Our Complex » About Us & History
The Almond Hotel was built from scratch with a tremendous amount of hard work, belief & passion by current owner and director Mr. Ali Riza Asik. He bought the land in 1994, which was very dry and occupied with dead trees… Only a few trees to include “wild almond trees“ survived the lack of water and attention before purchase…But the beauty of the ” Flowering Almonds ” – ” The Eternal Symbol of Hope & Constancy ” bewildered Ali , thus giving us our name …
The Almond Hotel officially opened their doors to business on the 16th of April 1999. Since then Ali, Dervişe and their children, Gülten, Ahmet & Ayşe have been proudly running their much loved business together.The family see their business as welcoming guests to their own home and their aim is to make sure each and every guest has a comfortable & memorable stay and enjoy Northern Cyprus as well as The Almond.
Ali started building on his land after purchasing a lorry & JCB. He did most of the work to include clearing out the land, digging out our pool and carrying stones from the Karpaz Peninsula (the panhandle of Cyprus) for all our walls and landscapes.It took him 5 years to complete his dream. Quite a few interesting & hilarious stories are hidden in each and every corner of the complex….
In 1999, The Almond Hotel started off with only the Mezzanine Villas, reception (main building), indoor restaurant, pool & pool terrace. In 2001 the hotel rooms were added on top of the main building. In 2006, after purchasing an adjacent piece of land to Almond, the 2 bedroom cottages were added, which bring us to the current landscape.In December 2011 Almond Holiday Village introduced a new unique underground Convention Lounge – The Almond Lounge – to the complex providing guests a venue they can , enjoy live entertainment and special events, or even book their own parties, special occasions, conferences and conventions in a truly magnificent ambiance.
Ali and his family have a 100% Turkish Cypriot Heritage and a passionate attention to detail which together with traditional Cypriot family culture, hospitality and friendliness will embrace you in an informal yet very professional way as soon as you walk through the Almond doors… The efficient service and family hospitality is guaranteed throughout your stay.
Each family member has superb knowledge of the Island and its history and would be more than happy to assist you with anything you wish to know. With the advantage of having lived in the UK all the family is fluent English speaking. The family live on site, available 24/7, therefore you can rest assured that any unexpected situation will be easily and quickly dealt with. Many of our staff have been with us since the beginning and are considered as part of the family. You will find that nothing is too much trouble for the Almond family and staff as they are all eager to make your stay the most enjoyable.
Ali & his family are very keen on make yearly improvements therefore regularly maintain & refurbish their complex to make sure their new and regular guests are not disappointed. They are also passionate collectors of antiques and “museum quality” ethnographic items – which are artfully displayed in every corner of their delightful complex, adding to its unique character & charm, separating itself distinctively from other Kyrenia hotels.
The Almond Family does not only consist of family members and staff but also their very much loved pets.
The Almond proudly enjoy a very high percentage of repeat guests.
Customer satisfaction is our most important aim. Our reputation has been evidently confirmed by our guests on the popular & objective travel site Tripadvisor , recently receiving 5 awards in addition to 2013 & 2014, rated as;
We are most honored to announce that on the 28th of August 2014, The Almond Hotel has been awarded by the Hotels Board of the TRNC Tourism Ministry for ” Achieving Great Success in Customer Satisfaction” with a ceremony at Bellapais Abbey.
” We would like to thank all our staff for working beside us for many years and therefore helping us achieve these awards and also many thanks to our loyal guests for all their support and kindness over the years. You have all made us very proud – once again… “