From: Spa Secrets,
With views of the golf course and the glittering sea, the InterContinental Aphrodite Hills is a gem of a resort in Cyprus. But it's the resort's spa, The Retreat, that was the real attraction for me and I headed there as soon as I could. I was given a warm welcome at reception with a signature drink and a professional, unhurried approach by the staff, making me feel relaxed from the outset.
The spa has 24 treatment rooms and is light, airy, cool and Romanesque in design, with a view from the entrance of the beautiful infinity pool at the back and the sea beyond, twinkling in the bright sunshine. I had opted for the Thermae Experience and the Royal Thai Massage – both of which were amazing. The therapists from both Cyprus and the Far East were polite, pleasant and gentle mannered, with an intuitive touch.
For the rest of my visit I enjoyed the spa's facilities including the infinity relaxation pool, thermal suite with steam and sauna and the beautiful ornate domed Turkish Hamam. And there was still time to try out the rest of the resort including the 18-hole golf course – quite a challenge – and some of the restaurants, including the Japanese and Euro-Asian cuisine at the Leander Restaurant, which was delicious.
On the menu: Extensive menu of treatments including aromatherapy massage, hydrotherapy, stone therapy, waxing, exfoliating wraps, skin care, salt glow, manicures and pedicures.
Signature treatment: Thermae Experience and Royal Thai Massage
Cost: From £124 per night for a double room
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