A stay at Casale Panayiotis hotel will make your heart sing as soon as you arrive.
The ‘Little Treasures’ wooden shop sign is the first pointer of what’s to come at independently owned, Casale Panayiotis, in the Troodos Mountains, Cyprus. If you’re anything like me, you’ll immediately know that you’re going to love your stay at this 4* ‘hotel’. And the term hotel is rather loose, at least in terms of conventional hotels.
Casale Panayiotis Cyprus in Review
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Casale Panayiot Rooms
You won’t find a standard block of rooms. Instead, cobbled pathways sweep past vintage cars, up uneven stairs, and underneath canopies of grape vines. Rooms are spread throughout the village; some in clusters of three or four, and others a bit more sporadically with beautiful views over the mountains.
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I stayed in ‘room’ 25. The term room is, again, very loose. It is in fact an apartment, a mini-house, a fairytale home from home. It’s definitely unique and the complete opposite of a cookie-cutter hotel room.
It’s largely due to the spiral staircase that sweeps from the living room and dining room, up to the two bedrooms, bathroom and huge balcony. It’s pretty much a Cypriot manor!
The exposed stonework is the second reason to fall in love with room 25 (though there are many reasons). It’s one of those rustic-modern, fancy but down to earth kinda rooms. You’ll still find a TV in the living room, but you’ll also find a traditional fireplace. You’ll find a lovely dining table for four, but you’ll also find beautiful Cypriot candle holders. The fusion works well.
Whilst it’s pretty dark inside, a visit to the large balcony from either of the two bedrooms will get you your vitamin D fix. The views over the mountains are beautiful, especially at sunset and sunrise. A glow of dull gold just covers the landscape.
If you want to be closer to nature head downstairs and out onto the shared terrace. Pretty flowers and bright green leaves spill out from the ledges. Locals tend to the grape vines. They’ll happily share the fruits of their labour with you too if you give them a smile.
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Casale Panayiotis Spa, Library and Shop
There’s an onsite spa which sadly I didn’t have time to try. It looks beautiful, looking right out over the mountains. It’s impressive, that’s for sure.
There’s also an event space with a banqueting table and curved bar, a library/office area, and an adorable shop selling sweet things like lavender pouches. Of course, they’re all tucked away in different coves of the hotel, but it’s fun trying to find them.
Breakfast is served in the hotel’s restaurant. You’ll need to wander down the cobbled streets to find it. Beautiful crockery line the walls of the breakfast room. Sadly the food isn’t as exciting or pretty as the decor, but it does the job.
Dinner is a lot more fun. Deciding between a table in the conservatory space, outside overlooking the beautiful views or inside in the charming restaurant is a difficult dilemma. Choosing from the varied Cypriot menu is also tricky. Waver for a minute or two and the waiter will soon be telling you what you’re having, so if that’s not your thing order quickly.
The food is very typical of Cyprus – lashings of halloumi, fresh fish, vine wraps…it’s all extremely delicious and very filling, so wear your comfy clothes.
When you can’t take anymore retreat to the candlelit patio for a drink underneath the stars, or then again if you’re lucky to be in room 25 you could always scarper off to your private balcony.
Rooms start from as little as €51pp with breakfast. They’re not lux glossy, but more fancy down-to-earth (if that’s a thing) and such amazingly good value. You can find out more and book here.
Does Casale Panayiotis look like your kind of place? Have you been to the Troodos Mountains or to Cyprus?