The quiet revolution began in 1999 with the opening of the flagship Anassa hotel on the Akamas Peninsular, in the north-western corner of the island.
Suddenly, Cyprus had a hotel to rank with Europe’s finest and a new breed of guest started arriving at Paphos airport for long weekends.
This spring, the island’s two groovy boutique hotels arrived – the Almyra in Paphos and the butler-service Thalassa in nearby Coral Bay. Next spring, Cyprus gets its first resort destination, the Aphrodite Hills. This was where the British Olympic team trained before the Athens Olympics.
Some things on Cyprus never change. The Troodos mountains – with their orchids, sensational views, and cool breezes in summer and skiing most winters – is still deserving a visit for a day or two if you are in easy striking distance. The major hill resorts of Platres, Pedoulas and Prodromos rarely get crowded, and the smaller villages hardly see any visitors.
There are plenty of nature trails and waterfalls, and sublime car touring through somnolent villages, monasteries and Byzantine churches.
These havens are a far cry from the overdeveloped swathes of the island. It is still best to avoid the larger resorts and plump for the smaller bays.
The best time to go? Cyprus is a year-round destination. Even in January, the temperature seldom drops below 60F. May and October are the most comfortable months, whilst those who like to bake in the sun should go in July and August.
Three good reasons to holiday on Cyprus: Cypriots are extremely hospitable, virtually everyone speaks English, and they drive on the left!