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“If you want a good hotel, don't, demand a great hotel go to the Almond Holiday Village”

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Almond Holiday Village
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London, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“If you want a good hotel, don't, demand a great hotel go to the Almond Holiday Village”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2013

Having lived in Cyprus many years ago both my partner and I decided to re-visit the island the reacquaint ourselves with this beautiful island. The last time either of us were here the North was closed off to occupants of the Greek run south so we decided to split our holiday between 2 locations with the 2nd week being spent in the north and based in Girne (kyrenia). We researched the north extensively wanting a good quality hotel in a central location to allow for some extensive exploring and settled upon the Almond Holiday Village in Alsancak – Karavas, which is effectively in Lapta on the outskirts of Girne.
The Almond Holiday Village came highly recommended on the Trip Advisor website and that was good enough for us so we booked, and are pleased to report that it was an excellent choice and the good reviews were totally substantiated. Do I need to echo and repeat the praises already heaped upon this hotel? Yes, you bet I do because they are all well deserved and it’s gratifying for us the travellers and the management of the Almond hotel to know that praise is given where praise is earned.
I knew what to expect when walking into this hotel but reviews do not prepare you for the depth of comfort, quality and service and this lovely hotel has bucket loads of them all. The accommodation is made up of chalet style individual bungalow arranged around the central hotel building and pool. The design of the chalets means that they could be transported into the Swiss Alps and would not look out of place for a second as they are beautifully trimmed in stained wood including with shutters, stairs, mezzanine floor balustrade and ceiling, Heidi would have felt at home yodelling from the patio. The downstairs is furnished in traditional Cypriot style but though and taste has been employed and the upstairs bedroom area is beautifully opulent.
Each of the chalets face the central wooded area and pool each with a self contained patio. The grounds of the hotel are immaculate with great care taken to keep all areas clean and tidy with no litter. There are carefully placed object of interest around the grounds but each one has a plaque attached informing guests of its significance and use (nice touch). This hotel also has an external bar area which has a well thought out seating area that offer shelter/shade with well cushioned seating to make ensure customer comfort.
The central hotel building comprises, front desk, bar, restaurant, administration and staff accommodation. This area is again exceptionally well maintained, with comfortable surroundings, curious and artefacts and all attached information. The restaurant is very well appointed and has plentiful seating. Service is prompt, polite, efficient and attentive the quality of the food is exceptional with a varied menu.
So we know the hotel is good, it’s clean, it’s well appointed, it’s well maintained and though has gone into ensuring the guests have an enjoyable and comfortable stay, so what makes this hotel the number 1 recommended hotel on the trip advisor site for Girne (Kyrenia)?
Easy! The hotel owner/managers and staff, they are the WOW factor of this hotel. From the owner (s) and their family who appear to fill many of the senior positions of the hotel to the catering, cleaning and service staff. They are without exception the jewel in the substantial crown of this hotel. I have stayed in many hotels in many cities in many countries around the globe and am well acquainted with high quality hotels and as a rule do not stay in anything below 4 star (why should I if I can afford it, I want a holiday not a camp site). So when this hotel came up as a 3 star I was admittedly reluctant but my better half was convinced that it would be good and I trust her, so we booked. We also visited some of the 4/5 star hotel in the vicinity and take away all the marble columns and gold looking banisters and what do you have? You should have a hotel where each individual customer should be made to feel like they are the most important customer in the world, the Almond Holiday Village has this nailed. Every day I stay at this beautiful hotel I felt like the King of North Cyprus, they made me and my partner and every other guest feel important and that is a dedication to serviced that cannot be bought this is dedication and skill and I applaud them for their excellence.
So if you are in the north of Cyprus and you are looking for a good hotel, don’t demand a great hotel and go to the Almond Holiday Village, you will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2013

We couldn't believe our luck when we found this holiday village after a recommendation from a local bar-owner to check out a guitarist who was playing at the Almond Lounge one evening.

Stunning pool, beautiful scenery, amazing staff, the most delicious food, fantastic lounge/sports bar/night club. We could have spent our whole holiday at the village.

We stayed at an apartment only a few minutes away from Almond although we will definitely be staying here next time we visit Cyprus.

Perfection!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2013

just returned from a wonderful long weekend break at the almond holiday village
Very friendly family run hotel with exceptional cuisine
This hotel is HIGHLY recommended
we have already booked to go back next year

Room Tip: all rooms and bungalows are of a very high quality
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2013

This place is number 1 on TripAdvisor for a good reason.

It is a lovely family run hotel that accommodates us as a family from walking though the door to leaving on the last day they were simply amazing.

The chef is world class, the staff/family are so so friendly and will make your stay problem free.
They have a large CLEAN swimming pool which i was very very impressed with and didn't feel like leaving the holiday village to do anything - i mean why would you when you have everything at your feet.

ONLY ONE PLACE TO STAY IN NORTHERN CYPRUS AND THAT IS AT THE ALMOND.

We will be return just as soon as we can.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2013

We visited this lovely holiday village again in Sept2013, again it did not disappoint.

I sometimes want to be selfish and not review as i feel too many people will see this review and book to come here and then I might not get a room LOL!!

This is simply the best place to relax and enjoy your stay in Northern Cyprus.

The owners are fab and very friendly always going out of the way to be sure you are happy with everything.

We have no problems in this lovely holiday village and keep saying we should have a 10 year reservation for every September as we would not stay anywhere else!

Thanks Almond - Much Love as always.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2013

After our first stay at the Almond, we couldn't wait to return and we were not at all disappointed! We never normally stay at the same place twice as we love the variety of travel but could not resist a return to this beautiful oasis.

As before, we were made to feel welcome and like old friends of the family. The grounds and pool area were as immaculate as ever and we relaxed as soon as we arrived. The staff are always fantastic and remembered us from our previous visit. They not only smiled as they greeted us but gave us big hugs also! It was both mine and my partners birthdays at separate times during our stay and the staff arranged a wonderful surprise birthday cake for both of us making us feel special and as if we were with family.

Ali and Dervise have worked incredibly hard to build this wonderful place from scratch, putting their heart and soul into it and it shows! They always have time to stop and chat or just a friendly hello whenever they see you walking around the grounds. The staff they choose compliment their hard work, Lily and Sevda are the two wonderful ladies you see first thing in the morning at breakfast who always have a smile for you.

The food is great, freshly cooked breakfasts everyday and immaculately high standards of cleanliness throughout. The bar area outside is cosy with an extremely good selection of drinks and you will always receive great service from Stas, Kenan and Ahmed. The guys are so friendly and as well as making time to chat with you, are extremely professional at all times.

Already looking forward to our next visit, cannot praise it highly enough!!!

Dave & Jeni

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2013

First time in Cyprus, couldn't fault Almond Holiday Village. It was as though we had always been here. Bar and pool used everyday with wifi!. Food is amazing, cooked fresh and plenty of it for very reasonable prices. Owners happy to run a tab each day and settle up following morning . Booked through gonorthcyprus, but anyone coming here will not be disappointed. Children (11 & 9) spent pretty much all week in the pool. Evenings spent having coffee and apple pie. Excellent

  • Stayed October 2013
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Property: Almond Holiday Village
Address: Bademli Sakak no: 1 | Kyrenia, Alsancak - Karavas 9935, Cyprus
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Region: Cyprus > Kyrenia District > Alsancak - Karavas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Alsancak - Karavas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Almond is an authentic, romantic & charming family run hotel where you can experience legendary local hospitality and the faultless balance between comfort and traditional Cypriot culture as well as friendliness and professionalism...The passionate attention to detail, warm service,delicious traditional & world cuisine , artful gardens filled with museum quality antiques and the tranquil pool area - will all ensure that the Almond will instantly win a special place in your heart - as your home away from home... Based in the peaceful western region of Kyrenia - The Almond is ideally located between the slopes of the magnificent Kyrenia Five Finger Mountains and the deep blue Mediterranean Coastline while only 20 minutes walking distance to the flawless sands of the beach - You can be sure that this hidden oasis will offer you tranquility, privacy and convenience at all times... ... more   less 
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Almond Holiday Village Kyrenia
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