We stayed in Kouklia Coastal Retreat for 3 nights in October.

For the two of us the apartment was perfect, everything you need is there, the pool was a welcome facility and the village taverns were very welcoming.

And the bonus of being so close to the golf courses.

We will be staying again in 2020!


Stef & Valda Marks



Our Cosy Retreat in Sunny Cyprus

Our cosy Kouklia Coastal Retreat ground floor apartment was built in 2008 and is an air-conditioned and heated apartment with sea views. This year, 2020, we have updated the bedroom which means more room in the bedroom and fitted draws and wardrobes. In the lounge we have added an electric wall heater and we have also installed German made solar panels for water heating. Even on a dull day the solar panels are producing plenty of hot water. On a sunny day with some cloud cover in February we managed to fill two baths with very hot water.


The apartment boasts free parking, a front patio, outdoor communal  swimming pool with sun terrace located on the floor above the apartment. This is accessible by walking up to the road, turning left and then left again, down to the side of the building. A brief walk up the incline and you will see a small gate on your left which is the entrance to the pool area and sun terrace. There you will find two blue sunbeds. These are padlocked and have a No. 3 tag on each. The key to the sunbed padlock is in the inside of the large white cupboard near the front door.


There is free Wi-Fi and we provide a free welcome pack of water, coffee, tea, milk, sugar and biscuits.  We do not offer a meet & greet service, so access to the apartment is via a key in a key-safe attached to the wall, to the left of the front door. The code to the safe will be sent via email or text message before you arrive.


The bedroom has a double bed, wardrobe, electric fan and air conditioning. A hair-dryer, iron and ironing board are also provided.

The fully equipped kitchenette has an electric oven & hob, microwave, kettle and toaster.

The private bathroom has a toilet with a bath/shower, washer and dryer.

In the air-conditioned lounge, which also has a fan and fly-screen, you will find a flat-screen TV and DVD player. DVDs, games and books are also provided with games in the foot-stool. There is extensive lighting inside, as well as lighting outside if you want to sit out of an evening. The two fans in the bedroom and lounge keep the apartment cool on the hot summer nights..


Kouklia village is a five minute walk up the hill. Directly in front is a well stocked kiosk where you can purchase almost anything. As you reach the top, walk to the right and after a few minutes you will enter the village square with its extensive Tavernas. On a Thursday night in the summer season, the village hosts Cyprus dancing and many Tavernas offer an inexpensive traditional buffet.

Paphos International Airport is only 10 minutes away and Paphos itself is 15 minutes down the highway.


There is a strict policy of no pets and all rooms are non-smoking.


Tom & Jo moved to Cyprus from England  in 2008, with their English Springer Spaniels Harvey & Holly.

They built a personalised embroidery business up from scratch and created  their own niche in the market.

In 2019 they started a new venture which was to become Kouklia Coastal Retreat, a self-catering holiday studio apartment rental with the emphasis on quality at a reasonable price.

It’s their hope that they  can offer their self-catering guests a  little slice of the sunshine, happiness and warm welcome they  have experienced as British ex-pats Living in Cyprus.


A Little Bit of Ancient History

Palaipafos (ancient Pafos) is located within the environs of modern day Kouklia and was once the ancient capital of Cyprus. The town is 16 kilometres east of the modern town of Paphos.


The Myceneans, who settled on the island at the beginning of the 12th century, adopted the worship of Aphrodite and erected a sanctuary in her honour. According to tradition, King Kinyras was the founder and first High Priest of the sanctuary. As with all good ancient stories another legend mentions King Agapenor of Tegea in Arcadia, Greece, as the founder of the city and the sanctuary.


Palaipafos remained the largest rural and religious centre of western Cyprus, until the end of the Classical period. The last King of Palaipafos, Nikokles, moved his capital in the 4th century B.C. to Nea Pafos. However, the town retained its importance thanks to the cult at the temple of Aphrodite.


During the Roman occupation it became the centre of the newly established ‘KoinonKyprion’, the Confederation of the Cypriots, which dealt with religious affairs and the cult of Aphrodite.


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