Ambelikos Agro Hotel -I feel like returning home!!

Trip Start Sep 27, 2011
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Trip End Oct 12, 2011


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Flag of Cyprus  , Limassol,
Saturday, October 8, 2011


Visiting Ambelikos is like returning home, and this is where I want to take my sister this weekend. I want her to see where my earthly paradise is and share with her some special moments.



I have always much to write about this beautiful Agro Hotel in Pitsilia and every time I come here I find it more and more inviting. Each season is special, and each time I come the place is very different from the previous.


Evro loved our short walk in the orchards as the trees had their fruit on this time. I loved not only this but the fact that I had the chance to cook my own dinner once again made me happy. I cannot find home-made food easily when I am out in Cyprus since I am traveling and visiting many hotels and restaurants, but here it is very different. My friend Aki truly makes me feel like home and I mean it.

See me in the kitchen….I love cooking, I love fine quality wine, I love having  good friends around – and Aki is one such friend, and I also love nature.  I have found all these out here and this is the reason I keep returning here.



Come along to show you around. Read my review first, and then see the photos.

Of course I expect to hear comments from you.

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My Earthly Paradise….I feel like returning home each time!!!

A visit to Ambelikos is like another trip back home for me! I have visited it 4 times last year, and on every trip I try to include it –depending on the time I have. As a Guide Writer who comes to Cyprus in an attempt to search for genuine hidden gems, I find Ambelikos being one such gem in the Pitsilia region on the range of Troodos.

                                                  

It is not only the countryside around that makes it so special, but the genuine Cypriot hospitality of the owner. Of course these words are almost repeated in every review from guests who come here, but Aki truly makes this difference. Besides being warm and friendly he gives advice, helps his guests plan the best trip in the area by giving many alternatives depending on their interests and what they want to see. There are so many places to visit in short distance that I believe even Cypriots never had the chance to visit. Many of my friends think that I am talking of Potamia (another village) instead of Potamitisa, thinking that it is the same village.

There are a number of UNESCO churches in the round area, and for people who love trails this spot is the best. On the other hand if you decide that you just want to come here and simply relax, you will have the chance to taste some of the wonderful dishes prepared by the owner.

Breakfast is also a feast here. Aki will surely ask you what you request and there is no way you cannot have it. Everything is of good quality and taste, and be sure to have a bottle of wine. Pitsilia is in the wine region so it is a guarantee that the wine Aki will serve you will be of fine quality.

After all these visits to Ambelikos we have become friends with Aki, and because I truly feel like returning home this time I asked him again to let me get in the kitchen and prepare our evening meal. Where else do you see this happening!!

I had along my sister this time, and dinner included prawns (saganaki) in tomato sauce with some cheese and white wine. Aki was our main guest of course.

There were several other guests that night joining us after dinner and suddenly we became one big group as if we had been friends for years. The night was beautiful, a bit chilly and we sat for hours chatting and telling jokes over good quality wine and local fruit.

Talking of fruit, well we had the most delicious fruit I have ever tasted. Aki's father, Mr. Kyriakos brought to the hotel earlier, fruit that had been picked from the family’s orchards.

All rooms overlook the lush vegetation around the small village of Potamitisa and its orchards and you will surely be awaken in the morning by the cock-a-doodle-doo cackle or the gurgling stream that crosses the village. Each room is different to the other and every time I come here I wonder what room I am going to be given.  Some include a fireplace and others include bath tubs or a Jacuzzi instead. Ask for the one that meets your needs. All rooms have the traditional look, and no matter what room you are given it is always fun to be in one. Coffee facilities are not included, but I always carry my own or ask Aki to give me one.

Our room’s balcony this time was overlooking a huge walnut tree with some branches very close to the porch. We could pick walnuts as well as the tree was full. At first I thought it will be boring to sit overlooking the walnut tree and Aki told us that he is going to cut it down very soon. He suggested that he gives us another room, but I told him not to bother as I wanted to see how it feels to have a shaded balcony. It was totally private. The cup of coffee we however had outside the porch made us love it. We urged Aki not to dare cut it because it is firstly pity for the tree, and secondly anyone who wants a better view can have another room. My sister and I enjoyed our stay in this room even with the walnut tree covering the view but it was just as good as any other balcony in the premises.

We took the short path that I truly love starting right outside the hotel and we walked all the way through the orchards.  This time the trees had fruit on and they were hanging as ornaments of a Christmas tree. We cut one or two to taste and they were so aromatic and delicious. Any season you visit is unbelievably beautiful.

I am back by now, but I long to return again soon! My sister loved it so much that she is planning to return with friends.

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Comments

geoffleeds
geoffleeds on

What a wonderful posting . Thank you so much , Popi .
I love Cyprus ; but I have only been to coastal resorts in the south west of the island . Since reading your posting I am going to make visiting this beautiful area of Cyprus at the top of next year`s list .
How wonderful the woods look , and the natural harvest from the trees is so inviting to eat fresh from the trees . A question : are they any dangerous snakes up in this area . I saw one huge black snake in thick cover by the beach near Protaras last September . I stood still and it crossed my path and moved on into the undergrowth .

greekcypriot
greekcypriot on

Not on the mountaines, but I saw a huge one in Vassa and I was scared! Yes you should count Cyprus in and if you check my entries on the two previous blogs I have thousands of photos and ideas for possible trips. Check Pltatres for instance and the Kalidonia Fall.
http://blog.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/greekcypriot/7/1306528070/tpod.html
http://blog.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/greekcypriot/7/1306508562/tpod.html
I expect more comments on these two.

rossport
rossport on

Pity it is so far away for me to visit Popi but you never know one day i may pack my bags and do a tour of Cyprus

mmbcross
mmbcross on

Beautiful entry, Popi. You surpassed yourself. You have made everything feel and look so romantic. It certainly makes you want to put this place at the top of your list.

greekcypriot
greekcypriot on

Hi Martin, what I write is what I feel and truly this place here and the round area is beautiful. Next trip we meet in Cyprus! There are so many things to see and do, and I will show you a way to go around with very little. Ambelikos is one of the hidden gems I discovered and truly makes me feel like home. It is not only the premises and the small path that I walk, but the hospitality of the owner of the premises who helps his guests with intineraries and suggestions as to where to go and what to see. His cuisine is also excellent, and if we ever meet out there I will offer to cook for you as well. lol

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