The Best Villas to Rent in Cyprus

Paphos, Cyprus, with the Orthodox Cathedral
Paphos, Cyprus, with the Orthodox Cathedral | © Alexandr Savchuk / Alamy Stock Photo
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7 January 2021

If you’re looking for a space of your own in Cyprus, you can’t go wrong with a villa on the beach in Ayia Napa or Paphos. But away from the turquoise sea surrounding the Mediterranean island, why not stay near Pikni Forest with its hiking trails, or explore the Byzantine tombs of Meleti Forest. Here’s our pick of places to stay.

Angie Luxury Beach Villas

The mushroom-shaped Pernera beach, with its clear, bath-like waters, is a three-minute walk from these spacious pads. Each of the three-bedroom villas comes with a private pool (for those who prefer their swimming wave-free), air-conditioning and a fully-equipped kitchenette. They’re also well placed for nightlife; the bone-bouncing basslines of Ayia Napa’s nightclubs are an easy stroll away.

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Free WiFi
Terrace
Smoke-free property

Paradise Cove

It’s all about the views at this collection of 10 immaculate villas overlooking a blissfully untouched chunk of Paphos’ coastline. Floor-to-ceiling sliding doors in each property – all named after a different shade of sky or sea – show off the wild, watery vistas. The pool is perfect for cooling off on a particularly scorching day.

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Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Conference space
Terrace

Louis Althea Kalamies

There’s something lyrical about staying at one of the Louis Villas – not least because there’s a sea-inspired poem painted across the kitchen wall. The blue and white interiors are accented with lamps shaped like giant silver shells and coffee tables carved from wizened tree stumps. Sliding doors open onto a terracotta terrace, complete with sun loungers, pool and ocean views – the perfect place for sunset musings and a cocktail or two.

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Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
Beach towels
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Thalassines Beach Villas

Bathing on a honey-stone roof terrace overlooking olive tree-freckled shores might seem an oddly specific dream, but it’s one that can become reality at Thalassines. Six light-filled villas, designed by sculptor Andreas Lympouridis, perch on a particularly wild stretch of coastline – although you’re not completely out in the wilderness, with a fully serviced beach bar, open-air cinema and spa, open to all guests.

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Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available (surcharge)
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Beach towels
Express check-out
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Limo or Town Car service available
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Azzurro Luxury Holiday Villas

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The white stone walls surrounding Azurro’s collection of 10 villas are the same height as the thundering waves at neighbouring Lara Beach, yet the interiors of each property are anything but intimidating. Each villa is brightly dressed in Mediterranean colours, and they all come with a winning combination of private pool and outdoor hot tub. Plus, Meleti Forest, with its Byzantine tombs, is close by – and well worth a wander.

Platzia Beach Villas

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Away from the packed stone streets of Paphos Harbour, Kissonerga is the village equivalent of a hammock – ready for you to sink into and unwind. Lined with banana groves, each property is decorated for maximum tranquillity. Think light, spacious marble interiors, rectangular private pools and first-floor terraces with views.

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  • Chriseleni Latchi Villas

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    Embedded in the foothills of Akamas National Park, these swish villas promise views over both the tufting treetops and candy-coloured boats bobbing in Latchi Harbour. Glass doors lead out on to a terrace, complete with a huge turquoise pool. If you prefer a dip in saltier waters, then the shores of Polis beach are only a 10-minute stroll downhill.

    Lithos Holiday Villas

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    Despite being 140 metres above sea level, the infinity pools outside most of these stone-washed villas have been designed to look like the ocean lapping against the shore. Dramatic views of surrounding Coral Bay come as standard. You can choose between staying in accommodation for four, or bringing five friends to the temple-like Villa Palati. Details such as free-standing roll top baths, oak four poster beds and outdoor hot tubs seal the deal.

    Panorama & Oceania Villas

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    Lording over Pikni Forest, this pair of gigantic villas was designed for up to 16 guests apiece. Panorama is the more rustic of the two, with exposed wooden beams, a pretty bridge arching over the lagoon-like pool and dramatic views of the surrounding valley. Oceania has a polished industrial vibe: think ceiling lights lashed to exposed silver pipes, an infinity pool with sunken silver stools and a wooden roof terrace – the ideal spot for a sundowner.

    Amadora Luxury Villas

    With safari-inspired art, a chandelier in every room and a private pool that is illuminated at night, you’d be forgiven for wanting to spend most of your time in your villa at Amadora. It’s certainly well-stocked with enough crystal glassware for you to do so. However, if you don’t fancy barbecuing every night, it’s under a minute’s walk to the bars and restaurants of Protaras.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Outdoor pool
    Terrace
    Smoke-free property
    These recommendations were updated on January 7, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.