So Nice Boutique Suites

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Address: Nissi 103, 5330 Ayia Napa, Cyprus

Star rating:
3 star hotel

4.4

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

This formerly B-class aparthotel of self-catering bungalows was upgraded in 2008 to a cutting-edge, full-service establishment. Fountain-walls along entry path, with their alternating nocturnal floodlight colours, set the tone from the start.

Location
4.6
90%
Eating/drinking
4.6
90%
Leisure facilities
4.1
90%
Service
4.6
90%
Value for money
4.3
90%
Bedrooms
4.5
90%
Public areas
4.3
90%

Location

In densely landscaped grounds behind Landa cove, about 2km west of the town centre – easy cycling distance – and given the token parking here, cycle hire (or taking the bus) for to-ing and fro-ing is a good idea.

Bedrooms

The 60 bungalow-suites, sporting a rather arresting gumdrop palette, are classed junior and senior. The former have just one room and fit two adults and an infant at best; the senior comprise two rooms, 45 square meters in total, and can accommodate parents plus two small children. They also have the signal advantages of a roof terrace and/or a private plunge pool. Bathrooms in both are small but cute, with marble trim and recessed purple-haze lighting. The kitchens are perfunctory with their small fridges and two electric hobs, but with good grub on site (read on) you wouldn’t make more than breakfast or tea here. Sea views are limited to the roof terraces, and upper storeys of the higher duplex bungalows – otherwise you may just have an eyeful of the next bungalow. Bungalows closest to the avenue get some traffic noise.

Public areas

The small reception lobby constitutes a rainbow spectacle, but isn't really a place to linger. The main draw is an enormous lawn – with a wedding pavillion at the far end – leading to the beach. To one side is a chill-out lounge, with huge bean-bag chains under a spreading ficus. There’s free WiFi inside, but barely a dozen spaces in the car park.

Eating and drinking

The poolside Blu restaurant is the venue for breakfast, lunch snacks and supper (buffet or set menu); the rooftop, summer-only rooftop Nozomi Japanese restaurant is a branch of the one in Knightsbridge, with better service and a cheaper menu than its parent.

Leisure facilities

Essentially the enormous, centrepiece lagoon-pool; there’s no gym or indoor pool.

Service

Very good, including such touches as late check-out and/or courtesy beach towels offered to those with a late flight departure.

Who stays there

Young trendies – including some young families – of various nationalities; wedding parties.

Price advice

Owing to its relatively small capacity and popularity, So Nice may be booked up much of the summer, and often shows no availability on booking engines. A three-day minimum stay policy is in effect for much of the year. Published room-only rates begin from about 100 euros low season.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool

Recommended for

  • Families with younger children
  • Foodies
  • Honeymooners
  • Singles
  • Stag / hen parties
  • Relaxation
  • Romance
  • Trendiness
  • Chilling out
  • Design and architecture

Pros & Cons

  • Quasi-private beach
  • Calm for most units
  • Excellent restaurants on-site
  • Indifferent views from some units
  • Inadequate parking space
  • Candy-colour scheme may not appeal
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