Inside the “hidden gem” of Cyprus with beautiful beaches and 60 activities to choose from
CYPRUS is known for having some of the most historic treasures in the world – but I think I’ve found a new gem.
Hidden in an eastern corner of the Greek island, the Robinson Club is a sprawling resort on a wide stretch of sandy shore, backed by fields of countryside.
In the distance are tall, rugged mountains and rolling vineyards, but from here all I can see is greenery and the dark blue ocean.
The hotel opened just over a year ago in the charming village of Alaminos.
And it still looks brand new, with all the mod cons you could ask for. The spacious rooms all have a balcony so you can enjoy the view of the lush gardens and the sea.
More importantly, it has the service to match the serene venues.
We arrived late at night, but the staff made sure we weren’t hungry, with local meats, cheeses and fruit waiting for us in our room.
This is the type of service I long for but very rarely find.
We stayed in a standard double room which had all the essentials for tea and coffee, large screen TV and fridge plus one of the best power showers I have ever used.
People don’t come here for the rooms, though. It’s the endless fun and sporting activities on the beach that are the real draw.
Adults and children can sample more than 60 sports, from football and volleyball to stand-up paddleboarding and sailing. There’s also a state-of-the-art gym and several outdoor classes, including spin, yoga, and circuit training.
Or you can channel your inner Emma Raducanu on the tennis courts, where you can take expert lessons to perfect your serve and volley.
You can’t beat the delicious kebabs
For me, the archery area had the most appeal.
I was afraid that my first cordial efforts might hurt someone. But after an hour-long lesson, I felt like I could hold out for the Olympics.
Once you’ve exhausted yourself, there’s no better reward than a first-class spa treatment session.
There are three saunas and a menu of soothing treatments, but it was the steam room that did it for me – the perfect place to relax and spend hours.
Of course, you can also do all of this from the hotel’s two pools, which are flanked by bars so you don’t have too far to wander if you want an icy drink.
And drinks are something you won’t miss here.
Every night I decided to catch the last rays of sunshine at the Sundowner event at the beach club.
Lying lazily on an ottoman and sipping a cocktail while the DJ played house music, I watched the warm sun set over the horizon.
Any appetizer should be followed by a slap-up dinner, however.
I am a big foodie and the Cypriot food here did not disappoint.
The main restaurant on the terrace offers delicious Cypriot mezes – you can’t beat the delicious kebabs, fresh fish and halloumi and feta cheeses, all accompanied by locally sourced salads and vegetables.
There are also classic dishes from Asia and the rest of Europe, as well as a beach restaurant.
After days spent between the tennis courts, the beach, the spa and the restaurant, you might want to venture outside to get a real taste of the country.
After all, Cyprus is a charming island and worth exploring.
Spicy Syrah wines and fruity Rieslings
Luckily, guests have access to the Tui Collection service which offers out-of-the-box excursions, so you won’t have to worry about planning.
The picturesque Troodos Mountains are an incredible sight – you can even ski there in winter.
From there we headed to the village of Omodos, where the narrow streets are perfect for a relaxed stroll.
Pass by the bustling market which gets a lot of noise as people try to grab a bargain or two.
The magnificent monastery is also worth a visit.
It is a huge stone building with high arches, magnificent wooden ceilings and precious objects.
Or, if you haven’t tasted enough of Cyprus’ juicy wines yet, the Ktima Gerolemo winery is just over an hour’s drive away.
It is home to rows and rows of lush vines with plump, juicy grapes. The charming staff made us feel right at home, telling us their fascinating history as we sampled spicy Syrahs and fruity Rieslings, all made in these lands.
But I was blown away by the Kourion archaeological site, which is the island’s most famous historical site.
The ancient remains of the ancient city are full of traditional baths, walls and designs dating back thousands of years – and the restored outdoor amphitheater is simply breathtaking.
Nothing could beat my sunset night at the hotel, though.
Even an exquisite amphitheater cannot compare to the sight of a setting sun and peaceful waves lapping on an empty shore. Pure happiness.
GETTING THERE : For the best prices for flights, see tui.co.uk.
STAYING THERE: A week full board at 4H Robinson Cyprus, arriving September 17, is from £1,179 pp. See robinson.com.
MORE INFORMATION: The exclusive Tui Kurion, Klossi and Winery tour is from £51 pp. See tui.co.uk/things-to-do/paphos. For more on visiting Cyprus, see visitcyprus.com.