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Historical Traveler Reviews The Hideaway Club Hotel Edremit (Trimithi)
Recently stayed at the Hideaway Club in Northern Cyprus (---) which prompted me to write my first web review ever.
The Hotel itself is set against a stunning mountain backdrop with distant sea views in the other direction. Local attractions (the harbour, Kyrenia castle, Bellapais Abbey...etc) are easily reachable via reasonably priced taxis.
Cuisine at the hotel is simple but delicious with the need to venture out to eat redundant. Local entertainment laid on is both enthusiastic and rather quaint.
The hotel staff however are the key differentiator. The level of service leaves you feeling like a real customer. Drop a fork at dinner, it's replaced without prompting. Staff are friendly and attentative and yet manage to fade into the background during the day.
Northern Cypriots are proud of their Turkish ancestry and rightly so. There is an extensive amount of villa development, much of which is for UK people wishing to start a new life I guess. Historical ties to the UK are evident everywhere and you can pay for anything in sterling.
if you want a relaxing, guaranteed sunshine holiday by a well maintained hotel pool, with no children under 12 (a recently introduced policy), then this is the place for you.
J.N. Jones (Wokingham, England, Uk)
Wow, you did it again...
This is truly an experience for the seasoned traveller, who enjoys luxury, comfort and above all, the best service ever.
The Hideaway Club, nestled in the Kyrenia mountian range, about 5 miles from the centre of Kyrenia. is definately one of the best boutique hotels I have stayed in. Family run it offers the best breakfast I have experienced anywhere and they will serve it on you own private balcony upto 11am. The staff couldn't be more helpful if they tried, always smiling and going the 'extra mile' for every guest.
I was lucky enough to ask them to handle our wedding blessing, and they absolutely surpassed themselves, supplying my bouquet and decorating the roof terrace and making the whole experience very special.
It was our 5th visit and this time we took 25 family and friends with us. They all said that it was one of the best holidays that they have ever had, not just for the occasion, but for the efforts and the setting and the exceptional service we all recieved from the Hideaway.
If your looking for a different experience in the Med, then North Cyprus is the place. The local restaurants are exceptional value, especially Ambiance, the food quality is some of the best we have eaten anywhere and cheap! We also hired a Gulet this time for our large private party for the day, once again it was fantastic and cost us just £15 each for the day, including lunch freshly cooked on the boat. WOW.
Get away to the Hideaway
Forget the dust and the concrete , the ever encroaching building developments.Ignore also the rush hour traffic in and out of Kyrenia.
Northern Cyprus still has to be on the ' must visit ' list. It has charm ,beauty , history and the local residents smile and are helpful. As expected there also is plenty of clear blue sea , sand and sun.
The Hideaway Club is a shining example of all that is good in this part of the World. Service ,civility ,excellent standards day in and day out ; the staff cannot be more obliging.
A small clean and tidy hotel with great views from the front suites and a very tempting swimming pool. The attention is always on customer care. Hire cars ,taxis and allowing for the fact that they have a perfectly respectable restaurant on site the staff of this family run business are only too pleased to offer advice on the best places to eat out.( Try the Address and the Halfway House )
Overall ,the Hideaway is highly recommended and we cannot wait to get back
Friendly, relaxing atmosphere
Arrived at midnight following a somewhat tiring , but pleasant flight from Heathrow and were greeted with a big smile by the "graveyard shift" staff.
We stayed in a cottage suite which was clean and pleasantly furnished and had wonderful views both towards the sea and the mountains.
The staff are all extremely efficient and the friendliest we have encountered anywhere in the world.
The large pool is spotless with sufficient sun beds for around 50 guests and pool towels are supplied free of charge.
Whilst lazing in the sun, try a gin and tonic. This comes in a half pint glass and is delicious.
Don,t forget to hire a car as there is little else within walking distance of the hotel.
The best restaurant we found was the Bellapais Gardens where the service and food is fantastic, but there are so many other good restaurants around that it's impossible to try them all.
There is an awful lot of development going on everywhere in Northern Cyprus (most of it unfinished) so my advice is to go now before the area is ruined.
Sad to say, we have just returned from a trip to The Hideway.. sad to say in that we did not want to leave.. We flew out on Saturday 1st April and were pleased to find the carriers had changed to Turkish Cypriot Airline - a huge bonus, pleasant staff, bigger aircraft and helpful when we asked for extra leg room for a passenger over 6 foot 6 inches tall! Having experienced a flight to Kyrenia last July with another airline, and forced to stay at Istanbul for over 2 hours on an extremely cramped, hot plane, this was a bonus flying into Anatylya and staying for an hour before making the 45 mins flight to Ercan in Northern Cyprus, and being whisked away to our destination, the Hideaway. We chose this because it is child free policy and we wanted peace and quite in superb surroundings with good service - and we got it. Staff were helpful, hotel rooms were excellant (and we didnt go for the suites) although we could not appreciate the excitement of fresh flowers, fruit and chilled wine at 3.30 am when we arrived! No need to take hairdryer or travel plugs or kettle (although tea/coffee/milk is provided for the first day, extras for tea bags /coffee are 20pence, milk 75 pence...) Talking of extras, there is a safe provided at 50 pence a day, and if you are feeling idle whilst laying around the lovely pool, soaking up the brilliant sunshine and admiring the fantastic views of mountains etc..waiter service is another 2 TL.. No need to take extra beach towels either as these are provided for around the pool. A car is a must (but we knew that from previous experience) We did'nt book in advance and got a brilliant deal at £15 per day (this included Collison damage waver, insurance, no excess) for a brand new Astra..) petrol around the Island is currently 15.50 TL.
The hotel meal was adequate, if not spectacular...Recommended restaurants - a couple of miles down the road to Stonegrill (plenty of meat which you cook to your liking on a hot lava stone (this will probably be the most expensive meal at about 80 TL per couple)well worth it, and if you want to eat far too much in a beatiful village up in the mountains, go to the Tree of Idleness - (made famous by Lawrence Durell when he wrote Bitter Lemons) in Bellapaix where you can have the fantastic Meze consisting of about 19 cold starters, followed by 4 hot ones, before launching into your Kleftico, meatballs, chicken or what ever (complete with side order of vegetables) followed by beautiful prepared platter of fresh fruit,,,oh and the coffee and brandy - all for 25 TL per person...(get those elasticated trousers on order now). Also next to it, the Abbey Bell Tower and Bellapiax Gardens is highly recommended (in fact you cant go wrong in any of the places up here) A visit to the world famous 12th century Abbey is a must followed by the traditional cypriot evenings in any of the local restaurants nearby. Out of the village into Kyrenia, The Mirabelle in Kyrenia has changed hands from traditional cuisine to a fantastic curry house, well worth a visit. The trip to the Harbour is well worth it and be spoilt for choice for the harbourside restaurants. Whoever is reading this and planning their trip, go, and enjoy, because I know we will be back later on this year.
One downside, there are bulding works going on right outside the Hotel (I know there are building works going on everywhere on the Island) but they started at 7am and were not really intrusive (just take earplugs) and dont let this bit spoil your holiday - it didn't spoil ours.
We were recommended this hotel by friends and were not disapointed. It is such a relaxing hotel and very well organised we could have just stayed at the hotel. The rooms are very clean and well thought out with all the facilities. We had the meze at the restaurant and this was very reasonably priced and had good entertainment. Breakfast can be served to your room at no extra cost. I would return to the Hideaway tomorrow if I could and would recommend it to anyone. The only downside is the trek into town - about 15 mins by taxi.
We stayed at the Hideaway for the first time in May 2005. We decided on the Hideaway from looking at a number of hotels on the internet and weren't disappointed.
Right from the start the staff were helpful, allowing us to move rooms when our first one was too close to the road outside.
We stayed in a garden suite, which had plenty of outside space on the terrace. The pool was also fantastic - a decent size and not too crowded.
We flew to Larnaca and the hotel organised a taxi to pick us up - I'd recommend this as it is cheaper, and you avoid the stop in Turkey on the way.
Don't miss the castle - it is well worth the climb to the top for the views.
Without doubt the place to relax......
Having just returned from the Hideaway Club and also after reading the other reviews we can honestly say that our opinions are divided on this hotel. When we initially returned we felt pretty disheartened by our holiday on the whole but on reflection this was mainly to do with the tour operator and the "package" side of things and NOT the Hideaway Club. For what it's worth here's our review:
Firstly we'll get the negatives out of the way. Yes, as another review has stated the Hideaway is, well, hidden away. You will need car hire or taxis if you don't wish to walk over ½ mile in the North Cyprus heat to get anywhere, that's of course if you wish to venture out. And yes you are charged for the safety deposit box in your room (if you use it) and yes all food and drinks are charged in pounds sterling and correct again there is a 5% charge for using a credit card. So in a nutshell you are pretty remote and unless you are quite fit or happy to hire a car/catch a taxi then the chances are you will be spending sterling every day at the hotel, and it's very easy to run up a large bill if you also like G&T's in the sun by the pool!
Now were happy to get onto the positive side of things, which were very good indeed. Firstly we must thank all of the staff at the Hideaway Club. They are fantastic and the service they provide is excellent. Every morning you are greeted with big smiles and some friendly banter, and we discovered that the staff would do anything to help. We arranged car hire through the hotel, no doubt we could have saved some money if we ventured into Kyrenia, but again it was so easy and painless. The rooms are also very good. Our room was spacious, cool, clean and had a separate lounge. The bathroom could have been larger but it more than sufficed. Then there's the weather, pool and atmosphere. OK so the Hideaway can't take the credit for the weather but the ambiance around the pool was sublime. Maybe because it's slightly off the beaten track or slightly exclusive, but it really helps in attracting people that want to relax and enjoy their holiday, and it is relaxing! The pool is one of the most relaxing that we have had the pleasure of lounging around. To top all of this is the people that you meet. If you're after cosmopolitan then don't come as all the other guests that we met were British but everyone was very friendly, nice and had time for you and it's easy to see why people do come back time and time again just for this.
To sum up we would highly recommend the Hideaway Club but only if you really enjoy relaxing and winding down. If you're looking for somewhere near to action, restaurants and nice beaches then it's not for you, unless of course you don't mind getting taxis or car hire everywhere.
To finish we would like to share a few tips that we wish we had known before travelling to the Hideaway:
1. Only take pound sterling and plenty of it, The Hideaway Club, supermarkets and all restaurants we visited take this currency. They will give you change in TL which you can use for taxis. Also many of the restaurants displayed their menu in sterling anyway, so we didn't see the need at all for taking any TL.
2. Visit the supermarket (left at the coast road near the hotel). Big, air conditioned, cheap and takes sterling (it's ideal for bottled water, fruit, local bread, pastries & local brandy).
3. Ask the guests at the Hideaway to recommend restaurants, as there are plenty to choose from around Kyrenia. Also restaurants go in and out of favour all of the time so it's best to ask, "what's currently in favour". We had some excellent food. We particularly enjoyed Le Jardin, The Ambiance, The Roof Top in Kyrenia harbour and Niazis.
4. Ensure you have enough sterling to pay your hotel bill and hence avoid the 5% credit card rip off or TL rate fluctuations!
5. Finally, but maybe just our personal preference is that in the future we would only book with the hotel direct and arrange our own flights and transfers. It's a shame but this is the first package holiday that we have been on in several years and all it's really done is remind us why we prefer independent travel so much, but that's another story and we have already gone on long enough!
So good everybody goes again!
I always used to have a rule regarding holidays - there are so many places to see you should never go back to the same place. The Hideaway Club in North Cyprus made a mockery of that rule - we have gone back 6 years running!
Well, the staff and owners are so friendly and the atmosphere so cordial that you relax the moment you arrive. Not overbearing - if you want to be left in peace no problem, but if you want to be treated like one of the family, that is how you are made to feel. You can be served breakfast on your balcony in splendid seclusion or be entertained by the early morning banter on the roof-top terrace.
The rooms are ideal with all the amenities you need on holiday; the setting is lovely with views of the sea and mountains; the service is impeccable and always with a smile (or a laugh if you prefer); the pool, bar and roof-top restaurant are beautifully looked after and very welcoming.
But, perhaps the most striking feature of a stay at the Hideaway is the fact that within a few days (probably hours) you have made so many friends with other guests, local taxi owners, restauranteurs etc. It really does live up to the Club part of the name and you are made to feel a very special member of that club.
If your idea of a holiday hotel is an impersonal establishment and an aloof attitude then the Hideaway Club is not for you. But if you enjoy a relaxing environment soaking up plenty of sunshine and good food and, especially, good company then the Hideaway is well worth at least one visit.
It might make you break the rule of a lifetime!
Hideaway Club, Kyrenia
My family have just returned from a five day stay at the Hideway Club hotel in the hills above Kyrenia in Northern Cyprus. The rooms were very pleasant, each having a small lounge area next to the bedroom. Unfortunately the bathrooms are very small (our rooms only had showers, no bath) and dark and would benefit from proper lighting. Our room rate included an excellent breakfast. The hotel staff were very friendly and helpful, but some of the extra charges are questionable...when paying our hotel bill we were charged an extra 5% because we were paying by credit card (something not mentioned at time of reservation). There was an extra charge of 50 p per day to use the safety deposit box in our room (we declined, and had to hand back the key!). Drinks in the bar/round the pool are all charged in UK pounds and were rather high we thought. The pool area is very pleasant and has a nice view over the coast below. A car is essential as there is not much within walking distance. Kyrenia town and the outskirts are being hideously overdeveloped, construction everywhere you look and every other shop is a British estate agent selling villas and apartments. There seems to be a large population of British expats in the area and many of the restaurants we sampled cater for them. The traffic along the coast road west of Kyrenia was very tiresome, bumper to bumper a lot of the time. All in all, the town and outskirts are best avoided as it's one of the ugliest places we have been to.
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