“An unpretentious design hotel in sunny Paphos, with 5* service, superb spa, Asian-med cuisine, kids' clubs, pools and a small beach”
In the main hotel, you can choose between sea- or rear-facing rooms (ground-floor ones have direct access to the gardens; higher ones have better sea views); and 1- or 2-bedroom family suites if you need more space. Some have a balcony and/or indoor sitting area - see our Rates page for details. One word of advice: the rear-facing rooms don't get much of a view, and you may hear passing motorbikes at night. We'd recommend a Superior Sea View if you're counting pennies, a 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.
Wherever you stay, 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 we loved the citrus 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. Between them, 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, which calls out for a bottle of chilled wine at sunset (as luck would have it, you'll find one awaiting you in the minibar, with thanks for booking through i-escape).
With 4 on-site restaurants and no shortage of alternative eating and drinking holes a short walk away, you won't run out of dining options. But trust us: try Notios on your first evening and you will find yourselves there every night.
Notios is an Asian-Med crossover with low-slung outdoor bench seating and superb views across the sea to the neon rainbow of Paphos harbour. It's masterminded by friendly Aussie Ashley Goddard, who has cheffed his way around the world's 5* hotels - Soneva Fushi, Chedi, Dubai - before returning to Cyprus in 2012 with enough Eastern recipes to fill a multi-volume cookbook. Starters include beautifully presented sushi platters (with wasabi in a carved cucumber pouch), a delicious yakitori (skewer-grilled) chicken with green chilli lime sauce, and a salad of fresh-cut leaves from their kitchen garden, with beetroot crisps, blanched almonds, skinned orange segments and herb-rolled balls of soft amara cheese. The effect is divine. Among the mains, we enjoyed a sea bream fillet - its crisp sesame-crusted skin revealing the tenderest of flesh - with oriental veg and jasmine rice; and a grilled medallion of excellent Angus beef. Desserts include mango mousse, Japanese banana cake and a bitter chocolate tartlet with coconut ice cream (which we can highly recommend!). Ashley has a soft spot for his macademia tart and white chocolate sago mousse.
We don't normally say this, but consider booking half-board - not only good value, but you can choose from a short menu at Notios, a wider spread at Mosaics, or one of the dining options at neighbouring Annabelle. Mosaics is Almyra's main, family-friendly restaurant, which offers everything from international buffets to local seafood (the swordfish kebab is a favourite), with occasional themed nights thrown in for good measure. It's also the venue for the rich buffet breafkast, where carrot cakes, chocolate brownies and smoked salmon sit alongside the usual cereals, juices, fresh fruit, yoghurts, eggs, cheeses, and cold meats.
For lunch, we loved wandering down 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 by scurrying waiters. Think grilled halloumi squares, puréed-aubergine melitzanosalata, mini spinach-filled spanakopitakia and Greek salad with added capers and red onions. Thanks to its low prices it draws a number of passers-by from the seafront promenade.
When you've got bored of all that, some of Ashley's other exciting innovations include omakase ('trust the chef') menus, beach BBQs for the kids, and 'wine appreciations' with the ebullient sommelier Giorgos.
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 little ones are having the time of their life. The kids' pool is shaded by awnings in summer; the small beach is sandy and the sea water is safe and calm.
The Baby Go Lightly service allows parents to order every conceivable baby item you could think of prior to arrival, from car seats to baby gyms and swimming aids.
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 - but we'd spend a bit more and go for the ground-level Kyma Suites.
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.
English-speaking babysitters are available day and night
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
All kids clubs and the creche are open as follows:
Summer: 0930-1730, 6 days/wk (closed Wednesdays), Easter until October (for children from 4 months - teens)
Winter: 0930-1730 (on request with 24hrs notice, half-days also available), 7 days/wk, 1 November - Easter (for children from 4 months - 12 years)
Book the creche or kids' club as early as possible - ideally when confirming your room. All kids clubs up to 12 years old cost extra