Ayii Anargyri is a natural healing resort located in an unspoiled countryside close to the village of Miliou.
Me and this resort have a bit of a history.
This has actually been my third visit, but my first time as a guest staying overnight. The first time I came with my husband was when we were hunting wedding venues in Cyprus and found the resort very expensive and lacking any privacy.
The second time, we had dinner here for my husband’s birthday, only to find out that there was a wedding taking place, so while enjoying our dinner we had to listen to strangers’ wedding speech and it was rather a strange dinner experience.
So going here for the third time, I didn’t have too high expectations but was luckily pleasantly surprised. The resort is as I remember it, a very peaceful place in a serene location, charming and bursting with traditional Cypriot character. All you can hear is songs of birds, buzzying bees (even in December) and the sound of water trickling away next to the chapel.
The food has improved dramatically since our last visit a couple of years ago and the value is much better too. We were very lucky and scored a mid-week deal in which for 80 eur you get dinner for two (3 courses yay!), breakfast, room and free entry to the pool & sauna. Not bad, if you ask me! They have dedicated deals available throughout the year, but the best prices tend to be for mid-week retreats.
If you’ve never visited before, you will be immediately charmed by the gorgeous buildings and the village feel of the resort.
There is a main building with a restaurant and lobby, a small romantic chapel where they do weddings, separate spa facilities and the rooms are scattered into different accommodation blocks. In front of the reception is a small sitting area under pergola covered in vines, where we enjoyed a cheeky after dinner glass of wine (or two).
Our dinner was a 3 course menu, with identical starter – shrimp with orzo salad, main course which was an option between duck leg and spinach ravioli and a dessert – coconut cake. Everything was super delicious and they had plenty of wines to choose from.
Only thing that bugged me a bit was the restaurant setting, which seemed to be lacking any romantic atmosphere and it felt like a dinner in a cheap hotel. Apart from that, staff was super friendly and I loved their old bar with the fireplace.
As ashamed as I am to admit, we didn’t actually make it to the spa itself as we arrived late in the evening and left shortly after checkout.
I will leave that for my visit number 4 and maybe take my mum along. In the end, Ayii Anargyri is one of the few places where can you truly connect with nature and enjoy the serene countryside and zen-like peace. What’s there not to love?
bookings: on their website or booking.com
spa: spa offers a complete range of services, the highlight of which are the natural sulfur springs and sauna (at least for me)
location: check the map on their website with directions