What do you get when you combine swanky seaside eateries, swish bars and stylish hotels? Pretty much every holidaymaker’s dream. But the more sedate among us may well yearn for some real downtime in places less explored, offering a complete break from reality. If this sounds like you, My Cyprus Insider has perused the countryside and located some village gems that should be right up your street (or in this case, lane!).


1. The Vouni Collection, Vouni

If you’re after great attention to detail, stunning design, and an absolutely blissful location, then The Vouni Collection ticks all the boxes with flying colours.



Located in the beautiful Limassol winegrowing district, you can enjoy the peaceful surrounds in real style. With three different accommodation options combining minimalist and traditional design in brilliant unison, the so-called ‘Hideaway’ and ‘Lookout’ sleeps two, while the ‘Balcony’ house sleeps four people. The best part of it all? Set high on the hills of Vouni, you can step outside to enjoy wonderful views as you take a splash in your own private pool. Relax, unwind, enjoy!



Where? The Vouni Collection, Limassol district. Tel: (+357) 99-834719


2. To Spidi sto Xorko (The House in the Village), Lythrodontas

A gorgeous traditional stone house dating back over 100 years, this place oozing understand charm has over five rooms available for rent, with a central courtyard boasting a swimming pool, surrounded by countless plant pots.



And while you may feel as though you’ve been swept away on a journey into times past, To Spidi sto Xorko offers all modern facilities, with a common kitchen for all guests to use. Step into the great outdoors and you can enjoy the stunning surrounds of the Machairas foothills, and an area blanketed in olive groves.



Where? 5 Ayias Elenis St, Lythrodontas. Tel: (+357) 96-546868


3. Olympia Traditional Houses, Lympia

Nestled in the quiet village of Lympia, the Olympia Traditional Houses complex is comprised of four separate accommodation options; one with three bedrooms, one with two doubles and two separate apartments. Fully equipped with modern amenities, the inner courtyard takes you back to a different era, decorated with tools and utensils used in the village in times past.



When you do fancy touching base with reality, you’re in luck, as the house is just 15 minutes from Nicosia and 15 minutes from the seaside town of Larnaca.



Where?  2 Costi Palama St, Lympia. Tel: (+357) 99-542477


4. Boubouki Cottage, Mesana

A tranquil traditional house in Mesana – one of Cyprus’ wine villages – in the bucolic Paphos countryside, Boubouki Cottage is the ideal retreat for those seeking peace, quiet and inspiration. A real hidden gem,  Boubouki , meaning ‘blossom’ combines tradition with modernity and comprises a master bedroom, a twin bedroom and a twin bed couch.



The fully equipped kitchen gives you the chance to cook up a storm before heading out onto the veranda boasting panoramic breathtaking views of the mountains. And when you just want to kick back and enjoy the sun’s rays? The swimming pool is ideal for moments of total respite.



Intent on exploring the vicinity? Mesana is right beside the charming village of Salamiou and close to Arminou dam, the Dhiarizos Valley and Tzelefos Medieval bridge, while several walking trails in teh area are begging to be traversed.

Where? Mesana village, Paphos. Tel: (+357) 99-404219