The Cypriot coastal city Limassol has long attracted travelers for its harborfront, beaches and old town with medieval castle, but recent years have seen a surge of development with landmark architectural projects appearing along the coast. The latest development to make its debut is the just-opened luxury hotel Amara Cyprus designed by SB Architects, David Rockwell Studio and WA Interiors. With such prominent names behind its design and dining concepts including a restaurant by Nobu Matsuhisa, this has quickly become the place to be seen in the coastal city.
The hotel is certainly big—it has 207 guest rooms across its 11 floors—but it still manages to feel exclusive and personal. This intimate feel is largely down to the appealing design, from its slabs of white stone, warm wood and swathes of marble to its sculptural elements and thoughtful design accents complementing the modern furnishings. Landscaped gardens of ornamental pools, olive trees and palms then surround the infinity pools overlooking the narrow black sand beach and Mediterranean Sea.
As well as providing each space with uninterrupted views, this position on the coastal road to the east of the city comes with a story. The development lies within the area of Limassol that was home to the ancient royal city Amathus until around 300 BC. Ruins from this civilisation lie close to the hotel and an ancient wall found during the construction of the hotel now takes pride of place in the relaxation area of the sprawling spa.