Poseidonos Avenue, 8042 Paphos, Cyprus
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- Couples, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Honeymooners, Nightlife, Relaxation, Romance, Trendiness
Best for Trendiness - Expert review of Almyra
The Almyra began life as the Paphos Beach Hotel in 1972, the first built in Kato Paphos. After three decades, it underwent the attentions of Parisian interior designer Joëlle Pléot to reopen as the island’s first boutique property. Following further room upgrades and the addition of a spa in 2008, it can fairly claim to be the most contemporary lodging in town – though some might quibble with the fifth star awarded in 2010.
700m from the port, behind a tiny shingle beach, within walking distance of all shops and restaurants in Kato Paphos.
189 rooms come in 9 grades, many interconnecting for family use. Sea-view standards are big at 28 square metres, but have no balconies – best to request those with ‘veranda’ or ‘terrace’. Bathrooms are marble-clad to chest height, though room furnishings tend towards IKEA-cheap. The adults-only wing of Aethon rooms all have balconies, a more varied colour palette, rain showers and higher-quality veneer furniture. The signature Kyma suites are open plan, with a sofa in the sitting area, similar baths to Aethon but with tubs, and have private terraces leading to a lawn and the sea. Their other USP is a roof terrace with lounge furniture, designed for room-service meals.
Entry, via a mini-mall of designer outlets and past reflecting bubble fountains in black stone, sets the tone here. The palette throughout, save for occasional pastel accents, is grey, charcoal, tan and white, so as “not to eclipse sea, sun and sky”, as management puts it. The lobby (with fireplace at one end) is broken up into discrete sections to lend a more home-y feel. The only remnant of the original hotel are some mock-Roman wall mosaics in the main restaurant.
Excellent buffet breakfast in Mosaics restaurant (also half-board dinner venue), with extra pancakes, waffles, eggs made to order. Among three other, a la carte eateries, Ouzeri straddling the coastal path offers the best value. The Notios poolside diner delivers Med/Japanese fusion, including surprise tasting menus. In winter meals may be provided by the lobby fireplace.
The spa (over-16s only), done up in soothing earth tones, is the standout of the 2008 overhaul; treatments, featuring Osea and JustPure product lines, are supposedly moon-phase-aligned. The couples’ treatment room has a stunning sea prospect and private terrace for post-treament lunch, offered by the Eauzone snack bar here. There’s also a long (27m) lap pool to hand, and a gym. The main family pool is heated in season, while the adjacent kids’ pool has a much-needed sun-cover.
Excellent for the most part, with (eg) turndown service and special requests accommodated cheerfully.
Mostly UK clientele, with some Germans in winter; many families taking advantage of toddlers’ creche and kids clubs (operating Easter to October and Christmas). Alymyra’s Baby Go Lightly programme supplies all perishable needs for a 50% extra charge, thus saving on air luggage allowance.
Standard sea view rooms begin from about 220 euros in season, Aethon grade from around 400 euros, Kyma suites at over 600 euros. Rates do not vary significantly across the sunny season, but dip noticeably from November to March.
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- Poseidonos Avenue, 8042 Paphos, Cyprus
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