Cyprus Villages Traditional Houses

7740 Tokhni, Larnaca, Cyprus

Tokhni, House & Pool

By Marc Dubin, your Larnaca expert

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#3 of 5
expert-rated hotels in Larnaca
Expert overall rating:4.3 out of 5
Location:
4.3
4.3
Bedrooms:
4.1
4.1
Eating/drinking:
3.8
3.8
Public areas:
4.2
4.2
Leisure facilities:
4.3
4.3
Service:
4.3
4.3
Value for money:
4.3
4.3
Recommended for:
Couples, Families with teenagers, Seasoned travellers, Sporty types, Design and architecture, Escaping the crowds, Relaxation, Sightseeing

Best for On a budget - Expert review of Cyprus Villages Traditional Houses

A pioneering, 1987-founded scheme of cozy apartments in carefully restored houses.

Some 50 of these are scattered across three stone-built villages in the Larnaca foothills. Although bookings for the odd night are more than welcome at slow times, they’re geared up mainly for one-week, build-yourself packages including car hire or airport transfer.

Location: 

The houses are primarily in the eminently picturesque villages of Tokhni and Kalavasos, some 4km southwest. You couldn’t find a better touring base – nowhere in southern Cyprus is much more than an hour distant, in the case of Nicosia, Larnaca and Limassol rather less by motorway.

Bedrooms: 

Or rather, apartments – these vary from modern, purpose-built units closest to the scheme’s office in Tokhni to rambling, converted old houses in both villages, which preserve original characteristics like soaring arches, and feature tasteful, mock-antique furnishings, including canopy beds. Over the years I’ve stayed at several different units; much the best for tranquility and standard of restoration was at the Myrto complex in Tokhni. Size ranges from studios to two-bedroom apartments, though all have large, well-equipped kitchens, usually with terraces or patios.

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Public areas: 

Strictly speaking, these are confined to the terraces around the reception in Tokhni. There is  WiFi signal at the Tokhni office (indeed across much of the village), but only at the central kafeneio in Kalavasos.

Eating and drinking: 

The Tokhni Taverna, right by the reception, provides meals – though I’ve only eaten there once, years ago – and buffet breakfast. In Kalavasos, Yiorkos Evdokiou’s central kafeneio on the shaded, triangular plaza provides a filling breakfast at reasonable cost, though all units here are on a self-catering basis.

Leisure facilities: 

There’s a communal swimming pool in each village, while a couple of the remote houses in Tokhni have their own pool. A big attraction is the Drapia Riding Farm on the edge of Kalavasos, while there are affiliated mountain-biking stations in the centre of each village. Tokhni has a massage and hamam facility, as well as seminar rooms.

Service: 

Friendly and willing – many staff have been in place for years. Car hire and airport pickup can be arranged.

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Who stays there: 

Young couples and families from across Europe (primarily Scandanavia, Germany, Holland, Belgium). Keen cyclists, special interest groups attending seminars.

Price advice: 

Rates, which vary little across the week or the year, start from 50 euros for a studio and 60 euros for a 1-bedroom apartment.

Pros: 
Attractive village settings
Spacious units, especially in older houses
Cons: 
Older units are overdue for refreshing
Poor sound insulation in many Kalavasos houses

More information on Cyprus Villages Traditional Houses:

Type:
Self Catering
Address:
7740 Tokhni, Larnaca, Cyprus
Free tags / Keywords:
Cycle touring
Amenities:
High-Speed Internet, Parking, Restaurant, Swimming Pool

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