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Five Fingers Holiday Bungalows
Reviewed September 26, 2012

As previous people have said, the owner Arif is a tremendous host. He is genuinely a really nice guy and always keen to help – even if you wake him from his siesta! He’ll organize your car hire, airport pickup, taxis, restaurant bookings etc. Nothing is too much trouble. The rest of his family and staff are fantastic too – and his mother who sits outside swatting flies and talking to holidaymakers and locals is very entertaining. Within a day or so you really feel part of the family, which enables you to really relax and feel at home – and we spent 10 nights here so got very comfortable.

As others have said, breakfast is very good and the pool is also great. You’ll often have the pool and sun lounge area to yourself as there are only 10 ‘bungalows’.

A 5-10 minute away is the village of Ozankoy that has some a couple of good restaurants and bars. Bellapais has much more to offer and is a 10 minute drive away - some restaurants will even pick you up and drop you off at Five Fingers. While you’re spoilt for choice in Kyrenia/Girne.

We fell in love with this place - so why only the four stars? Well the accommodation itself isn’t that great. It is pretty basic and looking a little rough around the edges. Five Fingers is a low cost option , so I guess you get what you pay for. The beds – and they only has single beds that you can push together – are uncomfortable, there’s no TV or settee to crash on.. In fact, when we first arrived we were really underwhelmed with the place. Then of course we got to know Arif and his family and our whole perception of Five Fingers changed.

If you’re the type of people that need five or four star luxuries then this place is not for you. But if you value a friendly atmosphere and feeling at home in a relaxed environment then you’ll love it here. And anyway, you can always use the very nice spa down the road at the posh – but soul-less Cratos hotel.

Note: If you want to read about the Cyprus troubles from a Turkish perspective - instead of the usual Greek or Western viewpoints - then ask Arif if you can borrow a book in his library called "The Genocide Files" by Harry Scott Gibbons.

Room Tip: There is free wifi at Five Fingers but it seemed not to cover all bungalows. If you want this then a...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 17, 2012

We stayed at Five Fingers Holiday Bungalows from 1st to 6th June 2012 and discovered paradise! The bungalow was semidetached and on two floors, pleasantly furnished and quiet, we could step straight from the siting room/kitchen out onto our own patio and then straight into the pool if need be. Cleaning was done every morning while we had the provided breakfast on the communial terrace....and what a breakfast, anything you wanted within reason. The owner Ifrim and his mother were perfect hosts, especially when they discovered my partner has served in the military and lived in Famagusta from 1963 to 1967. I was lent books and discussed many things with them which really opened my eyes to the situation there. We had a hire car so were able to travel over the northern part of the island from visiting the donkeys on what my partner calls The Pan Handle to crossing the border into Nicosia. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay....try it and discover your own little paradise.

Room Tip: Ours faced the end of the pool and looked towards the cafe and bar, we found it ideal.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 12, 2012

Stayed as family of 4 in April 2012 and rented 2 'bungalows' for c £35 a night each through www.booking.com. Arif is the perfect host - made us feel very welcome and surprised our children with chocolate eggs for breakfast on our last day. Breakfast is included and is fantastic - delicious home made cheese bread and olive bread, toast, jam, honey, thick Turkish yoghurt, cereal, omeletttes, feta, tomatoes, olives, coffee/tea, juice. We were stuffed and could hardly face lunch each day. The split level bungalows are arranged around a nice pool, and as there are only a handful it feels very cosy and private. Plumbing a bit basic and sheets a little tired, rooms smell of mothballs, so if you're expecting 4 star luxury it's not for you. But location is great - fantastic views from the breakfast terrace to the Five Fingers mountain range and over the sea to mainland Turkey on a clear day, a pleasant 1 hour amble up through the countryside to Bellapais Abbey, 10 minutes on foot to the sleepy traditional village of Ozankoy and a 10 minute drive to centre of Kyrenia. The biggest downside for us was nearby dogs who barked a lot at night - so I would recommend earplugs unless you are a very heavy sleeper. But by day it was idyllically quiet and the perfect place for a relaxing get away from it all holiday.

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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 19, 2012

This is a wonderful place to stay. From the moment you arrive you are one of the family. Arif is a brilliant Chef and a 1st Class host and everything runs like clockwork. We cannot praise it highly enough! You feel sad to leave! North Cyprus is a beautiful place to visit and very welcoming even in the little villages. We love it!

  • Stayed: March 2012
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Reviewed September 26, 2011

This was exactly what we wanted - peaceful, quiet, great location, comfortable bungalows, gorgeous pool. Arif and his family did everything they could to make our stay memorable - organised our taxi transfer from the airport, welcomed us with fresh fruit on our arrival, gave us directions to anywhere we needed, booked restaurants for us, brought us little samples of home cooking while we relaxed by the pool etc etc.. There's a shuttle bus every 15 mins to the centre of Kyrenia and a supermarket within walking distance of the bungalows. There's also ample parking for your car if you hire one. Overall, it was fantastic value for money and we were very sad to leave after a week of feeling part of the family. We'll definitely be one of Five Fingers' many repeat visitors.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 1, 2011

Wonderful setting, lovely owner Arif and family.Very relaxing. Great breakfast of selection of fresh breads, jams honey etc, cornflakes, fruit, yogurts, eggs (Omelette, scrambled etc). Tea coffee. As brochure states bungalow equiped for 'basic cooking', but who would want for more with the wonderful breakfast provided, Arif also only too happy to cook light meals at lunchtime and even an evening meal if he knows in advance and many places to eat in the area at reasonable prices.

As we live in Southern Cyprus we often visit the northern side of the island and so this accommodation is ideal.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 23, 2011

A fantastic stay! A very warm and welcoming family run business. Beautiful and quiet setting with a lovely pool and breakfast balcony. Only intended to stay one night, however, extended to two as it was so relaxing. Thank you Arif and family for your hospitality. From Isobel and Frances, see you soon!

Stayed: July 2011, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Five Fingers Holiday Bungalows

Address: Catalkoy Yolu Cad.No.25 | Kyrenia, Ozankoy, Cyprus
Location: Cyprus > Kyrenia District > Ozankoy
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Ozankoy
Price Range: $50 - $60 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Family run business located four km away from the city center, shuttle from and to the city center every 15 minutes for less than one euro per person.Large swimming pool, bar & tv lounge area. Lovely terrace with sea & mountain views. Our restaurant very close by serves local dishes at very good rates. The air-conditioned bedrooms have wooden floors, safe box, flat-screen TV with international channels and a bathroom with hairdryer, the living room with a mini bar & a kettle. Enjoy the Turkish Cypriot hospitality in a comfortable, relax, quiet atmosphere at very good rates. Looking forward to having you at our place. ... more   less 
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