There can be few more splendid backdrops for a luxury golf resort than the western coastline of Cyprus, close to Paphos and Aphrodite’s Rock – known locally as the Petra tou Romiou – and blushed with the year-round sunshine that the Mediterranean island enjoys. The honeymoon period may be over for the Aphrodite Hills resort, which opened its doors in 2002, but the Cypriot star has consolidated an impressive reputation and its position within the elite of five star European destinations.
It would be unfair to pigeon-hole Aphrodite Hills as merely a great golf holiday resort, because it is far more than that. Aside from being a triumph of construction – the resort and golf course are stretched across two hills with a great cleft in between – the formula behind the success is the broad approach and mass appeal of the complex; Aphrodite Hills ticks all the following boxes: hotel, apartments, villas, championship golf, tennis academy, golf academy, award-winning spa, fine and casual dining, a pub and private beach. Not really fair is it? No wonder Europe’s traditional five star golf resorts stood up and took notice when Aphrodite sprung onto the scene.
For UK golfers, accessing Aphrodite has become increasingly easy with the development of routes into nearby Paphos Airport; Easyjet has joined British Airways and the charter airlines with regular direct flights, while the other Cypriot airports at Limassol, Larnaca and Nicosia can also be used. Aphrodite Hills is approximately fifteen minutes from the Paphos airport, so renting a car is not essential unless you plan to leave the resort and explore the island.
Exploring the resort will take time enough, as the sprawling complex has bundles on offer. The hub and heart is the InterContinental Aphrodite Hills hotel, a low rise luxury retreat that combines a number of self-contained two-story units which, taken together, offer some 290 rooms and suites, all well furnished and superbly decorated. These surround the central swimming pool, with easy access to all the resort facilities.
Onsite at the hotel are the Leander and Mesogios Restaurants, offering Euro-Asian fusion and classic Mediterranean cuisine respectively, while the hotel also has a terrific bar with outdoor lounge / terrace area that is the ideal place for a pre-dinner cocktail.
Groups, families or those simply in search of a bit more privacy and freedom, may choose to take one of the villas or apartments at Aphrodite Hills. The privately owned units are released back into a rental scheme, with strict guidelines on the quality of the décor and furnishing; every one is beautifully appointed and has separate living space, with options of private pools available.
Aphrodite Hills golf is a unique experience, traversing hugely varied terrain – golf buggies are mandatory – and taking in a collection of exciting holes. The lasting memories of the course are arguably the views of the striking bright blue of the Mediterranean shoreline from the most exposed points. Among the highlights are the short par-3 7th, where the tee shot is about as hairy as the winding buggy ride to the tee!
The relaxed atmosphere throughout the Aphrodite Hills resort extends to the spa, which had the honour of being named the European Spa of the Year in 2008. The accolade is a nod to the incredible range of treatments and experiences available, the expert implementation and also the most stunning infinity pool.
Staying on a top end resort can at time feel slightly claustrophobic, but Aphrodite Hills is well spread out, and has what is known as the Village Square, a collection of bars and restaurants where the hotel vibe is checked at the door. If that’s not enough, then Paphos itself is a short drive away, wrapping up a pretty impressive all-round performance from Cyprus’ leading golf resort.
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