ADVERTORIAL • January 2024
We’re always scouring the Mediterranean for a Club-worthy week in paradise. At Cap St Georges Hotel and Resort – a British Airways Holidays property with all the benefits of our patronage included – we think we might just have found it…
For a holiday stuffed with ancient antiquities, plus crystal-clear waters and sandy beaches, Paphos is just perfect. Expect lofty local lures such as the Tombs of the Kings and Aphrodite’s Rock, alongside Ottoman castles, mediaeval monasteries, UNESCO-listed mosaics, liberal wine tours and crescent-shaped Coral Bay. Admire every shade of blue at Cap St Georges, which eyeballs the Med from its peninsula perch. More mini kingdom than hotel, the resort’s considerable temptations include a 130m beach cove, a whopping ten restaurants and bars, three outdoor pools (plus one heated indoor number), a playground, a spa and fitness centre, a nightclub and three establishments with diverse offerings. The luxurious FIRST boutique offers high-end materials, a mini market is sourced with local bio-organic products and the Kosmima showcases exquisite jewellery. Ouáou!
No need to deliberate between beach and mountains when you can combine the two on Cyprus’ rugged west coast. One expects considerable natural beauty from the birthplace of Aphrodite – and Paphos doesn’t disappoint. Bordering the resort, Akamas Peninsula National Park reveals cinematic scenery and the kind of biodiversity deserving of Sir David Attenborough, who dropped by to film a segment on fruit bats. Naturally.
Drenched with natural light provided by local Cyprus stone, the hotel’s ice-cream colour scheme (all milk and honey) plays a supporting role to the blue sky and endless sea views. Rooms are dressed with glossy white-oak furniture and delicious Crema Marfil marble fittings. Playful, colour-drenched artworks inspired by ancient mythology decorate walls and fresh flowers in jewel hues adorn the suites.
Water-babies of all ages will relish the 2km stretch of beach, with its powdery soft sands and mirror-clear waters. The Happy Seal Kidz Club caters to mini explorers aged three to 12, organising themed activities and outdoor movie nights. Parents craving a romantic meal minus their resident ankle biters can book babysitting for an extra cost. Teens (and techy adults) will relish the Gaming Lounge, chock-full of a connoisseur’s choice of games and equipment.
Mark Antony’s kohl-toting, royal-jelly-scented lover is a fitting muse for the hotel’s Cleopatra Spa. Bedecked in glittering tiles in mermaid-adjacent hues, the spa’s Cypriot empire encompasses an impressive 2,585sqm, revealing eight treatment rooms, two private VIP suites and Rasoul mud chambers. Swap old-school Egyptian milk baths for the indoor pool, hydrotherapy whirlpool, cold plunge pools, thermal saunas, steam rooms and aromatherapy showers.
The first hint that Cap St Georges takes eating seriously is its bucolic Perivoli farm, where a harvest festival’s worth of produce – including plump aubergines, juicy watermelons, sultana grapes and fragrant herbs – flourishes in abundance. This natural bounty is showcased in the cornucopia of on-site restaurants, including Sky7 for elevated fine dining, Med-inspired Mesoyios, trattoria-style Sapori and Bonsai, where sushi and teppanyaki flirt with the finest sakes, wines and whiskies. Other spots in store include a Gelato café, a beachfront bar, Thalassa Pool Bar and Chroma Lounge, whose Nero Marquina marble bar and show-stopper Lasvit chandelier amp up the wow factor.
Expect adventures galore on soil or sea. Set off on horseback at sunset or be whisked away in a private yacht to remote sea caves, revealing the secrets of the Akamas Peninsula and its national park. Pick up angling skills from the local fishermen on a traditional boat, or explore the undulating landscape by bike or buggy. Indulge your pastoral side and be schooled in the art of making halloumi, honey, carob syrup or olive oil. Embark on a wine tour in the local region, or remain at boutique basecamp and flex your green fingers with a spot of gardening at Perivoli.
All holidays with British Airways Holidays are ATOL protected, come with 23kg baggage allowance per person and a 24-hour holiday helpline. Secure your 2024 Cyprus holiday to Cap St Georges now with a low deposit.*
*Based on two sharing. Full balance is due four weeks before departure. Subject to availability. T&Cs apply.