The Mediterranean resort town of Ayia Napa on the southeast coast of Cyprus has long been known as a haven for hedonistic party-lovers. But it’s not all drinking, dancing and music here. There are also idyllic beaches and a beautiful Old Town where the storied, Venetian-era Ayia Napa Monastery is the most notable landmark. The food, meanwhile, is another major draw, with fresh-from-the-ocean seafood served in charming, family-run tavernas a most civilised way to spend an afternoon.
The sun-kissed coast of Ayia Napa (Tasha Metamorfosis via Flickr)
There are plenty of possibilities for booking cheap, all inclusive holidays to Ayia Napa online, but narrowing down your options can be a rather onerous task. We’ve looked into all of them and picked out three of the best, based on several factors including flights, company policies and former customer reviews. We hope you find our selection useful.
Part of the giant TUI travel agency, this self-proclaimed “home of the all-inclusive holiday” is a family-oriented tour company offering a wide selection of hotels and package holidays to popular destinations across the world, and from cities across the UK. For Ayia Napa, we found plenty of availability, including several hotels with themed restaurants. Their online booking system is intuitive and easy to use, with filters for pricing, Trip Advisor ratings and airports for outbound flights. They also offer flights from a number of smaller UK airports, such as Bournemouth, Cardiff and Belfast International. If you’re happy to book late, the company has a last-minute booking option, often with generous discounts of up to £300.
Another major player in the travel industry, Thomas Cook’s size and scale allows them to offer highly affordable holiday options to a vast range of destinations, including Ayia Napa. Indeed, the variety of hotel options for Ayia Napa is exceptional, with everything from self-catering apartments through to full all-inclusive hotels suitable for couples, families, or friends seeking clubbing holidays. Their hotel selection is linked directly with TripAdvisor so you can review the accommodation before making your choice. They also have their own fleet of charter airplanes, and you can add extras such as luggage allowance and in-flight meals designed by TV chef James Martin directly onto your booking. Another benefit of such a large company is that they are able to offer generous payment plans, meaning you can spread the cost of your holiday over several months.
Olympic Holidays specialise in cheap deals to island destinations across the world, offering a variety of budget all inclusive hotels and flight packages, with some hotels exclusive to the operator. For Ayia Napa, they cater for everything from family holidays and party holidays tailor made for the Greek island , and they provide discount savings per child on family packages and lowest price guarantees against other tour operators. When we searched during January for summer trips to Ayia Napa, we found a number of generous sale and discounts. Deposits range from £49 per person and they also offer a slightly more flexible cancellation policy than both Thomas Cook and First Choice. Olympic Holidays use a range of low budget airlines to keep travel costs down, including Small Planet Airlines and EasyJet.