Cyprus Hotels, Resorts & Guest Houses - Accommodation
Cyprus hotels cover the spectrum from luxury five-star resorts to low-key family guest houses. However, they have all got one thing in common; they fill up quickly in the summer months. Cyprus remains an enduringly popular holiday destination for British tourists who flock to its resorts and beaches to enjoy year-round sunshine, warm seas and a reassuringly familiar environment. Historic links with the island mean that over 80% of visitors to Cyprus are from Britain and the package-holiday resorts such as Ayia Napa and Limassol have a distinct whiff of the English seaside.
Most of the tourism is focused on the southern Greek-Cypriot part of the island and this is where most of the heavy development has taken place. The Turkish North is popular with a different type of holidaymaker, appealing to anyone in search of a quieter break. Most visitors arrive on pre-booked package holidays and independent travellers can find it difficult to get a room (this is no accident and is a direct result of block-bookings). One way around the problem is to start looking as early as possible and try to be flexible about when you can travel. As with most holiday destinations, hotel conditions vary enormously and it pays to spend some time researching where you’re going to stay before you book.
The most popular types of hotels are the ‘all-inclusive’ resort complexes, which are typically set in landscaped gardens with swimming pool/spa facilities attached. More often than not, meals and evening entertainment are available, and because many have a beachfront location it’s perfectly possible to spend your entire holiday relaxing in their confines. The quality of these establishments ranges from the ridiculous to the sublime (to the ridiculously sublime) and several of Cyprus’ five-star complexes would give any in the world a run for their money.
There are a number of ways to find reliable information about Cyprus’ hotels and where to get the best deals, with the Internet being the current favourite. However, it’s also worth giving Teletext a shot, as well as the usual round of high street travel agents, charter companies and newspaper small ads.