Stay in a luxury hotel in Cyprus with Small Luxury Hotels of the World and explore the medieval streets of Nicosia’s walled old town for silver filigree or leather. Ask a priest for the key to a small frescoed church in the Troodos mountains after a visit to Paphos’s Graeco-Roman temples.
Luxury city breaks in Cyprus
Look for beaten silver amphorae in Nicosia’s Buyuk Khan, a restored caravanserai with pointed arcades around a stone courtyard. Choose exquisite linens made with exclusive Lefkara lace. In Paphos, the muted ochre and grey tesserae of Roman mosaic pavements at the house of Dionysos are almost intact. Visit the acropolis near the harbour with its castle overlooking simple tavernas lining the promenade.
Luxury Cyprus beach holidays
Watch the sun sparkle on the dark blue water of crescent-shaped Curium Beach. Loggerhead turtles lay their eggs on a protected stretch of sand on sweeping Lara Beach. Snorkel above the wreck of the Zenobia off Paphos, or dive down and encounter languid octopus. Refresh yourself with a cold drink in quiet Pissouri’s village square. As you look from the village’s edge over olive trees and maquis, you can spot the small beach where Aphrodite rose naked from a rock.
Luxury countryside holidays in Cyprus
Look for tulips and rare orchids on the cliffs in Avakas Gorge, and spot a freshwater crab in mountain springs. Oranges and lemons grow wild, adding their scents to the wild herbs covering the landscapes. Try slices of grilled halloumi cheese before a dinner of lamb marinated in coriander, and finish off with coffee and lokum (Turkish Delight) from Geroskipou.
Book a luxury Cyprus hotel with Small Luxury Hotels of the World to visit white hillside villages where Maratheftiko grapes are grown by boutique producers. Relax in your exclusive hotel’s pool and spa, and picnic at its plantation under walnut trees.