Aphrodite Beach

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Address: Road E713, Leoforos Akamantos, 8830 Polis, Cyprus

Star rating:

4.4

Welcoming if simple family-run hotel with an unbeatable beach setting

I’d always included this hotel in my guidebook but never paid it much special attention until a botanist friend, who leads annual spring tours around the Akamas, told me it was his perennial choice for housing his groups. I recently went and had a more careful look, and I can see his point.

Location
4.7
90%
Eating/drinking
4.7
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
4.8
90%
Value for money
4.3
90%
Bedrooms
4
90%
Public areas
4.2
90%

Location

Just 700m east of the fabled Baths of Aphrodite, at the edge of the Akamas wilderness area, above Asprokremmos beach.

Bedrooms

40 rooms, plain but cheerfully functional, are scattered across white cuboid duplex bungalows of late-1980s vintage. They’re all identical at 27 square metres, with twin beds, oblique sea balcony views (for half the units), terrazo flooring underfoot and pinky-beige tiles in the bathrooms. Although dated in decor, the rooms are well maintained and repainted annually.

Public areas

These have been refreshed with exterior stone cladding, plus stone-built landscape terracing for the lovingly tended gardens. But inside is an unchanged tableau of broad, low-ceiling, tile-floored, undivided space save for the sea-view functions room that’s equally popular with yoga, dance and painting groups. Free WiFi in the lobby only. There’s additionally a beachside snack bar (May–Oct), with sunbeds/umbrellas for rent.

Eating and drinking

Citrus, pomegranates, figs, avocados and courgettes – among other things – are grown on the adjacent plantation and find their way into the homestyle Cypriot meals served in the dining area. There’s homemade jam for breakfast, to spread on traditional corn or olive bread, along with a great deal of other rich fare aimed at hikers. Tassos, one of the owners, is an excellent pastry chef, though most food is cooked by the granny. You will gain weight if on a half-board basis.

Leisure facilities

None per se.

Service

Multilingual Gregoria and Tassos, the owners, are the heart and soul of the place and pride themselves on a personal level of service. They’re open all year as they live on the premises.

Who stays there

British, German, Swiss beachcombers and walkers; special interest groups

Price advice

Rack rates range from 50 to 85 euros double, depending on season and view. It’s well worth taking half board, as there are not many stellar tavernas in the immediate area.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Foodies
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Great views / scenery
  • Relaxation
  • Chilling out
  • Nature / wildlife

Pros & Cons

  • Family atmosphere
  • Homestyle cooking
  • Best local beach at your feet
  • Twin beds only
  • Beach umbrellas/sunbeds charged for
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