Idyllic beaches, scenic mountains, and tasty meze are great for rejuvenation. Add in some spa time, and your bliss is all but guaranteed. Take a look at the top spa hotels on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus.
Four Seasons Hotel is a luxurious resort property with 296 rooms. Most of the property was renovated in 2016, including the gorgeous spa with Shiseido and Aromatherapy Associates treatments. Spa features include a heated, chromotherapy-lit indoor pool, a hot tub, a sauna, and a steam room. Adjacent is a modern fitness center with two rooms: one room is for stretching and the other is filled with cardio and weight-training equipment.
Set on green garden grounds right overlooking the Mediterranean, the 239-room Amathus Beach Hotel Limassol is a luxury hotel with two sections of private beach. Along with the long beachfront, the hotel's Amathus spa is one of the hotel's main draws. The space is decked out in American walnut and marble from the Greek island of Tinos, and awash in shadowy mood lighting. The eleven treatment rooms are off a floating walkway lined with calm reflecting pools, and there are also sauna and steam facilities and an impressive relaxation room dubbed the "Garden of Senses," with beds tucked into mood-lit alcoves along another floating walkway amid plants and waterfalls. The adjacent fitness center is well-equipped with modern cardio and weight training machines, along with instructors for yoga and Pilates classes.
Sulphur-rich waters from a nearby spring feed the three jetted pools at this 56-room wellness boutique in western Cyprus. Nearly all the guests here come specifically for the incredible adults-only spa and the peaceful, wooded valley setting. The vast treatment menu nearly 100 options; there are some usual spa suspects to be found, but many skew more exceptional: think float therapy, underwater massages, and sulphur mud "cocoons."
The 287-room Merit Crystal Cove is a luxury resort on Cyprus' north shore. Opulence is the name of the game here, and not a drop is spared on the 16,000-square-foot Crystal Spa, home to a gorgeous marble Turkish bath with decorative ceramic wall tiles and a domed ceiling. Additionally, there are two smaller Turkish baths for private use, as well as an indoor pool with a starry ceiling, a hot tub, a snow room, a sauna, and a mosaic-tiled steam room. Treatments go from classic (Swedish massage, hot-stone therapy) to Ayurvedic (shirodhara, abhyanga) to Asian (Balinese, shiatsu).
Aphrodite Hills Golf & Spa Resort Residences refers to the upscale vacation rentals division of the larger Aphrodite Hills resort, which also has a 290-room hotel and a number of permanent residents. The resort's fantastic spa -- called The Retreat -- features a gorgeous infinity pool and outdoor whirlpool, both with stunning views of the hillside and sea. Inside, there is a thermal circuit with a sauna (thoughtfully designed with a window for more views), a steam room, a glass-domed hammam, a frigidarium with ice chips, and a tepidarium with heated lounge chairs. The Retreat even has a mini-spa (called Pamper Spa) offering manis, pedis, and express facials for kids Note that the spa's well-equipped gym costs a (reasonable) daily fee, but guests staying in certain villas can access it for free.
Sunrise Pearl Hotel & Spa is a 146-room luxury property, steps away from a sandy beach with clear blue water. Taking the sense of luxury and leisure up a notch is Pearl Spa, the hotel's large, tranquil wellness center. Pearl Spa amenities include a sauna, a steam room, and a snow chamber, as well as foot baths, experience showers, relaxation areas, and dipping pools -- one underneath circular skylights. The inner sanctums of the spa are lined with small, semi-reflective tiles that bring out the colors of each room, from warm gold to cool slate.
Without a doubt, this upscale boutique hotel's best feature is its gorgeous subterranean spa. The dimly lit space's crowning feature is an ozone pool that's heated to body temperature and used for hydrotherapy treatments. Nearby is a whirlpool hot tub, as well as steam and sauna facilities (free for hotel guests, but reservations are required). A small window at the top of the spa with views into the hotel's main outdoor pool, so spa guests can watch people swim by like fish in an aquarium.