A Special Escape to Aphrodite Hills, Cyprus
Aphrodite Hills Resort
I have to admit that I hardly took any photos of the resort (#badblogger). But trust me, it is just stunning. At the heart of the resort is the Village Square, where you will find a supermarket, gift shop, Costa Coffee, Häagen-Dazs, and car, bike and Segway rentals. There is also an ATM and a 24 hour medical centre, along with a wide range of restaurants and bars. Other on site facilities include expansive golf courses, “the Best Spa in Europe”, a Soccer School and a Tennis Academy.
Greco-Roman buildings, fountains, winding roads and deep rolling hills are some of the things that make Aphrodite Hills so bloody beautiful. But actually my favourite part of the resort was the lack of buildings. It is so spacious. You feel secluded in your villa, as if you’re staying in the middle of nowhere off the side of a valley.
On a few occasions, Gaz and I escaped the lazy confinement of the hot summer’s heat, and jumped on bicycles at the brink of sunset. Planning to get lost on the resort, we started riding towards the end of the world, gleeful smiles beaming across our faces. On finding a spectacularly serene view, it was time to hop off of our bikes. Sitting on the edge of the valley, we breathed in the warm Mediterranean evening air, watching the sun set across the resort and the coast. Boasting panoramic views, this spot and the accompaniment sunset spurred on one of those “I’m so happy to be alive” tangents of thought. It’s funny how sunsets have the ability to do that. You don’t need to travel to see an epic, thought-provoking sunset, but the Mediterranean admittedly does do them pretty well.
After watching the sun set we cycled back into the dark, starry night. We continued to cycle through some of the paved golf courses (I don’t know if this is actually allowed but we rolled with it anyway). The skies were unpolluted and the stars mesmerising. And this is coming from someone who lives in the English countryside where we get clear, starry nights every night. Throughout our stay we also enjoyed walking around the resort, with no plan or sense of direction, stumbling across some gorgeous views.
However, I must warn you that Aphrodite Hills is not my typical ‘stay here, it’s cheap and young and fun’ dig. No, no, no, no… It’s not somewhere you’d go with your friends unless you have the cash to splash. There is, however, a huge hotel on site, alongside the villas and apartments! You’ll also need to hire a car if you wish to explore the island (or even the resort, depending on where your villa is – Aphrodite Hills is huuuuge) so keep that in mind when making a booking.
Our three bedroom villa was conveniently located only a ten minute walk from the Village Square. The only photos I have of the villa were taken on my camera by Gaz’s eleven year old brother. I actually thought they weren’t bad (although I won’t tell him that, it would massively inflate his ego). Gaz’s family kept stressing to me that this was probably the worst villa they’ve ever had, but I was nonetheless impressed. The balcony and flowers definitely gave off Romeo and Juliet vibes, and boy, oh boy, do I miss that pool. There is no better feeling than jumping in the pool after sunbathing* in the blazing heat. *Or at least attempting to tan… Irish problems, eh?!
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