ADVERTORIAL • January 2020
Within walking distance of a whole score of world-famous archeological sites, Elysium, meaning blissful paradise, is a stand-out base for a dreamy stay in Cyprus. For anyone booking a trip to the island in 2020, we’ve found five ways Elysium lives up to its name
Visible from the Elysium’s private beach, Tombs of the Kings – the impressive last resting place of much of the Pafian aristocracy – is just one of many spectacular ancient monuments on Elysium’s doorstep. Along the coast you’ll find yourself at the Ancient Odeon, adorned with stunning mosaics dating from as early as the third century and telling tales of gods and heroes from Greek mythology. Rather stay in? With its colonnades, mosaics and even waterfalls, the old-world charm of the region can be embraced from the comfort of the resort.
Perfect for honeymooners and loved-up couples, the Royal Studios are an adult-only zone. Sit back and enjoy a complimentary glass of red as you take in the spectacular garden views from your balcony or private terrace. In a Garden Villa you’ll be able to enjoy your own private pool with a blissful moonlight dip. If you’re travelling with kids, opt for one of the recently created Junior Suites or the Family Cyprian Maisonette with a charming mezzanine for the little ones. Keep them occupied during the day at the indoor kids’ club, amusement centre, or on the waterslide at the shaded children’s pool.
In the spirit of Grecian decadence, dining here is taken very seriously with five signature restaurants to try. Start the day right at Lemonia Piazza, renowned as one of the most indulgent breakfast spots on the island. Enjoy a feast of freshly baked pastries, charcuteries and cheeses in between sips of crisp Champagne. For lunch, test some local favourites alfresco at Meditarraneo, where you can watch the ocean or chefs cooking up fresh fish and pasta dishes from its open kitchen. In the evening you’re spoilt for choice: choosing between sushi specialist Panasian restaurant O-Shin, homemade pasta at Tuscan-inspired Ristorante Bacco, or a rich international buffet under the stars on the Epicurean Terrace.
Achieve ultimate respite at Elysium’s Opium Health Spa where you can lose yourself in a range of holistic therapies and treatments. Be spoiled with a Balinese massage – a warm-oil, full-body massage combining hot stones and aromatherapy – or revitalise your skin with a Restorative Mud Wrap. Complimentary refreshments are, of course, all part of the package. In your post-treatment bliss, why not sit back and relax in the bubbling jacuzzi or soothing hydro massage rotunda pool.
A world of colonnades, mosaics, waterfalls and sunken pools that’ll have you feeling as if you’re back at the grand height of the Byzantine Empire, Elysium isn’t a hotel that’s easy to leave. Especially not for those making their temporary home in one of the Royal Suites (with plunge pool and private gardens) that overlook the Tomb of the Kings from one side and the village square from the other. For those who can tear themselves away, make like Bacchus, Greek god of wine, and sample regional reds, whites and rosés in the charming Cyprian countryside. Sweet toothed? Head to the coastal town of Geroskipou, home of Loukoumi – the local famous delight.