This was the first time I have booked a holiday without involving a travel company so I was a little concerned that it would all work out. I after reading the reviews on this site I e mailed Mustafa direct and asked whether he could arrange for us to be picked up from Larnaca airport and returned at the end of our stay. I decided to fly BA to Larnaca because we really didn't fancy going to Turkey, sitting on the Tarmac for an hour and then flying back to Ercan. Mustafa duly replied with a very favourable all in price for transport and two weeks stay in a villa. As it turned out, with flights as well, it worked out slightly cheaper than what Mercury Direct quoted me. Plus the advantage of a larger baggage allowance plus a meal on the aircraft, plus an inclusive bar.
One downside was that it was a night flight, arriving at Larnaca at 05.05am Cyprus time and I must admit to having the odd reservation re being picked up. I needn't have worried. We were met by Lesley's (receptionist at CTG) husband who took us on the hour & a half drive to Kyrenia.
We arrived before anyone had opened up for the day but it wasno hardship sitting in the beautifully fragrant gardens, surrounded by orange, lemon and tangerine trees, not to mention the beautiful flowers. Having been eventually shown to villa no32, we began one of the best holidays we have ever had.
Everything has been said in the reviews on this site so I really would only be duplicating the comments of others but this hotel epitomises the term "small& friendly". Right from the owner Mustafa, who incidentally was extremely laid back about when I needed to pay the balance of our bill, Lesley on reception who probably got fed up with our silly requests for directions etc, but always was there ready to help with a smile. The lads on the bar, the maids, cooks and the gardener who all work so hard to make your holiday a success and all with a cheery smile and a readiness talk to guests.
Although we were a couple, we were given a two bedroom family villa, more than enough room for us, even without the second bedroom it would still have been a good size. Hot & cold water dispenser in the kitchen, great idea! Instant cup of tea ---- next time I will be taking my own mugs though as the cups provided are very small.
I've read some complaints about the breakfast and just don't understand where these people are coming from! Compared to some places I've stayed, I thought the food was very good, the eggs were lovely & fresh, boiled or scrambled. Wise up people, it's another country ---- when in Rome etc. I can't comment on the dinners because we ate out at some of the many excellent restaurants within easy reach.
All too soon our stay at CTG was over and as promised, Alan, another of the drivers doing the airport run, was there at 07.00am to transport us back to Larnaca.
Thank you Mustafa, thank you Lesley thank you to all the lovely staff who really do go that extra mile. Thank you also to the other lovely guests who helped to make our stay so memorable, especially Bernie & Rose, thanks for the laughs. My wife always says that the world is too big to go back to the same place ----- but she wants to come back next year ---- says it all really!
Degs & Nel.
- Also Known As:
- Citrus Tree Gardens Hotel Alsancak - Karavas
- Citrus Tree Gardens Hotel
- Citrus Tree Gardens Kyrenia
- Citrus Tree Gardens Cyprus/Alsancak - Karavas
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