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Back to nature at the Natura Beach Hotel & Villas September 9, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Cyprus Paphos, Hotels Cyprus.

For those who like the quiet life or like to be close to nature, it is hard to beat the Natura Beach Hotel in Latsi.

Latsi and the Akamas nature reserve area had always been a favourite destination for our holidays, so we decided to check out the accommodation available in Polis and nearby Latsi. Once an important Kingdom, the area now offers a unique combination of sandy beaches, stunning countryside and some nightlife. The mild climate guarantees an abundance of wealth in flora and fauna specimens and wildlife. Our chosen destination was Natura Beach Hotel and Villas, on a beautiful bay at the edge of the Akamas.

The hotel’s understated buildings and the fact that the entire complex is hidden in lush vegetation, mainly citrus trees, makes it hard to spot from the road. The row of five villas is only a stone’s throw away from the main building and other facilities the hotel offers. The self contained three-bedroom villa that was going to be our home for the next days had stunning views of the bay and low profile hotel buildings on one side and the orchards on the other.

The bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms, were rather spacious. Each villa has a lounge and dining room, well equipped kitchenette, air-conditioning and heating in all rooms, satellite TV and radio, direct-dial telephone, a safe deposit box, and a private car-park. The cherry on the top was the 4x8m private pool. The secluded garden offered privacy.

The row of golden crest that mingled with the banana tree laden with fruit and sky reaching cypress trees provided a natural barrier between the villas. The neighbouring orchard on one side and a strip of olive groves on the other safeguarded the privacy needed to bathers from prying eyes. Huge rosebushes with delicate rosebuds provided the scented material and touch of home as swiftly they were cut and placed in a makeshift vase. Nature lovers will appreciate the early morning calls from roosters and the chirping of lively birds and other sounds not associated with city noises.

The hotel’s policy is based on a water and energy saving concept. All waste water is treated in a sophisticated biological station and then used to water the lawns. Solar panels are used for heating the water in the villas. All lights and air-conditioning in the bedrooms will go off when the key holder is removed from the slot thus avoiding the waste of energy while the guests are away. The air-conditioning will also go off if the balcony glass doors are not well shut.

The hotel’s small room capacity, 60 twin and double bedrooms in the main building and garden wings, reinforces their policy of respecting the environment. Discreet outdoor lighting and hardly any high pitched sounds in terms of hotel animation programmes safeguard the ecosystem. The lawn leading to the beach is higher than sea level and after a gradual descent via the paved path you encounter the protected turtle nests and an abundance of multicoloured pebbles. The long stretch of sandy beach that runs along the hotel’s beachfront has no sign of any umbrellas or beach beds.

Most of the beach is scattered with turtle nests and humans are the intruders here. On our daily, pre-breakfast swim in the sea, we would check up on some of the nests and try to decipher the footprints leading to them. On one such occasion, a bird predator’s footprints were well spotted and if it wasn’t for the metal protection strategically placed over the nest, the future of the turtle eggs would be uncertain. The turtle nests are monitored by a local conservation centre but also by hotel staff.

The garden, lit only by a couple of low lights leading to the beach reinforces the hotel’s policy of providing guests, tourists or otherwise, with relaxing and serene surroundings in complete harmony with nature. For those seeking a more active itinerary there are tennis, basketball and volleyball courts. The hotel’s mini gym is adequately equipped for a workout and for those enjoying a challenge, there are mountain bikes for rental. The hilly landscape is ideal for a strenuous ride or walk. For a gentler walk or jog, the very long stretch of sandy beach that leads to Polis camping site and to Latsi harbour is a good option.

As a holiday retreat, the hotel, and the villas in particular, is an ideal base for nature
lovers and bird watching enthusiasts. The nature trails of Akamas are very near and depending on the season, the hotel organises guided walks to the area. Polis’ open-air cafes and the more active nightlife of Latsi offer a choice of entertainment.

Natura Beach Hotel and Villas, POBox 66162, Polis, Paphos. Tel 26 323111, Fax 26 322822, email natura@cytanet.com.cy 

For more information > http://www.natura.com.cy

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