The Library Hotel Wellness Retreat

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Address: Anexartissias 3, 7733 Kalavasos, Larnaca, Cyprus

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.6

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
4.4
90%
Eating/drinking
4.6
90%
Leisure facilities
4.6
90%
Service
4.4
90%
Value for money
4.3
90%
Bedrooms
4.7
90%
Public areas
4.4
90%

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”.

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.

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.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Foodies
  • Honeymooners
  • Mature travellers
  • Romance
  • Trendiness
  • Chilling out
  • Design and architecture

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent on-site restaurant
  • Intimate atmosphere
  • Thoughtful restoration
  • Lower courtyard lacks charm
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