Set in the eastern Mediterranean Sea is Cyprus, the third largest island in the Mediterranean. More than just the home of halloumi cheese, Cyprus is rich in culture and fringed with picturesque beaches making it the perfect place for soaking up the summer sun whether you’re looking for total bliss and relaxation or a touch of adventure.
With scenery synonymous to paradise, historical sites fit for exploring, and warm hospitality, it comes as no surprise that Cyprus is a destination much-loved by families and couples alike. The sandy beaches of Protaras, yacht encrusted modern marina of Limassol, and ancient churches of Troodos mean there is something to fall in love with in every corner of the island, and our selection of luxury hotels is a great place to start when choosing where to stay…
On the southwest coast is Paphos, home to Coral Beach Hotel & Resort. It is located on the outskirts of the Akamas Peninsula, one of mother nature’s masterpieces and a World Heritage site which can be explored by horseback, boat or Jeep. While the landscape that lies beyond the hotel is there to be explored, activities within the resort mean you will never have to stray too far to find fun. While the Esthisis Spa offers unique treatments including relaxing chocolate body wraps designed to tantalise the senses, you can get creative in the art workshop where pottery making, silk painting, and children’s t-shirt painting are on the agenda. Beside the hotel is a water sports centre and scuba diving school, perfect for more action-packed afternoons. For taking a break from activities, days unwinding on the beach, or strolling along the private harbour never become tiresome.
This family-friendly resort sits on the beachfront of Chlorakas Bay and ensures young children (and big kids!) of the family will be kept entertained as its home to its very own water park. The Greek, Italian, Mexican and buffet restaurants serve dishes to please every palette, and suites overlooking the Mediterranean Sea blend traditional colour palettes with contemporary living. A stay in one of the Swim-Up rooms comes with added privacy as they lead directly onto the private swim-up pool which cannot be accessed by other guests, perfect for couples looking for a romantic getaway.
Clean lines, cool tones and contemporary finishes make Almyra one of the sleekest hotels on the island. Bookend your day with a treatment in the Almyraspa in the morning and a Cypriot wine tasting session hosted by the hotel’s Sommelier in the evening. In between taking a dip in one of the five freshwater pools, explore the Paphos countryside during an Almyra Unearthed Experience where you can harvest grapes, pick and press olives into oil and take a cooking lesson. Whether your room overlooks the sea or landscaped gardens, you are guaranteed to be hugged by a cool but welcoming atmosphere as Almyra celebrates laid-back luxury.
Focus on wellness and relaxation at this hillside hotel. The Thalassa Spa combines healthy rituals and healing Thalassotherapy treatments to leave you feeling suitably rejuvenated. For its restorative treatments, seawater from Chrysochou Bay is pumped directly to the Spa and features heavily in the saltwater jet spray massage. After relaxing in the spa, take in the fresh air of the island by visiting the Donkey Farm in the nearby mountains which provide a breath-taking backdrop for enjoying a rustic picnic. As well as its scenery, Paphos is known for being the birthplace of Aphrodite, the ancient Greek goddess of love and beauty, and Latchi village – which lies just outside Anassa Hotel – holds great significance in this part of history. Hike to the Baths of Aphrodite where the goddess would bathe and is said to have met Adonis, the god of beauty and desire. Before leaving, take a dip in the waters as legend has it this will provide you with eternal youth, and admire Aphrodite’s Rock where the goddess is believed to have risen from.
With the Four Seasons being renowned as one of the finest for luxury travel, this Limassol resort is no different as it exudes excellence from its stunning architecture to the service provided by attentive staff. While it has an impressive 295 guestrooms, the hotel sustains a sense of intimacy through personal service and attention to detail which is never compromised. From Garden Studios with private pools perfect for couples looking for a moment of escapism, to Family Beach Studios with private terraces which lead to the gardens and beach beyond, all rooms are spacious and will provide you with your own piece of paradise to retreat to after an evening enjoying the vibrant night life of the cosmopolitan town.
The accommodation at Parklane marries traditional island living with the modern luxury of a 5-star experience. Hidden among vibrant green landscaping are the one-bedroom Park Villas. Perfect for couples and spanning two floors, they boast floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a private pool and furnished deck area great for lounging in the sun or enjoying al fresco dining. Yet more grandeur is found in the three-bedroom Park View Villas which can house up to six guests making them great for families or groups of friends looking rejoice in private luxury. No stay in Limassol would be complete without absorbing some local culture. Close to Parklane is the medieval Limassol Castle which houses an exhibition displaying antiques that beautifully illustrate Cyprus’ history and evolution. The hotel can also organise tours of Lefkara village, famous for its traditional lace finished with distinctive geometric patterns dating back to the 16th century. Upon returning to the hotel, enjoy date-night in The Grill steakhouse or dine casually at Dafne where authentic Greek Cypriot cuisine is on the menu.
Larnaca is the oldest living city in Cyprus and was first inhabited 6,000 years ago. There are many sites worth visiting, including the 12th century medieval castle where sea views can be enjoyed from the rooftop, and the Salt Lake where striking sunsets and flamingos can be admired. Perhaps most significant is the Church of St Lazarus, which is built above the tomb where St Lazarus is buried and is open for visitors. Not too far from this landmark, just 15km from Larnaca International Airport, is Golden Bay. Alongside Shakespeare’s Pub which is popular among guests for watching sporting events, multiple restaurants are guaranteed to satisfy every craving. The Yacht club restaurant has a multitude of offerings from breakfast buffets at sunrise to afternoon tea by the sea and themed dinners.
As its name suggests, this family-friendly hotel has its own private beach lined with palm trees and is a short drive to Larnaca town and Finikoudes beach – which is loved by both locals and visitors. Among the hotel’s 228 guestrooms is a complex of Garden Studio Bungalow Suites which sit around their very own more secluded lagoon-style pool. Exotic gardens blooming with unique plants native to the island surround the hotel making the landscape as beautiful as the hotel itself.
Wake up to views of the sea or expansive landscaped gardens in spacious yet inviting accommodation fit for unwinding in after a day at the beach. Should you wish to explore the area beyond the hotel, a short walk away you will find local shops, vibrant bars and tavernas – all you’ll need for an enjoyable evening with great company.
Grecian Bay Hotel is a 10-minute drive to Cape Greco National Park. Sunsets here are hard to beat. Whether you dive off the rocks into crystal-clear waters or visit the modest blue-domed Agioi Anargyroi chapel, which stands proudly atop the rocks, taking in the views can often lead to a “pinch me” moment as it’s easy to believe you are in paradise here. Grecian Bay Hotel itself offers a collection of guestrooms including beachfront villas and bungalow suites. Friendly beach attendants are never too far away and serve food and refreshments throughout the day. After parasailing over the waves, visit the wellness spa which has a carefully curated menu of holistic treatments from around the world including Dead Sea Mud Wraps and Thai Massage.
Protaras is a favourite among families who visit the island and is home to Constantinos The Great Beach Hotel. Recently renovated in 2018, the interior is as beautiful as the sunrises which can be seen from many guestroom balconies each morning. Enjoy fresh cuisine in abundance at the two buffet restaurants, Chinese, and Mediterranean restaurants. Days spent by the pool are often accented by daytime and evening entertainment suitable for couples and families to enjoy.
Capo Bay is one of the most sought-after locations in Protaras as it sits beside the award-winning Fig Tree Bay, a beach popular for its soft sand and clear waters which have previously won it a place in Europe’s top 10 beach destinations. The beauty of the hotels surroundings translates inside the hotel as interiors are inspired by the sun, sea and sand. Thanks to the hotel’s recent initiative which has seen it celebrate the “art of travelling” by inviting local and international artists who celebrate Mediterranean culture to display their work in exhibitions, Capo Bay offers experiences unique as its setting.
Cyprus offers more than just beachfront bliss. Immerse yourself in traditional village life with a stay at Casale Panayiotis Traditional Village Hotel & Spa, a hotel in the Troodos Mountains which allows you to strike the perfect balance between the finest luxury at the award-winning spa and living like a local by enjoying authentic cuisine and fresh produce from the hotel’s orchards. The family-run hotel is part of a restoration project designed to preserve mountain culture, and it’s hard not to fall in love with the charm of this Chic favourite as its 41 guestrooms are scattered across seven houses throughout the village and are filled with rustic luxury.
Arguably, Cyprus has it all. Water sports to entertain the most adventurous souls, laid-back living to erase the stress of modern life, and luxury hotels oozing warm Cypriot hospitality.
So, fancy a holiday?