Ampeli Villa, meaning Vineyard Villa, is a modern detached holiday home with its own pool and panoramic sea views. It is ideally situated close to the beach and amenities in the compact friendly seaside resort of Pissouri Bay. Approached along a vine-covered fertile valley, the Vineland-built development is on a quiet private road.
A stay provides the perfect relaxing holiday escape. Air-conditioned, light and airy, the villa is furnished in a contemporary style. The spacious open-plan living / dining / kitchen area downstairs affords views of the pool, garden and sea through two sets of patio doors. Upstairs are three bedrooms, each featuring their own balcony, together with two bathrooms (one ensuite).
Guests tend to spend most of their time outdoors. Enclosed by hedges, the garden is secluded and ideal for sunbathing, as there are areas of shade and sun throughout the day, plus often a sea breeze. Large enough for swimming and water games, the private pool also provides a tranquil place to drift on a lilo, with the Roman steps making a good spot to enjoy a leisurely read.
With uplighters highlighting feature trees, patio lighting, underwater pool lights, pergola leaf 'fairy' lights and solar lanterns, the garden takes on a different dimension at night. Outdoor grilling is a relaxed affair on the family-sized gas barbecue. Or enjoy warm evenings outdoors without the effort of cooking, by opting for a takeaway delivery.
A 3-minute level walk leads to the resort centre. Amenities here include a good variety of restaurants, bars and tavernas, a handful of shops, and a choice of dive centres - all catering for holiday visitors. The beach is just a few steps further.
Mid-way between Paphos and Limassol, in south-west Cyprus, Pissouri Bay is a short drive off the A6 motorway. Within easy reach of some of Cyprus' most famous historical sites, golf and water parks, together with the proximity of Paphos airport make it an ideal base for exploring the island.
Once discovered, many visitors return to Pissouri Bay year after year. The combination of picturesque bay, the beach, the amenities, and - last, but not least - the warm Cypriot welcome attract families and couples alike.
The beach provides something for everyone... A great place for a stroll, jog, paddle or swim. Those who just want to relax in the reliable Cyprus sunshine can hire a sun lounger and parasol and enjoy watching the more energetic, perhaps periodically taking a refreshing dip in the azure Mediterranean. Snorkellers and sailors may even be lucky enough to spot turtles swimming in the bay. There are several beachfront cafés for cooling drinks and a bite to eat. There's also plenty of choice for those who like water sports: inflatable rides, waterskiing, pedalo and jet ski hire, or take in the amazing panorama whilst parascending over the bay. And for a change of scene, neighbouring beaches can be easily reached by boat or car.
A steep and twisting road uphill leads to the older and larger settlement of Pissouri. A traditional Cypriot village of higgledy-piggledy whitewashed houses clinging to the hillside. The cobbled pedestrian square, at the heart of the village, is easy to find. As is the dominating edifice of Apostolos Andreas St Andrew's church just above the square. Village life focuses around these two venues, with festivals and celebrations taking place in both.
For an authentic Cypriot experience, book a table at Platea Tavern in Pissouri Square for their Friday meze dinner. Cyprus Night, as it is referred to locally, includes energetic traditional dancing, in national costume, accompanied by bouzouki music. An English commentary explains the origins of the dances. The highlight of the entertainment involves spectacular glass-balancing feats. Alternatively, O'Vrakas Tavern next door also has a Bouzouki Evening with plate smashing on Wednesdays.
A business hub for locals and visitors, the village has a wider range of restaurants, bars, shops and banks. A meander among the maze of donkey-width narrow side streets reveals the 'real' Cyprus. It's a photographer's paradise: terracotta pots brimming with geraniums, ancient peeling doors, and from the elevated position, fabulous between-the-building glimpses of the distant sea below.
Along an attractive alley off the square is Pissouri's millennium project - a magnificent modern amphitheatre. Perfect for music, dance and theatre performances, there's a programme of events throughout the summer. Beginning in daylight, with the audience facing the stunning Mediterranean backdrop, and finishing under floodlights after sunset adds another ingredient to the experience. Check our What's On Guide to see if there's an event coinciding with your stay - highly recommended. Tips: Book early, as amphitheatre shows are very popular with the village community, take cushions to sit on, and fill the cool box with your choice of refreshments.