“A boutique spa hotel uniquely created across several restored houses in a historic village high in the Troodos Mountains”
Although more is in prospect (including a mountaintop winery and swimming pool), the results to date are wonderful: 41 immaculate hotel rooms, a choice of restaurants serving traditional Cypriot fare (and more universal options in a third), a stunning spa, and activities offering an insight into local life. After two hours strolling the village we felt at home, after two days we wanted to make it our home.
Information provided by Casale Panayiotis on 23/09/2020.
Cleaning and hygiene
Pandemic Management Team in place, fully briefed by professional Health and Safety Consultants, responsible for ensuring all employees fully trained in hygiene procedures and provided with correct PPE; all in accordance with WHO guidelines and national advice. All front-line employees have been tested for Covid-19. The door to your room sealed with a ribbon before you enter, to indicate you will be the first to enter the room after it has been cleaned. Daily housekeeping now on-demand only. The mini-bar is fully stocked at check-in and only refilled on request. Housekeeping team trained to ensure that the room is fully sanitised at each clean. All air-conditioners chemically cleaned.
Hand sanitising gels at the entrance to all common areas, including restaurant, reception, elevator doors and public washrooms. Distance markers placed to remind guests of the required distance for effective social distancing. All door handles, tables and surfaces deep-cleaned and disinfected throughout the day.
Food and drink
All meals including breakfast eaten outdoors whenever possible. All indoor restaurant areas subject to additional safety measures. Table layouts reorganised to offer maximum space between tables. Cutlery and crockery sterilised and set on the table when the guest arrives. Breakfast can also be served in breakfast baskets brought directly to the room to enjoy in total privacy.
The spa has additional health and safety measures, including reduced capacity in the Hydotherapy and Thermal Suites in pre-booked 2-hour time intervals, with 30 min in between each slot to allow for disinfection of the area. Herbal Steam Bath is out of use. Guests to arrive 30 minutes before the booked treatment time to allow sufficient time for registration and briefing. Only two people permitted in the changing rooms at any time and they are cleaned regularly throughout the day. Pre-booking use of the spa facilities before your stay recommended to avoid disappointment.
New reception area to optimise social distancing at check-in. Check-in fully automated and completely free of pen and paper. Guests check-in using a tablet, which is disinfected as it is given to the guest.
- We loved exploring the tranquil village and its valley, along cobbled pathways, alleyways and over bridges; the views are high and long
- Unique personal restoration project by the owner and his family who are still very much involved, which imbues the whole with a delightful sense of community
- Outstanding spa with treatment rooms, a snow cave, hydrotherapy pool, sauna and steam
- A good range of accommodation within 7 different 'houses' throughout the village, from studios to 2-bedroom suites, so solo travellers, couples and families are all catered for
- Smiley, friendly and unpretentious service
- It's an hour from the coast and those hair-pin bends are not for the faint-hearted (you may prefer to take a transfer as we did)
- Some may not go for the diffuse nature of the hotel, spread through the village, and prefer a more compact set up
- Some steep sections within the village but there's a mountain elevator to take you to the upper sections
- The only swimming pool is in the spa and under 16s are not permitted, an outdoor pool is planned
Best time to go
Our top tips
- Boutique hotel
- 41 rooms
- Restaurants on site
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Concierge Service
- Bicycles Available
Stay in one of sevendwellings - restored houses - spread throughout the village. Two are on the upper village road, the rest dotted down the slopes of Kalopanayiotis to Byzantino restaurant. Choose between four categories of rooms and suites, varying from open-plan Comfort Studios (those below Byzantino restaurant have cute canopy beds on mezzanine floors) to Junior Suites with a private balcony or courtyard, and 2-bedroom Family Suites (in Heliako in the old town).
We stayed in Maratho (named for wild fennel), beside reception, most of whose rooms have a flower-studded courtyard or balcony, fireplace and beamed cane ceilings. Our Superior Suite had views our private balcony across rooftops to the valley beyond and a sleek contemporary shower bathroom. Details in all rooms include a nod to traditional village crafts as seen in copper bowls, carved figurines, or locally woven bedspreads.
- Air conditioning
- Coffee / tea making
- Safe box
As befits the village set-up, eateries are spread throughout Kalopanayiotis; you'll need to walk to eat at some point, wherever you're staying.
Byzantino, centrally positioned next to the 'village square', will be your first stop as the buffet breakfast is on its lower floor in the Troullino dining space. This features continental fare such as cold cuts, cheeses, yoghurts, hot dishes and baked pastries, all with a Cypriot slant (real honeycomb!), much of sourced from local mountain communities; we ate our fill on the pretty terrace enjoying those valley views. You can also opt for a well-stocked breakfast basket delivered to your room for more privacy. Everything is homemade from the pasta for traditional ravioles and pizza dough to burgers. Above is a cafe for lighter lunches (we partook the goats cheese and pomegranate salad), and adjacent restaurant for traditional dishes; from the three-course menu we liked the simply grilled chicken and smoky aubergine sides chosen from the buffet. An a la carte menu is available too.
Alternatives include elegant Loutraki grill restaurant on the upper valley road, which has great panoramic vistas of the steep-sided mountains. Further along, we had a family meal in Pantheon which serves crowd-pleasing fare such as burgers, salads, ice cream and pastas. For special celebrations you can hire out the atmospheric wine cellar and cocktail bar Cava, which has an underground dining hall.
Other eateries within the village which are not part of the hotel include Theoxenia Restaurant, Palio Cinema and Nous.
- Children's meals
- Coffee / tea making
- Restaurants nearby
- Vegetarian menu
- This is a historic spa village. Pay homage in the excellent Myrianthousa Spa which has wonderful valley views, 7 treatment rooms, hydrotherapy pool and foot baths
- Take a guided walk round the village and valley for the ancient watermill, sulphur springs, the breathtaking UNESCO-listed St John Lampadistis monastery (a venerable place of pilgrimage since the 10th-century) and icon museum
- Discover the network of wonderful local nature trails, all professionally signposted, with a walking map. All the trails are old, walking or donkey trails that once connected villages and chapels & monasteries
- A great base for discovering the Troodos Mountains. Take a picnic and strike out on foot or bike for Mount Olympus, Cyprus' highest peak (1952m), with a ski resort on its northern slopes; look for the shy sheep, mouflon or agrino, unique to Cyprus
- Discover local foodie culture via a cooking class, a halloumi-making workshop, or pick your own in the orchards, meet local wine-makers
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Bee keeping talks
- Cooking classes
- Historical sites
- Mountain biking
- Museums / galleries
- Plantlife / flora
- Private guided tours
- Quad biking
- Rock climbing
- Traditional cultures
- Well being
- Wine tasting
This is a great option for families with older children who don't want to a beach resort to be their only Cyprus experience. Here you get an insight into the history and culture of the mountain villages, there are interesting activities including bee keeping, and kids will enjoy the novelty of roaming around a village rather than being in a conventional hotel. Baby cots are free of charge, staff are unfailingly nice, and there are different accommodation options for every size and shape of family. And a swimming pool is in the planning!
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Family friendly accommodation:
The 2-bedroom Family Suites are best; smaller families can have an extra bed put in to a 1-bedroom suite. In Loutraki, 4 Superior Studios can interconnect to make 2 family suites. Some of the Superior Studios can take a baby cot. We suggest the lower houses (Maratho, Heliako, Ayia Marina) are slightly better than the ones higher (Loutraki, Helianthus) in the village for families as then you're closer to the main restaurant for breakfast; where possible families with young children and babies are housed in the lower houses
- High chairs
- Baby cots
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
A kids menu is available in both Byzantino and Pantheon; our kids had burger and chips, ice cream and brownies in the latter and loved sitting out on the terrace overlooking the town
Kids Activities nearby:
- Mountain biking
- Geo trekking
- Rock climbing
- Visit the beekeeper
- The monastery and icon museum
- Basket weaving and other local cottage industries
Families Should Know:
This is a mountain village so be prepared for lots of steps and some uneven surfaces. There is a road connecting through the village so a stroller will be fine, but you may be taking the long way round rather than cutting through via walkways consequently. There is a lift from the lower to the upper region of the village. Note that no babysitting is available. And that the hydrotherapy pool is only open to those over 12 years of age, the thermal cabins are only for those over 16 years of age.
- Airport: 90 minutes (Larnaca)
- Hospital: 60 minutes (Nicosia)
- Shops: 2 minutes
Casale Panayiotis consists of several restored village buildings strung through in the small town of Kalopanayiotis, in the picturesque Troodos Mountains. Located in the centre of Cyprus, it's less than an hour by car from either Nicosia or Limassol.
Larnaca / Larnaka (112km) and Paphos / Pafos (85km) have scheduled and charter flights from UK and Europe. Larnaca has a slightly wider range of flights. Click on the links below for a list of airlines serving these airports.
From the Airport:
Both Larnaca or Paphos are approximately an hour and a half's drive away from Kalopanayiotis (i.e. another 30 minutes on from Nicosia & Limassol respectively). Note that the distance is longer but the route is faster (on average) from Larnaca than from Paphos. You can take a taxi, book a transfer in the hotel's 7-seat shuttle bus, or hire a car - see our car rental recommendations.
Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.
More on getting to Cyprus and getting around
- Paphos 85.0 km PFO
- Larnaca 112.0 km LCA
- Beach 0.0 km
- Shops 0.1 km
- Restaurant 0.1 km