Laid-back luxe in the Cypriot sunshine
Imagine a holiday at a hotel that ticks all the boxes and caters for all of your and your travelling companions’ different needs. Parklane, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa in Limassol, does just that
One of the hardest things about booking a holiday with other people is satisfying everyone’s non-negotiables. Are there plenty of pools to relax by? A variety of restaurants with menus that appeal to everybody? Is the hotel on a beach? Are there water sports? What about a spa with a dazzling array of treatments? And the ‘Holy Grail’ for those with young children: brilliant kid-friendly facilities?
Happily, over at Parklane, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, every one of these boxes is ticked. Occupying a 1,000ft sandy stretch of beach along Cyprus’ sunny, southern coast and surrounded by 25 acres of landscaped gardens, the hotel is a mere 15-minute drive from Limassol City – and its two marinas, historic old harbour, countless cafés and restaurants, and mediaeval castle.
Cyprus is an island where the sun can shine for up to 340 days a year and the average winter temperature is a balmy 14°C. Need more convincing? The 222 rooms and 52 suites, decorated in tasteful earthy tones, include 17 Park Villas, which have up to three bedrooms and a private pool. There are also four restaurants that cater for different moods and preferences, including The Grill with its surf and turf offerings, Il Teatro with its wood-fired pizza oven, and Dafne, which specialises in fresh fish, as well as Cypriot meat favourites, such as melt-in-the-mouth lamb kleftiko.
Me or us time
Parklane, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, also caters to couples, those holidaying with other adults and solo travellers. There’s an adults-only swimming pool (surely a tempting option for those with their children at Park Kidz, too!) while those seeking a truly relaxing holiday experience can find it in the adults-only wing of the hotel. There are plenty of options for celebrating date night, too. Our tip is The Gallery, where guests can enjoy cocktails, sensational sushi and gorgeous views of the sea. Oh, and if all that romance goes to your head, there’s also an on-site chapel for weddings…
“I’m bored” is a phrase you’re unlikely to hear while holidaying at Parklane, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, thanks to Park Kidz, a huge all-day children’s park that manages to be both fun and luxurious. It’s a safe space for the hotel’s youngest guests (up to 12 years old) to play, learn and make new friends. There’s a 400sqm themed castle, a pool with a pirate ship and waterslide, and an outdoor playground – although if your offspring are more into the arts and crafts side of things, there are plenty of activities for them to get stuck into, too. Budding Mo Salahs and Pernille Harders will be happy to hear about Football Escapes, a seasonal football course founded by Rio Ferdinand and Bobby Zamora for kids aged five to 15. The five-day course includes coaching by a team of UEFA licensed coaches alongside a former Premier League favourite player, and a full kit, medal and certificate once they’ve completed the course*.
Relax and recharge
If your definition of a good holiday is pampering your mind and body with the dreamiest of spa treatments (and a hotel isn’t a hotel without an enormous spa), then you’re in luck. Parklane, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, is home to Kalloni Spa – 3,000sqm of cutting-edge design coupled with a host of serene treatments inspired by the surroundings, such as a face and body treatment with caviar and algae. There are 14 treatment rooms and three spa suites, including two dedicated to Russian banya, a traditional technique where a sauna is followed by a cold temperature plunge pool and a massage. Add five thalassotherapy pools and steam rooms and you’re in spa heaven. And, if you want to go the full mile, book an appointment at the Carol Joy Hair Salon or the traditional Gentlemen’s Tonic Barber Shop.
Keep on moving
Keen to feel the Mediterranean Sea on your skin? Or perhaps swimming lengths of one of the four pools (three of which are outdoor, one salt water) is more your thing? This particular slice of Cyprus is an aquaphile’s dream. The fully equipped water sports centre offers water-skiing, surfing, boating, sailing and scuba diving (PADI-certified). Land lovers, meanwhile, can enjoy a game at one of the three tennis courts and a kickaround at the mini football pitch. Gym bunnies will gravitate towards Parkfit, which has the latest Technogym equipment in a state-of-the-art gym, as well as enjoy the option to join in group cardio and strength classes.
Still need more convincing that Parklane, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa should be your next holiday? No, we didn’t think so.
*Football Escapes has six available dates in 2021, including 5-9 April 2021 (Easter), and the half-term school holidays, from 31 May to 4 June 2021
British Airways Holidays are ATOL-protected, with low deposits and a 24-hour holiday helpline. Book your Cyprus holiday at ba.com/parklanelimassol
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