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Almyra Cyprus

by Linda Fornara Bertona

Luxury destinations

Cyprus island is renowned for its sea and natural beauty, culture, history and hospitality. Cyprus got its name from copper which was plentiful here in antiquity. It is an island steeped in history having been under Persian, Assyrian, Egyptian, Roman, Byzantine, Venetian, Ottoman and British rule. Cyprus is linked to the legend of Aphrodite, the ancien Greek goddess of love and beauty. Born from the foam of the sea at Petra tou Romiou, she roamed the island's western region. The entire district of Pafos is marked by mythology and history. In this mystic area we visited luxury hotels guided by the Ente Nazionale per il turismo di Cipro (www.visitcyprus.com) based in Milan (ph +39 02 58319835). We flew with Austrian Airline (www.austrian.com).
We can suggest some charming destination for holidays or business travel.
Open since 2003, five star Almyra (www.almyra.com) is the 21st century reincarnation of Paphos Beach Hotel. Its 189 extended sea and garden-view rooms and suites, landscaped grounds with seafront vistas are complemented by Almyraspa, four restaurants and four freshwater pools.
The hotel is near to Paphos’ many restaurants and attractions including the House of Dionysos a Unesco World Heritage Site containing Cyprus’s world-renowned Roman mosaics and three golf courses. It is an advantage to be guest in the Bath of Aphrodite Restaurant in Latchi. Here is served a good fish Mezé, a tipical greek food.
The five star Columbia Beach Resort (www.columbiaresort.com) is established as one of the most exclusive hotels in Cyprus, boasting a stunning secluded location on the 2km Blue Flag beach of Pissouri Bay, on the South West Coast.  The distinctive architecture of the resort is inspired by local Cypriot buildings featuring low rise buildings in local stone.   
The 95 suites are arranged in villas clustered around the 80m infinity pool surrounded by rugged cliffs and acres of vineyards in the valley behind. The atmosphere is calm, luxurious, away from every day life. 
The Resort has an award-winning spa called Hébe after the mythical goddess of youth offering the anti-ageing beauty and luxury British spa and skincare brand Elemis.
Constantinou Bros Pioneer Beach Hotel (www.pioneer-cbh.com) is an adult–focused, four star, beachfront hotel in Kato Paphos situated conveniently close to the places of tourist and archaeological interest as well as to restaurants, bars and shops. This hotel is located 15km away from Paphos International Airport and 140 km from Larnaca International Airport.
All the rooms have large balconies with views of the Mediterranean or the surrounding serene landscape, luxury bathrooms featuring bath tub, rain shower and flexible hose shower and floor to ceiling windows, fruit & wine and a bottle of mineral water upon arrival. The Executive One Bedroom Suites and the Superior Deluxe rooms include the use of private cabanas on the beach with seating area and sun beds.
Cyprus island in not only a marine resort. From the Cyprus hillside, a mineral-rich spring carries the soothing waters renowned for generations for their healing qualities.
Set in a valley of mature trees, Ayii Anargyri Spa resort (www.ayiianargyrisparesort.com) offers a unique retreat, a place of profound calm and the opportunity to enjoy the health-giving waters which have benefited visitors for so many years.
This boutique hotel with accommodation for 150 guests, in Suites or Classic rooms, has dedicated spa facilities in the grounds, a generous swimming pool and conference facilities for 50 people. 
The waters are beneficial for joint or muscle discomfort and some circulatory problems. The therapies are natural and non invasive. A doctor is always present to advice on the most suitable treatment.
An abundance of scenic attractions will delight any nature lover. Outdoor pursuits like cycling, walking and bird watching are a few other possibilities to make your stay a tonic for body and mind.
For shopping of local crafts there is a typical store in Phafos called Cyprus Handicraft Center (Apostolos Pavlos avenue 64).

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