Minthis Hills in Cyprus - A room with a view
With Cyprus’ wonderful year round climate, Minthis Hills might be the perfect place for those looking for a luxury property in the sun. Add to this stunning architecture, panoramic views and a fantastic golf course...
Situated on the south-western coast of Cyprus in the heart of Pafos’ wine-producing region, and boasting a breathtaking hillside location, you’ll find Minthis Hills Resort and Golf course. And here, among the ruins of a twelfth-century monastery, luxury properties are being built. So, if you’re an investor looking for your very own place in the sun, where you can enjoy a challenging game of golf without getting frostbite, this might be the place for you.
EASY LIVING. With distinctive contemporary architecture inspired by local culture, Minthis Hills has brought a new dimension to Mediterranean living. Designed by world-renowned architecture firm Woods Bagot, each residence is a fluid series of indoor and outdoor spaces, perfect for enjoying Cyprus’ great year-round climate. Incorporating traditional stone and rich wooden detail with a luxurious modern edge, Woods Bagot has achieved an exquisite, timeless design, which fully exploits the spectacular setting. With floor-to-ceiling windows framing the views and airy open-plan interiors, the villas exude uninhibited elegance. Large outdoor areas are designed for alfresco living, featuring spacious terraces, outdoor fireplaces and infinity pools.
PERSONAL TOUCH. Renowned for their creative design and attention to detail, the architects chose a barefoot luxury concept with finishes flowing seamlessly from interior to exterior, such as the stone walls, which are a distinctive feature of the homes. And if you have something special in mind, Minthis Hills’ experienced interior design team is on hand to help homeowners express their own individual style. Whether it’d be a sauna, a gym or a personal wine cellar, your property can be tailored to suit your individual lifestyle requirements.
PANORAMIC VIEWS. Bespoke gardens draw inspiration from the indigenous Mediterranean landscape, using low-maintenance planting which requires minimal water and thus fuses luxury with sustainability. The use of discrete boundaries provides privacy for the residents without obstructing the expansive and dramatic views of the Troodos Mountain range. With this in mind, Minthis Hills have taken care not to over-emphasise borders, as this would conflict with the characteristic openness of the mountains. Therefore, boundaries are more subtly expressed as low walls, particularly to the front of the plot, while to the rear, planting frames the views and provides screening to the adjacent properties. A varied and extensive tree canopy helps to add visual interest and provide valuable shade.
SLEEP EASY. Another key factor, which makes Minthis Hills such an attractive place to live, is the fact that Cyprus has the lowest crime rate in Europe. Nevertheless, to provide complete peace of mind, the resort has a dedicated on-site security team providing round-the-clock vigilance and assistance, including manned entrances, a 24-hour security patrol and closed circuit TV, thus ensuring a safe environment for both residents and their guests.
CHALLENGING AND ENJOYABLE. With the oldest golf course in Cyprus on your doorstep, you can play a game of golf whenever the fancy takes you. The Minthis Hills course enjoys a historic location, situated in the grounds of the twelfth-century monastery from which the resort took its name. Its tranquil setting and mesmerising mountain views provide the perfect backdrop for a challenging game with its fairways meandering through mature trees and water features. At an altitude of 550m above sea level it’s a course for all seasons, enjoying cool breezes even during the summer. Originally designed by Donald Steel in 1994, Minthis Hills has recently undergone extensive enhancements by Mackenzie & Ebert. The ancient gardens in which the course is set lend a unique flavour, with holes surrounded by grapevines as well as walnut, almond and olive trees. To top it off, it’s a looped course, with each nine returning you to the clubhouse - perfect for halfway refreshments.
PAMPERED. The village square is a focal point of the resort, offering the community a wealth of amenities, including a mini market, crèche and a children's playground. Its Mediterranean atmosphere makes this the perfect setting to enjoy quality leisure time with the family. And if you need a bit of 'me time', then head over to the resort's spa, where a team of highly skilled professionals await you. Here you can be pampered from top to toe and indulge yourself with one of the many treatments on offer. There are also tennis courts, a well equipped gym and an indoor heated pool, so there is no excuse not to get in shape.
FRUITS OF YOUR LABOUR. If you are one of those who have always harboured a secret dream of producing your own wine, well, here you have the chance to do just that. Located in a wine producing region, residents have the opportunity to rent vineyard allotments on the resort. Before starting up, you can receive initial vine training and learn how to tend to the plants. Alternatively, for those who prefer the fruits without the labour, a specialist can take care of it for you, allowing you to relax and reap the benefits.
PASSPORT TO HISTORY. If you feel the urge for a bit of history, there is a medieval fortress, frescoed tombs and remarkable mosaics for you to explore. And just a 10-minute drive away you'll find Pafos, which offers all the essentials of a cosmopolitan city, including stylish boutiques, fine restaurants and plenty of cafes and bars. Here you can wander the streets and soak up the culture, and as UNESCO has added the entire town to its world heritage list, there is plenty of it to enjoy -- Pafos is, after all, the mythical birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty. And now that the government grants Cypriot (EU) citizenship to property buyers spending over € 2.5 million, foreign investors might soon be flocking to its shores. So if you have some money stuffed in your mattress, perhaps it’s time to book your ticket...