The old: Yiangos And Peter
Cyprus wouldn’t be Cyprus without knockout seafood, and this small restaurant near the harbour (known simply as Y&P to the locals) is the place to get an authentic, freshly caught sample. Fish lovers will adore the glistening gavros (sardines) and you can even select a catch from the fresh ice display.
Leoforos Akamantos, Latsi (+357 2632 1411)
The new: La Maison Fleurie
A classic French restaurant with worldwide accolades, lovers of gastronomy will be in their element here. The food is so incredible that La Maison Fleurie is the only restaurant in the whole of Cyprus honoured with the prestigious Five Star Diamond Award.
Limassol (+357 2532 0680)
The old: Mill Hotel
The Kakopetria Mill was built in the middle of the 17th century by a monk, and to this day the restored mill, bridge and water tower continue to be visited by artists and photographers for the picturesque surrounds. The hotel itself is charming and quaint, with warm country-style hospitality.
Milos Street Eight Kakopetria, Nicosia (+357 2292 2536; www.cymillhotel.com)
The new: Londa
Infinity pools, Mediterranean views, gorgeous rooms: you couldn’t really ask for much more. This contemporary boutique hotel has all the luxury fittings for a peaceful, refined island escape.
72 George A Street, Potamos Yermasoyias, 4048 Limassol (+357 2586 5555; www.londahotel.com)
The old: Ancient Amathus
Dating back to Archaic, Roman and Christian times, there’s an agora (open gathering place), a sanctuary of Aphrodite and the tomb of Ariadne. The Ancient Amathus is great in summer as it’s used for spectacular dance, music and theatre events.
The new: Waterworld
You could cool off in the Med, but why not do it at Europe’s largest water-themed romp: the Waterworld waterpark? Waterworld has actually won 20 international awards, believe it or not.
Ayia Napa (+357 2372 4444; www.waterworldwaterpark.com)
Cyprus Airways (www.cyprusairways.com) has return flights from Dubai to Larnaca currently starting from Dhs2,100 return