Casale Panayiotis

At a glance

  • Picturesque mountain-village setting
  • Authentic cultural activities
  • Rooms set in seven traditional houses

Casale Panayiotis

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A stylish mountain bolthole surrounded by stunning scenery, this unique hotel offers a taste of authentic Cypriot village life.

Spread across more than a dozen picturesque buildings in an ancient spa village in the Troodos mountains, Casale Panayiotis is not so much a hotel as an immersive experience. What began as one man’s plan to breathe new life into his childhood home has become a showpiece of regeneration, and one of the most engaging places to stay in Cyprus. It’s quite a setting: think well-worn cobbled lanes lined by red-tiled stone houses on the side of a leafy valley, with dramatic scenery all around. A few days here provides a chance to swap beaches for pine-scented forests, discover - and help sustain - the traditional way of life in a village, and see a side of the island that many visitors don’t even know exists.

There’s an authentic local flavour to everything at Casale Panayiotis. Just walking along the narrow lanes to different parts of this “dispersed” hotel makes you part of village life, while eating at its restaurants introduces you to family recipes handed down over generations, made using seasonal local ingredients from the immediate area. A beautifully judged programme of activities includes more treats for curious foodies, such as halloumi-making workshops, wine tastings and orchard tours. Active types will relish the chance to hit the local hiking trails or head out on one of the hotel’s electrically assisted mountain bikes to explore further, though the fabulous frescoes of the 11th-century monastery of St John Lampadistis - a World Heritage Site - are only a short walk away. Even the modern light-filled spa, with its hydrotherapy suite, is part of Kalopanayiotis’s history; people have been visiting its healing sulphur-rich springs for centuries.

The 41 rooms and suites are spread across seven immaculately restored traditional houses in Kalopanayiotis, and no two are the same. White or bare stone walls provide a perfect neutral backdrop to a mixture of antiques, local handicrafts and super-comfy modern sofas and beds, and the effect is quietly, elegantly luxurious. The Comfort Studios are the smallest, though there’s still space for a seating area and small dining table. Upgrading to a Superior Studio means more room to stretch out and a balcony or terrace to chill out on; some are closer to the reception area than others, so be sure to specify whether you want a 10-minutes amble to breakfast or not (though there is a free shuttle). If you must have mountain views, opt for a Junior Suite or Superior Suite; guests at the latter also get a complimentary two-hour session at the spa. There are also Family Rooms, with two bedrooms; the split-level one with a spiral staircase is the pick of the bunch.

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Key information

In the village of Kalopanayiotis on the northern slopes of the Troodos mountains, around 70km from Nicosia and Paphos

Airport transfer time: Approx. 1½ hours’ transfer from Paphos airport
Rooms: 41

Good to know

Minimum stay: 2 nights.

Accommodation information

41 rooms and suites

Dining

3 restaurants, bar, in-room dining, private dining

What's included

Breakfast at the Troullino dining room.

Meal upgrade options (per person per night)

Half Board • Breakfast at the Troullino dining room • Dinner or lunch at Byzantino or Pantheon.

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