I have just come back from a weeks vacation in Paphos, Cyprus (my first ever visit to the island nation) and stayed at the Louis Imperial Beach resort. I decided to do an all-inclusive package with Europe’s biggest tour operator, TUI and got a fantastic price for what I got when I booked up less than eight weeks before departure. My followers will know that I am not the one to stay in a resort for a whole week and lazy around but for once, it was time just to do that. I haven’t done an all-inclusive package for a while, the last being in Cape Verde which was also a TUI package. On this trip I went with my wife and my three year old daughter, Kiddo. This was also a little present for my wife as we are expecting our second child so it was nice to get a week’s break away in the sun before the birth due in January 2020.
As a travel agent based in the UK as well I would also like to point out that this vacation can also be brought at First Choice. I can also sell you this package, please check out my travel agency page here.
I have to admit, I wanted to tick off a new country to my list and wanted to avoid the Euro currency (as I write this, my government haven’t got a clue how to handle the #BrExit situation). I was looking everywhere and TUI came up with an all-inclusive package in their ‘Platinum’ range. Looked at the dates, flight times, price, the room and what the resort have to offer for children and this was the one for us. Being an all-inclusive package meant that we didn’t really need to take much money with us (the British Pound is taking a hammering at the moment and is very weak against the Euro currency), only for the odd meal out (if needed), souvenirs or the odd sightseeing. It was time to give Cyprus a chance (and also meant that I have now ticked off all the European countries who have the European Union membership before the UK leaves the club).
An introduction to Louis Imperial Beach
TUI have partnered up with Louis Hotels who are a company based in Greece and Cyprus and have resorts all over the place. There were three resorts I spotted in Paphos alone as I took in walks along the seafront to the south of Paphos old town. The Imperial Beach is rated a four stay hotel (and 4 star plus on Tui’s website), and has everything needed to make a vacation here an enjoyable one. Now it’s time for me to give you the lowdown on the resort.
Arrival at Louis Imperial Beach
After the transfer from the nearby airport (only a twenty minute drive away), we were greeted by the resort manager with other members of staff and was given a welcome drink followed by cakes. As we arrived late in the evening (and way after the evening meal) we were given the chance to go to the snack bar (located next to the main restaurant) for a night time feast. The front of house staff spoke very good English and checked us in very quickly. Luggage was also brought up to our room on the second floor, which was very much appreciated.
Ok, I have to admit, when I paid for the package, I also upgraded the room. When you got a young child you want to be in the same room all together but also have a part of the room where if the child goes to sleep early or has an afternoon nap like my Kiddo, you want the room to have a separate area for this. Then the adults can still chill on the balcony or in their part of the room. We had room dividers and the child slept on the sofa (which can be turned into a single bed) and there are two of these in the room (see the photos). The double bed for us was huge and comfortable and managed to get a great sleep, then the next morning we be fully refreshed.
Also in the room was plenty of storage space, a huge wardrobe with a small safe. A table was also in the room with draws and a great place to put the laptop on and do some work (when required). There is a television in the room and I switched it on once (just to see what was on) and it was mostly news channels from various countries around the world (but also why would you want television when you are on a vacation…eh?). A mini bar is also here and everything in it is free of charge and everyday someone would knock on our door asking if we needed any more water or soft drinks for the fridge.
The bathroom is fantastic. Plenty of worktop space around the sink and a huge mirror above it. Plenty of floor space and there is a bathtub (handy for bath nights for children) along with a powerful shower. There is soap/shampoo provided, shower caps and plenty of towels and hand towels. Also provided on arrival in the room was beach towels which can be replaced twice a week (via the lifeguard).
As well as booking a room which is separated, I also booked a part of the hotel which is quiet. Basically away from the entertainment stage, restaurant, swimming pool. The room for us was near soundproof, very rarely we could hear people in the next rooms or the cleaners when they were talking in the corridor. It was brilliant. As I love my quietness, this room was really ideal.
The view from the balcony was not too bad. We were right on the western side of the building. Our view did include one of the sea and overlooking the swimming pool but to the right, there is a bit of no-man’s land until the next resort comes into view. However I was only on the balcony to hang our wet clothes from the pool and at night just to sit on a chair, listen to the sound of the waves (or music from the far distance stage) and look up at the stars (where I was teaching Kiddo where the North Star was and getting excellent views of the moon).
Eating at the Amoroza Restaurant and Avra Coffee Shop
This has to be a highlight of the resort, FOOD! I have been on all-inclusive packages before (as mentioned earlier), and with all the buffet style food on offer for breakfast, lunch and dinner plus snack time if needed in between, the food can get a bit boring and bland by the end of the stay. However this was not the case here at the Louis Imperial Beach. From the first meal to the last, the food has been excellent, well cooked, local produce used and has been a different variety and styles of food every day. There are themed evening like Cyprus night, Italian night, Middle East night and so fourth and we weren’t let down. There is even a children’s section (on a table lower down so the children can help themselves to food) and Kiddo, well, she ate her food all the time (and sometimes a bit of mummy’s and daddy’s food as well, not bad for a three year old!).
Every time we went to the restaurant for a meal, the staff (waitress, waiters or even the management) were always there to greet us, find us a table and take our order for beverages. They would also like to have a banter with us and sometimes when I look across to other tables, they would try and communicate with other visitors who were non-english speaking, to improve their language skills for future guests. If there were any problems, the staff would resolve very quickly and always with a smile (if that makes any sense). Last of all I have to mention the beer. Usually (again I say this), when I go to all-inclusive resorts, the beer is either weak or watered down. Not here. The beer used is Keo, a beer brewed in Cyprus. A lovely not-so-heavy lager to go with any meal (or when sitting beside the pool). I didn’t have the chance to try out the local wine but I totally recommend the beer out here.
The Swimming Pools, spa and fitness
While I let the wife chill out on the sun loungers, I was on babysitting duty. Kiddo loves the water and because of this, we tested out three of the five swimming pools provided. The first one is for children with a slide and water spraying everywhere and the water is not too deep. Great for the toddlers to walk around in and at one end of the pool is only ankle deep so babies can crawl around in this area.
Then there is a very small circular pool, again for children but the water a bit deeper. It is here where Kiddo was practising on how to get to the side of the pool if she got into difficulty and also seeing how long she could hold her breath underwater.
The biggest pool is located next to the restaurant and great for a relaxing swim. However Kiddo wanted to go in here and this was the pool we were using our inflatables. In this pool we also took part in Aquafit which was usually around midday for thirty minutes, just to keep the fitness levels up.
There are two other pools, one was indoors and for adults only (I only tried this once after a gym session) and the other pool is on the eastern side of the hotel (located next to the lounge bar) but never tried it out. Seemed like another adult-only pool as I didn’t see any children here also but I could be wrong.
There is a spa on the resort (which I didn’t try out, I have to admit) but I did speak to a member of staff and describe what packages they did, massages and treatments provided and how long the sessions would last for. If it wasn’t for Kiddo, I could see myself having a nice relaxing all body massage after a long day of doing nothing by the poolside. The gym is located next door to the spa and indoor pool and did use this a few times. The basic equipment is provided which is ideal from the exercise bike, cross trainer, treadmill and weights.
Keeping the children happy
There is a children’s club during the daytime (didn’t use it as Kiddo loves the pool) but in the evening at the main music stage (next to the poolside bar) there was forty-five minutes entertainment for the children where they would dance and take part in games. Kiddo was shy at the start of the stay but by the end of the week, she was in her element. Also on the grounds is a pool table near the restaurant and a playground near the beach.
The beaches in Paphos are small but when there is a bit of sand, they are set in beautiful locations. The beach at the Louis Imperial Beach resort is smooth and sandy and there is a small lagoon so the water is quite shallow here with rocks surrounding this area. Beyond that is the wide open sea and when we were here in early September, the water wasn’t that rough. Sun Loungers from the hotel also go all the way to the beach which is fantastic (and the poolside waiter service is still available in this part so visitors don’t have to keep walking up to the bar for drinks).
Sunsets at the resort
I do love a good sunset and on the first couple of nights, the sunset from the beach was amazing. I recommend that everyone who wants to experience this should go to the beach to view this before their evening meals.
Now for a little tip, if visitors fancy a walk before their evening meal, go towards the beach from the Louis Imperial Beach resort, then turn left on the main path. About twenty minutes further on (and passing several other resorts), there is the Saint Nicholas Church with a blue roof on top. Can’t miss it. Here claims to be one of the best sunset viewing spots on the island (there is even a sign saying this) and I wasn’t disappointed. Just a little secret from me there guys.
My overall view on Louis Imperial Beach
Already before I publish my review, I had a lot of families asking me what was the resort like (as they are probably thinking ahead already and looking to book their vacations for the following year). Here is my honest opinion and it is also what I told them as well. I totally recommend the Louis Imperial Beach. It didn’t quite have the WOW factor, don’t get me wrong but the staff, food and comfort makes up for that. We we totally made to feel relax and welcomed here. The food is excellent and apart from my all-inclusive five star stay in the Maldives (read my review here), this is probably the second best resort I have come across for food. Again the staff are excellent, the beach is small but sandy and nice, the room had everything we needed, what more can I ask for? So if you are thinking of an all-inclusive family holiday at the Louis Imperial Beach resort then you can book at the following:
Booking with TUI if coming from the UK (if booking via TUI in other European countries, please check their TUI websites): click here.
Booking direct with the resort.
The other factor I have to mention is the weather. We went in early September (as mentioned) and even then it was still hot and I mean hot! Cyprus is located on the outskirts of the Middle East and is the gateway between Africa, Asia and Europe, so during the day we had +31 temperatures and +23 at night. I been told July and August can be extremely hot so the best time to travel is May and June then September and October for those sun seeking holidays.
A personal note from me – my time at the Louis Imperial Beach was paid for by myself and was not sponsored in anyway by the company or via the tour operator, TUI. The opinions in this post are my own and is totally honest. I would like to thank the staff for making my short stay here an enjoyable one.