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|The 8th hole at Aphrodite Hills is overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. (Courtesy Aphrodite Hills resort)|
In Greek mythology, Aphrodite was the god of love and well known for her immense beauty. When mortal, she emerged from the foaming Mediterranean Sea and was revered by all. Overlooking the very same spot, one can understand why the Aphrodite Hills Golf Resort in Cyprus has retained her name.
Constructed near Paphos, is this luxurious and casually elegant, fully integrated community of residence, golf and leisure activities.
Golf was almost certainly not part of Ancient Greece, but it's here. An 18-hole championship course has been created by architect Cabell B. Robinson. Taking five years to complete, it claims to be one of the best the Mediterranean can offer.
"I first visited the site nearly 20 years ago and was impressed with the inherent potential of this land," Robinson said. "I have kept the fairways spaciously wide between the trees, the greens on the large size, and both men and women have two sets of tees to choose from to match your capabilities. Challenge it from the very tips, however, and in a bit of a breeze, and that can be a whole different story."
The course plays either side of a central ravine with holes winding their way around and through. It can become quite challenging at times but at around $50 (U.S.) for a round including a cart, playing often will not develop a nervous slice.
The longtime efforts resulted in Aphrodite Hills being awarded the INVgolf award for "Best New Integrated Leisure Resort in Europe 2003."
In total, the resort cost more than $300 million to build including the five-star deluxe InterContinental Hotel, which has a total of 290 rooms and suites plus a presidential suite with private pool.
Overlooking Aphrodite's Rock, the hotel caters to both golfers and guests wishing to simply unwind. A full range of facilities will please the lovers of luxury, mythology and tradition.
The resort can also cater for corporate events and functions with top quality conference facilities.
"The resort serves as a prime example of how Cyprus can upgrade its tourism product, offer high-quality hospitality services to foreign and Cypriot citizens and make a positive contribution to the Cypriot economy," Conference Director Peter B. Heilmann said.
Set in the middle of this unique development is the traditional Cyprian Village Square, reflecting the typical unhurried atmosphere of Cypress and built from locally quarried stone.
Including many restaurants, shops and bars the Village Square is the first choice as a meeting point for residents or guests. Amenities including a bank, pharmacy, mini-market, flower shop, travel agency, electronics shop, gallery shop, optician and luxury fashion and jewelry boutiques are also available.
With local laws allowing foreign ownership of property, purchasing a property is made very easy. Available are a range of pre-designed and custom villas, which start at around $520,000, and apartments starting at $450,000.
Every home at Aphrodite Hills is designed, fitted and finished to high-quality standards. Designed to be contemporary in their comfort and facilities but reflect a true Mediterranean heritage with pastel-painted walls in typical local style.
Quality of construction is proven with several awards including the "Homes Overseas Silver Award for Best Golf Development."
Whether you are planning a golfing vacation and are looking for somewhere different or you have made the decision to purchase a golfing home, you won't be able to find fault with quality of inclusions and luxury here at Aphrodite Hills Resort.
September 7, 2006
Any opinions expressed above are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the views of the management.
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