This year I had actually wanted to steer clear of all inclusive hotels, just for a bit of a change and to go somewhere interesting that wasn’t all about the hotel. However after looking for ages at so many different places it just seemed like really we just wanted to fully relax, not do too much sight seeing and to not have to budget too much once we were there. We’d both been working hard and just wanted a break!
So we found the King Jason Hotel in Protaras, Cyprus and were won over with the spectacular reviews and we couldn’t be happier with our choice! It’s very small for an all inclusive which was actually super nice, we didn’t need to wear wrist bands as all the staff remember who you are, there wasn’t any loud and tacky entertainment and it was adults only so it was very peaceful! Everything was just spot on, it really was luxury.
If you’re going to be sitting somewhere for 10 days you don’t want to get bored with the view, and the pool area of this hotel is too beautiful to get sick of it. It’s kind of modelled like the front of a ship looking out to sea. Although the hotel was full, we didn’t have much problem grabbing a round sunbed most days without waking up at the crack of dawn. These were perfect for rolling out of bed down to and then rolling into the pool when you’re too hot - the ultimate lazy life! The drinks service around the pool was amazing, they constantly kept you topped up with whatever you wanted, my favourite was a coconut slush, occasionally with some Malibu in too!
What really sold it to me was how beautiful the decor is, very modern and fresh, the white walls really complimenting the beautiful sea views and giving it that Greek touch. All of the bedrooms have sea views, we were on the 5th floor which gave us a sweeping view of Fig Tree Bay from our balcony - I couldn’t get over waking up to that every morning! It gave us the perfect view of the sun rising so we woke up to see that one morning (I could only manage it once!)
The reviews of the food in this hotel were absolutely right - it is delicious! Something that’s pretty hard to get right at an all inclusive. There’s so much choice and it’s cooked in small batches so it’s always fresh. I was eating vegetarian (I’m usually vegan at home) and could always find something yummy. There is also an a-la-carte restaurant which you can eat at as many times as you’d like, which gave a nice change from eating in the dining room and cooked all traditional Greek food. The cocktails also deserve a mention as they were really delicious and also fresh - not made from premixed syrups!
The staff deserve a special mention because they are the friendliest bunch - it really felt like a big family. They recognised you every day, remembered your drinks orders and greeted you like old friends. They would go out of their way to make sure you were happy and never expected a tip - this hotel really is all inclusive, nothing was too much trouble!
I’d seen many reviews saying that Protaras was a bit of a let down so I wasn’t expecting much. But it was actually a lovely town along the seafront. It was your typical tourist destination - pretty crowded, but to be honest we prefer the pool to the beach so that didn’t really matter. It was just nice to go for a wander every now and again. We also enjoyed making friends with the cats that line the promenade, they were all very well fed and friendly - there’s an especially fat and fluffy one that we desperately wanted to bring home! We wanted a hotel where there were things to do nearby and this one was pretty perfect, you can read about those in my previous post.