My usual report format is to try to include as much detail as possible, but know that some people just want a recommendation so I have put this first. Villa Papaya has lots going for it, it’s: large, comfortable, in a great location, is very family friendly, provides lots of facilities for adults and kids, has numerous indoor and outdoor seating, eating and lounging areas, air conditioning, good security, and is very reasonably priced. It’s not perfect however and the downsides are: it has no pool, it is quite dated, a little tired in some places and is in need of some TLC maintenance.
All that said, we had a great holiday and would certainly book again as the value is great and with what looked like a couple of new air conditioning units fitted, it appears the TLC has begun. Contact with the owner before arrival to ask questions was also very quick and helpful which shows they care.
For context, we were a family of 6 adults, but Villa Papaya can easily accommodate 8 adults and a couple of nippers.
ACCOMODATION – Villa Papaya is a semi-detached roughly “L” shaped villa on a corner plot about 200m from the sea front by Alexander the Great Hotel and about 15 min walk to Paphos Harbour. The road that leads from the sea is reasonably busy, but not a major disturbance – at least in March – and the other road it faces is an access only road. Parking on the street didn’t appear to be a problem, but there is also a driveway for one car. Externally it is reasonably attractive with plants and pergolas and is not overlooked.
Internally the living space and bedrooms are well separated with the Kitchen / Dining / Living area in one leg of the ground floor “L”, and 2 ensuite bedrooms, plus a toilet in the other leg, with a patio and pergola covered area filling the inside of the “L”. Upstairs are 2 further bedrooms, a bathroom, a large outdoor terrace and a balcony.
There is an air conditioning unit in every room, though as it was March we didn’t use it. For the chillier months there is a fireplace in the living area and under the stairs are a number of electric radiators. Free Wireless Internet is provided, but outside of the main living / dining area the signal was generally poor and non-existent in the bedrooms.
The photos on TA or their website are reasonably accurate, though some have been taken a while ago before wear and tear has set in.
The living area is a large open plan area containing the lounge, dining and kitchen and has sliding doors to two sides leading out to the internal courtyard patio and pergola covered areas.
The lounge end is set in a very social manner with a large central coffee table flanked on 3 sides by seating – a 3 searer sofa, a 2 seater sofa and an arm chair. There is plenty of space to walk behind the seats without disturbing anybody relaxing. Behind the Arm chair to the wall is a very large TV and doors to the courtyard patio. Behind the3 seater sofa are doors to the another outside area with a bougainvillea covered pergola. Behind the 2 seater sofa is the dining area
The dining area has a large solid table with comfortable seating for 8 adults. But this is a family friendly place and there are also 2 highchairs against the wall which are available for those ankle biters in your party, and plenty of space to fit them round the table.
The kitchen is a galley separated partially by a wall to the lounge end and a worksurface acting a bit like an island to the dining end. It is pretty well equipped with plenty of cooking accessories, blenders, coffee machine kettle, real cooker etc (but no corkscrew surprisingly) so you feed the family properly if you choose to stay in. That said its is quite narrow and not easy to manage with too many people and the kitchen does show its age, particularly where the “island” worktop has damaged top through to the chipboards beneath. For a family with youngsters cooking daily, that may be more of an issue but wasn’t really a problem for us as we only had breakfast in the villa.
The Master (pink) bedroom is on the ground floor near the front door and it is massive. Entering the bedroom there are wall to wall and floor to ceiling wardrobes/cupboards on your right, with the ensuite in front. Turning left past the ensuite, there are further wardrobe cupboards on the left until you enter the main bedroom. To give a feel for the size, the room has a large double bed with a bedside table each side, a large cabinet with a TV inside and cupboard below, a table and two chairs, a fold down desk cabinet and a large cot, yet there is still plenty of room for 4 people to have a conversation standing in the room. There are sliding doors which open directly out onto the courtyard patio
The wardrobes and cupboards of which there is a multitude have a double use both for clothes and as the seasonal and amenities storage area. These cupboards contained amongst other things: a christmas tree, ironing board, spare duvets, bed linen, childrens toys, baby stair gate, cushions for the outside chairs, golf balls (no idea) and curtains. So if you wonder where something is, it’s worth a look in here first. Yet, despite all of this there was plenty of room for clothes.
The furniture is a bit of a mis-match, and the wardrobes are very dated. They all work, but they are a bit tired and it does feel like a step back into the 80’s.
The ensuite is indicative of all the bathrooms in the villa as they all have the same bathroom suite. It is well laid out with a bath, bidet, toilet and basin with a marble surround. This is probably the one area where the TLC and maintenance shows it’s needed. The window surround is completely rotten, the shower rail is gone so you have to hold the shower, the taps area a struggle to turn off and the toilet didn’t flush properly. Those that have been to Greek islands and/or Cyprus will know that toilet paper or anything not eaten goes in the bin beside the toilet due to prevent blockages. Well even with that strictly applied, it took many flushes for what was deposited in the toilet to leave the toilet. That was a bit of a shame as the bathroom is a good size and the suite when new looks like it is good quality.
The second ground floor bedroom is the Yellow Bedroom which is a twin room with ensuite. This is a slightly smaller room with two single beds separated by a bedside cabinet. The beds take up most of the room and the space saving of built in wardrobes is a necessity. The ensuite is a shower room rather than a bathroom and is a bit smaller than the other bathrooms. Again some maintenance would help with the shower rail broken which in a shower cubicle is a bit of a pain.
The separate downstairs toilet is really helpful saving a trip through bedrooms.
The blue bedroom is a large size easily able to take a double bed with bedside tables, dressing table and lots of built in wardrobes. The thing to note here though is that it’s not just the walls that are blue, so are the lights which makes it very odd after dark. You will need to go elsewhere to put on makeup or even read as the blue light makes everything an odd colour.
The Green bedroom is another reasonably sized room with space for a large double bed bedside tables and chest of drawers. Wardrobes are a bit limited in this room so you may have to share with the blue room residents. Lighting is again slightly odd with a single ceiling search light giving an eerie effect in the room. Make up again might be better applied elsewhere.
The upstairs bathroom is shared between the Blue and Green bedrooms. It is a good size with a shower over the bath, bidet, toilet and wash basin. Plenty of space for two couples. The primary issue is the toilet which like the one in the master bedroom ensuite didn’t flush properly. Not ideal for a shared bathroom.
To the front of the property there is a garden like area which is tidy, but mostly given over to weeds.
To one side there is an attractive arched iron pergola covered with bougainvillea which covers a compacted earth area where the BBQ lives. Connected to this, the Living Area and the Master bedroom is a tiled internal courtyard. This courtyard has a large oval glass topped table with metal framed and canvas seated chairs for outdoor dining. This is a really nice space and is self contained, so perfect for families
The corridor outside the upstairs bedrooms has access to two outside spaces
At the front is a long balcony facing onto the street which catches the sun most of the day. Reclining chairs and a table give the sun worshippers a chance to broil and bake to their hearts content. Cushions for the chairs were in the wardrobes in the master bedroom downstairs.
At the other end of the corridor, is access to a much larger and more square outside space. This is a lovely secluded social area, covered to keep cool with relaxing chairs to chat and sip a glass of something. Plenty of space for everyone to chill out. During the height of summer this would be a lovely evening spot, but in March is a little chilly.
POOL – There is no pool at Villa Papaya which is a shame, but you are only 200m from the sea and local beaches if you fancy a dip.
BREAKFAST, DINNER, BAR – This is a self catering villa, so either DIY or go to one of the many, many restaurants or bars close by.
ENTERTAINMENT – The villa is not on a holiday complex so there is no hotel entertainment, but as you are in the middle of a town, you don’t need it. But if you really don’t want to go out, there is a TV and CD/radio in the villa.