Cyprus’s boutique hotels offer an authentic slice of island life, along with highly personalised and unique services. Whether you’re after spectacular locations and magnificent architecture or handcrafted cocktails and delicious local farm-to-table recipes, here is Culture Trip’s pick of the best boutique hotels on the island.
The family-run Alasia Hotel lies on a peaceful street in the centre of Limassol. Inside, every sleek corner is flooded with natural light, spilling through floor-to-ceiling windows, bouncing off white and olive-green walls and washing over wooden furnishings. Soak it up over a morning tea in bed, or bask in the warm glow of the sun on your balcony, followed by a swim in the outdoor wrap-around pool, complete with loungers and twisted trees. To truly disconnect, visit the spa and take a dip in the spa’s ozone pool – underlit with purple-sunset neons – or try one of its Mediterranean-inspired massages.
The palatial Anassa Hotel cascades down a hill overlooking the honey-soaked sands of Chrysochou Bay. Each morning, you’ll breathe in the sea breeze, drifting through your window like a siren’s call, and race down to the rolling waves for a morning swim before refuelling on banana french toast and pumpkin waffles – so pack your flip-flops, swimsuit and a healthy appetite. To relax, pick your spot by the infinity pool framed by twisting olive tree branches, or pay a visit to the Romanesque-style spa, where you can indulge in restorative sea-inspired treatments.
The Napa Mermaid Hotel and Suites creatively draws from its coastal surroundings, with driftwood-style logs, tables wrapped in coils of rope and swirling fossil art adorning the lobby. Based right by the beach, you’ll be torn between sun-worshipping on the golden sands or soaking up the Grecian culture in town just a short walk away. You can also make the most of hotel amenities such as floodlit tennis courts, a Jacuzzi, a sauna and two lounger-lined pools – one indoor, the other outdoor. All rooms have a private balcony with views of the rippling Mediterranean.
The incredible pool is the main calling card of the Londa Hotel. You can spend hours here sprawling on the plump loungers with a frozen margarita or dipping your toes in the water while looking out to sea. Rooms are decked out with blond wood furnishings, Nespresso coffee machines and complimentary Molton Brown toiletries. Give yourself ample time to get ready for a candlelit dinner in the Caprice Restaurant, which serves freshly caught seafood, a parmesan-stuffed chicken breast and other delectable dishes. Make a booking to guarantee a table under the stars on the terrace.
Nissi Beach, famed for its powdery white sand and turquoise waters, is also home to Adams Beach Hotel. Outside, pathways twist through towering palms and manicured gardens – follow them down to the beach to while away the hours swimming in the free-form pool, drifting along the lazy river or whizzing down the water slides. Elegant rooms come with fresh fruit on arrival and a private balcony for taking in ocean vistas. If you’re newly hitched, the Honeymoon Suite promises a romantic first evening thanks to the petal-sprinkled waters of its private hot tub.
One for the kids, or just a good excuse to unleash your inner child, Mon Repos sits minutes from the WaterWorld Themed Waterpark of Ayia Napa. After a few hours of splashing around, you’ll be eager to unwind in your air-conditioned suite. Put your feet up in front of the flat-screen TV or sit back on your private veranda and breathe in the fresh scent of the surrounding orange and banana trees. Leisurely days can be spent lounging by the palm-lined pool.
Wake up to gently lapping waves and the faint cry of swooping gulls in Almyra, on the seafront promenade of Paphos. Spread over 3ha (8 acres) of paradisiacal gardens, the hotel offers sleek rooms that include artisan furniture and marble bathrooms decorated in deep-ocean blues and foamy whites. All have a terrace or a balcony, while the signature open-plan Kyma Suites include a complimentary bottle of wine to enjoy on the private rooftop terrace. Elsewhere, there are five freshwater pools, and an adults-only spa offering marine-based treatments.
Azia Resort and Spa is ensconced in an army of tropical plants, with bougainvillaea cascading down whitewashed walls and crooked palm trees reflected in the freshwater pool. Infused with salty sea air, rooms connect seamlessly with the natural setting, with tree stumps doubling as bedside tables, lights hanging from thick ropes and mirrors mounted on slices of a cracked log. The food is the real drawcard here, with fresh produce sourced from the hotel’s plantation and five on-site restaurants to choose from, including Italian and Japanese.
Twittering birds, gushing fountains and rustling trees will be the soundtrack to your stay at Columbia Beach Resort in Pissouri Bay. The plant-filled resort is home to two pools, squash and tennis courts, plus three restaurants serving everything from Cypriot meze to Asian-meets-Mediterranean cuisine. In the airy suites, you’ll find exposed beams, intricately carved cupboards and cooling ceramic floors – a soothing balm to hot feet after long walks under the sun. For a wellness treatment that you won’t soon forget, head to the tranquil Hébe Spa for a muscle-relaxing seaweed wrap.
The Amphora Hotel and Suites provides a front-row seat for watching the sun melt into the Mediterranean each evening. It sits just a short stroll from the ancient, sun-bleached ruins of the Kato Pafos Archaeological Park, and you can split your days between historical exploration and sundowners at the poolside bar. If you’re looking for adventure, ask the hotel concierge for some recommendations; that very afternoon you could be horseback riding through olive groves or searching for algae-covered shipwrecks on a guided dive. At the end of the day, relax in a luxury suite, a capacious room or even a three-bedroom villa.