Revel in nature and the environment by staying in one of the charming agrotourism hotels in Cyprus to discover the secret side of the island.
Traditional Cyprus village
For those of you looking to experience the real Cyprus, far away from the brash and sometimes a bit tacky coastal resorts, Agrotourism, as it is called, offers "holidays in the Cyprus countryside guided by nature and tradition."
Countless crumbling old stone properties have been restored over the past decade in pretty unspoilt villages all over the island, with a special focus on those in the north west Paphos region and also in the Troodos area.
You can choose from mountain villages in the Polis/Paphos regions with breathtaking views over the Akamas peninsula or the pine forest or head much higher towards the Troodos mountains for a unique holiday experience in the cooler atmosphere above 800m.
Tip: Book early for your chosen dates at my suggested agrohotels as most agrotourism hotels in Cyprus only have a small number of rooms and those with the best views sell out quickly!
Here's my pick of favourite traditional hotels in Cyprus.
For a complete getaway retreat, look no further than the charming Ambelikos Hotel located on the eastern slopes of the Troodos mountains between Limassol and Nicosia in the delightful village of Potamitissa.
I recently discovered this little gem on a cycling trip to check out the quiet backroads in the Eastern Troodos.
The hotel has 15 rooms, all beautifully restored from the original listed buildings constructed in the 1800s.
Lose yourself in the sights and aromas of nature, enjoy mouthwatering local dishes cooked in the traditional Cypriot way and escape from it all surrounded by high quality modern amenities, including a small pool, in a traditional setting.
Tip: The hotel is very close to my favourite Troodos area winery - Tsiakkas Winery. I LOVE the strawberry flavoured rose and also the light refreshing Chardonnay (un-oaked) and of course our favourite red Porfyros.
If you love walking, cycling, archaeology and old-fashioned traditions, take a look at the Ambelikos Hotel.
The wonderful Ayii Anargyri Natural Healing Spa hotel is the largest of the agrotourism hotels in Cyprus and is styled to look like a Cypriot monastery. Set in the beautiful Miliou valley, between Paphos and Polis, the hotel has 150 rooms and is the perfect retreat for outdoor enthusiasts, yogis or just those who want to seclude themselves in private luxury.
I personally love the health and wellness spa with sulphur spring pool, although I can't afford to go there that often!
I love the feel of old-fashioned places to stay with a modern touch inside.
Stou Kir Yianni is a gorgeous little hotel with seven rooms tucked away in a back street in the charming village of Omodhos. The village lies underneath the bigger Troodos resort of Platres and has several excellent tavernas, including the one at the hotel, a museum and lots of backstreets with vendors selling Cypriot specialities.
It's a great central location in the Troodos mountains with easy access to both the island's airports and rooms are extra large to accommodate families.
Want to stay in a traditional village house, lovingly restored? If you are flying into Larnaca, Skarinou Traditional Village Houses are a great choice just 30 minutes drive away and offer 25 apartments, an outdoor pool, beauty salon, babysitting / child services and laundry facilities.
There's also free WIFI if you can't be without your smartphone or laptop.
On the Paphos side of the island, Leonidas Village Houses offer the oppurtunity to stay in a rustic traditional Cypriot house. The 5 houses originate from the 18th century and have been beautifully restored with a mix of traditional stone both inside and out, complemented by modern luxuries inside.
Located in Goudi village, just off the main road from Paphos to Polis, the houses have modern amenities including air conditioning and log fires while retaining theur traditional feel.
If you prefer to be based near Limassol, take a look at the Avalon Traditional Village Houses, situated in Fasoula village, 7km from Limassol itself. There are seven original 17th century houses to choose from arrnaged around a courtyard with pool and garden.
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