Fancy a great escape away from the stress of daily life? My Cyprus Insider has investigated some of the nicest places offering you time away, coupled with mental and physical rejuvenation. Read on!
1. Aelia Wellness Retreat, Tseri
Just outside Nicosia in the Tseri district, this new wellness haven was created with one intention: to transport your body, mind, and spirit into pure bliss and serenity. Aelia Wellness Retreat is meticulously designed and boasts natural elegance with detailed woodwork throughout, all accentuated with some unique glamorous touches.
While the whole place is a real treat for the senses, stay here for the night and every suite will transport you somewhere unique, each with a completely different design and a variety of handpicked touches. Feel like you need a pampering treatment? There are a number of wellness-oriented treatments and rituals on offer at the Cocoon spa, aimed at soothing, restoring and revitalizing body and mind, using the finest products to cater to your unique needs.
Want to learn more about healthy living? Aelia gives you the chance to take part in workshops and seminars on healthy nutrition, behavioral tips, stress management, decision-making, life coaching, personal improvement, anger management and much more.
Where? 150 Grigoriou Afxentiou, Tseri, Nicosia district. Tel: (+357) 22 015590
2. Zening Resorts, Polis Chrysohous
Panoramic views? Check. The uninterrupted blue of the Med at your doorstep? Check. Peace and quiet? Check. Set on a lush green hillside located near the scenic Chrysochous Bay, boarded by the lush Akamas nature reserve, and just a stone’s throw from picture perfect Latchi Harbour, Zening Resorts is an upscale eco village focused on green living and a healthy lifestyle for all, characterised by a general ‘feel good’ vibe.
Complete with two outdoor pools (one is adults only) and its own organic farm and herb garden (which gives you the chance to plant and pick your own vegetables), a stay at this resort provides an experience unlike the rest, focused on getting back in touch with nature via inspired rejuvenation while saying goodbye to the habits of fast-paced everyday life. For one, the resort encourages visitors to go on a mobile phone ‘detox’ while smoking is only allowed in very specific designated areas. As such, the resort doesn’t promise ‘connectivity’, but it does promise total ‘relaxation and switching off’.
The spa here features an indoor pool and sauna with many massage treatments and wellness therapies using natural products. And then there’s yoga, fitness, art, meditation and Pilates sessions; some free of charge. That’s not to forget the nutritious food sourced from local produce dished up in the Soma Restaurant. The accommodation itself consists of 140 upscale cottage apartments set in an expansive garden setting. And when you do venture out of the grounds, there’s pristine beaches to laze on and nature walks to get your heart racing.
Where? Akamanthos Avenue, Polis Chrysochous. zeningcyprus.com
3. Ayii Anargyri Natural Healing Spa Resort, Miliou village
A place of profound calm, the blissfully bucolic setting which cocoons this hotel is accentuated by the wonders of the health-giving mineral rich waters which flow in the area. A great resort to make the most of the true splendour of the natural world in Cyprus while spending time unwinding in style, nothing beats putting your feet up for a few days in this remote western part of the island.
It’s little wonder that people flock here from around the country for relaxation and rejuvenation at its best, as Ayii Anargyri Natural Healing Spa Resort uses natural spring water, which is channelled into three treatment pools; kinesiotherapy, rheumatology and phlebology. The medical spa treatments on offer are intended for conditions such as arthritis, rheumatism, gout and joint pain. Medical treatments are complemented by a wide range of wellness therapies, whether you want to relax those muscles with a deep massage, fancy a sulphur mud bath therapy or want a good old facial to make you glow.
As for the accommodation itself, you can choose from garden suites, bungalows or classic rooms, with a lovely central swimming pool where you can simply kick back and relax. And that’s not to forget foodies out there, as the hotel restaurant gives you the chance to tuck into traditional Cypriot fare with dishes that are garden fresh, nutritious, flavoursome.
Where? Miliou village. Tel: (+357) 26-814003. www.aasparesort.com
4. The Library Hotel and Wellness Resort, Kalavasos village
Situated in the quaint village of Kalavasos in the Larnaca district, this hotel and wellness resort is situated in an old stone-built mansion, with its traditional features beautifully restored and calling out for attention. Step inside, and you’ll be entering what is promoted as a ‘home of well-being, catharsis of mind and body’.
With 11 uniquely styled suites named after poets, thinkers and writers from all over the world, The Library Hotel and Wellness Resort suites open up to a courtyard with beautiful and picturesque views of the village and surrounding mountains. But the main attraction of the mansion is its library-lounge, complete with a roaring fire come winter, and a collection of interesting books with an emphasis on history, philosophy, culture and civilization.
But it’s not just about mental stimulation here; you’re also encouraged to elevate your spirit while experiencing wellbeing of body and soul at this place. Rather proud of its Potamonde Wellness Baths, just take your pick from the mud steam bath and herbal baths. The former involves steam filling the room with aromas from Cyprus spring blossom, while the latter sees fragrances of Cyprus’ medicinal herbs give you a lift. There’s also a whole range of other treatments available including massages, trigger point therapy, body wraps and plenty of facials. Feeling peckish? Healthy gourmet dining awaits at the Mitos Mediterranean Restaurant.
Where? 3 Anexartisias Street, Kalavasos. Tel: (+357) 24-817071. libraryhotelcyprus.com
5. Akamas Health Farm and Spa, Paphos district
Ideally located in a beautiful location just west of Droushia village high on the Laona Plateau, sea and mountain combine in perfect unison in the Akamas Health Farm and Spa which is conjoined with the Latchi Panorama Resort. Head here to escape from it all and enjoy a variety of treatments offered under the supervision of professional therapists.
If you’re in need of some pampering and want to feel revitalised, you’ll be met with the support of in-house dieticians, therapists and medical professionals who’ll assess your physical and mental well-being as part of a holistic analysis. You can then enjoy a personalised programme and treatment plan geared to your needs, with both daily and weekly plans on offer. From the hydrobath and the serial bath, to marine slimming and slimming Balneology, there’s much on offer. There are also plenty of targeted massages and face care treatments to enjoy.
When you’re not indulging in a treatment, just kick back and enjoy the breath-taking views that surround Akamas Health Farm and Spa, with the choice of spending the night in the comfort of your own apartment building or villa. And when the hunger pangs kick in, the Panorama Restaurant serves colourful Mediterranean dishes that should put a smile on your face.
Where? 38 Agiou Georgiou Nicoxiliti, Droushia, Paphos. Tel: (+357) 26-332424. cyprushealthfarm.com