Paradisos Hills

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Address: 8800 Lysos, Polis, Cyprus

Star rating:

4.5

A suitably paradaisical retreat in beautiful countryside, with sweeping views.

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.

Location
4.6
90%
Eating/drinking
4.6
90%
Leisure facilities
4.1
90%
Service
4.8
90%
Value for money
4.6
90%
Bedrooms
4.3
90%
Public areas
4.2
90%

Location

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).

Bedrooms

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.

Public areas

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.

Eating and drinking

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.

Leisure facilities

There’s only a large, wind-protected pool below the restaurant terrace, though massage, horse-riding and scuba diving are arranged on request.

Service

Hands-on management by the owners and reportedly near-flawless staff.

Who stays there

Cypriots and foreigners (primarily British and central European); small wedding parties

Price advice

November-to-March stays are notably cheaper, despite the heating-bill factor.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Families with younger children
  • First-time travellers
  • Sporty types
  • Great views / scenery
  • Relaxation
  • Sightseeing
  • Nature / wildlife

Pros & Cons

  • Assiduous management
  • Quality room furnishings
  • Good food
  • Not easy walking distance to anything
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