Ayii Anargyri Natural Healing Spa Resort, Miliou - Chilling in Cyprus
Ayii Anargyri Natural Healing Spa Resort in Miliou
Roxanne at reception was a star, as was Denis the waiter
and the girls in the Spa: this hotel has staff who are seriously proud of their
establishment and happy working there. Top
quality Roxanne found me a kettle and mugs, I need tea at all times and lots of
it, as well as a hairdresser for himself.
Don’t ask! Suffice to say the
kettle was used a lot and the hairdresser pronounced a triumph. More on the spa
We arrived at Ayii Anargyri just as dusk was descending,
having driven through the Troodos mountains from Larnaca. So a little weary, we headed to our room to
freshen up for dinner in the wine cellar!
My kind of experience for sure.
We had a pleasant room, built with lots of wood, which I love, on the
first floor, with a small balcony, overlooking the pool. The bathroom was just as it should be, lots
of towels, toiletries and spacious.
This hotel has been built besides and incorporates health-promoting sulphur
springs, (not a whiff of anything to be smelt, I had been concerned) and in the
past, was home to two saints who treated people in the springs without charge,
thus Anargyri – literally ‘without silver’.
There is a tiny chapel in the hotel grounds to commemorate these two blessed
brothers. Now the springs form a very
comprehensive spa, built in stone and wood, with a vast range of therapeutic
treatments as well as cosmetic beauty treatments and it is much favoured by the
people of Paphos at weekends. We took to
the sulphur pools, there are three, and had underwater currents massage our
legs, powerful jets pound on our shoulders and finally, we relaxed with gentle
bubbles as we reclined on underwater shelves.
It’s hard to describe, however it was 45 minutes of real bliss and
restoration. I recommend it! And as a bonus, one of us (not me actually) very
much enjoyed the two models being filmed frolicking in the water for a beauty
We also had massages which were excellent in every
respect. The bit I absolutely loved was
the post-treatment relaxation room, a quiet space, with huge windows looking
onto the forested hillside. We were
persuaded with no argument to relax on the sunbeds and sip herbal tea in order
to fully benefit from our experience. It
was only after 20 minutes that I woke up!
Now that was really chilled out.
The wine cellar restaurant was
in a vaulted room, lined, unsurprisingly, with racks of wine, yards of them in
fact, and dinner is taken at tables made of rough-hewn ancient olive trees,
akin to large railway sleepers. It would
be the perfect place for a private dinner party, especially if you were to be
given free rein with a corkscrew.
Suffice to say, our bottle of local red was more than passably
acceptable and we enjoyed several more during our stay. The food at Ayii Anargyri is good, there’s a
set menu, with two choices of main course; the starter and pudding arrived
courtesy of Denis, our somewhat inscrutable waiter. The breakfast buffet is served in the main
dining room, where we encountered not only the models and their film crew but
interestingly, several French couples, probably retired and some younger
Cypriot folk. During the summer the doors are thrown open, leading to a suntrap
beside the pretty pool area. And it is an
idyllic setting, with hills behind and in front, stretching away almost to the
stars. And these are something to behold
here in the darkest of places, looking out from the balcony at night, the
brightness and clarity of the heavens made me feel I could reach out and touch
them. This place is at one with its very
rural surroundings and so exactly right in that.
We had needed to relax, to get
away from busy lives for a bit and this was a great place to do that, massages,
good food, very comfortable rooms and hardly any need to do anything. We would happily return again.
Silver Travel Advisor
recommends Adults Only Holidays, who organised this child-free hotel and the related travel