Monte Mare, Cyprus
When we go on holiday with friends, we tend to go in a big group, so a villa is ideal for us. All living under one roof, cooking and eating together, playing games in the pool, always someone to chat to – it’s perfect. This year we upped the stakes and booked ourselves a luxury villa with James Villas for this year’s holiday.
Enter Villa Monte Mare...
This is a knockout of a villa. It literally has everything you could want and more. When we arrived, we leapt out of the hire cars and ran round the back of the villa. The view across the infinity pool, banana plantation and then on to the coastline was breath-taking.
The villa sleeps up to 10 people. In the main part of the villa, there are 2 king-size bedrooms both with Jacuzzi baths and then two twin rooms. All of the rooms open out on to a balcony or terrace overlooking that very same view. If needed, they all have extending canopies. They all also have en-suite bathrooms.
The other bedroom is underneath the main courtyard area. This is a self-contained studio. It has a king-size bed, en-suite and a little kitchenette area. This is where my other half and I slept for the week. He likes a long lay-in so he could stay down there undisturbed as long as he liked. The en-suite had both a large bath and separate shower with not one, but two shower heads. I was spoilt for choice when it came to bathing.
Back to the main villa. There is a well equipped kitchen and large dining table, which we rarely used as we ate on the outside table. The views were too spectacular to sit inside at mealtimes. One of the dining tables was next to the inbuilt BBQ. We certainly made use of this and cooked up some great grills on the barbie.
Back inside, there is also an additional bathroom (there are actually 8 bath/shower rooms in total, which was more than ample for our party of 8). There was also a TV on either side of the low wall dividing the dining area from the lounge and an outside TV. An outside TV, how luxurious was this! We barely used the TVs, apart from watching some of the Canadian Grand Prix coverage, but they were there (with hundreds of sky channels) if you wanted them.
The private facilities that the villa comes equipped with were astonishing. We booked this villa because of everything it came with and knew that we would never be bored.
Aside from the gorgeous infinity pool that overlooked the coastline, there was also a whirlpool. Not to be mistaken with a hot-tub, we can definitely say it was a bit chilly getting out of the whirlpool in the evening. But we loved sitting in here of an evening chatting and sharing a cocktail or two.
There was a lovely sun trap where the sun loungers and umbrellas resided, we spent some time here, looking at that amazing view and reading books. There was also a lawned area with a little swing set. That got no use as we didn’t travel with children. We did try out the pool table in the courtyard area though.
Down under the courtyard area, further along from the studio there was a full-size squash court and a sauna. It became overcast for a couple of hours one afternoon, so we sat in the sauna for a while. I didn’t use the squash court myself, but I know a couple of the group did and enjoyed a few games whilst we were away.
Then along from there was a gym, which you could have the doors/walls fully open and look out over the tennis court. The gym was next to a table tennis table, basketball net and a football goal. The football goal was situated at one end of the tennis court. I loved having a tennis court, it was great to play in the afternoon after it had cooled down a bit. Although we did lose a couple of balls as the far side fence was a bit low for our over ambitious shots. Best part, all these facilities were completely private to us.
The villa was located a couple of miles along a dusty road outside the village of Kissonerga. The village is quite small, with a few little shops, but enough to be able to get the basics. We definitely needed a car at this villa, there really isn’t anything for a couple of miles. Perfect if you want a completely private villa holiday, where no one overlooks your paradise for the week.
Full disclosure: I work for James Villas as my full time job, but my review is my own and unbiased. My friends loved the villa every bit as much as I did. I have not been paid to write this review, I just adored the villa so much I wanted to shout about it.
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