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Travel Blogs from Alsancak - Karavas
... our mouths from the bottle, everyone got up on tables and danced (so logically we did too) and then we went back to the villa to tell everyone else to come over. At first they did not believe us (I mean, we could hardly believe we did all that as well!)
We ended the night with a bunch of dancing and karaoke at the bar where we also met some new friends from the UK who were there for a wedding. Around 3 am we all jumped in the pool ...
... one young couple who may yet get a slap from me before I leave because of the continual giggle from her during every giggling conversation in the pool - get a room why don't ya - I must say I we are quite surprised by the number of young couples here (and so tall). It's not a bad hotel but there is hardly any nightlife around but then a lot of them end up playing cards so maybe it is how they spend those long winter nights oh, of ...
... 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. ...
Old tubes block a stretch of the tarmac, creating a spot where you're not supposed to park your car. So children can play there. But when is playtime? Public space is confiscated for private enterprise, like building a boat. Isn't that an odd place to build a boat: in the center of a walled city within a city that is miles and miles away from the sea?
... to all kinds of buses and my expectations for this little island were unfairly low. The bus system, as Anna explained to me, is pretty new. I could tell. The ride was smooth, the bus new and clean, the air conditioning on full blast... I even had the seat next to me free for the entire ride. The only annoyance came from a woman who I'd take to be in her fifties who thought it was a good idea to play 20 second sound bites of random songs from her ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Almond Holiday Village Alsancak - Karavas
Just returned last night to a cold wet stansted after two great weeks in sunny North Cyprus.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).