There’s nothing quite like planning an escape to the country while enjoying a few days away from the buzz of city life. And while there are countless brilliant options when it comes to putting your feet up for the night, My Cyprus Insider highlights a few of our favourites for pure relaxation at its best!
1. Lyhnos, Askas
A real haven in the quiet village of Askas, you’d be forgiven for having no idea that this place exists, tucked away amid age old buildings. But visitors from near and far continually descend on Lyhnos to put their feet up in cosy but cool traditional style. And its not just the hotel itself that has attracted attention, luring in guests with the wonderful food dished up at the Lyhnos tavern, offering a taste of local cuisine at its best.
The tiny hotel is blissfully quiet, with four guest rooms giving you the chance to kick back and take in the glories of village life. The old mansion has been totally rebuilt from scratch with a lot of love and care, coupled with meticulous attention to detail. Once there, you can head off to explore other villages in the Pitsillia region including the ever popular Agros.
Where? 1 Michail Koutsofta, Askas. Tel: (+357) 22-642641. www.lyhnos.com
2. Ipio Vouni Suites, Vouni
Fancy touring round the gorgeous Limassol wine growing villages and then calling it a day in style? Ipio Vouni Suites has been catering to foreigners and locals alike who wish to set up base in the heart of this glorious wine producing area, with roads that wind and weave all the way up through sun kissed slopes covered in vines that lead up to Troodos.
Vouni village itself is a quiet little place, characterised by cobbled alleys and traditional houses, while Ipio Vouni Suites are made up of three stone houses built over 200 years ago, recently renovated into 7 deluxe studios. Lovers of vino will no doubt want to spend their time tasting fine local tipple in the surrounding boutique wineries, while you can also pop into the little Vouni Wine Museum while you’re in the area.
Where? Hatzipavlou St, Vouni. Tel: (+357) 99-577140. www.ipiovounisuites.com
3. Dolphin House Studios, Tochni
The village of Tochni, not too far from either Larnaca or Limassol, is one of those places that exudes a kind of understated charm; a hidden rural hot spot that has much on offer to delight nature lovers, having become quite big on the agro-tourism scene over the past few years.
Dolphin House Studios is designed to offer guests tranquillity and comfort in the pretty village conveniently located off a narrow pedestrian street, within walking distance of local shops, taverns and cafes. Oozing a relaxed kind of chic charm that blends tradition with a touch of modern, you can expect an eclectic mix of old and new furniture, with walls adorned with art work.
Upon entering the place you’ll soon find yourselves in a lovely private courtyard dotted with olive trees and Bougainvillea calling out to greet you, leading off to studio rooms boasting lovely seating areas for reading, having breakfast and enjoying sunset cocktails!
Minimum three day stay.
Where? 5 Mamma Street, Tochni. Tel: (+357) 99-422709. www.dolphin-house-studios.com
4. Ktima Droushia, Droushia, Paphos district
Want to enjoy the unspoilt nature on the west of the island? Then a few days away in Droushia should go down a treat. A short drive from the seaside town of Polis, there is so very much to explore in the area, whether you want to rejoice in the splendour of Akamas, take in the tranquillity of Pomos, indulge in a fish meze feast in Latchi, or whizz around country streets to discover all the picturesque villages of the area.
Boasting a real rustic appeal, KTIMA 1937 Kannides is a traditional family house that has been tastefully renovated and converted into a complex of five self-catering apartments. The accommodation also has a lovely swimming pool if you fancy taking a dip or kicking back on a lounger to soak up the sun’s rays.
Where? 37 Apodimon Drousioton Street, Droushia. Tel: (+357) 99- 577140. www.kannides.com
5. Ample Places, Lefkara
Fancy a whole house to yourself to enjoy with friends or family? What about a fab rural retreat that boasts all the modern comforts you could want with a super stylish interior that may make you want to set up base forever? Then look no further than Ample Places in the picturesque village of Lefkara, designed to provide both comfort and aesthetic delight, with a choice of two houses (Monadiko and Polytimo) that provide the perfect opportunity to enjoy rural life at its best as traditional living meets contemporary finesse. With cool furniture, unusual art pieces and antique objects in the mix, there’s much to delight the discerning traveller.
Designed to really feel like a home away from home, raw edged simplicity and subtle luxury are what it’s all about at the two renovated traditional houses that provide plenty of space, with great living room areas for lazing, dining spaces for foodie indulgences and upstairs bedrooms for your night time shut eye. With Polytimo being the most spacious of the two, the choice is yours!
Where? Lefkara village. Tel: (+357) 99-613771 . www.ampleplaces.com