“An unpretentious design hotel in sunny Paphos overlooking the sea, with 5* service, superb spa, Asian-med cuisine, kids' clubs and pools”
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?
- 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
- 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
Our top tips
- Seafront Hotel
- 4 restaurants on site, more nearby
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- 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, 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).
- Air conditioning
- Cots Available
- Extra beds
- Safe box
- Satellite TV
- Turndown service
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.
- Children's meals
- Restaurants nearby
- Room service
- Vegetarian menu
- 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
- Helicopter rides
- Historical sites
- Mountain biking
- Museums / galleries
- Parasailing & waterskiing
- Private guided tours
- Scuba diving
- Scuba diving courses
- Shopping / markets
- Tennis coaching
- Water aerobics
- Well being
- Wine tasting
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.
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.
English-speaking qualified babysitters are available day and night for up to 3 kids/sitter
- Training seats
- High chairs
- Sterilisers and bottle warmers
- Wet wipes and swimming nappies
- Baby gyms
- Baby bathtubs
- Colouring crayons, books and DVDs
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
- 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
- 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
- Airport: 20 mins (Paphos)
- Shop: 5 minutes' walk
- Doctor: 5 minutes' walk