We travelled to Nissi Bay for my sister’s wedding at the lovely Nissi Beach Hotel. The Nissiana is perfectly placed at just a 5 minute or so walk away.
My other sister and her family checked in to a bungalow (410) just across the road from the main Nissiana complex. Their apartment was quite spacious for the 4 of them. The only downfall was they had to share their accommodation - with ants. Reception did arrange for the room to be sprayed but this had little effect. Nevertheless, it didn’t ruin their stay.
Over in the main hotel the rest of the rooms were clean and the maids were thorough and friendly.
There is only one English channel which is BBC World News. But Cypriot tv has many English speaking programmes and films with Greek subtitles. 60 Minute Makeover, Jamie’s School Dinners, Disparate House Wives, CSI – yes I did leave the room, I just watched them whilst getting dressed!
You won’t need an adapter in this hotel as all sockets are for 3 pin plugs.
The corridors are very poorly lit for some reason – I’m all for saving the planet but the low level lighting was ridiculous. I once saw a couple pull out their mobile phone so they could see where to put the key into the lock!
Our half-board meals were quite good – I put on 6lbs! Breakfast had a good range of choices from Porridge, fruit, Continental breakfast to a fry up. Evening hot meals were more varied than the salads, but I really couldn’t fault any of it.
As previous reviews mention the majority of guests are German and Russian – so get use to a completely different culture – particularly no concept of queuing like us Brits. Meal times were particularly frustrating with the young to the elderly diving in front. I also found it quite sad that everyone kept themselves to themselves, even amongst nationalities - there was no smiling or ‘hello’.
The best thing about the Nissiana is its pool area. It’s very relaxed and set among palm trees. The main pool has a bridge over it which has a waterfall effect on one side which is a nice feature. The kids’ pool is equally lovely and next to a small play area with slides etc. There are also pools by the bungalows if you don’t fancy crossing over the road to the main complex.
I never got to see them – but there’s also an indoor pool and steam rooms.
A bit about the resort
We booked a private transfer from the airport with Lastminute.com, and the journey time was about 40 minutes.
About 50 yards from the Nissiana on the main road to Ayia Napa is a stall that sells delicious sweet corn for €2 in the evenings – I’d recommend having it grilled with lots of butter and a pinch of salt. Hmm.
If you want to see a bit of Cyprus but don’t fancy hiring a car or joining an excursion, get the well air conditioned 101 bus opposite the Nissi Beach Hotel. It’s a Euro to Ayia Napa, or pay €3 and hop on and off as many times as you wish. We decided to travel to the terminus Paralimni (towards the Turkish border) and work our way back to Nissi Bay. Inland as you’d imagine the scenery is very rocky and arid, but look out the other side of the bus and you’ll have a contrasting view of a brilliant cobalt blue coastline. The journey to Paralimni takes just over an hour, and imagine our surprise at being dropped off outside of M & S! Unfortunately, along with the nice selection of boutiques in the town, it was closed having arrived just after 1. If you do decide to go to Paralimni shops tend to open 09.30 – 12.30/13.00 and reopen 16.00-19.00.
On our way back to Nissi Bay on the 102 bus, we stopped off at Protaras – pronounced Prota-ras in Greek and then Ayia Napa. I was really surprised about Ayia Napa (by day at least!) nice clean streets, modern contemporary bars and restaurants. The usual suspects are there as well with English bars, Pizza Hut, KFC and McDonald’s. There’s also a marina which is quite pleasant.
Arriving back at Nissi Bay, I would say it’s my favourite resort out of the others we went to, and I would stay at the Nissiana again.