THE LONDA HOTEL
When it comes to hotel accomodation, I usually opt for the smaller boutique kind. A unique design with a personalised service will always get a thumbs up from me. I’ve always said “it’s the little things that count” and when it comes to getting it right with hotels, this is very true.
So say hello to the Londa hotel. The Londa has 68 perfectly appointed rooms each peppered with life’s little luxuries including Molton Brown cosmetics, your own Nespresso machine and a personalised hand written welcome note to yours truly. Not to mention the complementary fruit bowl and personal tour around the hotel’s facilities on arrival. To add to the mix I learnt that everything is custom made (rugs, headboards – you name it) and to top it off there are sprinklings of Mediterranean highlights throughout the hotel including Cypriot hand made lace and antiques. The hotel’s unique Italian design was the creation of a highly sought out Milanese design duo- Letizia Caruzzo and Paolo Rancati. The result is oh-so-swish and the perfect combination of Wood and Luxe. Perched perfectly on it’s own private strip of beach, guests can sip cocktails on their sun lounges whilst gazing out over the turquoise waters of Akrotiri bay.
Upon my arrival I was greeted by the General Manager, Jochen who kindly offered to give me a personalised tour of the hotel (at this moment I’m feeling pretty spesh). We sit and chat on the sun terrace overlooking the infinity pool as the sun slowly makes it descend for the evening. I learn about the history of the family owned hotel and how some of the staff have worked there for over 30 years (wowza). It’s with this dedication and loyalty (and obviously great management) that the staff are so happy to help at any given point of time. Being an out of towner with my greek slim to none, the unpretentious attitude of the staff was comforting. On asking “where should I go tonight” the bell boy generously sat down and shared with me his favourite venues to dine, drink and dance (thank you!). To top it off, you even have a personal assistant at your beck and call to fulfil your individual needs. This is the type of personalised service you can expect at the Londa.
As the afternoon wears on, the terrace bar’s exquisite cocktails – and the DJ sweet tunes – forms the perfect partners to a stunning Cypriot sunset. You can choose to spend apres-suntanning in the bar which has a cool pulse to it each night or opt for the Italian inspired Caprice restaurant – or do both like me! The international cuisine – entirely made of national and local products – presents a menu with something for everyone. The chef and team offer many outstanding dishes – created with particular flair and imagination. With everything prepared in the Londa’s kitchen – you can only expect the freshest ingredients. You have to try the Αubergine soufflé and mouthwatering lobster tagliatelle – de-lish! After dinner, you can then spend the evening joining the friendly locals at Limassol’s buzzy beach front wine bars and dance clubs.
Waking up in crisp white sheets to the sound of lapping water has to be the epitome of my heaven! I enjoyed a leisurely run on the sea side promenade – the perfect start to my day. I then indulged in a late buffet breakfast back at the Londa – a spread fit for a King before lazing around the pool and generally soaking up the sophisticated but relaxed ambience.
If spas are your thing – your spoilt for choice with over 50 treatments on offer including access to a pristine sauna/steam and plunge pool zone. The perfect afternoon activity to prep you for a night on the town.
If you’re up for hip and cool with a laid back attitude, then the Londa boutique hotel is for you. Whether you want a flop and drop holiday or a base to explore the island of Cyprus, you will feel right at home at this little gem. I’ll definitely be returning here next time in Limassol. It has a big yes from me and has to be one of my favourite boutique hotels so far.
Yá mas! (cheers)
Londa Hotel sponsored part of this stay but the opinions are my own.
Travel date: November 2014.