Whether you dream about relaxing by the white sand beaches of Ayia Napa, or fancy an escape in the quiet Limassol winegrowing district on the sun kissed slopes of the Troodos Mountains, there’s no need to leave your beloved pooch behind over the summer holidays. My Cyprus Insider has compiled a list of some of some of our favourite dog friendly hotels around the island for you to hide away in over the summer holidays. Enjoy!
1. Vouni Lodge, Vouni village, Limassol district
Comprising three charmingly quaint Cypriot village apartments, Vouni Lodge is a wonderful place to enjoy a quiet rural weekend with your furry friends, located in one of the most idyllic parts of the island; the Limassol winegrowing district.
The downstairs apartment (where lovely owner Helen hosts guests with dogs) has a large courtyard and private garden which provides the perfect place for dogs to stretch their legs and have a good sniff of their new territory. And for two-legged guests, the apartment also has a gorgeous traditional-style master bedroom, a cosy sitting and dining area with a fireplace, a kitchenette and a shower room.
Kick back and relax in courtyard, before heading out to explore the gorgeous countryside which surround Vouni village.
Where? Vouni village, Troodos mountain range. Tel: (+357) 96-746040; (+357) 99-685395
2. Natura Beach Hotel, Polis, Paphos district
As the name suggests, Natura Beach Hotel in a lovely quiet corner of Polis, is an eco-friendly, animal loving haven where you can take your dog along with you for no extra charge. Although dogs are unfortunately not allowed around the restaurant, pool or on the beach at the hotel, there are plenty of wild beaches in the vicinity as well as some stunning nature to explore with Fido in tow. There is also plenty of hotel land where your dog can enjoy running around to unleash some energy!
The hotel has designated a set of downstairs rooms especially for pups, so they can be near the garden and away from irritable neighbours, but the owners do advise that you keep your pet on a leash at all times and to let them know in advance if you are planning to bring the dog. Owners also stress that dogs must not be left in the rooms alone for long periods of time.
Where? Chr. Papanikopoulos Street, Polis. Tel: (+357) 26-323111
3. Linos Inn, Kakopetria, Troodos district
Fancy a weekend up in the Troodos Mountains with your favourite four-legged furry companion? The delightfully cosy Linos Inn, in the quaint little village of Kakopetria, has a handful of rooms that have been specifically designed and decorated with your dogs in mind. There is no extra charge for taking your four-legged friend along with you, but do let the establishment know about your pooch when making your reservation.
Slightly separate from the main part of the hotel and the restaurant, the dog-friendly rooms are more minimal than some of the more traditionally decked out rooms, with no rugs or carpets and large outdoor balconies and private courtyards. The village itself is great for a leisurely stroll, but to ensure your pup is well worn out, the surrounding mountains have plenty of hikes, trails and adventures for canines and their human friends.
Where? 34 Palia Kakopetria Street, Kakopetria. Tel: (+357) 22-923161
4. Mon Repos Design Hotel, Ayia Napa
Marketed as a ‘home away from home’, Mon Repos Design Hotel in Ayia Napa is a great place to escape to if you fancy a few days by the turquoise waters of the island’s east coast. And although it’s located on the rather busy Nissi Avenue, the place itself – centred around a gorgeous central pool area – is actually rather quiet and tranquil. And with the owners adamant that pets should be part of the family, they can join you here on holiday, albeit with a 10 euro extra charge per day. Do also note that size restrictions apply; your pooch needs to be under 10 kg to come along with you to this place.
With contemporary suites spread across four blocks, it’s a little more intimate than your typical hotel. But the real highlight has to be the garden/pool area, filled with palm trees, banana trees and orange trees, with colourful Bougainvilleas adding a great splash of colour to every patio. Then there’s a salt water beach entry swimming pool, as well as a kid’s pool, while the adjacent lawns are perfect for a bit of sports near the beach.
Where? 125 Nissi Avenue, Ayia Napa. Tel: (+357) 23-721319
5. Cyprus Aphrodite Beach Hotel, right beside Akamas peninsula
Set in one of the most gorgeous beach-side locations on the island, right by the Akamas Penisula on the west coast, Aphrodite Beach Hotel is known for being pet friendly, featuring gorgeous animals enjoying the sunshine on the hotel grounds in various pictures posted online.
The hotel is very basic, so don’t expect luxury, with simple rooms boasting lovely side sea views.
More about location than anything else, you can head out for a trip through the Akamas and discover some of the island’s best beaches – like Lara Bay – take your beloved pooch for a walk through nearby nature trails, drive to the Latchi harbour for some fresh fish, and even, hit the road all the way in the direction of Pomos and Pyrgos to discover the best of rural Cyprus.
Where? Near Akamas, Paphos district. Tel: (+357) 26-321001