Thalassa

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Address: 8099 Coral Bay, Paphos, Cyprus

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.7

Small, mostly suite-grade hotel with noted spa and butler service

The Thalassa may not be much to look at from the outside – it was originally built to be a three-star hotel, whose bones still stick through in places – but impressions change dramatically once inside. The first (2004) of Cyprus’ growing contingent of boutique hotels, it has the advantages of small scale, a well-designed spa and personal butler service, claimed unique in the Mediterranean.

Location
4.9
90%
Eating/drinking
4.5
90%
Leisure facilities
4.6
90%
Service
4.6
90%
Value for money
4.4
90%
Bedrooms
4.7
90%
Public areas
4.6
90%

Location

Sharing space on the Coral Bay headland with ancient Paleokastro, looking to both sunrise and sunset, about 11km from Paphos.

Bedrooms

Of the 58 veneer-floored units, just 16 are standard doubles, the rest suites of various grades. The most common are 52-square-metre one-bedroom suites in pastel shades, with two marble-lined baths, rain shower, quality sofas and easy chairs, and long balconies. All rooms offer complimentary bathrobes, sound/DVD systems, WiFi signal, fruit basket and espresso machines.

Public areas

The impressively colonnaded lobby in wood, marble and ochre tints leads to the main restaurant, with its dual views, parquet floor and blind oculus overhead. Outside, on the Coral Bay side, lies the pool area, with steps down the cliff face to a summer-only lido area.

Eating and drinking

The Ambrosia restaurant is the breakfast venue, as well as doing other meals a la carte (budget 40–50 euros). The dinner-only Psari seafood restaurant (closed Mon; allow 45 euros a head) is claimed very good indeed by local friends; with limited seating, booking is mandatory. Below the Psari outdoor terrace, lawn-based Ippokambos bar has access to the west end of sandy Coral Bay; there’s also a lobby bar with weekly wine-tastings.

Leisure facilities

The basement Anagenisis spa lies at the heart of the hotel’s appeal, with every conceivable treatment available (some verging on the ridiculous – chocolate coconut delight ritual, anyone?); prices are reasonable for the locale, with Darphin and Sodashi products featured. A medium-sized outdoor pool faces Coral Bay, while the basement indoor pool is sizeable, with afternoon sun. There’s also a small gym above the pool, sauna, jacuzzi and yoga studio. Guests may also use the beach and watersports facilities at the co-owned Coral Beach Hotel nearby.

Service

Excellent, by a bewilderingly multinational staff even by Cypriot standards. In the 13 highest-grade suites, rates include a butler on call 24 hours to gratify your every whim (payable extra for other rooms).

Who stays there

Largely British, Belgians, Dutch, Austrians, with Cypriots at weekends. No under-12s accepted.

Price advice

In-season rack rates have dropped recently, in line with economic realities – standard doubles run from 231–287 euros, 1-bed suites begin from 364 euros (up to 476 euros), while 2-bedroom suites can be had for 728–980 euros. Booking engines yield up to 25% discounts on the above, and I’ve heard of winter specials as low as 100 euros per night.

Amenities

  • Fitness Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Swimming Pool

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Families with teenagers
  • Foodies
  • Honeymooners
  • Great views / scenery
  • Relaxation
  • Romance
  • Chilling out

Pros & Cons

  • Holistic spa
  • All rooms have sea view
  • Intimate feel
  • Some suites merely 2 joined-up standard rooms
  • Summer rock-lido unappealing
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