Londa, the first couture hotel in Cyprus, has recently reopened following an 18-month, multi-million dollar transformation. A new member of Great Hotels of the World, the hotel has been remodelled as a contemporary business and leisure hotel, with upscale facilities for in-house guests as well as island residents.
Located on its own sandy beach near the bustling town of Limassol, the new-look Londa Hotel features 68 rooms in total. These range from studio rooms to one-bedroom, executive, honeymoon and presidential suites, all spread across seven floors. The interior design of the property is contemporary classic, offering modern and elegant designs, which pay homage to the heritage of the island and use influences from the sea, as well as Cypriot lace, antique filigree silver and wood. Furnishings follow neutral shades and clean lines, while bedrooms are given vibrant accents of colour and texture. Rooms are customised and individualised by maritime reference and boast either stunning panoramic sea-views or outlooks over the town of Limassol.
The property’s hallmark is its stunning view over the Mediterranean and the interior design has been developed to highlight this. White marble has been used throughout the entrance and lobby, accented with black wood ‘pathways’ leading down to the sea. Similarly, the high-ceilinged lobby features a mix of styles and lighting, all designed to highlight the view and complementing the huge sliding glass doors which open out to the sea. Avoiding minimalism so not to sacrifice comfort in pursuit of style, the hotel has been designed as one for both today and tomorrow.
The hotel is further complemented by its new restaurant and cocktail bar venue, Caprice of Mykonos. The restaurant offers minimalist interiors which are set off by Mediterranean cuisine served with a twist, while the bar has a number of icon cocktails and snacks that are set to become crowd-pullers in their own right. The bar will be open throughout the day, adapting its ambience accordingly. From serving morning espressos and traditional silver service afternoon tea, the bar will later move into cocktails before the resident DJ takes centre stage. Other dining opportunities include on the terrace and deck overlooking the sea, the pool-side bar and the ever-popular street-side patisserie.
Facilities at the hotel include the Londa health and fitness centre, which will help guests achieve a perfect balance of body and mind through its control, fitness and revitalisation programmes. The gym features a range of exercise facilities, including cardiovascular and strength equipment.
The spa, with its sauna, steam bath, plunge pool, Jacuzzi and jet shower, provides total relaxation and body revitalisation. Body treatments include body wraps and mud treatments for cellulite, body firming and slimming, as well as massages for relaxing, aromatherapy, lymphatic drainage and other medical conditions.
The hotel also caters extremely well for conference guests, providing the Alpha Omega and Executive Board Rooms which can accommodate 70 and 12 persons respectively. Rather than a business centre, the hotel offers wireless technology around the hotel; including the lobby area, restaurant terrace, pool decks overlooking the sea and even the complimentary use of laptops.
The hotel’s service options are also pioneering, moving away from impersonal concierge desks and business centres into a ‘Services on call’ approach. The service is available across all areas of the hotel and examples include PA on call, concierge on call and even nanny on call for times of need.