A glittering gem in the Mediterranean, the little island of Cyprus packs a punch for its size. Rolling mountains, fragrant forests, Blue Flag beaches and craggy coastlines are proof that outside is where it's at! With temperatures rarely dropping below 17°C (even in the winter), it's the perfect weather to explore the natural splendour of your surroundings. The 300 days of sunshine also help! Once home to the mythical goddess of love, Cyprus' multi-layered past sees the country peppered in architectural awesomeness, rich history and charming culture. Whether you're after a beach resort with a party atmosphere, or a laid-back lookout to admire the luscious landscape – there's something for everyone on this idyllic island. With plenty of Cyprus Villa Retreats to choose from, here's our breakdown of what each area has to offer.
One of the most popular resorts amongst holiday-makers – Coral Bay is kitted out with all the amenities that make for an unforgettable getaway. Sitting pretty on Cyprus' west coast, the resort is home to a 600m crescent of soft white sloping sands. Here's the perfect place to top up your tan while your little ones splash in the shallows. Adrenaline junkies can get their fix with a huge array of watersports, from jet skiing to riding comical inflatables being pulled around on speed boats! Tamer ventures include pedal boats, canoeing and catamaran trips. Famed for rocky headlands and sea caves too, there's plenty to explore in and around the charming Coral Bay for those who prefer their feet firmly on the ground.
A chameleon of day to night, the main strip becomes a hub for nightlife once the sun goes down. The huge choice of lively bars and traditional tavernas serve up a whole host of tasty Cypriot cuisine. Make way for a meze and fill your boots with a selection of delicious delicacies! A fun-for-all location where families, couples and large groups can all enjoy this vibrant villa vacation spot.
Just a stone's throw from the sparkling Mediterranean, this elegant holiday resort is perched perfectly on top of gently sloping hills. A getaway here is whatever you want it to be – natural beauty, peace and tranquillity meet outstanding sports and leisure facilities. Boasting a spa, numerous restaurants, tennis courts, swimming pools, and a multi award-winning golf course. Aphrodite Hills is a hole in one when it comes to luxurious living! A whole host of accommodation is on offer, from one bedroom apartments to luxury villas with private pools.
Families will find there's lots to keep the kids entertained if mum and dad want to take advantage of the resorts amenities. A kids club is open during high season (as well as a crèche for the little ones) and a playground is available throughout the year. For footie fanatics, the Dream Team Soccer School is a guaranteed winner. All ages and abilities are welcome to play on the 3G pitch, and there's even qualified coaches on hand. With the kids so preoccupied, it looks like you might be able to get more than one spa treatment!
Away from the mainstream tourist towns lies the tranquil and traditional village of Argaka. Real-life rural heaven, this is the perfect place to wind down and enjoy a slower pace of life. Snuggled into the hills, take relaxing strolls through the luscious landscape that surrounds you. Unsurprisingly walking is the most popular pastime of the area, and you'll be handsomely rewarded for your efforts! Breathtaking views and Byzantine churches are just waiting to be uncovered. Trace the footsteps of myth and legend and enjoy the dramatic, diverse landscape – a treat for the eyes and the camera lens! Winding streets lead to a handful of tavernas and shops, where you can get a real flavour for the local community, if not the delicious dishes of Kleftiko, Moussaka and Sheftalia (to name a few).
Secluded beaches are only a short drive away and offer up some seriously dramatic natural beauty. For the more adventurous, the Akamas Peninsula is the most westerly point of Cyprus and just a 20 minute drive away. One of the least inhabited places on the island, it's a paradise of natural beauty, dense forest and rugged coastline. Experienced walkers, mountain hikers and off-road drivers will have a blast exploring the dirt tracks and footpaths. For the rest of us, make the most of the simple pleasures of laying back on sizzling shingle sands, with nothing but a towel, a pair of sunglasses and a good book. After a long day of relaxing, your villa is the perfect spot to watch the sky show off in beautiful golden hues. Argaka is famed for its magnificent sunsets, and it's not hard to see why!
A city sitting on the southwest coast of the island, Paphos is renowned as the birthplace of the Greek goddess Aphrodite. Old-meets-new here, and the lower Kato Paphos is teeming with ancient ruins and wonderful historical sites. Full of fascinating things to see and surrounded by areas of breathtaking beauty, you'll soon discover why visitors fall in love with this magical marvel. The richly romantic harbour is lined by a string of tavernas and cafés, a perfect place to while away a lazy afternoon or enjoy a balmy evening beverage. Long coastal paths are ideal for morning or evening strolls. The soothing sound of waves crashing against the shoreline will soon caress you into a state of holiday heaven. Our villas sit on the outskirts of Paphos, just a stone's throw away from the beach – an idyllic set-up for a great mix of leisure and pleasure.
No trip to Paphos would be complete without a bit of history hunting! All sorts of ancient ruins lay in waiting, from UNESCO's Tomb of the Kings to Medieval castles, fortresses and archaeological parks. The underground tombs were carved out of solid rock and the final resting place of high ranking officials and aristocracy. Set in a desert like landscape, the only sounds you'll likely hear are the nearby waves crashing against the rocks. Cameras at the ready – this is an adventure to remember!