Bellapais Hotels

Bellapais Hotels

Bellapais is one of those places that time forgot.  With a leisurely pace of life that has remained almost completely unchanged since colonial days, it’s the perfect place to visit if you are looking to get away from the hecticness of modern living.  If you’d like to know any more about Bellapais, the village has been immortalised in the book “Bitter Lemons” by Lawrence Durrell.

The main attraction at Bellapais has to be the Bellapais Abbey which sits on a natural terrace overlooking the whole of the northern coastline.  The Abbey is a fine example of Gothic architecture and has a number of interesting features, including the “Tree of Idleness”, an ancient mulberry made famous in Durrell’s Bitter Lemons, beneath which you will become lazy and unwilling to work!  The village itself is all whitewashed buildings and cobbled lanes that wind up away from the main square.  This is Cyprus as it used to be so don’t expect a clubbing experience, although Bellapais does have a number of excellent restaurants, cafes and bars though so you won’t go hungry or thirsty.

As the village is small, Bellapais hotels are not that numerous. Bellapais Monastery Village is probably the best value and is reminiscent of a country club except with some fantastic sea views.  The hotel has 16 hotel rooms and 45 villas and prices start at around £56 per night for a double room.  Bellapais Gardens hotel has a cliff top restaurant and lounge, pool bar and freshwater pool.  The boutique hotel offers a twin level cottage with balcony and sea view from £100 per night.  The Abbey Inn at Bellapais is reached by climbing down a tiny cobbled path to the side of the Abbey and is something of a luxury option.  There are only 10 individually designed and decorated guest bedrooms with private terrace or balcony.  The hotel does not accommodate children under 16 and you will need to request a quote for the price of the room.