Apparently, Cyprus has 340 days of sunshine. Unfortunately for us, we happened to pick 4 of their 25 least sunny days (we had a couple hours of blue skies. Don’t worry, our cameras were at the ready!) for our getaway. Still, we didn’t let that spoil our holiday!
We arrived just after lunch time, and once we were given a quick tour of our villa for the next 4 days, we decided who would be sleeping where. This particular villa sleeps up to 10 people. It’s made up of a mixture of twin and double rooms each with an en suite bathroom. Mine and Leanne’s room was a twin with 2 very comfy single beds, and everything we needed from our time away from home, including a hairdryer and even an iron and board. The villa sleeps up to 10 people, but that many might just get a little bit crowded. We were very comfortable with the 8 of us, spending our nights lounging in the living room on the long corner piece sofa playing Cards Against Humanity. But there was somewhere else we all comfortably hung out…
The pool! I’ve never been anywhere with a private pool, so it was really rather exciting for me, though it was FAR too cold to actually get in for a swim (I did bravely dip my legs for a couple of minutes), but it was still lovely to sit around it (wrapped in blankets) in the afternoon with the girls. I always feel so relaxed when I’m near water, of any sort. Rivers, lakes, oceans, and of course, pools. It also gave me the chance to show off my new tunic from Miss Tunica to the girls.
Our villa was set in the Aphrodite Hills Resort, which as you can probably guess from the name, is close to Aphrodite’s Rock. The resort has all the usual amenities, such as a well stocked supermartket and restaurants for dinner, but there are also some luxury extras, including multiple tennis courts and a golfing range. We of course had a go at both. Tennis was a lot of fun, as you can imagine. Most of us hadn’t been on a tennis court since high school, but by the end of our hour long lesson, we were all that 1 step closer to being pros. I think we were all a little hesitant about golf, but there was such joy when we each managed to actually hit the ball – it’s a lot harder than it looks!
We then got to have a little snoop around some of the other types of villas in the resort. Our villa was lovely, but some of the others we saw were incredible. There were hot tubs, infinity pools, master bedrooms, grand paintings, and even my dream room in the form of nautical themed bunk beds! Each one completely different to the next. I’d never been on a villa holiday before, but now, I can’t wait to book my next sunny getaway, accompanied by a private pool, of course!
Afterwards, we headed to the Anoi Pub on the resort to give their menu a try. First up was a selection of their starters (mozarella sticks YUM, chicken ceasar salad DOUBLE YUM!), followed by our own choice of main (super cheese and spinach filled cannelloni for me), finishing off with a variety of desserts. The traditional baklavas were a firm favourite. This was all washed down with refreshing Cyprus brewed beer, Keo which I’ve found in big bottles in Tesco for just £2!!
I’ll have more to come to the blog about exactly what we got up to during our 4 days in Cyprus, including a visit to Pafos’ Old Town as well as getting up close to Aphrodite’s Rock, for now, enjoy the spectacular Cypriot sunset.
* We were given our villa for free, but rest assured, all words and opinions are my own 🙂