Skip to main content

The Ultimate Guide to Long Beach Resort Hotel, Famagusta, North Cyprus. Detailed Review of a Hidden Gem.

Long Beach Resort Hotel.

Long Beach Resort Hotel.

Why We Chose Long Beach Resort

The UK's departure from the European Union was imminent. We were wary of the disruption it might cause to travel between the UK and the EU. So we decided to search further afield for a break in the fall of 2019.

We had visited Cyprus before. The warm climate appealed to us. Apart from a day trip to the north, we stayed in the south, within the EU.

The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is outside the EU. We could even choose to fly via Istanbul, Turkey, avoiding the EU altogether.

The general location was sorted, but where would we stay in North Cyprus? After many hours of online research, my husband found Long Beach Resort Hotel, just over 10.5 miles north of Famagusta on the east coast. The reviews were very good, the beachside location looked great and we found a very reasonable package deal with Cyprus Paradise. The deal was so cheap, it was almost too good to be true. Taking advantage of a free upgrade to half-board, we followed the advice of other visitors and paid a little more for a beachside mini villa.

As the date of departure approached, we wondered how this extremely reasonably priced trip would work out. I even joked with friends about arriving to find a shack on a beach. Far from it. Read on to find out why we call Long Beach Resort a "hidden gem".

A view to wake up to.

A view to wake up to.

First Impressions

The transfer process was very smooth from the airport if a little quirky. Arriving late at night, we were directed towards a man with a laptop, outside Ercan airport. After checking our details and scanning our passports he showed us to a large and very comfortable Mercedes taxi. Water bottles had been left for us in the holders and we were whisked to our destination.

The only hiccup was the annoyance of the taxi driver when he realized that we had no small change for a tip. The following day a Cyprus Paradise rep told us that there was no need to tip.

We were greeted by the 24-hour staff in reception, offered wrapped sandwiches, and quickly checked in. Our suitcases were taken and we were led along paths, past villas until we arrived at the white wooden door of our mini villa. We appreciated the lantern light near the door as our guide found the hole for the key.

At gone midnight, after a long day, I remember being struck by the generous size of the lounge area, but little else, as we ate the sandwiches before hitting the pillow.

A New Day Dawns

Sunrise at Long Beach Resort.

Sunrise at Long Beach Resort.

Accomodation

Long Beach Resort offers a choice of mini villas/bungalows. Taking online advice from previous guests, we pushed the boat out and went for a beachside mini villa with a large separate lounge. There were also smaller bungalows with no lounge and cheaper locations with a pool or garden view. We were not disappointed with our selection.

Location Choices

Beach front location.

Beach front location.

Beach Front Mini Villa

Exterior

The single-storey mini villas had a pleasant, traditional feel to them, with their whitewashed outer walls and the blue edging around the windows and doors. The added touches of the curved arch over the front entrance and the shape of the patio door were pleasing to the eye, as were the terracotta tiles on the sloping roofs.

The wooden blue rail near the front entrance was a nice touch. The white dividing walls at the front and rear of the property gave a secluded feel and added to the privacy.

The design of the villas meant that the water tank and solar panels that we assumed were on the roof, were not visible from the beachside.

Layout

The front door opened into a hallway, with a door on the right into the shower room. Further along on the left, there was a door into a bedroom. Straight ahead an archway led into a large lounge. An interconnecting door potentially linked this villa with the adjoining one next door, useful for a family group. The patio door opened onto a terrace. A pathway and low wall separated this from the beach and sea beyond.

Decor

The mini villa was painted magnolia throughout, with white wooden doors and frames. The decoration was minimal. There was one moderate-sized modern art print in a rectangular gold effect frame near the uplighter in the lounge and two woodland prints in black frames in the bedroom.

Floors were fully tiled in beige and laid out in a square or diamond pattern.

Cream, textured curtains hung from dark wood poles in the lounge and the bedroom.

Temperature Control

There were modern air conditioning units in the lounge and bedroom. Each had a remote control. The villa remained cool, despite the heat outside. We used the heating option on one cooler evening in November.

Plugs

Plug sockets were three-pin, so British guests had no need for adapters. We noticed that plastic adapters were in use for some two-pin appliances, such as the kettle.

Through the front door.

Through the front door.

Lounge

This was the biggest room in the villa. Full-width glass at the end ensured that the sea view was maximized. There were full-length windows on either side of the patio doors. This arrangement was finished off with an arched window above. The white fretwork, giving the impression of individual panes was a nice touch.

Furniture

A large dark wood unit stood in the corner. It contained a big cupboard and three deep drawers.

Along the opposite wall was a dark brown vinyl sofa, with two matching leather armchairs and a medium wood rectangular coffee table. A further small square dark wood coffee table was in the corner by the uplighter.

In the corner near the archway, there was a dark wood square table with a cream top and two green plastic chairs. On top were two glasses, coasters, and two wine glasses.

Electrical Items

Around the corner to the right, there was an under-counter fridge. This was the minibar, fully loaded with drinks and a price list.

On top, there was a kettle, two cups, saucers and teaspoons, sachets of coffee, and whitener.

There was a generously sized flatscreen TV on top of the large unit in the corner.

Lighting

There was a modern uplighter in the corner by the window, as well as a central ceiling light.

Additional Items

There was a useful pale wood folding suitcase holder.

A telephone was next to the TV.