Heres a hotel where couples can check out of the tribulations of every day life and check in for some serious five-star pampering, sun-soaked afternoons along a handsome pool and sea-facing restaurants worth scrubbing up for. AMARA in Limassol, Cyprus certainly doesn’t scrimp on design, food or phenomenal views – pulling spun out couples into a go-slow, chic dimension of pre-dinner massages, rosé sunsets and to-die-for Mediterranean food, cooked and presented with serious flair.
Honeymooners caught in the agony of indecision over 1 or 2 dozen oysters to put the evening’s wheels in motion, or if 11am is perhaps a little early for a glass of Champagne, should add AMARA to the very top of their travel list. This is switch-off territory, removing the tyrannical scrolling pressures for something to do every day, or extensive pre-trip planning while you’re simultaneously caught in the wedding preparations. It’s an exhale, a sigh and a sure-fire Mediterranean haunt for some post nuptial bliss.
Set the scene
Pulling up at AMARA via a pine-lined driveway, you are instantly struck by the elegance of this sun-dappled property. And while considered large in scale, the attention to detail and sense of intimacy is evident from the very beginning. An enormous glass doorway opens into a light-filled reception, where guests are immediately met with shoulder-lowering sea views and, shimmering in line with it, a photogenic infinity pool.
Upon arrival at reception, honeymooners will be met by a dedicated concierge support. They will be on hand to secure that perfect sea view table at Ristorante Locatelli, reserve that oh-so-necessary couples massage and pre-order bellinis to the Rooftop Bar before the sun begins its yolky descent.
Guests floating through AMARA seem to dress to the same laid-back chic design brief as the interiors. From stylish young families, to couples embracing the finer things in life, this property really does cater to all those hankering after a luxurious time out where daily rhythms are slow and steady.
All 207 rooms at the AMARA offer the perfect light, airy, spacious sanctuary for honeymooners to stow away in (after a large dose of sunshine) or to ready for supper in style and enjoy long lie ins under crisp white linen sheets, with far-reaching views across the Mediterranean. The his-and-hers sinks are a welcome touch for those wishing to keep their lotions and potions separate (the hotel’s are Molton Brown), while the bathrooms themselves toe the pared-down-chic line prevalent throughout the rooms. These are painted in creamy, milky shades with an elemental theme of marble, glass and heavy woods, and while all enjoy sea views, those with balconies or terraces are well-prepared for private sunbathing or sundowners with their own wooden loungers.
Honeymooners with privacy and space high on their suite agenda should treat themselves to a Roof Top Duplex Suite – a two story, spacious abode with its own garden and heated pool. It’s the best-of-both worlds – the privacy and sense of escapism typically found in a villa, but with the hotel facilities, top-drawer restaurants and slick service at your fingertips.
Food & Drink
AMARA is a stellar choice for the gastronomes, particularly those who take an almost ceremonial approach to dinner (and have a weakness for a swishy tasting menu). In fact, the stand-out feature of the hotel is its impressive plethora of dining options – from the Michelin-starred Ristorante Locatelli to Matsuhisa Limassol which offers a bespoke array of Nobu’s signature dishes brought to Cyprus from the legend himself, Nobuyuki Nobu Matsuhisa (who has been known to occasionally drop in to the kitchen to whip up wide-eyed diners something special – keep an eye out for upcoming residencies).
Not tucking into seafood on the Cypriot coastline verges on sacrilege, and it’s at its finest at AMARA’s newest culinary haunt; Nerea. Choose and enjoy the freshest locally sourced fish whilst sat beachside – be sure to order the Gillardeau oysters and pair them with one of Nerea’s delectable sparkling wines! It’s always a positive sign when hotel restaurants fill up with external local guests just as much as the residents & holiday-goers themselves – definitely a top selling point of this Cypriot paradise.
Deciding your cuisine for the evening is an important decision best made at dusk from the Roof Top Bar. This contemporary and chic location found on the 8th floor, offers the perfect vantage point to watch the sun go down as your sip on hand-crafted cocktails and unwind to the relaxing lounge music. If your choice of aperitif is a little unconventional, the exceptional staff will be on hand to ensure your drink of choice is in your hand in no time.
Setting yourself up for a day of poolside indulgence is catered for exceptionally in the All Day Dining restaurant where breakfast is served. The nautically inspired, indoor and outdoor seated restraurant is arguably the most delicious breakfast buffet many will come across on their travels, serving hot from the pan omelettes, freshly squeezed juices, a selection of fruits and pastries.
Families are warmly welcomed at the AMARA, with a superb Kids club (4 – 12) and a creche (from 18 months), encouraging parents to relax knowing their children are being cared for by the experienced staff members. Honeymooners without children in tow will also be pleased to discover the adults-only pool, although the hotel is cleverly spaced out that there’s rarely an unsolicited splash from your sunbed.
The Spa experience at AMARA is outstanding and worth the flight here alone. This architecturally on-point pocket of serenity pulls frazzled souls into its steamy, bubbling embrace. Light slices through a vast ceiling in the relaxation area, stencilling ancient motifs along the smooth, creamy-stone walls, and dark, brooding mirrors along the ceiling reflect the pools’ ripples and frothing, doubling up on the calming visuals. Honeymooners should hot foot it to the couple’s suite for a full hour’s massage, followed by a stint in the relaxation room to allow the oils time to soak in, then a revitalising dip in the outdoor salt water pool. If you peak on the daily sun dosage a little early, this is a heavenly spot to zigzag (lazily) between sauna, steam and ice, losing track of time and recalibrating your thoughts. What’s more, those looking for an active start to the day can book in for reformer pilates, a PT session or lean into the TechnoGym equipment before a hearty Cypriot breakfast in the sun.
Double rooms from £208 in low season; and from £337 in high season. Breakfast included; half- and full-board options available.
To book, please visit amarahotel.com
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