Larnaca holidays allow you to indulge in luxury days and superstar nights
The flight time to Larnaca is four and a half hours, where a stash of beach-heavy resorts awaits in this eastern part of Cyprus. You can be in Protaras, Nissi Beach or Ayia Napa in around an hour’s transfer for big doses of luxury.
At Nissi Beach quiet days are spent in mezze tavernas by the beach before the sands come to life with parties by night. But that’s nothing in comparison to Ayia Napa‘s nightlife, where the drinks flow all day and night and you’ll find cool cocktail lounges as well as bars playing all genres of music. It’s not all partying though, as Ayia Napa has a pretty harbour area and square with fountains, a sculpture park in the hillside, upmarket shops and a cluster of Blue Flag beaches.
Over in Protaras it’s a quiet culinary sensation, with gourmet restaurants covering Italian, sushi, steak and of course, Cypriot.
Living the high life in Larnaca
Walk around the designer boutiques of Ayia Napa and you’ll be pleasantly surprised not only by the quality and variety of goods, but also the cheaper price tags than similar items back home. Then plan for glitzy nights, with VIP rooms to be found at places like Soho Club and the Castle Club.
In the area around Ayia Napa, all 14 beaches have achieved Blue Flag status for their cleanliness and excellent facilities. There’s secretive Sirena Bay or Nissi Beach – regularly rated as one of the most beautiful in the world – as well as hotels with their own strips of sand complete with plush bars and restaurants. As an added bonus, you can dive around one of Europe’s few coral reefs off the coast here to feel like you’re in the Maldives. One of the best places for diving and swimming is the stunning Cape Greco.
If you prefer skimming across the water, board a yacht like Aphrodite II to take you on a lazy days boat trip around the coastline with an informative guide explaining Cypriot history and delicious lunch and drinks included.
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With just as much luxury to be found in the Paphos region of Cyprus, you can explore UNESCO sights and swanky nightlife. But if you’re set on Larnaca, take a look at our travel guide and read on for more details of Larnaca hotels you can book for your luxury holiday in Larnaca.
Brand new for April 2017, the Platinum 4* Louis Infinity Blu dazzles with its contemporary white and blue decor. This adults-only hotel, right by a peaceful bay with lots of beach space, is a short walk from Pernera and its Blue Flag beach. All rooms are studios or suites and over half have sea views plus features like walk-in showers. The large grounds feature a pool, lounge area and a garden with beach bar that leads to the waterfront and promenade into Protaras. Or stay in to eat at the open kitchen restaurant serving freshly cooked local and international recipes.
Under the TUI Family Life umbrella, this 5* hotel is set in 14 acres of landscaped gardens with a meandering pool – one of the biggest in Cyprus – plus three swim-up bars to serve it. There's regular daytime and evening entertainment as well as a spa, health club, sports courts and classes. No one's left out with the baby lounge, kids' clubs for three-to-11s, children's activity pool and playground and teens' hangout. Just two minutes' walk to Nissi Beach, there are five varied restaurants on-site.
Close to the centre of Ayia Napa but in a quiet spot near Grecian Beach, you can party before returning to the design-led haven that is Napa Mermaid Hotel. It holds two large outdoor pools and nearby Andama Bar hosts live music overlooking the sea with cocktails at the ready. The modern and airy restaurant provides gourmet dishes, from breakfast and buffet to a la carte. Whether you fancy keeping fit or being pampered, the gym and spa facilities have you covered. Then, retire to your room or upgrade to a suite or executive bungalow.
A classy wood-and-white theme styles the 5* Sunrise Pearl Hotel and Spa, which has an enviable position right on the beach. Its pool scene is immense, with a space for adults, Balinese day beds, a swim-up pool bar with evening music and an outdoor hot tub, plus a restaurant virtually on the sand. There's another sumptuous international buffet restaurant and if you're Half Board you can choose to dine around at five top establishments. Kids get their own pool and plenty of activities while adults can indulge in the luxurious spa, which even has a snow chamber.
It's over-16s only at this 4* hotel next to the monastery in the thick of Ayia Napa, just to the south of the main bars and restaurants and five minutes to the beach. The lagoon-style pool has its own bar where pool parties and DJ nights are regularly held and hosts aqua-aerobics and water polo during the day. Dining covers buffet, Italian, Japanese, international and Cypriot Mezze a la carte, and an entire lounge dedicates itself to crafted cocktails and healthy dishes.