Ayii Anargyri Natural Healing Spa Resort

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Address: 8726 Miliou, Polis, Cyprus

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.5

A rural spa-hotel on the site of a 17th-century monastery.

When I first started coming to Cyprus, this was a nondescript ex-monastery that served as a basic, one-star hotel with cold sulphur springs adjacent, barely worth a mention in my guidebook. The transformation into a contemporary, four-star class act, between mid-2007 and spring 2009, has been quite remarkable; only the original monastic chapel (available for weddings) remains unchanged.

Location
4.3
90%
Eating/drinking
3.9
90%
Leisure facilities
4.6
90%
Service
4.3
90%
Value for money
3.8
90%
Bedrooms
4.4
90%
Public areas
4.5
90%

Location

The resort lies in an idyllically wooded stream valley outside of Miliou village, and although not far from the main Paphos–Polis highway it feels miles from anywhere. You’d definitely need a car, and mobile phone signal is patchy at best. But that may be exactly what you’re after….

Bedrooms

These come in several grades, the best value being the “original monk’s rooms” and the hillside “garden bungalows”. The former are good-sized, with exposed stonework pointing, huge beds, veneer floors and teak balcony furniture; the bathroom has big stone tiles underfoot, a one-piece sink counter and cool sulphurous water in the taps. Scattered on the slope overlooking the pool, the bungalows are huge at 45–50 square metres, with solid wood furniture in the sitting rooms; three such bungalows have private outdoor Jacuzzis. On the other hand, I’ve been warned by friends off the standard rooms above the kitchen – when the chefs turn on the extractor fans at 5pm, they’re effectively uninhabitable.

Public areas

Plenty of these, beginning at the welcoming lobby and adjacent arcaded bar with its geometric floor tiles and winter fire, and continuing to two restaurants: the main one where strikingly coloured chairs contrast with the dominant wood-and-stone notes, and the basement annexe decorated by (full) wine racks and sans any cheesy live music – though menus are exactly the same in both.

Eating and drinking

Breakfast is a generous cold buffet, with hot items cooked to order. The lunch/dinner menu at the main restaurant shuns Cypriot fare for sometimes over-ambitious nouvelle cuisine, which ordered a la carte can reach a staggering 80 euros per person with a modest booze intake (though snack-lunch at poolside is possible for about 30 euro). On half-board basis, you are allowed the run of the dinner menu up to 40 euros. If that’s too daunting, there are plenty of more economical tavernas within easy driving distance.

Leisure facilities

The kidney-shaped outdoor pool is the core of the hotel area. The spa, long strides away in a free-standing building, is stunning, with a labyrinth jet-pool tiled in mosaic as the centrepiece, looking out over the stream valley. Treatment rooms flank the pool, and the fee schedule proves competitive by north-European standards.

Service

Good, starting with warm soothing towels and drinks on arrival, but there have reportedly been teething problems and thus occasional lapses from four-star quality.

Who stays there

Cypriot weekenders, and foreigners (mostly Brits) across the week. Children under 14 are excluded.

Price advice

Not much joy to be had at midweek or low season compared to weekends/summer – at most 10 per cent web discounts from rack rates.

Amenities

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

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Honeymooners
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Great views / scenery
  • Relaxation
  • Romance
  • Trendiness
  • Chilling out

Pros & Cons

  • Bucolic setting
  • High-standard room fittings
  • Striking spa
  • Stiff food and drink prices
  • Scant discounts for single occupancy
  • Standard rooms above kitchen
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