Which North Cyprus hotels are best for you? All-inclusive resorts, half-board 5-star hotels, bed and breakfasts, bungalows by the water or guesthouses? My guide will help you choose.
North Cyprus is a place that has been a mystery for a lot of foreign visitors. Due to tensions between the Greeks and Turks, this part of the island was closed for a long time. But then in the last decade, the border has been opened to regular traffic amongst the Southern and Northern sides.
Now that tourism is getting promoted in the country, a wide range of accommodations becomes available throughout the island. There are a lot of places where to stay in North Cyprus and everyone can choose something for his taste and budget. 5-star hotels, resorts, bungalows, apartments, villas, and small family-run bread and breakfast style guesthouses open the doors to all types of vacationers.
Below I am providing you a list of the best hotels in North Cyprus as per my clients. Some of these properties I visited on my own. Others are hotels where my clients liked to stay and gave high ratings. So I decided to make this list and combine them together.
If you are planning to travel to Southern Cyprus too, take a look at my list of best spa hotels there.
5-Star Hotels In North Cyprus
1) Lord’s Palace Hotel SPA & Casino
The first property I would love to start with is a five-star hotel Lord’s Palace Hotel Spa & Casino. It was built in 2016 in the English style and designed in such a way as to blend in with the atmosphere of this region, rich in historical events and cultural heritage.
Lord’s Palace Hotel is located in the city center of Kyrenia, just 15 minutes walk to the old famous promenade (Old Liman). It has its own sandy beach and rooms with the latest amenities for enhanced comfort and lifestyle. In fact, if you have been to Bodrum beaches in Turkey, you’ll see how the beach where this hotel is located looks very similar.
On the roof is a luxurious SKY Bar and on the ground, there are excellent restaurants and a spa. The hotel has all the style and comfort that makes it stand out among other Cyprus hotels. Most of the rooms offer stunning views of the sea, mountains, and the city.
Guests who are looking to rejuvenate their heart and soul in a tranquil environment will be able to do so in a sauna, steam room, hot tub, indoor pool, and relaxation areas on the premises.
This 5-star hotel in Northern Cyprus is truly one of the best places in this region.
2) The Savoy Ottoman Palace & Casino
A luxury 5-star hotel in the center of Kyrenia is a stone’s throw from the old harbor. If you are looking to spend your Kyrenia holidays in the city and your budget allows, choose this property. It offers visitors a high level of service and combines the modern concept of comfort and interior in the style of the traditions of the Ottoman Empire.
No details were missed in the decor of the hotel, from the luxurious marble lobby to the rich atmosphere of each room. The property has a well-equipped health club with a Turkish bath, sauna and steam bath, casinos, and restaurants to choose from. Each room has a TV, bathrobe and slippers, and 24 hours room service. There are special non-smoking rooms and room for disabled guests.
Due to its excellent location near all the famous historical sites, the Savoy Hotel provides guests with an exceptional opportunity not only to have a good rest but also to explore the sights both inside the city of Kyrenia and near it. A free minibus constantly runs from the hotel to the hotel’s own sandy beach.
3) Cratos Premium Hotel
Another luxury hotel which opened in 2010. Being located on the seafront, it is just a 5-minute drive from the center of Kyrenia.
On the grounds of the hotel, you’ll find a private beach and a huge pool with water from the sea. The spa offers a full range of services such as Bali style spa treatments, chocolate massage and 24-carat gold massage, weight loss programs, sauna and hammam, and fitness center. The hotel’s own patisserie offers fresh biscuits and pastries.
All rooms are contemporary in style and feature balconies and 32-inch flat-screen TVs.
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4) Gillham Vineyard Hotel
The location of this five-star property is also fantastic. It is just 15 minutes away from the center of Girne.
However, keep in mind that Gillham Vineyard Hotel is an adult-only boutique hotel. Couples may choose the kind of suite that fits their choice and style from the range of 31 luxurious available suites.
Here, you can enjoy a glimpse of the vineyards located on the outskirts of Ilgaz village. Also, this place is perfect for celebrations in a peaceful and calm environment. The venue is ideal for couples who are coming on romantic getaways and everyone else who is looking to escape a busy lifestyle.
5) Acapulco Resort & SPA
This five-star property, on the shores of the pristine Mediterranean Sea, is located just 20-minute away from Ercan Airport, 10-minute away from Kyrenia (Girne) and 60 minutes from Larnaca Airport. Being only 100 meters from Acapulco Beach, on a golden sandy stretch, the hotel has the biggest Pool and Water Park in North Cyprus.
By the way, a 1 km long beach nearby, is the hotel’s private beach. Entry into the water is smooth and shallow (which is undoubtedly convenient for little guests).
Centuries-old pine trees growing on the territory make the air not only clean but also very beneficial to health. The hotel is literally surrounded by greenery which is very uncommon for Cyprus.
Hotel Acapulco is a great property to choose from for families. In the daytime, animators work on the beach, offering various outdoor activities (volleyball, basketball), and there is a playground on the grounds. For an additional fee, you can rent a catamaran and kayaks, enjoy aerobics, live sports events, theme dinner party, movie nights, canoeing, billiard, and casino. You can also enjoy the services of a spa, a warm pool, and hot baths.
A lot of the rooms offer very beautiful sea and mountain views from the balconies.
List of All-Inclusive Hotels in North Cyprus
6) Arkin Palm Beach Hotel
This relatively new hotel, built in 2011, is located on a picturesque coast in Famagusta, the city known as the second capital of tourism of Northern Cyprus. If you are planning to visit the eastern part of Southern Cyprus and go to places like Protaras, Cape Greco national park, and Ayia Napa but want to stay on a budget, this is a great property to choose.
The hotel is open for adults and children. A special design of the rooms in warm beige tones creates a feeling of comfort, and subtle touches of azure colors resemble the blue of the Mediterranean Sea.
In addition, there are several restaurants on site offering various cuisines. The hotel also offers individual boat and yacht tours.
As to me, the downside of staying in this hotel is the location. Since it is built next to the forbidden ghost part Varosha, being here brings strange feelings. Although some people may think that vacationing here is more like an adventure, others may think it’s a creepy place.
Board basis: Arkin Palm Beach hotel offers HB – breakfast and dinner, and BB – only breakfast included in your stay. However, you can request a full board in advance.
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7) Merit Lefkosa Hotel & Casino
This stylish hotel, located in North Nicosia, is the first five-star hotel of Northern Cyprus’s capital. Decorated in warm colors, elegant decor and rich fabric, the hotel construction and interior has been inspired by Ottoman and Byzantine architecture.
The upper floors of this hotel offer a magnificent panoramic view of two parts of Nicosia – in Northern and Southern Cyprus. The rest of the hotel rooms offer views of the Kyrenia mountains. Besides that, Merit Lefkosa has one of the largest casinos on the island and specializes in business meetings and conferences.
For relaxation, the hotel has glass closed swimming pool and massage services. The fitness center and outdoor pool will work great for exercising and sports.
This North Cyprus hotel is great for families. Here you’ll have babysitting/child services, children’s playground and a kids’ club for the recreation.
Also, the property provides facilities for disabled guests, designated smoking areas and soundproof rooms.
Board basis: HB – breakfast and dinner and BB – breakfast.
8) Merit Park Hotel & Casino
Merit Park Hotel & Casino is an all-inclusive 5-star hotel in Northern Cyprus that has its own pontoon beach. Nearby, there are beautiful sandy beaches that belong to the city.
The property is located near the village of Karaolanolu in the west of Kyrenia, just 6 km from the tourist center of the city. What’s interesting, the style of the building reminds of the Kyrenia fortress which in turn creates a unique setting.
At the hotel, you can enjoy SPA services as well as the sauna, Turkish hammam (separately for men and women) and an indoor heated pool. On top of that, from Monday to Wednesday from 10.00 to 12.00 in the SPA there are 50% discounts on all types of massages. Massage therapists who work in the spa come from Bali and Thailand, so you can expect to get the best Balinese or Thai massage.
The beach offers water activities and a diving center. Also, on site there are tennis courts.
The smallest guests of the hotel will have access to a children’s play club, a hall with slot machines, and a playground.
Merit Park Hotel & Casino is an all-inclusive hotel and all meals are included. Some of 4 upscale restaurants though work a la carte (for an extra fee) and a vitamin bar in the SPA salon is also for an extra payment.
Board basis: all-inclusive accommodation.
9) Merit Crystal Cove Hotel Casino & Spa
Being in one of the most beautiful bays in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Zephyros Cove, Merit Crystal Cove Hotel & Casino is located at the confluence of the green coast and the azure of the sea.
This property is a five-star all-inclusive hotel with a total of 227 deluxe rooms that have balconies with sea and pool views. Besides them, there are three 51 suites and 223 standard rooms. Each room has central air conditioning, a private bathroom, satellite TV, safe, minibar, and a fire alarm system.
This is a perfect choice for fans of all-inclusive vacations since Merit Crystal Cove Hotel & Casino practices an all-inclusive plus system. By the way, this is the first hotel of such a type in the tourism industry in Cyprus.
An open buffet restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The hotel has a view of the mountains and the sea at the same time. Its own sandy beach, tennis courts, basketball courts, beach volleyball field and casino will keep all guests busy.
10) Limak Cyprus Delux Hotel
Limak Cyprus Deluxe Hotel is an ultra-all-inclusive luxury hotel in the North Cyprus Bafra area. It is a perfect four-season holiday destination located 25 kilometers from the city center, 65 kilometers from Ercan Airport and 40 kilometers from Famagusta.
The restaurants here offer all-inclusive finest Turkish dishes and other world cuisines. Therefore, you have access to snacks, food, and drinks throughout the day. Also, there is a night bar and disco for lovers of nightlife.
This hotel has different types of rooms. Some of them though, like two-level family rooms, do not have balconies but rather small windows that overlook the parking lot at the back of the building. So if the view and location are extra important for you, keep this fact in mind.
Relax at its SPA center, indoor pool, mini club, and junior club facilities. Enjoy in any of its four swimming pools (one being an aqua park with seven slides) and any of four restaurants. The location makes it perfect for all genres of tourism.
A doctor, hairdresser, grocery services are available as well but for an extra payment.
11) Merit Royal
Merit Royal is a modern, relatively new hotel, opened in 2014. It is luxurious, one of the best hotels in Northern Cyprus, located in a great location on the coast. The entire property has stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea and amazing service. Spotlessly clean rooms with balconies meet the international standards of a 5-star hotel.
Merit Royal is definitely a place for the most demanding tourists. Design, interior decoration, and a high level of service correspond to the name “Royal”. However! This all-inclusive beautiful North Cyprus hotel welcomes only adults.
It features a large outdoor pool with stunning panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea. By the elevator, you can go down to your own pontoon beach, and just a 6-minute walk will bring you to the classic sandy beach of another hotel in the same group – Merit Crystal Cove hotel mentioned above. An electric car is constantly running on the territory of two hotels and as a guest of this property, you can also use the infrastructure of another magnificent five-star hotel nearby.
Additionally, it is worth noting the hotel’s SPA (largest in Cyprus), fitness center, Turkish hammam, steam and salt rooms, sauna, jacuzzi, massage rooms, and indoor heated pool. ROYAL SPA & Wellness is an oasis of calm and relaxation where you’ll find hydromassage therapy, 2 Ayurvedic rooms, 2 VIP SPA Suites with a jacuzzi, spa rituals for couples, classic massage rooms, and a salt room.
Budget-Friendly Hotels & Resorts in Northern Cyprus
12) Oscar’s Resort Hotel & Casino
Oscar’s Resort Hotel and Casino is a huge complex, which on its territory has a water park, pool with artificial waves, other 3 freshwater pools, and a sandy beach. The hotel also has a wellness center with an indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam bath, and gym.
With 141 standard rooms, 8 Suite rooms, 3 King Suite rooms, 42 Club rooms, and 30 bungalow villas, everyone can choose something to his taste without spending much. All rooms have central AC, phone, safe (for a fee), TV, minibar, balcony with sea or mountain views, bath or shower room, and hairdryer.
13) Denizkizi Royal Hotel
This cozy, family-run hotel is located in the picturesque bay of the village of Alsancak, just a 15-minute drive from the old town of Kyrenia. Its own sandy beach is considered one of the best in the area of the city.
The hotel consists of 50 standard rooms and 4 suites. Rooms have central air conditioning, satellite TV, phone, safe, minibar, balcony with sea view, hairdryer, dressing room with shower or bath. There is a water sports center on the beach and several freshwater pools. One restaurant and bar serve food and drink during the day.
14) High Life Holiday Village
This family-run hotel, just a few minutes drive from the old harbor of Kyrenia, is located on the seafront. Being surrounded by lush gardens and away from the noise, it suits those who are looking for a quiet place with a friendly atmosphere and high-quality service.
There are only 20 rooms and a restaurant with a stunning setting. Rooms are basic but have everything you may need. A small private beach provides an opportunity to swim and sunbathe without leaving the hotel.
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15) The Olive Tree Hotel
This cozy property, located in the Katalkoy district of Kyrenia, features an outdoor pool, a heated indoor pool, tennis court, gym, sauna, and concierge services. Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas. A free shuttle service is available to the beach and Kyrenia city center.
Elegant rooms have air conditioning, mini-fridge, flat-screen satellite TV, and safe. The balcony offers garden views.
The hotel has many cafes and restaurants, including the main buffet restaurant, an à la carte restaurant, a snack bar, a pastry shop, and a mini-restaurant serving a variety of Turkish and international dishes. Refreshing drinks are available throughout the day in the lobby bar, pool bar, and an English pub.
Besides that, the animation team often organizes various events, table tennis and darts are available for guests. Also, for an extra charge, you can get a massage.
Free on-site parking, a mini club for the youngest guests, a 24-hour front desk, and car rental are available as well. The nearest beach is 2 km away and a free shuttle service can bring you there. The airport is 30 km away.
Now that you have been guided with North Cyprus hotels, don’t hesitate to explore the cultural heritage of this semi-presidential republic. This beautiful part of the world is rapidly becoming a favorite holiday destination for holidaymakers, retirees, honeymooners, and expatriates. And for now, it is still rather cheap.
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