Explore the luxury sporting paradise of Aphrodite Hills in sunny Cyprus
By Katie Ann Lamb
It is well known that Cyprus receives more than 300 days of sunshine each year therefore making it an appealing destination almost all year around. Whether you’re looking to escape the English Winter or if the Med isn’t hot enough for you this Summer, we strongly recommend a trip to Aphrodite Hills, Cyprus for sun worshippers.
Aphrodite Hills is a coastal resort in the Paphos district of Cyprus. It is named after the goddess Aphrodite and is only one mile away from Aphrodite’s Rock. Exuding a modern elegance, the residences at Aphrodite Hills are utterly stunning, with many features of a Mediterranean town. Greco-Roman architecture dominates whilst locally quarried stone is used in the buildings throughout.
The properties range from two-bedroom apartments to lavish, five-bedroom ‘Mythos Villas Collection’ which boast breath-taking views. There are spectacular sunset panoramas over the sea and some of these properties come with a private pool, which is perfect for those looking for independence and space on vacation.
The villas are self-contained and have all the mod cons. They come with a fully equipped kitchen, dining area and outdoor BBQ space. They are also a short stroll into the heart of the resort, where there is a supermarket for those who like to eat in and the grocery delivery service is also appealing, should you wish to self-cater. For something more private, Aphrodite Hills’ top chef can be at the service of guests for the evening at the villas, cooking anything from any of the restaurants.
There is no shortage of choice when it comes to eating out. There are over 18 restaurants and bars by Atlantica offering a unique mix of gourmet delights. Both local and ethnic flavours cater to any culinary desire.
If you are looking to experience a Cypriot evening, I recommend the Pithari Tavern. This is located in the Village Square and serves traditional authentic island cuisine. It is a picturesque setting and you can dine Underneath the olive trees, while overlooking the ocean. The adorable blue gingham candle lit tables encourage a romantic vibe.
You can enjoy island cooking and classic tavern-type food, choosing either a customary meze or delicious à la carte options. The meze was particularly impressive; the courses kept coming and included an extensive collection of Cypriot delicacies such as local dips, grilled pita and local Koulouri bread, as well as a selection of low cooked meat dishes in a traditional oven. I also really liked the fact that the composition depended on the fresh ingredients of the day and the creativity of the Chef.
The recently refurbished Golf Club Restaurant offers spectacular views over the award winning PGA rated course. It is open for breakfast lunch or a fine dining dinner experience. The dress code reflects the sophisticated environment and gentlemen must wear long trousers. Alternatively, it’s a perfect sun trap to enjoy a crisp Keo (the Cypriot larger) and watch the golfers master the challenging course.
Aphrodite has endless activities on offer to suit everyone. However, the resort is most famous for the PGA National golf course set over 243 undulating hectares with breath taking views of land and sea. But if your golf isn’t quite up to par, you can book a golf lesson led by a professional instructor on the 300-yard driving range. Any level of golfer is catered for, from beginner to professional standard there are lessons and packages for families, couples and individuals alike.
If golf isn’t your style, you can opt to experience the world-class tennis academy, boasting nine tennis courts both clay and plexi-cushion. Lessons are offered for any age or ability or courts can be hired on an hourly basis. They have also recently launched a Junior Tennis Academy which teaches children from as young as four years old. This is great for families and helps keep the children active and occupied.
Impressively, Aphrodite Hills even has an onsite equestrian facility offering horse riding experiences in the forestry land of Lakkos Tou Frangou. They provide private lessons for beginners or experienced riders, trail riding, a pony Club where children visit the stables to learn about riding and pony care and a large outdoor arena. The facilities are available for all ages and abilities and what better place to learn or explore the resort from a different perspective.
The Retreat Spa by Atlantica is incredible, and no detail has been neglected. From the stunning outdoor infinity pool overlooking the Mediterranean Sea to the state of the art facilities, this is heaven for those who want to unwind. Created with families in mind, the extensive menu of Elemis treatments allows families to pamper together or separately. Following a relaxing morning in the spa, you can enjoy a nutritional smoothie and healthy lunch from the Spa Restaurant and Juice Bar whilst enjoying the sun deck or fragranced gardens. The spa’s ultra-modern gym also offers classes such as hill-top yoga to the sound of live acoustic guitar, bums and tums and personal trainers.
As the name suggests Aphrodite Hills is located slightly further back then the sea line, however a short drive from the resort is the Zias Beach Club in Avdimou Bay. They offer complimentary beach facilities such as sun beds, umbrellas and beach towels to all Aphrodite residents. There is also an adjoining bar and restaurant so all your requirements are catered and you can have a perfect beach day! What’s more Aphrodite offer a shuttle bus available from the hotel every hour from 10.30pm to 4.30pm (except at 1.30pm) so you can enjoy a few drinks while relaxing at the beach.
This luxury resort has everything, including sunshine for the majority of the year.
Find out more by visiting www.aphroditehills.com. Book by calling +357 26 828000.