We spent two weeks at the Lapida Hotel, the first week being a cookery course with local trips, the second week a quiet relaxing week.
The owner Fethi picked us up from Larnaca Airport as arranged, in his air conditioned minibus with complimentary cold drinks.
We had a warm welcome on arrival, sitting in the beautiful garden with home made lemonade made by Fethi's mother Maryam using lemons freshly picked from the garden.
The cookery course, run by Maryam, was simple but fun, using fresh ingredients, some of which came from the garden: chicken and lentil soup, dolmades, boregis, cacik, hummus, olive bread, cheese bread, home made lemonade and many others. We were impressed by the spotless hygiene, although the written recipes could have been clearer. Everything that was cooked we ate with great gusto!
The trips with Fethi included Bellapais and Kyrenia on one day, Nicosia another day (for a modest additional cost), mountain walks orchid spotting and herb collecting, a trip to the local market and a trip around Lapta and Lambousa. We also went to the Blue House followed by lunch in a local sea front restaurant.
The hotel was small and friendly; service was very attentive; table d'hote food was always home made with drinks prices being very reasonable.
Our room was very pleasant, and on the whole clean, with fresh towels and linen changed every couple of days. The air-conditioning was very good, but we suggest you buy mosquito repellant and take your own toiletries.
Our bedroom had spectacular views of the mountains, the sea and the garden from our small balcony and windows.
Lighting was good enough to read at night. Tea and coffee making facilities, a small fridge and room safe were all in the room.
The television only had local programmes in Turkish.
The most enjoyable things about the hotel were the gardens where one could sit in sun or shade, in chairs, loungers or hammocks, or by the lovely secluded swimming pool. We were encouraged to pick and eat as much fruit as we liked from the garden.
The outside dining area was very pretty with all the tables featuring ironwork made by Fethi himself.
The interior of the hotel was similarly individualistic with Fethi's ironwork, antiques, pictures and ornaments.
A great place for a relaxing holiday with a difference.