Olympic Lagoon Resort Agia Napa, Cyprus

Travel Dates: 30th June 2019 - 7th July 2019

About...

So, this is the first review and I feel it is important that you - the reader - understand who is writing this and the thought process behind it.

So, we are a married couple with no kids, at the time of writing we are between 30-45 years old, we travel abroad usually once a year and our review is based entirely on our experience, warts and all.

We have not been paid in any way to write this review, and we expect nothing in return from writing this, other than to help inform the choices of other travellers.

ALL images used on this website are images taken by me for use in these reviews, this is so that you understand that what you see is exactly what we got.

The Facts

We travelled on the 30th June 2019 and stayed for 1 week at the Olympic Lagoon Resort in Agia Napa.

We booked through Thomas Cook in the UK. 

The Olympic Lagoon Resort Agia Napa is a 5 Star Luxury All Inclusive resort.

Our Flights were from East Midlands Airport, arriving at Larnaca at around 8:15pm, with the airport transfer dropping us off at the resort at approx 9:50pm.

Olympic Lagoon Resorts are part of the Kanika Hotels chain.

In our research to book we noticed that TUI and JET2 Holidays also travel to this resort.

Resort Facilities.

Several Pools including a Large Family Pool, an Adult only Pool and an Indoor Heated Pool, alongside a full Lazy River.

Drinks.

Grand Lobby & Terrace (Waiter Service)
Blue Lagoon Pool Bar (Counter Service)
You & Me Bar (Waiter Service)
The Experience Arena (Waiter Service)

Dining Out.

Royal Olympic Restaurant (Buffet Dining)
Captain's Deck (Traditional Cypriot Taverna)
The Greats (World Favourites)
Back to the 50's (American Diner)
Seven Orchids (Pan Asian)
Garibaldi (Fine Dining Italian)

Snacking.

Snackeria
Scoops

Health and Fitness

Fitness Centre (Gym)
Synergy Spa

First Impressions

With flights out to Larnaca in Cyprus all generally arriving late into the evening on Sundays we were tired by the time we arrived at the Resort, however the greeting at the hotel was fantastic.

As we walked into the hotel, the Porter took our cases and ushered us to the reception desk to check in, this was something that was very quick and easy and helped along by the Porter handing us warm hand towels to allow us to refresh a little after the journey. Also during check in we were greeted by a lovely lady from Customer Relations who offered some advice regarding booking in for the restaurants (I will explain more later on) and also about the best route to take straight away regarding food.

We opted to eat before being escorted to our room, which proved to be the right choice, the American Diner (Back to the 50's) was open and ready to serve us with an array of Burgers and Milkshakes.

Once we had eaten we then headed back to reception, where the porter promptly drove us round - on a golf cart - to our room with our luggage.

The Room

We booked to stay in the Deluxe Superior Double with Pool or Garden View.

The room we got was very big, with a Sofa, Full Size TV, a large glass walled balcony and a view over the Family Pool.

The bathroom was large and fully stocked with Conditioner, Shampoo, Bath Gel and Moisturiser, along with Loofah's, a Shoe Mit, Vanity Pack and so much more.

With His and Hers Bathrobes and Slippers to go with it all.

The bathroom's main feature (As can be seen in the images) was a glass partition wall between the bathroom and main bedroom, but fear not there is also a blind that can be lowered from inside the bathroom to protect your dignity should you choose to need it.

WARNING! WHEN THE BALCONY DOORS ARE OPEN AND THE BATHROOM BLIND IS UP, YOU MAY BE SHOWING THE OTHER GUESTS BY THE POOL MORE THAN YOU WANTED TO!

POOLS

Now, I must stress here, that as a Couple with no Kids we did not really use anything other than the Adult Only Pool and the Lazy River (We used the Lazy River alot).

The Adult only pool was where we spent most of our holiday and the staff did everything they could to keep it stress free, they were always on the ball when kids ventured into the adult pool, with a kind but firm request to return to the other pools usually being sufficient.

The Lazy river was also a firm favourite, opening at 11 each morning and the lifeguards always on hand to help you in and out of the rings.

The main thing here though was really about how they dealt with the sunbeds.

We had never experienced this before and we were gobsmacked at how simple and effective it was. Sunbeds were allocated to you when you arrive and you kept them for the duration of your stay, yes, that simple and it works!

The beds were excellent, very comfortable and they were padded luxury style beds. If you didn't like your location, the attendents would happily look for another option for you.

You were no further than a few feet from the bar and with staff collecting empty glasses and occasionally bringing bottled water round (Along with offering to clean your glasses) it was all very well executed.

NOTE: I have seen reviews complaining that as a 5 star resort the drinks poolside should be waitress service, for us we did not feel it was necessary at all.

RESTAURANTS

With such a selection of restaurants on site you would be quite right to think you would be able to get food anywhere, anytime, however this is not the case at the Olympic Lagoon Resorts.

The main Royal Olympic Restaurant and the 'Back to the 50's' American Diner are both available for your lunch and evening meals at any point during your stay, with the former offering the breakfast buffet each morning.

The other restaurants are all on a booking basis, and it is advised that you book them all on arrival as they do get booked up quickly. This can be done via 2 Digital Kiosks that allow you to manage the bookings yourself or you can speak to the Customer Relations team and they will book it for you.

Each of the Al la Carte restaurants offer just 1 visit per stay, with the Captain's deck offering 2 visits per stay.

We visited the Restaurants as follows:

Arrival (Sunday) - Back to the 50's
Monday - Captain's Deck
Tuesday - Royal Olympic Buffet Restaurant
Wednesday - Garibaldi
Thursday - Seven Orchids
Friday - Captain's Deck
Saturday - The Greats

 

RESTAURANT REVIEWS

Royal Olympic Buffet Review

This is the main resort restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch and evening meal in a buffet style.

As with all the restaurants you are greeted and seated by staff in your choice of location within the restaurant, the Royal Olympic offers both indoor and outdoor seating areas.

The selection during all meals was vast with both hot and cold options available and a great selection of sweet treats for desert.

The evening meal menus are themed with options like 'French' night, 'Indian' night and 'Mexican' night to name a couple, our only evening meal in here was on the 'French' night which for me would have been my least favourite option, however there was still plenty of choice and options that still suited me.

When you are seated you are always offered drinks by a waiter at the first available moment.

This buffet is certainly a different level to your more traditional 'All-Inclusive' venues.

Well done to all involved.

Back to the 50's Review

Back to the 50's is the Olympic Lagoon Resort's American Diner themed restaurant, covering all things burgers, chips, milkshakes and Ice Cream Sundaes.

We visited here twice during our stay, the first time was on our arrival and the second visit was a lunch time visit to add some variety to Lunch times.

The food on our first night was ok for a burger joint, the 'Kennedy's' chicken burger was not a chicken breast style burger as I would have hoped but instead it was a processed chicken burger, heavily spiced and somewhat high in salt content. my wife's meal was a more succesful traditional BBQ Ribs meal, which she enjoyed with a milkshake.

On our second visit, I chose to go along the burger route with an 'All Day Breakfast' burger, this consisted of a beef burger topped with bacon, cheese and an egg. My wife had a Cheese and Bacon Burger, Along with this we both had a milkshake, 1 strawberry and one banana, however the flavours and the sauces appeared somewhat conflicted with the banana milkshake in a glass with strawberry sauce and vice-versa.

The service in this restaurant was very slow at times with a request for a glass of water taking so long that I finished my meal before it arrived.

Captain's Deck Review

Having met in Corfu some 8 years ago, we both share a love for Greek food in most forms, even hunting the best options in the UK when we need a fix, so the Cypriot Taverna restaurant was always going to be something we looked forward to.

When booking the restaurants on arrival, we made sure we used both available visits to the Captain's Deck.

The menu is very much what you would expect, with traditional Moussaka, Chicken Gyros and Lamb Kleftiko all having a presence alongside a lot more I fail to recall right now. However, they also offered a Meze option with small portions of most of the menu (Minus the Gyros and Vegetable Moussaka), this was the option we went for on the first visit and well, we didn't count for how much food this was, every dish was superb, well cooked and full of flavour, we almost felt guilty when not completely devouring any single dish. Everytime we thought we were finished more food appeared.

So after this first visit, the second visit on the Friday was all the more exciting, we knew we weren't going to go for the Meze again and instead both chose to go for the Chicken Gyros. Now Gyros can be served in different ways and the most common way we have eaten it is as a hand held snack type food served in a pita wrap. However here it is served as a plate of food with the Pita as a side. The Chicken portion of this meal was well seasoned and tasted exactly as remembered, alongside this was a portion of chips and a small bowl of Tzatziki, really a dish that we both loved and brought the memories flooding back.

Garibaldi Review

Situated out of the way almost on the outskirts of the resort, in the same building that houses 'The Greats' and the Wedding Banqueting suite, Garibaldi is truly a completely different experience to the other restaurants.

You are greeted and taken inside to a plush, cosy venue, small but spacious inside with a beautiful piano in the corner.

They list this as Italian Fine Dining and it really does live up to that name, and although it may be Fine Dining, you are not treated as though you should know all about it, with helpful staff ready to assist and offer help if needed.

So the food was in 4 courded, an 'Anti-Pasti' buffet to start followed by a choice of Minestrone or Mushroom soup (We both chose the Mushroom), then a selection of mains and deserts.

The Mushroom soup was fantastic, very tasty but without falling into the trap of some cheaper Mushroom soups by tasting almost 'earthy'.

For the main I chose the Salmon with my wife choosing to go for the Lamb Shank, and again they were both very well presented and superbly cooked, the Salmon in particular was a larger fillet served to perfection. While the Lamb Shank was served resting on a bed of potato.

The desert options were also well thought out, well presented and very tasty. (At the time of writing I can't remember the deserts we had, I think I have a food mental block after eating so well for a week)

Seven Orchids Review

Seven Orchids is the resorts 'Pan-Asian' restaurant, covering most things from a Chicken Curry to Tepanyaki style dishes.

The restaurant is a circular affair situated near the wedding ceremony venue on the outskirts of the resort, in the midst of the Lazy River and Fisherman's Bay (Adult only resort).

As soon as you arrive you are greeted by a member of staff fully kitted out in Asian attire (something they tended to do well when appropriate), you are asked for your room number and then seated at one of a number of tables situated in a circular fashion around the kitchen area that occupies the centre of the venue.

The venue is al fresco dining but due to the kitchen being centrally located it can get a little warm, especially in the heat of July.

The theme with all the restaurants is the instant offer of water as soon as you sit down, followed by drinks and a brief overview of the menu.

Starting the meal here was a Chicken Soup for both of us, which was beautifully creamy and had a generous amount of chicken chunks. The next course was the appetisers, my wife went for the Duck Spring Rolls, while I went down the Pork Satay route. The former was server as one large spring roll with a very healthy portion of Duck, served just to the liking of my wife, with the perfect crispiness to the outside, the Prok satay was perfectly cooked and served with the expected satay sauce in a small pot to the side, both dishes were gone in seconds.

Onto the Main Dish and WOW! Just WOW! possibly the dish of the holiday for me!

With my wife choosing the chicken curry it arrived looking fantastic, a great sized portion and that freshly cooked appearance, it must have tasted good as my wife barely said 2 words during the main course. With my main, I went for the Duck in plum sauce and I have to say, it was just sublime, superbly cooked, full of flavour and I didn't want the meal to end, yes it was THAT good.

VERDICT: Although it was a warm venue, it was possibly the meal of the week for me, just perfect food and a great menu to choose from.

The Greats Review

The Greats is at first glance a strange concept for a restaurant, it is essentially what it says on the box, a celebration of the 'Greats' both in terms of humans and food.

The venue itself is well presented with an indoor and outdoor dining experience, you are seated at a table and greeted with a placemat featuring famous quotes and facts from inspirational people such as Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King, Albert Einstein, and the list goes on. In the background is a TV with Music Videos from the worlds great artists, and interjected with short bursts of 'other' footage of great animals etc.

The menu here is - as the name suggests - a glance of the greats of the food world, and whereas you can't disagree that some of the items are definitely that, it does feel like there would have been hours of discussion to come up with a relatively short list of really quite mismatched items.

As I mentioned previously in this review, my wife and I met in Corfu some 8 years ago and both enjoy Greek food, one of my absolute favourites has to be Calamari. When this came up as an appetiser on the menu, I was over the moon, no questions asked this was my choice. The only other item I remember from this portion of the menu was the Prawn Cocktail (A little too 1980'2 for me). For main my wife chose the Steamed Mussels and I went with the Lemon Chicken Kebabs.

Looking forward to the meal we sat and waited as we were given our drinks and some bread rolls, after not too long we were brought our starters. Calamari should be served in a way that is succulent without being either tough or chewy, this would normally indicate they had been overcooked. On this occasion that was exactly what I was served, tough and chewy Calamari, I advised the waiter who promptly offered the Calamari to my wife! Before offering to replace with something else off the menu, I opted for the Cheese & Sundried Tomato filled button mushrooms, they were at the table very quickly and more than made up for the Calamari.

Onto the main, my wife chose the Mussells after having them once before and not trying them again since. It seemed like a good opportunity to go for them. They arrived in a large black steaming pan contraption and there were plenty, there was certainly no holding back on the portion. She was very pleased with her choice. The same could be said for me, the Lemon Chicken Kebab skewers were fragrant and flavoursome, very succulent and not too much, served with chips in a metal basket (As is the trend these days) along with a couple of slices of Pita.

As we were on our last evening meal at this point, there really was no room for dessert!

VERDICT: A great idea, maybe a little too grand a branding option for a small(ish) menu, the food when correct was beautiful and errors were dealt with painlessly. The service as with all of these restaurants was excellent.

ENTERTAINMENT

Arriving and leaving on a Sunday night meant that we sadly missed the 'Grease' performance completely.

Our week started with a magician called Adimi performing his array of magic and illusion, intrigued we arrived just after our meal at the Captain's deck, around 8:30 pm, at which point we were greeted by one of the 'Kanika All-Stars' as they are called, dancing and orchestrating a group of children to do the Koukou Move (Something that later became a fixture of the week). Finishing off the kids entertainment we witnessed the daily ritual of the Certificate Presentation for activities taken part in during the day and during the evenings 'Mini-Disco', something which brought smiles galore to all the kids that had earned one that day.

There was a brief lull to the proceedings whilst drinks were served to the tables and the act got ready, positioning his props on stage ready for the room to witness the impossible. During this time there were pre-recorded messages providing a countdown to the start of the show and messages popped up on the vast LED wall on stage to remind the adults that children were not welcome on the stage.

So, it turned to 9:45 pm (The start time for all shows) and onto the stage appeared Adimi, with his 2 lovely assistants, and for a good 50 minutes (Possibly 1 hour) he performed a variety of traditional stage magic tricks and illusions, some of which you will undoubtedly have seen before, others that you won't have seen. During the performance, we saw live Doves appear only to then disappear and be replaced by white rabits, something which they would then use to bring the kids on stage for photos at a later point,  a great idea but with a queue forming it felt a little presurised at times for the kids.

All-in-all a decent show and one to set the tone well for the week.

In the interests of honesty and to give context to my comments below, I need to advise that I have been involved in Entertainment for some 30 years, with a proportion of that involving working as Sound & Light Technician on Cruise Ships for shows like the ones at the Experience Arena.

First off I need to give credit to Kanika Hotels for the foresight they had to build such an impressive venue for the shows onsite, this is simply the best 'arena' I have seen at a resort on land.

Secondly, the choice of shows for the week we were there was perfect.

Now, I am not going to do a full review of each show, more of an overview of the week and the common factors.

The week ran as follows:
Mon  - Adimi (Magician/Illusionist)
Tues - The Jersey Boys
Wed - The Legends of Sound
Thurs - The Rock Show
Fri - Thriller
Sat - The Greatest Showman

Generally, the shows were performed by the Kanika All-Stars, a team of 4 Male and 4 Female performers, supported by a live band each night. The only exceptions to this were the Magician and the Rock Show.

Of the nights we were there, we went to all the shows and in my opinion, the best shows were The Rock Show, The Greatest Showman, and Thriller. That is not to say that others were bad in any way.

The 4 female performers were some of the most accomplished I have seen in this type of environment with solos and harmonies working effortlessly throughout the shows, some of the facial expressions at times looked a little too laboured and less natural, to the point that they could be distracting. but the performances from them were always energetic and showed that they were 100% committed to the shows.

The 4 male performers, on the other hand, were a bit more of a mixed bag, there was no doubt that they were performing with full energy and commitment to the shows, however, the stand out for me was the issues with the harmonies, in solo performances they were generally on point but for some reason this combination of voices struggled when asked to work together. This was almost certainly something that bothered me more than most and I feel it is something that they can resolve with rehearsals, but that really is just my opinion and overall the shows were of a much much higher standard than I ever expected at a resort.

The real stand out for me was the Rock Show, whilst the live band for the normal shows were superb and really hit the mark with every performance, the 'Guest' band that came in for the rock show were stunning - formerly having represented Cyprus in Eurovision in 2016 - Minus One were a slightly changed lineup with a different Lead Vocalist and Bass Guitarist (I believe) but none the less they were fantastic, the energy from Andreas Kapatais (Lead Vocals) was infectious and raised the roof.

The week was rounded off by another great show, in fact, The Greatest Show(man) and it didn't let us down, brilliantly performed by all the cast, including Joanne's rendition of Never Enough under the subdued white lighting after such a raucous opener. The return of Tay (I think that is right?) alongside Fraser - the former playing Phillip Carlyle while Fraser belted out the P.T. Barnum hits - was a welcome thing, Tay had been largely missing from vocal duties since his great performance as Franki Valli at the start of the week and his performances just added a little extra to the show. Hopefully, it was just vocal rest for Tay as it would be a shame to omit him from so many shows.

VERDICT:
Go and see the shows, they are very much worthwhile and you will not regret it.

 

CONCLUSION

So, the Olympic Lagoon is a little more pricey than a 'Traditional' All-Inclusive resort, but this is far from a 'Traditional' All-Inclusive resort, classed as a 5* Luxury All-Inclusive it really does live up to its billing, well done to all the staff and management on such a great resort.

In all honesty we have had a fabulous time and we are already looking at the options for a return visit, we are weighing up the options and deciding how to go about it as Kanika also offer discounts for booking direct, however, as with all holidays there are usually sales throughout the year, so we will keep an eye open and hopefully be back at the Olympic Lagoon Resort in Agia Napa soon.

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