The southern Cypriot city is the island’s main tourist resort. Its old port and marina is a hub for cruise liners, superyachts and day-trippers, while the Old Town bursts with quaint shops, pretty pavement cafes and charming local eateries. A long stretch of golden Blue Flag awarded beach, a limestone cove with black sand, Roman ruins, 19th-century buildings, a plethora of designer stores, watersports and cosmopolitan nightlife ensure everyone is catered for. And with temperatures ranging from 17 to 33 celsius, Limassol offers a temperate climate throughout the year. Its waterside spa hotels are superb, suiting families and couples alike.
Amathus Beach Hotel Limassol
Named after the nearby ancient archaeological site, this hotel is both palatial and flamboyant in its design. There’s an outdoor freshwater pool, another with a water slide, and an indoor swimming pool, as well as tennis courts, multiple bars, a Shisha Lounge and a wellness centre. With many amenities for families, it has a kids’ club, beach and a super restaurant geared to children (Pelican). Guests can also dine at four further fancy eateries – its Kalypso Gardens is fully alfresco, while The Grill Room has a terraced area and is renowned as one of the best seafood restaurants in town.
Parklane, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Limassol
Following a £132 million reconstruction and refurbishment, Parklane was launched to provide extensive adults-only facilities, as well as family-friendly ones. Here the decor in the rooms, suites and villas, reflect traditional Cypriot style and culture as designed by Harrods Interiors. The hotel sits alongside a 300 metre dark volcanic sandy beach offering private sunbeds, cabanas with minibars and PADI diving. Basketball, mini-football and archery are available onsite, as well as a two-tier play castle, children’s pool, pirate ship, waterslide and a playground. Plus there’s a sleek spa and a football academy, with coaching (for 5 to 15-year-olds) from top-notch international coaches like Rio Ferdinand and Teddy Sheringham.