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“Unexpected yoga retreat”
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Cyprus Villages
Ranked #1 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Tochni
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Shanghai, China
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“Unexpected yoga retreat”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2012

Surely not the place that comes first in mind for a yoga retreat but thanks to Sylvia, a very experienced yoga teacher but also a terrific coach, this retreat was far beyond my expectations. A very different approach from the usual classes i attended. Slow pace, deep into positions, breathing techniques and much more.... As for the accomodation, here again very different from the usual hotels as you stay in your own house in the middle of the village. The view is great, the sunlight on the village is something you can't get enough of. And last but not least, the kindness of the owner, always willing to please and make your stay agreable....

Room Tip: Rooms on the ground floor might not be best as isolation with the upper flats is not optimal
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2012

The village is lovely, and the people too. We had originally booked five nights, but left a night early in our eagerness to explore Northern Cyprus - they we very understanding about the change to our booking, and we truly regretted leaving. We stayed in a few other places, and nothing compared to the atmosphere of the village, the great view at breakfast and the comfortable beds. We will certainly be going back.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Frankfurt, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2012

If you care to be completely integrated in the original atmosphere and culture of the country you are visiting in your vacation, then you'll be delighted with Cyprus Village in Tochni, Cyprus.
Tochni is situated in the middle of the southern part of the island, from where the most important atractions are easily reached by car. The Cyprus Village team and owner (Mr.Sofronis) are extremely helpful and always open to give a piece of advice. The breakfast buffet is delicious!
We absolutely loved the experience and strongly recommend it!!!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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West Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2012

We learned about this place via the Internet and were pleasantly surprised by the beauty, cleanliness, and comfort of the location. Smack in the center of Cyprus, ideal for day trips to Paphos, Nikosia, Larnaka, Limassol, the Troodos mountains, and, of course, the "Turkish Republic of Northen Cyprus".
We lived in the Villa Myrto, a charming former farmhouse, nicely restored, slightly away from the center of town. Breakfast (what a spread!) was served at the main house, to which we returned almost every day after our excursions for a scrumptious supper, Cypriote style. The director of the Tochni Villages, Sophroni, a former Stanford student, was most helpful and delightful to talk to. Lots of Germans, Dutch, and other Europeans were there, mostly for biking and hiking, astonishingly hardly any Americans who would explore this rich island for its historic treasures. We loved the place and think that jaded US travellers who have seen everything else would love to go to this enchanting place and have the vacation of their lives.

Room Tip: We lived in the Villa Myrto, slightly outside of the village. The rooms assigned to us did not appea...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Durham, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2012

Despite one of the most tragic pages of recent Cyprus history, the Tochni village has resurrected itself with a novel idea from Mr.Sofronis who has renovated a number of forcefully abandoned houses to give the village a welcome appearance of inns accommodating visitors from all over the world.
The concept oddly named “Cyprus Villages” comprises a number of nicely renovated houses, all self sufficient with some of them clustered around swimming pools and scattered around the village with a focal point the Tochni Taverna where the meals are served. We stayed in two of these houses, the Mespilo House and Dana 5 during our three separate visits within two months. Both houses are clean and functional with pleasant front yards and decorated in the classic island style. They were both a little dark with minimal light reaching the interior which is probably imperative for the ultra hot days of summer months. In both cases twisting little village streets lead you from the house to the Tochni Taverna. Since the village geography allows no flat spot it takes some climbing from one to an other.
The Tochni Taverna serves an adequate breakfast and dinner a la carte supplemented with an adequately equipped wine list from local Cyprus wines and other wines. The general atmosphere is jovial fueled by the efforts of the staff.
The staff is cooperative and willing to please and accommodate the requirements of the guests. As is the case all over Cyprus, the hospitality industry is saturated with personnel who are not Cypriots. This colours the impression of the visitor and consequently limits any discussion or inquiries about Cyprus.
We have enjoyed our stay at Cyprus Villages and would recommend others to do so. Good luck Sofronis!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2012

I booked a long weekend at Cyprus villages for my son and his girlfriend. Angela, the office manager was extremely helpful. She immediately replied to all my emails and all my questions and trust me I had tons of it!
She organized the taxi pick-up from the airport , taxi for the sightseeing and all the meals.
Thanks Angela! When my son and his girlfriend arrived everyone was friendly and caring.
The accommodation was fantastic!
The breakfast was plentiful and great variety with freshly sqeezed orange juice every day.
The dinner was also great with different options.
One night at the restaurant the locals invited them over to their table and spent the evening singing and dancing. What a memorable experience!
With the help of the taxi driver -who was also very nice- they were able to see the sights nearby and in Larnaca and Lemesos. All in all it's a lovely place to stay .
You won't be surprised to read that they are already planning to back to Tochni .

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2011

I went on a yoga retreat in Tochni, Cyprus couple of weeks ago, called Inner Harmony Cyprus. I love yoga, and doing it one-to-one with the teacher (rather than as part of a group retreat) was a great experience. And it was sunny!! Sylvia Braun is a great yoga teacher - very supportive and listening to your needs. Definitely a great one if you like yoga or wanted to try it! And it's great to solo travellers. Couples/friends are welcome too though.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
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Property: Cyprus Villages
Address: Mersinies Street, Tochni 7740, Cyprus
Location: Cyprus > Larnaka District > Tochni
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Tochni
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Cyprus Villages 3*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nothing can quite compare with a holiday in the wholesome, serene environment of a village tucked in the hills of Cyprus. CYPRUS VILLAGES offers you the unique opportunity to live in a traditional stone-built village home... Stroll along the narrow cobbled paths to the village square.... Have a coffee in the local coffee shop... And settle into an easy-going Mediterranean lifestyle that respects and nurtures timeless traditions. Before you know, you will be a member of the local community, and will enjoy the generous Cypriot hospitality that can be summed up in a single word, "kopiaste"... Come and join us!CYPRUS VILLAGES was established in 1987 by Sofronis Potamitis, in an effort to revive rural communities and preserve the traditional houses of bygone days. With loving care, several abandoned family houses in the villages of Tochni, Kalavasos and Psematismenos were thoroughly renovated to provide comfort without sacrificing their original, rustic character and are all licensed by the Cyprus Tourism Organization. The villages are situated halfway between Larnaca and Lemesos towns and only 7km to the beach.CYPRUS VILLAGES offers you a choice of 1 and 2-bedroom fully furnished apartments with well equipped kitchens living room, bedroom with en-suite shower/wc and private balcony or patio. All our apartments have access to shared pool in the village within walking distance reserved exclusively for our guests and we have also selective villa complexes with pools shared by maximum 4-5 units. Notice the thick walls, small windows, stone or wooden staircases so typical of our island's architecture of yesteryear. On your veranda, in your patio or garden you can relax with a drink or a book any time of the day. Explore the remote corners of our island and discover its hidden beauty through activities that bring you face to face with the heart and soul of Cyprus. Whether on horseback or on a bike, whether you prefer a leisurely walk, a brisk hike or a morning jog, the choice is yours, including a series of activities and many more that are designed to lead you to the core of rural life in Cyprus. • Riding at our Drapia horse farm • Cycling on professional bikes and guided tours possible• Hiking and jogging on specially marked nature trails• Fishing with a local fisherman • Yoga & wellness spa Therapeutic massage/sports massage/relaxation massage• Watching how to make halloumi cheese and olive oil • Picking oranges and olives (December to February)• Visit the local archeological sites 'Tenta" and "Choirokoitia Neolithic site"Our guests have the opportunity to visit goat farms and watch the villagers prepare theisland's traditional 'halloumi' cheese, which is made from goat's milk. The traditional Cypriot breakfast is known to include fresh halloumi, olives, tomatoes, cucumber and homemade bread. ... more   less 
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