Cyprus really does have it all. It has vibrant beach resorts, buzzing nightlife, exciting adventure activities, indulgent luxury and maybe, best of all, it has peaceful remote retreats, where getting away from it all and relaxing is the name of the game.
In celebration of these oases of calm, My Cyprus Insider has put together a list of some of our favourite, remote rural retreats for an escape from reality and some serious R and R.
1. Ayii Anargyri Natural Healing Spa Resort, Miliou
Tucked away in the valley between Paphos and Latchi, Ayii Anargyri Natural Healing Spa Resort is an exclusive oasis of luxurious calm and ultimate indulgence. The stunning property is deeply peaceful and relaxing, nestled amongst tall trees and boasting mineral rich natural spring waters with famously healing properties.
In fact, don’t leave Ayii Anargyri without first testing its incredible spa fed by the therapeutic sulphur waters of the Ayia Anastasia spring. Despite its remote location, the hotel is easy to get to and well sign-posted on the Polis road out of Paphos, while the spectacular landscapes and coastlines of the surrounding area make it a great base for day trips and adventures.
Where? Miliou, Paphos district. Tel: (+357) 26-814003
2. Natura Beach Hotel & Villas, Polis
The personal touch and genuinely warm welcome of a family business shines through at Natura Beach Hotel & Villas – a stress melting retreat on the undeveloped Polis coast. Famous amongst locals in the know and return guests (or Naturaholics as they are fondly named) for its peace and quiet, the hotel has a lush grassy garden which backs onto a pristine stretch of untouched beach.
A perfect place to watch the sun set over the spectacular Akamas peninsula, this little gem of a hotel is also a gastronomic treat, with home grown organic produce for breakfast and dinner.
Where? Chr. Papanikopoulos street, Polis. Tel: (+357) 26-323111
3. Forest Park Hotel, Platres
An iconic mainstay on the Cyprus hotel scene, Forest Park Hotel is a gloriously green haven of relaxation nestled amongst giant pine trees in the forest outside Pano Platres. This traditional family run business boasts a quintessential Cypriot charm that gets lost in some of the big city hotels, and being surrounded by the nature of the Troodos, it’ a great place to escape the summer heat.
For the sun worshippers there is an oversized outdoor pool, and it’s worth keeping in mind that come winter, when the snow settles like a white carpet across the hills, the warm fireplaces and indulgent spa make a great place to defrost after a chilly winter hike.
Where? Pano Platres, Troodos district. Tel: (+357) 25-421751
4. The Library Hotel Wellness Retreat, Kalavasos
Housed in a lovingly restored 19th century stone – built mansion in the heart of Kalavasos village, The Library Hotel Wellness Retreat brings a whole new meaning to the idea of rural luxury. The hotel is elegant, rustic and contemporary all at the same time, with cosy rooms, a tempting restaurant, a hot tub with a view and the namesake library.
This creative little enclave would make the perfect retreat for an artist or a writer looking for inspiration, and for the rest of us – the hotel’s location surrounded by the verdant nature of the Kalavassos area – makes it an ideal location for a relaxing summer escape.
Where? 3 Anexartisias street st, Kalavasos. Tel: (+357) 24-817071
5. Casale Panayiotis, Kalopanayiotis
If the idea of a rural boutique mountain hotel sounds like your cup of tea, then Casale Panayiotis is the perfect choice. The tasteful elegance and sophisticated rustic charm of this traditional complex of traditional houses transformed into a magnificent boutique hotel, guarantees that visitors will leave with a genuine taste of rural Cyprus; but with a luxuriously modern and opulent twist!
Although there is plenty to do in the surrounding area, visitors might well be tempted to stay in and enjoy the peaceful tranquillity of the hotel and the panoramic views while indulging in a treatment at the highly acclaimed Myrianthousa spa. And with ample space for events and a restaurant that will leave the most die-hard foodies drooling, this gorgeous remote retreat, is also a unique spot for weddings or conferences.
Where? 80 Markou Drakou St, Kalopanayiotis, Nicosia district. Tel: (+357) 22-952444
6. Ambelikos AgroHotel, Potamitissa
The self-proclaimed ‘best kept secret of ecotourism in Cyprus, Ambelikos AgroHotel is made up of a uniquely charming cluster of old 1800’s houses which have been beautifully and thoughtfully restored to exude a contemporary comfort while maintaining their rustic nature.
This country inn makes for an excellent romantic retreat and is a great place to experience the authentic Cypriot hospitality. The restaurant is revered island-wide for its delectable traditional cuisine and the beautiful rooms, along with hot tubs in the bathrooms, encourage rest and relaxation.
Where? Potamitissa, Limassol districtl. Tel: (+357) 25-522211
7. Apokryfo, Lofou
The word Apokryfo comes from the Greek phrase meaning ‘hidden away’ or ‘kept secret’ and indeed Apokryfo hotel in Lofou village is a hidden secret of the Cyprus remote rural tourism scene. The beautifully renovated boutique hotel is housed in a collection of old stone houses with views across the Limassol winegrowing district.
The atmosphere here is one of a still tranquillity that perfectly pairs rustic traditional Cyprus, with all the comforts and luxuries of the modern day life. There is an underlying element of chic style at this hotel, with its stone courtyard and turquoise pool proving an effortlessly elegant spot for a rural retreat.
Where? Lofou, Limassol district. Tel: (+357) 25-813777
8. Paradiso Hills Hotel & Retreat, Lysos
Welcome to Paradise, as the slogan goes, and indeed the little hilltop haven that is Paradiso Hills Hotel & Retreat is quite the pocket of paradise that it is named after. With the most spectacular views out across the mountains all the way to the Akamas, Paradiso feels like the top of the island from its forest-edge location on the outskirts of the village of Lysos.
The rooms are simple, elegant and comfortable and the pool overlooking the sea and the horizon are the perfect place to let your worries disappear for a weekend. Keep your eyes peeled on the schedule of events at Paradiso because the lovely little hotel hosts some interesting annual events such as yoga retreats and cooking workshops.
Where? Lysos, Paphos district. Tel: (+357) 26-322287
9. Sentido Thalassa Coral Bay, Paphos
Although Sentido Thalassa Coral Bay is located just five minutes from the bustling and lively Coral Bay area, the hotel’s calming atmosphere and quiet luxury give it a unique air of being more remote and away from it all.
The boutique property has unobstructed views out across the bay and its own wooden staircase that leads to a private little corner of the beach. And with a gorgeous swimming pool and an opulent spa, the visitor is spoilt for choice.
Where? Coral Bay, Paphos. Tel: (+357) 26-881500