We went during the first 2 weeks in October and booked via Discovery Collection, an excellent boutique tour operator who specialise in North Cyprus and 4 or 5 other destinations. We flew on a BA flight direct to Larnaka, far quicker than going via mainland Turkey and only a 45 minute drive to the hotel from the airport which meant we left home at a reasonable time and arrived at the hotel in the early afternoon, time to grab some much needed sunshine! (The temperature at this time of year saw daily maximums between 26-31C which was spot on for us!)
The hotel is beautifully located on a gorgeous sandy beach and was totally refurbished in the last 12 months to a standard that would not be out of place in a 5 star West End location. We had a junior suite which had a beautifully large terrace with our own double sun bed plus chairs and a table, all overlooking the calm sea - quite idyllic. The room was very well apportioned with a very nice en suite and all the extras you would expect. If we had one criticism it would be the lack of storage space, particularly the wardrobe - other than that it was very comfortable indeed.
The service was very good indeed with friendly staff and as mentioned elsewhere, Idris on the front desk was first class and extremely attentive. The food in the restaurant was very pleasant with a good selection every night which varied throughout our stay and the waiters were formally dressed and very pleasant indeed. (Maybe the management should try to ensure that the guests for dinner wear at least smart casual)
As mentioned above the beach was very nice indeed and we never failed to get sun beds at the front, just a few yards walk into a very calm and relatively warm sea. Staff come round as one would expect and take your orders for drinks and looked after us well. The pool is a very good size and slightly cooler than the sea but beautifully clean and well maintained. Additionally we used the spa on more than one occasion and was very good and certainly compared well to London prices.
We wanted a chilled break and that was exactly what we got and couldn't have asked for more. We did hire a car for a few days and went over to Kyrenia and up the Karpaz but other than that our only sorties out were the 20 mins walk / 5 minute taxi journey to the old walled city which is certainly worth a visit.
Overall a great holiday and brilliant venue with friendly attentive staff. Ideal for a relaxing break and a fabulous place to chill out
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Arkin Palm Beach Hotel is located in the ancient port city of Famagusta, North Cyprus. The Hotel offers "a Heaven on Earth Location" where the turquoise hues of the Mediterranean sea, the magnificence of its private golden beach, nature`s own beautiful greenery, and amazing sunsets all come together in a truly idyllic setting. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Arkin Palm Beach Hotel Cyprus/Famagusta