About 1km or 15 minutes’ walk out of the town centre, on the inland side of the Kryo Nero beach avenue, on a slight elevation 150m from the sea.
Rooms come either as standard or as two grades of suites, all kitted out in beige, tan, brown and dark-charcoal livery. Most have oblique sea or pool views – full-on Med prospects are rare, that’s the limitation of original building. Standard rooms smallish, though the glass partition between the tub and the sleeping area gives an illusion of greater space. It’s worth the extra for a junior suite, with big balconies and plush furnishings; bathrooms have superior fittings, including a proper shower cubicle and two sinks. Beach towels, bathrobes, slippers and luxury cosmetics are provided as a matter of course. The pièces de résistance are the grand suites (just 1 on each floor), effectively apartments with 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, capacious sitting room with more colour accents and a jacuzzi on the terrace. By contrast, the so-called executive poolside bungalows fall somewhere between standard rooms and junior suites – hardly cutting-edge design, with too much white melamine to my taste.
The main foyer is airy, with an autré touch in the partitions made of cypress trunks; the Andama sea-view bar features mismatched chairs and live bands nightly. Free WiFi signal near reception.
Eating and drinking
Buffet breakfasts are substantial and varied. The most popular dinner format is half board buffet at the main Flavours restaurant, themed geographically every evening; the summer-only a la carte White Linen restaurant working from under the tennis court is popular for its Cypriot fare. Allow 60–75 euros per couple a la carte.
Engagingly squishy naugahyde loungers surround the large, unheated outdoor pool. A heated indoor pool, subterranean but with good natural light, flanks the gym and somewhat basic massage facility. The gym and pools are free, though the hamam, jacuzzi and sauna are charged for. There’s also a floodlit tennis court.
Mid-ranking staff are mainly Bulgarian for now, and top notch. Touches like free nibbles with drinks, and fruit “kebabs” at poolside, are appreciated.
Who stays there
A multinational clientele, predominantly English, Scandanavians and Swiss; wedding parties.
April/May prices are excellent value; at peak seasons, 160 euros for standards and 230 euro for the junior suites are the benchmarks to beat. Space permitting off season, you may be offered a free upgrade from standard to junior suite. Half board may be little different in price than B&B, and especially in shoulder season (when most Ayia Napa restaurants are closed) is worth taking.
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Families with younger children
- Stag / hen parties
- Great views / scenery
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Surprisingly soothing contemporary design
- Attentive service
- Big pool
- The suites
- Few direct sea views
- Lack of a spa, given the star rating
- Bungalows – aren’t really executive