Nestled on the Southwest coast of Cyprus in the white cliffs of Pissouri, Columbia Beach Resort is a 5-star all-suite resort that offers a distinctly luxurious experience on the island. Overlooking the 2-km stretch of secluded, Blue Flag-honoured beach of Pissouri Bay, guests at Columbia Beach Resort can rest assured that their time here will be peaceful, comfortable and private as the hotel takes prime beachfront position.
Modelled on a traditional Cypriot village, Columbia Beach Resort honours its roots by using local stone and wood for the roof and building structure, both of which have been carefully crafted by local artisans using specialist techniques that have been applied for generations. The resulting effect allows the hotel to complement its surroundings, creating a harmonious balance between nature and architecture.
The interiors also pay homage to traditional Cypriot design and decor with a modern, opulent twist. Guests staying in the impressive 75,000sqm resort can expect authentic island living enhanced by the finesse and flair of superb amenities and facilities for all ages and abilities, an array of gourmet dining and leisure options, including squash and tennis courts along with an aerobics studio and full activity programme, and first-class treatments at the award-winning Hébe Spa.
As the only 5-star establishment in Pissouri, Columbia Beach Resort is the first option in the area for discerning guests visiting the island. Boasting 169 spacious suites, guests can choose from Junior, Executive, and Cape Suites, to one- and two-bedroom Family Suites and the exclusive Eagle’s Nest Suites with a private plunge pool. All suites command panoramic views of the sea or surrounding landscape and are tastefully decorated to reflect the colours of the Mediterranean, making the resort unrivalled in terms of luxury in Cyprus.
The serene and sprawling space of the resort’s lush, manicured grounds offers guests privacy and a chance to relax and unwind in true Cypriot style. In fact, everything about the resort goes above and beyond to cater to the needs of its guests and deliver hospitality that enriches and enlivens the experience at the resort and on the island.
As a result, Columbia Beach Resort has an impressive track record of being voted Europe’s Leading All-Suite Resort, The Mediterranean’s Leading Resort and Cyprus’ Leading Resort. More recently, the resort was named one of the 26 founding hotels within the Considerate Collection, a pioneering new community of actively sustainable luxury hotels launched by Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH).
Going the extra eco mile to prove that luxury is compatible with longevity, Columbia Beach Resort adheres to the Considerate Collection’s key criteria of being ‘Community Minded, Cultural Custodians and Environmentally Conscious”.
Columbia Beach Resort’s Marketing Manager, Anthea Vikis, notes that “when mindfully taken, footprints in the figurative sand need not erode or adversely alter: instead, Columbia Beach Resort believes in championing responsible and respectful luxury, which we believe is conducive to the guardianship and symbiotic evolution of our environment and community overall.”
Proving that they really are the face of sustainable luxury in the modern era, Columbia Beach Resort has also been recognised with the tourism industry’s prestigious eco-honour, the Green Key Award.
An international eco-label for hotels and tourism facilities, the Green Key Award honours enterprises that not only integrate sustainable practices within their business activities but also positively impact their surroundings and the local community.
“This is a matter close to our hearts,” explains Ms. Vikis, “We are very conscious of the fact that our legacy extends far beyond creating memorable holiday experiences for our guests. By adopting sustainable practices, ensuring we engage the local community and suppliers, and supporting our surroundings to not just survive but thrive, we hope to create an environment conducive to learning.”
Columbia Beach Resort displayed its high-standard compliance with the strict set of criteria that spans environmental management and water and energy efficiency to green activities and corporate social responsibility to receive Green Key certification.
Last year, Columbia Beach Resort also proudly announced that they had become the first resort worldwide to implement the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower initiative into their hotel framework. Created at Gatwick Airport in 2016, the initiative aims to help ease the daily challenges those living with non-obvious disabilities face.
Commenting on Columbia Beach Resort’s new status as a Sunflower Organisation, Anthea Vikis says, “We are over the moon to be able to support Hidden Disabilities Sunflower. The latter’s golden rules of offering assistance, being kind, listening closely, having patience, refraining from judgement, and showing respect are integral to our everyday life here at Columbia as it is, so becoming a Sunflower Organisation was a natural fit.
“Besides our unique location, architecture and facilities, Columbia is celebrated by our guests more than anything else for its staff members, whose sincere passion succeeds in forging meaningful interactions and long-lasting relationships. Defying the changes that have disturbed the status quo over the last year, Columbia remains steadfast in its quest to make all guests feel safe, understood, and appreciated. Indeed, this will never change.”
A truly respectable and sustainable travel destination, Columbia Beach Resort is ideal for anyone looking for a guilt-free, problem-free luxury getaway. Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway for two or a fun-filled family holiday, you can rest assured that you will be doing it somewhere that is both stylish and ethical at Columbia Beach Resort.