WE’VE all heard of adults-only hotels but a couples-only property? A residence strictly for snogging, hand-holding, baby-making, sweet nothings and long, lingering stares? That’s now a reality.
It’s called the Amavi Hotel and is situated along a golden-sand beach in Paphos, south-western Cyprus. Does it have unobstructed sea views? Of course. Gardens in which to smooch? Too right. Romantic sunsets over Paphos’s medieval castle and harbour? Never in doubt.
As well as cool, light-filled design, there’s a palm-flanked outdoor pool and an extensive spa. Cocktail bar Selene has more watery views while the half-board rate covers four restaurants specialising in Asian, international, fine Mediterranean and, on a rooftop, traditional Cypriot and seafood cuisine.
‘All services are designed to cater for couples,’ says business development manager Omiros Omirou. ‘There are, for instance, allocated double sunbeds around the outdoor pool, tables for two in each restaurant and spa treatments for partners.’
So how exactly is the couples-only rule enforced? While conceding it can never be done so absolutely, Omirou reasons that Amavi makes its target demographic abundantly clear.
‘There are those couple-oriented offerings,’ he says, ‘and all the rooms are for two, with 95 per cent of them containing double beds.’
Those bedrooms are uniformly bright and cheerful, with even the standard Deluxe category promising balconies as a rule. Especially escapist are Superior Cabanas thanks to a private garden or pool and wood-framed four-poster bed.
Packages to the five-star hotel, which opens on February 23, will be offered by Olympic Holidays. Product manager Ricky Wason recommends twinning Amavi with a stay in the Troodos Mountains or a few days at the countryside Ayii Anargyri natural spa resort.
There’s another reason to make for this part of Cyprus. About ten miles south of Paphos is Aphrodite’s Rock, a sea stack that’s supposedly the birthplace of the Greek goddess of love, beauty, pleasure and procreation. Wason also suggests taking foodie sunset cruises, perhaps to the idyllic Blue Lagoon beach, or heading inland along wine-tasting routes. Or maybe you’ll never want to leave the bedroom…
IN THE SWIM
According to local myth, anyone who swims all the way around Aphrodite’s Rock is immediately blessed with eternal beauty. Trouble is, you might not get much chance to enjoy it — the sea here is choppy, with tourists advised against bathing. You’ll just have to make do with the looks you were born with.
■ From £921pp for seven nights’ half board in March, including return flights from Gatwick, baggage allowance and taxi transfers, olympicholidays.com