Cyprus is positioned in the Eastern Mediterranean and the retreat is situated 30 minutes outside of Limassol, the second largest city on the island. Limassol is on the southern coast with many beaches and a mountain backdrop.
Marina & Old Town Visit
The old town is full of traditional buildings, hidden walk-ways with cafes and bars spilling out onto the pavement. The castle area is pedestrianised creating a wonderful atmosphere enabling visitors to wander around and enjoy the friendly Cypriot hospitality with a traditional Cyprus Coffee or Frappe. In the evening, the area comes alive with outside dining on every street. You will find traditional Cypriot food mixed with modern cuisine from all over the world. The Marina offers many cafes and ice cream parlours overlooking the boats and it is possible to spend a whole afternoon just staring out to sea watching the waves break against the harbour wall.
Away from the built up area along the coast is the promenade stretching almost 3 miles. It is used extensively by walkers, runners and cyclists wishing to breathe the sea air whilst exercising or taking an evening stroll. Beaches vary from pebbled to sand depending on their location but they are all clean and safe.
The nearest beach to the retreat is a 10 minute drive away where there is a large cafe, toilets, facilities for water sports, a volley-ball court and plenty of sun loungers. Nearby are also some shops, bars, restaurants and a small marina with a vegan cafe. Transport to the beach can be arranged on the day and will be free of charge.
There is a dog sanctuary a short drive away. Sadly there are many dogs and they often need to share a kennel. Taking them out for exercise to improve their social skills is so important for them and their chance to be rehomed. The volunteers run fund-raising events which we support and the fantastic job that they do to help the dogs on the island.
Cat Sanctuary Visit
A cat lovers paradise, Cyprus has become well known for the amount of cats on the island. You will see them all over the place, in towns, on the beaches or often just sunbathing under the trees. Most are fed by locals or nearby restuarants and efforts are being made to ensure they are well treated. If you love cats then a visit to the cat sanctuary is a must. Hundred’s of cats in one courtyard, all looking for attention and cudddles.
Kourion Beach and Archeological Site
A must-visit spot on the island for a day out, it has a small sheltered bay with white sand beaches surrounded by huge cliff faces. Lunch at Chris Blue Beach Restaurant is recommended for fresh, well-cooked food. Before the sun is at its hottest (during the summer months) or after the beach with the sun setting over the sea, a visit to the top of the cliff will reveal Kourion Archeological site with mosaics and ancient remains of the once large city state.
There are numerous places to paddle board and kite surf as well as other water sports along the coast. Whether you are a complete beginner or a pro, the local water sports will offer lessons or hire for venturing out alone. We can recommend our favourite spots for exploring the coastline.
Troodos Mountain Range – Day trip
A visit to Cyprus would not be complete without a visit to the Troodos mountain range. Only an hours-drive and standing an almighty 2,000m above sea level. At the top you will find walking trails amongst the 500 year old pine trees. Unlike summer when locals retreat to the mountain seeking a cooler climate, Spring brings peace and tranquillity and you will have the mountains to yourselves. Hidden just off the main road are many charming traditional villages and UNESCO churches to discover. On your descent we recommend a pit stop at The Forest Park Hotel, home to the Cypriot Brandy Sour cocktail in the village of Platres.
Wine has been part of Cyprus history for almost 4,000 years and today Cyprus wine is a product of a blend of old traditional techniques with those of modern technology. The local vineyard offers a tour of their facilities together with a tasting of their range of wines which is perfect for a lunch time break, then return to the retreat for a snooze by the pool. Day tours of the vineyards on the southern slopes of the Troodos mountains are also an option depending on availability and numbers.
Trekking & Walking
There are many walking routes in the area and along the beach or if wish to venture further a short drive to the nearby reservoir offers beautiful scenery. The Troodos Mountains also offer plenty of walking options and picnic areas.
Reiki, Massage and Aromatherpy treatments are offered at the retreat by our experienced therapist and will need to be booked in advance. Most treatments take place in The Studio where it is private and quiet.
Limassol Marina offers many cruises around the coast and some party boats for those looking for a more upbeat experience.
Cyprus is not just for sun lovers. The winter months on the island are glorious with bright sunshine and clear starry nights. Unlike most ‘tourist’ locations, the town remains open all year, everything just moves indoors. Temperature ranges from 12C to mid 20’s. Come for healthy comfort food, cosy nights in front of the log fire (with a cat or two), wrapped up long walks on the beach, wet suit paddle boarding if you’re brave enough, mountain treks amongst the pine forests and if it snows, skiing on top of Mount Olympus where there is a ski school and slopes.
Scuba Diving and Snorkelling
Various locations in Limassol offer training courses and guided group trips. Advance notice will be needed to book places.
Please contact us with any questions on above or wish to enquire about prices Here