Spa treatments and wellness resort stays are usually something I reserve for my birthdays. Not that I would mind getting pampered every weekend, but this little indulgence feels wrong for me if there is no particular reason for it. How sad, I know.
As a Christmas gift from my au-pair me and my husband got one free weekend pass (thank you Janika!), kids-free and worry-free. I jumped at the opportunity and booked a weekend at a resort I’ve been drooling about for a while now (and given my birthday is in November, it couldn’t wait). The resort was on the other side of the island, nearly 2 hour drive away from home in Paphos,
I have to admit the decor and general feel of the place lured me in more than the actual spa facilities and I only had a look at the spa offerings just before we went there.
Without further delays, let me introduce you to Aelia Wellness Retreat.
Located just at the outskirts of Nicosia, this retreat is a new addition to the spa and wellness scene of the capital city. It offers a rural retreat option for those who wish to escape the busy life in the city and discover their inner zen. The retreat offers stunning spacious rooms heavily influenced by Scandinavian design and quest for simplicity, while using high quality natural materials. Every corner of the retreat showcases immaculate attention to detail and a beautiful harmony of design with nature. The entrance to the building is lined with rope walkway, which takes to you a small reception area and that leads further to the central round courtyard where you find doors to rooms, spa and restaurant. The courtyard features a lounge area with plenty of options to get comfortable and relax while listening to the sound of the trickling water around you.
The tranquility extends also to the restaurant which serves locally grown food on eco-conscious tableware – I was loving the recycled glass plates! You can choose between the indoor part which features comfortable sofas (ever so stylish) or the outdoor cover terrace. The menu was very impressive and refreshingly unique. We picked green garden pasta and pork for lunch and then beef stew and truffle oil glazed salmon for dinner – all delicious. The following day I sent myself to the spa and opted for the Back to Basics massage. The spa room is like a scene from heaven – cotton branches hanging from the ceiling lining up the whole hallway, with angelic soft white curtains blowing in the air as you walk into your treatment room. Shame I didn’t have the camera with me to take a picture!
I won’t hold you off for much longer, I promise. I loved the resort very much, even thought I struggled with the concept of relaxing and not doing much. This year is all about slowing down and enjoying the moment and I think this weekend stay was the perfect first chapter.
Aelia Wellness Retreat
location: short drive away from Nicosia, close to Tseri village south of Strovolos.
prices: around 100 eur for two people sharing double room
spa: there are plenty of treatments to choose from, starting from 38 eur for 25 min calming head massage. Full spa menu available here.
facilities & activities: gym, restaurant, bike rental, yoga classes, meditation classes, nordic walking and plenty more – check here. No pool or sauna.
my personal favourites: the spa facilities, great food & innovative menu, beautiful surroundings, attentive and very friendly staff, value for money considering the size of the room and resort type.
what I missed: I was really looking forward to sauna which they didn’t have (but it’s in the plans as the staff confirmed). The location of the resort was right next to main road and when we saw it from distance we initially thought it’s a warehouse. I was missing a bit of greenery outside the building and outside our room, but given it’s very new, it will look completely different next year when the treats and flowers grow.