Sir Paul — Limassol, Cyprus
If visitors to burgeoning Limassol, Cyprus are lacking for anything in 2019, it’s certainly not hotel choice — an irresistible challenge for the Martinis Family, who have opened Sir Paul against the backdrop of rapid development and the city’s new marina.
Cut from two neoclassical houses reshaped and redesigned by the London-based Elastic Architects, the property showcases 22 minimal guestrooms marked by bespoke furniture alongside unfinished stone, glass and bronze accents for a mood that is history revisited and then some.
It’s all pulled together by a white-washed palette of earthy tones alongside a gold decorative motif inspired by the buildings’ original windows, and a continuous theme of arches, from the original limestone curvatures that adorn the patio to newer incarnations that disguise light sources and distribute a sense of majesty throughout.
Conversely public areas, which orbit both a grand 19th century staircase and a verdant courtyard, are far more austere, with black and green marble, and polished brass distributed throughout with a linear geometry. It all adds up to pleasant dichotomy of traditional and contemporary, where Cyprus’ past and present sit comfortably on the same page. §