In the spring of 2009 Ayii Anargyri Spa resort opened its doors to present the world with a sublime experience. Set in a valley of mature trees, the resort offers a unique retreat, a place of profound calm and the opportunity to enjoy the health-giving waters which have benefited visitors for so many years. The Spa was first formally opened in 1649 by two brothers, Cosmas and Damianos. Their generosity in offering treatment often without thought of reward gave rise to the name Anargyri – without silver.
On the road from Paphos to Polis, about 13 km before you reach Polis, there is a turning on the left which will take you to the little village of Miliou nestling on the Laona plateau.
Right next door to the springs is the restored monastery of Agii Anargyri which is now being used as a spa hotel. The monastery was built in 1649 and is said to be one of the first ever on the island. It was founded by two brothers who used to care for the sick and dying without taking any payment for it. It is said that this is how the monastery got its name, from the Greek meaning ‘without payment’.
Miliou is one of the smallest villages in Cyprus and has a population of about 60. It is also one of the greenest villages in the area, thanks to an abundant supply of spring water, surrounded by citrus groves, almond trees and vineyards. In early spring the almond blossom is a spectacular sight and the Orange and lemon trees are laden with fruit.
With far-reaching mountain and valley views and unspoilt countryside, Miliou is a delightful rural setting, perfect for long walks and for those who love nature and bird watching as the village is renowned as a nesting site for nightingales. The main bird migrations, when a wide variety of species may be seen, take place in spring and autumn. If you’re more interested in seeing Mother Nature’s spectacular show of spring flowers, then visit between the beginning of March and the end of May. The aroma of the surrounding pine and lemon groves, brought in by the cool valley breeze, provides relief from the hot Cypriot sun.
Village life centers on the coffee shop where the men of the village sit in the shade and put the world to rights while some of the womenfolk work on the old-fashioned looms, making traditional cloth.
The nearest supermarket to Miliou is about four kilometers away. The beaches, taverns, market and shops of Polis and Latchi are about a 20-minute drive away, and another few minutes will take you to the edge of the Akamas peninsula. The Troodos Mountains and the Paphos forest (home of the moufflon, the island's indigenous mountain sheep) are close by and Paphos International Airport is a 45-minute drive away.
Visit the monastery of Ayii Anargyroi, visit the Swim in Latchi , Polis and Akamas Peninsula, Hike in the area’s Nature trails ( ‘Aphrodite’, ‘Adonis’ , ‘ Smigies’ and ‘Avakas Gorge’ trails) , follow the Wine Routes no. 1 (Laona – Akamas) and no. 2 (Vouni-Ambelitis), go to Lara Beach
Cultural centre, coffee shop, restaurant
Larnaca Airport - 152km
Paphos Airport - 33.6km