Living the Life of Luxury at Parklane, Cyprus

Wednesday 26th Jun 2024 |

The picturesque island of Cyprus is known for its rich archaeological sites, beautiful beaches, great food and wine and fabulously warm climate. The third biggest island in the Mediterranean, after Sicily and Sardinia, it celebrates up to 340 days of sunshine a year.

It’s a magical island, famous as the birthplace of Aphrodite, the ancient Greek goddess of beauty and love, and so special that Mark Anthony once gave Cyprus to Cleopatra as a gift.

Nowadays our gift is that it’s easy to get there from the UK with regular flights to Larnaca and a warm welcome awaits. As we soon discovered at our paradise within paradise, the Parklane, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa in Limassol, just a half- hour drive from the airport.

luxury hotel in Cyprus

This stylish five-star hotel is set within beautiful gardens leading down to the beach and the sparkle of the Mediterranean. We walk into the elegance of the sparkling marble lobby and are soon checked in to our superior sea-view room. It’s spacious with a huge marble bathroom, including separate bath and shower and a large balcony with sweeping sea, swimming pool and garden views in shades of blues and greens.

The three dazzling pools and the idyllic seaside location mean plenty of choice for swimming and relaxation. There’s an abundance of sun loungers sprinkled throughout the lush gardens and it never seems crowded. It’s he perfect place to relax and enjoy the luxuries of life. So that’s what we do.

Highlights include the exceptional gastronomic offering, immaculate service and exotic cocktails. There are six restaurants and bars with different specialities, from the stylishly romantic Il Teatro close to one of the pools that serves delectable Italian food in an enchanting garden surrounds to gourmet Riveria-inspired delights at La Petite Maison (LPM) and scrumptious salads and snacks poolside at Vithos.

luxury hotel in Cyprus

But our standout favourite is Nammos, the ultimate beachside restaurant set among palm trees with the shimmering sea as its backdrop. A heavenly setting for dinner beneath a starry sky. We devour dishes celebrating the flavours of the Mediterranean and incredible sushi, all made with the finest ingredients including fresh fish, and the highest quality meat, vegetables and fruit. Truly a restaurant to dream about. And there’s live music after dinner for dancing the night away.

When we can tear ourselves away from the dream-like Parklane life, there’s plenty to explore nearby. We climb the winding road up the mountain to the charming village of Lefkara, famous for its lace embroidery and silver handicrafts as well as fabulous views.

We explore Limassol with its modern marina and quaint old town and enjoy a typical Cypriot dinner overlooking the Medieval castle. We learn about making perfume and create personalised scents with the help of the master perfume maker from Cyprus Perfumery. Cyprus is home to the world’s oldest perfume, after all, which dates back to the bronze age. This bespoke guest experience can be organised in the hotel.

After all that activity, it’s time for a relaxing and rejuvenating massage at the luxuriant Kalloni spa. Before taking a moment to inhale some of that wonderful Cypriot hospitality that’s made us feel so at home at Parklane. A highly memorable stay enjoying the hotel’s modern elegance and supreme comfort in the most serene of landscapes. A wonderful destination for the ultimate Cypriot escape.

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Words by Sandy Cadiz-Smith

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