Nobu Matsuhisa is heading to the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. The Japanese celebrity chef will be opening a swanky restaurant inside AMARA, the latest five-star hotel to open in the sun-soaked island country. But that’s not the only enticing food option at AMARA, which is slated to debut in spring 2019. There will also be Ristorante Locatelli by Italian chef Giorgio Locatelli, whose London eatery has been awarded a Michelin star since 2008. Completing the gourmet triumvirate will be Armyra by Papaioannou, a seafood restaurant that’s all about “island living.” Indeed the goal is to position the luxury hotel as a top gourmet spot in Cyprus.
The name AMARA comes from the Greek word "amarantos," meaning "everlasting." The resort will have a seaside beach location near the ancient site of Amathus and the city of Limassol. Cyprus has a fascinating history at the crossroads of civilizations—from the Iron Age through the Roman Empire to the Medieval era (when Cyprus was sold to the Knights Templar) and the Ottoman Empire. The resort’s design has been overseen by SB Architects, David Rockwell Studio and WA Interiors.
AMARA’s 207 guestrooms (including suites and residential apartments) will have views of the Mediterranean sea from private balconies. Facilities include a full spa, a fitness center, a ballroom, and multiple swimming pools: whether you want to loll in the outdoor saltwater pool, take in the views from the infinity pool overlooking the sea, or relax in the indoor heated pool.
This will be the third property in Cyprus for Stademos Hotels.