Ampeli Villa ("Vineyard Villa") is a modern detached holiday home located in the quiet, friendly and traditional seaside resort of Pissouri Bay in the vine-growing district of south-west Cyprus. It offers sea views, being only 200 metres inland from the beach, with open farmland to the sea. The villa, built by Vineland Developments, is on a private road.
A stay provides the perfect relaxing holiday escape. Air-conditioned, light and airy, the villa is furnished in a contemporary style. Downstairs there is an open-plan living / dining / kitchen area with views of the pool, garden and sea beyond. Upstairs are three bedrooms, each with their own balcony, together with two bathrooms (one ensuite).
You will probably spend most of your time in the garden. Enclosed by hedges, the garden is secluded and ideal for sunbathing, with areas of shade and sun throughout the day, and a welcome sea breeze. The private pool is large enough for swimming and water games, with Roman steps providing a cool place to sit and read a book.
A short 3-minute level walk leads to the resort centre. Here you will find a good variety of restaurants, bars and tavernas, a handful of shops, and other holiday amenities. The beach is just beyond the shops.
Mid-way between Paphos and Limassol, Pissouri Bay is a short drive off the motorway, within easy reach of some of Cyprus's most famous historical sites, golf, water parks, and close to Paphos airport. This makes it an ideal base for exploring the island.
Once discovered, many visitors return to Pissouri Bay year after year. It has a good range of facilities, but has not been over-developed. This appeals to families and couples alike.
The beach offers something for everyone. Those who just want to relax in the reliable Cyprus sunshine can hire a sun lounger and parasol and enjoy watching the more energetic. Cool down with a refreshing dip in the azure Mediterranean. Snorkellers and sailors may even be lucky enough to spot turtles swimming in the bay. When you need a cooling drink or a bite to eat, there is a variety of beachfront cafés offering a shady place to sit. There's also plenty of choice for those who like to try water sports: take a banana boat ride, try waterskiing, hire a pedalo or jet ski, or take in amazing views whilst parascending over the bay. And when you fancy a change of scene, you can always take a boat trip to a neighbouring beach.
A short, but steep drive uphill takes you to the larger settlement known simply as Pissouri. This is a traditional Cypriot village with whitewashed houses in a maze of narrow cobbled streets around a central pedestrian square.
On Wednesday evenings in summer (normally*) this square fills up with visitors and locals who come for the lively Cyprus Night music and dance display. If you watch from one of the taverna tables in the square, you may even find yourself called upon to demonstrate your dancing skills!
In and around the square there are restaurants, bars, shops and banks. Nearby is Pissouri's millennium project - a spectacular modern amphitheatre used for musical and theatrical entertainments.
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Holiday House Pissouri