If what you're after is an authentic stay in a seaside hotel and good food, the Cyprus Village is the place for you. However, you will have to settle for a level of comfort that isn't quite up to the standards of most of the island's other establishments. This rather peculiar hotel includes 70 apartments that occupy renovated houses located in two adjacent villages: Tochni and Kalavassos. All of the houses are different, which is what makes this place so charming. However, despite this peculiarity, the Cyprus Village does have a reception area, a restaurant, a swimming pool and plenty of sorts of activities.
The villages of Tochni and Kalavassos are a few miles apart. They are almost exactly halfway between the towns of Larnaca (the airport is 25 mi away) and Limassol. The motorway for Nicosie is also not far from the establishment and therefore offers an ideal starting point to discover the island from its centre. The sea is some 3 mi away, near Zyyi, but it's certainly not the nicest part of Cyprus if you want to go for a dip.
The villages of Tochni and Kalavassos are a few miles apart. It is therefore vital to have a car if you're staying in one of the Kalavassos apartments and want to enjoy the hotel's facilities.
The two small villages are full of charm and provide the setting of the hotel. They are tucked away in their own valleys separated by a small rocky mound. The reception area, the main swimming pool and the restaurant are on the heights of Tochni and are accessible on foot to guests staying in that area of the village (access by car is also a solution). If you choose one of the apartments located farthest away, we strongly recommend that you opt for the minimal formula and have your breakfast in your apartment. There is a mini-market and an ATM machine in each village. The main swimming pool is at the highest point of the village. It is not all that big but it affords a nice view and is a popular place to visit at the end of the day, as you return from a walk. Next to it, the restaurant and the terrace also offer a quiet setting and an enjoyable view.
As far as activities are concerned, the Cyprus Village stays true to the agritourism concept; the wife of the owner has her own ranch (20 horses) near Kalavassos and there are numerous and delightful rides to enjoy with or without a guide. If horse-riding is not your thing, there are brand new mountain bikes which you can use to discover the surroundings, on a guided tour or on your own. There are also various workshops during which guests get to visit a cheese maker, a fisherman, a beekeeper, etc. Surprise, you will find their products at your table afterwards!
All of the hotel's apartments are different. They come in two categories: there are 40 "village" apartments (with no swimming pool) and 30 "villa" apartments (with private swimming pools shared by three or four apartments). The price also varies according to the size of each one (studio, one bedroom, two bedrooms). The problem with the apartments resides in the fact that they occupy renovated village houses and thus offer a level of comfort that varies widely from one the next. Some have a balcony, others don't, not all afford a nice view, and only a select few have a fireplace or a sitting room... The bathrooms in particular show big differences in terms of size and equipment.
Globally, the apartments have this in common: fantastic interior decorating that adds a lot of charm to compensate for a limited level of comfort. And as this place is all about authenticity, you should be warned that the Tochni bells start ringing at 6:30am! Having said all this, you are assured of finding something that will please you. Some of the apartments are connecting flats and are ideal for families or groups of friends. As far as the service is concerned, the staff is friendly and charming but the towels could do with a change and the cleaning service is performed only once a week.
The Cyprus Village generally offers a half-board formula, but you can also have lunch and dinner at the hotel's restaurant. It offers a fantastic view of the village of Tochni and the terrace is very pleasant. It's the perfect place to watch the sunset and enjoy a drink. However, it's not for the faint of heart, as the climb up the hill can be arduous. It will, however, give you an appetite! You may also choose to drive up. The restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine, inspired from Cyprus and Greece, prepared with homemade (or at least local) products, such as cheese, honey, eggs, poultry, etc. The menu includes a mezze as a starter followed by 4 or 5 hot dishes and a selection of desserts. The menu changes on a daily basis and is always excellent!
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