Today, a record-breaking 3.1 million visitors arrive in Cyprus each year with the aim of doing more than just lying on a beach for two weeks. Many now also expect a type of accommodation that provides a personalised, immersive and above all, authentic experience. Discerning holidaymakers and the adventure tourist seek the best hotels in Cyprus, in which they may make a cultural connection and engage in a meaningful way with their chosen destination.
In the age of “boutique” style accommodation, the best hotels in Cyprus succeed by catering to the increasing desire for a new type of luxury experience, which offers genuine historical ties with their location and local community. Today’s sophisticated and often seasoned globe trotter desires luxury beyond traditional designer interiors and tired menu choices. Their goal is to seek out and to embrace “mindfulness” which brings a renewed and affirmative connection with their immediate surroundings.
Environment of active personal enhancement
The new holidaymaker sensibility expects the best hotels in Cyprus to offer more than stunning views of the Mediterranean. Increasingly, to be considered a true luxury hotel, the focus is firmly upon providing an conducive to their guests “total wellness of mind body and soul”. The best hotels offer their guests facilities including, a health and beauty spa, gym and sauna – and yoga / meditation sessions, often on the beach. The hotel also acts as a vital environment of active personal enhancement by providing awareness and access to local and regional art, craft, music, dance, food and drink, and other less well-known cultural forms or traditions.
Wreathed in hotel industry awards
Cyprus is an island time capsule, dotted everywhere with palpable reminders of a history stretching back three thousand years or more, and variously populated with Phoenicians, Persians, Ptolemies and Romans. A good hotel will want to inform their guests of nearby fascinating archaeological ruins and special museum exhibitions. They should also keep guests alerted about the many musical, film, theatrical and literary events from countries such as Russia and China, which are regular calendar highlights.
Undoubtedly, the best hotels in Cyprus will be wreathed in hotel industry awards, sometimes bestowed almost every year. Foremost awards to watch out for include Europe’s Leading Lifestyle Hotel, Mediterranean’s Leading Boutique Hotel, Cyprus’ Leading Boutique Hotel, Cyprus’ Leading Hotel and Cyprus’ Leading Hotel Suite. Guests seeking out unique and enriching experiences where a hotel combines individual room interiors, unusual décor, local cuisine and cultural expression with informative yet stylish presentation surely deserves to be on their bucket list of best hotels in Cyprus to visit.