Limassol (or Lemesos) caught our eye as it is a short flight from London (just under 5 hours), with beautiful scenery, beaches and great weather. What’s there not to like about that? It is Cyprus’ most underrated cities, with a lot to see and do. This trip for us was a very much a ‘let’s stay at the beach’ chill out holiday, so you will find out more about which resort we stayed at, the food, and the activities we did there.
Where to stay?
We stayed at the Amathus beach hotel. This has a five star rating on Trip advisor, with the 2019 Traveller’s Choice Award under it’s belt. It is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, and had a very premium feeling on arrival. I have to say, we have been pretty spoilt for choice with the number of resorts and countries we have travelled to, and Limassol did not disappoint. The only factor that did not help with my rating is the fact that we went during the April Easter holidays, when there was still a bit of a chill outside. This put us off swimming outdoors for a few days.
The best bit of the resort was the kids activities and service, but the food I felt was good, but not the top 5* quality I would expect – my rating is 7.5 out of 10.
The resort has an array of restaurants and bars to choose from. We were very boring on the trip and just stuck to the Kalypso buffet restaurant for our breakfast, and dinner. As the buffet restaurant offered different cuisine nights, we did not feel the need to pay more to go to other restaurants. I have heard good reviews of the ‘Grill room’ and the fish restaurant too. The kids section of the restaurant was great. They offer a wide selection of kid friendly food and juice options. My kids would always look forward to the food. The service by the waiters was very good – they did a splendid job of keeping us and the kids happy. We had requested to get different options which were not on the buffet, and they made it happen (e.g., instead of a tomato pasta, we requested cheesy pasta). We also ate outside of the resort a couple of times too – we had dinner at a local Lebanese restaurant, and pizza hut one night too which was a short stroll down from the resort! As there was no halal food option at the resort, this did limit our food option to fish and vegetarian food.
What to do
For the kids
The kids club has a 7 day list of all the different activities available. There is an indoor play area, which the kids really enjoyed. The play area also has a playstation, and lots of arts and crafts to do. In the evening, there is also 1 hour of kids’ entertainment, which, during our trip, included a magician, gigantic bubbles, and clown show.
It was very handy that the resort had an indoor and outdoor pool, as we found a few days of the holiday to be a bit cold. There is also a splash zone for little children, including a slide and some water toys, which were all in 7 inches of water, so my little one was very happy. The resort has a couple of big water slides which Sofia and I enjoyed diving down from too ☺. The kids, hubby and I enjoyed going down to the beach to make sand castles as well as jump waves. I also had a couple of hundred metre swims in the ocean, which I thoroughly recommend.
The highlight for my kids was:
- Evening shows
- Soft play area
- Kids arts and crafts
- Playstation dance game
- Decorating cupcakes
For the resort activities for the kids, I give the hotel a 7.5 out of 10.
This was the only place we ventured out to, and it was very much worth it. It is not a very big zoo, so you will probably get everything done in one hour, plus there’s a kids play area at the end, as well as a café for a well deserved ice cream break.
How to travel
We took a very simple Easyjet flight to Limassol. It a very smooth and short journey – you can’t really go wrong. There are plenty of flights that fly into Limassol, and it is a very safe and clean environment to travel into.
Overall, my rating was 7/10 for Easyjet.
Limassol is a great place to go to catch up on some sun, enjoy the beach, and let you hair down as you know the kids will be entertained. The slight let down was that I was expecting more from the beach area, the food was good (not great), and we were of course limited to fish and vegetables at this trip which limited our choice in food. The grandeur and natural beauty that I have seen in other places was ever so slightly less here.
My overall rating of Limassol is 7 out of 10.