Luxury for the whole family
PUBLISHED: 11:48 17 November 2014 | UPDATED: 11:48 17 November 2014
Charlotte Skidmore checks out Aphrodite Hills in Cyprus; the big resort with the big reputation
Service, standards and sheer quality make this hotel stand out from the crowd.
It’s a favourite for Premiership footballers and WAGS (yes we did see Mrs Rooney sunning herself just a few feet away) and it’s not hard to see why.
But it’s also not hard to see why it attracts so many thousands of families every year who are looking for that extra special something from a holiday resort.
Aphrodite Hills, which is located in Kouklia, about a 20 minute drive from the centre of Paphos, is a fantastic luxury resort, which lives up to its five star rating.
Not only are there many restaurants to choose from, it even has its own supermarket, Haagen Dazs ice-cream parlour and Costa Coffee.
In fact, although we enjoyed exploring the surrounding Cypriot villages, there really is no need to venture outside the resort.
Aphrodite Hills has a great main pool area, which has just the right mixture of people having fun and five star quality.
The resort has villas, which can be rented through agents and private owners and an Intercontinental Hotel where we stayed in a deluxe, interconnecting family room.
Our accomodation was simply fantastic. The classic designs and huge bathroom with double shower and bath made the rooms among the best I have seen abroad.
The interconnecting rooms are a brilliant idea for families travelling with younger children as the door can stay open. But are also great for those travelling with teenagers who might appreciate some privacy from the adults (and parents from the teenagers perhaps).
At the opposite end of the scale is the Presidential Suite.
Stunning, with multiple bathrooms, an en-suite the size of my master bedroom at home, a hot tub, pool, kitchenette, dining room, lounge, study area and so much more.
Breathtakingly wonderful, this suite left me in no doubt as to why high profile guests keep coming back to this resort.
In the words of my husband, who I’m sure will not mind me pointing out is no pro golfer, Aphrodite Hills has ‘the best course’ he has played. In the single word of my stepson, it was ‘awesome’.
A challenge, but by the sounds of it an exhilarating, fascinating one for men, boys and women who love the sport.
The driving range has picture perfect views and is also worth a try for experienced players and amateurs alike.
The Annabel Croft Tennis Academy is equally impressive with its great options for court types (to include clay).
The academy has been designed by former British number one Annabel and caters for all standards.
It offers private and group lessons and weekly events and tournaments and even has a pro shop, as well as facilities for more experienced players to just book and play.
Aphrodite Hills seems to have sport well covered as well.
What can I say? Words escape me as this is far and above the best spa I have ever seen.
From the moment you step through the doors the interior is so exquisite that you feel like royalty.
With a stunning infinity pool to boot, what better way to relax after your treatments than by relaxing around it, looking out to sea and enjoying a smoothie from the juice bar.
Treatment wise I had the Lift and Firm Facial and Royal Thai Massage.
I would be lying if I said I found either treatment totally relaxing, but I did find both beneficial.
The therapist I had for my facial was persistent in cleansing every blocked pore I had and the therapist for my massage was equally as persistent in getting rid of every knot in my back and shoulders.
Both also had elements of relaxation and I discovered I had muscles in my face that could be soothingly massaged that I never knew existed.
The facial is good for those who are concerned with initial signs of ageing.
Is uses products that improve skin tone and enhance cellular regeneration.
Lifting techniques are used to stimulate collagen production.
The facial massaging side of this treatment was extremely relaxing and I even enjoyed a lovely scalp massage at the end.
The Thai Massage was like no other massage I have ever had. I understand the treatment is normally carried out on the floor, but as my husband and I had our treatments together in the gorgeous couples suite it was done on a bed.
The therapist manipulated my body into various positions, while kneeling at times on the bed. A fascinating treatment that left me clear as to what it was all in aid of when my body felt so much more relaxed at the end.
The Royal Thai Massage uses a blend of traditional Thai aromatic herbal oils and techniques, which are unique to this type of treatment.