Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Sotira (meaning 'saviour' in Greek) is a warm, welcoming place and one of Cyprus's historic 'red soil' villages located a 2 minute drive from the city of Paralimni on the South East Coast of the historic Famagusta province.
The village has an abundance of traditional tavernas, restaurants, bars, bakeries & boutiques. Whether you're looking to shop, eat or just relax over a coffee, beer or glass of wine whilst watching the villagers pass by; it's just a short walk from your front door.
Sotira's cuisine has such a strong reputation that many people make the journey from places such as Agia Napa & Protaras to sample the traditional fayre.
Villavanti is just a 2 minute drive away from the city of Paralimni which offers a wide range of facilities one would expect from a city including large supermarkets, bars, restaurants, banks etc.
Trips to paralimni offer that city break atmosphere where contemporary boutiques stand adjacent to distressed old tavernas and where your senses are treated to the scent of fresh coffee, the sound of church bells and the interaction of people traversing the square. Here you will also find the large scale supermarkets of Kokinnos, Orphanides, Carrefour and Xenis on the periphery of the old town.
Just a 6 minute drive from the complex are the inimitable Fig Tree Bay and world famous Nissi Beach where the 'azure blue' Mediterranean sea await your arrival.
Snorkelling around the secluded clearwater coves of Cape Greko is popular and you will see water sport excursions and boat trips to the uninhabited city of Famagusta advertised widely throughout the region.
Water World (water park) is a family favourite and is a short journey from Sotira.
Whether you prefer the bustling night life or evening seafront walks with the family Agia Napa & Protaras are a short distance away.
Local taxi's will take seven people cost effectively to Ayia Napa for around 17 Euro for a night out.
There is also a popular bus service connecting Sotira with Ayia Napa, Protaras, Paralimin and many of the surrounding villages and as far afield as Larnaca. Local buggy or bike hire is available for a fun day out.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Agia Thekla 5 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Larnaca 40 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The well appointed detached villa has a modern outlook with open plan ground floor comprising a modern kitchen with breakfast bar, substantial dining area, lounge space with 42'' plasma TV/ DVD/ XBOX and downstairs W.C. A Sony ipod docking station is conveniently located adjacent to the double patio doors which open onto the pool area.
The architectural stairs and full height glass block walling offer light onto the 1st floor landing and onto the 3 upstairs spacious bedrooms each of which are furnished with fitted wardrobes, ipod docking stations and finest quality bedlinen. The bathroom comprises a bath, shower, sink & toilet. The master bedroom has its own well equipped ensuite. The 2 twin bedrooms lead out onto the balcony which overlooks the pool. The bedrooms offer views over the surrounding landscape and beyond to Paralimni city.
|Further details outdoors|
Private gardens with palm trees and bird of paradise trees
South-west facing private pool for guest use only
Garden furniture (including parasols) to seat 14 people for alfresco living
- Strictly no smoking & no pets inside the property.
- The air conditioning system is designed to regulate and cool the ambient temperature swiftly. We ask, therefore, that the air conditioning be switched off whenever you leave the property. This will enable us to be more environmentally sustainable and contribute towards maintaining best value for our valued customers.
- A welcome pack is available on request to ensure you have refreshments upon arrival (additional 25 Euro).
The Famagusta region
The Famagusta district spans the full southern edge of Cyprus where infinite coastal views are breathtaking. Beaches, coves, mountainous walks, historic architectural gems and a National Park make it more than just a coastal holiday.
In fact, Cyprus is one of the unique locations of the world where you can ski (Troodos Mountains) and sunbathe (any of the idyllic beaches) at the same time of the year.
It is a region filled with history including the 'ghost Town' of Famagusta which has lain unoccupied since the Turkish / Greek conflict came to a head in 1974. This can be best viewed from the sea where boat trips take sail along the coast from Protarus / Agia Napa to Famagusta whilst telling the story over a BBQ.
Konnos Bay is a shallow shelved bay providing ideal swimming conditions for young families. water sport activities include parascending, water skiing, canoeing and jetskis.
Cape Greko is a wild and rugged National Park which is elevated above the surrounding bays offering uninterupted views of the Med.
Nissi Beach and Fig Tree Bay are two of the most picturesque beaches, not only of the island but of the world.
There are also many highstreets and esplanades to enjoy a stroll with a traditional ice cream.
Sotira has the charm of a small village but a deceiving diversity of amenities. The village is steeped in history, There are a number of churches and basilicas some of which contain frescos from the 12th century.
You will not fail to be impressed by a weekend evening in one of the tavernas playing live music. Here, you will be absorbed by the atmospheric culture of eating and drinking slowly to the backdrop of live traditional Greek music whilst local guests haphazardly rise from their dining tables to proceed to dance with a rhythmic and tasteful demeanour.
It is not uncommon to see families, including young toddlers gathered around the restaurant tables until the small hours; dining here is a very family embracing activity.
Mousikos- Traditional food and live 'greek' music on selected days- Pre booking recommended
Ploumins- Traditional food and live 'greek' music on selected days, extensive wine list- Pre booking recommended
Costas- Traditional taverna. Try the Meze between two with a bootle of wine. Chips are fantastic
Symos- Traditional taverna. Excellent reputation in the region. This is also a good place for premiership football.
Pizza Spice-Excellent pizza takeway.
Vasiliskos- International a la carte cuisine. Excellent steaks and sea bass.
La suite- chilled out bar serving simple food at resonable prices. Large screens play many European football matches from Spanish & English leagues.
Unlike the seasonal resorts such as Agia Napa, Sotira's agricultural heritage makes it an all year destination. If the heat of high season is not your preference, then there are many things to do between January-March & October - December when the milder blue sky temperatures allow more vigorous activities such as sea fishing, rugged walks, or even skiing in the Troodos Mountain range (January to March, dependant on snowfall).
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18 Nov 2013
"Villavanti has it all."
I have just returned from my first ever trip to Cyprus myself and 7 friends stayed in Villa Vanti what a time from the moment we arrived in the dark I might add Paul and Mary the managers of the Vill… More
22 Aug 2013
"First time in a villa and now i'm hooked!"
Me, some friends and family stayed in this villa for a week in June whilst arranging our wedding plans and could not be have been happier!
This was our first stay in a villa but after this it won't be our last.
The villa was clean, tidy and ultra modern and with its quiet location on a small cul de sac it just minutes from bars, shops and restaurants its the perfect location for any type of holiday maker!
25 Jul 2013
"gorgeous villa lovely village not too far from the action"
this is our 6th private villa holiday and i can say that so far this one wins hands down.
Was the first time staying in Sotira,and was a little worried to start with as a cypriot friend said to me why you stay all the way out there, as we usually stay around kaparris close to the main strip & aquarium that goes by pernera protaras and straight into napa.That made me think we would be miles away from everything but we needn't have worried,we always have a hire car and it was a simple drive of never more than 10 mins to get to any of the other resorts.Would highly recommend a car to anyone as taxis can be quite costly and over the years prices seem to be inflated and they charge what they wish.
The villa was spot on,exactly as described,modern and clean,although as always we managed to get lost on arrival trying to find it,we must have driven past the windmill turn and keep missing it,but when seeing it in daylight was so easy to find.
The pool was a good size and also a bonus it was all the same depth as one of my kids refuses to learn to swim but will play in the water as long as he can stand up,at others it has always been too deep,so he was happy,that was until they found the xbox worked! The first day they tried one of their games and it froze,so they said xbox is not working and spent more time round the pool,until about the 6th day when i tried a game and it worked,that was it,was like being back home ,they never moved all day from in front of the dam thing hahahaha.
Paul and his wife who looked after the villa and pool were very friendly,although having stayed in cyprus over 10 years we did not need them for anything,the area around the villa was very relaxing and peaceful,and sotira itself was a lovely charming little village with plenty of bakeries banks and shops to get food from if you didnt wish to go to the big carrefour or lidl in paralimni.
Places to eat/drink :
We ate at Simos once during our stay as we always travel in the evening to the tourist towns and with fussy teens always wanting kfc pizza hut and mcdonalds its a shame we dont get to try the local cuisine as much as i'd like.But the service at Simos and the food was of good quality and reasonably priced,and they have the all important wifi the kids were pining over so much.
Anatolias on the main road before the protaras strip turn,very friendly huge choice of food and good sizes and good value.
Kokos bar in pernera,cocktails 2.50 euros do basic food until 6pm owned by english my lads always had the belly busters which consist of 3 toast 3 sausages mushrooms 2 hash browns 3 bacon, beans and fried egg for a little over 3 euros ,also do jacket potatos and smaller breakfasts
Ayia Thekla beach as recommended to us by a member of staff at Anatolias (one of my favourite places to eat) was only a few minutes drive away and away from the bustle and hustle of the other larger beaches such as nissi,although my other half prefers nissi as you dont get rocks in the sea.
Anyone wishing to dive I highly recommend Taba Diving outside Pernera Beach Hotel,scuba steve and his team are a great bunch of folk and we have used them the past 5 years or so,my oldest went on 2 consecutive days.
I have to mention Margarita bakery on the way back to the villa just before Carrefour,oh my,the range of cakes they have is amazing,not good for the diet but anything and everything you can think of,i had a kinder cake slice,my son had a maltesers one and it was so yummy and i think it was around 1.80 euros for a slice and they are big slices!
all in all a very enjoyable place to stay and I would not hesitate to return in future,the only things i may suggest is if there were proper mats for the sunbeds round the pool,as you do get a numb bum after a while,other villas we have stayed at have the blue plastic covered foam type ones you get on the beaches,also one of the arms on the umbrella was snapped off so it didnt seem to go up properly,although it does tend to get quite windy,so maybe that had caused it to break previously.
And maybe a shelf in the bathrooms,the first thing i said when walking into the bathroom was who put the cupboards up a giant lol,i am only 5'4 and it was impossible to see myself in the mirror to put in my contact lenses unless i was on tiptoe as could only see the top of my head :) and the shelves in them did not have room to put toilitries in as they were not tall enough
other than those comments the villa was a perfect place to stay and unwind and would recommend it and the area to anyone in a heartbeat .If you want to buy inflatables and bats and balls for the kids do not buy from the tourist areas,inflated ridiculous prices can get a ball from lidl for 2 euros we paid 6.95 same with the bats and balls can get from carrefour for a couple of euros same as the noodles for in the pool in the normal shops you can pay upwards of around 6-10 euros,the 5-7 euro shop(can be found on road towards cape grecko near the donkey shop,it has a huge donkey on the roof lol) also one in protaras strip called tanyas 5-7 and one in napa also, you can get an airbed for 5 euros other shops are around 15 euros for the same
Beware there is a puppy in the opposite cul de sac a villa rented out by locals for the summer,they do not bother with this dog and it will wander in and run inside and you cannot get rid of it,although it is friendly enough and just after fuss,if you take kids and have inflatables,balls etc pick them up and take them inside after you have finished with them,as we had a snorkle and mask vanish,a volleyball,and came back to find some of our inflatables were punctured the morning after we had been out for an evening,and we are quite certain it has to be the puppy as on our day of departure we happened to spot our mask lying by their poolside
14 Aug 2012
"Fantastic Holiday could not have been better A************"
My wife, 2 children (aged 7 & 10) stayed here in this villa in October and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The small estate where the villas are in Sotira are second to none and this was our 3rd holiday in this estate and would not want to go anywhere else! The villa itself is excellent with 3 large bedrooms with master en-suite, great open plan living area, dining area and kitchen are so spacious and clean with all new modern appliances and furniture. The private pool is fantastic and so clean and inviting. The management couple from the UK live on site and they are the most lovely couple you could meet, they make sure everything is perfect for your stay they are great we think a lot of them, they do a fantastic job!! Sotira itself is great it as a fantastic bakery which does lovely croissants for breakfast and its a 5-10 minute walk and its called the Euro Bakery, there is one just around the corner from the villa but we prefer the Euro Bakery. There are some nice places to eat also in Sotira especially Old Simos which once you've gone there you will be sure to go again, fantastic food, big portions and very cheap and Simo and his family are extremely welcoming, they also do a take away menu which you can ring up then collect which is a 5 minute walk away. If you would prefer to venture to Ayia Napa its only a 10 minute car journey so you have the best of both worlds with the villa. I cannot recommend the villa enough and will be sure to return again, soon!
14 Aug 2012
"Fantastic Villa Lovely Village"
Accomodation was spot on. Exactly what it says on the tin.
The local village is excellent with a couple of really good taverns. Highly recommend Simos for great food and very friendly atmosphere.
A short drive to a wonderful beach which has numerous water activities.
All in all a great holiday was had by all the family young and old.
31 May 2012
"The Villa is perfect"
We have just returned from a weeks holiday at the villa Villavanti, the villa is perfect it had everything you needed. It was very clean, the pool was great to cool off and relax around.
Barney & Sheila are lovely people they were to hand if you needed them and cleaned the pool.
The villa is situated in a nice quiet spot in Sotira, but a short walk to shops bars and restaurants.
We took are 20 year old son for time off work, he appreciated the X Box 360 when he was chilling out.
The villa was easy to find, and from the first contact with Dino Muscatelli that owns the villa he was great.
We will book the villa again in the near future.
Hope that anyone who wants to visit Cyprus will choose Villavanti you will not be disappointed.
Julie & James Durose
16 Aug 2011
"I wish i was there right now sipping on a glass of red watching the sun set."
Loved Sotira, the villa was fantastic.
Whithout going overboard i would live there can not wait to go back.
So relaxing, even with the kids (two under two) feel fully charged.
4 Jul 2011
"Perfect family holiday villa"
From the minute we arrived we were treated superbly and responsively by the resident management team.
The property was new as were all the facilities such as pool, BBQ etc. The cleanliness and layout of villa were second to none.
I think the location in Sotira is it's best kept secret. With water park, beaches and resorts all within close proximity it manages to to maintain all the authenticity of a village and provides amenities that exceed what one would expect of a village including tavernas, restaurants, boutiques etc. All of which are a short walking distance from the villa.
My favourite part of the holiday was that I didn't need to go further than the village for anything we needed and the villa was such a relaxing place to be. So enjoyable we will be returning to this villa next year.
I thought the villa would benefit from more shaded areas and have been informed by the owners that 2 parasols have recently been purchased to accompany external dining suites.
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