Sunvil Holidays, the UK’s longest-established, specialist operator to Cyprus, this week launches its 2011/12 brochure,
inviting the independent traveller to experience real island life. Nowhere else can you find holidays to Cyprus as unpackaged,
unusual, flexible and fully protected as this. From the five-star to the family-run, the focus is firmly on developing a feel for the country.
Sunvil’s commitment to the island and its locals stems from the team’s innate passion for the place and pioneering attitude to sustainable tourism. “Over many years we have worked with the local communities and formed strong relationships”, comments Programme Manager, Alexis Josephides. “Our partners know that we’ve never been in business for a fast buck; our interest, like theirs, is in preserving the land for those who live there and for those who visit.”
The emphasis is on the authentic and the variety is unequalled: as well as family-run apartments and exclusive hotels, Sunvil has a broad selection of villas, village houses and inns - usually off the beaten track, often owner-managed, and always competitively priced. Staying in a village, local activities are appealing, including making halloumi (the traditional Cyprus cheese) or hanging out in the ‘kafenio’ enjoying a glass of Zivania (the local raki-type tipple) and a game of tavli (backgammon).
New for 2012 is boutiquey village inn Casale Panayiotis (p75). In the Troodos mountain village of Kalopanayiotis – untouched by time, it has cobbled streets, chapels and the monastery of St John Lampadistis (a UNESCO World Heritage site) – a group of traditional houses has been renovated to create 13 individually-designed rooms and suites. Swim in the village pool, read a book on your balcony, stretch out in the spa and enjoy authentic Cypriot fare overlooking the Setrahos River.
Other character options include: The Library Hotel (p64), an adults-only, ethically restored 19th century property in the traditional village of Kalavasos, with a small spa; and Ayii Anargyri Natural Healing Spa Resort (p30), a former 17th century monastery near Paphos (also adult only), established originally by two monks in recognition of the healing properties of their water.
Early booking offers apply on a large selection of properties, including a saving of £50 per booking on villas booked before 29 February 2012.