Cyprus: Minthis Hills wins Europe & Africa Property awards 2009

villa8 LRPafilia Property Developers has won the coveted 5 stars in the Europe & Africa Property Awards 2009, in association with CNBC Arabiya, in two categories: “Best Golf Development” and “Best Architecture (Multiple Units)” for its Minthis Hills development. Minthis Hills has now been nominated for the International Property Awards as well, which are dedicated to finding the best real estate professionals across the globe. Top scoring winners from the Europe & Africa Property Awards compete against other winning companies from Asia Pacific, the UK, Americas and Arabia to find the ultimate World’s Best in each category.

According to Demetris Ashiotis, executive director of Pafilia Property Developers, “Minthis Hills is our landmark development in Cyprus and really is a labour of love for all those involved. We have pushed the boundaries in every aspect to create what we believe is the ultimate address not just in Cyprus, but the Mediterranean. It is very satisfying to have this recognised and it demonstrates our ability to compete at the highest levels.”

Designed by Woods Bagot, the private residences at Minthis Hills blend traditional and modern elements to create a timeless design that has universal appeal, regardless of whether the customer usually prefers one particular style. The properties are designed as part of the resort, which as a whole, has been specifically created to encapsulate barefoot luxury, being close to nature with wide open spaces and at the same time providing the ultimate luxury with 5 star services to match. The architecture therefore blurs the boundaries between inside and outside, bringing you closer to nature, while the whole design and finishes exude luxury. Traditional Cypriot mountain village elements have been incorporated including local stone and wood and interior courtyards. This helps with energy efficiency, encouraging cross ventilation to provide natural cooling during Summer.

Minthis Hills stretches across an expanse of nearly 5 million square metres, which is roughly 1200 football pitches. It is surrounded by spectacular mountainous countryside with views to the nearby sea, as well as to the Troodos mountains, which reach up to 1951m and where you can ski in the Winter. The environment plays a huge part in this resort, with Pafilia recently announcing its pledge to the UNEP’s Billion Tree Campaign to plant 6500 trees by June 2010 in Minthis Hills and this is only a tiny proportion of the total number of trees and plants to be planted there, which will be in excess of 100,000.

Life at Minthis Hills offers complete escapism, but not isolation; unrivalled on-site facilities will include the recently upgraded 18 hole championship golf course, an exclusive spa, several fine dining and local restaurants, shops, tennis courts, nature trails and vineyards which can be rented by owners to produce their own wine. At the same time, the thriving coastal town of Pafos, where you can find virtually anything you desire, will be only 15 minutes away.

Designed originally by Donald Steele, the existing Minthis Hills 18 hole par 71 championship golf course is being revamped by Mackenzie & Ebert. According to Tom Mackenzie, “There are few places in the world where you can play in such beautiful surroundings as Minthis Hills, with the Troodos Mountains as a backdrop and the course tucked away in a valley and the 12th century monastery in the middle.” The course has a length of 5,828m or 6,550 yards, making it easily walkable. It has a full range of practice facilities, including a panoramic elevated driving range. A large new clubhouse is currently under construction, which will form the heart of the community, providing bars, restaurants and five star services to residents, such as a full concierge service.

The European Property Awards are part of the globally respected International Property Awards, which have been running for 15 years. Due to their continual growth in size and standing, a series of other programmes for specific regions have also been launched. The Daily Mail UK Awards were introduced five years ago and these were joined more recently by individual programmes for the European, Arabian, Asia Pacific, African and Americas Property Awards.

Entries were judged by a panel of professionals whose collective knowledge of the property industry is second to none and unsurpassed by any other property awards. This year’s judges included Eric Pickles MP, chairman of the Conservative Party, Ben Wood, industry head property markets of Google UK; Peter Bolton King, group chief executive of the National Federation of Property Professionals; Imtiaz Farookhi, chief executive of the National House Building Council; Christopher Hall, president elect of FIABCI; Wilhelm Harnish, Master Builders of Australia (MBA); Thijis Stoffer, International Consortium of Real Estate Agents Association (ICREA); Helen Shield, editor-in-chief of International Homes Luxury Collection magazine and Gillian Farr, head of design of Laura Ashley Home.

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