Aphrodite Hills Holiday ResidencesPaphos / Cyprus
Inspired by the beauty of the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite, this stunning resort said to be the most luxurious on the island, oozes sophistication and views to take your breath away. There really is something for everyone here, from a Golf Academy offering expert tuition, The Annabel Croft Tennis Academy for any budding Wimbledon hopefuls through to the tranquility of The Retreat Spa for those looking to relax.
What to love
- Superb facilities for children as well as adult only areas to please all.
- An exceptional golf course and tennis facilities right on your doorstep.
- Segway hire with a choice of trails to explore.
- More than 16 restaurants catering to all tastes and covering Europe, America and the Orient.
- Two private Mediterranean Beach Clubs
What to know
- Some of the restaurants are only open seasonally.
- The hotel hosts weddings and conferences
- The resort is large, giving it a nice village feel but not necessarily suited to people who prefer intimate, boutique hotels or secluded villas.
- Half board and full board guests can dine in a select number of restaurants. All inclusive is also available.
When you talk about location, you’d be hard pressed to find somewhere better than Aphrodite Hills. Surrounded by spectacular nature trails, walks and mountain bike paths just waiting to be explored, you can choose to do so by foot, bike or Segway which are available to hire at the Village Square. If you prefer the beach it is just a short drive away and an hourly shuttle runs from the resort to the resort's private Beach Club. Here you can escape to the gorgeous child-friendly sandy/shingle beach, which offers sun loungers, towels and umbrellas for guests.
When it comes to evening meals, there is a choice of over 16 restaurants and bars on site ensuring you find something you fancy and meaning you aren’t restricted to just one restaurant for the duration of your holiday. Each has its own particular style and all offer a high standard of food. If you’re choosing Aphrodite Hills to celebrate a special occasion, why not look into the romantic private dining experiences?
The Village Square recreates a traditional Cypriot meeting place where locals gather to shop, chat and relax. Its location in the heart of the resort offers an unhurried spot for a drink or some shopping. If sport is more your thing then you won’t be bored on this holiday! Try your hand at golf with a PGA qualified professional instructor or take your racket onto one of the 9 floodlit tennis courts.
For children there is the Pirate’s Village Kids Club, which offers both indoor and outdoor activities including sports and crafts and is complimentary for guests of the Intercontinental Hotel. There is also a crèche and babysitting available as well as the Grotto Fun Club for teenagers.
Indulge your mind, body & spirit with a treatment at The Retreat Spa. Ease away the stresses and strains of everyday life as you relax in the tranquil surroundings. You will be spoilt for choice with the range of facilities including a Greco-Roman thermae heated room and outdoor sun deck.
There are 290 rooms and suites at the Intercontinental hotel and a multitude of villas and apartments elsewhere in the resort, all elegantly decorated with a contemporary feel. Decorative inspiration comes from the Cyprus sun and is prominent through the orange, red and gold tones.
When to travel:
With its Mediterranean climate, there isn’t really a bad time to visit Cyprus. Summers are long and hot and can get crowded with tourists particularly in August. You’ll find the sea pleasant to swim in from April – November and whilst there is rainfall in winter, there isn’t much outside of that season.
During the first week of September, the annual wine festival takes place in Limassol giving visitors the opportunity to taste local Cypriot wines whilst enjoying some live music.
Best times to visit: March – October
Average times to visit: November - February
Located just 11 miles (15-20 minutes) from Paphos International airport and 70 miles from Larnaca International airport. Transfers or car rental can be arranged from either airport.
Aphrodite Hills is very much focussed on families and children. Child-friendly facilities range from kids’ playgrounds to separate babies’ pools for the little ones, children’s menus at most restaurants, crazy golf, pitch & putt, mountain biking (with children’s bikes, baby seats and trailer bikes – all available for hire), snorkelling, golf, tennis and horse riding. The sandy/pebbled beaches in the area provide entire days of fun for the whole family.
The Pirate’s Village is located at the heart of the Aphrodite Hills Resort and features a spacious indoor Club for 3 to 12 year olds, a separate crèche, shaded play areas, an outdoor adventure playground including a bouncy castle and trampoline, a multi-purpose surface court and a 75 sqm children's swimming pool with water slide, all within an area of 3000 sqm.
Crèche 6 – 35 months: Offers both indoor and outdoor activities with the peace of mind that the little ones are in the safe hands of qualified staff.
Throughout July and August, a parent & toddler group meets every day and offers activities from character breakfasts, sandcastle building, toddlers pool activities, dance time and much more.
Please note that baby cots, early meals for children and special menus are available on request at the hotel. High chairs can also be provided.
Pirate’s Village kids club 3+: A fun packed programme is available daily in which children can participate freeing up some valuable ‘down’ time for Mum and Dad. Parents can play a round of golf or have a spa treatment knowing that their children are in safe hands. Children will be entertained and can participate in a selection of creative and fun activities both indoors and outdoors.
The kids club is split into two different age groups: The Pegasus Mini Club for 3 to 7 year olds and the Rainbow Kids Club for 8 to 12 year olds.
Grotto Fun Club 13-17 years: Created especially for teenagers offering a cool place for teens to hang out and make new friends. Activities range from sports such as football and basketball to hair styling and hip hop dancing. In the evenings there are discos, movie nights and arcade games available to play.
Babysitting: The resort offers a babysitting service to all residents. There is a minimum of 2 hours and 48 hours notice is required.