05 Nov 2015

A luxurious weekend getaway at Aphrodite Hills Resort, Kouklia, Cyprus

Following a scenic drive granting stunning views of Aphrodite’s rock and Kouklia’s charming natural beauty, I pulled up to the Golf Clubhouse at Aphrodite Hills Resort, Cyprus, ready for my relaxing weekend getaway.

I was immediately greeted with warmth and attentiveness and taken to my luxurious accommodation, the Aphrodite Hills Holiday Residences. 

My spacious serviced residence, beautiful from the inside-out, formed part of a complex, which boasted an elevated infinity pool and a normal pool for guests with families. 

I had it all, from an extremely comfortable bed, a living room with a flat-screen TV and DVD player, fully-equipped kitchen and a balcony with chairs and a table – ideal for relaxing and reflecting on my experiences at the resort in the evenings.

On my first evening I opted to dine at the extra-special Pithari Tavern, a charming traditional restaurant serving delicious and authentic meze, with great service. I relished in various dips, tender Kleftiko (lamb or goat’s meat slow-cooked in the oven), Cypriot sausages and kebab, dolmades (stuffed vine leaves) and much more. 

Each morning I awoke to glorious views and enjoyed a scenic walk to the Golf Clubhouse where I indulged in a delicious cooked breakfast (one morning I opted for the English breakfast and the next I selected the Cypriot breakfast with halloumi and Cypriot sausages). My breakfast was complemented by views over the expansive golf course and I watched in awe as golfers enjoyed the course while golf buggies sped by. 

Not only is the Golf Clubhouse a fabulous venue for breakfast with friendly and flawless service, but its selection of dishes really are ideal for lunch or an early dinner. Returning for lunch, I selected Seafood Skewers from its a la carte menu – swordfish, tuna and prawns on a bed of wild rice, garnished with lavender. It was absolutely delicious. 

Now, the cherry on the cake during my Aphrodite Hills experience was my visit to The Retreat Spa. Here I was transported to a realm of absolute tranquillity during a 90-minute Indian Spa Ritual. I can safely say I have never felt so relaxed and able to let go of the worries that come with everyday life. The ritual entailed a Q&A to find out exactly which scents and oils suited my character and energy, followed by a blissful full body massage. 

As the masseuse kneaded the knots out of my body and poured warm scented oil on my hair, I was whisked away on a journey of ultimate bliss.

Following my experience at The Retreat Spa, I felt as if a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I relaxed with a delicious green tea and then returned to my beautiful accommodation to bathe in the pool and relax on the balcony for the evening.

An all-round luxury experience from start to finish, The Aphrodite Hills Resort is the ideal destination for families with children due to the many activities available, golf enthusiasts, spa enthusiasts, couples, and for those who are simply looking to unwind in a beautiful, well-kept Mediterranean environment. 

By Tatiana Tsierkezou