Bellapais Monastery Village - Kyrenia, North Cyprus

Bellapais Monastery Village Kyrenia North Cyprus
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Bellapais Monastery Hotel is a 4 star hotel set into the Five Finger Mountains in North Cyprus. With stunning views down to the coastline from its rooftop restaurant, the Bellapais Monastery Village Hotel enjoys endless sunshine on its terraces, combined with cooling summer breezes. The atmospheric ruined Abbey at Bellapais village is just a few minutes walk away from your spacious bungalow or room at the Bellapais Monastery Village.

Bellapais Monastery Village Reviews (57 Reviews)

  Submitted by Pam and Steve from Littleborough on Apr 24, 2017

We always book in at Bellapais Monastery Village with GoNorthCyprus, you won't find a better standard of service anywhere in our opinion, along with wonderful food and well-appointed rooms. There are a lot of steps as the setting is quite steep but I've seen the staff helping guests with mobility problems and the hotel runs a shuttle bus into the town, so it's easy to get around without having to walk the fair distance. We are always made to feel very welcome here, the staff are so lovely and the... more

  Submitted by Oliver and Caroline from Buxton on Oct 24, 2016

Just got back from the seven-day break in this hotel and we had a very nice time., exactly as promised by Gary at Go North CyprusThe room -- number of people of commented on how small the rooms are, well I don't know where they have stayed previously that this is quite strange as the rooms are all a very reasonable size with ample storage for clothes and a totally functional and sizeable toilet and shower. I do not believe any of the rooms have baths which was one complaint by a fellow tourist.The... more

  Submitted by Linda from Skipton on Oct 18, 2016

We loved our stay at Bellapais Monastery Village hotel and are glad we happened to find it on GoNorthCyprus when we were searching for a peaceful early autumn holiday. Not only did it have a fantastic traditional atmosphere, but it was also set in an incredibly beautiful and peaceful location. Sitting on the mountainside, you get exquisite views of the coastline below, and we loved visiting the nearby village of Bellapais for its selection of local restaurants, cafes and shops. There are also the... more

  Submitted by Sarah from Ilford on Jun 30, 2016

The beautiful setting of the Bellapais hotel really swung it for me, so I booked a week's break with my husband through GoNorthCyprus. The pictures on the website are very true to life - we thought the setting was spectacular, in the shadow of the old abbey and with lovely views over the surrounding area. Inside the hotel was just as pleasant, really attractive and comfortable. The food was brilliant and the swimming pool was clean and welcoming - from here you get a great view of the area below.... more

  Submitted by Phil Potts from Cornwall on Apr 15, 2016

We've just returned from our break, arranged through GoNorthCyprus.com and I just have to say it was superb. Traditional rustic hotel finished to a high standard with a beautiful outdoor pool area and attractive grounds. We stayed in a villa that was very comfortable and cleaned every day. It was also very quiet and peaceful, probably because we travelled out of season. One of the very best features of the hotel is the restaurant, the a la carte meals can't be faulted and we ate here every night.... more

  Submitted by Sharon from Northampton on Oct 13, 2014

If you want a relaxing holiday lazing around the pool with no children under 12, this is the place to go. The staff are very friendly and helpful, there's a courtesy bus in to Kyrenia 3 times a day and the food is very good and there is lots of it!There is a weekly Kleftico night which is really good and the staff do traditional dancing and encourage every one on to the floor. There are restaurants in nearby Bellapais that you can book, if you fancy a change, and they will pick up and return you... more

  Submitted by Alan from mid glamorgan on Oct 12, 2014

Because the flights were afternoon from Britain you will arrive near 10 30 pm their time. We asked for a bite to eat, we had an omellette which was nice but it was just because the chef was still there. The breakfast was a menu was English , American, or Cypriot, which you could mix and match what they call toast is not our toast it is hardly shown a grill but eadable their jams are an acquired taste so do not eat with your eyes We did not have h/board as there are hundreds of restaurants... more

  Submitted by Chris from Devon on Oct 10, 2014

Our flight time meant we arrived late at the hotel and all they could produce was one small sandwich! The hotel staff and rooms are fine great credit to the staff of all departments nothing was too much trouble and always smiling. The room was on 2 levels and ideal for us.We had booked for half board but after 3 days decided it wise to eat out for everything. Breakfast was alwful coffee bland,orange juice,not for the faint hearted and food uninspiring and why they have to produce a menu at breakfast... more

  Submitted by Steve and Julie from New Forest on Jul 17, 2014

We flew via Larnaca and due to a 90 minute flight delay arrived at the hotel at about midnight, however the taxi pick up was fine and the connection only took about an hour as there was little traffic. Taxi journey back to airport was also on time. Reception was efficient and although our room (2040) was like a furnace on entry, the air con was very good and got the temperature down in about 10 minutes. With the minibar prices being very reasonable (less than the bar!) we just had a beer sat outside... more

  Submitted by June from Essex on Jun 21, 2014

The hotel is an ideal venue for a quiet relaxing holiday. The accommodation is good although the decor is a little tired. Levels of cleanliness throughout are high. Staff are very friendly and work hard to ensure guests have a good holiday. The food is excellent and there is a wide choice on the menu. It was my first visit but most people had been revisiting for years and I would not hesitate to go back again in the near future.... more

  Submitted by Mr T from Wigan on Jun 20, 2014

Stayed for bed and breakfast for 10 days, in a mini villa, and stayed in for evening meal five times, unusual for us, and a testament to the cooking. Found the staff to be very friendly and helpful, courteous and polite at all times. There was a good choice of breakfast, and we enjoyed trying all the variety offered! The evening meal menu was extensive, and the food/chef was fantastic. We heard other guests making arrangements to return and spoke to many who had been before, and we could see... more

  Submitted by Mr & Mrs D Bartram from Sandhurst, Berkshire, England on May 23, 2014

Set in a beautiful and tranquil location the hotel was peaceful and comfortable and the staff were very friendly, helpful and cheerful.The villa was very comfortable and catered for all our needs. Our only concern was that we were charged 1TL for a small carton of milk when we understood tea making facilities were provided - this seem very petty and led to us bringing in our own milk.We were half board and found the selection of food in the restaurant to be good and of a high standard. The restaurant... more

  Submitted by Jay G from Devon on May 10, 2014

My wife and I escaped for a few days to the quiet village of Bellapais. It was everything we could have wanted from our holiday because it was peaceful and tranquil as well as cultured and surprisingly warm for the time of year! I booked our stay online through www.gonorthcyprus.com which I found very easy to use and the agents were really helpful in offering information about the different hotels available. We choose the Bellapais Monastery Village because it has a no child policy and we were really... more

  Submitted by Isobel Bradley from England on Apr 6, 2014

This hotel is in a good location for views, monastery and easy access to town. I think most people would want to hire a car anyway to see some of the island and castles so the fact that it is a few km from the town isn't an issue. The shuttle bus works well and is concise. The rooms are well-equipped and clean. Most of the staff are exceedingly friendly and are very willing. There is a huge menu covering every dish you could want, including local food. I haven't got a negative thing to say... more

  Submitted by David and Sandra Priestley from Maidstone, Kent, England on Nov 16, 2013

Our first visit to North Cyprus was well organised by Gary and Sue at Go North Cyprus. Their hotel recommendation was excellent and we could not fault the food and service we received. All staff were helpful and friendly and anxious to please. Whilst there, we booked a car hire with Mandy at GoNorthCyprus at a very good rate and no problems.The hotel was, perhaps, a little "tired" but did not detract from our enjoyment. The villa accommodation gave superb views to the Kyrenia town and coast... more

  Submitted by Paul from Elland on Oct 22, 2013

Great hotel - rooms cleaned and towels changed every day. Superb views from mini-villas and pool area over Kyrenia and coast - nice to watch the sun going down in the early evening. Great pools and pool area with sun beds. All staff brilliant and very helpful - especially for arranging excursion trips to various North Cyprus locations and taxis to Kyrenia or Bellapais and to local restaurants. Some people may struggle with steps to and from the pool area where breakfasts are also served - also with... more

  Submitted by Christine from Whitstable, Kent, UK on Oct 2, 2013

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Bellapais Monastery Village. The staff are brilliant and altho we were B&B did enjoy 2 excellent meals in the restaurant as well as 2 lunchtime meals. The food was really good - such a good choice at breakfast and very well presented. The shuttle bus was handy to have into Kyrenia. Its a shame it didn't also go to the beach and Bellapais as we had to get cabs to both of these places.... more

  Submitted by Mrs Jeff from Berkshire on Aug 14, 2013

I have to say that my husband and I are a little bit obsessed with North Cyprus. We've visited every year for the last 4. We always stay near or in Kyrenia town, as we love being close to the local amenities. However, this time we fancied something a little different. I spoke to Mandy from Go North Cyprus and she suggested Bellapais as an historic town with wonderful views. I cannot thank her enough for suggesting it because I think we had the best holiday yet!We stayed at the Bellapais Monastery... more

  Submitted by tonyd from Malpas, Cheshire on Jun 27, 2013

Well situated, good views, friendly staff, nothing is too much trouble , good food, well appointed with three pools and plenty of sun loungers and a pool bar.The shuttle bus to town three times a day is a good idea but if you want to see any more of the area you'll need a hired car or taxis.Room furnishings are a little dated, noisy air conditioning, the valance around the bed was dirty, probably from mopping the floor,the indoor pool area changing room looked shabby and the lounger mattresses... more

  Submitted by Malcolm from Lowestoft on Jun 18, 2013

Lovely hotel and gardens, the staff are brilliant , friendly and very helpful. Although we didn't eat in the restaurant every day the food is of a very high standard and delicious.Would recommend this hotel without hesitation. Free service bus into Kyrenia is a bonus and the taxis are cheap as well about 12-15 T. lira to Kyrenia and the same back. For day trips catch the Dolmus in Kyrenia . Nicosia is 10 lira return and Famagusta is 20 lira return. if you want to eat out can recommend the Bella... more

  Submitted by Eileen & Ron Barnett from Chichester on Jun 7, 2013

We booked our stay through Go North Cyprus; Sue was particularly helpful especially when our airline carrier withdrew from flying from Gatwick. Taxi transfer from Larnaca was waiting to meet us and the driver expedited a smooth access to North Cyprus.The Bellapais Monastery Village reception staff (Hussein) was very welcoming. We got to our mini villa and discovered a double bed when we had booked two singles; one phone call and Hussein moved us three villas along, the luggage arrived swiftly via... more

  Submitted by John and Margaret White from Foggathorpe, North Yorkshire, England, YO86PS on May 30, 2013

We love this Hotel, we came here 6 years ago in October/ November, the weather was a bit unsettled and the days short but the food and the choices of it were excellent. On that occasion we were half board but the A la carte menu was extensive and we really had no complaints about choices. I put ten pounds on in weight.We decided that we would like to try it again but in the spring, so we booked on line and went out on the 8th May. We had a good flight to Larnaca and were met by the Taxi and had... more

  Submitted by Shiela Wilde from Yorkshire on May 20, 2013

My best friend booked us a stay at the Bellapais Monastery Village through Mandy at Go North Cyprus. She usually takes charge of booking our holidays and I'm so glad she booked the Bellapais Monastery! We've travelled to most places in Europe but never to North Cyprus and after a busy beginning of the year for both of us, we were looking for something quiet and tranquil. The whole area of Bellapais was incredibly peaceful and its views were breath-taking! I've come back feeling totally relaxed.We... more

  Submitted by Anne and Clive from Bristol on Nov 9, 2012

We have just returned from a lovely weeks holiday at the Bellapais Monastery Village. We arrived in a thunderstorm and were initially given a hotel room although had booked a villa. The hotel were happy for us to move and we had a villa overlooking the pool and with far reaching views over the countryside to the sea. The only criticism of our room was that it absolutely stank of smoke, the cleaners had tried to mask this with strong smelling cleaning products but the smell was overpowering and... more

  Submitted by Wellingotn Family from London on Apr 1, 2012

We booked a stay (half-board) at the Bellapais using a company called Go North Cyprus holidays. All of the reviews we looked at were overwhelmingly positive, excepting a few that had a problem with the décor, and we're not usually too concerned about the aesthetics of where we stay.The Bellapais is made up of independent bungalows surrounded by some wonderfully kept gardens. The swimming pool is great and has its own bar, and not far from there you can enjoy a lovely view of the Bellapais Monastery,... more

  Submitted by Mary F. & Sue T. from Blackpool, UK on Feb 17, 2012

My first visit here was in September 2011, and it was absolutely fantastic. So my friend and I returned last month for a second trip away after working through the festive period. We stayed in a glorious bungalow over two floors, which may I add was exceptionally clean. There were no problems with any of the amenities either. The shower was always lovely and hot, and there were plenty of luxury toiletries to indulge in. The room came with a fully stocked mini bar; however, you do have to pay for... more

  Submitted by singh from u.k on Dec 23, 2011

very warm welcome, what a excellent service, great hotel, variety range of dishes, lovely sight view, the staff is multicultural, and not one but all the staff are very very kind and helpful,... this hotel is highly recommended.really, enjoyed itwill go againmost likely in the summer time.... more

  Submitted by Charlotte Rolles from Gloucester, UK on Aug 8, 2011

My husband and I stayed at the Bellapais Monastery Village for a week awhile back. We were really impressed and have already recommended it to several of our friends, who said they would stay there based on our recommendation. We are picky when it comes to hotels, so for us to really like a place, it means it's really good!We flew into Larnaka and the Bellapais arranged transportation to the hotel. We arrived and got checked in quickly and were shown to our bungalow. The check-in process was... more

  Submitted by Lynne from United Kingdom on Jul 12, 2011

We stayed here for 10 days in June. We received a very warm welcome and nothing was too much trouble. We were originally offered a room in the main hotel with two single beds but asked to be moved to one of the bungalows with a double bed on the mezzanine. This was no problem, although we were 100 steps away from the restaurant. This was okay for us and we welcomed the exercise! The breakfast was waiter served, not the usual run of the mill buffet service and the waiters were fantastic, especially... more

  Submitted by TERRY from SHEFFIELD S. YORKSHIRE on May 30, 2011

JUST RETURNED FROM 2WEEKS AT BELAPAIS MONASTERY VILLAGE. HAD A GREAT TIME STAFF ARE BRILLIANT CAN NOT DO ENOUGH FOR YOU FOOD GREAT, ACCOMADATION GOOD, FACILITIES EXCELLENT,THE VILLAGE IS WORTH THE WALK JUST TO TASTE THE PRAWN COCKTAIL AT THE TREE OF IDLENESS RESTAURANT. WOULD RETURN AGAIN. TRY A TURKISH BATH AT THE SISTER HOTEL OSCAR'S HAGGLE FOR A DEAL GOT OUR PRICE DOWN TO 40 EURO'S.CAR HIRE FROM BELAPAIS RENTAL GOOD PRICE CARS ARE IN GOOD CONDITION.... more

  Submitted by Trump from Cambridge on Apr 1, 2011

Room and restaurant meals excellent, the staff in both too. The shuttle bus to town was a godsend also.But I do have several gripes.The name is most misleading. It is not in Bellapais (a stiff half hour walk uphill), it has nothing to do with the monastery, and is not a 'village' in the dictionary sense. Nor are its rooms 'villas', of which the surrounding countryside is littered.Though delighted to find a plug in the washbasin, lacking in a previous hotel, I was less so on finding that it did... more

  Submitted by Phil and louise from Sychdyn , North wales on Mar 19, 2011

We stayed at the hotel in one of the mini villas.We knew the time of year would be quiet, but this was what we wanted. The Bellapais is top draw ,the food was second to none ,nothing was any bother . From the reception,service in the restaurant and cleanliness it was a pleasure ,my partner and i would certainly go back and hope to. I would add that the hotel is built on a hill so there are plenty of stairs but if you are able enough it just adds to the beauty of the spot.... more

  Submitted by Reg Gilkes from United Kingdom on Dec 14, 2010

We stayed for 10 days on a half board basis.On arrival we had a problem with room which was sorted next day.So relaxing,cracking food,reasonably priced drinks & very polite & friendly staff.Found indoor pool a little small.Still only used it to cool off.We were booked on a 21 day 2 centre break.Would have been happy to stay here.Only bonus was next hotel is right on beach. Strongly recommend. Booked with Direct Traveller,rep was spot on & sorted out our minor roomproblem for us.... more

  Submitted by Oleg from Cyprus on Dec 10, 2010

For the price we were shocked how nice the rooms, service and food was . We would go again, in or out of high season. Everything was clean and tidy and the staff were very helpful.The all inclusive menu was a choice from the full menu, not a cheap menu ! Only discovered indoor pool , steam and sauna rooms on last day, shame !... more

  Submitted by David Jones from France on Nov 1, 2010

My wife and I recently stayed here and found it a thouroughly peaceful location. We stayed in one of the bungalows which was clean and comfortable. The staff were efficient and helpful. The food in the hotel was good enough and there was plenty of choice at breakfast, although my wife was refused Apple Juice at breakfast even though we could clearly see there was some available in the fridge. A lack of flexibilty there somewhere. There are plenty of places to eat in Bellapais and Kyrenia and we... more

  Submitted by Steve and Ruth Holloway from Paphos on Sep 25, 2010

We stayed in the hotel for just a short while and actually managed to relax, no phones,no yobs and no small children.We had come over from the Greek side of the island and found the Turkish people to be extremely pleasant they were not the child eating monsters that we are told about in the south. The staff were all extremely helpful, the rooms were kept spotlessly clean, modern and comfortable.Kyrinea harbour is beautiful with quaint little restaurants and a few bars.... more

  Submitted by nicky from Surrey on Aug 7, 2010

We stayed here for a very hot (40 degrees +) week and enjoyed it very much. It is made up of hotel rooms and mini villas in the grounds. All rooms operate like hotel rooms.... ie the villas are not self catering. They do provide a kettle in the rooms and cups but no tea/coffee or milk, which seemed ridiculous. The air conditioning was effective and much appreciated. It was quiet and only has children over 12 yrs allowed. This didn't worry ours, who all really enjoyed it. The staff were lovely and... more

  Submitted by Karen from London, UK on Jun 22, 2010

It's situated a bit out of town up the mountain, so the views are great. However, getting in to town is a bit of a kerfuffle - they do offer a complimentary transfer service, but it stops very early, so it's no good if you want to go out in the evening (taxi is about 13 TL).The rooms are fine - very clean, but not luxurious. Pack your own tea bags and coffee though because although they say there are tea making facilities in the room, they only supply the kettle and cups!However, the staff are wonderful.... more

  Submitted by Carol from Southampton on May 28, 2010

Having just returned from the Bellapais, I found the food excellent, OK so not a lot of Turkish food but they do cater for mainly British tourists and it was nice to have al-carte breakfast and dinner without queing at a buffet! I was impresssed by the friendly and extremely smart and attention to detail staff. May is a good time to visit as the hotel is quieter and you can easily get a sunbed. Its not a hotel for the elderley, infirm and disabled as there are a lot of steps as said before and... more

  Submitted by Carole Knight from RAF Akrotiri on May 7, 2010

The Bellapais Hotel was great for a quiet weekend. The little villa suited us perfectly though I was puzzled to find a kettle, 2 small Turkish coffee cups, but no coffee/ tea/ sugar!We enjoyed the pool & all the staff were very friendly & helpful. What was extremely disappointing was the food. We were in Northern Cyprus, but 99% of the food was English, for ALL meals. Why does the hotel not serve Turkish food?The Turkish breakfast was, like the Moussaka, an apology for Ethnic food.Fortunately, we... more

  Submitted by Mark Jones from Bradford, West Yorkshire on Apr 7, 2010

I chose this hotel based on the reviews of others and the location photographs on the hotels website. The holiday to Cyprus was a last minute decision - decided on only 3 weeks before departure on 15th March. I wanted a location close to mountain scenery and with a view of the sea. This hotel satisfied both criteria and then some.We'd booked to stay for 16 days, an early 25th wedding anniversary holiday, the first week of which was without a car, which was a mistake. We spent most of the first week... more

  Submitted by Jason K from UK on Feb 19, 2010

My family and myself have just returned from our second trip to Bellapais Monastery Village and yet again it didn't disappoint. It's a fantastic hotel with great staff who are incredibly friendly and attentive. We felt that this was really important, particularly when travelling off-season as you had to spent quite a bit of time in the vicinity of the hotel. We stayed in one of the villas situation in the gardens. It was very spacious, with a bedroom upstairs. In addition to this, it was spotlessly... more

  Submitted by JL Granger from South Wales on Dec 28, 2009

My husband and I decided very last minute that we could squeeze a few days off work and take a week holiday before the new year and Cyprus seemed a nice choice as neither of us had been here before. Having read the reviews on this site we finally decided on the Bellapais Monastery Hotel. We'd like to think that both of us are well travelled, so as you might imagine, we judge the places we stay quite rigorously! Never before have we found hotel staff to be so pleasant and generally cheerful, almost... more

  Submitted by Gem and Charlie from England on Nov 9, 2009

A friend and I were desperate to leave an England plunging into winter behind, and head off for a week of late sunshine and relaxing. That is exactly what we found at Bellapais. The villas are a quirky upstairs/downstairs arrangement, with good airconditioning and tables and chairs for relaxing outdoors on each bungalow's individual patio space. Rooms were well cleaned promptly every day, just one example of the great service level encountered by staff there. In general staff were very friendly,... more

  Submitted by Pauline Morris from Brighton on Sep 28, 2009

This hotel is fantastic hotel, and a must for all visitors to Kyrenia visit unless your idea of a good time is a 24 hour drinks binge, in which case this may not be your cup of tea. Breakfast [which is available from 6 thirty until 10 o' clock] is served at your table and freshly cooked- eliminating the risk of being served old bacon as is common in many cheaper hotels. The pool is perfect for swimming or just splashing around with the kids in the sunshineLunch and dinner time we were served fresh... more

  Submitted by Mark from Australia on Jun 20, 2009

We went there for a wedding in June, stayed 4 days. The staff were very friendly and accommodating to our needs. The hotel itself was clean and tidy and well presented. Staff were still up at 1am when we finally got there and were only too happy to help with our luggage and show us where our rooms were. Fabulous views, centrally located and the staff will make sure you can get around easily.... more

  Submitted by Tony Holmes from Abingdon, Oxon, UK on Jun 4, 2009

This hotel is very good, great location above Kyrenia, with a hotel bus to/from town 3 times a day. Bellepais village (Monastery + restaurants etc) is quite a long walk, mostly uphill, so beware of that. The staff are excellent, generally with good spoken English - restaurant was very good, fine variety for breakfasts (& freshly cooked to order) and we ate dinner there 2 nights from 3, (first night we arrived too late thanks to Luton airport chaos!), very good value, choice and quality (half-board... more

  Submitted by Joe and Nigel from Brighton on May 8, 2009

Not every hotel would bother to make sure late arrivals had some food, but the Bellapais made sure we had dinner on arrival, very much welcomed by myself and my ever-hungry partner!The Bellapais was being redecorated and refreshed fro the summer months, but the work never interfered with a very restful and enjoyable stay. After all, it would take an army of decorators to block such a wonderful view down the mountain to the coast.Our villa was spacious and remarkably warm even on the chillier nights,... more

  Submitted by Geoff Jones from United Kingdom on Apr 22, 2009

Thanks to Jayne Butcher from Go North Cyprus and the www.northcyprushotels.co.uk we enjoyed a very pleasantly and cultured, easy going, great value for money, non eurozone holiday in the TRNC. As Azil Nadir would say about the Bellapais Monastery Village and also the Hideaway Club, this is luxury you can afford....The mountains and castles are great, the coastal strip around Kyrenia, your sea view, perhaps less so. Plenty of short walks if you have the Alison's Dewey book of Walks of in North Cyprus... more

  Submitted by Sam Jones from London on Nov 16, 2008

We enjoyed two weeks in Kyrenia at the Bellapais Monastery Village hotel. The hotel offers a wide range of rooms, but we stayed in one of the villas. The villas are 97 steps from the pool and restaurant, which was the only problem with the accommodations. All the public areas were clean. The rooms were cleaned daily with linen changes. The food was perfect, so credit must be given to the chef and staff for making it hot and giving us a wide range of choices. Some guests were less than amicable.... more

  Submitted by J Morgan from St Ives on Oct 24, 2008

No wonder the Bellapais Monastery Village is near a village with a Tree of Idleness, you really can chill out here and just relax! The hotel is cleverly constructed up the side of the mountain, to make the most of the fabulous views. From the pool area, (including a shallow round one for children) you can lie back and look across the rooftops (plus the local football pitch, and water tanks) down to the coastline below, and the mountains behind seem to cradle you in their hands. However, this does... more

  Submitted by Matt Bishop from Liverpool on Oct 7, 2008

My partner and I recently got married after finishing our degree courses and buying a new house. As the move was pretty expensive we only had a very short honeymoon and thought now was a good time to book a deal and come away to make up for it. Our travel agent suggested the Bellapais Monastery Village as a good place for couples to stay and after a little price haggling we bagged a great package deal. My partner had visited Cyprus before but this would be my first trip out. First impressions of... more

  Submitted by Bill from Cheshire on Sep 24, 2008

Location! Location! Location! This hotel complex has the best situation anywhere in Kyrenia. The views are fantastic over the town, sea and new harbour. It is a pleasant 20-25 minute walk up to the Abbey which is well worth a visit as it is so pretty. The town is 45 minutes pleasant walk, or you can use the hotel bus which is very reliable. The restaurant and food were very good in the hotel complex serving mainly British food, although there was a Cypriot night with local foods and dancing. We... more

  Submitted by Paul and Lisa Bantham from Birmingham on Aug 28, 2008

We found the hotel to be very well run and looked after. The staff were extremely helpful and virtually everybody there spoke fluent and clear English which helped us out a lot. We were very positive when we arrived as the weather was great and the kids were also excited about getting in to the pool after we'd settled in. Once we'd found our villa we noticed that it looked a little run down and worn, but to be honest it was very clean and the bed linen and towels were spotless. One of the main downsides... more

  Submitted by George Webber from Driffield on Aug 7, 2008

The Bellapais Monastery Village has a good location, with views down to the coast and attentive staff,, but it's time for some overdue maintenance. My shower had ceiling paint that was peeling, there were cracked tiles on some of the many steps, and no wifi anywhere. Poor water pressure meant you had more of a dribble than a shower in the mornings. To be fair, our room was clean and tidy, and the air con was surprisingly effective, but not not five star standard by European standards. I suspect... more

  Submitted by Danielle from Manchester on Jul 9, 2008

I was so much looking forward to my holiday to North Cyprus and in many ways it was fantastic. The hotel was very nice with a lovely restaurant and really friendly staff who were not stuck up at all. They made us very welcome, got us everything we needed and were always smiling. The pool and the sun deck were really great. There were plenty of sunbeds and space for everyone. The bus ran into town during the day, but at night there was not much going on for younger people. The bar tenders were fun,... more

  Submitted by Jack Barnsley from Bath on Mar 19, 2008

I had originally booked our vacation at another location, but learned that location has some issues. Switching to Bellapais was the best thing we could have done. We got to the hotel late in the evening, yet they still found food to serve us dinner when we stated we were famished. Definitely great choices in meals for all hours. We stayed in a villa looking out at Kyrenia- plenty of room and air conditioning. There was a pool; plenty of staff on hand for beverages and even snacks.We didn't... more

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