Ready for War and Peace - read on.
For many years we had stayed at a specific hotel in Kato Paphos. Having suffered a somewhat sad demise in quality and service last year we decided to try out one of the many villas in the area. The intention was to return to that one again this year, but unfortunately (initial feelings) that wasnt available. Having scoured the various villa rental sites for what seemed like days upon days, we stumbled across this one, Villa Mandra. Booking both the villa (Rental Systems) and the flights (easyJet) at the same time was tense, ensuring that we got both.
Even at these early stages Joulietta was more than helpful, providing swift responses, clarifications and confirmation to questions asked, things were looking promising.
Booking a new villa, based upon reviews is helpful, and the comments already made on this site suggested an attentive and helpful local owner. This helped enormously in allaying any fears.
So, a few months go by with the children looking forward immensely to the holiday. We (our family of 4) were travelling with other family members (family of 5), and after a busy, packed day travelling to Cyprus and the villa, we were met by Joulietta and her father. The previous day had been a very bad storm in the area and as a result had caused some damage outside to one of the large pots and impacted the pool due to the amount of dust and dirt that had blown in. Can I just say that if you are ever worried about how it could be possible to be fobbed off by an owner suggesting things would get fixed, then nothing happens, you have no need to worry here. Jouliettas father replaced a large pot that had smashed within hours of it occurring. A long journey had meant somewhat hazy travellers, aside from the the children who all wanted to get in the pool. It was murky, but hard work on the part of her father over 24 hours had it clean and back to scratch. Cannot thank them enough in this regard, emphasising and showing us quality levels were safe and so on.
Joulietta gave us a tour of the house, showing us the amenities and how to use them. In terms of what the villa has to offer, it is just perfect. With two bedrooms at each end of the villa and more space downstairs, it is perfect to allow spacious living but also not so large that you feel distant from others there. In our previous villa experience, we had a level of disappointment with the cleanliness of some aspects, but here - at Villa Mandra, it was faultless. Perfectly clean, spotless in all areas, it really could not be faulted in any way at all. The kitchen was superbly equipped, and the outdoor BBQ was brilliant and made use of on more than one occasion. An abundance of both pool towels and bathroom towels, there was no lack of anything that was needed.
Thankfully, the children had no desire to go on the Wii, it would have been too much like home, but many games of table tennis were had by 5 of the 9 of us. A great addition to the house. Drawers of other games and things for the children were strewn around, very good and a welcome find.
Technology was superb too, big TV, Sky channels in abundance, more choice than at home for us - so this was great. Wi-fi was available too so this was good.
In terms of the outside pool area, just perfect for all of us. The loungers were numerous and comfy, the table and chairs for outside eating were of great quality, so many places only provide plastic ones, so these were very good.
The pool was just the perfect thing. We learnt one thing, there is no need for the children to bring inflatable toys, the house provides 1 (one) water volleyball - you just cannot imagine the demands made upon having that among the 5 children. Only advice, get more of them - :D, just kidding.
The level of attention from Joulietta and her father was first class, not intrusive, just genuinely concerned that we had a great holiday, at times having to cater for our needs over and above what you could expect from the owner, just top drawer stuff. If in any doubt about anything, their local knowledge is just superb.
It is a strange thing, to recommend a house you loved so much, you dont want it to be so popular that you cant book it again, but you want Joulietta to see the benefits that her and her fathers hard work deserves in creating an idyllic hideout in the hills. If you are not sure about booking a place in the hills, as you think you need to be near the sea, then think again, its just a short trip down to the coast, but once you are up there, you wont want to wander too far from home base!!
Accommodation - 10/10
Cleanliness - 10/10
Amenities - 10/10
Location - 10/10
Experience - 10/10
Many thanks Joulietta and Demetrios