Waking up in Ayii Anargyri
I awake as the sun rays peak in through the balcony doors. Crisp morning air fills the room. I can smell the mountains. The riverbed. The orange groves in the valley. It’s 7 in the morning. Other than the chirping of birds in the trees outside, I can hear no sound. It’s a beautiful morning at Ayii Anargyri, and it’s time for breakfast.
I wander to the restaurant, past the stone cottages and the pool, past the olive and the orange trees. The restaurant is empty and the buffet is overflowing with a Mediterranean take on the Continental – fresh dates, yoghurt, a honey comb, grilled vegetables, halloumi cheese, cold cuts, village bread and a selection of freshly squeezed juices. The Ayii Anargyri resort promises to offer locally sourced produce to reveal the best of traditional Cypriot cuisine – and it delivers!
After a three course breakfast – indeed, it was three courses, and delicious – we went for a long walk in the nearby forest. After walking off the feast, we headed to the spa.
Ancient Place of Healing
The Ayii Anargyri Spa, which is based on an ancient sulfur spring, was first formally opened in 1649 by two brothers, Cosmas and Damianos. Their generosity in offering treatment often without thought of reward gave rise to the name Ayii Anargyri – Silverless Saints. There is a church on the premises of the resort that holds an ancient icon of the healers.
Today the spa is equipped with modern technology and three treatment pools – for kinesiotherapy, rheumatology and phlevology. Ayii Anargyri has come a long way from the penniless healers of 17th century. But their legacy remains and the resort stays true to the promise of natural healing, allowing for an all-round immersion and offering a sense of profound calm.
Lying in the relaxation room, sipping a cocktail of rosemary and lavender teas brewed from herbs grown at the property, I watch the early afternoon sun pour over the hills across the valley. My mind drifts away and I lose sense of time and space. I feel completely relaxed, almost sleepy, and grateful for the sense of peace.
This boutique hotel in the midst of the Paphos mountain range is a unique getaway, and a beautiful place to unwind and restore your health and sense of balance.
Here’s a link to a special offer for your stay at Ayii Anargyri. For stays from Sunday to Monday, you will get the full breakfast, complimentary access to the spa and a three-course dinner at the cellar restaurant included in the price of the room!
A very generous gift, not unlike that of the founding Ayii Anargyri brothers!