A week in paradise | Clickstay Villa review | Ayia Napa, Cyprus

In October last year, I had one of those emails fall into my inbox, with the subject heading, “Press trip”. The two simple words that would get any blogger/vlogger excited, because, being invited on a press trip is a huge deal in the blogging world. Or, I happen to think so, anyway! I was being invited to stay in Villa Nishita for a whole week, in Cyprus – with Clickstay. It was the sort of email that you had to re-read a dozen times and still didn’t think it was true. 

After realising the email was not a joke, I began planning our trip. Now, due to the kids still being in school on the dates I was given {and my Husband’s work} – taking them along wasn’t possible. So, I asked a few school gate Mum friends if they’d like to join me and to my delight, they said yes! In fairness though, they didn’t need any convincing! 

Our flight

Fast forward eight months and the girls and I were all packed up and ready to fly out of Belfast International Airport, and straight onto Larnaca, Cyprus. We flew with Thomas Cook – this was my first time travelling with them and I have to say, I was very impressed. The return flights, including a 20kg suitcase cost around £280, which I thought was very good. 

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The flight itself was pretty long; Belfast to Larnaca takes around 5hrs. We departed from Belfast at 1355hrs & arrived in Cyprus for 9pm, which was 7pm UK time.  We were met at the airport with our transfer who was really friendly and even gave us a good list of things to see & do during our stay. Our villa was in Ayia Napa, which from Larnaca is a good 30min drive, but we were there in no time at all.

Our Villa

Upon arriving at our villa, the first thing we noticed {other than the heat!} was how pretty the private pool looked all lit up. But more on that later! We needed two vital things, a cup of tea and something to eat! Lucky for us, the owner very kindly left us a welcome pack of all the little bits he thought we would need; eggs, milk, bread etc. Which, considering the time {after 9pm}, and us not knowing whereabouts the nearest shop was until the morning, this was a huge help.

We took a few minutes {as the kettle boiled} to have a look around our villa and it was really nice. I loved how spacious it felt, and I also thought each of the three bedrooms having their own ensuite was a huge browning point, too. Everything you could possibly need in a home away from home was there to use. 

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Cyprus villa holidays

The villa, as well as being spacious was nice & clean. It has three bedrooms, each with their own ensuite bathroom {as well as an extra toilet downstairs, for good measure}, air conditioning throughout and a private pool. As well as being able to sleep up to eight people, it includes it’s own Netflix subscription {it is a Cyprus version, but still very handy & loads of movies & TV shows to watch}. The villa comes with wifi, a Wii console and it also has a PC to use, too. 

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Villa Nishita is classed as a beach villa, and even though it’s a good mile {and a bit} walk from Nissi Beach – I would much prefer to stay in a villa away from the hustle & bustle of the Ayia Napa nightlife!

My friends & I saw two sides of Ayia Napa while during our week in Cyprus. Being early risers, we’ve seen the eerily quiet side of Ayia Napa {which we preferred} and we’ve watched it burst into life around 8pm in the evening. Making our little hidden gem of a luxury villa perfect, thanks to its quiet residential location. 

Living room, Villa Nishita, Cyprus

Dining room in Cyprus villa

The kitchen came with everything you could possibly need. Including a dishwasher, pots & pans, plastic cups & plates to use by the pool and it even had a water dispenser. This was a really nice feature because nothing beats a cold glass of water in 30-degree heat!

For refills, there is a garage just down the road from the villa, which was very handy. Every time we walked down that road we would see bearded dragons and locusts as big as small birds – it was quite amazing.

Bedroom in Cyprus villa

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Cyprus villa holidays

Bedroom in Cyprus villa

The two double bedrooms upstairs, where really spacious and each had their own private balconies. The smaller of the two upstairs bedrooms had the bigger balcony – which is big enough to have a table & chairs set up on, to enjoy in the mornings or evenings. 

Bedroom in Cyprus villa

The main bedroom {my room for the week} was so nice. It is the bigger of the two bedrooms upstairs and like the other rooms, had so many windows to let in so much natural light. Which is something I live for! Another bonus in this villa, that we actually didn’t know until we arrived, was there are UK plug sockets throughout, so you have no need to bring along any adapters. Cool, eh!

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Out in the landscaped garden, there are plenty of sun loungers available, as well as chairs & a table. We had a few days relaxing by the pool – which is something neither of us Mums had ever done before and if I’m honest, we really enjoyed it. I think we may have loved it a little too much! But if you are staying somewhere with your own private pool – you need to enjoy it, right? 

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Directions to Villa Nishita, Ayia Napa

Cyprus villa holidays

Cyprus villa holidays

Cyprus villa holidays

Cyprus villa holidays

Cyprus villa holidays

The area

During our week at Villa Nishita, and not driving while over there, we did notice one thing. No taxi drivers {other than the airport transfer, that was organised by the owner} knew where Villa Nishita was. As you can see on the map {see below}, it is not far from Nissi Beach – as stated {and can be walked in around 20 minutes}.

Directions to Villa Nishita, Ayia Napa

However, we did use taxis quite a bit {mainly because, on those first few days, we didn’t know the area}. Neither did the local taxi drivers, it seems. Until we found Andreas, and it’s fitting this taxi man gets a mention as he is a legend and should be used if you need a taxi during your stay at Villa Nishita. He can be found on Facebook under Andreas Taxi Service – Ayia Napa. All we needed to say to him was “Kataspilon” {which is the road before turning off into the Lidia Homes residential area} and he knew where we needed to go. The cheapest and most fair prices around, as well. 

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You will also pass this gorgeous little church along Kataspilon, the turn off {which is a little dirt road on the left} isn’t far after passing this landmark. 

Directions to Villa Nishita, Ayia Napa

Where the Villa is, you are a little out of the way of the noise of the Ayia Napa nightlife {which is quite nice}, and as stated previously in this post, it is only a 20-minute walk down onto Nissi Avenue.

On our first full day in Ayia Napa, instead of turning right at the bottom of Kataspilon, we went left and ended up on quite the journey {our goal was to visit Nissi beach!}. The 5mile walk was worth it though because we got to visit three absolutely stunning beaches, which Cyprus is not short of – by any means. 

The first beach we came across was Pernera beach – which as stunning as it was, was quite pebbly and sore to walk on {if you have sensitive feet like myself}. Although, aside from the pebbles, I have never felt sand as soft in all of my life. 

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We spotted some super cute pedal boats, with a slide on the back and we knew we had to give it a go. It cost, I think, 30 euros for 1hr out on the water and each of the pedal boats can have four people on board at one time. 

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We kept on walking and came across Sandy Bay beach, which was a little quieter than Pernera, and much more family-friendly {in my opinion}. We stopped here at the House on the Beach Restaurant & Bar for some lunch and a few cheeky blue lagoons. When on Holiday and all that…

After lunch & a little more walking, it wasn’t long before we came across Nissi Beach – which was just stunning. It’s no surprise that it’s the most popular beach in Ayia Napa. It was postcard perfect, in fact, all of the beaches were!

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However, this is just the beach side of life, in Ayia Napa. Not counting the endless amount of restaurants, pubs, both with the most impressive children’s play areas {bouncy castles included!}. You’re not short of souvenir shops, as well as an array of adverts of fun & amazing things to do around Ayia Napa. Which is everything from cabaret shows to see, watersports to get involved with, day cruises to take and so much more. I think there are even foam parties for the clubbers out there, too! Whether you are there with friends or the family, you would never be short of things to do.

After experiencing Ayia Napa in Cyprus, I would definitely take the family back for a holiday, because we really did have the best time! There is honestly, so much to see and do and during our time there, we only got to see {and do} a fraction of it.

Clickstay was also an amazing brand to work with on this review and they are certainly a brand that I would use again. Once you’ve done a luxury villa holiday, why on earth would you want to do anything else? 

***I also have an amazing discount for you to save £50 off any booking for £500 or more using the code: SUPERBUSYMUM during your booking with Clickstay***

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Disclosure: This is a review collaboration post with Clickstay. I was kindly gifted the accommodation for this press trip in return for this post. All thoughts, photos and opinions are entirely my own.

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20 Comments

  1. 05/06/2018 / 5:24 PM

    Oh my other half has always wanted to visit Cyprus, it looks beautiful. We have just returned from a family holiday to Majorca and have already been looking for another holiday as we have the travel bug. The villa looks great, really comfortable and I love you are out the way and have your own pool – bliss. Had never thought of booking a villa but might have to look into it as finding hotel rooms for families of five is a nightmare X

    • 05/06/2018 / 5:31 PM

      Oh, Majorca is gorgeous isn’t it! I was there a few years go. Cyprus was a first time for us and we honestly LOVED IT! Being a little bit away from the main strip was lovely and the private pool was such a treat, as well. We are a larger family too, so I can relate with finding hotel rooms to suit! But after this villa…it is the best way to holiday with family or friends
      Such great fun.

  2. 05/06/2018 / 6:31 PM

    We were glad to host you at Villa Nishita. This is a nice blog from renter’s perspective.

    • 05/06/2018 / 6:37 PM

      Thank YOU so much for letting us stay. It is a beautiful villa you have there and we had such a fabulous time.

  3. 06/06/2018 / 12:56 PM

    Cyprus is a destination I would like to take the whole family, too. Though I probably would go on my own, too. Traveling is a passion of mine which can get in the way sometimes when you have kids and full time work but I am currently saving up for my next big holiday which is Hawaii. Hopefully in a year or two.
    That boat with the slide is calling out for me by the way. The kid in me. lol

    • 26/06/2018 / 10:04 AM

      If you EVER get the chance to go, I would! It’s such a beautiful place!

  4. 06/06/2018 / 4:45 PM

    What an amazing place to visit. Looks fantastic. Brilliant facilities and great for kids x

    • 26/06/2018 / 10:05 AM

      It had SO many amazing facilities for children – it’s such a family orientated place which I never had Ayia Napa pinned as being! I was pleasantly surprised by that.

  5. 25/06/2018 / 8:12 PM

    Oh wow what a stunning place to visit and the accommodation looks lovely – everything you need to have a relaxing family holiday 🙂

  6. 25/06/2018 / 8:13 PM

    These look beautiful and accommodating for a big family. Will have to give them a try for our next big vacation! Thanks, for sharing.

    • 26/06/2018 / 10:08 AM

      It was the perfect accommodation! And it was such a beautiful villa – Ayia Napa itself was amazing, too.

  7. 25/06/2018 / 8:28 PM

    Wow, serious holiday envy going on right now! The colours of the sky and sea are to die for! Love the villa and the stylish modern look of it – pool looked fab too!

    • 26/06/2018 / 10:09 AM

      It was honestly, such an amazing experience. Everything about it was amazing. A definite place to visit if you ever get the chance!

  8. 25/06/2018 / 8:29 PM

    I LOVE Majorca. It doesn’t surprise me at all that you enjoyed it, the villa sounds ace! I NEED TO GO BACK!!!

    • 26/06/2018 / 10:10 AM

      I have been to Majorca before and loved it myself. Cyprus is such a gorgeous place to visit and as my first time, I cannot wait to go back!

  9. 26/06/2018 / 9:42 AM

    Looks like you had a lush time – I wish I could dive into that pool and lay on that beach right now!

    • 26/06/2018 / 10:11 AM

      We had THE BEST time…and that pool was pretty amazing to jump into! Haha!

  10. 26/06/2018 / 1:11 PM

    What a beautiful villa. I can see you had a good time here I feel like diving into that pool right now.

  11. 26/06/2018 / 4:42 PM

    i have to admit that i always think of ayia napa as a party paradise for teens but it looks stunning

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