Island Of Love

Discover why Cyprus is known as the island of the 'Goddess of Love'...

Posted: 08.06.12

Warm climate, sunshine, white sands, picture-postcard views and of course, the crystal blue waters of the ocean – the Mediterranean is a must-visit for any honeymooner. Located in the heart of the Mediterranean, painted in panoramic landscapes and bathed in year-round soft warm breeze, Cyprus – the Kingdom of Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love – was built for romance.

Only a four-hour journey from the UK, you’ll immediately see why it beat Venice and Paris as Europe’s top honeymoon destination in a recent industry poll. Home to one of the most cosmopolitan cities, the most up-market resort town, a stunning World Heritage Site that reveals traces of a vanished world, vineyards and mountain villages, beaches and wild coasts, southwest Cyprus is the island’s most varied region. Limassol and Pafos are lively resorts, with nightlife and activities to match all tastes and a reputation for some of the Mediterranean’s best resort hotels, while, wherever you look, there are visible remnants of history, from the Hellenistic mosaics of Kato Pafos to the grand amphitheatre of Kourion and the medieval fortress at Kolossi.

But for real indulgence, look no further than the five-star Columbia Beach Resort. Located in Pissouri, a friendly village in southwest Cyprus, this beach resort is in the principal vine growing area covering the surrounding countryside. Situated atop a hill, the resort offers breathtaking views of the magnificent Mediterranean coastline along with panoramic sights of the majestic Troodos Mountains.

Private luxury
The 94 villa-suites located around the 80m lagoon-style pool and surrounded by rugged cliffs and acres of vineyards in the valley behind offer ultimate luxury and privacy. Some suites come with their private plunge pools allowing couples to have their own place within the resort, allowing complete privacy. The distinct architecture of the resort adds to the calm, luxurious atmosphere.

Get active together
Spend quality ‘together time’ getting pampered in the resort’s spa, offering a welcoming, cosy and peaceful environment for honeymooners. Voted the Mediterranean’s Leading Spa Resort in 2008 and 2009, you can expect five-star pampering with selected products and treatments from Daniele de Winter, Molton Brown and Phytomer, designed to provide relaxation, detox or anti-ageing, and aimed to promote an enhanced harmony of the mind, body and spirit.

If you want to burn off some of the wedding food excess, the Health and Fitness Centre is a well-equipped gym, featuring several keep-fit classes to join in on. There are also two squash courts and two floodlit tennis courts, so if you want to show him who’s boss…
Or you can do nothing by taking a sauna, steam bath or Jacuzzi made for two.

Dine in style
Overlooking the ocean by sunset during dinner, you couldn’t have a more romantic setting than when dining at Apollo Tavema. The Dionysos restaurant offers world class fine dining from one of Cyprus’ finest chefs. The resort also features four bars, each with their own identity, including a beach setting and a pool setting.

Romantic weddings
Nestled into the grounds of the resort is the All Saints Chapel, with breathtaking views looking out to the Bay of Pissouri, this is a wonderful place to get married in.
Their exclusive Cypriot wedding venue comes complete with beautifully landscaped lush gardens, unique architecture modelled on a traditional Cypriot village, and astonishing dining experiences ranging from a local restaurant to elegant fine dining.

With their promise of delivering Individuality, innovation and personalised service, their dedicated wedding professionals will exceed your expectations, always striving to excel in creative presentation, impeccable service and exceptional food quality, from the ceremony at the Chapel, to the cocktail reception and gala dinner.
If you choose to get married at the resort, honeymoon couples will receive an upgrade to an Executive Suite, making your stay extra special. Melt your wedding exhaustion away on a bed covered with rose petals and a bottle of champagne with the Manager’s compliments. Flowers in the suite, complementary wine and petit fours are included as part of the five-star service. It doesn’t stop there - on the morning after the wedding, the resort offers a complimentary breakfast room within the suite allowing honeymooners to enjoy an intimate morning breakfast together.
Whether you marry or honeymoon here, the dreams you make together will linger forever…

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