Having read a number of negative accounts for the Malpas, my wife and I were more than pleasantly surprised following the enjoyable 10 days that we spent there.
On our evening arrival, we were ushered into the restaurant, even though it was about to close, for refreshment after our journey. Check-in was easy and we were shown to our sea-view room with balcony on the second floor. The room was spacious, the bed comfortable and the bathroom was clean and well presented with plenty of towels. We brought our own travel jug for morning cups of tea and coffee – why do some people always expect to find these facilities in foreign hotels?
There seems to be much discussion regarding rooms with a mountain (sun) or sea view (no sun). Personally, we preferred the sea view room. With temperatures averaging 25° - 30°C, who would want to risk sunstroke sitting on a baking balcony. With the hotel being a few kilometres inland, as well as the splendid sea view, we were able to watch life going by in the Kyrenia suburbs.
The majority of the staff we encountered were helpful and eager to please. Special mentions must go to: Cynthia, the Guest Relations Representative who provided valuable assistance on a number of occasions and, most importantly, always followed up to ensure we were happy. Mehmet is a credit to the hotel. His friendly and willing nature proved popular with all guests whether it be at the poolside cafe or the main restaurant and bar. Asaada, a waiter in the main restaurant, always provided a smiling welcome.
Comments have been made about the food. Perhaps, it was somewhat “samey”, but remember this is Turkish style cuisine. There was plenty of choice and I defy anyone not to be able to find something to their liking. We found no problems with “cold food” – the restaurant displayed requests for any problems like this to be brought to their attention. My wife, who has dietary intolerances, was taken care of by the restaurant manager, Mr Mustapha, who proved very helpful in discussing her requirements and instructing the chefs to prepare suitable dishes for her.
The swimming pool area is one of the hotel’s best assets. With more than enough loungers and parasols to go round, we encountered none of the “reserved” sun-bed problems that one sees so often in hotels. The pool attendant was amazing, spending much of his time racing around the pool area preventing guests from having to move sunbeds or open parasols. He seemed truly dedicated to the guests’ welfare and comfort.
The only disappointment is the guests’ Beach Club. A complimentary shuttle is provided, but sadly the area has seen better days and has suffered the ravages of wind and waves. We believe that there are plans to provide much needed investment in order to bring this back to an acceptable beach relaxation area.
Car hire at £20 – £23 (depending on hire duration) which includes full insurance is real value for money. Cynthia of Guest Relations kindly advised and researched the best deal. Take the opportunity to explore - Bellapais Abbey, Kyrenia Castle, Famagusta and Nicosia amongst others.
In conclusion, my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the Malpas and considered it to be very good value for money. We would recommend this hotel for those not requiring constant entertainment, but simply enjoying peace and relaxation in a pleasant location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Malpas Hotel & Casino is an exclusive 5* Luxury Resort nestled in a quiet corner of Cyprus overlooking the Five-Finger Mountain range and the beautifully tranquil Mediterranean Sea. Complementing a stunning location, The Malpas Hotel & Casino is the perfect destination for romantic getaways - family leisure breaks - or ideal for functions and conferences. Malpas Hotel & Casino offers state-of-the-art facilities and incorporates luxurious modern amenities in its all-encompassing accommodation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Malpas Hotel And Casino
- Malpas Hotel Catalkoy
- Malpas Hotel Kyrenia
- Malpas Hotel & Casino Cyprus/Catalkoy