After several recommendations from colleagues and friends, my partner and I decided to book a night with friends at Apokryfo. After enjoying the breathtaking views from the mountain winding roads leading up to the village, we arrived and were warmly welcomed by the owner Marios and his staff, who showed us to our rooms and gave us a tour of this unique hideaway.
The design and concept of Apokryfo is remarkable. Every room has been carefully designed and furnished in a way that feels very old and traditional, yet is new and modern. The rooms were spotless, well equipped with very comfortable beds, air-conditioning and fan and TV with DVD player. The hotel also has a small spa and steam room, which we didn’t get the chance to use this time but added to the relaxing atmosphere.
As we were only staying for one evening, we chose to stay at the hotel for both lunch and dinner, which were served outside next to the pool. Each meal was traditionally Cypriot with plenty of salad, pitta bread and grilled meats and everything was fresh and very tasty. Marios did let us know that the village had 2 small restaurants open in the evening but we decided to stay and enjoy the experience at the hotel.
During the day we enjoyed the pool with waterfall and sat with the shade of the trees enjoying the view. During the evening we watched a movie on the large outdoor screen during dinner and enjoyed the wine and soothing music well into the early hours. As the hotel contains only 15 rooms and wasn’t fully booked when we stayed, we actually felt as if we had the place to ourselves and enjoyed several hours of privacy at the poolside.
The location of Apokryfo is idyllic. The views of the mountains are amazing and the local village with cobbled streets and stone buildings is like stepping back in time. The village has very little in terms of shopping facilities but there are other villages nearby if you need to visit a small supermarket during your stay. This is a great base for exploring the Troodos mountains and the surrounding area.
We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and wished we had booked to stay for longer. Whether it’s a day or a week of total relaxation you require, this is the perfect setting. We are lucky enough to have stayed a number of good quality hotels whilst in Cyprus but this definitely stands out as our favourite and exceeded our expectations. We would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to experience the beauty and nature of Cyprus at any time of the year. We will be back again.
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