Embrace the VIP lifestyle and live life to the full on a holiday to Cyprus
Offering comfortable flight times from the UK of just under five hours, Cyprus beckons appealingly with the lure of sunshine, sightseeing and sapphire seas.
With upmarket resorts, swish hotels and gourmet restaurants, Cyprus offers a feast of Mediterranean delights and average summer temperatures that sizzle at around 26°C, often rising to over 30°C.
Opportunities for walking and hiking are plentiful, while the enchanting beaches provide breathtaking settings for complete relaxation. Sites, such as the Kato Paphos Archaeological Park, will keep culture vultures happy, while numerous spa hotels cater for those in need of rejuvenation.
The Paphos region, where legend has it Aphrodite was born, is dotted with shopping opportunities and top-notch hotels.
Those in search of designer labels should check out Makarios Avenue in Limassol for high end fashion and high street chic. Paphos is renowned for it’s golf, and with an enviable climate and championship courses it offers both experienced pros and beginners an appealing setting in which to play.
The Larnaca region also serves up a feast of shopping and dining options, with restaurants proudly producing Cypriot specialities and the freshest catch of the day. And the resort of Ayia Napa has all of this as well a specialising in exclusive beach bars and stylish nightclubs.
Living the high life in Cyprus
Sitting proud on Cyprus’ west coast, the Paphos Region provides upmarket hotels galore as well as some Blue Flag beaches, and the famous Tomb of the Kings, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Limassol offers a selection of bars including Waves Beach Bar at Limassol Nautical Club, which has an extensive drinks menu and chilled atmosphere by day before DJs take to the decks come evening. Or for boutique shopping head to Paphos Town’s The Paphos Mall, on the edge of town – it’s great for on-trend swimwear and beach essentials.
The Larnaca region also allows plenty of scope for relaxing beach days and elegant nights out. Its vibrant towns of Ayia Napa and Protaras sit alongside chilled-out Nissi Bay, which has enticing beaches, restaurants and upmarket bars.
Fig Tree Bay is the jewel in the crown when it comes to beaches – its Blue Flag status for clean sands and top facilities, make it the perfect spot to swim, try out watersports or just soak up the sunshine.
Other luxury holidays to take a look at
If you’re in search of luxury but not yet ready to book a Cyprus holiday, we have plenty more options for indulgent breaks.
For sun-bleached sands and all-year sunshine, the Cape Verde islands may appeal. For sleek beachside hotels and a twist of Mexican charm the Riviera Maya has plenty to offer. Or, for classic palm tree beaches and sumptuous shores the Caribbean certainly packs a punch.
But, if you’ve fallen in love with Cyprus, be sure to check out our travel guide – it’s full of handy tips, daytrip options and can point you in the direction of the best beaches. Start planning your trip by choosing a fabulous place to stay from the luxury options below.
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For 5* indulgence the luxurious Royal Apollonia Beach Hotel is hard to beat. Relax by the two swimming pools, work up a sweat on the tennis court or in the gym, then chill out with a cocktail at the bar. Dress for dinner in the evenings at one of the hotel restaurants including Italian and Japanese a la carte options. Those in need of a little R&R can enjoy the sauna or a massage, for an additional cost.
The 5* Constantinou Bros Asimina Suites Hotel provides a beachside setting for adults only. There's a fabulous spa available, which offers treatments for an additional cost, including olive oil massages and thalassotherapy. The two swimming pools and poolside restaurant and bar offer a welcome retreat from the Cypriot sun, while a la carte restaurants let you indulge in fine dining. The gym and tennis courts will appeal to active types while those who prefer chilling out with a cocktail can make the most of the three bars.
With indulgent poolside daybeds, a beachside setting and five speciality restaurants, it's luxury all the way at the 5* rated Sunrise Pearl Hotel. The animation team provides activities including aqua aerobics for sporty types plus over 16s can use the air-conditioned gym for a workout. In the evenings live music will get those feet tapping at the Waterfall Restaurant and Island Bar, while the Reef Sports Bar, with large TVs, is the place to catch up on international sporting events.
The 4* Olympic Lagoon Resort stands out from the crowd due to its extensive facilities, five themed swimming pools with a lazy river and attention to every detail. Seven restaurants will satisfy the tastebuds of even the fussiest foodie, with everything from Pan Asian to Italian dishes on the menu. There are four bars for daytime drinks and evenings cocktails, while in the evenings you can enjoy Broadway calibre shows, professional musicians and disco nights.
If you're looking for an adults-only retreat with the beach just footsteps away you should consider a stay at the 5* Constantinou Bros Pioneer Beach Hotel. Offering a la carte dining, a wide-ranging entertainment programme and choice of luxurious rooms you'll have an elegant and convenient base. The fully equipped gym and tennis courts enable guests to keep trim while away and social butterflies can enjoy the weekly manager's cocktail party, themed nights and traditional folklore evenings.