Planning Our Cyprus Holiday

My husband Demetrius and I took a one week holiday on the island of Cyprus in mid March 2011.  Our flights were courtesy of easyJet. As a thank you for me taking part in the easyJet 15 Hour Blogger Challenge, the airline offered return flights for me and a companion for any route on their network. So, we opted to fly to Cyprus from Edinburgh.

Coral Bay

Choosing our Hotel

I looked for Paphos hotels with sea view rooms, offering half board with verified guest ratings of at least 80% and free or reasonably priced internet access (at least in the lobby). I set a budget for £60 per night for two guests on half board.

I started the search for hotels in Paphos area on the HotelsCombined price comparison site. I managed to whittle it down to three 4 star Coral Bay hotels (north of Paphos town). I decided to stay for 2-3 nights at each of these three hotels, as I thought it would be interesting to compare them for quality of room, food, service and value for money. I then checked for the best prices for each of the hotels on these sites:

Moonlight at dusk in Paphos

Selected Hotels in Coral Bay

A one bedroom sea view apartment which scored an average of 86% in guest reviews. There’s  free wifi in the lobby.

A twin room with a sea view which scored an average of 88% in guest reviews. There’s free wifi in the lobby.

A one bedroom suite with sea view which scored an average of 84% in guest reviews A wired internet connection or wifi costs 2 Euro per day, 5 Euro for 3 days and 10 Euro for 7 days.

Total Cost

Therefore at a total cost of £375 for the 7 nights, I came in under budget at an average of around £54 a night.

Choosing our Hire Car

We picked up our supermini hire car at Paphos airport. I booked it through the car hire broker economycarhire.com for £53, as they include a 2nd driver free of charge and insurance excess as standard.

Our rental car, a Subaru Justy, at Paphos Airport

I liked the fact that the supplier Avis has a 24 hour service, some suppliers were only open until 20.00 and as our flight is due in at 18.00, I didn’t want to risk paying an out-of-hours fee of up to 20 Euro plus tax if our flight is delayed. I decided to pay an additional £10.50 to cover the standard inclusions such as damage to tyres and loss of keys. Therefore the total paid was £63.50.  You can read more about getting the best deal on car rental in my post, “Find the Best Low Cost Car Hire“.