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Casale Panayiotis, Kalopanayiotis, Cyprus
No expense has been spared in transforming the remote village of Kalopanayiotis in the Marathasa Valley into a luxury mountain spa retreat. A local businessman set about the renovation project after discovering that his childhood village was in decline as its youngsters moved away to the cities. Elegantly styled with top-notch furnishings and artworks, the seven houses, with 26 rooms, wouldn't look out of place in a design catalogue. Dining is serious business in each of the five excellent restaurants which serve up dishes using Cypriot and local mountain ingredients. Enjoy a treatment or session in the hot and cold thermae rooms at the spa after spending a day spent exploring the nature trails lined with fruit-ladened trees.
We love the dramatic mountain views from the balcony of our stone house - it's an Instagrammer's dream.
Tucked away in the mountains, this hotel is an hour's drive from the capital, Nicosia.
By plane: flights to Paphos from London take 4 hours 30 mins; flights from Manchester take 4 hours 45 mins. The hotel is a 1 hour 50-minute drive from the airport. Free public parking. skyscanner.net
Style & Character
Perfect for anyone who likes nature, the mountains and staying in authentic villages plus walkers, cyclists, couples and adventurers. We love sipping a mountain herbal tea while relaxing on the rattan sofas with plump Mediterranean-blue cushions outside the cafe in the village centre.
Service & Facilities
We love relaxing in the whirlpool and admiring the stunning view of the mountains through panoramic windows in the Myrianthousa spa.
- Swimming pool
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
The cosy one-bedroom Superior Suite has a spacious sitting area, a fireplace for the chilly winter months and views over the valley to die for. We love opening the curtains and doors to our balcony first thing in the morning and being captivated by the views as the sun rises.
Comfort Studio, Superior Studio, Junior Suite, Superior Suite, Family Room
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, bathrobe and slippers, tea and coffee facilities, TV, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
Byzantino serves delicious Cypriot specialities including a rich moussaka with nutmeg bechamel sauce. We love kleftico too - the slow-cooked lamb infused with mountain herbs and garlic literally falls away from the bone!
Byzantino: traditional Cypriot cooking, local produce. Mains include moussaka, baked rabbit and local river trout. Mains from €13.50.
Byzantino Cafe: Cypriot coffee, mountain tea and light meals including salads and club sandwiches. Open daily. Mains from €11.50.
Pantheon: salads, wraps, sandwiches and pizzas. Open 10am-10pm. Closed Thursdays. Mains from €7.50.
Loutraki: grill restaurant, dishes include rib-eye steak and pork fillet. Open Thurs-Sat for dinner, plus weekends for lunch. Mains from €20.