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“PANHANDLE OASIS”
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Balci Plaza
Ranked #5 of 16 Hotels in Famagusta
Certificate of Excellence
Paphos District, Cyprus
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140 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“PANHANDLE OASIS”
Reviewed 24 June 2013

Although we didn't stay at this hotel, we visited Balci Plaza after a trip to Famagusta. While looking round the old town, we stopped for Turkish tea at one of the little cafes and chatted to the owner, Mandy. Her father owns the Balci Plaza on the Panhandle and she recommended that we pop in and have a look. About half an hour from the very tip of the panhandle, we drove down a private track to encounter the most beautiful restaurant set in its own gardens. The staff greeted us on the steps and we had a light lunch and drinks on the huge verandah. After lunch we were offered a chance to swim in the Med from their private beach - very refreshing after a long drive from Kyrenia to Famagusta and then on to the panhandle. The hotel is a little way down the track from the restaurant and consists of apartments that look very inviting - we will be looking at staying there on our next visit in October.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2012

I guess I have the privilege to be the first to review this little gem of a place.
This was our first vacation to North Cyprus and we managed to have a holiday within a holiday. We originally came to Kyrenia, where we stayed with some close friends. The missus and I love to drive round and sight-see, and the locals kept saying we must check out Karpaz before we return to England. Our friends encouraged us to spend a couple of nights at Balci Plaza, a place they have previously stayed at, and this was a decision we will not regret.

Now this is no 5-star holiday resort by any means but it is, in my opinion, the perfect escape. A small, family run sea side hotel with great food and great views. We were made to feel very welcome by all the staff, especially from the owner Hasan, a great character whose passion for his little oasis is instantly evident. I must not forget to mention his darling mother, who we will never forget. Almost reaching 90 and still full of life and a smile that can fill a room. We can certainly see where Hasan gets his charisma from.

So if you are looking for a place to relax and unwind, i thoroughly recommend Balci Plaza. There's not many places where you can enjoy lying on the beach, with the sun shining on your back in the month of November (check our pic!!). Also, if you love to sight-see like us, it is only 30 mins away from the famous Golden Sands, a must-see if you are ever in Karpaz.

Richard and Becky

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Episkopi, Cyprus
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Reviewed 17 September 2012

Relaxing weekend away in a remote hotel in the heart of Northern Cyprus's 'Pan Handle'. The welcome and relaxed atmosphere on arrival continued throughout our stay. The restaurant served breakfasts and evening meals if required; the meal choices were tailored to peoples individual wishes. Hotel apartments were basic, but clean; no extra linen, blankets or maid service during our stay. The beautiful unspoilt bay and beach attached to the hotel would satisfy the most discerning individual, nature at its best with all the usual facilities including an honesty bar. Dogs and Donkeys wandering freely around the premises grounds added to the weekend away.

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Balci Plaza
Address: Karpaz Rd | Near Yenierenkoy, North Cyprus in the Region of Karpaz, 72km From Famagusta, Famagusta PK 17, Cyprus
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Region: Cyprus > Famagusta District > Famagusta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Famagusta
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Famagusta
Price range (per night): $133 - $220
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We have 12 bungalows set in large grounds by the sea and mountains with a lot of bird life. Ideal for a relaxing holiday. We have a private beach with an honesty bar. Multilingual staff; home cooking with mostly fresh local ingredients including our own vegetables, eggs and freshly caught fish and local meats including range of steaks. ... more   less 
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