Paphos (Pafos), Cyprus Book from Book from £209 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?
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  • 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 Joëlle Pléot-designed bedrooms: clean white spaces with wooden accents, comfy beds and excellent showers
  • We stayed in the Kyma Suites on our last visit, 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


  • 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
  • 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...

Great Outdoors
  • Seafront Hotel
  • 187 rooms
  • 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


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, wooden accents, grey screed floors, marble-lined showers, excellent chic brass lighting and upholstery in white, blue and purple tones. Mattresses are super comfy, showers truly drenching and you get White Company toiletries. Photographs by local artist Michalis Kouloumos grace the walls.

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
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • Turndown service
  • WiFi


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. Dishes could include beautifully presented sushi platters, delicious concoctions using fresh-cut leaves from their kitchen garden, extravagantly flavoured plates from vegetarian to meat and local fish. 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 fruit shakes, organic teas or juices and light bites 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


  • 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 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
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Tennis coaching
  • Water aerobics
  • Well being
  • Windsurfing
  • Wine tasting
  • Yoga


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 Premium Sea View Rooms) 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.


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 3-11) 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
  • 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


  • Airport: 20 mins (Paphos)
  • Shop: 5 minutes' walk
  • Doctor: 5 minutes' walk
Kid Friendly: Cut down Kids N/L June 2019


Almyra is on the waterfront of Paphos (Pafos), a resort town in the west of Cyprus (the Greek speaking part).

By Air:
Paphos is the closest airport (20km) but Larnaca (145km) has a slightly wider range of flights.

From the Airport:
You can take a taxi, book a transfer, or hire a car. If you are not intent on exploring the island, you could easily manage without a car.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through

More on getting to Cyprus and getting around


  • Paphos 20.0 km PFO
  • Larnaca 145.0 km LCA


  • Beach 0.1 km
  • Shops 0.2 km
  • Restaurant 0.2 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 6 independent reviews from i-escape guests


Travelling as a family of 4, with 2 kids aged 8 and 5, this hotel was perfect for us. The rooms weren't luxurious (although there a renovations planned) but enough space for us as we had interconnecting rooms. The sea view was spectacular, and definitely worth paying for. The main attraction was the heated kids pool with the surrounding daybeds, and lovely poolside service, including delicious cocktails. The evening buffets really worked for us, although the best food to be had is in the 2 other restaurants in the hotel. The Greek beachside restaurant was perfect for lunch, with delicious seafood and rose, and live music on a couple of occasions. Access to the sea was very easy, although our kids wouldn't agree to leave the pool for long. Highly recommend to other families looking for a chance to recharge batteries. Didn't try the kids club, although other families were very happy with it. Realized at the end of the week, that we hadn't actually left the hotel and adjoining seaside path once!


We found in our room that showering meant some water ended up on the floor, but we heard that improvements will be made.
There is a great mix of food from different cultures however we'd have really loved to try some more Cypriot food!


This is a very family friendly hotel. The staff were really accommodating of us with our five month old son, providing high chairs, toys, changing mats etc. We had a large garden terrace room which had plenty of space even with a cot. There weren't lights on the terrace though, so we were sitting in the dark once he had gone to sleep! The toddler pool was perfect for him and as it, along with the large children's pool, was heated meant we could spend hours in the water despite the relatively cool October temperatures. The food was good, the Cypriot/Turkish dishes were definitely the best! Unfortunately there were no drinks provided with the half-board option and bottled water was 5EUR a bottle so it can add up. Overall, we would definitely recommend.


We really enjoyed our stay here and the hotel was beautiful - modern and stylish and with beautiful gardens. The two main pools are lovely but if you want more quiet and privacy head to the smaller pool by the spa which had hardly anyone when we were there, and has a great view for sunset. It’s ideal for a sundowner!


Top marks all round


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