The Cyprus superyacht stay
by Tom Isitt
For charters in the Eastern Mediterranean, there are few places to match Cyprus for history, culture and scenery. The island is the largest in the Eastern Med and has for centuries been an important military and commercial stopping-off point between the middle-east and western Europe.
Asima Suites Hotel, Paphos
Situated right on the beach on the outskirts of Pahos, in the south-west corner of the island, the Assima Suites Hotel is part of the Constantinou Brothers hotel empire and offers 119 lavish suites, including a dozen Executive suites, each with its own private swimming pool.
The style is sleek and modern, the staff are efficient and friendly, and public spaces are immaculately presented. There are several restaurants offering sumptuous five-star cuisine, and sports facilities include two freshwater swimming pools and a floodlit tennis court. Moorings for your charter yacht are nearby at Paphos harbour, and the hotel is perfectly situated for visits to the fabulous archeological site of Kato Paphos and the Tombs of the Kings.
Paphos itself is a short walk and is a lively and bustling harbour town. Prices start at around 270 and go up to 800 for an executive suite with sea view in high season.
St Raphael Hotel, Limassol
Located on the beach, just to the east of Limassol town centre, the St Rapahel Hotel has recently been completely reburbished to exacting standards and offers the visitor a modern and sophisticated base from which to explore the many and varied delights of Limassol.
Boasting several swimming pools, landscaped gardens, and access to one of the islands many blue-flag beaches, the St Raphael also has the benefit of a good marina two minutes walk from the hotel. The Sailors Rest restaurant, adjascent to the marina, offers fine dining, with the emphasis on fresh seafood. The hotel also offers excellent spa facilities for those that want to unwind at the end of an arduous charter. Prices start at around €150 a night in high season.
Almyra Hotel, Paphos
Slick, stylish and contemprory in feel, the Almyra is a luxurious five-star family beach hotel set in eight acres of landscaped gardens on the Mediterranean coast near Paphos.
The Almyra boasts 189 rooms and suites, many with sea views. The beautiful gardens and beachfront vistas are complemented by four restaurants and four freshwater swimming pools. The hotel boasts numerous restaurants catering for all tastes, from Japanese to Mediterranean cuisine. There is free wi-fi throughout the hotel, as well as a crèche, childrens menus, a kids club, and Baby Concierge.
Nearby Paphos town has moorings for yachts, and is home to some of the most interesting archeological sites in the Med. Room prices in high season start from around €192 and go up to €785 for a two-bedroom suite.
Anassa Hotel, Latchi
One of the finest hotels in Cyprus, Anassa is a luxurious five-star hotel resort situated on the northern shore of the Akamas peninsular, on the north-east shores of the island. Combining the style of a Roman villa and a traditional Cypriot village, the Anassa is arranged around a village square that even includes a Byzantine chapel.
The hotel has its own private beach, a sumptuous spa complex, and five restaurants serving a variety of styles using only the best seasonal produce. There are exclusive shopping boutiques on site, acres of landscaped gardens to enjoy, and numerous beach activities to keep you amused. The nearby port of Latchi has moorings for yachts
Prices start at €430 a night in high summer for a garden-view room, and go up to 4790 a night for a three-bedroom villa with private pool.
Londa Hotel, Limassol
Claiming to by Cyprus first boutique hotel, the Londa is situated in the heart of Limassol, on the beach. The hotels 68 rooms and suites are furnished to the highest of standards in a style described as Cyprus tradition meets Italian design, combining white marble and dark wood with traditional, local touches, such as handcrafted Cypriot lace and antique filigree silver.
The hotel features an excellent health and wellness spa, as well as one of Limassols best restaurants the Caprice offering fine Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. The hotel is ideally situated for exploring Limassols old town, and nearby is the new Limassol Marina, with berths for yachts up to 100m. Prices in high season start at €182 per night for a side view room, and go up to €518 per night for an executive suite.
Thalasso Spa, Anassa Hotel, Latchi
Designed in the style of a palatial Roman villa, the Thalasso Spa (from the Greek word thalasso, meaning sea) offers the full spectrum of wellbeing: from an hour long treatment to a gentle detoxifying or holistic programme with life-long benefits. The huge spa complex includes a sky-lit, columned indoor pool, 18 treatment rooms, saunas, steam baths, a seawater exercise pool, squash court, fitness room and hair salon for those finishing touches.
The Double Indulgence Massage is a favourite with couples, and you can enjoy a healthy eating plan devised by The Organic Pharmacy in conjunction with the spa and resort restaurants. The spa also offers skincare treatments and make-up lessons for teens.
Le Meridien Limassol Spa & Resort
The main attraction at Le Meridien Spa is the Thalassotherapy, which uses the sea, marine algae, seaweed and mud for the restorative healing benefits it has on the body.
The spa has four outdoor pools (one is actually a magnesium pool), and for the full thallassotherapy you should aim to stay in each pool for a full 15 minutes. Magnesium is absorbed through the skin while at the same time, using a form of osmosis, draws toxins from the body, sedate the nervous system, reduce swelling and relax muscles. In the next two pools water jets gently massage every part of the body helping to kick-start your circulation. Finally you go indoors to the hammam for a steam bath.
Aphrodite Hills Resort Spa
Situated not far from the classical site of Kourion, the Aphrodite Hills Resort Spa appropriately features Roman-Greek bathing rituals, tranquil massage pavilions, a soothing fragrance garden and pools overlooking the sea.
The spas thermae detoxifying treatment dates back to ancient Roman times and involves a series of heat rooms progressively increasing in temperature, tempered with cooling hydro showers or ice shavings.
The spas state-of-the-art facilities provide guests with the ultimate in top-to-toe pampering for the body and soul. Twenty-seven treatment rooms offer a variety of options, from private to couples rooms, to specialised hydrotherapy, spa manicure and pedicure rooms, and outdoor massage pavilions. The spa uses Pevonia Botanica and Litya Aboriginal products, and treatments include facial and body treatments, as well as massage and aromatherapy.
The Elysium Hotel Opium Spa, Paphos
Located near the ancient Tombs of the Kings outside Paphos, this spa hotel provides a charming blend of luxury, tranquility and seclusion while adorned with Greek colonnades, mosaics, waterfalls and shimmering pools.
The Opium Health Spas effervescent waters, soothing sounds and hypnotic aromas create a luxurious haven for you to unwind and escape. The ESPA range of products and treatments has been carefully selected and the range has been formulated to combine the therapeutic benefits of professional products, ancient and modern techniques, including aromatherapy, hydrotherapy, marine therapy and skin care.