8800 Lysos, Polis, Cyprus
- Recommended for:
- Couples, First-time travellers, Foodies, Sporty types, Great views / scenery, Nature / wildlife, Relaxation, Sightseeing
Best for Food - Expert review of Paradisos Hills
Only in operation since 2005, this stone-clad country hotel has quickly established an excellent reputation for service and value, and is underrated as a two-star, considering the room appointments and facilities to hand. It’s run by two sisters, Niki and Soula, with a woman’s touch evident in attention to details.
A commanding position atop a knoll 1km east of Lysos, 16km from Polis, at the very edge of the Paphos forest with not a villa project or fire scar in sight (for now).
The 15 rooms are good sized and in subdued taste, with solid dark-wood furniture, tile flooring, beige soft furnishings, a preponderance of double beds, mini-fridges and (except for 5 which face inland) sweeping sea and hill balcony views. Bathrooms by contrast are simple but functional. One ground floor room is disabled-adapted, two interconnect for families.
The lawn-garden and restaurant terrace are suitable for weddings; there are folkloric/rustic touches to decor, without lurching into kitsch, and stone flags underfoot nearly everywhere.
The Sunday buffet lunch (with lots for vegetarians) is something of a local institution – I finally tried it recently and was pleased, which I’m not always in such cases. There’s also a Friday-night Indian buffet. A la carte food is available all day, though contents of the buffets go quickly. Niki does cooking lessons on request.
There’s only a large, wind-protected pool below the restaurant terrace, though massage, horse-riding and scuba diving are arranged on request.
Hands-on management from the owners and reportedly near-flawless staff.
Cypriots and foreigners (primarily British and central European); small wedding parties
November to March stays are 20% cheaper than summer rack rates of 102 euros B&B, despite the heating-bill factor. Half-board rates are advantageous.
More information on Paradisos Hills :
- 8800 Lysos, Polis, Cyprus
- High-Speed Internet, Parking, Restaurant, Swimming Pool