Hotel Review: Library Hotel & Wellness Resort
The perfect backdrop for a serene couples’ getaway, The Library Hotel & Wellness Resort in Kalavasos is ideal for short, romantic stays.
Built around a traditional Cypriot courtyard, it houses a collection of 10 tastefully appointed rooms and a suite, guaranteeing privacy and personalised service. Yet, its size does not compromise on the facilities available, and guests have at their disposal all that is normally expected from a hotel: an all-day dining outlet and a tiny bar, a terrace and garden, plunge pool with sunbeds and a spa and wellness centre. Oh, and let’s not forget The Library Lounge – a peaceful, light-filled haven filled with books, magazines, cosy sofas and work desks – a dream-come-true for anyone who likes to read or write. And even for those not so passionate about literature, the lounge is an ideal place to indulge in afternoon tea or a glass of wine by the fireplace just before bedtime.
The whole property is enveloped in a delightful décor. Traditional Cypriot elements, such as wood, stone and ornate ceramic tiles, dominate all the premises, but are refreshed with a touch of modern and luxurious including crystal chandeliers, marble bathrooms and the latest in technology.
My husband and I chose to stay there for our last weekend for two, before our baby is born. With me being six months pregnant and him working around the clock over the Christmas period, all we hoped for was some quality time alone, paired with lots of good rest and great food. What we ended up getting was far beyond that: a truly pampering experience we’ll cherish for years to come.
Upon our arrival, we were warmly greeted by one of the three sisters than run the place, who helped us check-in and showed us to our room. Demetris was then whisked away to the spa for his pre-booked Swedish massage, while I enjoyed a tea in the garden with my book.
Once my relaxed and sleepy hubby rejoined me, we resisted the urge to spend the rest of the day in our plush bed or the in-room Jacuzzi, and decided to walk around the picturesque village and later drive around the region, famed for its vineyards.
By the time we reached the hotel, we were ready for dinner. The food was really good – a modern twist on Cypriot and Mediterranean cuisine. The mushroom platter and chicken stuffed with spinach are a ‘must try’ for those in need of real comfort food! We also ended up having some wine and a dessert, and were surprised to receive our bill in the end and see that our whole three-course dinner for two costed around €40 – very cheap considering the amount and quality of food we got, and when compared to average restaurant prices around the island.
Breakfast was a thrill on its own. Now, I’m not sure if it was me being pregnant and starving or it was really that amazing, but I was thrilled by the amount of fresh fruit, nuts, sweets and the variety of marmalades and honey available. Not to forget omelette, bacon, cheeses and the croissants – all of which I got to taste. Now, it may seem like a modest breakfast spread in comparison with bigger hotels, but considering its size and number of guests, it was spot-on.
And finally, what really made our experience memorable was the service. The three owners seem to be doing pretty much everything around there – from manning the reception and serving drinks and food to fixing the rooms and making sure all guests’ needs are met. We absolutely loved the way they treated us, and we are already thinking of returning there for our first child-free weekend in a couple of months…
By Ana Mladenovic Paschali