The Nicki resort is a family run business and this is still evident with the friendly welcome and relaxed atmosphere. We stayed in a superior 1 bedroom apartment and were really happy with the accommodation which was very spacious, light and airy and nicely decorated.
We were given a great location, on the ground floor with a paved patio overlooking fields and the sea. Many a pleasant evening was spent with a glass of Cypriot wine watching the sun set over the mountains! Many other rooms would not have had much of a view, and balconies would not be a spacious as the patio we had which extended the length of the apartment. Check if you can what room you're going to get, and it does seem that the extra for a superior room (newer and bigger) is worthwhile.
The 2 sofas in the living room are actually single beds which suited us as we had our toddler in the large double bedroom and slept in the living room which also had a dining table and kitchenette. We found the kitchenette had adequate equipment - 2 electric rings, a good sized fridge and what looked like new pans, cutlery and crockery. There is only one wardrobe and a small amount of drawer space.
The resort itself is lovely, with a big main pool and nice wading pool for kids and a separate pool (in the older part, deserted). It's all kept very clean with lots of flowers and greenery. The kids club is a big room with toys which was left open all the time, and our 3 year old took toys away from there to play with around the resort. Probably not interesting for older kids though.
The resort was very quiet indeed when we stayed - a handful of local and british tourists. This was good in terms of peace and quiet, but also a shame as our son would have enjoyed some other young kids to play with.
The restaurant, although it had a nice location by the pool, was always deserted and only open until 3pm. Breakfast was from 8am (a bit late for us) and was okay, not great. I would recommend either self catering or eating out at any of the scores of low priced and atmospheric tavernas nearby, a lot of which have a childrens menu and a mix of local food plus pasta, omelettes etc. The nearest well stocked supermarket is a co-op on the way into Polis, but you do need a car.
The location is on the main Polis-Latchi road, but there wasn't much traffic so noise was not an issue. There is a lovely walk through the fields to the sea; turn left to reach Latchi which is a nice fishing village with loads of sea front tavernas and a good kids playground in about 25 minutes. Polis is on the right and there is a pleasant beach at the camping site there with a restaurant, playground and sunloungers for hire. All the beaches nearby are mixed pebbles and sand and the sea can be a bit rough.
The Polis area is lovely and very unspoilt compared to what we saw of the rest of Cyprus with lots of orange trees, vineyards and lovely views from the mountains in the Akamas peninsula. I'd recommend a trip to the Pafos Bird & Animal Park for kids (30 minute drive) and hiring a speedboat from Latchi is a lovely way to see the coast and swim in the crystal clear sea.
Overall a lovely relaxed holiday.
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