If you’re disabled, holidays can be nerve-racking. That’s why my team and I don’t take our task of alleviating your travel anxiety lightly. Instead, we give it our all, and make an effort to visit our clients’ priority destinations before offering expert – and firsthand – recommendations for the best outings and accommodation.
In recent months, my team and I decided to visit Paphos, a charming coastal town in the southwest of Cyprus. This stunning spot not only boasts a fantastic climate and a breathtaking shoreline and harbour, but is also known for its vibrant town centre and its fascinating ancient remains.
But along with seeing its historic attractions, we primarily devoted our attention to evaluating the accessibility of Paphos’ hotels. While some did not fit the bill, we found three that met – and even exceeded – our expectations. If a sunny retreat sounds like your cup of tea, read on for the most accessible holiday havens.
Olympic Lagoon Resort
This all-inclusive resort enjoys a five-star hotel status for good reason! It not only boasts luxurious facilities and picturesque views, but also adheres to progressive accessibility standards. To date, the resort has several rooms that are specifically designed with disabled visitors’ needs in mind. All rooms are equipped with walk-in showers, which are additionally secured with hand and seat rails. What’s more, the hotel’s public areas have a number of ramps and lifts, as well as disabled lavatories.
If you’d like to go for a dip, you’ll be pleased to hear that it’s no problem here: simply use the main pool’s hoist. Should you desire support at any point during your stay, the staff is happy to provide you with additional equipment and can accommodate a variety of other requests. All you have to do is ask!
Athena Beach Hotel
If accessing six swimming pools, five restaurants and a spa sounds like your idea of a perfect holiday, staying at the Athena Beach Hotel near the harbour is your best bet. Along with its welcoming staff members and excellent entertainment, several of the four-star resort’s rooms have been adapted to accommodate disabled travellers. These rooms are conveniently situated on the ground floor, and have walk-in showers with seats. The hotel is also easily navigable by means of ramps, while all five restaurants have disabled lavatories.
Alexander the Great Hotel
If you’re handicapped or travelling with someone who is disabled, holidays will never be the same again after you visit Paphos’ Alexander the Great Hotel. This five-star resort is situated right next to a prestigious ‘Blue Flag’ beach, which is effortlessly accessible via the lift. The hotel’s waterfront location is also perfect for visiting the harbour, a worthwhile attraction.
Inside the resort, you’ll find a range of other pleasant surprises. In addition to the private rooms’ lovely balconies, all bathrooms benefit from toilets with grab rails and walk-in showers. It’s also easy to make your way around the hotel, as its facilities – including its five restaurants – are equipped with ramps and lifts.
Most notably, however, my colleagues and I were thoroughly impressed with the staff, who made a special effort to greet and assist handicapped guests. We even discovered that the resort has a wheelchair-friendly airport shuttle, driven by helpful and experienced drivers. What’s not to love?
If you’re handicapped or are accompanying someone who is disabled, holidays revolve around finding accessible activities and – most importantly – scoping out wheelchair-friendly accommodation. My team and I are happy to announce that Paphos has both: its easily reachable attractions, as well as its progressive hotels, are sure to wow you. If you’re ready for the sunny getaway of a lifetime, why not let us lighten your logistical load and book an accommodation for you? Get in touch today.