Grecian Sands in Ayia Napa, Cyprus, is a highly rated 5-star resort and recent Tripadvisor Traveller’s Choice winner just outside of Ayia Napa, Cyprus. About 300 meters east of its sister hotel, Grecian Bay, Grecian Sands is on one of the best beaches in Cyprus, and offers every luxury and comfort the discerning traveller could ask for, at very reasonable price points.
One highlight of the resort is the Roof Burger Bar on the top floor of the hotel, which offers, in addition to great food, tremendous panoramic views of Ayia Napa, the Mediterranean Sea, and the hill country to the north of the hotel.
The central building is a huge, double-winged affair 7 storeys high, overlooking the equally huge central swimming pool which also has a double-winged layout, mirroring that of the hotel. The building is mostly west-facing, which means many of the rooms have a good view of the sea and of Ayia Napa, which is about a kilometre down the coastline towards the west.
Grecian Sands has 3 swimming pools, including one for kids, and an indoor pool with Jacuzzi, a spa with beautician services and hair salon, a health club with sauna and steam room, 3 restaurants, 2 bars, and a combination grill and bar. There is a Kids Corner to keep the young ones busy and entertained. In short, just about everything you could ask for in a resort, you’ll find at Grecian Sands.
Guests loved the friendly, helpful staff, the well-behaved guests, the fact that it is family-run which gives the atmosphere that much more of a personal touch, the comfortable rooms, the excellent food choices, and the feeling that staff at the hotel go above and beyond what is necessary to ensure a great visit.
Rooms vary in size from the 23m2 standard room to the 48m2 Mediterranean Suite, 2 Bedroom Family Room, and Executive Suite. Rooms are generally spacious, with lots of white and crème colours, which reflect the abundant sunshine coming through the windows, making everything bright and cheery, and also, incidentally, show how clean these rooms are. Some rooms have parquet flooring. Furniture is modern and comfortable.
Standard amenities, which applies to all rooms and suites, include king size, double or twin beds, mini bar, satellite TV free WiFi, AC, private safe, furnished balcony or terrace, hair dryer, tea and coffee maker, bath tubs with rain showers, bath amenities, bathrobes and slippers, sitting area, marble bathroom, and more.
Standard rooms come in three categories: Inland View, Side Sea View, and Sea View. Standard rooms come with 2 twin beds or a double, a sitting area, and a writing desk. Balconies and terraces are comfortably furnished. Inland View and Sea View are pretty self-explanatory; the Side Sea View provides a nice view of both the coastline, and of the sea.
There are three categories of superior rooms: Inland View, Sea View, and Garden View.
Garden View is at ground level, so it has a terrace and direct access to the grounds, sleeps up to 4.
Studio Room Sea View
Studio room Sea View is a bit larger than the Standard Room, and can sleep more people. Balcony gives a nice view of the palms and pool of the grounds, past them to the beach, and beyond, to the beautiful blue Med.
Side Sea View, Inland View, and Sea View are the 3 categories of the Superior Studios. They have king size beds. Each of the 3 views on offer have their advantages. Inland View rooms are cheaper.
Executive Studio Sea View
This spacious studio has either a king size or two twin beds. There’s also a sitting area, a working desk, and a furnished veranda or balcony depending on which floor you’re on. View of the sea is magnificent, and its southern exposure floods the studio with light.
2 Bedroom Family Room Side Sea View, Inland View
This Family Room can accommodate families of up to 4 members. The side view gives you the best of both worlds: you get to watch the sea on your private balcony, or the contours of the land during the lazy late afternoons. The inland view looks out on the range of hills, and, in the distance, the mountains of Cyprus. They’re green and fertile looking during the late spring, with a carpet of wildflowers.
Superior Suite Sea View
Suite is divided by a wide column wall into two sections into a sleeping area and a living area. Furnished balcony offers a great panorama of the Mediterranean.
Wide open floor plan gives you space to spread out. It’s a great getaway for two, with magnificent side sea views, which include the coastline and the sea as far as the eye carries. Because the suite is on the building’s corner, you get views along the coast in both directions.
Executive Sea View Suite
Spacious suite has a separate living area, and a Jacuzzi in the bathroom. There is a separate sitting area, and a work area with desk. Furnished balcony looks out over the beautiful Med for those relaxing afternoons, where you can kick back, watch the sun go down, and sip an aperitif.
Food and Drink
Grecian Sands has 3 restaurants, 2 bars, and a combination grill and bar for your dining and drinking pleasure.
The Roof Burger Bar is on the top floor of the hotel. It’s a great place to dine as you watch the sun sink to the horizon, and take in the 360-degree view of Cyprus and the sea from on high. Featuring massive gourmet burgers (you might want to order one for two people), with great sides and salads, and other interesting menu items such as prawn tempura tacos, pulled pork quesadillas, and baked sweet potato skins.
The Ithaka Restaurant, named after the home island of Homer’s Ulysses, is on the ground floor, where the sea is at eye level, but no less beautiful. Meals are served both a la carte and table d’hôte style. Menu specialties include smoked salmon and king prawns, tortellini tricolore, rib-eye steak, and classic Greek moussakas.
Cafeteria Calypso is an open air patio restaurant fronted by the green sward of the hotel’s grounds, with palm trees, and the sea in the background. It serves an a la carte hearty breakfast, and all day dining until the early evening. Featuring Greek salads, toasted sandwiches, burgers of all kinds, and a variety of omelettes, Cafeteria Calypso provides you with a relaxed environment in which you can delight in the sea breeze as you dine to your heart’s content.
The Ulysses Bar, a sort of counterpoint to the Ithaka Restaurant, is a classy, comfy drinking venue with comfy sofas, love seats and easy chairs indoors where you can relax and enjoy the piano stylings of Grecian Sands’ resident pianist, or you can sit out on the patio and watch the stars come out as you imbibe.
The Sunset Deck and Pool Bar is on a deck overlooking the sea and the pool, featuring comfy upholstered furniture and wonderful sunset views. You can enjoy ice cream, cocktails, beer and soft drinks as you take in the beauty of the grounds, the sea, and the pool.
The Grill Bar is sited between the pool and the beach, and is where you want to be to have a drink and nosh on grilled meat, seafood, and sandwiches. You can stop by for a snack, or enjoy the a la carte or buffet lunch for more filling fare.
Spa and Wellness
The Grecian Sands Spa offers a whole range of therapeutic treatments and activities where you can pamper yourself and come out feeling like a million. The atmosphere is serene, the experts there knowledgeable and skillfull, and the results can be miraculous. Say good bye to those nervous tension headaches, that underlying feeling of stress that seems to follow you around, even on holiday, and to the accumulated toxins your body absorbs during the workaday year.
After consultation, you can decide between a number of targeted or whole body treatments. These include facial treatments like the Classic Facial, which combines lymph drainage, phyto drainage, and aroma pressure, all of which will revive the elastic beauty of your facial skin and make you look years younger. Whole body treatments like Stress Release-Reborn focus on getting your body back in balance with a deep, revitalising whole body massage. In addition there is a sauna, a steam room, and a heated indoor pool to release the toxins in your body and allow you to relax in soothing, warm water.
Beauty treatments include a variety of manicures, pedicures, waxing of your upper lip, eyebrows, full legs, bikini line, and full and under arms. I addition you can get your hair done for that special evening out.
Nest to the Spa, Grecian Sands has a fully equipped exercise center, which will allow you to carry on with your home exercise routine whilst on holiday. All kinds of machines for resistance and cardio training are available, as well as a range of free weights. Get your workout in, then relax in the sauna or steam room to sweat out those body toxins.
If you don’t want to spend your holiday just laying around in the sun (which is not a bad way to pass your time- you’re on holiday, remember?), there is a whole range of activities on offer both at Grecian Sands, and nearby.
Since we’ve mentioned it, let’s start with the beach. The beach in this area is famous all over the island as being one of the nicest, with a wide, sandy strand, absolutely transparent waters, and a bit of shelter from the wind, but not too much shelter. Relax to your heart’s content, and refresh yourself from time to time at the beach bar. Water sports, provided by an independent company, are available here. There is an outdoor pool with a kid’s pool, as well as an indoor pool with Jacuzzi, and an indoor kid’s pool.
Speaking of kids, there is a Kid’s Corner at Grecian Sands, which is in the hotel ground’s gardens. The Kid’s Club offers a range of supervised activity during the peak months of July and August. There’s an outdoor playground, with a treehouse and a mock up of a Greek fishing caique. There is a games room with arcade games, billiards, and more.
In the Area
In the area there are a number of tours to choose from, such as the Blue Lagoon Cruise, which gives a great view of the local coastline, along with a couple of one-hour swimming stops with free use of masks and snorkels. There is the Caves Jeep Safari, which takes guests to the interesting rock formations, forgotten churches, and an opportunity to swim at some of Cyprus’s more deserted beaches. There’s the Ghost Town Famagusta tour which explores the former haunt of the beautiful people during the 1960’s, where movie stars, royalty and other celebrities mingled before the war of 1974.
Ayia Napa, just a 20-minute walk to the west, as lots to offer. There’s the quaint Ayia Napa monastery, right in the center of town, part of which is excavated out of the living rock and dedicated to Our Lady of the Forests. One can take a lazy walk along Ayia Napa’s harbor, where fishing caiques dock during the daytime and there are cafes and restaurants galore to choose from. There is the Ayia Napa Sculpture Park, where people peruse the works of 20 sculptors from around the globe.
There are miles of hiking trails in the Cape Greco National Forest Park, which offers peace and quiet, beautiful views, and even bike trails. Cape Greco is a bird watcher’s paradise: It’s a key migration site for raptors, and forms a migratory bottleneck for red-footed falcons, honey buzzards, common kestrels, and many other species. Local species include Cyprus wheateaters, Cyprus warblers, and black francolins.
Nissi Beach is a short bus ride away, and features broad, white sand, crystal clear water, and abundant plant and bird life.
Kryou Nerou 44, Ayia Napa 5341, Cyprus
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