The Aphrodite Beach Hotel -Latchi, Paphos

Trip Start May 27, 2012
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Trip End Jan 22, 2013


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Monday, June 4, 2012

Odysseas –the Greek chef of the Library Hotel drives me to the spot where I am to meet Costa. It might be a short drive but of course if it wasn't for Odyssea I had to call a taxi.

It is a long trip to Paphos and then to Latchi. On the way we chat a lot and I can understand how difficult it is for my cousin to be working so far away from the rest of the family members who live in Larnaca. Jobs are hard to find nowadays so he has to cope with this because there is not an alternative. It is true that things are getting worse and worse for Cypriots and this happened from the moment they joined the European Union. What I don’t like is the fact that there are so many foreigners working all over and locals hire them for less money because Cypriots demand more.

It is really unfair and unemployment has reached the peak.

Well, I am on my way to Latchi and I am so excited. I feel like going home to see family members and I don’t exaggerate. Gregoria, the owner of this family hotel is like a sister to me and we felt this bond from the first moment. She has an amazing family that many would be jealous of.  I admire them all for who they are and how they deal with their guests. It is not only me who feels like this but I talk to people and they feel exactly the same.

Below I have the Review of this Hotel which is already published on TripAdvisor:

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"Authentic Cypriot Hospitality, Excellent Cuisine, Unbeatable!"

I am so happy to be back to this beautiful family hotel as the people who run it makes every single guest feel like home. This is exactly how I feel and although I am travelling alone it is as if I have company all the time and it feels good. I feel them like family and I don’t exaggerate. I can write endlessly about this spot here describing the place, the family, the wonderful and amazing cuisine of Anastasi, the stunning view, the people who keep coming back, and the amazing crystal beach.

I shared the happiness of Gregoria the owner when she announced to me that the hotel has received an award of excellence from TripAdvisor recently and this made me go back and visit them again. I spent four wonderful days here, and I was given an apartment on the 1st building and first floor overlooking the sunrise this time.
The beds are much more comfortable than the previous time and have lovely quilts matching with the curtains. I asked for an ice box to keep my water and some fruit cool for 3.50 euros a day. The room is spotlessly clean and at the balcony there is a place to hang the wet clothes. Although accommodation for many can be considered basic, -for me is normal and it is exactly what you need, yet I had even some flowers in a glass that the ladies who are cleaning put for me on the dressing table. It was a nice treat!
Somebody who wishes to hire a safety deposit box can do it, but I never use it no matter where I am. I usually don’t carry much cash on me and I prefer to lock everything in my suitcase instead. I never carry jewels or have expensive clothing with me. I always advise travellers on my Guides to carry simple and light things, clothes that don’t need ironing and many times I wash clothes and refresh them when I am out travelling.

The hotel’s location is ideal, just a few kilometres from Latchi. There is a bus passing by every half an hour a few metres from the hotel that takes you to Aphrodite Baths, but it is within walking distance and it is a pleasant walk. I walked there myself the previous time I was here. The same bus can take you to Latchi # 622. Bus # 645 runs all the way from Paphos to Polis and buses are very popular with tourists in the area. From Larnaca using the InterCity bus for 3 euros I came to Limassol. I stepped off at the New Port where the Main central station of these buses is and I got the bus for Paphos with 3 more euros that dropped me off at the main station (Karavella). With only one euro I got the bus for Polis, and another euro from Polis to Latchi. The whole trip from one end of Cyprus to the other cost me 8 euros and I was there in less than 3 hours!

There are people who come here to swim and drop by because of Anastasi’s nice cuisine. I met a couple of these people and they told me that they drop by every now and then because they know that Anastasi’s dishes are excellent. Most of the products are picked from the family orchards and they are fresh and tasty. For non residents the freshly cut salad would cost between 6 to 8.50 euros and if accompanied by grilled steak or burger can reach up to 16 euros. A cooked dish costs 12 euros and a glass of wine is at 2.50. A bottle of beer (big) 3.50 - the small one costs 2.50 euros. Everything served is seasonal and fresh and there is no way you will be disappointed.

Of course residents of the hotel can enjoy a rich buffet and I was truly amazed with the quality and variety each night. One night there was (barbouni) cooked in the oven –the red mullet and it was unbelievably delicious and nicely presented. For me the presentation counts as well and Anastasi is a good chef. Another day the buffet included (souvla) meat on the spit, again tasty and nicely presented. There is a variety of salads and local dips to choose from, fresh fruit from the orchards. The pumpkin and celery soups are excellent…don’t miss tasting them! Ask for Anastasi’s baklava. It is unbeatable!
(Baklava is pastry in syrup with almond and cinnamon).

Breakfast includes Cornflakes, porridge, Coffee and Tea, Cypriot halloumi, ham, cheese, boiled and fried eggs, omelette, wonderful green and black olives (tsakistes) grilled and fresh tomatoes, cucumber, home-made bread different jams and marmalades, honey and seasonal fruit. There is always a home-made cake each day. (I loved the bitter lemon/orange)

There are times when as you sit out at the porch you feel as if the Rock of Aphrodite has moved nearer. And oh yes….You cannot miss the beautiful sunsets from out there. Argyroula, the youngest little charming girl of the family would cover all lamp posts around with cloth when it gets darker, and this creates a lovely romantic atmosphere that everyone enjoys. Besides, it is a nice way to keep away from the light all those nits and insects that fly around the lamps. While you are having lunch or dinner Gregoria who speaks fluently 4 or 5 languages will drop by and touch you on the back and ask if there is anything she can do for you. Yianni, the older boy of this amazing family will also drop by and very politely ask if everything is ok. The family will do anything and they are there for each single guest. I have never before seen this unity and understanding, and there is always a good word and a smile or hug to the kids from the parents.

The Hotel is set just above the sand and pebble beach. What can I write about the beautiful beaches of Latchi which I consider the best in Cyprus! Here don’t expect to find sandy beaches. It is a pebbled beach with colourful tiny pebbles that make you want to collect them as they are in amazing shapes and colours. Here one can find the clearest crystal calm waters with no underwater currents. Have in mind though that sun beds and umbrellas are not free. The price is kept the same as the previous year -2.50 for an umbrella and the same stands for a sun-bed but this is under another management and the hotel has nothing to do with it.

The hotel is kept open the year round because it is a meeting point for naturalists, bird watchers, and different clubs and societies come directly here from Germany and keep coming back year after year. It is nice that you can see familiar faces. I guess it is a venue for a friends’ or family reunion and if I ever have the chance to arrange one I will certainly pick this place here as the best and most affordable. I highly recommend it and I truly long to be back as I consider these people part of my family …and I only met them last year!
Internet access if free and fast, but do carry along your shampoo and bath gel because the hotel provides only small soaps.

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looking forward to the rest of the tour popi

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