The website claims that the Bellapais Monastery Village is ' a luxury hotel which is located in a quiet position in the foothills of the Five Finger mountain range. It stands close to Bellapais Abbey and commands panoramic views of Kyrenia town, the new harbour and surrounding countryside. Kyrenia itself is approximately 2 miles away but guests can take a gentle stroll to nearby Bellapais Village '. The hotel is located in a quiet position in the foothills of the Five Finger mountain range but the panoramic views of Kyrenia town, the new harbour and surrounding countryside are panoramic should be taken in a literal sense. Kyrenia town is situated 2 miles away, however, the ' gentle stroll ' demands a 45 minute walk with a 23 degree incline.
The website also claims ' Your wish is our desire and now here is it more evident that at meal times. Start with breakfast, where you have a comprehensive international menu to choose from. Sample a superb lunch time snack at the pool bar, washed down with a long, cool drink - but don't eat too much because there is dinner to look forward to! In the evening you can explore the delicious international a-la-carte menus where you will find the hardest task will be to choose from the many and varied dishes' The breakfast menu is comprehensive and encompasses the choice of a Turkish breakfast, a Cypriot breakfast, a full English breaskfast, fruit, yoghurt and a choice of omelettes. The lunch menu is wide ranging with a traditional Turkish option of three dishes complemented by dishes such as chips, Hamburgers, mushy peas, campbell's mushroom soup, tinned tuna salad. The à la carte evening menu boasts a variety of dishes: Cod with parsley sauce, prepared from a packet, chicken with tinned mushrooms, beefburger with cheese and chips, profiteroles with grated coconut and whipped carnation cream to mention a few. Claims that the diner's wish is the hotel's desire is debatable as complaints made about the poor quality of the food, often dry and inedible, were met with increasing hostility. It was refreshing to hear from the restaurant manager that a complaint had not been made in his 10 years of working at the hotel and that his 25 years in the catering industry had enabled him to pre-empt the culinary preferences of British travellers, confident that we would be unable to eat local, well prepared dishes. Whilst we were able to laugh in the face of such adversity, there are places offering a better culinary experience making no such claims as the Bellapais Monastery website, perhaps a sad indictment of the effect of mass tourism and the resulting perception of local industry.
The rooms are clean and serviced every day. The reception staff are helpful and willing to advise on the options of local activities.
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