Northern Cyprus has experienced a much slower pace of development than most Mediterranean destinations, and this is as true for tourism as it is for anything else. However, for the vast majority of visitors this is an advantage, not a problem. The country is incredibly rich in history and is home to some of the magnificent monuments such as Kyrenia Castle, St. Hilarion’s Castle and Bellapais Abbey to name just a few. The pace of life seems somewhat more relaxed here and there’s a pleasantly ‘old-fashioned’ feel, but don’t for a minute think you’re stuck in the past, it’s just that modernity has been brought in in a more subtle way. way. For the active tourist, there is everything you could want, from all kinds of water sports, through horseback riding, mountain biking and jeep safaris, to paragliding and mountaineering. Also, of course, like lying on the beach or in the pool!
Hotel development has followed a similar path, but what surprises many people is the sheer variety on offer. A few decades ago, there were only a handful of larger hotels and the vast majority were small resort towns. Almost always family run, these comprised a few small cottages or ‘mini-villas’ scattered around reasonable grounds with almost always a swimming pool, bar and restaurant area. Today there are a number of similar properties available, although most have kept up with the times and offer satellite TV and broadband internet at a minimum. There are also a number of medium-sized family hotels, many with decent facilities and almost always excellent reputations for good cuisine and friendly service.
At the other end of the scale, North Cyprus now boasts a number of major hotels that can rival some of the best in the world. Generally relatively large, these are characterized by magnificent architecture and an immense variety of facilities. The choice of bars and restaurants is a given and most have at least two swimming pools and full spa facilities, but it’s not unusual to find water parks, sports facilities, shops and the like, and many also have their own casino. With these larger properties, there is also the ability to choose the style that suits you best. Here you’ll find everything from the almost outrageous opulence of an Ottoman palace to ultra-chic contemporary design. There is certainly no lack of style in North Cyprus.
The country also has more than a few gorgeous boutique hotels. Although this category can be difficult to define, they are all small properties here and most have only a few rooms. All of them also specialize in style, from quirky design features to traditional Cypriot furniture, architecture and antiques. Almost all of them are famous for their culinary delights, offering everything from Cypriot specialties to the latest global trends. Most have relatively limited facilities, with few activities and usually just one (attractive) pool and terrace. On the other hand, they all provide luxurious comfort and excellent room facilities, with Wi-Fi, satellite television, DVD players and luxury bathrooms as the norm rather than the exception.
Therefore, North Cyprus hotels offer you an impressive choice, excellent facilities, supreme comfort and of course, thanks to the location, an ideal climate. What we haven’t mentioned yet is that they also offer incredible value. The cost of living is low in North Cyprus, certainly compared to other Mediterranean destinations, and this is reflected in the comparatively low rates charged by hotels. This really is an ideal place for a vacation and the only difficulty you are likely to have is making a rational choice from the myriad of options! In general, your best bet is to contact one of the specialist tour operators who offer North Cyprus holidays and of course North Cyprus hotels. Let your experience and knowledge be your guide.