Columbia Beach Resort

Pissouri Bay, Cyprus Book from Book from £241 per night

Superb all-suite beach resort, with huge pools, watersports, stellar spa and free kids club, on the shores of Pissouri Bay
Midway between Paphos and Limassol, you leave the highway and wind south through arid hills, backed by a sapphire-blue sea. A final bend reveals, framed by pink bougainvillea, the reincarnated, all-suite Columbia Beach Resort in its full glory: palms, pools, tiled roofs, and a Blue-Flag beach at its feet.

Fresh from a multi-million refurb in which it merged with its neighbour, this is a large resort by our boutique standards, but no less spoiling. You now get not one but two stunning swimming pools, including an 80-metre 'lagoon' which took our breath away (and which connects to the indoor pool in the excellent Hebe Spa). Myriad dining and drinking spaces, indoors and out, offer everything from seafood to Cypriot mezes and Italian trattoria. All 169 spacious suites have a balcony or terrace, and come in various styles from classic neutrals to bold colours. Below the original (West) side of the resort, lawns and loungers invite shady relaxation, while on the umbrella'd beach, a watersports centre offers sailing, SUP, kayaks, kite-surfing and more. Whether you're here to relax poolside, stirring only to stroll to yet another delicious meal, or to embrace the many sporting and spa-based activities on offer, you are in safe hands. We loved it.

Highs

  • Fabulous swimming pools, both with swim-up bars and attached toddler pools
  • Truly amazing service: every single staff member we met was delightful
  • Great facilities for families, including a creche, free kids club, movie- and games nights and watersports
  • A wide choice of restaurants and bars, with delicious Cypriot-influenced food
  • Everything has had an immaculate makeover and it shows; not uber-stylish or intimidating, but comfortable and top quality

Lows

  • This is a bigger resort than we'd normally choose, but with so much space it never feels crowded
  • Prices reflect the 5* service and facilities - especially in the top suites
  • The beach has coarse greyish sand
  • The outdoor pools are unheated (but wonderfully refreshing in the hot summer months); the spa pool is heated to 26ºC (& kids can use it until 1400)
  • As you might expect from two conjoined hotels, the East and West sections can feel slightly disjointed

Best time to go

The resort is ideal at any time of year. You may want to avoid the summer months if intense heat bothers you, but of course those stunning swimming pools and A/C in all the suites will soothe. Spring and autumn are becoming increasingly popular. Some areas of the resort (on the East side) can close during the winter months

Our top tips

Do eat in the different eateries (we are still kicking ourselves for only trying a couple). Do go for a Half-board package as this does represent value for money overall, especially for families (applicable for all restaurants excluding Il Buccheto, drinks excluded). And do try the local wine, really nice and very well-priced

Great for...

Family
Spa
Beach
Foodie
Wedding
  • Boutique hotel
  • 169
  • 6 restaurants and bars
  • 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
  • Laundry service
  • Mountain bikes for hire
Room: Two-bedroom Family Suite Bay View

Rooms

The fusion of two neighbouring hotels in 2017 has given the resort an attractive village feel, with most suites in low-level buildings connected by verdant pathways, particularly around the lagoon-style West swimming pool. A higher building book-ends the newly revamped East side, giving views to both ends of Pissouri Bay. Set on a hill to the rear, top-of-the-pile Eagle's Nest Suites have spectacular panoramas across the resort and bay.

Generally, revamped Suites have brighter primaries against white walls, with some (mostly in the West section) in a more muted classic style. All have a balcony or terrace, ample storage, writing desk and seating area, and a cool bedside 'cigar-box' housing whole room lighting controls. Bathrooms, especially the newer ones, are sleek and contemporary in marble; all have a separate shower and bathtub.

Your choice of Suite will be determined by your preferred view - Garden, Pool, Side-Sea or Sea - and requirements - whether Junior, Executive, 1-Bed or 2-Bed. Wherever you lay your hat, be assured of comfort and space in spades.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • Slippers
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

Of the two à la carte restaurants, gourmet Italian Bacchus, beside the lagoon pool, is a romantic choice for evening meals, while Apollo, overlooking the lawns and sea at the other end of the pool, offers more traditional Cypriot dining. From April to October, Il Buchetto serves more affordable Italian trattoria fare, on the East side facing Pissouri Bay.

There are also surprisingly good buffet options at Cape Aspro (for lunch) and Atrium (for dinner); we tucked in with almost embarrassing enthusiasm at both (that carvery! those salads!). Pleasingly, dishes are laid out in smaller bowls rather than gargantuan heaps of food. It was utterly delightful dining, overlooking the beach as darkness fell.

And there's no shortage of drinking holes either: a swim-up bar at the East pool, a poolside bar on the lagoon, another bar on the West lawn, and the Seven C's piano bar inside the East wing. Aficionados should head for Ouzeri for mezes and ouzo beside the Apollo Tavern, or the nautical-themed Eros for great cocktails on the terrace above the lagoon pool.

Breakfast is a fabulous buffet affair, either at Bacchus for those staying West-side, or at Atrium / Aspro for those East-side.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Children's meals
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Be sure to try out both swimming pools: vast (West) or merely large (East); you can book swimming lessons, too
  • The excellent Hebe Spa has endless Elemis-based treatments, plus yoga, gym, a salon, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms
  • There's a dizzying array of watersports on offer, from kayaking and kite-surfing to SUP and sailing; tuition is available
  • A professional cycling centre, BikeCyprus (open Feb-June & Sept-Dec), offers exhilarating mountain- and road bike tours, plus bike rental for all ages
  • Tennis on the rooftop courts is popular outside midsummer, and there are squash courts in the spa
  • You can horse ride from nearby Avdimou to the beach, play golf at four 18-hole courses on the island, or enjoy a cooking demo

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Archery
  • Basketball
  • Boat trips
  • Boules
  • Cooking classes
  • Croquet
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Historical sites
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Kitesurfing
  • Language courses
  • Mountain biking
  • Paragliding
  • Private guided tours
  • Sailing
  • Shopping / markets
  • Stand-up paddle boarding
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Tennis coaching
  • Water skiing
  • Windsurfing
  • Yoga

Kids

This is a splendid place to bring your kids. Staff are utterly charming with children, and the beach, free kids club, creche, swimming pools and the various activities (below) will keep everyone happy.

All Suites can take an extra bed (the first child sleeps for free), and there are larger options too (see below). Cots, high chairs and interconnecting rooms are available, and you can pre-order a good range of baby and toddler gear to await you on arrival, so you can travel lighter.

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

All suites can take an extra bed. For those with 2 children, we suggest either the Executive Suites (which can take 2 rollaway beds), or the more spacious One- or Two-Bedroom Suites. We stayed in the latter with our 2 kids, so can attest to the usefulness of a good-sized living area and 2 bathrooms. For larger families, there are interconnecting suites across the Junior and Executive categories. All bathrooms have a separate bath and shower. Note that the East side of the resort has the family-designated swimming pool

Babysitting:

On request, see Rates

Baby equipment:

The BabyEase list has tons of baby and toddler gear for pre-order:

  • wipes
  • baby walkers
  • toiletries
  • nappies
  • swim nappies
  • flotation aids
  • baby monitor
  • Baby bathtub
  • changing mat
  • potty
  • training seat
  • sterilisers
  • bed guards
  • pram with sunshade and baby gym

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

Creche/Kid's Club:

Cub Life Creche has a dedicated Baby play zone and a Toddler play area plus mini-playground. Open to babies and toddlers aged 4-47 months, 6 days a week, from April-October, for a morning, afternoon or all-day session (until 1800)
The Den Kids Club offers an inventive weekly programme of activities, including yoga, birding, mini-Olympics, holiday diaries, pool races, Pirate Day on Wednesdays, pebble painting, talent shows, mad scientists, pizza-making, scrapheap and maze challenges. Open to 4-12 year olds, daily during Easter, summer and Christmas holidays only

Children's meals:

There are kids' menus in all restaurants except Bacchus: expect the usual range of pasta, chicken, fish etc. Our kids, however, found plenty to enjoy in the buffets

Kids Activities on site:

  • 2 swimming pools, each with a toddler splash pool
  • Tennis lessons
  • Swimming lessons
  • Cycling (kids' and adults' bikes available to rent)
  • Garden games (boules, giant Jenga etc)
  • Cooking demonstrations (seasonal)
  • Archery (over 8s only)
  • Weekly changing sports programme (basketball, ping pong, darts etc)
  • The Kids Club arranges a movie night on Tuesdays, a mini-disco on Thursdays and a games night on Saturdays

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Columbia Watersports Centre offers sailing, paragliding and waterskiing (for older kids), kayaking, banana boat rides, rubber ring rides, pedal boat hire
  • Lessons are available for waterskiing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, kitesurfing, sailing, scuba diving
  • Horse-riding at Avdimou (5km), boat trips from Paphos (30km), and plenty more beaches nearby

Families Should Know:

  • There are steps all over the property
  • Both pools are unheated, note that kids can access the spa pool until 1400 which is heated
  • You must book kids club and creche sessions in advance

Distances:

  • Airport: 30 minutes (Paphos)
  • Hospital: 30 minutes (Limassol)
  • Shops: 3 minutes
Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 1 independent review from i-escape guests

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

We loved our 10 days at Columbia Beach Resort. There are a couple of things that could make it even better: the extras were expensive, €6 for a bottle of water or a coffee. The kids club was great for our 7 year old but not enough to do for our 10 year old. The buffet restaurant ‘Atrium’ was not as good as ‘Apollo’, which was excellent.

9/10,

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