Almyra

Paphos (Pafos), Cyprus Book from Book from £112 per night

An unpretentious design hotel in sunny Paphos overlooking the sea, with 5* service, superb spa, Asian-med cuisine, kids' clubs and pools
I challenge anyone not to have a great holiday at Almyra. OK, so it's bigger than most i-escape hotels, and the resort town of Paphos can be a bit tacky. But hey, you've got 4 pools to choose from (including adult-only options, a godsend during the popular school holidays), lawned grounds for sunbathing, a small patch of beach to swim or sail from, a superb spa to pummel you into glorious submission, and kids' clubs to look after the little ones. There's Asian-Med cuisine served alfresco at low cushioned benches, or Cypriot mezes at lamp-lit taverna tables on the seafront. Art exhibitions grace the open-plan lobby. Kick-back of an evening by the firepit alongside the lap pool. 5* service comes from 150 staff who seemed to be smiling permanently (and sincerely) during our stay.

Bedrooms are sleek but understated, with a choice of couples' rooms and family suites in the main buildings, or more spacious Kyma Suites in a secluded wing. Stroll to the old harbour for cruises and amazing Roman mosaics, jog or cycle along a pedestrianised promenade to the Tomb of the Kings, or hire a car to explore turtle beaches, vineyards and cedar forests. Oh, and did we mention the sun shines here over 300 days per year?

Highs

  • There's a lovely vibe: staff really care, the chef chats to diners, waitresses remember preferences from one day to the next, and the gardener burns rosemary to keep insects away from your terrace
  • We loved the Joelle-Pleot-designed bedrooms: clean white spaces with dark-wood accents, comfy beds and excellent showers
  • We stayed in the Kyma Suites on our 2017 revisit, delightfully secluded, with semi-enclosed sea-view patios - you'd never guess you're in such a big hotel
  • Our dinner at Notios was outstanding: tender sushi, fresh sea bream, crisp and exotic salads, delicate mango mousse... and Ouzeri's meze lunches were fun, too
  • Paphos is home to Cyprus' biggest archaeological park and close to its best beaches; it has its own airport with excellent connections

Lows

  • The main building is big and blocky, with tall hotels on either side; rear-facing rooms can get noise from passing motorbikes at night (ask for a sea-facing if you're noise-sensitive) as you'd expect from being in an urban area
  • The beach is very small and overlooked by passers-by (but the waters are calm - great for long swims)
  • Paphos is a well developed resort town - karaoke bars and English pubs dot the old harbour - but you're 5 minutes' walk away on a relatively quiet patch of seafront
  • Few twin rooms across all categories
  • The buffet meals in Mosaics Restaurant can be a bit hectic at busy times

Best time to go

Almyra is open all year. Spring (April-May) and autumn (Sept-Oct) are the most popular months: nicely warm but not too hot, with the choice of lush landscapes in spring or warmer seas in autumn. Or try March / early Nov, which are generally sunny and much less expensive. July and August can be very hot (high 30s celsius, occasionally 40), but there's A/C in the rooms, shaded daybeds in the gardens, and lots of watersports. The sea is comfortably warm for swimming from May through to Nov, and fine for a shorter dip in April, too.

Our top tips

If you're treating someone special, book a Kyma Suite. As well as more room inside and a secluded patio out, you can enjoy rooftop dinners at sunset, and healthier, calmer breakfasts in the Eauzone spa (summer only). Sitting by the slender grey-tiled pool, you're served a careful selection of fresh yog and muesli, segments of seasonal fruit, a trio of local cheeses and a pastry basket, all immaculately presented. Service is super-attentive: even as you drain the teapot, a waitress appears offering more. In front of you, morning joggers pound the promenade, and a keen swimmer rounds the orange buoy at sea - now that's what you should be doing, says an inner voice, before being silenced by a slurp of "Cypriot smoothie".

Great for...

Family
Foodie
Great Outdoors
Spa
Beach
  • Seafront Hotel
  • 187
  • 4 restaurants on site, more nearby
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pools
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
  • Tennis Court
  • Bicycles Available
  • Occasional film screenings
  • Water aerobics & yoga lessons
Room: Veranda Sea View

Rooms

Choose between sea- or rear-facing rooms (entry level standard varieties only have French doors and no balcony, ground-floor rooms have direct access to the gardens, higher ones have better sea views), and 1- or 2-bedroom family suites for more space. Some have a balcony and/or indoor sitting area - see Rates for details. Note that rear-facing rooms don't get much of a view, and you may hear passing motorbikes at night, and that Premium Sea Views are adults only. We'd recommend a Superior Sea View if you're counting pennies, a spacious Terrace Sea View if you want to be able to roll down the lawns to your sunlounger, or a Kyma Suite if you're treating yourselves.

In all, expect clean bright lines: deliberately blank white walls, dark-wood accents, grey screed floors and excellent lighting from chic cylindrical pendants and ceiling spots. Mattresses are super comfy, showers truly drenching and you get White Company toiletries.

Our Kyma Suite had a vast bed, a sitting zone with a broad sofa/extra bed and a table stacked with design books and fresh fruit. An ents console hides a flatscreen TV inside a wooden box that rises at the touch of a button... all very 007. A sea-facing glass wall leads onto a private terrace with double daybed, ideal for a bottle of chilled wine at sunset (as luck would have it, you'll find one awaiting you in the minibar for booking through i-escape).

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • Turndown service
  • WiFi

Eating

With 4 on-site restaurants and plenty of alternative eating and drinking holes a short walk away, you've a great choice of food options.

If you try Asian-Med crossover Notios first, you'll dine every night at its low-slung outdoor seating with superb views across to Paphos harbour. Starters include beautifully presented sushi platters, delicious yakitori chicken with green chilli lime sauce, and fresh-cut leaves from their kitchen garden, with beetroot crisps, almonds and herb-rolled soft amara cheese. For mains, we enjoyed a sesame-crusted sea bream fillet with oriental veg and jasmine rice; and an excellent medallion of Angus beef. Desserts include mango mousse, Japanese banana cake, macademia tart and white chocolate sago mousse. If a lighter evening meal is preferred, sample the bar snacks in Aeras beside the Helios bar in the lobby.

Consider booking half-board which is good value: choose from a short menu at Notios and a wider spread at Mosaics, Almyra's main, family-friendly restaurant, which offers everything from international buffets to local seafood, with occasional themed nights too. It's also where the rich and varied buffet breakfast is served: mountains of baked goods plus an inventive range of hot dishes and smoked fish elevate the usual cereals, juices, fruit, yoghurts, eggs, cheeses, and cold meats.

For lunch, wander to Ouzeri where, sitting at traditional taverna tables on lavender-painted wicker chairs on an over-sea deck, you're served Greek meze-style tasters. Think grilled halloumi squares, puréed-aubergine melitzanosalata, mini spinach-filled spanakopitakia and Greek salad. It also draws a number of passers-by from the seafront promenade; note it can close in bad weather. Alternatively, healthy, flavour-filled salads and snacks plus 'Synergy' options can be savoured in the Eauzone eatery adjacent to the spa.

Other exciting innovations include omakase ('trust the chef') menus, beach BBQs for the kids, and 'wine appreciations' with the ebullient sommelier.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Children's meals
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating: Mosaics Restaurant
Activity: Spa

Activities

  • Swim from the tiny sand-shingle beach (the sea is calm and safe), or go windsurfing, parasailing or waterskiing
  • Lay down some lengths in the lap pool or spa pool; retire to a canopied daybed in the gardens
  • Book a treatment at the Eauzone spa - perhaps the signature fragrant flower ritual (rose-milk exfoliation, aloe-frangipani rinse, neroli-oil body massage, wild-rose oil facial) - and enjoy its steam room, sauna, salon, yoga room, beauty parlour, 120m indoor pool and relaxation area
  • Almyra's winter fitness programme includes Zumba, water aerobics and yoga, plus Training camps for cyclists and triathletes. Hire bicycles all year including mountain and road bikes
  • There's a tennis court, table tennis, and 4 top-rated golf courses within a short drive
  • Themed evenings, especially in summer months, include live music, chill out tunes, bossa nova and jazz, occasionally the spa pool is transformed into a swim-in movie theatre
  • Wander along the seafront promenade into Paphos harbour for touristy cafés, souvenir shops and excursions: glass-bottom boat trips, cruises to turtle beaches, fishing, helicopter rides, scuba, jeep safaris
  • Further is the Fort and Archaeological Park with houses, baths and temples from Greek and Roman times, plus immaculately restored mosaics

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Helicopter rides
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Parasailing & waterskiing
  • Private guided tours
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Scuba diving courses
  • Shopping / markets
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Tennis coaching
  • Water aerobics
  • Well being
  • Windsurfing
  • Wine tasting
  • Yoga

Kids

Almyra is extremely well set-up for children, and deservedly popular with stressed-out parents who want to be able to fully relax on holiday, in the knowledge that their offspring are having the time of their life in the kids clubs expertly run by well-qualified staff. The kids' pool is shaded by awnings in summer and slopes to account for both swimmers and non; there's a separate small toddler pool; the small beach safe and the sea water calm.

The Baby Go Lightly service allows parents to pre-order every conceivable baby item you could think of from car seats to baby gyms and swimming aids.

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

All rooms (except Aethon) can take an extra bed or baby cot; we'd recommend the Terrace Sea View rooms for parents with 1 younger child, since they have direct access to the lawned gardens. If you want a separate bedroom for your child, the One-Bedroom Suites can have their sofa in the lounge made up as a comfy extra bed - or spend a bit more and go for the ground-level Kyma Suites (which can interconnect to make a larger suite if required).

For parents with 2-3 children, two-bedroom suites can sleep 4-6 (if you use extra beds), but are generally more expensive than 2 connecting Sea View rooms. So we'd advise 2 connecting Superior Sea View or Terrace Sea View rooms, depending on your budget.

Babysitting:

English-speaking qualified babysitters are available day and night for up to 3 kids/sitter

Baby equipment:

  • Potties
  • Training seats
  • High chairs
  • Buggies
  • Sterilisers and bottle warmers
  • Wet wipes and swimming nappies
  • Baby gyms
  • Baby bathtubs
  • Waterwings
  • Colouring crayons, books and DVDs

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Creche/Kid's Club:

  • The wonderful kids clubs and creche (extra charge), for children from 4 months to 12 years old, are open 6 days/week from Easter to October (book at least 24 hours ahead), and on request in winter (book as far ahead as possible)
  • The Globetrotters creche (4mo-2y11mo) is well equipped with soft toys, games and a sleeping room; it's air-conditioned
  • The more peripatetic Adventurers, Voyages and Pioneers clubs (for children from 3-12) offer daily changing activities, including T-shirt painting, beach games and treasure hunts, zoo outings, pottery, strolls along the harbour, mini-golf, water park excursions, photography workshops, and sports lessons on the under 12s playing field next door

Children's meals:

  • Supervised early-evening children's dinners at Mosaics
  • A Lunch Club is available as an add-on to the creche/kids' club activities

Kids Activities on site:

  • Beach and watersports (waterskiing, banana boats, sailing, windsurfing)
  • Main pool for all ages and abilities with shallow end, usually heated in winter
  • Toddler pool, usually heated in winter
  • Pine-shaded playground with slides and swings
  • Tennis lessons
  • Table tennis
  • Table football, air hockey, Wii at next-door Annabelle Hotel
  • Indoor spa pool available for children under 16 9am-1pm at spa manager's discretion

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Stroll along the promenade into Paphos for shops
  • Boat trips
  • Paphos Fort

Families Should Know:

Book the creche or kids' club as early as possible - ideally when confirming your room. All kids clubs cost extra

Distances:

  • Airport: 20 mins (Paphos)
  • Shop: 5 minutes' walk
  • Doctor: 5 minutes' walk
Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 16 independent reviews from i-escape guests

9/10
Room
9/10
Food
10/10
Service
9/10
Value
9/10
Overall

We spent a fabulous week at the Almyra with a toddler and a baby staying in a Sea View Junior Suite. We found the hotel to be very family friendly especially enjoying the children’s club/crèche, the wide selection for dinner and breakfast and one of the pools which had a cover to shield them from the hot sun. The staff we’re fantastic and could not do enough to help us making the hotel feel like a home from home. Although close to the centre of Paphos, the Almyra feels private and not overlooked like some hotels nearby. We spent some great adult only time at the spa with the gym, yoga and a great massage.
I would recommend the Almyra for families looking for a boutique style hotel which is family friendly but also deliver high quality in terms of food and service.

9/10,

Hotel was very relaxing and we slept very well. Plus points were staff very helpful and lovely breakfasts. Negative points were the cats that roam around the hotel outside dining areas. You need to request a kettle and tea and coffee making facilities.

8/10,

Great hotel and staff. For the price the room was a bit small and also furniture was ripped in places. Food great variety but at times a bit bland for our tastes. Would have been helpful to know from arrival what facilities we were allowed to access with our package/ what was included.

9/10,

Absolutely lovely hotel, great holiday.

10/10,

Beautiful hotel, amazing pools. We had a lovely, relaxing holiday at Almyra. We would highly recommend the food in Notios restaurant. Fabulous!

10/10,

Positives - a good sized room with an excellent view and the kids club was excellent. Negatives - not great for vegetarians, quite noisy at night.

8/10,

Everyone we met here had been at least 3 - 4 times and it is completely understandable why. This is a GORGEOUS hotel - the kind you would want to stay at on your honeymoon, but for non-honeymooners with young kids. It's a rare combination of luxury and kid friendliness. And when I say kid-friendly it's more like kid-loving! Almyra completely caters to kids. Everything has been thought through; there are ramps everywhere for strollers and a great kids pool is covered by a shade so the kids can play out there safely all day long. There's a great kids buffet for dinner. I've never seen my toddler eat so much. The staff entertain the kids and always make sure they have everything they need. Kids club staff are on hand at dinner to entertain your kids. They also organize kids events at night. Our 1.5 year-old adored the kids club - tons of art projects and outdoor activities. This allowed us to spend full days lounging poolside and reading. Such a luxury for working parents! Gorgeous spa with great treatments. Even my very picky French foodie husband agreed that the food was outstanding. Only two things I would improve upon: 1) new yoga instructor needed 2) Cocktails were mediocre. My recommendations for parents coming here - I strongly suggest getting two adjoining rooms so you all can sleep and relax. You will not be disappointed coming here!

10/10,

We had an absolutely wonderful time at the Almyra. The setting was beautiful, hotel lovely and the food, fantastic. But the thing that sets this hotel apart is its wonderful staff. Nothing is too much trouble and everyone is so warm, friendly and accommodating. The team at the kids club were equally great, and we had no problem leaving our 5 month old and 4 year old with them for a few afternoons, where they made wonderful friends and had great fun in their care. All in all we had a fantastic time and would highly recommend this hotel. Its totally geared up for families, but you can easily have some quiet time at the beautiful infinity pool by the spa...a haven of peace and tranquility.

10/10,

We had a fabulous stay at the Almyra hotel! The service was exceptional and every need for my 15 month old daughter was catered for (cotbed, morning/ bedtime milk, nappy bin and more). We would definitely return. Thank you Almyra.

10/10,

The facilities are fantastic for little people!

8/10,

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