Perched on the southeast coast of Cyprus, the Mediterranean resort town of Ayia Napa is perhaps best known as a hedonistic party town frequented by beer-swilling youths. But that’s only half the story, because it also has its more charming side, with golden sandy beaches, quaint tavernas serving freshly caught seafood, and even a beautiful Venetian-era Monastery.
Ayia Napa caters well for the large number of tourists it welcomes each year with a huge selection of accommodation. Among the options are several all-inclusive hotels that usually include all meals, drinks and activities as part of the total price of your stay. These can offer great value and are particularly popular with families with small kids who don’t plan to venture too far beyond their hotel during their stay. Here are five of the best.
FROM £269/ NIGHT
A few minutes’ walk from the beach, this mid-range hotel is nestled in one of the town’s quitest spots, a short walk from the bustling parade of bars and nightclubs that has made Ayia Napa famous. Amenities include a buffet-style breakfast, a poolside terrace, a restaurant serving international cuisine and a separate tavern-style eatery, a wellness centre, a mini market and a dedicated kid’s club. Guest rooms are spacious and designed in contemporary style, with balconies offering scenic views of the hotel gardens. Larnaca International Airport is just over 20 miles away.
FROM £151/ NIGHT
Also a short hop from Ayia Napa’s sandy shoreline, Stamatia Hotel is another mid-range option that combines a great location with some excellent amenities. Among them are a large outdoor pool, a restaurant offering open-air dining, several sun terraces, a TV lounge and a kid’s playground and paddling pool. Guest rooms are all air-conditioned and come with balconies, satellite TV and private bathrooms. Notable nearby attractions include Aya Napa Fun Park and the town’s pretty fishing harbour, which is lined with restaurants and bars. For those arriving at the hotel in their own car, free on-site parking is available.
FROM £201/ NIGHT
Offering easy access to the nearest beach, the 3-star Nicholas Color Hotel is another popular all-inclusive option in Ayia Napa. Amenities available for guests’ use include an outdoor swimming pool and an on-site restaurant open for lunch and dinner offering a range of local and international dishes. Guest rooms are air conditioned and are decorated in bright colours, each with a distinct colour scheme, and come with a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom and balconies with pretty views of the hotel grounds. Thalassa Museum is just a few minutes’ walk away.
FROM £201/ NIGHT
This upscale beachfront hotel has all the amenities you’ll need for a relaxing stay, including hearty buffet breakfasts served each morning, lunch and dinner options, a late night bar serving a range of beverages, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a hot tub, fitness centre, tennis court and billiards. There’s also 24-hour reception where you can get tips on local tours and attractions. Guest rooms feature an LCD TV, mini fridge, private bathroom and balconies with outdoor furniture and either sea or inland views. A wide range of shops, restaurants and bars are a short walk away.
FROM £264/ NIGHT
Just seconds from the pristine sand of Landa Golden Beach, this 5-star resort hotel is a great choice with those seeking luxurious all-inclusive accommodation in Ayia Napa. Guests have a grand total of five swimming pools to choose from, and there’s also an impressive 8 restaurants, a spa and fitness centre, waterslides, a tennis court, a games room and a dedicated kid’s club. Guest rooms are designed in elegant, modern style and come with a flat-screen satellite TV, a safe, a mini bar, a coffee machine and a private balcony or terrace, some offering scenic sea, pool or garden views. Entertainment staff put on regular shows and activities throughout the day and evening for kids and adults alike. The pretty resort town of Protaras is a short drive away.