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An unpretentious design hotel in sunny Paphos, with 5* service, superb spa, Asian-med cuisine, kids' clubs, pools and a small beach
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, lawned grounds to sunbathe in, 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 on the rooftop, if you prefer), or Cypriot mezes at lamp-lit taverna tables on the sea deck. 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 building, or more spacious Kyma Suites in a secluded wing. You can stroll to the old harbour for cruises and a gawp at the 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?


  • There's a lovely vibe: staff seem to 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
  • Kyma Suites feel really 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; and 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
  • Their beach is very small and can be 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 main pool can be busy with children in school holidays, but couples can escape to the 2 spa pools or to Annabelle's next door (a sister hotel)
  • The buffet breakfast can feel institutional 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

  • Consider coming in early Nov or in March: the winter rates are very good value, and chances of sunshine are high.
  • If you're treating someone special, book a Kyma Suite. Apart from having more room inside and a secluded patio out, you get to enjoy rooftop dinners at sunset, and healthier, calmer breakfasts in the Eauzone spa. Sitting by the slender grey-tiled pool, you're served a careful selection (no buffet syndrome here) of fresh yog and muesli, segments of seasonal fruit, a trio of local cheeses and a pastry basket, all immaculately presented on square plates with mint-leaf garnishes. 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
    • = Recommended
    • = Best in region
    • = World favourite
    • Beach Hotel
    • 189
    • 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


    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).

    Features include:

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


    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.

    Features include:

    • Bar
    • Children meals
    • Minibar/fridge
    • Restaurant
    • Restaurants nearby
    • Room service
    • Vegetarian menu


    • Head down to the tiny sand-shingle beach for a dip (the sea is calm and safe), or have a go at windsurfing, parasailing or waterskiing - lessons are available, courtesy of an outside company
    • While the kids are messing about in the playground or kids' club, lay down some lengths in the main pool, or indoor in the spa pool if it's too busy; then retire to a canopied daybed in the gardens with a good novel
    • Or book a treatment at the Eauzone spa - signature treatments include a fragrant flower ritual (rose-milk exfoliation, aloe-frangipani rinse, neroli-oil body massage, wild-rose oil facial), and a mountain herb treatment (sandalwood body buff, eucalyptus-sage body rinse, herb-oil massage and jasmine 'extremity pampering')
    • Almyra's winter fitness programme includes Zumba, water aerobics and yoga on a lovely open-sided terrace; in April, the 'Extraordinary Active Holiday', aimed at budding triathletes, offers a "fusion between serious fitness and serious luxury"
    • There's a tennis court (Scottish coach Jay can provide lessons), table tennis, and 4 top-rated golf courses within a short drive
    • On Saturdays, after dark, the spa pool is transformed into a swim-in movie theatre (when we visited, people were sipping Cosmopolitans and having their nails done while watching SATC); and during major sporting events, another room is co-opted into a big-screen sports bar
    • Wander along the seafront promenade into Paphos harbour, where you'll find touristy cafés, souvenir shops and all manner of excursions: glass-bottom boat trips, cruises to turtle beaches, tuna fishing, submarine trips, helicopter rides, scuba courses, even jeep safaris
    • A little further is the Archaeological Park, a scrubby headland dotted with knee-high houses, baths and temples from Greek and Roman times; its crowning glory are immaculately restored mosaics of reclining emperors, hunting scenes and mythical heroes in action (Theseus and Orpheos are standouts)

    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


    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.

    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 - 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

    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:

    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)

    • The Globetrotters creche (4mo-2y11mo) is well equipped with soft toys, games and a sleeping room; it's air-conditioned, though we felt it could do with more natural daylight
    • 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
    • For teens, there's trips to 10-pin bowling and local markets, or snorkelling and banana-boating excursions from next-door Annabelle Hotel

    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)
    • Kids' pool
    • Spa pool (heated through winter and early spring) available for children under 16 9am-1pm
    • Pine-shaded playground with slides and swings
    • Tennis lessons (Scottish coach Jay even incorporates Harry Potter into his spiel)
    • Table tennis, table football, air hockey, Wii at next-door Annabelle Hotel

    Families Should Know:

    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


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

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