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.
Beyond the 46 establishments listed across the seven resort areas are various others I’m keeping an 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 mountain 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 that’s only occasionally an opportunity to upgrade premises. 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. 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.
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