8800 Lysos, Polis, Cyprus
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Families with younger children, First-time travellers, Sporty types, Great views / scenery, Nature / wildlife, Relaxation, Sightseeing
Best for Food - Expert review of Paradisos Hills
Only operating since 2005, this stone-clad country hotel has quickly established an excellent reputation for service and value, and is underrated at two stars, considering the room appointments and facilities to hand. It’s run by two returned South-African Cypriot 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, pale 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 family use.
The lawn-garden and restaurant terrace are suitable for weddings; there are folkloric/rustic touches to the 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 by arrangement.
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 by the owners and reportedly near-flawless staff.
Cypriots and foreigners (primarily British and central European); small wedding parties
November-to-March stays are notably cheaper, despite the heating-bill factor.
More information on Paradisos Hills:
- 8800 Lysos, Polis, Cyprus
- High-Speed Internet, Parking, Restaurant, Swimming Pool