Luxury holidays in Cyprus 2022
6:00 PM August 7, 2022
With the sun all but guaranteed to appear bright, as it does, for over 300 days a year, it is perhaps best to visit between May and June or mid-September to mid-October when the sun is penetrating and not shabby and provident and unparched earth.
Scholars debate whether the word Cyprus derives from the island’s cypresses or its copper. Famous for being the birthplace of Aphrodite, this island of Adonis and Pygmalion served as the setting for Shakespeare’s Othello and more recently John Wayne’s film ‘The Longest Day’.
It is a hodgepodge of cultures, having been ruled in turn by the Ottomans, Venetians, British and Greeks and now divided by a Turkish and Greek partition. I had a strong feeling that, both geographically and culturally, this is where the Mediterranean meets the Middle East. It is the homeland of halloumi, along with squid, octopus, red mullet and sea bass, the favorite fish on the menu of many restaurants.
I headed an hour north of Paphos airport through the divine landscape of cypress-covered hills to reach Polis, a coastal town close to Neo Chorio, the authentic and charming village that borders Akamas National Park. , to get to Anassa. The hotel is family friendly and deserves its sense of ‘queen’ as ‘she’ rests assuredly on her perch, cradled by steep hills and hidden behind mature greenery and proud cypresses as ‘she’ overlooks her gentle descent to the wide crescent of a sandy beach.
I knew I was in for something special as I walked past the white walls punctuated with upturned gourds sheltering bougainvillea to the hotel entrance. To the left is a charming herb garden operated by the kitchens and to the right is the picturesque Chapel of St. Athanasia situated in front of the large liberating open space successfully designed to resemble a village square.
Still new and built in its light limestone, the entire complex is set in that winning Mediterranean combination of cypress trees and terracotta tiles. The vibrant and lively landscape has beautiful green lawns with flower-lined walkways, with those sweet, pungent scents of honeysuckle, rosemary and jasmine, which lead out to the sparkling Mediterranean.
The bright and airy interior with its opulent marble flooring is assisted by large windows and imaginatively decorated with images of the sun and circular patterns that reference the Roman mosaics for which the island is famous. Amphorae and gourds are charmingly scattered in their natural, neutral tones.
There are 166 low-rise rooms and suites populating the ‘village’ and all have matching railings and iron balconies with French celadon shutters. Next to the infinity pools and terraces and under its bamboo roof is the Pelagos Tavern where I was to enjoy many quintessential Mediterranean lunches of tarama and olives, beets and onions sprinkled with thyme and oregano picked from the hotel garden and creatively presented in its rainbow. colours.
Nearby is the sumptuous Thalassa Spa. It is decorated in an elaborate Romanesque style and includes an indoor heated swimming pool, powerful saunas and steam baths as well as thalassotherapy treatments using sea water from the bay. At the spa, among the full range of facials and massages, detox and anti-aging programs, I accompanied and highly recommend Claudia the Colombian who practices the amazing Anastasia Achilleous method which goes beyond the care of the usual face, combining care and massage. treatment with holistic emotional release. Exceptional and deeply impressive. Just like the magic cocktail of the welcome drink which set the tone for the amazing journey in which I was to embark.
Anassa has a very special vibe with telepathic service from happy staff in their stylish and unique uniforms. Indeed, “she” is certainly beautiful, elegant and refreshing.
Anassa’s architecture and landscaping are aesthetically pleasing and blend with the coastline, as I was only able to fully appreciate its invisibility to the outside world from my enjoyment of a boat trip. Because, while staying at Anassa, I was able to walk down a minute to the beach office of Latchi Charters (latchiwatersportscentre.com) to board the locally made Karnic SL800 motor yacht owned by this very professional outfit. . Although tempted by the many other options which included a sunset trip, I chose a private skippered excursion to the western peak of the island.
It is a divine stretch of coastline that emerges just like Turkey’s hazy coastline. And it’s one of the best spots in Cyprus to snorkel with Roman amphorae still reputedly hidden deep under the turquoise water as I jumped around one of the many rocks on the island dedicated to the myth of Aphrodite and around from which one swims three times for luck (even if it was not established in which direction!)
I went as far as the Akamas, the wild peninsula nature reserve which is home to rare butterflies and orchids and where the locals come to spend their holidays, otherwise only accessible by motorhomes and 4x4s. Where once there were old churches is now populated by wild horses and forty herds of goats that come down to lap up the salt from the coastal rocks and nibble on the shrubs that stay green all year round thanks to rainwater and some of the oldest. wells in the world.
To savor the pinnacle of seaside sensations, I like to watch the world play and for the slightest movement to enliven and complete the picture. Because here, I was able to devote myself to my love of seeing the waves break, the swallows soar, the butterflies flutter, the cypress trees sway and the boats dance on the water.
Four colors dominate: the turquoise blue water with its sand below, the cobalt blue water above its bedrock, the scattered green of the trees and shrubs and the gold of the metamorphic limestone whose strangled streaks seem sculptural to the point even to be called an amphitheater.
Directly from the other Latchi Boats offices in Latchi Harbor and a mile from the other restaurants that line the waterfront is Restomare Latchi which overlooks the boats in this marina. This grand restaurant has both roofs and doors that open and close to give it the ultimate indoor-outdoor feel. Above the heated floor, the decor consists of framed seashells, wooden fishbones covering their lights, and fans of playful butterflies. I sat outside under the awnings to watch the boats beside me and the stars above. From the large fish menu, I chose a sea bass ceviche infused with coconut cream, red pepper nage, candied pistachio and air of cherry consommé. The portions are generous and the price is right and the vibe is trendy and upbeat.
I have to go back home. Anytime but soon!
Book your stay
A one night stay at Hotel Anassa (anassa.com) starts from 500 Euros based on two adults sharing during peak holiday season.
Adam rented a car with Manos Cars ([email protected] 357 9965 3302). It has been supported by gatwickexpress.com and holidayextras.co.uk (0800 316 5678) who offer airport lounges at all major UK airports and many international destinations). He was covered by online travel insurance specialist, CoverForYou (coverforyou.com, 0207 183 0885)