The Library Hotel Wellness Retreat

Anexartissias 3, 7733 Kalavasos, Larnaca, Cyprus

Library, the Library

By Marc Dubin, your Larnaca expert

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Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
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Bedrooms:
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Eating/drinking:
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Public areas:
4.4
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Leisure facilities:
4.6
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Service:
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Value for money:
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Recommended for:
Couples, Foodies, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Chilling out, Design and architecture, Romance, Trendiness

Best for Trendiness - Expert review of The Library Hotel Wellness Retreat

Cyprus’ newest, and arguably best, boutique hotel is small but perfectly formed

Formerly a flea-ridden, 19th-century hani (inn) where young archeologists digging at nearby sites stayed in the late 1970s and early 1980s, this was restored with impeccable taste (and according to green/sustainable principles) during 2009–10 at the behest of proprietor Savvas Varnavides.

Location: 

In the former miners’ village of Kalavasos, directly opposite the grand church of Agia Maria Tetiotissa with its ornately carved portal, roughly halfway between Larnaca and Limassol.

Bedrooms: 

The eight standard rooms and three suites, named for literary figures rather than numbered, vary only in size and outlook (those on the upper storey are airier). All have quality bedding and  vaguely Italianate furniture, marble-clad bathrooms with either single/double jacuzzi tubs or rain-showers (sometimes both), early-1900s tiles or parquet (plus heating) underfoot, a writing table, complimentary bath-robes, flat-screen TV, Wi-Fi signal and a selection of books and art related to the room’s “patron”.

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Public areas: 

There is indeed a well-stocked library-lounge,  to the right as you enter, with books in five languages as well as CDs, either side of the fireplace. Beyond, past the reception desk, lies the courtyard, used for breakfast in fine weather.

Eating and drinking: 

Buffet breakfasts are well above average, with eggs and bacon cooked to order and fresh-squeezed orange juice. The on-site Mitos Restaurant, with more Belle Époque floor tiles, specialises in Mediterranean fusion dishes (and a Franco-Cypriot wine list), while the Sun Veranda Bar on an elevated terrace is the place for light snacks or evening drinks.

Leisure facilities: 

As the hotel’s full name implies, the Potamonde Spa is the heart of the matter, emphasizing several varieties of massage and facial treatments; there’s also a sauna and hamam with blue-green tiling, and a large outdoor jacuzzi on a raised terrace.

Service: 

Can be somewhat unpredictable, given the multinational staff that’s the rule at Cypriot lodgings. Genial Savvas himself is most likely around from Thursday to Sunday.

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Who stays there: 

It’s still early days, but the profile taking shape seems to be discerning foreigners and wealthy Cypriot weekenders.

Price advice: 

Significant long-stay discounts from posted rates are offered.

Pros: 
Thoughtful restoration
Intimate atmosphere
Excellent on-site restaurant
Cons: 
Lower courtyard lacks charm

More information on The Library Hotel Wellness Retreat:

Type:
Hotel
Address:
Anexartissias 3, 7733 Kalavasos, Larnaca, Cyprus
Free tags / Keywords:
Spa hotel
Amenities:
High-Speed Internet, Restaurant, Room Service

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