May 27 2010
You don’t have to arrive by yacht to visit Sailor’s Rest, a super-stylish lounge bar/restaurant located in the only private marina in Cyprus – although, judging by the Rivas and Sunseekers jostling for berths, many visitors do. Instead, you can drive the short distance (11km) from Limassol or stroll, as I did, through the fragrant gardens of the five-star St Raphael resort.
Architecturally, its superstructure resembles the bridge of a luxury motor-yacht, while sail-like awnings swoop over open-sided, wooden decks. The ambience is restful, with wicker sofas and chairs offering comfortable views of the surrounding sea and shoreline. The cuisine is high-class Mediterranean: fresh fish, meat, pasta, salads, wicked desserts and ice cream (mine was infused with rose petal-essence) plus an impressive wine list.
In summer there’s live music from singers and bands from the UK every Monday night; we grooved (and danced) to singer-songwriter Rietta Austin and her band. As the Sailor’s Rest is clearly a magnet for Limassol’s smart set (sassy outfits and killer heels are much in evidence), it’s best to book ahead.
Dinner for two with a good bottle of wine costs around €120.