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By Marc Dubin, your Polis expert

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expert-rated hotels in Polis
Best for Families -
Expert overall rating:4.7 (out of 5)

Well-designed beachfront complex that’s enduringly popular with families

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Best for Food -
Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

A suitably paradaisical retreat in beautiful countryside, with sweeping views.

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Best for Escapists -
Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

A rural spa-hotel on the site of a 17th-century monastery.

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Best for The Beach -
Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

Welcoming if simple family-run hotel with an unbeatable beach setting

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Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

Well-established, small apartment complex with knockout views

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Best for On a budget -
Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

A newish, low-frills inn arrayed around a former 19th-century coffee house.

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Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

Best-sited beachfront hotel in the Polis area

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The town of Polis itself has just one recommended hotel (Natura Beach) – most of the acommodation in the area lies along the coast towards the west, between here and the unique natural habitat of the Akamas Peninsula. The fishing port of Latchi has some hotels and holiday villages, but to my mind the best places to stay locally are behind pristine Asprokremmos beach – the Aphrodite Beach and Anassa hotels.
I’ve also selected some quite new establishments tucked away in the hills just above Polis, for example the Paradisos Hills and Ayii Anargyri spa resort.

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.
● 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. 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 across the island are almost always unheated, which makes them effectively unusable from November to April. The sea is often warmer.
● 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 or been converted to apartments for sale to overseas second-home buyers.

Aside from the 7 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 – everything from small rural inns to self-contained beachside resorts.

Aside from that, I have certain other criteria. My picks need to be open all (or at least most of the) year, 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 a regrettable development that’s only occasionally an opportunity to upgrade premises. I’ve excluded all-inclusive resorts, because the food is often dire and their existence has killed off numerous independent tavernas in the immediate area. 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.