A novel and new phenomenon currently rocking the world of tourism and hospitality, Airbnb is an innovative online business that is currently changing the way we travel. Describing itself as “A trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodation around the world,” Airbnb gives both locals and tourists a key to discover a unique and authentic side of the destinations they choose to visit and can often be a cost effective way to stay in a home-away-from-home.
Having quickly caught on to the trend when it first erupted in 2008, Cyprus now boasts a whole host of amazing properties from rural getaways to urban city breaks.
Here at My Cyprus Insider, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of some of the best Airbnb stays on the island, to inspire you to get out and explore!
1. For the eclectic urban city break in the capital: Restored supermarket in Nicosia
One of the best things about Airbnb is its ability to give you a sneak peek into the authentic spirit of the destination you choose to stay in. This incredible restored old supermarket in Nicosia’s charming old town neighbourhood of Taht-el-kale (right next to Chrysaliniotissa) is a window into the eclectic creativity and design innovation that is currently infusing the area.
It’s certainly a stunning example of contemporary style balanced harmoniously with the traditional old characteristics of the area. And comfort is by no means sacrificed in this hip urban hideaway; the exposed loft bedroom is both minimalist and bohemian at the same time, and the beautifully designed and arranged living space holds a wealth of personalised unique touches at every turn; from the quirky mosaics in the bathroom, to the retro furniture and the exposed old walls. This house is a treasure trove that has to be seen to be believed.
Where? Old Town, Nicosia. Cost: €55 per night. See more here.
2. For the group countryside getaway with a view: Anerada cottage in Apsiou
This gorgeously spacious, yet charmingly cosy traditional stone house in Apsiou village near Limassol, is perfect for two couples or a small group of friends to enjoy a peaceful weekend away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The cottage’s main feature is its large private open terrace, with sun loungers and a stone oven – perfect for a warm spring evening barbeque overlooking the mountainside.
Inside, the unpretentious but none-the-less cosy and comfortable living room, dining and kitchen space and two airy bedrooms are decorated in a simple style, merging traditional elements with contemporary design. Chillier evenings can be spent indoors in front of the fireplace and the quaint little village of Apsiou is well worth wondering around on a day outside the house in nature.
Where? Apsiou, Limassol. Cost: €100 per night. See more here.
3. For the luxury forest retreat: Gorgeous minimalist pad in Kannavia
Every now and again, one needs a dose of extreme indulgent luxurious extravagance and this stunning, minimalist modern hideaway, tucked away in the Adelfi Forest just outside Nicosia is just the prescription to satisfy that high-end urge. The spectacular glass and concrete house juts out over the mountainside seemingly suspended in mid-air, with a gorgeous pool looking out over the panorama and five tastefully designed bedrooms.
The whole interior of the house looks like it jumped out of the pages of a glossy luxury lifestyle or design magazine, with artfully curated furniture, spiral staircases and wooden floorboards juxtaposed with stone walls, marble, and floor to ceiling wraparound windows. And the luxury doesn’t end there. The house also features a gym and a sauna for a truly relaxing weekend getaway.
Where? Kannavia, Nicosia district. Cost: €324 per night. Find out more here.
4. For a summer poolside holiday: Villa Nasia in Polis Crysochous
It’s key playing card is its huge pool with a shallow end complete with sun loungers immersed in the water, but the rest of the luxurious Villa Nasia is pretty awesome as well. The house has a modern kitchen with a bar and high stools, comfortable squidgy leather sofa filled living rooms and plush bedrooms with walk in wardrobes and en suite bathrooms.
Beside the inviting swimming pool, is a huge deck with soft loungers and a table for al fresco dining in the sun!
Where? Polis Crysochous, Paphos. Cost: €155 per night. Find out more here.
5. For the ‘me time’ secret sanctuary: Riverside suite in Kalopanayiotis
You want to get away from it all, but you don’t want to give up your creature comforts; well this riverside suite in the mountain village of Kalopanayiotis has created the perfect retreat for some serious me time. Whether you want a weekend alone or you’re travelling as a couple, this fully-equipped little apartment offers all the comforts of city life with Wi-Fi, Korres toiletries and an impressively stocked kitchen, without sacrificing the charms of simple village life.
The spacious balcony looks out of the treetops around the village, and for those looking to explore the area, the house is ideally located for both village strolls and mountain adventures.
Where? Kalopanayiotis. Cost: €103 per night. Find out more here.
6. For a high-end hideaway in the centre of town: Zen townhouse with a tropical garden in Limassol
Seamlessly merging the lush green outside garden space with the beautifully Zen interior, this exquisite little house is an urban pocket of paradise in the centre of Limassol’s vibrant city centre, put together with vast amount of love and an abundance of style.
Taking inspiration from its quirky green door, the house’s crisp clean interior is a beautifully chic, interior decorator’s dream with a unique character that inspires peacefulness, mindfulness and relaxation. Its three bedrooms are all white linen, orchids and en suite bathrooms, while the living and dining spaces make you want to host the most elegant and sophisticated of soirees.
Where? Limassol city centre, Limassol Cost: €250 per night. Find out more here.
7. For the cosy traditional mountain stay: Charmingly quirky old house in Fikardou
The tiny little village of Fikardou is a well-kept Cyprus secret, famous amongst those in-the-know for the unique other worldly charm that emanates from its winding alley ways and its old stone houses. For an authentic taste of this quaint rural lifestyle, check into George’s traditional medieval house for a weekend. The house may be medieval but the interior has been lovingly decorated in an artistically bohemian village style, seamlessly merging creature comforts and style with the unique ancient quirks of the heavy stone building.
The house has a sun drenched interior courtyard for lazy morning coffees and evening sun downers, a charming old stone bedroom with a characteristic wrought iron bed, a cosy living room with a fireplace and a bright airy kitchen with all necessary equipment for self-catering. The location on the edge of the village makes it a perfect launching pad for some stunning sunset walks around the hills of the fabulously preserved little village.
Where? Fikardou. Cost: €94 per night. Find out more here.
8. For the mini break in the capital: City Loft within the old walls of Nicosia
The old city of Nicosia is undoubtedly unique in its charm, yet strolling through its narrow winding streets and marvelling at the beautiful yellow stone facades of the characteristic old houses, one only gets a taste of half of the city. The other half is hidden away, behind the doors of these quaint buildings, leading to secret enclaves of architectural splendour and eccentric charisma.
This artistically restored old loft inside the city walls is a gorgeous home away from home, filled with aesthetic stimulations at every turn. From the stunning tiled bathroom to the precise placement of each of the quirky little antiques and design objects, this loft has been curated with immaculate taste and style. If you’re looking for a unique place to stay full of the character, tradition and cool urban innovation of the old town – this is the place for you.
Where? Old Nicosia. Cost: €94 per night. Find out more here.
9. For a VIP weekend overlooking Paphos: Ultra-modern villa with a sea view
Fancy feeling like you have waltzed right onto the set of MTV’s Cribs for a weekend of living like a VIP in Paphos? This envy inducing villa overlooking the whole of the Paphos coast is a stunning marvel of shiny modern architecture, complete with an infinity pool and deck on the edge of the house with panoramic views of Paphos and its coastline, seven opulently kitted out bedrooms with flat screen TVs, a huge open plan living and dining space and a roof terrace with a personal bar.
Perfect for a large group of friends looking to indulge for a weekend of sunbathed extravagance, this house oozes five-star glamour, style and sophistication from top to toe.
Where? Peyia, Paphos Cost: €550 per night. Find out more here.
10. For a buzzing nightlife weekend in Limassol: Stylish city centre studios
Your wild weekend away in Limassol just got a whole lot more sexy and stylish thanks to Bambos and his immaculately designed studio apartment. When you think studio, you think cramped little space with a kitchen crammed in next to a bed and a sofa. Well, think again, because this delectable space is a tantalisingly seductive mix of retro leather furniture with stylised palette tables and chairs and contemporary comfort. Every last detail has been lovingly thought of from the quirky old antique sewing machine to the polished marble floorboards.
Floor to ceiling windows bathe the apartment in light and the clean and modern kitchen and bathroom are arranged to provide ample space for living, sleeping and eating. And if the studio happens to be booked out for the dates you are looking at, fret not, because Pambos has a second equally alluring city centre studio for rent for two people seeking exclusive style and comfort in Limassol (pictured below).
Where? Limassol city centre, Limassol Cost: €60 and €83 per night. Find out more here.
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