This glorious Aristo built Cyprus Villa is set on a private road of twelve exclusive villas with private gardens and pools you’ll find your prestigious destination. Nestled on the edge of the breathtaking Akamas National Park, overlooking the spectacular Chrysochou Bay.
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Villa 8 at Aphrodite: Set on a private road of twelve exclusive villas with private gardens and pools you’ll find your prestigious destination. Built by the trusted Cyprus developer Aristo in 2007 and nestled on the edge of the breathtaking Akamas National Park, neighbouring the Anassa Hotel, world renowned as one of the most beautiful, exclusive, 5 star luxury spa hotels and destination of celebrities and royalty. This spot is most definitely one of the hottest exclusive holiday destinations to emerge in recent times.
It is at this Mediterranean location with golden beaches and mountainous surroundings, overlooking Chrysochou Bay with its translucent deep blue waters and embraced by the Troudos mountains, you’ll find the tranquil millionaire’s playground of Latchi. They say that the best places are where the locals can be found … Latchi, with its ‘on-the-beach’ bars and restaurants is THE destination for the discerning Cypriots and is currently undergoing a transformation into one of the most luxurious getaways in Europe with beachfront property now commanding prices that only the privileged few can even consider. Drenched in wonderful Cyprus sun, the villa is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty in the very heart of this exclusive area and awaits YOUR arrival! Cyprus Villa 8 was a family home delivering the very best possible levels of service and luxury, with those little touches that are so important. When viewing we have onsite management and maintenance staff who are only a phone call away should you need them, or simply have any questions.
Forget the recession, hard times, troubles and relentless struggle; you only live once! At Cyprus Villa 8 the weather is guaranteed, the water is perfect, the locals are happy and friendly, there is literally no crime in Cyprus and there’s a thriving ex-pat community proving that Latchi really is the place to come!
We know you’ll just love this place … it really is the ‘getaway from it all’ you and your loved ones deserve!
ABOUT THE VILLA
- Reference: Cyprus Villa 8 Aphrodite
- Bedrooms: 3 (1 en-suite, 1 family bathroom)
- Rooms: Separate kitchen, dining, lounge, toilet
- Sleeps: 6 (Will accommodate 8 by prior arrangement)
- Luxuries: Private 10m x 5m pool, Heating, Air conditioning, 40″ Plasma TV, DVD player, Satellite TV, Broadband Wi Fi, PS2
- Standard: Kettle, espresso Machine, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
- Utilities: Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing Machine, Dishwasher (yippi!), Smoothie Maker, Water Cooler, Nespresso Coffee Machine (You’ll need to take capsules as non available in Cyprus), hoover and cleaning equipment (boo!)
- Master Bedroom: Double bed, Large Fitted Wardrobes, Safe, Air con, Balcony with Sea Views, Private en-Suite and Shower Room
- Bedroom 2: Twin beds, Large Fitted Wardrobes, Air con, balcony with views to the Akamas National Park
- Bedroom 3: Twin beds, Large Fitted Wardrobes, Air con, balcony with views to the sea
- Fitted Family bathroom with shower and bath
- Kitchen: with granite and cherry fitted units, teak storage units all cutlery, etc, large patio doors to the shaded eating and BBQ terraces, views to the Troudos mountains
Toilet & Washroom
- Spacious dining area: with teak tables and chairs, teak storage units, air con, office desk, wi fi etc, large patio doors to terraces and shaded relaxing loungers and coffee table
- Large lounge: with teak tables and units. air con, 2 double sofas
- Linen and towels provided and also washing facilities for when you have to
- Children: Family friendly. Suitable for children of all ages. Pool Fence, High Chair, Car Seat, Push Chair, Stair Gate, Baby Sitting (All by arrangement)
- Outdoors: Balconys, BBQ Terrace, Sun Decks, Shaded Areas, Lounge Areas and Sofas Access: Wheelchair Access (downstairs only), Private Parking and Garaging, Good local taxi service
- BBQ area with gas Outback BBQ, seating for 8, Teak sofas all round, Sun Loungers, Caribbean style shaded cocktail area
- Gardens: The tropical grounds are landscaped and maintenance is a very high standard. Palms, banana trees, orange and lemon trees, hibiscuses, bougainvilleas, lavender, roses, lawned areas, and a variety of beautiful plants to enjoy
- Changeover day: Flexible
- Nearest beaches: Neo Chorio (pebbles) 500m, Latchi (pebbles/sand) 1km, Latchi Main (sand) 2km, Anassa (sand) 1km
- Nearest Amenities: Latch Harbour 2 km – 5 minutes drive or 30 minutes stroll along the pedestrianised beach front (beautiful!)
Pool The pool is 6′ deep and 4′ at the shallow end and there is a child barrier that prevent access from the sun area. As with any pool children must be supervised at all times. Further details about your Cyprus villa: All the rooms offer reversible hot & cold air conditioning units and the bedrooms have black out blinds to keep the rooms cool. This Villa has been tastefully decorated to the highest standards with all modern furnishings and decor. The lounge area seats 6 people comfortably (8 by arrangement), with a separate dining area also seating 6 people. The kitchen is fully equipped and allows you to make good use of the nearby supermarkets, fish market & butcher All bedrooms have large built in wardrobes with generous storage space. The master bedroom has an en suite shower room, toilet and wash hand basin. Twin bedrooms are across the hallway enjoying a separate bathroom which also has a shower over a bath, toilet and wash hand basin. All bedrooms have sliding doors leading onto Balconys. Private undercover parking for this property is at ground level. Bookings The owners have moved to New Zealand and have successfully rented it out for over four years with a number of repeat bookings.
CYPRUS Known as one island with a multitude of options, Cyprus is a villa holiday destination of great beauty and endless variety. Golden, sandy beaches and rugged coastlines meet forest-clad mountains and hills, while old traditional villages with atmospheric winding streets are contrasted by neatly terraced vineyards and olive groves. A carefree place for year round holidays and once home to the goddess Aphrodite, Cyprus has a sense of timelessness magnified by the charm, kindness and natural hospitality of its native people.
PAPHOS Paphos is the smallest of 4 cities of the island, with a population reaching just 30,000. This is a 35 minute drive from the villas.Paphos has many attractions which make it popular, among which are its ancient mosaic floors, its beautiful old harbour, its modern hotels, bars and restaurants, situated along the seaside. You can also visit the archaeological museum, the Byzantine castle of Paphos, the Tombs of the Kings, St. Paul’s Pillar and the Temple of Aphrodite. Holidays to Paphos are like holidays to paradise and especially for those who love history. Many people are familiar with the Greek Goddess Aphrodite and it was on the Paphos shoreline that her legend was born. Remnants of this legend can still be seen today in a number of features including The Venus Rock and the Baths of Aphrodite. Some of the amazing places to see whilst on holidays in Paphos include Paphos Medieval Fort which is located at the harbor, Petra Tou Romiou which is the birthplace of Aphrodite and located at Latchi. The Tombs of the Kings which are spread out over a vast area and are underground tombs that date back to the 4th Century BC. There are also a number of churches and museums to visit too. Holidays to Paphos will never be boring either. Besides the usual attractions, there are so many museums, caves, and tombs to explore not to mention local art, vineyards, banana plantations, and much more. You can also relax on the beach and enjoy the magnificent weather.
LATCHI & POLIS The town of Polis, part of the Paphos district and found in the Chrysochou area, is fast becoming a desired tourist destination. With its paved streets, is the central town square which is surrounded by local restaurants and tavernas. There is a harmonized blend of peace and relaxation which promotes the laid back, relaxed lifestyle enjoyed by many. The delightful Polis Square is just a 10 minute drive from your Cyprus villa Unlike other crowded towns, Polis still remains traditional and has ensured nature was not destroyed through over-development. Walking, hiking and cycling are possible as there are adventurous nature paths to explore on the Akamas Peninsula. The surrounding areas, boast rich flora and fauna and strong mythological links with the goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite. The recently opened archaeological museum and the fascinating, ancient church of Ayios Andronikos are regularly visited places by tourists and locals. The beaches along the Chrysochou (meaning golden) Bay, with its crystal clear waters have received international recognition. The sunny climate compliments the variety of water sports provided. These sports include sailing, water skiing, parasailing, diving excursions, renting jet skies or speed boats and much more. For a more relaxed and respected sport, golf at Tsada Golf Course is only 25 minutes from the town.
ABOUT POLIS When its comes to enjoying a place because it offers so many different things to do and see, it seems that Cyprus once again comes out tops. Whether you want to kick back and relax, take in inspiring historical sights or get involved in some action on your holiday, you need to look no further. There is one region in particular which seems to be gathering a reputation as the latest place to offer everything under one sky. The Polis region, which encompasses the northwest region of Cyprus, about 30 minutes drive from the popular Paphos resort area and 45 minutes from Paphos International Airport, is one of those places which holds a quiet sort of attraction to all those who visit it. The main feature of Polis is the village square boasting cobbled streets, souvenir shops, banks, jewellers, chemists, coffee shops and bars with locally made wines available. From being one of the closest developed areas to the magnificent Akamas Peninsula, to offering the freshest fish meze (famous island wide) to some amazing aquatic attractions with its pristine beaches and sparkling waters, Polis is no longer the poorer cousin of Paphos. Instead, it gives you the chance to enjoy Cyprus as those who are lucky enough to live there do. Of course, with Polis being a coastal town, you would be correct in assuming that there are beautiful beaches in the area. In fact the whole of the area is surrounded with beaches. While most are of fine pebbles, it is worth every single step to get into the water. It’s as clear and clean as possible while the area even offers a beach-side camping site. There can be fewer purer pleasures than waking up and walking two steps from your bed to take your morning swim in sparkling waters. And when it comes to enjoying local fresh food, you just have to visit one of the taverns on the Polis square. All the fish is freshly caught and one of the best gastronomic experiences has to be enjoying a leisurely fish meze, accompanied by a bottle of crisp white wine. Your meal is perfectly rounded off with a plate of fruit which is brought as dessert; more often than not it is picked fresh off the trees in the neighbouring fields. As an area, Polis is beautiful. Whatever you want to do, from lazing around the beach, to enjoying the thrill of water sports or just taking in nature with a leisurely forest walk, Polis has it for you.
ABOUT LATCHI Visit Latchi harbour, take a stroll along the marina, sample some freshly caught fish in one of the tavernas and just watch the world go by… The popular fishing town of Latchi, with its new Marina, is only 3km from Polis. Over recent years the developers have joined forces in a unique coalition to preserve the unique quality of this exquisite corner of Cyprus. The plan was drawn up a number of years ago and it was agreed that only the ‘very best’ and exclusive building with large plots would be erected. Planning laws restrict the height, style and density of any new build. With a new sandy beach, the break waters, the development of the marina, the planned signature golf courses, not to mention the multi-million euro villas, this area really is set to take on the traditional European retreats.
Wander along the harbour, crammed full of brightly-painted fishing boats and tuck into Cypriot specialties at a waterfront taverna. The local fishing boats guarantee fresh seafood daily and the fish restaurants are known to be the best in Cyprus. Latchi harbour is always full of life and the restaurants along the side enjoy the beautiful sea view. Apart from the many water sports available you can hire a boat and cruise around the crystalline coast line. The waters are a vibrant blue, the sand is pure white and the marine life is abundant. Following the coastline you can travel past some of the world’s best hotels, the Elysium and the Anassa. The Anassa beaches are just a few hundred yards peaceful walk from Villa 8 Aphrodite It’s a great trip to pull out your snorkel and goggles and explore the waters of the Blue Lagoon or laze in the sun on the boat and top up your tan. A fish meze and a carafe of local wine is the perfect end to the day. Paphos is currently a 30 minutes drive away, yet Polis and Latchi have all the essentials needed, like hospitals, schools, post offices, many mini-markets, fashionable clothing stores and much more. Dotted with citrus groves and overlooking turquoise seas, you can find all types of property from townhouses to luxury villas to old stone houses, and only a short distance from the beach. Latchi is fast becoming the European destination of the rich and famous wising to get away from the crowds – once there you’ll see why! Latchi is a lovely fishing village situated on the North West Coast of the island.
This is only 5 minutes drive, 15 minutes walk or 30 minute stroll along the beachfront from the villa! The main point of Latchi is the fishing harbour sporting fishing boats bobbing gently on the clear waters weighed down with nets, wicker baskets and the catch of the day. Fresh fish can be sampled in one of the many small stone build traditional restaurants / taverns surrounding the harbour. This is one of the favourite areas for the locals to have some fresh fish. Quiet bars and cafes can also be found at the harbour for a refreshing drink during the hot day. In the evening take a stroll along the boulevard and sip a delicious cocktail whilst lounging in candle-light on the beach! Latchi bars are rare in that they actually set out their loungers and gazebos on the sand … this just has to be one of the top 20 things to do in your life! There are also some supermarkets and souvenir shops from where you can buy anything that you need to use at the villa. The sandy/pebbly beaches nestling on the Akamas National Park are some of the best and cleanest in the island, with cool waters and gentle summer breezes. Several daily cruises take place from the harbour towards Akamas National Park. A number of excursions are available, leaving the harbour at 10:30am and returning at 3:30pm, having a tour by the coast of Akamas, a couple of hours to swim at a the crystal clear waters of Fontana Amoroza, providing you a generous BBQ meal and desert.
If you are keen on water sports, you will be pleased to know that you are able to do scuba diving, boat parachute, wind surfing, canoeing, drive jet skies and speedboats. If you enjoy walking then you are definitely going to enjoy the many nature paths available in the area including the trail of the ancient Greek Gods Aphrodite and Adonis. The baths of Aphrodite is one of the locations that you can drive within 10 minutes from the villas. This is where Legend has it that Aphrodite bathed with her lover Adonis. They say if you bath in the waters at the baths of Aphrodite you will be blessed with the secret to eternal youth and beauty! The scenery during the spring term is breath taking with many wild flowers, orange and lemon blossom, wild lavender, basil and poppy fields and many other colours and smells causing an amazing sensation.
WHAT TO DO As part of the high levels of service we strive to offer at gauk Villas we’ve put together as much information as possible detailing the amazing things available for you to do in Cyprus. If you want to just relax by the pool and soak up the rays, that’s fine … But, if you need a break from all that horrible blue sky, cocktails and lounging then here’s just a selection of activities available in Cyprus. At your villa you’ll find a comprehensive welcome pack with more information, details and recommendations.
- Fishing & Watersports, Skiing, Jet skis, Speedboat Hire, Glass-bottomed Boat Trips
Latchi Water sports Centre Once a sleepy fishing harbour, Latchi is situated on the north western coast of Cyprus and on the edge of the Akamas peninsula has been transformed into a small but attractive and lively tourist resort with endless water sport and diving possibilities. Based at Latchi harbour since 1988 covering the Polis area exclusively to ensure you will have a fantastic time by providing you with a wide range of watersports and diving activities. These include the fast moving like water skiing, jet skiing and more, as well as more tranquil activities like canoeing and so on.
- Diving & Snorkeling
Why not come diving around the beautiful Akamas peninsula national park, or hire your own boat and explore the many beautiful coves and beaches the area has to offer. The crystal clear water of the sea surrounding Cyprus is a colourful world in which to dive. With water temperatures varying from 27 to 16 degrees Celsius, and sunshine almost all year around, Cyprus offers one of the longest diving seasons in the Mediterranean With our dive experiences you can choose from a range of dives including the wreck dive on the Zenobia, listed as one of the ‘Top 10’ dive sites in the World! Centers can teach any skill level up to assistant instructor level. As well as all that they can cater for that extra special touch, with a private dive giving you one on one tuition. Latchi Watersports organise activities from parasailing to boat hire, banana boat rides to jet skis. Look at our water sports page in your welcome pack for more in-depth information. Latchi Watersports are a certified PADI IDC training Centre and BSAC resort. Their fully equipped dive centre is situated at the old fishing harbour of Latchi, just a stone throw away from the beautiful Aphrodite Rock & Akamas National Park
- Explore the Akamas National Park Peninsula by Foot or Cycle or Jeep Safari
The Akamas Peninsula, with its own ecosystem, is an area of outstanding natural beauty. It is home to 530 plant species, 168 bird species and an abundance of wildlife, butterflies and reptiles. The wild flowers are at their best in spring, and the sandy bays, deep gorges and a varied landscape have helped to make this area a National Park. Lara Bay is an important turtle breeding site and it’s beach at is one of the most beautiful in Cyprus.
- Take a car across the mountain dirt roads to Turtle Beach … Unforgettable!
Lara Bay, also known as turtle beach at Lara Bay and is north of Paphos in the Akamas Peninsula. Here the mountains slope down to the sea and is accessible (for the most part) only along miles of unsurfaced tracks. The beaches and views in the Akamas Peninsula are simply spectacular. They include Lara (turtle beach) Bay, a turtle sanctuary on a long stretch of coastline where attempts are being made to protect turtles and provide safe sites for their egg laying. When you have visited Lara Bay, you can make a slight detour to lunch in one of the tavernas overlooking the newly made harbour at the popular Ayios Georgiou fishing village. Enjoy fresh fish and wonderful coastal views. Afterwards, swim or snorkel in the crystal clear waters of this new harbour. Or try the Last Castle, a place that’ll stay in your memories for life!
- Skiing … Yes, you read it right, skiing!!!
Skiing in Cyprus!!! Who’d have thought of such a thing? It’s not the Alps but great fun! Skiing is possible in the winter months in the Troodos mountains. Suitable for all levels of skiing. Think of it more of a place to enjoy ‘quality time’ with the family. There’s slopes for the beginner and there is an advanced slope but at 500m long it won’t take long to get down it! Cyprus is a wonderful island of contrasts. Where else could you ski in the morning and then be sunning yourself by the pool or on the beach in the afternoon? The snows on Mount Olympus are a fabulous way of spending a winter morning in the Ski Cyprus arena. Ski equipment is available to rent at the resort.
- Aphrodite Waterpark.
This is one of the largest tourist attractions in Paphos and boasts the largest number of facilities and the largest European family rafting ride. There is something for everyone at Paphos Aphrodite Waterpark and its a great way to spend a very enjoyable day … and the kids will love and thank you for ever!
- Spoil yourself at the Anassa Thalassa Spa
The Thalassa Spa is a luxury Roman-style health retreat that covers the full spectrum of wellbeing: from an hour long treatment to a detox to holistic lifestyle consulting with life-long benefits. The Spa’s extensive Thalassotherapy programme is complemented by a full treatment menu that uses The Organic Pharmacy’s wholly natural product line, with an emphasis on the restorative qualities of marine nutrients. The Spa also specialises in therapeutic and nutritional consulting and serves some of the most mouth-watering spa cuisine in the Med… The Thalassa Spa complex includes a sky-lit, columned indoor pool, 18 treatment rooms, saunas, steam baths, a seawater exercise pool, squash court, fitness room and hair salon.
- Visit Kourion With its Spectacular Amphitheater, Mosaics, Gladiator Training Camps and Chariot Stadium
- Wine Tasting at the Ancient Cypriot Vineyards
Cyprus, besides being home to the world’s oldest continuously produced wine, the sweet Commandaria, the island also boasts the highest production rate, in the world, of grapes in proportion to its size and population. Most Cyprus vineyards are small and grow indigenous varieties of grapes for wine. Donkeys and oxen are still used to plough some of them. Cultivated vineyards cover a large percentage of the country’s hilly and mountainous land, from sea level up to 1,500 metres, predominantly on the southern slopes of the Troodos in the Lemesos district and the south western in the Paphos district. There are several wine tours that centre on these areas, which could range from a half-day to a week long!
- Golf & Driving Ranges – We’re not golfers but Allan (who knows!) said it’s really good!
There are fantastic facilities for the golfing enthusiast in the Paphos area of Cyprus … Beats a bracing 18 in the wind and rain at St Andrews!!! There are currently 3 main golf courses in the area, but more are planned. The Tsada Golf Club is situated about 45 minutes drive away, the course is situated in the hills of Tsada and is set in the grounds of a 12th century monastery. Situated on the outskirts of Paphos at an altitude of 550 meters above sea level ensures cool breezes during summer months. The clubhouse facilities include bar, restaurant, tennis, outdoor swimming pool a driving range and a putting green. Tsada can lay claim to being the first grass golf course built in Cyprus. Completed in 1994. This 18 hole golf course, designed by Donald Steel, blends effortlessly into its natural surroundings. The fairways, lined with numerous fruit trees and grapevines, mostly have uphill, downhill or side hill slopes. The golf course measures 6,060m, plays to a par 72 and accommodates players of all abilities. Secret Valley Golf Club is just a 40 minute drive and offers stunning panoramic views within a scenic valley.
It plays to a par 72 and measures 6,120 meters. It has a driving range, chipping area and putting green and is close enough to get in some daily practice! Secret Valley is a prestigious course set in the renowned area of ‘Petra tou Romiou’, the legendary birthplace of Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love. A scenic valley surrounded by natural rock formations and mature trees, makes this a popular course for players in terms of its playability and enjoyment. The Aphrodite Hills Golf Complex has a championship course just a few miles further up the coast near to the birthplace of Aphrodite. Designed by Cabell B. Robinson, this Cyprus golf course was officially opened in 2002 and is considered to be one of the best in Cyprus. Surrounded by a protected forest, the fairways cut a swathe through lakes, olive and carob trees and the golf course comprises two plateaux separated by a dramatic ravine which offers golfers an original and breathtakingly stunning backdrop. The Aphrodite Hills golf resort itself spans a massive 234 hectares (578 acres) with the golf course weaving in and around the development. The golf course is 6,299m long and plays at a par 71/70
- More Stuff to do!
Explore the ancient history and sites of Cyprus: Tombs of the Kings, The Byzantine Museum, Ancient Amathus, Temple of Apollo, near Kourion, Curium, Greco-Roman Theatre, Basilica Curium, Kition, Chirokitia, Kalavasos … to name a few!
- Swim in the Adonis Freshwater Falls
- Eat a gut-busting Sunday lunch BBQ at the Last Castle
- Spot the wildlife
- Visit the Cyprus Zoo
- Explore the harbours at Latchi & Paphos
- Try out the bars & restaurants
- 10 Pin Bowling & Archery
- Fishing from the beach or boat
- Carting & Quad Biking
- Visit Turtle Beach
- Shopping at Paphos (One for the women!)
- Discover Neo Chorio village. A wonderful example of a typical old Cyprus village. See old houses restored in traditional stone. Watch old ladies weaving in the traditional way. Visit the village pottery shop. Enjoy authentic home cooked food at the tavernas
- Take a picnic and drive to one of the forest picnic sites: Agios Merkurious – near Argaka and the Makounta dam, Livadi – situated above Pomos village, Smigies – the most popular picnic site, near Neo Chorio on the Akamas peninsula
- Visit a local winery: Vasilikon winery at Kathikas, Kolios winery at Statos Agios Fotios near Panagia, Vouni winery at Panagia, Ezousa winery in Kannaviou, Tsangarides winery in Lemona
- Go on an adventure to Cedar valley. Make sure you walk up to Tripylos from the picnic site in Cedar valley – the views from 1362m are spectacular
- Stop at a monastery to sample the “home brew” (wine!) on the way back – Chrysorrogiatissa or Ayia Moni
- … and more!