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A Mediterranean Gem

The country of Cyprus, an island in the Mediterranean Sea, is quickly becoming an up-and-coming travel hotspot for travelers seeking new experiences. While Cyprus has long been a popular holiday destination for Northern Europeans, it is still relatively undiscovered by most other parts of the world. The country is known for its beaches and history with ancient archaeological sites, making it a perfect destination for nature and beach lovers as well as history buffs alike.

SB Architects, a global architecture firm with offices in San Francisco and Miami, has been involved in Cyprus’ luxury refresh since about 15 years ago with the development of Anassa Hotel & Spa, a luxury resort in the small town of Polis on the northwest end of Cyprus.

Most recently, SB Architects is developing a new five-star resort in Cyprus called Amara Hotel, anticipated to open in March. Set upon a beachfront outside the seaside town of Limassol, this new resort has 180-degree views of the Mediterranean Sea. Home to Nobu Restaurant, the Amara Hotel has 207 guestrooms, a full-service spa displaying ruins of Amadeus Village encased in glass, three restaurants (including Nobu) and various ballroom and event facilities.

“We were inspired by a contemporary approach to hospitality that is fresh and puts the visitor in touch with Cyprus in an authentic way,” said Mark Sopp, VP/principal at SB Architects. “A major goal was to bring the history and beauty of Cyprus to life in the finest, most luxurious hotel in the country.”

The city of Limassol has invested time and money into public realm of the city, including an esplanade that runs along the beach, an upgraded beach front and various other infrastructure improvements. The new Amara Hotel will add another level of luxury to the city.

“To bring the country’s history to life, we brought tactile experiences, indigenous building materials and vegetation throughout the resort. The spa will featured will feature stonewalls of the ancient city of Amathus encased in glass. Additionally, having water integral to all public spaces celebrates the culture and its connection to the Mediterranean region as a strategic trade route partner,” Sopp said.