Nicosia-Kyrenia Highway, Kyrenia, Cyprus
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Seasoned travellers, Stag / hen parties, Great views / scenery, Relaxation, Sightseeing, Special occasions
Expert review of Onar Village
This medium-sized, long-established complex of just 20 villas and 44 standard rooms is a good choice for families, though teenagers may get bored as it’s quite isolated. The place was at the epicentre of a catastrophic 1995 forest fire, but lovingly tended landscaping has grown in considerably since then.
Just above the Nicosia-Kyrenia motorway, at the big, town-edge roundabout. You cannot safely walk to anything – you need a hire car or a taxi.
All units are sizeable for their respective type. Galleried villas have full kitchens (with ovens), baths and individual water heaters – thus suitable for winter-long stays – and will fit 4 (2 kids downstairs on sofa beds). However the light-pine-and-white-tile decor here, and in the older hotel-room wing, is ripe for a makeover. The more recently built hotel wing closest to the indoor pool has much better bathrooms but also more road noise.
The main indoor area is the smallish restaurant, whose views past palm trees over the town and the Med are best enjoyed from the wooden-floor-and-ceiling extension. There’s also a lobby-bar, and metered WiFi throughout.
Breakfast is reportedly only adequate; meze-format suppers are rated better and more varied than limited-choice table d’hote. Meals are on the pricey side for northern Cyprus, at 18–23 euros a head, plus drink.
The outdoor infinity pool is L-shaped, with a swim-up bar; the skylit indoor pool is equally attractive, and the backup facility when the main pool is booked for weddings and other events. Leading off the indoor pool area is an ornate hamam (seasonally operational), massage rooms, sauna and small gym – not quite a ‘spa’ but getting there.
Reported a mixed bag – poolside and restaurant personnel are engaging, but the reception staff in particular could be more cheerful. A new, keen manager has been in place since late 2010, so hopefully improvements will result – for example increasing frequency of the once-daily courtesy bus into town.Largely British, though increasing numbers of Italians, Dutch, Germans; significant number of families and repeat visitors.
Largely British, though increasing numbers of Italians, Dutch, Germans; significant number of families and repeat visitors.
Rack rates of 55-70 euros by season are the figures to beat online.
More information on Onar Village:
- Nicosia-Kyrenia Highway, Kyrenia, Cyprus
- Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Restaurant, Swimming Pool