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Expert overall rating:4.7 (out of 5)

Low-key luxury and superb service behind lush beachfront gardens

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Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

Stylishly understated boutique hotel with a name for good service

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Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

Design-led bungalow complex behind one of the quietest local beaches.

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  The Ayia Napa hotel profile splits neatly into two: west along Nissi Avenue for several kilometres, behind smallish pocket coves of fine sand, and east along Kryou Nerou Avenue behind the long, uninterrupted Limanaki beach. Along Nissi, the So Nice Boutique Suites set a benchmark for local design, nearly matched by the Napa Mermaid in the opposite direction. Standards at town-centre accommodation tends to be lower; I hope to soon add a hotel in the neighbouring resort of Protaras, 4km northeast.

Things to consider when booking:
● Prices are apt to be more reasonable during shoulder season (May–June & Sept–Oct). The weather then, to my mind, is ideal compared to summer – not too hot but with a swimmable sea. You are also more likely to find a vacancy, though desirable hotels can suddenly get packed out at any time by anything from wedding parties to foreign sports teams on a winter training trip to NATO troops from Afghanistan on a rowdy R&R break.
● Cypriot hotels are almost universally overrated by the standards of the wider world – a five-star hotel in Cyprus would generally rate only four stars elseewhere, a four-star establishment just three (or maybe three-and-a-half). I make happy exceptions to this pattern clear in my recommendations.
● In recent years, hotel staff are increasingly from other new EU member-states, in particular central Europe, Ukraine and the Russian Federation. It is entirely possible to spend your entire stay without conversing with a Cypriot. Inevitably a few of the foreign staff are grumpy, but most are excellent.
● Outdoor pools are almost always unheated, which makes them effectively unusable from November to April. The sea is often warmer. Multistarred hotels usually maintain a heated indoor pool.
● Breakfast is almost always included in the room price (except in self-catering facilities), and is generally worth taking; in multi-starred hotels, it’s a lavish hot-and-cold buffet with extra items like omelettes and pancakes cooked to order.
 

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I’ve used my two decades of visiting Cyprus for guidebook research, and my extensive network of contacts there, to keep abreast of hotel trends. One of these is plainly evident – problematic establishments have either gone bust, upgraded themselves to stay competitive or been converted to apartments for sale to overseas second-home buyers.

Beyond the 4 establishments listed here are several others I’m keeping on eye on with the intent to include in the future, if necessary by replacing the current listings. For the moment, I’ve included a broad range of places in terms of price, intended clientele (young couples, families with kids, mature travellers) and also facilities .

Aside from that, I have certain other criteria. My picks need to be open all year (or very nearly so), and to have somebody at the front desk or at least within hailing distance constantly. Many seaside hotels have taken to closing between November and some time in April, a regrettable development that’s only occasionally an opportunity for necessary renovations. I’ve excluded all-inclusive-only resorts, because the food is often dire and their existence has killed off numerous independent tavernas in the immediate area. All my Ayia Napa choices have at least some dedicated parking – a nightmare otherwise. And I’ve given preference, where known, to ethical/green restoration projects with a commitment to sustainability – a pressing issue on an island where all fuel must be imported and droughts are a regular occurrence.
 

Simonseeks has given star ratings out of five for all accommodation recommendations. With hotels, these will tally with the hotel's official star rating where it exists. Where a hotel has no official star rating, and in the case of b & bs and hostels, the experts have made a judgment as to how many stars the accommodation deserves, in terms of comfort, level of facilities and so forth.