buffets generally. When we fancied a change we wanted to go to Asian corner or the secret garden or mesogios ( med restaurant) but all excluded kids under 7. The kids club is open 6-10 but we felt that we didn't want to put our son there in the evening as well as in the day. Also the fine dining restaurant was closed.

    I realise it's only fair to have restaurants which don't allow young children, for the sake of those without kids, but I do think they should then consider a little more carefully the choice remaining for those who do. I think to allow a good choice for parents and children they should add in either the steak place or the asian place to the existing pizza, Mediterranean, buffet so people don't get bored. My ONLY critique is that I got a bit bored of the food but not enough not to return - generally we loved it."

  • GC 22 April 2012 "We had a really great holiday and came back feeling very refreshed.

    The hotel room was clean and well equipped, the room location also worked really well for us as it was near the pool. The food was delicious and there was lots of choice and the staff were really helpful and very friendly.

    The spa was really very good and I was very impressed. We also enjoyed the tennis and since returning we have signed A up with the Annabel Croft tennis club here in London.

    I would happily recommend to friends in fact we have friends who have booked to go in July! My only comment for us would be that it was quite a big resort hotel feel but I can see how that is probably inevitable when you go on holiday with young kids...

    Thank you for all your help"

  • SR 14 October 2011 "We had a lovely time at the Aphrodite Hills. Overall we had a great break and we received what we expected in terms of quality and service.

    1. Hotel quality and facilities was fantastic for us as a family in terms of a 5star complex.

    2. Villa was a 5 mins walk to the village a big plus.

    3. We were a little confused however as staying in a villa if this entitled us to use all the hotel facilities foc i.e Indoor pool & health club, Outdoor swimming pool and sun chairs, Wifi in hotel, Creche at discounted rates???? We did use all of these but often felt we were not meant to, as using these as guests we were treated very differently when asked if staying in a Villa and not a hotel room.

    4. The kids clubs was brilliant and used by our little boy Harry. He absolutely loved the outdoor trampolines, bouncy castle, and made hedgehog pictures and did finger and feet painting!!! All the qualified staff were lovely and made ME as a 'Mummy' feel at ease, when I left Harry for a couple of hours each day. He loved going back!

    5. Airport Transfers were smooth on time and good quality people carriers.

    6. Only big shame was not having a sandy beach to walk to, but we did drive to Coral Bay twice and enjoyed 2 lovely days on a supa beach.

    We would definitely recommend the hotel and entire holiday experience as was very very good. "

  • Anonymous 10 July 2011 "Hi there,
    Just a quick email to let you know about our holiday. It was great, lovely weather, kids club was fabulous, service was good. The village square thing was great, felt like you were getting out of the hotel, but not too far. Pity you couldn’t use your half board there though. The shows were really good too, really in tune and the dancing was really good. Kids loved them. So overall, very good and would definitely go back. Thanks again!"

    [Tots Too update: with the recent introduction of the Dine Around involving a wide choice of restaurants, you can now use the half board at the Village Square]

  • Anonymous 03 May 2011 <span style="line-height: 1.714285714; font-size: 1rem;">Yes we had a lovely time thank you. The villa was really nice, very spacious and contained all the facilities we needed. Having our own heated pool was a massive bonus, and the children thought it was fantastic. We had one or two housekeeping issues, and the TV stopped working at various times during the fortnight, but the team responded quickly to these problems and got them resolved for us. We hired a car in the end as it was definitely needed to do sightseeing, food shopping and to get to the beach.</span>

    The resort itself was very nice. As it was the start of the season they seemed to be gearing themsleves up, and I think some of the staff were new, so sometimes couldn't answer our questions but they were all very friendly and helpful. I used my spa voucher thank you, and had a lovely morning of pampering which was great. Also there were lots of easter activities going on which the children enjoyed and the play area was finished towards the end of our second week and the children thought it was wonderful.

    The only downside was that, because we were in the villa rather than in the hotel, we had to pay for all the additional services which, for instance, we didn't have to do at Pine Cliffs. e.g. the beach club charge was 6 euros each, which for our family came to 30 euros per day, and also on the one day that it rained, we wanted to take the children to the indoor pool at the resort but they wanted to charge us 28 euros each! So that was a little unexpected.

    However, we really enjoyed the holiday, it was really relaxing and it was fun exploring Cyprus.

  • DC 14 November 2010 Had lovely time, when we got there (very late!) they said they had up-graded us to a club suite, we initially thought this was great, it had a Jacuzzi and large bathroom and a view overlooking the golf course, but we soon realised that whilst that was all very lovely, but woudl not work for us due to lack of space for 5 and just one bathroom. We have always gone for a suite on holiday and shared with the kids (as this is usually cheaper than 2 rooms) but for the first time we had booked 2 interconnecting rooms. So despite the loveliness of it, I went to ask to be downgraded again to 2 rooms – they looked at me as if I was mad, the club rooms have access to :
    • Access to Club Lounge with:
    o Check-in/check-out service
    o Delicious breakfast buffet
    o All-day coffee and fresh juices
    o Afternoon tea and pastries
    o Internet access
    o Private lounge
    o Evening cocktails and canapés
    They didn’t have 2 rooms available so I asked to see the manager who also looked at me as if I was mad, but when I explained that kids don’t appreciate lovely views, they can’t go in the Jacuzzi, they don’t want to sit on the private balcony, they are too old (my son is 11) to sleep on camp beds all week and they can’t live out of a suitcase he saw my point and changed us (a day later) to 2 rooms, no view, miles from reception but with 2 lovely bathrooms, 2 massive wardrobes, beds for everyone except the 7 year old who was happy on a camp bed and we were blissfully happy for the rest of the week!!

    All the staff were lovely, and the food was great, we would definitely go again, and we’d definitely go away in October too, really like going at that time of year. I’m happy to put something on the website, we’d definitely use Tots Too again, it was all very easy

  • W Nicholls 29 September 2010 Holiday was lovely, I liked the hotel and Cyprus a lot. I thought your advice about not going full board or half board was spot on. We had a great time and I will definitely go back and have recommended it to various friends and colleagues - Many thanks for all your help

    The hotel was pretty full the first 7 -8 days and there were some minor service issues but nothing that could not be corrected. Many thanks."

    [Tots Too update: with the recent introduction of the Dine Around involving a wide choice of restaurants, we would now recommend full or half board for guests]

  • Natasha 20 August 2010 Hello atarra,
    We had a lovely hot time in cyprus where they are experiencing higher than norm temp for August but with the swimming pool right in front of your house you cant complain....
    Just to say overall we were impressed with the resort however we could not use the hotel facilities as thought as it was high season so if we wanted to use the kids club we would have to pay. We felt some of the charges for the pool and baggage storage were excessive. Overall we did have a nice time and the appartment was perfect with a super location. I have already recommended you to some friends today and we certainly will book with Tots Too in the future. Thanks.

  • AJ 27 April 2010 Hi Helen,
    Have been meaning to call you since we got home from Cyprus. I would like to say that we had a wonderful week, the weather was perfect but more to the point, the hotel and resort were absolutely superb! As I mentioned to Emma when I booked our holiday for October, we spent last New Year at the Sofitel in Agadir and I found myself constantly comparing. Aphrodite Hills was beautifully and tastefully furnished and produced an instantly calm environment. I was extremely impressed by every member of staff I met, they were so helpful and polite and nothing was too much trouble, everyone seemed to be genuinely keen to make our stay comfortable and enjoyable. The hotel was quiet as they said it was not their peak season, for me that added to the charm, no rushing down to the pool to claim sunbeds at 6am! The views over the golf course and sea were spectacular and the room was spacious and very comfortable. As we were were both unable to take part in much of the sports we tended to take advantage of the spa, which although very expensive, was excellent. The cost of food in the restaurants for a 5* hotel I thought, was not too scarey and the quality superb. We didn't sample the buffet as we prefer to order off the menu but there was plenty of choice of different types of food and we didn't get bored with the choice. We had one night were we were informed of a problem with the drains and that we couldn't use the bathroom so they offered us an identical room for the following 24 hours until it was fixed. This was all organised very smoothly and didn't inconvenience us too much. In particular, they dealt with it very courteously, were very apologetic and delivered a bottle of wine to apologise.

    All in all I would definitely recommend the hotel and of course Tots Too/Essential Escapes. Thank you for making the booking process so quick and easy and for all the information you were able to provide in advance. I am very much looking forward to trying the Abama in October!

    With best wishes

  • CK 03 April 2010 Thank you very much, we did have a wonderful time on our holiday. The Aphrodite Hills resort has great facilities for everyone, the spa was beautiful, golf course and practice areas were brilliant and the hotel was great. The kids club kept both the little ones happy.

    The only tiny points I would make is that kids menu was a bit limited but if you asked they could do other options rather than just nuggets and chips. The indoor pool was very cold and we therefore only used it once, the outdoor pool was also cold but you expect that in April but it was lovely to paddle in, in the sunshine. Lastly some staff at reception weren't very helpful but there were others that were exceptional. All very tiny points, I know.

    We had a great time and of all the places to be stranded duing the Ash Cloud it was pretty good. I also met some lovely people during the Dunkirk spirit of the second week.

    We will highly recommend Tots Too to our friends.

  • Christina 09 September 2009 Dear Ann Marie,

    Thankyou for your email.

    I was going to send you a little note anyway to say thank you very much for sorting out our holiday to Aphrodite Hills, Paphos, Cyprus.

    Everything was perfect. The service at the hotel was excellent. Everything there as excellent. We would definitley go back.

    Thanks again.

  • Anon by request 09 March 2008 Thanks for yoyr e mail. Yes we enjoyed it very much - the best thing was that everything did what it said - eg Kids Club was great, all the restaurants advertised were open and everything was v high quality. .Mike was also right about sticking to the pool garden rooms - much more convenient being able to walk out the french windows to the pool rather than stuck over by the golf course. We were v happy with essential escapes and v much appreciated all the work Mike did before and after we booked, booking spa treatments etc.

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