Want to head somewhere special with your loved one? My Cyprus Insider has got you covered!
- A Design Haven: Apokryfo Traditional Houses
If attention to detail is your thing, then you simply can’t do without a few days at the gorgeous Apokryfo. Hidden away in the little picturesque village of Lofou in the hills that tower above Limassol and work their way up to the Troodos peak, this is the place to head to with your loved one if you’re looking for tradition with a twist.
The boutique accommodation is made up of a cluster of old stone houses painstakingly and beautifully renovated by a local architect and his interior designer wife, and once you get there, it won’t take you long to realise that it’s a real labour of love. Whether you want to cosy up with your partner in a room with a roaring fireplace, or fancy lazing in your own private courtyard, there’s something for every taste.
Awarded the 2010 Condé Nast Traveller Awards for ‘Best Traditional Hotel of Cyprus’, be sure to indulge in local delicacies at the hotel’s fabulous Agrino restaurant – dishing up a range of fancies that change with the season with an emphasis on delicious local produce. And when you’re ready to unleash the explorer in you, you’ll be pleased to know that the hotel is bang in the middle of the Limassol winegrowing district, surrounded by undulating vine terraces and plenty of boutique wineries and quaint cobblestone villages to explore.
Tel: (+357) 25-813777/ (+357) 96-475530
- The Mountain Gem: Casale Panayiotis
Do mountain-high getaways get you ticking? Then head straight to Casale Panayiotis. This lovely boutique accommodation is a complex of houses and apartments where tradition and modernity sit side by side in perfect unison in the mountain village of Kalopanayiotis. Although great all year round, the place truly shines in all its glory in the autumn/winter months. Come autumn, the area takes on a fiery persona characterised by burnt crimson hues, while wintertime usually sees the surrounding mountains blanketed in brilliant white. The rooms in the hotel are meticulously decorated, and are each incredibly cosy with a touch of simple finesse that sets the place apart.
When you’re done with lazing in the bedroom, head to the restaurant for a hearty meal and view of the surrounding countryside or just sit in the sun drenched coffee shop courtyard to really take in the fresh air.
Fancy a bit of adventure? Kalopanayiotis won’t disappoint, home to gurgling mountain streams, a medieval monastery, and plenty of stunning countryside to hike through. And when your feet tire, the hotel’s little spa can work wonders in terms of total rejuvenation!
Tel: (+357) 22-952444
- Your Absolute Getaway: Ayii Anargyri Natural Healing Spa Resort
If your ideal holiday retreat combines pampering treatments and a whole lot of wilderness, then Ayii Anargyri in the village of Miliou is the place for you. Our advice? Stay for a few days to really recharge those batteries and take in the absolute splendour of the surrounding nature in this remote western part of the island that many hail as the country’s most beautiful.
The hotel itself is no architectural or design feat (although undeniably pretty) but it’s the whole energy of the area that’s really special. And it’s no coincidence that people flock here from around the country for relaxation at its best; the hotel is renowned for time-tested remedies and treatments that make use of the mineral rich waters which flow here. Whether you want to relax those muscles with a deep massage, fancy a sulphur mud bath therapy or want a good old facial, the list of treatments is a long one.
And there’s an emphasis on healthy eating too, with the hotel’s restaurant dishing up traditional fare that’s garden fresh and flavoursome. Looking for somewhere fabulous to eat outside the confines of the hotel? Make a beeline for Pangratios traditional tavern for a mouth-watering meze treat that you won’t forget (ever!).
Tel: (+357) 26-681400