The Annabelle, Paphos, Cyprus

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Annabelle main poolAs the guests of the Annabelle, my husband and I had three wonderful days at this five star hotel.  It felt like being on a cruise, with (too much?) superb food, exemplary service and friendliness from all the staff and great facilities. 

Accommodation
Our room was on the east side of the hotel, looking over the gardens of the Almyra and out to sea.  We were in a part of the building that had a small wrought iron balcony furnished with two comfy chairs and a table (although the design meant there was no privacy and our next-door neighbour clearly disliked the proximity enough to run away each time someone else emerged.  Perhaps small partitions between balconies could be added. 

The double room was large enough for a table and easy chairs and had air-conditioning,  large TV, king-sized bed, hairdryer and mini-bar.  There was also a good-sized bathroom with an excellent shower over the bath.

Annabelle - room balconyFacilities
Everywhere was clean and beautifully designed.  There was a large lobby with shops and different seating areas and it offered a range of discarded airport books to borrow as well as its own coffee/tea bar.  The main pool was gorgeous – large with easy-to-use steps and another bar, and the well maintained gardens spread out down steps to a third bar and several swimming areas in among fountains and grottos.  There was also a sunbed area down below on the grass overlooking the sea, with a rather stony place to swim from.  As with all large hotels, there was a daily discrete rush to place towels on sunbeds, so you needed to arrive reasonably early to find a good spot to sit. 

The hotel has the usual fitness and spa facilities (some next door in the Almyra) and three different restaurants on site with the option to go next door to others.  

One thing we did notice was that little was organised by the hotel to encourage people to socialize such as dances, guided tours or workshops, and maybe these would have enhanced guests' experience.

Fish kebabs at the AnnabelleFood
The highlights of the day were breakfast and dinner in the Fontana Buffet Restaurant, and I would certainly suggest guests go for this half-board option.  There were three stations which, for breakfast offered breads and pastries, cereals, cheese, cold meats, yoghurt and fruit and hot food that could be cooked to your liking.  At dinner, these became the starters – a superb range of salads, hot dishes that were themed each night, e.g. Italian, Asian, a carvery or Cypriot, and wonderful sweets both hot and cold, or cheese.  Although there were also two a la carte or fixed price restaurants, they could not compete.

Service
From the lemonade and wet towels offered on arrival to the watermelon handed round by the pool in the mornings, waiter service constantly available by the pool, fruit in the room, and smiles and constant enquiries as to how things were, you could not fault the staff in any way.  I particularly noticed how well single and frail residents were treated – both courteously and inclusively. 

Location
This was superb.  The Kato and harbour area of Pathos is the place to be if you want restaurants, bars and boat trips and the Annabelle was a stroll away from all this and right on the seafront.   It was also within easy walking distance of the bus terminus as well as Paphos's most famous site – the Roman mosaics. 

For more information on this excellent hotel visit www.annabelle.com.cy

•  Read more about Jackie's experience of Paphos when she was a guest blogger.

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  • JSOxon
    over 5 years ago
    Hi Valerie

    Sorry for the delay in replying. I am glad you found my review helpful. With regards to your questions:
    1. You can certainly get wi-fi in your room. Once you book in, they will give you a card with the password on it.
    2. Some of the balconies in other parts of the hotel had dividing walls, so do ask about this when you book. You would have been fine to sit on the wrought iron one, but if people in the next room are very chatty, you would see as well as hear them.
    3. The staff were exceptional and I am sure you would be looked after really well.

    Have a wonderful holiday.

    Jackie
  • JennieSilver
    over 5 years ago
    It sounds wonderful Jackie, and a super place to stay. I thought the idea of 'daily discrete rush' for the pool was hilarous, whilst knowing just what you mean.
    I like Cyprus for an easy-going week now and then, it's not too demanding, although the Troodos mountains are fab and some of the remote monastries asounding.
  • Valerie_28
    over 5 years ago
    Dear Jackie, I was very interested to read your write up on the Annabelle Hotel, Cyprus as it was on the top of my list for visiting - I have been to Cyprus several times.

    However, being a single, 80 year old traveller I do like to have a sunny, private balcony, being one of my main top priorities, as half of my day is spent outside the hotel and the other half on the balcony, reading or writing in privacy, and enjoying the sunshine! I like to mix but for short periods.

    I noticed you did say how well single and frail residents were treated both courteously and inclusively, as one can feel lost in a big hotel, and it did appear to be extensive but with many areas to explore.

    I was going to book in for 3 weeks or a month, but may give it a shorter trial first time round.

    All your tourist information was of interest, although I have experienced much of it - but got some extra tips.

    I would like to know if your iPad worked in your room/balcony - I have just bought a mini iPad to use on my travels but it will need Wi-Fi.

    Many thanks.

    Valerie Scott