The houses are primarily in the eminently picturesque villages of Tokhni and Kalavasos, some 4km southwest. You couldn’t find a better touring base – nowhere in southern Cyprus is much more than an hour distant, in the case of Nicosia, Larnaca and Limassol rather less by motorway.
Or rather, apartments – these vary from modern, purpose-built units closest to the scheme’s office in Tokhni to rambling, converted old houses in both villages, which preserve original characteristics like soaring arches, and feature tasteful, mock-antique furnishings, including canopy beds. Over the years I’ve stayed at several different units; much the best for tranquility and standard of restoration was at the Myrto complex in Tokhni. Size ranges from studios to two-bedroom apartments, though all have large, well-equipped kitchens, usually with terraces or patios.
Strictly speaking, these are confined to the terraces around the reception in Tokhni. There is WiFi signal at the Tokhni office (indeed across much of the village), but only at the central kafeneio in Kalavasos.
Eating and drinking
The Tokhni Taverna, right by the reception, provides meals – though I’ve only eaten there once, years ago – and buffet breakfast. In Kalavasos, Yiorkos Evdokiou’s central kafeneio on the shaded, triangular plaza provides a filling breakfast at reasonable cost, though all units here are on a self-catering basis.
There’s a communal swimming pool in each village, while a couple of the remote houses in Tokhni have their own pool. A big attraction is the Drapia Riding Farm on the edge of Kalavasos, while there are affiliated mountain-biking stations in the centre of each village. Tokhni has a massage and hamam facility, as well as seminar rooms.
Friendly and willing – many staff have been in place for years. Car hire and airport pickup can be arranged.
Who stays there
Young couples and families from across Europe (primarily Scandanavia, Germany, Holland, Belgium). Keen cyclists, special interest groups attending seminars.
Rates, which vary little across the week or the year, start from 50 euros for a studio and 60 euros for a 1-bedroom apartment.
- High-Speed Internet
- Swimming Pool
- Families with teenagers
- Seasoned travellers
- Sporty types
- Escaping the crowds
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Attractive village settings
- Spacious units, especially in older houses
- Poor sound insulation in many Kalavasos houses
- Older units are overdue for refreshing