Having researched much of North Cyprus, including all areas, resorts, hotels and private rented apartments, this apartment was one of the cheapest. With the added amenities (gym, sauna, steam, swimming pools etc.) it was the cheapest!! (compared to others with similar amenities) - and trust me, I spent many a hour researching!
Added to the price range, I also researched public transport in North Cyprus - as neither myself or my partner would be driving, although I was very put off because it seemed that anyone and everyone recommended hiring a car.
The verdict?? Although this was the cheapest, there was no corners cut (as can be in such situations). This apartment was great, everything listed was inside and the photos matched the actual (as a frequent traveller, this isn't always the case). We were very pleased!!
We were mildly off-season, so it was nice and quiet at the resort and we enjoyed the pool, sauna, steam most days. It was too cold to use the outdoor pools, but the indoor pool and jacuzzi etc. was perfect.
As a gym person, I used the free on-site gym and it is better than it looked online. Alongside the machines there are professional boxing bags, both hung and floor and the machines both cardio and floor machines were varied and a good range. There was also a weights section, with a good selection of weights. There were add on's as well, like a skipping rope, medicine ball, mats and pads and gloves. I liked the fact that the gym was open all the time as well, especially late into the evening (around 9 / 10pm).
As for public transport, there is a bus service that visits the resort many times a day and takes you to Famagusta, there is also a timetable for bringing you back. The only down side was the local bus didn't run at weekends - and the management (not the owner) didn't put up a sign to explain this (so we were waiting!)
While at the resort, we did think of hiring a car to go to Girne, Kyrenia - but the minimum is 3 days hire (pretty much standard for N.Cyprus it seems), and we only wanted a day. In the end we went via the local buses and it was fine, we were glad we didn't bother with hiring a car. Getting the local bus to Famagusta - we picked up the service to Kyrenia and it was simple and straightforward (and cheap, around approx £12 return trip) We also used the Friday free bus from the resort to the local market (Iskele) and that was fine.
Iskele is the local town and speaking to Martin the owner, he mentioned how he'd never managed to walk to the town (around a 35 minute walk) because people always pulled over to give him a lift and sure, enough, this happened to us too!!!, - and on more than one occasion. Walking along the road, the people are so friendly, they just pull over and offer a lift.
We went to the beach and it was very quiet most of the time (I think because it was off season). This was great for us - and the beach was good, sandy and very clean, - in the Summer I reckon it would be great to swim in. The beach is not far from the apartment and it's a nice quiet walk on a path surrounded by beautiful, tranquil green fields.
Famagusta is your average town, with restaurants, coffee shops, bars, big supermarkets etc. We ate out there a few times and it wasn't too expensive. Famagusta has a lot of students - as there are universities based around, so it's a very young(ish) population.
Overall I would recommend this apartment and resort. The owner and his wife are very nice and Martin was super friendly and responsive to all my questions. Prior to arriving, emailing Martin and asking him lots of questions, he always replied very quickly and was very helpful and approachable.
North Cyprus is quite rural in ways, more rural than I originally realised, but it was perfect for what we wanted. We had all the amenities on-site (we also used the restaurant and it has a large selection and its not expensive), we could pop into town when we wanted and with the beach within walking distance, it all added up to what was a good holiday overall (we went for 10 days).
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