Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Have a weekend break at Palati Apartments in Panayia... with your dog

In the garden at Palati, Panayia
As I have been dying to explore Cedar Valley and Paphos Forest for some time now, my parents' recent visit to Cyprus seemed like a good excuse for a trip to western Troodos. The apartment we booked - Palati (the Palace) - in the lovely mountain village of Panayia, was an excellent base for day trips in this area. You can find prices, descriptions and photos here:

There are 4 apartments available in this two-storey villa, arranged around a flower filled courtyard with views out over the surrounding mountains. The rooms have been beautifully decorated in traditional Cypriot style, with log beam ceilings, exposed stone walls and fireplaces.

Palati was a perfect choice for our group. My parents stayed in an apartment that was filled with old family photographs, traditional fabrics and tools from daily village life - almost like a folk art museum. While it maintained a very traditional feel, however, the apartment had modern amenities, with a well equipped kitchen, efficient heating, modern bathroom etc.
The living room of the 1-bedroom apartment

As it was late October, it was still warm enough to enjoy breakfast outside in the courtyard, and during the evenings there was plenty of space in the sitting area of this apartment for all of us.

Family photos in the living room of the 1-bedroom apartment

The studio apartment we stayed in shared the courtyard with my parents' apartment, but gave us a bit of space to ourselves. Having less breakable objects it was also more suitable for staying with our dog.

Bedroom of the studio
Our studio had a small kitchen area, a sitting area, twin beds, and modern bathroom. It was decorated simply, but attractively, and still had features such as timber beams on the ceiling, traditional rugs on the floor, a few interesting family photos on the walls.

Kitchen area of studio

When I contacted the owner of Palati to ask whether dogs were allowed in the apartments, she was extremely friendly and helpful. The only restriction was, very reasonably, not to allow Sage on the furniture, and not to disturb the other guests.

Sitting area of studio

Arriving at Panayia, a housekeeper met us with the keys for the apartment, and showed us the basics - where to leave the car, how the heating worked etc.

There was one other family staying at Palati while we were there, in the upper storey apartment. As they had a large balcony area (with fantastic views of the village and mountains), we had the courtyard to ourselves. Sage loved it. As the courtyard was enclosed, she was free to explore the nooks and crannies of the space, to sniff around the plants, and to play chasing games with us around the table and chairs.

Palati Apartments would be great for a romantic getaway, or for a larger group to holiday together. Panayia is a great base for trips to Paphos and the coast, as well as for hiking in the Troodos. It's also pretty good for just relaxing and enjoying time with a book... or with your dog.

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