Best Places to Stay in Cyprus  

by Pool Builders on 03-02-2011 in Articles

Cypriot hospitality is legendary. You're guaranteed the warmest of welcomes in Cyprus making it feel like a home away from home. Whatever accommodation you're looking for Cyprus has it all, from villas to family hotels, party resorts to cosy family run taverns.

Whether you prefer to languish in the lap of luxury five-star style, right on the beach or get away from it all in a secluded hideaway in the hills, you will find all that you want on this little island.

Take a look at our top picks from budget stays to top of the range…

BUDGET

Bellapais Gardens
Bellapais

Close to the spectacular ruin of Bellapais Abbey, this small, atmospheric hotel really rates higher than its 3-star classification. It has pretty gardens shaded by cypresses and palm trees, a swimming pool and a fantastic restaurant serving delicious Turkish Cypriot cooking. High above sea level, it also offers a shady refuge from the scorching sunshine.

Angela's Stone House
Tochni

In the centre of Tochni is this 19th-century stone house which has been lovingly restored by a family. There are two bedrooms, a balcony, and a courtyard filled with lemon trees and pomegranates. This is the perfect place to whisk a loved one for a very romantic escape.

Petit Palais
Troodos

The budget Petit Palais Hotel stands in the very heart of the mountain village of Platre, 1125 m above the sea level. It offers comfortable, clean rooms with all the basic amenities you could want but it's the location that really steals the show. From December to February the snowy peaks of the Troodos Mountains make the ideal place for a ski holiday, or you can simply enjoy some walking, cycling or hiking in these stunning mountains.

Stratos House
Kalavassos

Only yards from the local village square, Stratos House is secluded with a beautiful courtyard off the hotel, which opens off two large studio rooms, each with their own en-suite bathroom and kitchenette. On the upper floor is a lovely vine-covered veranda. Beautifully renovated, this house still retains much of its original 19th-century character and makes a lovely romantic hideaway for couples.

MID-RANGE

Kinyras
Paphos

Just off Paphos's central square, Kinyras is an old town-house, full of character that has been turned into a stylish guesthouse. Paintings and sculptures by young artists from the Cyprus College of Art hang on the walls of the foyer, corridors and rooms. There is a courtyard caf and a restaurant serving wonderful traditional Cypriot cuisine. Rooms are clean and comfortable, most with en-suite facilities.

Kostaris
Paphos

Kostaris is a cluster of stone-built houses and an adjoining cottage that share a pretty garden. All offer different numbers of rooms and facilities so it is ideal for couples and families who wish to cater for themselves. There is a traditional clay oven in the garden, an old wine-press and even a small swimming pool. All three properties have fabulous views.

Flamingo Hotel
Larnaca

The beautiful three-star Flamingo Beach Hotel offers comfortable and homelike accommodation. It is in a lovely location overlooking the azure blue Mediterranean Sea, the salt lake and Larnaka Bay. The service if friendly and efficient and they even serve tasty Cypriot cuisine in their sea view dining room. Great value for couples and families alike.

Sancta Napa
Agia Napa

For those who want to be a stone's throw from beaches, shops, bars and restaurants then this place is ideal. The wonderful 3 star hotel Sancta Napa consists of 148 elegantly appointed rooms. Agia Napa is on the south eastern coast and the close-by Agia Napa Monastery is the most famous tourist sigh in the village. With many facilities, en-suite rooms and great breakfasts, this is a great place for families with children.

TOP-END

Chateau Lambousa
Kyrenia

Overlooking the sea with a backdrop of the beautiful Besparmak Mountains, this Chateau is situated on the site of the ancient city of Lambousa. The Chateau Lambousa reflects the "Kervansaray", a symbol of welcome to travellers throughout the Ottoman Empire from the earliest beginnings. Totally air conditioned and centrally heated throughout, the Chateau has two restaurants and bars each elegant and individual, serving deliciously fresh traditional and international cuisines. If you have some cash to flash, this will impress even the pickiest of customers!

Cyprus Hilton
Nicosia

As you would expect from the Hilton, this place provides the very best in accommodation and dining and is the only 5 star hotels in Nicosia. Wander through the cobbled narrow streets of Nicosia's old town or pamper yourself in the hotels amazing spa. Have a workout in the gym or in the large swimming pool, sauna or Jacuzzi. With 4 restaurants and bars there is plenty of chance to sample some fantastic cuisines, both local and far flung, or you can simply unwind with a cocktail and admire the plush surroundings. As you can imagine, rooms are kitted out to the highest spec with all mod cons and en-suite.

Le Meridien Limassol Spa and Resort
Limassol

The luxurious Le Mridien Limassol Spa & Resort is situated in 100,000m2 of landscaped gardens and is Cyprus's only five-star international chain hotel located right on the beach. It is renowned for its award-winning Le Spa, its exciting range of dining options, unrivalled children's facilities, including Penguin Village and Leisure Land, and above all, its flawless service and warm hospitality. Here you will find the utmost luxury imaginable. Great for families, this self-contained luxury resort has everything you could want from a shopping arcade, four tennis courts, basketball and badminton courts, sports bar, nightclub, Internet caf, even a football pitch. The grounds are car-free but guests get around the vast gardens by bicycle or golf buggy! So don't delay, book your flights to Cyprus!

The Annabelle
Paphos

Long regarded as Paphos's best hotel, it exudes quiet style, yet with all the fun and facilities of the town on your doorstep. This family-run oasis is set within six acres of lush gardens on Paphos' Mediterranean beach front. Calm, peaceful interiors, understated design and warm, service combine with 5 star luxury to create an incredibly elegant atmosphere. There are four restaurants and five bars, with live music almost every night of the week. Waterfalls reflect the beautiful blue Mediterranean. The pace of life here is blissful; this really is luxury for the soul.

The Colony
Kyrenia

The grand faade of the most luxurious hotel in Northern Cyprus cannot fail to impress, and inside it lives up to first impressions, with a marble foyer, spacious rooms and attentive staff. A lovely pool terrace on the first floor looks out over the roofs of Kyrenia. Only 20 minutes away is the hotel's private beach, with its own shuttle bus that will take you there. The five star The Colony Hotel lies between the mountains of North Cyprus and the breath-takingly blue Mediterranean Sea. Architecturally blending the colonial style of the island's past with the glory of the Ottoman era, The Colony is a haven of calm with 94 rooms and suites engulfing you in elegance and comfort.

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