A family atmosphere by Chrissy & Davy
C & A Hotel
It may have been nearly three months ago since my friend Davy and I first
foot in delightful Cyprus, but by no means have our blissful experiences
there largely credited to the staff and wheelchair friendly amenities at C&A
Apartments - faded from memory. In fact,
the reason it has taken me so
submit this posting is that I have been flat out busy with life in general
while I wanted to convey our appreciation at the exceptional service we
encountered at C&A Apartments- I had to find more than a fleeting moment to
rightly do deserving justice to the great rapport that they built with us.
During our one week (trust me, in retrospect one week is definitely not enough time) stint at the superior C&A apartments we were provided with a clean, well-equipped and comfortable deluxe apartment to happily return to every night. Perhaps our habitual reluctance to leave the luxuries of our air-conditioned room every morning– even with beautiful, sunny Cyprus sitting on our doorstep – accounted for our new reputation as Chris’ latest rising (a.k.a. “laziest”) guests.
Moreover we were not only provided with a luxurious roof over our heads but -pleasantly surprised at the genuinely warm hospitality we received – as our new room became our new home in all senses of the word. From Chris’ first welcoming yet efficient e-mail reply to my zillions of annoying pre-departure queries it was apparent that signing off as our “Cypriot Friend” carried more substance than some marketing ploy. His sincerity and helpfulness were immediately evident even without the guarantee of our business -as he went around the town looking for and arranging alternative wheelchair accessible accommodation for us upon discovering that his apartments were booked out within our proposed dates of travel. Fortunately a last minute cancellation was in our favour as a room at Chris’ became available enabling us to book our stay after all and meet the rest of the family.
There was Chris’ father Andrea (the driver of C&A Apartment’s wheelchair accessible shuttle-bus) an absolute character, whose concern about our having a great time, together with his passionate and knowledgeable commentary about everything Cypriot made him a wonderful tour guide to accompany us on our Cypriot road trips - be it on the way to the airport or into the beautiful pine covered Trodos Mountains.
Then there was Eva (Chris’ mother) who would happily attend to our every request as though we were family staying in her home. Even though Eva secretly won me over anyway, when she made me my first Greek coffee, as an aside she was also a wonderful cook. Davey and I were repeatedly invited to join in their family meals - lucky to sample many a delicious Cypriot delicacy (authentic and delicious food not typically found on tourist menus). We were even privileged to partake in the whole ‘dipping-our –bread-into-the-salad-bowl-part’ in order to mop up the oil at the bottom – which every Cypriot secretly knows is the best bit!
There was also Chris’ brother in law (another Chris), Anu and Chris’ nephew Andrew who were always on hand to help me get Davey’s wheelchair out of the car however late it was; and the delightful Dimitri, Chris’ younger and cheekier nephew who quickly made friends with Davey like he was his younger brother.
Last but not by all means least there was Chris himself. Nothing was too big a problem for him. He would always be going out of his way to organise things for us – car hire, finding a suitable wheelchair that would fit into our car, uploading our photo’s onto his computer and then burning them onto a CD for us, advising us on the must see sights, shouting us a drink, inviting us to go out for dinner. He even voluntarily drove and accompanied Davy and I to Aphrodite’s Rock Pool for a daytrip. It was times like this I would forget that Chris was the manager of the apartments we were staying at because he felt more like a friend, in fact in lieu of our lousy correspondence post-Cyprus we hope we are still privileged enough to call him a friend.
Essentially that was the atmosphere at Chris’. It felt like we had been invited into someone’s home for the week and in fact the only time it really hit us that we were staying at a hotel set-up was when it came time to pay the bill and from Chris’ body language it was clearly evident that this was the part he hated the most. This was no money making venture, Chris was working for the love of the job and the people he was meeting.
Still at the end of the day the accommodation was in-fact a bargain and we were only more than happy to pay the bill as an expression of our sincere gratitude!
The apartments are located in a great village away from the touristy hustle and bustle synonymous with places like Paphos, yet with great road links to all the must see places. As mentioned before the accommodation is superior and accessible but by far the highlight at C&A Apartments is the excellent pool and because Chris has modified it with a hoist, there is no excuse for anyone not to be able to unwind, soak up the Cypriot sun and enjoy the ambience of just passing leisurely days in Cyprus just floating around
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