Cyprus Destination Guide

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

With glistening azure waters, pristine sandy beaches and a perennially radiant sky, Cyprus has become a favourite amongst those seeking sun-soaked luxury.

Closer to the Middle East than Europe, the island basks in around 320 days of sunshine a year, with average temperatures of 30°C and above greeting visitors from May to October. And, whilst the allure of a total rest and relaxation retreat can sometimes be hard to resist, Cyprus has plenty to offer outside of its opulent resorts.

The coastline hugging the ancient cities of Paphos and Limassol, which are both easily accessible from nearby private jet terminals, is home to the island’s most exclusive hotels. As well as promising stays of the very highest standard, they serve as ideal bases to explore the enchanting beauty of this magical island.

From the protected lush landscapes of the Akamas Peninsula to the boutique wineries of the Troodos mountains and the crystal-clear waters of the Blue Lagoon, Cyprus is a captivating place that is sure to delight even the most discerning of travellers.

Paphos: Ancient Marvels and Modern Masterpieces  

Renowned for its archaeological sites, this UNESCO World Heritage city by the sea offers a rich tapestry of ancient wonders, vibrant culture, and natural beauty.

Inhabited since Neolithic times, Paphos’ historical and mythological significance is astounding. Top sites include the Tombs of the Kings, the mesmerising mosaics at Paphos Archaeological Park, and the Rock of Aphrodite, where the Greek goddess of love is believed to have emerged from the sea.

Beyond its historical treasures, Paphos is known for its thriving culinary scene, arty boutiques, stylish independent galleries, picturesque Old Town, and charming harbour, from which you can explore the many white sand beaches and secluded coves that dot the coastline.

Where to stay in Paphos

The broader Paphos area offers some of the island’s most illustrious hotels, including the ever-impressive Anassa and Almyra. However, since opening its doors in 2022, the exclusive Cap St Georges Hotel & Resort has swiftly become recognised as one of the finest hotels in the Mediterranean.

Situated within 111 acres of private grounds, the resort offers ten refined restaurants and bars, lavish suites with stunning views, world-class 24-hour service, and a seemingly never-ending list of outstanding on-site amenities, including everything from a heavenly spa to a vast private beach and a high-tech gaming lounge to a horse ranch.

Limassol: Sun, Sea, and Splendour

Nestled on the southern coast of the island, Limassol is the cosmopolitan heartbeat of Cyprus. Known as a hub for superyachts, high-end retail, buzzy bars, stylish restaurants, and glamorous beachfront resorts, it’s easy to see why this vibrant city has earned the moniker ‘Little Miami’.

However, wander beyond the glitzy newness of the marina and palm-tree lined promenade, and you’ll discover the city’s abundant historic charms. Explore Limassol’s Old Town, adorned with quaint narrow streets, trendy boutiques, and ancient architecture, and marvel at sites like the famous Limassol Castle, originally built by the Byzantines around 1000 AD before being rebuilt in 1590 under Ottoman rule.

Where to stay in Limassol

Limassol offers a host of top-tier hotels where guests can unwind, reset, and bask in the Cypriot sunshine. Top picks include the Four Seasons Hotel, Parklane, and Amathus Beach Hotel, but the undisputed star is the iconic AMARA.

Boasting mesmerising 180° sea views from every one of its sleek rooms, a swanky spa with a long list of rejuvenating therapies, and a world-class dining scene with restaurant offerings from NOBU founder Nobu Matsuhisa and Michelin-starred chef Giorgio Locatelli, it’s hard to beat.


What to do in Cyprus: Exquisite Island Exploration

Set Sail in Style

Whether you want to explore secluded caves and beaches, snorkel in the balmy turquoise waters of the Blue Lagoon, or sip cocktails whilst watching the breathtaking Akamas sunset, a private charter will be an unforgettable experience. The island offers premium motor yacht, sailing yacht, and superyacht charter options.

Sip, Swirl, and Savour on a Cyprus Wine Tour

Embark on a private wine tour through Cyprus’ famous wine region, the forested foothills of the Troodos Mountains. Whilst the area has over 5,000 years of wine-based heritage, the wineries today are modern works of art.

Visitors can enjoy tastings paired with gourmet delights, hear centuries-old secrets, explore historic cellars, or go on a vine safari through the estate. Be sure to also visit some of the charming villages you pass along the route. Omodos is especially beautiful, with a quaint cobble-stoned square and historic Byzantine monastery.  

Activity Awaits

Cyprus has everything from incredible watersports and diving facilities to world-class golf courses, including the Sir Nick Faldo designed Eléa Golf Club and the ever-popular Cabell B. Robinson designed championship course at Aphrodite Hills.

The hiking and cycling trails are also exceptional, with the otherworldly Avakas Gorge Nature Trail and the Kalidonia Waterfall Loop being especially worth tearing yourself away from the sun lounger to experience.

Wildlife Wonders

The largely untouched and incredibly scenic Akamas Peninsula is a protected area home to a vast array of plants and wildlife. Its beaches are also one of Europe’s remaining refuges for sea turtles.

Lara Beach is home to the Turtle Conservation Station, and visitors can learn about their efforts and, if they are lucky, see nesting turtles and hatchlings. We’d recommend exploring the area on a guided 4x4 tour or a private turtle watching cruise.

Private Jet Charter to Cyprus with Air Partner

Whether travelling solo or in a large group, reaching Cyprus by private jet or group charter couldn’t be easier. Paphos International Airport and Larnaca International Airport can both accommodate private jets of all sizes and offer convenient FBO facilities to customers.

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