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Four Seasons Limassol, Cyprus for a 5 * Family Holiday

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At October Half Term we were lucky enough to spend 6 nights in Cyprus, 3 nights at the Amathus Beach Hotel and 3 nights at the Four Seasons Cyprus, both based on the beach front just outside Limassol.

The Four Seasons Limassol is a five star deluxe hotel which prides itself on being at pinnacle of luxury & style, combining impeccable facilities with world class hospitality and service.

On the morning we left Amathus Beach Hotel we decided to head out to the Apeshia Hills Donkey Sanctuary before checking into the Four Seasons and you can see our review here.  Save to say the kids had a fabulous morning.

On arrival at the Four Seasons my first impressions were amazement.  The entrance lobby is designed to impress and impress it does. The staff were attentive and kind, and very apologetic that our rooms weren’t yet ready, despite us arriving way before the 4pm check in time.  Our luggage was swiftly taken away from us, drinks given and instructions on where to change so we could use the pool. The girls required this information within minutes of us arriving as they were desperate to dive in.

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The large pool at the Four Seasons, with more sunbeds than you could count, was impressive. By 2pm in the afternoon it was pretty full around the side but the pool staff helped us find sunbeds and didn’t worry that we didn’t have a room number for towels as our name was on the list. I liked this attention to detail.

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We spent the rest of the afternoon at the pool watching the girls play on the waterslide (this is a new hotel obsession) and jump into the pool countless times. The only reason they got out was because I saw a lady setting up at the side of the pool to do pottery painting which they really enjoyed.

Four Seasons Limassol, Cyprus for a 5 * Family Holiday www.minitravellers.co.uk

Four Seasons Limassol, Cyprus for a 5 * Family Holiday www.minitravellers.co.uk

Having finished pottery painting they decided they wanted to see what the kids club was like. For me this is where I struggled with the Four Seasons for the age of my girls at 6 and 5. My girls love a good kids club, they enjoy the break from the sun and the chance to do a lot of craft.  They like the chance to dip in and out of the clubs when it suits them.

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The issue I had was that the kids club at the Four Season is split into over 8’s and under 8’s.  The club for over 8’s is a drop in and out and the kids don’t need to be signed in or out which is fine for that age (although I do know some parents of 8 year olds who would think this is a bit young) and so if they are not 8 they can’t attend it unless there is space and you stay with them.  We tried three times to try it out and twice we were told there wasn’t room for the 5 year olds.  This is also the kids club they, and we would have liked them to attend.  It was outside, they did baking (below), beach front activities, scavenger hunts, candy making – a whole host of fantastic things.

The kids club for under 8’s was unfortunately however inside, in a room without any windows. It was a large room and it was decked out very nicely with bright colours and lovely staff but I really didn’t want the kids to have to spend time inside in a room without windows when we were on holiday in the sun, so for me this element of their offering to kids under 8, just didn’t work.  The plus side to the kids club was that it was open until 10pm, so one evening after an early tea for the kids at the bar, we dropped them off to watch a film and had dinner ourselves in peace, collecting them after we’d finished to join us in the Greek dancing.

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After our afternoon in the pool that first day, we made our way up to the rooms. We had interconnecting rooms at the back of the hotel and the rooms very much had a wow factor. It took the porter who delivered the luggage at least ten minutes to tell us where all the extras were and show us how to use the touch panels for lights and curtains. This was a real highlight  for the girls and they spent ‘quite’ a long time turning the lights on and off with the buttons on the tablet and closing and opening the curtains.  Save to say the tablet was removed from their room after lights out finally so they could actually go to sleep!

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On the second morning we decided to wander down the beach front, past the Amathus Beach Hotel where we had stayed earlier in the week, to the Ancient City of Amathus.  We’d seen reference to this site in the ‘Moments’ book that the Four Seasons publish every week with their activities in and whilst we didn’t feel brave enough to take the kids on the advertised tour that left the hotel at 9am, we did want to take them ourselves. The walk took literally 15 minutes from the hotel and was well worth the trip. Snacks and drinks packed to bribe the kids up the hill was obligatory but it was definitely worth the hike up the hill to see the city which archaeologists tell us existed from the earliest Iron Age, circa. 1100 BC.

Four Seasons Limassol, Cyprus for a 5 * Family Holiday www.minitravellers.co.uk

Four Seasons Limassol, Cyprus for a 5 * Family Holiday www.minitravellers.co.uk

Four Seasons Limassol, Cyprus for a 5 * Family Holiday www.minitravellers.co.uk

On the wander back we took a little more time and found an empty beach strip for a potter in the sea.  The hotels in Limassol have mainly bought up the beach areas on this strip (and both the Amathus and Four Seasons have their own) but it was nice to sit for a while on an empty part of the beach and watch the kids splash about.

Four Seasons Limassol, Cyprus for a 5 * Family Holiday www.minitravellers.co.uk

Four Seasons Limassol, Cyprus for a 5 * Family Holiday www.minitravellers.co.uk

Our afternoon followed the same pattern as the day before. Water slides, swimming, drinks, water slides, swimming drinks.  We also managed to squeeze them into cup cake baking in the over 8’s kids club which they were super excited by as you can tell by their faces!

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We decided to eat out of the hotel on the second evening and drove down into Limassol to a restaurant recommended by Visit Cyprus, Dasoudi, run by the very friendly Bambos.  Bambos actually invited us to order anything we liked off the menu  and was thrilled we had chosen to visit his restaurant as he told us less and less people are leaving their hotels when visiting Cyprus. Through out the evening little treats kept arriving at the table as they were actually cooking up a feast in the kitchen for a wedding so we got to taste all manner of different foods.  We left at the end of the evening completely and utterly full of delightful fresh Greek food. This restaurant (right on the beach) with a playground next door and an ice cream parlour is definitely recommended for families.

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On our third day we decided to head off to the Fassouri Waterpark on the other side of Limassol. Having been to Disney earlier in the year and loved Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach we were a little concerned that the Cyprus waterpark with clearly a lot less cash than Disney just wouldn’t live up to our expectations of water parks.  However whilst it is fair to say that the theming of the waterpark was not in the same league, we actually felt that there was more actual waterslides at the Fassouri park and we had a ball. A particular favourite was the wet bubble and I loved climbing up it and splashing back in, as did our eldest.  You can see one of our water slide videos here! Taken with the My Doodles Action Camera.

The food options at the Four Seasons were varied and the restaurants all looked beautiful.  We only ate in Cafe Tropical due to time constraints, but the food was very good quality and it was a really lovely sitting out by the pool with beautiful lighting.  The breakfast buffet was also served in the same restaurant.  The only slight issue for my little ones is that they couldn’t actually reach any of the food at the buffet as is all served on high tables.  Not an issue for anyone with older kids but for anyone with children 5/6/7 who like to serve themselves and feel grown up/changing their mind about what they want to eat 4 times during each breakfast it is a little frustrating and means we had to keep getting up to assist. It is the small things that can make or break a breakfast!

On our last day we really appreciated our late check out at 12pm as it meant we had time to play in the pool that morning and then use our own rooms to get changed for the airport.

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Driving our hire car back to the airport and being greeted by the very friendly Manos Car (excellent service definitely use them!) we told him we had had a wonderful week in Cyprus and would be back.  We meant it. Cyprus is a fantastic place for an October Half Term break for sun and relaxation not too far from home, and there aren’t many nicer hotels on the Island than Amathus Beach Hotel or the Four Seasons.

In my opinion for kids under 8 I’d choose the Amathus, but for those with kids over 8, I’d choose the Four Seasons!

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NB: We received complimentary accommodation at both the Amathus Beach Hotel and the Four Seasons Cyprus but all views and opinions are my own.

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  • Reply
    16th November 2016 at 11:15 am

    Sounds like you had a fab holiday, we’ll definitely have to look at Limmasol holidays in the future.

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    Penny Alexander
    23rd November 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Really interesting to read the comparison as my kids are 7 and 10 and it can be tricky juggling kids clubs! Even at 10 I wouldn’t be totally sure about her coming and going on her own. It’s so lovely to read about your adventures after we saw you at the airport, I love the fact you could just walk to the Ancient City of Amathus. Love the action water shots too – must get better at these – any tips?

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      Mini Travellers
      23rd November 2016 at 2:55 pm

      My hubby’s brilliant camera! It is the only thing quick enough!

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    Cathy ( Mummytravels)
    23rd November 2016 at 5:28 pm

    I love Cyprus – such a fantastic island and would love to head back there with my daughter. I remember getting a quick look at Amathus Beach and it looking amazing so interesting to hear about Four Seasons as a comparison. A shame about the kids’ club and as you say, sometimes it’s little things which make a lot of difference. The waterslides all sound fun!

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    Sarah Ebner
    23rd November 2016 at 5:41 pm

    Love the idea of a place which has lots to do on site, and is also near enough to walk to fascinating places too. I know my kids would love the waterpark – and I’m interested in your comments about the kids’ clubs too. I actually think the whole holiday looks gorgeous!

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    23rd November 2016 at 6:51 pm

    Ancient city looks amazing but your kids look like they are having the most fun in the pool!

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    23rd November 2016 at 7:30 pm

    What a fun-sounding holiday! It’s a shame that the kids’ club didn’t quite work out but it doesn’t sound like it spoiled your holiday at all. And how cute are your girls in those ice cream dresses?!

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    Wandermust mummy
    28th November 2016 at 7:58 am

    Looks beautiful – I love experiencing luxury with my baby #mondayescapes

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    Baby Isabella
    28th November 2016 at 8:41 am

    We love staying in Four Seasons and regularly head up to our local one in Hampshire for R&R. Not too sure about the under 8’s kids club being indoors, but we haven’t tried one yet so can’t really make any comparisons. Looks like you had a fab time though! Great review x #MondayEscapes

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    Nell (the Pigeon Pair and Me)
    28th November 2016 at 9:51 am

    Interesting comments about the kids’ clubs and how they influenced your opinion of the hotels. My two are 4 and 7, and they generally enjoy kids’ clubs – but I suspect it might not be quite so straightforward when they get older. It’s good to know there are places like the Four Seasons that cater well for the over-8s. #MondayEscapes

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    28th November 2016 at 11:27 am

    It looks like a really brilliant place to stay and the girls had so much fun. Shame about how they’ve structured the kids clubs but they look so pleased with their cupcakes when you managed to squeeze them into the over 8s club 🙂

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    Megan - Truly Madly Kids
    28th November 2016 at 11:56 am

    Cyprus is one of our favourite holiday destinations, so good for families. Very impressed you got them to the ruins and you can’t beat a waterpark (a staple holiday activity for us!)

    Shame about the Kids’ club – it seems odd that they divide at 8?


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    28th November 2016 at 11:57 am

    Looks like a lovely hotel #MondayEscapes

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    Andrea @Topsy Turvy Tribe
    28th November 2016 at 12:36 pm

    Your girls are gorgeous, it looks like they had so much fun! We tend to travel on a budget but this looks like a gorgeous place for a luxury break #MondayEscapes

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    Tracy Collins
    28th November 2016 at 1:12 pm

    Sounds like a great holiday! We never ventured as far as Cyprus though I think we should have looking at the weather. Somewhere I would like to visit I think! #mondayescapes

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    28th November 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Four Seasons sounds wonderful. I’ll keep it in mind when and if I ever make it to Cypress. #mondayescapes

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    Clare (Suitcases and Sandcastles)
    28th November 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Great to read your review of Cyprus and the Four Seasons. We’ve visited quite a few Four Seasons around the world and have always found the service to be absolutely outstanding. #MondayEscapes

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    Christine @afamilyday
    28th November 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Dedpite the kids club issues it sounds like you had a wonderful holiday. I’ve never been to Cyprus but I could really do with some warm sun right now! #Mondayescapes

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    Donna Vallance
    28th November 2016 at 6:21 pm

    It looks Beautiful! such lovely photos too. Makes me want a holiday! thanks for hosting x

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    Lydia C. Lee
    28th November 2016 at 7:23 pm

    Looks lovely!! Four Seasons! How fab…

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    28th November 2016 at 9:24 pm

    Cyprus is definitely on my to visit list, don’t know about the kids but I would love to do a bit of pottery by the pool 🙂 #mondayescapes

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    Juliette | Snorkels to Snow
    28th November 2016 at 9:57 pm

    Your girls are so gorgeous! Sounds like a super fun holiday and something for everyone – keep the kids occupied and the adults have some nice luxury holiday too! To be fair, I’d be asking where the pool changing rooms were straight away too…!

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    Sally@Toddlers on Tour
    29th November 2016 at 12:01 am

    I am sure those that decide the age cut off’s for kids clubs don’t really understand kids.
    My son at age 6-7 did not want to attend kids clubs with the little ones. At one particular hotel (that we were there to review) he refused to go into the kids club as he said it was “too baby.” I think some of the hotels need to review their age cut off’s, the activities you describe are perfect for all kids aged 6+ and some a bit younger. These kids are now all at school and are more than capable of doing these tasks. By age 10 they are surely getting to the stage they don’t want to mix with the younger primarys – they are beyond craft and cooking.

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    29th November 2016 at 1:20 am

    I like the hotel, the ruins and the beach. Everything looks worth visiting. I think I am going to add Cyprus to my bucket list. For some reason, it looks exotic to me.

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    29th November 2016 at 3:53 am

    WOW! The Four Season looks incredible! I’d love to visit! With all of those amenities, it must have been expensive! Guess I will just have to live vicariously through you! 🙂 #MondayEscapes

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    29th November 2016 at 4:22 pm

    Cyprus is somewhere I’m really curious in visiting and Amathus looks great. Four Seasons looks sensational and exactly what you hope for in a 5* hotel. #MondayEscapes

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    Rachel ¦¦ A Nesting Nomad
    30th November 2016 at 4:38 pm

    I’ve heard a lot about Four Seasons, sounds like an excellent hotel chain. Sadly I’ve yet to stay in one but I hope to one day! And I have to say, a lot of those kids activities sound like a good time to me… I’d be wanting to join in, too!

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    Jonny (Daisy the bus)
    30th November 2016 at 7:11 pm

    Interesting and very beautiful place. I like the way that your kids were “upgraded” to the over 8’s club for the cup-cake baking (they must have felt so proud! ;o) ) and I particularly like the sound of the Dasoudi restaurant (when staying in an international chain hotel, I do worry about economic “leakage”; eating local is a great way to keep tourism receipts within and for the benefit of the local economy).

    Thanks for the post and for the #MondayEscapes link-up.

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    Jo - Mother of Teenagers
    30th November 2016 at 9:39 pm

    These are the kind of places I used to love when my teenagers were younger and now that they are older I value the role they used to play in keeping them entertained whilst we relaxed. I have heard a lot about this resort from friends with younger children and it seems from you say it ticks a lot of boxes. #MondayEscapes

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    Claire at Tin Box Traveller
    1st December 2016 at 6:49 pm

    I went to Cyprus as a teen and remember the temperatures being beautiful in sping so I imagine they were similar for you. Wonderful, like you say with it being so close to the UK. The Four Seasons sounds lovely but I think we’d have the same minor issues as you. I’d be happy using the kids club for under eights in the evenings but not so much during the day. Fantastic pool photos! #MondayEscapes

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    2nd December 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Four Seasons are one of my favourite hotel chains and after reading your post the Four Seasons Limassol has been added to our to-do list. The pool which is always a popular option with my girls looks fantastic there as does the rooms which look stunning.

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    3rd December 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Looks nice, and like you had a good time 🙂 #mondayescapes

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    Sarah Christie
    5th December 2016 at 9:47 pm

    The hotel does look impressive, exactly what I would go for and the pool looks so amazing, this would be perfect for the boys x

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