The Thalassa Boutique Hotel - Coral Bay
Trip Start Apr 14, 2012
38Trip End Jun 10, 2012
Bus #30 drives me to the new port at the Bus terminal (1euro)
I catch the intercity bus for Paphos www.intercity-buses.co at 9.30 and I reach Paphos terminal (Karavella) at 10.50 am
I have to catch bus 618 for the other terminal (Limanaki) This word means "small port" and the terminal is very close to the old port of the city. I am going to the Coral Bay so from this point I am catching bus#615. The bus is already at the station and drives off 5 minutes later. You see the Coral Bay is a popular area and there are buses every 10 minutes.
The Thalassa Boutique Hotel and Spa is located on a small peninsula overlooking and adjacent to Coral Bay
“The Gem that Cyprus has to be proud of!”
The Thalassa Boutique Hotel recently joined Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) and this is where I spent the last 3 nights of my trip in Cyprus this time. From the moment you step in you are made welcomed by the amazing professional staff whose main aim is to make every guest stay as stress-free as possible. The word Thalassa means sea in Greek and the hotel is situated at the most beautiful spot on a peninsula overlooking Coral Bay. It is the hotel that I found no fault with anything and pays great attention to details.
I had the elegantly decorated double sea-view suite on the 6th floor #603. The king size comfortable bed was nicely decorated with pillows of different shapes and colour matching with the rest of the décor. There were two bathrooms one in each room, a nice comfortable sitting room, 2 sets of satellite TV, a DVD system, mini bar and a coffee machine. In all it included everything one could dream of for amazing holidays
The two full marble bathrooms of the suite were big and nicely decorated with straw baskets with fresh and bright white towels. Toiletries are ample and addition to the usual ones there is a loofah pad, a razor set, and a dental kit. The lotion and conditioner are the Italian products of Palais Jamis Etro. The aromatic soaps provided are of excellent quality and include vegetable oils.
The services provided combine the ultimate relaxation and I will start with breakfast. The weather was beautiful so breakfast was taken outside at the Ambrosia porch opposite the garden and pool. Everything on the buffet is of excellent quality and taste with the finest presentation
I normally skip lunch when out, so I did not bother going to any restaurant other than the Ambrosia. Textures, colours, aromas and culinary arrangements, -a feast to the eyes are what one can experience here. I urge guests to taste the Hot Seafood Platter which is not to be missed! I avoid meat and here I tasted some of the most amazing and distinctive seafood cuisine I have ever had.
I spent several hours at the Anagenisis Spa the other gem of the hotel. I used a lot the Jacuzzi, the Steam room, the Sauna and the indoor pool especially the first day when it was cold to get to the beach. I had a vitalizing and regenerating vinotherapy facial treatment by Litsa my therapist whose hands were so gentle
I enjoyed the crystal clear waters of the sandy bay and spent 2 afternoons out there swimming. Just a few metres from the hotel there is the Mycenean settlement called Palaiocastro Maa not to be missed. It dates back to 1250 BC. It is very interesting although it is not highlighted as it should have been. There is a bus stop a few metres from the hotel (bus #615) that takes you to the bus station of Limanaki next to the Castle and the centre of Paphos. The Tombs of the Kings are also very close to the hotel and the interesting village of Lemba is another nice alternative and place of interest to visit. Don’t miss the Baths of Adonis but you need to have a private car to get there and take along your bathing suits or you can dive naked in the waters if you wish. Walking trails, an excursion to the Akamas, are a few of the many other alternatives to be experienced when in this area.
I found here the highest standards of quality, the best gourmet and Spa escapes in an ideal location and the most amazing and professional staff. Thalassa is a real Gem that Cyprus has to be proud of! Erini, Nico, George, Litsa are some of the staff that I truly want to thank but I can tell that all the rest were just as good but I happen to miss their names now. I highly recommend it and long to return.