Drip, drip, drip – that is the sound that has greeted me for the last two mornings as I have awoken at 6:15am. To say I am unimpressed by the grey, dull, dank and uninviting sky outside my window would be an understatement. It is times like these I long for some winter sun and am insanely jealous of my mother in law’s forthcoming holiday abroad.
So this evening I have spent an hour dreaming, an hour pretending I was going away, happily planning holidays in Cyprus where the sun shines plenty, the people are friendly, and the food absolutely divine.
I would absolutely kill (yes really, take this literally) for a holiday to his beautiful island. Mainly because it enjoys year-round sun, great nightlife and a wonderful atmosphere. For those romantics amongst my readers, it is also said to have been Aphrodite’s birthplace and one look at pictures of it’s quaint towns, whitewashed buildings and sandy beaches it’s easy to see why holidaymakers fall in love with it.
At 35 the nightlife of Aya Napa is no longer for me, I’d be in bed by 10pm just as things are warming up, but I would love a break on the west coast of Cyprus. These holidays in Cyprus about connecting with the old towns and traditions and soaking up history.
Framed by the Mediterranean Sea, Cyprus’ west coast runs from Polis, on the island’s northernwestern tip, down to the pretty port city of Limassol. Follow this western stretch and you’ll tick off big-name sights like Aphrodite’s Rock, the ancient Tombs of the Kings and the mountain-top Kykkos Monastery along the way.
There is also a real choice of hotel and accommodation types. If you are looking for all inclusive vacations, family hotels or couples only you are bound to find something that fits the bill. I was looking for something that would satisfy my ‘needs’ and Roo’s never ending list of kids demands and it was the Coral Beach Hotel & Resort that caught my eye.
This 5-star hotel has clinched a 5-star spot. It’s right on the beach in Coral Bay, and has its own private harbour. There are 2 massive pools – a sea-facing lagoon stretching almost the entire width of the hotel, and an Olympic one where international teams sometimes train.
Now all I need is a small lottery win to get us there, away from this dismal dreary weather and enjoying fun in sunnier climes!