By Jill Campbell Mackay- Cyprus Sunday Mail 15.8.2004
dripping bougainvillea petals greet visitors when they open the garden gate
and step, or wheel, themselves into this quite unique tourist resort.
C and A Tourist Apartments in Polis boast the first ever tourist accommodation in Cyprus designed to cater for less able-bodied folk. Chris Neophytou, along with his mother and father, has worked hard to convert this quiet residential property into a first class holiday centre for those with a disability.
The very first thing Chris wanted to stress was that this was not a grim form of medical parking place for the handicapped. He didn’t need to say this: it’s clear from the whoops and shrieks that emanate from the swimming pool that C and A Apartments are anything but grim; they do not emit a single sniff of institutional living. Here, both able bodied and those with differing levels of disabilities can get together to enjoy a super holiday. The only immediate difference you spot is the hoist beside the swimming pool to allow to those who need it safe access to the pool. All the rooms are large and airy with plenty of space for a swift wheelie in the bedroom. There’s a small kitchen area, again with room for a wheelchair to roll into a recess beside the sink, so there’s no excuse for not washing the supper dishes.
Each bathroom is completely kitted out to give that all essential level of independence to those unable to cope with the physical demands of showering and the like. They come fully equipped with rails, special shower seats, and there is a roll in roll out shower stall for wheelchair users.
Chris says these are just some of the changes
that have been made to make holidaying here for wheelchair bound tourists
both safe and pleasant.
“We also have a specially adapted minibus so we can collect our guests from the airport. We can also use this for special day trips to places of interest all over the island.”
Chris then showed me the guest book full of
praise on everything from the friendliness of the staff, right down to one
German guest who wrote that he had “experienced the swiftest repair job
ever” when both wheels on his chair broke. Chris was able to have this
mended within 10 minutes.
“That’s vitally important for
all wheelchair users,” he explained. “If your chair is out of action even
for a short time then you lose that all-essential bit of independence. We
also rent wheelchairs, and power scooters, as well as other equipment needed
by our guests, so they don’t have to worry about bringing all the
paraphernalia with them in order to make their stay comfortable. We have
everything they will need here in our store room, and if we haven’t, we can
certainly get it for them.”
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