With stunning sea views from every room, designer interiors and restaurants helmed by Michelin chefs, the luxurious Amara Hotel Cyprus is a contemporary classic…
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Wherever you are at Hotel Amara – be it your room, the dining room, the lobby, the bar or the spa, you enjoy 180 degree views of the shimmering blue Mediterranean. US designers Rockwell Group have brought together elements of classic Cypriot architecture with contemporary floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the building with light so the sea is visible from all points.
Centuries-old olive trees in the courtyards, infinity pools and furniture make this a unique and luxurious property. It opened in 2019 on the northeast coast of Limassol, so the chic hotel is still relatively unknown to British visitors.
With infinity pools overlooking volcanic beaches and lush gardens, Amara has a timeless quality – the name itself means ‘eternal’, which is sure to leave a memorable impression.
Amara Hotel, Cyprus. Photo: Amara
Beach and Lawn, Amara Hotel, Cyprus. Photo: Amara
Upon entering my room at the Amara, I am not only struck by the view and the light, but also by the sophisticated style of the neutral decor and the unusual artwork on the wall. The bathroom is a white marble sanctuary with scented toiletries and understated fixtures that include a large shower and a luxurious deep soaking tub.
There are 207 fabulous rooms here. Couples can choose secluded rooftop duplex suites, which have private pools, lounge chairs, and rooftop dining areas. For families, there are a number of options, including beachfront bungalows, chic and cozy two-bedroom cabanas with private plunge pools.
Terrace Bungalow with private pool, Amara Hotel, Cyprus. Photo: Amara
Deluxe twin bedroom, Amara Hotel, Cyprus. Photo: Amara
Eating at Amara is a gourmet’s delight. Renowned Italian star chef Giorgio Locatelli has opened his Ristorante Lovcatelli at Amara, with a menu of authentic Italian dishes including: seared scallops with saffron vinaigrette, roasted monkfish, Bagna càuda and homemade tagliatelle with goat cheese and chilli ragout.
On my first night at the hotel, I chose to dine at Matsuhisa Limassol. Nobu Matsuhisa of NOBU fame opened his spin-off Nikkei with signature dishes that combine Japanese cuisine with Peruvian flavors, including karashi salmon su miso, black cod in miso, white fish in dry miso, shrimp tempura, new style sashimi and NOBU sushi and sashimi. Equally memorable are the delicious sakes and exotic cocktails designed to blend into the NOBU dining experience.
Amara Hotel, Cyprus. Photo: Amara
Armyra Restaurant, Amara Hotel, Cyprus. Photo: Amara
Amara’s open-air fish restaurant is a charming space, punctuated by the sound of the sea. The brainchild of chef George Papaioannou, Armyra restaurant opened in Greece with the freshest fish and seafood seafood prepared with the purest ingredients in the region.
The dining room which is open for breakfast and lunch makes the most of the stunning views. But you can also have lunch on the beach, by the pool or in one of the picturesque courtyard gardens.
Spa & Wellness
At Amara Spa, I found a quiet, serene space that features a 3,000-year-old wall that was discovered during excavations nearby. The tranquility of this ancient civilization seems to permeate the walls of the spa and I walk on air after a relaxing massage.
Energetic individuals can also work up a sweat in the fitness room while others enjoy the sauna, plunge pool, health bar, and a number of indulgent beauty treatments using Cosmedix and Organic Pharmacy products.
Matsuhisa Limassol, Hotel Amara, Cyprus. Photo: Amara
Lobby, Amara Hotel, Cyprus. Photo: Amara
Amara is only 11 kilometers from the lively city of Limassol with its restaurants, bars and children’s attractions, including water parks. But the hotel is also a stone’s throw from rural villages that give a glimpse of local life in the region.
Roof, Amara Hotel, Cyprus. Photo: Amara
Kids Club, Amara Hotel, Cyprus. Photo: Amara
The hotel can arrange an excursion to the village of Omoros with its pretty cafes and artisan shops selling glass, jewelry and local lace. Take a break in the charming monastery with colorful relics and icons and enjoy an authentic laid-back Cypriot lunch in the lovely Moors Xines restaurant.
Although not famous for its wines, Cyprus is quickly becoming a major player on the world wine scene with an increasingly sophisticated range of wines produced in the vineyards here. The Oenouyi winery offers tours and wine tastings and a wine festival takes place in September.
Breakfast room, Amara Hotel, Cyprus. Photo: Amara
Hair Salon, Amara Hotel, Cyprus. Photo: Amara
Rates: double rooms start from EUR 382 per night (including breakfast)