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BUILDING: Part of the Atrium is a traditional 1912 historic building, fully renovated, combining modern comforts but at the same time retaining its traditional Cypriot charm with an intimate atmosphere and 3 categories of rooms of different standards.
ACOMMODATION: The hotel was fully booked during my stay and I was not able to experience a stay at an Executive or a Club room, not even had the chance to see what the rooms look like.
My room had ...
The buildings which have been restored, date back to the end of the 18th century and are typical examples of traditional Cypriot urban architecture.
The main Tourist Information Centre is also out here where walking tours around the city centre start on Mondays, Thursdays and ...
... offers interesting choice of Vegetarian food as well).
My main course was the Fresh Salmon Escalope served with Jumbo Prawns in Lobster sauce for €36.00. The side dish was spinach Timbale, Steamed Carrots, Parsley Potatoes. A dish I highly recommend to everyone who appreciates good food.
My friends had the 'Garidomakaronada’ - Jumbo Prawns with Tomato & Fresh Basil Sauce served with Tomato Spaghetti for €38.00. The ...
... arrive Adana 0725hrs. At 0720hrs we've been stationary in the middle of nowhere for 5mins so assume waiting fo signals to enter Adana. Find location on Google Maps and realise that Adana is some way away. Far away in fact. Search for a guard and told "Big problem, big problem....may be ten....half ten". What?!? I have a flight to catch. Eventually arrive an hour and a half late into Adana. Taxi driver looks like an extra from Planet of the ...
... in utter desolation, their owners gone after the hostilities that started with the Turkish invasion of 1974, followed by the separation in 1983. Some without a trace.
Smart buildings are crumbling down as if they were built of bread, the sun relentlessly parching cracks in the crust of the walls and sills. It is a sad sight. The Turkish section boasts the most beautiful buildings: for example the BŁyŁk Han caravanserai and the St. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Almond Holiday Village Alsancak - Karavas
All chilled out
Just returned last night to a cold wet stansted after two great weeks in sunny North Cyprus.
We stayed in one of the hotel rooms, they also have bungalows and could not wish for anywhere better to relax and unwind. The location is perfectly situated for you to peacefully while away the hours by reading a book by the pool and unlike other places I have stayed at you do not get constantly hassled to buy drinks (especially if like me you don't drink alcohol)
The food is outstanding with a wide variety of dishes, all of which were very reasonably priced and freshly prepared.
It was our first visit, unlike the majority of the guests who seem to return annually, we hopefully will return in the future and encourage all potential visitors to stay here in this beautiful country which deserves more visitors.
Brilliant in All Respects
A very warm welcome awaited us on arrival. It just got better - we were shown to our bungalow which was spotlessly clean, had everything we needed and was spacious. All of the staff were so helpful, efficient, friendly and courteous. The grounds and gardens are kept immaculate. It is one of the best and cleanest swimming pools I have ever seen. There was never a shortage of sunbeds. All of the guests were very friendly indeed. The food was of excellent quality. We will definitely go back to Almond Village - it is one of the very best holidays we have ever had in Northern Cyprus. Highly recommended.
Just arrived back 29/5/2007. We have stayed here several times before and wish to pass on our views of what we think is a fantastic small holiday complex. The Almond Holiday Village is family run. You are made to feel part of their family not just a paying guest. Everything about the place is perfection, food, pool, gardens, bar and accomodation. The family and staff do everything within their power to make your stay memorable. We stayed on a B & B basis, the food was excellent for the cost, and it was served really well. We used British Airways flight to Larnaca in the south and Almond Holiday Villiage arranged our transfer by Taxi to the North,Almond arranged car hire for the holiday( there own car hire) .
We would recomend Almond Holiday Villiage to anybody wishing to holiday in the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus as it is a truly fantastic holiday resort.
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Trevor & Liz Graham
What a welcome!
We have just returned from a week at the Almond Holiday Village. We have stayed 3 times before over a number of years. This is a family run business with parents, daughters and son all playing their part.
The family are extremely friendly and helpful, nothing too much trouble. Their holiday village consists of delightful one or two bedroom villas or hotel rooms. The gardens surrounding the villas and pool have shady trees and colourful flower beds giving a very peaceful atmosphere.
The rooms are spotlessly clean with linen changed every day. The large pool has a shallow child friendly side pool. It is 5 minutes away from beach resorts and choice of other restaurants and supermarkets.
They will arrange flights, transfers and good quality hire cars at very competitive prices. Breakfast is included and there is a pool side bar and indoor restaurant. Everything you need for a welcoming, relaxing holiday with stunning views of the Bespar mountains. Give it a try, you won't regret it!
Home from Home
We have been staying at Almond Village for the last 3 years and are already looking forward to our next holiday there for 3 weeks next year We have been going to Northern Cyprus on Holiday for the last 8 years.We used to stay at LA hotel in Lapta but since we discovered Almond we would not stay anywhere else. The complex consists of twenty villas around a massive swimming pool,and it is all set in fantastic gardens,It is family run by a lovely family who go out of ther way to make you feel at home,nothing is too much trouble for them,anything you want,Just Ask.The grounds and the Villas are absolutely spotless.The gardens are always being tended and the Villas are cleaned everyday.We always book directly with them and Gulten the oldest daughter who is the PA and Reservations manager arranges everything for us.flights, transfers,car hire.
This year they have added 6 2 bedroom family villas to the complex.
If you choose to eat here the food is very good,we stay bed and breakfast ,which consists of cereals,eggs,bacon,omelettes,fruit,lovely fresh bread every morning.And of course pots of tea or coffee and fruitjuice.
All in all we really look forward to our stay at Almond and to us it feels just like coming home when we arrive.
Finally Made it!
I had tried to book this accomadation several times in the past but it was always full! Certainly made me curious, talking to various people on our previous trips we found that most rated the Almond and would always stay there from choice. This made me even more determined that on at least one of our future trips we would give it a go.
Finally made it earlier this month.
First impression of the room was a little disappointing, not so well laid out as some of the places we have stayed in, but I have to say immaculate.
Owners and staff more than welcoming,pool area well kept and inviting.
Food was a definate hit, we never bothered eating out all week
(never been known before).
So many people we met were repeat visitors it was incredible, they all felt it was like a second home.
So do we after this visit, it will always remain my number one choice from now on.
Nothing is too much trouble for Ali and his family, the welcome they give is lovely, the food great, couldn't ask for more..
First Class Place
My wife and I stayed at the Almond in October 2005 and found the place and the family who run it first class, you would have to be a very particular individual to come away from a stay here and not feel satisfied.
You can retreat to your bungalow in total privacy if you wish, or make full use of the facilities and the family, who will see to your every need with an enthuisiasm that is rarely seen in travel these days.
Travel to and from Northern Cyprus is tedious with the mandatory stop in Turkey however the Almond Village will collect and deliver you back to Larnaca if you wish.
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If you are looking for a relaxing, beautiful holiday, Then I recommend Almond Holiday Village, I've been going there for the past 5 years, the family run hotel make you feel loved, and make you feel like you want to go back to that hotel next year. It's a lovely time; you can lie by the pool stare at the lovely blue sky, or even stare at the lovely mountains. I recommend this hotel any time.
A great holiday
We stayed at the Almond Holiday Village at the end of Sept and thought it was one of the best holidays in the Mediterranean we've had. Ali, Dervise, and their family were wonderful hosts in that they made you feel welcome from the minute you arrive to when they personally see you off at the door like you are old friends. As this is a small complex you are on first name terms with them and the other guests within hours of arriving (assuming you want to be that is). The 'villas' consist of a downstairs toilet/shower room, lounge area and kitchen area with a galleried bedroom upstairs with air-con plus a patio area from where you can see the pool and the beautifully kept gardens with an amazing selection of shrubs, trees and flowers. Although fully booked sunbeds were always available. Ahmet, their son, runs the pool bar which is normally open until late and can get a bit noisy - but then you are on holiday and we had many laughs and met some great characters round the bar. We didn't have a problem with noise and our villa was only feet away - we just closed the windows and shutters. Lunch and dinner at the Almond is reasonably priced but you need to confirm dinner by 5.30pm as it is all freshly prepared. Gulten, one of the daughters is usually at reception and is very knowledgeable and can sort out car hire, taxi's, restaurant bookings etc. and there is a little typed brochure in the villas which gives lots of info and detailed directions on how to get to places. Nothing is too much trouble for any of them and their staff are very trustworthy - many have worked at the Almond for years. As the family have lived in the UK their English is good so there's no problem communicating. We were told that 80% of their guests are returning ones and many go back year after year, some for 3 weeks or more so you can't get a better recommendation. The Almond is in Alsancak which is about 20 minutes west of Kyrenia (Girne) but at the moment, due to road & pavement improvements, it can take longer. The locals drive like they are in a rush but are very polite towards tourists (hire cars have red no. plates) and the dolmus (buses) run very frequently but you would need to hire a car if you wanted to see the island fully and is around £20 per day. We hired a car for one week and used local transport or walked for the 2nd week (although other guests offered us lifts).
We would recommend visiting St Hilarion Castle as the views are breathtaking, Bellapais Abbey, Salamis Ruins near Famagusta and a little known place called the Blue House on the west side near Camlibel which is on an army base (you need to take your passports) which was owned by a Greek lawyer who also dealt in arms smuggling and is still as it was when he fled. The tour is conducted by one of the army lads and is very interesting and only costs 1 lira (45p) to get in! Also drive up the Karpas Peninsula. You will see cows being milked, goats being herded , children will call hello and the locals will give you a wave and stop off at a restaurant for a traditional lunch of chicken, roast potatoes and veg casserole for just a few pounds. A nice beach is Escape which costs 8 lira p.p and you get a sun bed and umbrella on the beach or go up on the elevated grass area and lie on massive cushions. The Kyrenia harbour is lovely both day and night and we ate at the Roof Restaurant which had a set price of 28 lira (£12) for a great view and 3 course dinner. Our favourite restaurants were the Saint Tropez (yummy sauces on fillet steaks, chicken breast etc) which is just outside Alsancak on the way to Kyrenia. The owner trained in one of the hotels in Park Lane, London so it is first class for service and food without the London prices. They also give you complimentary coffee and liqueur. Another 2 restaurants we liked were The Ambience and the Messina, which are very close to each other, and both overlook the sea. Once again the menu and service were very good. We also liked the Legend restaurant at Camelot beach Alsancak but as it had only been open a couple of months they don't have the reputation of the others and was very quiet but give it a try and it is only a few minutes walk from the Almond. All these restaurants charge around the same price. If you want an authentic Turkish Cypriot meal then try the Cenap in Alsancak village. They only do a mezes but we counted 32 dishes! The locals use it too.
We booked with Cyprus Direct Holidays but most of the people at the Almond had booked direct (look at their web site on ---). We were told that about 3 years ago there were 4 estate agents and now there are about 50 who are all advertising on billboards along the road where new builds are going up - hopefully this will not spoil this lovely country and its people. If you are debating whether to holiday on the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus then go on and give it a try, and would definitely recommend the Almond Holiday Village.