Calming just to look at, the spa houses an indoor pool and a gym facing out to sea, and the treatment menu includes special signatures such as the Cyprus Ancient Ritual, Rose Diamond Facial, steam capsules, colour therapy beds and the Banya Suite Experience, in which two people can take over a private plunge pool and sauna. No kids are allowed around here.
Amara is the sort of sprawling hotel you don’t want to leave, though should you be inclined, you’ll need a cab as there isn’t a lot you can walk to. There’s plenty of fascinating ancient history to marvel at in Limassol – Limassol Castle and Cyprus Medieval Museum, for example, the Archaeological Museum and Prokymea (Molos) Sculpture Park. There is also a water sports centre close by the hotel, from which you can hire kayaks or a boat and drift out to sea, and a large water park a 30-minute drive away, to which the hotel can arrange transport (closed on Mondays).
Service is very warm yet highly professional, with the team keen to do anything it can to keep guests happy and chilled. One afternoon during our stay, the daytime beachy beats DJ’s music was so loud our child couldn’t nap even inside our room – when we politely mentioned it, the volume was turned down, and the next day we saw that the DJ booth had actually been removed. Whether we had anything to do with the latter, or whether it was a coincidence, we’re not sure. The concierge will also go to great lengths to assist – ordering taxis to the waterpark or to get whatever you need from the chemist, even on a Sunday.
The high number of young families present means parents can relax a little in numbers, even in such chic surroundings. Also, cleverly, hotel rooms are divided into an adults’-only spa wing and a family-friendly wing, with its own dedicated pool, kids’ club and crèche. Restaurant staff, even in atmospheric Michelin-starred Ristorante Locatelli, are incredibly accommodating, bringing children’s dishes sooner or adapting them as much as possible to whatever weird demands they may have. The aforementioned kids’ club and crèche on the lower-ground floor are large, new and well-stocked with toys and activities, and excellent babysitting can be arranged by staff at reception for a fee.
Waste energy from the air-conditioning units and solar panels are used to heat the hotel’s water; shading systems are used in all deluxe suites; all equipment operates on frequency inventors for saving energy, and waste water is treated for irrigation.
Accessibility for those with mobility impairments
Two rooms are specially designed for guests that have mobility issues. All public areas are accessible via lifts and …….