With no signs of the UK winter weather relenting, our thoughts are turning to sunnier climes. At just four and a half hours from London, Cyprus is one of the best places to hop on a flight in search of winter sun.
The charm of this island lies in its mild climate through the winter months, but also in its heritage, history and food. Tucked away on the southern coast, Parklane, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Limassol offers the perfect retreat no matter whether it’s sun, culture or dining you’re after. Even better if you’re looking for all three.
Home to 222 rooms, 24 suites and 18 villas, Parklane Resort & Spa opened its doors in 2019, instantly becoming a winter-sun favourite for weather-weary sun seekers. With design-led interiors, three outdoor pools, a welcoming spa, delicious food and a rich history, it’s no surprise. Here’s why this beachside hotel should be your next sunshine retreat.
In partnership with Parklane, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Limassol.
First, let’s talk about the weather. Cyprus in January averages a beautiful 17°C by day. For some, this might be warm enough to laze in the sun, catching some rays. For others, it’s the perfect climate to head out and explore. Whichever camp you fall into, there’s one thing we can agree on: that this feels balmy compared to our icy UK skies this week.
Parklane Resort & Spa is conveniently located just a 20 minute drive from the centre of Limassol with its historic harbour, mediaeval castle, art galleries, marina, boutique stores and plentiful cafés and restaurants. The property also hugs the Mediterranean Sea, along the southern coast of Cyprus between Paphos and Larnaca, where it stretches along the 300 metre, Blue Flag Aoratoi Beach.
Cyprus has a rich history, and Parklane Resort & Spa is no different. The hotel is near the ancient city of Amathus, dating back to 1100 BC, and next door to Pyrgos Village, the oldest perfume factory in the world. It was here that perfumes were stored in amphora bottles 4,000 years ago before an earthquake destroyed the building, leaving artefacts such as bottles and mixing jugs to be discovered by archeologists in 2003, and transported to the Capitolini Museum in Rome. The hotel honours its history with a nod to the amphora in both its logo and design.
Carefully-considered design by Harrods Interiors pays homage to the rich history of the island, adding authenticity yet simultaneously offers a contemporary and luxe aesthetic. Attention to detail is paramount and, when you’re not gazing out across the hotel’s pool and garden towards the expansive oceanic views, take time to notice all the design-led nods to Cypriot landscape and culture. The petal-inspired chandelier in the lobby is a good place to start; it acknowledges the flowers used in perfumery and sits next to a large living wall, bringing the lush hotel gardens in. Rooms use neutral, earthy tones incorporating walnut and ash wood, while artwork, including large-scale paintings and sculptures from local artists, is proudly displayed throughout. Lastly, the amphora shape and geometric shapes of the traditional Lefkaritika lace can be seen across the lobby and bedrooms.
At more than 3,000 square metres, Kalloni Spa is the place to head for some serious R&R. This is the only Thalassotherapy Centre in Cyprus. Its 14 treatment rooms are dedicated to massage, scrubs and facials and use Biologique Recherche and Thalgo products, while the Thalassotherapy journey offers a unique programme of indoor and outdoor saltwater pools. Once your treatments are over, continue your pampering in the spa’s steam room and sauna, and finish your journey in its hair salon.
For a taste of flavourful Cypriot cuisine, head to one of the hotel’s six restaurants, most serving Mediterranean cuisine from beautiful al-fresco spots with a view. For relaxed dining, try trattoria-style Il Teatro (don’t miss the pizza-oven specialities), or head to LMP or Vithos for beachside dining. The Gallery looks out across the hotel’s gardens towards the sea and serves snacks by day, before turning into a sushi spot by night. All-day restaurant, Lanes, is where the impressive breakfast buffet takes place, or pop in anytime for snacks and drinks. Lastly, for a lively and chic dining experience, Nammos Limassol is the place to be. Its extensive wine and cocktail list is the perfect accompaniment to the delicious menu, packed with local produce.
No matter your holiday must-haves, Parklane Resort & Spa delivers. This child-friendly resort has a large kids’ play area, Park Kidz Club, complete with a two-story castle and a pirate ship in its pool. It also offers a daycare service, a creche for under-threes, and a packed activity programme to keep children entertained while parents enjoy the spa, tennis courts, pools, fitness centre, restaurants and bars. Likewise, room choices are varied and made for everyone: in addition to the family-friendly rooms, choose an adult-only suite or a villa with private pool for privacy.
Wheelchair accessible rooms are available, with grab rails in the showers, and there is wheelchair access to all public areas of the hotel.