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Spa breaks in Cyprus
Anthony certainly got it right when he gave Cyprus to Cleopatra as a token of his love. This beautiful island is a fitting destination for spenidng some quality 'you' time. Whether it's whiling away the hours on the beach, taking in the spectacular mountainous scenery or feeling your cares slip away with a relaxing spa treatment or two.
Paphos is a historical town with narrow streets, a pretty harbour and a bustling atmosphere. Once you've explored the sights and sounds of this great little number, head back to your oasis at the Hotel Paphos Amathus Beach for some much deserved rest, relaxation and tranquility.
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It’s hard to know where to begin at the Atlantica Aeneas. Take the huge swimming pool snaking round the complex, for instance. It’s one of the largest in the world! Plus it’s got five bars, including a swim-up variety. Terraces and gardens dotted with sun-loungers and parasols add the finishing touches to pool perfection.
Then there’s the food. Expect everything from piled-high buffets to poolside snacks and gourmet dinners. Lots of special themed nights up the ante even further – Greek, Mexican, Italian and Chinese cuisine is all on the menu. Love seafood? Then don’t miss fish night with net-fresh spoils laid out in traditional fishing boats.
The word 'hotel' doesn’t really do justice to this place. The reason is simple – it’s actually part of the Aphrodite Hills Resort, which is almost a town in itself. You’ve got a village-style square filled with restaurants and shops and even an 18-hole championship golf course at your beck and call.
The whole resort sprawls over a picturesque slice of coast 15 kilometres from Paphos. It overlooks the Mediterranean and the place that inspired its name – Aphrodite’s Rock. There’s also a sandy cove within striking distance, with a hotel-run bus to take you there and back.
Entering the vast atrium at the entrance to this hotel makes you feel rather small – in the nicest possible way. It’s because it’s so cavernous – shining marble floors and tall white columns stretch way above the open staircases. Almost like pillars on a giant wedding cake.
It’s an impressive introduction. And closer acquaintance doesn’t disappoint. The recent renovations have added a contemporary zip to this beachside hotel. The lobby is a case in point, dotted with wicker-backed chairs and glass-topped coffee tables.The bedrooms, meanwhile, are fairly simple, with bright splashes of colour coming from the funky bedspreads.
Prepare to be swept off your feet by the simply fabulous 5T Paphos Amathus Beach hotel. Stylish, elegant and oh-so indulgent. And that's even before we've got to the Armonia Spa, the hotel's exquisite health and wellness centre. There's plenty of activities on hand with aerobic classes, tennis courts and a gym. But if that's too much like hard work, then you'll love the more laid-back side of the spa. Lose yourself in a tension soothing massage. Treat your skin to a firming body wrap. Feel the stress slide away with a heavenly Indian head massage. Whatever you choose to do, you'll certainly leave feeling thoroughly rejuvenated. After all, isn't that what holidays are for?
If hotels were judged on their gardens, the Annabelle would win a few prizes. Occupying six landscaped acres they feature, towering palms, ornamental ponds and hidden patios, all linked by wooden bridges and secret flagstone trails.
Cocooned in the middle is the main pool, bordered by sunloungers and planted urns. The star pool is nestled among greenery a bit further on. Designed on two levels and framed by a waterfall, this lagoon has a fairytale quality. The beach, meanwhile, is a series of man-made decks. The views are impressive, too. The azure waters of the Med lie before you, while to one side Paphos’ old stone fortress stares back at you.
All stone turrets, colonnades and fountains, there’s something reminiscent of a fortress about this hotel. It’s an idea the architects definitely played on – they added a wooden drawbridge to the front entrance and a miniature amphitheatre to its grounds as well.
Inside, the grandeur moves up a gear. The lobby is a case in point. All gleaming marble, it’s crowned by a spiralling stairway. Elsewhere, grand archways and wall friezes seem to accompany your every step. The rooms, too, look like they’ve come from a castle. Think dark-wood furnishings and an earthy palette of ochres and terracottas. The standard ones also feature balconies and gadgets like satellite TVs with videos on demand.
Practically everything about The Four Seasons comes with an extra slick of gloss. Take the rooms. Decorated in rich terracottas and muted emeralds, they’re a clever balance of contemporary and classic. And each bathroom features a hot tub with room for two.
Outside, the gardens come with a twist of tropical styling. Palms stand over the main lagoon pool, which comes with a children's section and a slide. Banana plants hang over man-made rivers and bridges. And tucked away in one corner is an adults-only pool finished with half-submerged sunloungers. Not far from here is the Café Tropical, where the buffet breakfasts and dinners are served. To match the gardens, it’s all bamboo chairs and tables set on safari-style decks above a pond. At night the decks are draped in fairylights as a backdrop for the regular themed dinners and shows.