With summer fast approaching and the weather seriously heating up, it’s that time of year again when the sandy shores beckon and relaxing by the glimmering coastline is an absolute necessity! And if you’re looking for a little more than your average sunbed, My Cyprus Insider guides you towards some of our absolute favourite gazebos for the ultimate beach-side lazing…with a fabulous twist!
1. Levels Beach Bar, Ayia Napa
This place that opened up a couple of years ago has become one of the most popular spots for beachside lazing on the east coast! Housed within the lovely grounds of the Asterias Beach Hotel and set on part of the sweeping and rather picture perfect Makronissos Bay, just kick back in your double bed gazebo at Levels Beach Bar and let all worries and stress wash away as you look out at the shimmering aquamarine waters. And the only thing that you’ll need to ask yourselves is…what drink to order!
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The summer menu includes some great thirst quenching cocktails, with a tempting list that’s hard to choose from! We recommend the ‘Summer Fresh’ made with Russian standard vodka, Passoa liquer, strawberry puree, fresh passion fruit, apple juice and a lime wedge. Then there’s the delicious frozen mango daiquiri, the raspberry mint lemonade and many more satiating options. All this, with chill out music in the background as the waves lap up against the golden shores. Do be sure to book your gazebo in advance as they are mighty popular!
Where? Asterias Beach Hotel, Nissi Avenue, Ayia Napa. Tel: (+357) 23-201016. Tel: (+357) 23-201016
2. Lush Beach Bar Resto, Larnaca
It doesn’t get much more hip and happening than the Makenzy Beach strip in the seaside town of Larnaca and Lush Beach Bar Resto is a great place to kick back if you’d like to catch a glimpse of all the action! And you’ve practically got your own bed at this place with gazebo/couch like structures with heaps of cushions to keep you comfy. Kick back, relax and be part of the summertime buzz in your own little private ‘zone’, whether you want to huddle together with friends or a loved one.
Feeling hungry? They also dish up pretty good food here too, all with a Mediterranean flair, as well as a few Asian delights…some even say it’s the best sushi on the Makenzy strip. Enjoy!
Where? Makenzy Beach, Larnaca. Tel: (+357) 70 008089
3. Plus Sea Lifestyle Bar, Limassol
“Time flies, special moments last forever,” says the slogan on the Plus Sea Lifestyle Bar website. And at this place, we have to admit that they really do try make your time spent by the sea as memorable as possible! Step into the rather dreamy venue and you’ll be greeted with timber and bamboo throughout, evoking a really exotic feel.
Head down to the beach and there are incredibly comfy sunbeds to laze on with gorgeous gazebo sofas for moments of ultimate downtime. And there’s a long list of signature cocktails to enjoy to quench your thirst, from the Irish Frappe and Strawberry Shortcake to the Peach Beachcomber and their special Plus Sea Mojito. Don’t fancy alcohol? Go for the mango and coconut smoothie; absolutely divine! There are also light snacks to nibble all day and as you watch the sun goes down, while the resident DJ plays lounge music to delight the senses.
Where? 5 Amathus Ave. Limassol. Tel: (+357) 25-634995
4. Suite 48, Paphos
Ah, the lovely Suite 48! Overlooking the gorgeous Paphos coast, this rather special place is set in landscaped gardens with the grounds of the stylish Amphora Hotel & Suites. A chic location to kick back and make the most of the glorious sea breeze, the fabulous gazebos dotted across the grass make for the perfect spot to unwind and take in the seaside splendour, with the beats of chill out music in the background.
But down by the beach, things get even more special with a gorgeous gazebo that has to be one of the very best on the island. There’s loads to refresh your senses on the menu, and we were really impressed by their great selection of fresh juices, from the ‘body cleanser’ (apples with mint, ginger and cumin) to the ‘daily detox’ (apples, carrots, beets and kale). And do stay on for sunset; you won’t regret it!
Where? 48 Poseidonos Ave, Káto Páphos. Within the grounds of Amphora Hotel & Suites. Tel: (+357) 26-910808