The resort of Aphrodite Hills on the south coast of Cyprus is an ideal destination for active families or groups of friends looking to take advantage of the wealth of sporting facilities on offer, or wanting to explore the myriad of interesting and historic sites on the island. Scott Dunn has handpicked a selection of properties to suit all party sizes, tastes and budgets. The villas range from simple and compact semi-detached Junior Villas with two or three bedrooms, with striking views across the ravine to the sea beyond, to the more spacious and grand Elite and Mythos villas. Each is unique, with its own pool, spacious outside eating areas and well-equipped kitchens, giving guests the privacy and flexibility that doesn’t necessarily come with a hotel. The resort has a good choice of restaurants for those who prefer to eat out, and Scott Dunn will stock your fridge before you arrive with the essentials as well as anything you request from our hamper list. We also provide a daily cleaning service, allowing you to really enjoy your holiday.
The resort has so much to offer sports enthusiasts. For golfers, hugging the coastal landscape, the challenging 18-hole golf course has breathtaking views. The course comes complete with a golf academy and driving range catering for all abilities and expert tuition. Guests can also take advantage of the Annabel Croft Tennis Academy. A visit to The Retreat Spa is the ultimate in top-to-toe pampering where superb facilities and an expert team of therapists tend to your every need. The heart of the resort is the bustling Village Square with its bars, restaurants and shops and well-stocked supermarket.
The new beach club facility, The Cove is a pebbled beach located a mere 900 metres away from the resort's main entrance (open July & August). Guests can soak up the sun on the newly added sundeck or sip an ice cold cocktail in the shade of the cushioned seating area. The new catering outlet offers a light snack menu and wooden decked walkways lead down to the crystal waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Smaller guests won’t miss out either as the resort has added a sandy children’s play area with a wide choice of equipment and activities available. The Cove is serviced by a regular shuttle service. Zias beach, a 15 minute drive away, is both sandy and pebbled and is very child friendly. It is open until the end of October.
The resort has its own children’s club – The Pirates Village Kids Club – which is a very welcome facility for parents who’d like to have a round of golf or a game of tennis whilst their children take part in some organised activities, from learning Greek dancing to candle decorating and karaoke. The facilities in the resort are particularly child friendly, with a large playground and a separate babies’ pool for the little ones. There are mountain bikes for all the family available to hire (including baby seats and trailer bikes), crazy golf, pitch and putt, and horse riding. Most of the resort’s restaurants also provide a children’s menu.
The island of Cyprus has much to offer for those keen to explore. It has an expansive coastline with a wide variety of beaches from which to choose, ranging from secluded bays to rocky caves and sandy beaches. The beautiful Troodos Mountains offer good walking and biking trails, with some interesting wildlife and off the beaten track villages to explore. It is an island steeped in ancient culture, and there are a number of world heritage sites to visit. Renowned archaeological sites nearby include the Tomb of the Kings in Paphos, and Kourion, whose Greco-Roman theatre has been fully restored and is today once again used for live performances.
The Aphrodite Hills Resort is a large development with private villas ranging from villas with pools, townhouses (Junior Villas) and apartments varying in size from one to five bedrooms, a handful of which are available to rent. Every property at Aphrodite Hills is designed, fitted and finished in totally different styles, standards, privacy and locations across both the western and eastern plateaus. Scott Dunn has selected certain properties with private pools that we feel meet the requirements of our guests. Each property has views of either the golf course, the ravine or the Mediterranean sea, and some boast private gardens. All of the properties are fully air conditioned.
These are the smallest and simplest accommodation type at Aphrodite Hills that Scott Dunn recommends. There is a choice of 2 or 3 bedroomed semi-detached junior villas with private pools that are fairly uniform in style. The junior villas located in Theseus village that are positioned in the front row with uninterrupted seaviews offer the best combination for smaller families that are happy to receive compact accommodation, walking distance from the village square.
Please note that fitting a cot in the bedrooms is possible but it is tight. The garden is not fenced and leads onto the natural habitat which can be steep in parts.
The superior villas is the accommodation type that varies the most in size, style, location, privacy and level of comfort. Each property is completely different. They range from 3 to 5 bedrooms with private pool.
Please speak to one of our sales consultants that will be able to provide more specific information on the superior villas that Scott Dunn recommends.
The Elite villa category offers some of the best properties in the resort and is the category that Scott Dunn recommends the most. Each property is unique but is designed with a more luxurios home from home feel with all the comforts you would expect. The Elite villas range in size from 3 to 5 bedrooms each with a large outdoor pool and good sized garden.
For more information on our Elite villas, please contact our sales team.
There is currently only one property that meets the highest standards required for the Mythos villa category. This is Villa Ouranos which has five bedrooms (the 5th bedroom has separate access) and the most amazing uninterrupted views down the ravine to the sea beyond. Despite the lack of grass area, the terraces and infinity pool more than make up for the outside living space available for all to enjoy.
For more information on Villa Ouranos, please contact our sales team.
Open from 10am to 6pm, the complimentary Pirates Village Kids Club caters for children from three years of age to 12. Fun activities include daily arts and crafts sessions, canvas painting, T-shirt designing and dance classes, as well as fun water and sporting activities, which include water polo, mini-football, mini-golf, table tennis, table top football, tennis and basketball. For older children there is a range of evening entertainment including karaoke, a variety of talent shows, camp-outs, discos and movie nights. During the peak summer weeks, look out for the programme of exciting and fun activities that are organised - children taking part in these have a fantastic time.
Teenagers are catered for during the peak season with a club especially designed for them. Open from 2pm to 10pm, there is a range of activities from football and tennis tournaments to cinema nights.
Babysitting can be arranged through the Resort with at least 48 hours notice. Babysitters will come to your villa and must be paid at the end of the evening.
The Crèche Facility is available for infants from the ages of six months to 35 months. It is situated at the Pirates Village, and is open from Monday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm, with a break between 1pm and 2pm. The Crèche has an hourly rate, payable at the Crèche when dropping off your child.
A Toddlers Session with parents and toddlers takes place every day at the Resort during July and August. There is a variety of activities which include breakfast with Disney characters, building a sand castle, toddler’s pool activities, dance time, nature walks and much more.
The resort has over 14 restaurants offering a true taste of the Mediterranean in delightful settings, all locations offer a tempting choice of chic and relaxing bars, plus casual and informal restaurants. The majority of the dining options are located at the village square including a Greek and Cypriot Taverna, Italian pizza and pasta restaurant, Asian cuisine and a French brasserie.
Please note that the resort restaurants are open on rotation basis and in accordance to seasonal demand.
The 18 hole golf course, with stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea is paradise for the golfing enthusiast and the Annabel Croft tennis academy provides an excellent opportunity to learn or improve your tennis skills. The academy features 9 floodlit tennis courts – five green set hard courts and four fantastic clay courts which are designed to offer players of all standards a surface that is of the highest quality. Mountain biking, hill walking, horse riding explore the beautiful local countryside by is also a popular activity. Musicals are shown at the Olive theatre and family films are shown at the open air cinema.
The Annabel Croft Tennis Academy features four perfectly maintained clay courts and five hard courts (green). All nine courts have floodlights.
Tennis programmes are available for adults and children of all levels including private coaching sessions with professional instructors for beginners, intermediate and advanced players. Coaching and instruction includes stroke correction with video analysis to general play. Group lessons for adults, families and juniors of all levels of play, from beginners to intermediate and tournament players are also available. The junior programme is recommended for children from 4 to 17 years old. The groups are specifically designed for different ages and abilities.
|Gym and Fitness|
Located at the Retreat spa, there is an excellent fitness studio featuring state-of-the-art gym equipment. This ranges from cardiovascular equipment, to resistance, and free weights. Qualified personal trainers are on hand to advise guests on suitable training programmes. Guests can also enjoy the fantastic aerobics studio and outdoor terraces with spectacular views.
Gym and Fitness facilities include a steam room, full gym, fitness studio, pool, jacuzzi and sauna.
Aphrodite Hills Resort is home to a magnificent 18-hole championship golf course, spreading over 6,299 metres and overlooking the site where Aphrodite, the goddess of love, is said to have emerged from the sea. The golf course also has a dedicated 3-hole Golf Academy and magnificent Clubhouse.
This award-winning golf course was designed by the acclaimed architect, Cabell Robinson. Robinson believes Aphrodite Hills to be the perfect mix of challenging pot bunkers, manicured fairways of lush Bermuda grass and generous tiered greens. Visually spectacular, the course expands through indigenous olive and carob trees and is built on two plateaux separated by a dramatic ravine with outstanding views over the Mediterranean. A 130 metre gorge dividing tees at the par 3, the 7th hole is the perfect opportunity to put your skills to the test.
Beginners and experienced players of all abilities are encouraged to learn and improve their game at the Aphrodite Hills 3-hole Golf Academy, where a team of resident PGA qualified golf professionals equipped with a 'full video swing analysis system' can provide the very best one-on-one tuition.
With a large, double-ended driving range, a short game area with a large pitching and chipping green and a 3-hole Academy course, Aphrodite Hills Golf provides the perfect environment for learning golf before progressing to the full course.
The Riding Club is located in an area of outstanding beauty at the far end of the resort up a narrow track in the forestry land of Lakkos Tou Frangouwhere. Horse riding facilities are available for all ages and abilities.
Stable facilities include:
•Private lessons for beginners or experienced riders
•Trail riding off road in stunning countryside
•Pony Club where children visit the stables to learn about riding and pony care
•Large outdoor arena
|Jogging, walking and biking|
Aphrodite Hills is the ideal destination for walking, biking and running. Bordered on two sides by a natural ravine, it is virtually unequalled in offering numerous, little-frequented trails through unspoilt countryside within moments of your accommodation. The hills surrounding the Resort offer some excellent walking and jogging routes, with well-marked paths and many stunning views. Five kilometres from the Resort, through the village of Kouklia, you can climb to the summit of the local hills. This is a relatively easy, uphill walk, and in 45 minutes you will be rewarded with an unbeatable Mediterranean panorama and be able to see the green of Aphrodite Hills Golf Courses from a completely different perspective. There are a variety of routes for running and trekking, suitable for a wide range of ages and levels of fitness, all easily accessible from Aphrodite Hills.
Mountain Bike Riding Biking Fun for all the Family.
Cycling is one of the healthiest and most exciting ways to discover Aphrodite Hills Resort and its surroundings, from the green golf courses to the stunning cliffs at the Cove overlooking the Mediterranean. The terrain varies from fairly easy roads with some hills within Aphrodite Hills Resort or the miles of flat, easy routes around Aphrodites Rock, to challenging off-road routes and some serious gradients in the hills surrounding the Resort.
Aphrodite Hills offers a selection of mountain bikes for all levels of experience, as well as road bikes, which are great for visiting nearby villages or beaches. Bikes can be hired for as little as one day to as long as a week or more. Helmets, locks and maps are all provided. There are also junior bikes for all ages, with or without stabilisers. For toddlers aged 18 months and over, a child trailer or seat can be attached to an adult's bike.
The Retreat Spa is located on an elevated part of the Resort above the Mediterranean Sea, with spectacular views from the outdoor pool and even the sauna. State-of-the-art facilities and an expert team of therapists provide the ultimate top-to-toe pampering for the mind, body and soul.
The treatment rooms offer a variety of options from private to couple’s rooms, to specialised hydrotherapy, spa manicure and pedicure rooms, Thai rooms and outdoor massage pavilions. Treatments include facial and body treatments, as well as massage and aromatherapy.
Guests also have the opportunity to indulge in the Spa’s ‘thermae’ facilities a detoxifying treatment involving a series of heat rooms progressively increasing in temperature, tempered with cooling hydro showers or ice shavings.
The perfect place to end your session is with a nutritional smoothie, healthy tonic or herbal tea from the Spa Restaurant and Juice Bar, whilst absorbing the relaxing surroundings of the Spa’s sun deck or fragranced gardens.
Travelling to Aphrodite Hills with Scott Dunn, guests will receive a little extra. From being met on your arrival and being shown to your villa, to receiving a welcome hamper. We can also help organise your flights.
|Scott Dunn Select package|
Each Scott Dunn villa booking receives the following.
* Meet and greet service and escorted to your villa
* Adult bathrobes and slippers
* Daily cleaning (ie daily tidy up before 4pm and midweek full clean with towel/linen change)
* Arrival food hamper (see list below)
* MiFi device (which works on ipads/iphones)
* Pool towels
* Bathroom products
* Free access to retreat spa gym
* Preferential priority bookings at restaurants, golf, spa, tennis and horse riding
* Elite and Mythos villa bookings will also receive complimentary airport taxi transfers
|Scott Dunn food hamper|
The following items will be placed in your villa on arrival:
White bread, Brown bread, Olive oil, Salt, Pasta, Tomato pasta sauce, Cereal (rice krispies/weetabix), Crackers, Sugar, Coffee, Tea bags, Packet of biscuits, Large packet of crisps, Bottle of red, white and rosé wine, 6 pack of beer, 5 litre bottle of water, 1 litre fresh semi-skimmed milk, 1 litre fresh orange juice, Cheese, Butter, Strawberry jam, Dish cloth, Washing up liquid, Dishwasher tablets.
Additional items can be arranged on request at an extra charge. Our Guest Relations Manager will go shopping for you - just hand them a list.
When to travel
The climate in Cyprus warm and sunny for the majority of the year with the risk of the odd shower of rain and some cooler periods over the winter. From March/April onwards the weather settles but it can sometimes be cool in the evenings. By May, the weather generally settles in a pattern of long hot sunny days and balmy evenings especially in July and August when it can be very hot. Rain is unlikely but it can happen from time to time. May and October are particularly pleasurable months.
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Location and directions
The exclusive Aphrodite Hills Resort, overlooking the azure waters of the Mediterranean is located 15 minutes from Paphos and one hour from Larnaca.
How to get there
Flying from the UK takes around 4.5hrs flight to Cyprus. There is a regular service with British Airways year round to Larnaca Airport and from April to October to Paphos. Cyprus Airlines also has a regular service to Larnaca. Alternatively there are a number of regional flights operated by low cost or charter airlines to Cyprus.