ACCESS-ABLE/TRAVELINí TALK NEWSLETTER
VOLUME VI NUMBER 2 (February)
If you are considering a Mediterranean vacation than you have to check out the island of Cyprus. The third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea is home to C & A Tourist Apartments. Owned and operated by a wheelchair user you will find the facilities to be barrier free.
There are several accommodation options, for a larger group there is a three-bedroom apartment on the second floor but donít worry because there is a lift! It is very spacious and has a roll-in shower. There is also a large balcony that overlooks the swimming pool. They also have studio apartments available that are larger than the average studio. Both #2 and #4 have a roll-in shower with plenty of room for a hoist if need be. Studio #2 sleeps up to 3 people, studio #4 has a king size bed and bunk beds in the adjoining room, perfect for 2 adults and 2 children. Both of these face a sheltered garden patio. Any of the above mentioned would be quite suitable for electric wheelchair or scooter users.
Along with the very spacious is the moderately spacious. Studios #7 and #8 have smaller bathroom areas that would be more suitable for manual wheelchair users. For example, a hoist would fit into the bathroom but it would be more comfortable in the other larger studios. The advantage these two studios have is that they face the pool.
Some other features of the complex include a crystal clear swimming pool with a remote controlled lift along with a roll in shower by the pool area. No need to worry about airport transfers, you will be picked up by a specially adapted vehicle with a ramp. During you stay you will be able to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, swim in the aqua blue sea, explore the nature of the Akarnas and experience the quaint and charming village life of Polis. The beach is a mere 20-minute push away and to get to the village square takes only 5 minutes. During the months of May through October three hour boat trips can be arranged. The boat has a hoist but you must have upper body strength to hold onto the sling.
For those with health concerns there is a doctor on call 24 hours a day. If it is equipment that worries you than you will be happy to hear about the local rental agency. They have electric hoists, manual and electric chairs as well as motorized scooters. For a list of all available equipment check out their website at: http://www.paraquip.com.cy
The last but possibly most special feature of the island are the plans for construction of a ramp at the local beach. This will enable wheelchair users to travel above the sand and go directly into the sea for a wade or swim! For information on the completion of this ramp or for more information on the Apartment rentals check out their web site at http://www.ca-hotel-apts.com
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