For great weather, beautiful views and luxurious accommodation, you can’t go far wrong with Cyprus. Here are six great options for a summer sunshine holiday.
Anassa Hotel, Latchi
For “palace-meets-oasis” style, try the Anassa Hotel, just outside Latchi, says Marc Dubin in The Daily Telegraph.
The sizeable grounds, sloping down to the beach, house several pools, restaurants and a spa. “Despite a five-star rating, and membership in the Leading Hotels of the World chain, the Anassa is surprisingly unsnooty – you can pad around without censure in shorts and flip-flops (except in the formal restaurants).” If your budget allows, go for a garden studio, some of which have “private plunge pools”.
• From €430 a night, including breakfast; €670 for a garden studio (Anassa.com.cy; 00 357 26 888 000).
The Thalassa Hotel, Paphos
The Thalassa Hotel just outside Paphos has only 58 rooms, so it’s “intimate” compared to some of Cyprus’ other five-star behemoths, says Dubin. “Spacious one-bedroom suites have two marble-lined baths with rain shower, comfy sofas and easy chairs, plus double-length balconies.” All rooms have sea views, “though also of the car park on the sunset side”.
• From €193, including breakfast (Thalassa.com.cy; 00 357 26 881 500).
Apokryfo, Troodos Mountains
In the 19th century the cluster of stone buildings that make up Apokryfo, which nestles in the foothills of Mount Olympus, “housed Cypriot wine producers who worked near the village of Lofou to bottle the local tipple – an amber-coloured dessert wine called Commandaria”, says Laura Holt in The Independent.
Now it is a hotel that “houses those who come to drink in the flower-cloaked slopes of the Troodos Mountains”. There are plenty of hiking routes to explore – best tackled in the morning when it’s cooler – or you can simply choose to laze by the pool.
“Local architect Vakis Hadjikyriacou and his interior designer wife Diana have done a wonderful job of restoring this cluster of stone buildings,” says Liz Bird in The Times. “Ornate wooden bedheads and beautiful fabrics” complement “the arched-beamed ceilings and open fires in the luxury suites, studios and houses.” You can enjoy “delicious meze” on the rooftop terrace and there’s also a sauna, steam bath and library.
• Doubles from €150, including breakfast (Apokryfo.com; 00 357 2581 3777).
Villa Milos, Miliou
Villa Milos is “on the site of an ancient water mill next to a tiny stream” in the Cypriot hamlet of Miliou, 10km from Polis and 15km from Paphos town, says Liz Bird in The Times. The “stunning tower entrance has a circular staircase leading down to one double and two twin bedrooms”. The facilities are great, with a sauna and whirlpool bath next to the pool. Two beaches are just a short drive away.
• Seven nights’ self catering from £573pp, including flights and car hire, based on six people sharing (Meonvillas.co.uk; 0844 879 7388).
Ktima self-catering, Droushia
The newly converted Ktima self-catering apartments in the hilltop village of Droushia offer a traditional Cypriot experience. “Tuck into a breakfast of local halloumi cheese and fresh bread around the communal pool,” says Bird.
Within the apartments, “expect original wood and flagstone floors along with kitchenettes (no oven), air conditioning and free wi-fi”. If you don’t want to cook, the pool bar serves snacks during the day, and for dinner you can “stroll to one of the local tavernas or head to the fish restaurants at Latchi, a 15-minute drive away”.
• Seven nights for two from £615pp, including breakfast, flights and car hire (Sunvil.co.uk; 020 8758 4758).