Family Hotel

Paphos, Cyprus

Almyra

Rates from (ex tax)$190.74

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR176.39), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

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Style

Mod med minimalism

Setting

Seafront promenade

Almyra hotel in Cyprus provides the ultimate beach-break package of sun-filled days in stylish Mediterranean surroundings. This Asian-accented spa stay is blessed with super-friendly staff, and the hotel welcomes families, with great childcare, tempting restaurants and a menu of distractions to keep everyone happy on vacation.

Smith Extra

Get this when you book through us:

A sachet of locally-made herbal tea; guests staying five nights or more before 31 October 2017 will receive one 30-minute spa treatment each and be upgraded to half board with buffet dinners at Mosaic restaurant

Facilities

Photos Almyra facilities

Need to know

Rooms

189, including 36 suites.

Check–Out

12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $190.74 (€162), excluding tax at 9 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR176.39), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include a generous international buffet breakfast.

Also

The hotel can arrange personal trainers, on request.

Hotel closed

Never.

At the hotel

Spa with sauna and steam room, swimming pools, restaurants, bar, crèche, kids club, gym, tennis court, boutique, gardens, DVD library, free WiFi. In rooms: flatscreen TV, radio, minibar, slippers, bathrobes, free WiFi, Aniah toiletries. Suites are stocked with Acqua di Parma products; they also have espresso machines, DVD players and mini stereos.

Our favourite rooms

Rooms are simply furnished in cool hues, with minimal extras. Terrace Garden View rooms have a small private terrace overlooking a sloping lawn; interconnecting options are also available in this category. They aren't true suites, but we love the open-plan Kyma Suites, which have private terraces that lead onto a shared lawn overlooking the sea, and private rooftop terraces – perfect for an al fresco meal or romantic candlelit soiree. In the main building there are also one- and two-bedroom suites with separate lounges (some with private balconies), ideal for larger family groups.

Poolside

Shaded by olive trees and white awnings in high season, and surrounded by club-style double day beds, the black slate-lined pool is a lovely spot to pass the day (especially with a drink in hand). There's a shallow, well-shaded freshwater splash pool for babies and toddlers too. In the spa area, there's an eye-catching outdoor infinity pool with plenty of pairs of sun loungers, as well as an indoor pool; when it's a bit nippy for swimming outdoors (December–March), supervised children are allowed to use this indoor pool from 9am–1pm daily.

Spa

The award-winning Almyra Spa is set in a purpose built adults-only complex, with six treatment rooms, three spa suites, a sauna, steam room, Vichy showers, yoga deck, mani-pedi station, hair salon, heated indoor pool and outdoor infinity pool. There's a suitably lengthy spa menu of massages, facials, wraps, scrubs and other beautification rituals, and the therapists are excellent. Couples can book a double spa suite with a long private terrace overlooking the pool, and indulge in a quiet spa snack between Osea marine treatments. Outside the spa, the slickly photogenic grown-ups-only pool area also has a small restaurant (Eauzone) and bar with waiter service.

Packing tips

Stash some stylish yoga gear in your suitcase.

Also

In the summer holidays, everything is in demand, so make sure you book spa treatments in advance.

Children

Under-12s stay free in cots or extra beds in parents' rooms.

Best for

All ages.

Recommended rooms

Terrace Garden View rooms are just about within monitor range of the main restaurant, with a small private terrace overlooking a sloping lawn (meaning you can sit and snooze outside while your little one naps in the room); interconnecting options are also

Crèche

Almyra provides excellent childcare for all (4 months to 11 years is an impressive span) in its playroom and grounds from 9.30am–5.30am every day except Wednesdays, starting with the Globetrotters Club crèche for under-3s. The full-day fee for babies and toddlers (€60) includes all nappies (and swim nappies), milk, freshly made meals or purées, and snacks. Nannies will follow your home routine as closely as possible, including scheduled naps in the sleep room. Half-days (3.5 hours; €30 excluding lunch) are also available, or you can block-book six days at a reduced price (€300).

Activities

Hit the floodlit tennis court (or ping-pong table); play a gentle game of footie on the lawn; or stretch yourself with a one-to-one yoga or personal training session. From Paphos harbour, there are glass-bottom boat trips and vessels for hire – the hotel can also hook you up locally with all manner of activities on your doorstep, including parasailing, windsurfing, waterskiing and kite-surfing.

Swimming pool

The main attraction for families is the large, black slate-lined oudoor freshwater swimming pool overlooking the sea. There's a shallow, well-shaded freshwater splash pool for babies and toddlers too.

Meals

Children are allowed everywhere at any time, except the adults-only Eauzone spa area. In high season, early sittings for little ones are encouraged to allow parents to enjoy a few child-free hours in the evening. Mosaics has both a buffet and an à la carte menu; staff'll set you up with a highchair anywhere, but outside on the shady terrace or poolside is good if you’re worried about food-throwers. Home-made baby purées, salt-free dishes for infants and all manner of fantastic finger food is made to order, plus the early buffet sittings make family mealtimes a breeze.

Babysitting

Experienced local babysitters can be booked through the hotel with a day's notice, from €16 an hour (maximum three children per sitter).

No need to pack

The hotel doesn't lend out baby monitors (or recommend you use them), but it's worth bringing your own (or using an app) for those with outside space (such as Kyma Suites).

Also

Almyra's innovative Baby Go-Lightly service makes light work of packing: just pre-order all your kids' kit – from nappies and toiletries to pushchairs – ahead of arrival (including items listed above) and it'll be waiting in your room when you get there.

Food and Drink

Photos Almyra food and drink

Top Table

Outside on the main terrace under the olive trees for breakfast; at Eauzone for a quiet lunch; a late sitting at Mosaics in the corner-sofa area.

Hotel restaurant

There are options for all tastes and ages; Almyra's restaurants offer genuinely great food. Mosaics, the attractive main restaurant, pulls off that tricky balance between practical and romantic: it's sleek and white and contemporary, with an earthy-toned Roman-style mosaic that nods to Paphos' history. Tables spill out onto the terrace for alfresco dining by day; by night, linen tablecloths, candles, crystal chandeliers and an Asian-fusion menu add a grown-up vibe (the prawn laksa is to die for). April–November, Japanese fusion Notios grill – by the pool – serves lighter lunch, dinner and 'Zen Meze' in an alfresco setting; and the Ouzeri is a romantic taverna-style restaurant right on the seafront. Eauzone serves spa cuisine and light all-day grazing platters.

Hotel bar

In the open-plan lobby, Helios Lounge Bar serves coffees, snacks and a variety of drinks; there's also an extensive wine list showcasing some excellent Cypriot wines, as well as international staples.

Last orders

Drinks served until the last guest retires. Mosaics serves breakfast 7.30am–10am; lunch, 12 noon–3pm; and dinner, 7pm–10.30pm, with all-day offerings available in between.

Room service

A menu of tasty sandwiches, pizza, bento boxes and snacky delights is available 24 hours a day (there's a small delivery charge)

Location

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Address
Almyra
Poseidonos Avenue, 8042 Pafos, Cyprus
Paphos
8042
Paphos
Cyprus

Planes

Paphos airport is only 15km (20 minutes' drive) away, with regular budget flights from the UK. Larnaca airport is a little further (170km – about 90 minutes), but has more frequent scheduled flights from across Europe.

Automobiles

You don't need a car if you're only staying a few days and planning mostly just to flop by the pool, since you can stroll up to Paphos harbour and the archaeological site is within walking distance, too. However, if you are staying for a week or more, or finding a decent beach is important to you, you may want a hire car to explore the island with. There is plenty of free on-site parking at Almyra. From Paphos airport, take the airport road west, following signs to Paphos town. When you get into Paphos, at the first big roundabout take the first exit. Go straight over the second big roundabout (with the football stadium on your right), straight over the set of traffic lights, and take the second exit at the small roundabout. At the end of this road, turn right, and drive on until you reach a zebra crossing. The Almyra is the first on your left, and on-site parking is free.

Worth getting out of bed for

Lounge in the sun or hit the swimming pools; book a treatment or yoga session in the spa; or explore the island's Troodos Mountains, beaches and heritage sites. Hit the floodlit tennis court (or ping-pong table); play a gentle game of footie on the lawn. From Paphos harbour, there are glass-bottom boat trips and vessels for hire – the hotel can also hook you up locally with all manner of activities on your doorstep, including parasailing, windsurfing, waterskiing and kite-surfing. The House of Dionysos (part of the Unesco site that's about a 15-minute stroll away) has some truly remarkable Roman mosaics, created almost 1,800 years ago – it's worth the minimal effort involved to visit the little museum and site itself. A little further afield along the clifftop, the Tombs of the Kings site dates back to around 400BC. Reward your efforts afterwards with a cool drink and an ice-cream from one of the waterfront cafés in Paphos harbour. 

Local restaurants

Of the plentiful traditional tavernas along the harbour, Theo's (+357 26 932829) is a favourite with locals and visitors: it's laid-back, with affable service and a great Mediterranean menu of fresh fish, grilled meat and tasty salads. Nab a table on the over-sea decking for the best people-watching and boat-spotting.

Reviews

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The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Almyra’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The food, the staff, the design and layout of the hotel. The beautiful gardens and the excellent childcare facilities. By booking through Mr & Mrs Smith we recieved a complimentary upgrade to half board and 2 free spa treatments – both very good. From the harbour you can take a nice walk around the headland which takes you to a patch of sandy beach with a shack for drinks and snacks. Another 30 min walk gets you to the 'Tomb of the Kings', a 4,000 year old Necropolis. It's a UNESCO site and exciting to explore. Take a pushchair that can handle rough terrain or a baby carrier. There is limited information at the site so download a guide before you go (if you like to know what you're looking at)

Don’t expect

The only sanctuary from children is the spa pool, which is lovely but the pool area can get very busy. Paphos Harbour is nice for a stroll but the beach options are limited nearby.

Rating

Stayed on 31 Aug 2017

We loved

The family-friendly atmosphere! This is a luxurious hotel with great food. There was a dedicated kid's buffet and high chairs available in the beautiful outdoor dining area; kids were made to feel welcome, while we got to relax in beautiful surroundings. The hotel booked taxis to and from the airport with a child seat and made sure all our needs were catered for. They arranged for nappies and all manner of kids paraphernalia to be in our room when we arrived so we didn't have to lug it all with us. The kids club was great – lots of activities and really friendly. They even gave us a folder of all our daughter's art work at the end of the week (she attended for three half days and you can book in advance). One pool was covered so the little ones didn't get too hot and the poolside area was also covered. Small gym and spa also available for the grown ups.

Don’t expect

Very family orientated – great for families, but if you don't have kids you might not be so keen on all the little ones running about! There was an adults only pool and restaurant for the grown ups though!

Rating

Stayed on 9 Jul 2017

We loved

It's hard to choose because we really loved everything. Starting with the space itself, the hotel design is beautiful. Clean, classic and amazing attention to detail. We took advantage of the massages (thanks Mr & Mrs Smith!) and highly recommend using the facilities. Secondly, the staff were amazing. Super kind, thoughtful, and consistently went over and beyond. There were a few complaints on MMS about the amount of kids but to be honest, we hardly noticed. We're a couple in our early 30's travelling solo and the family vibes weren't an issue in the least. Additionally, there's an 'adults only' pool by the spa if you're particularly sensitive to having children around. Lastly, the food. Read some complaints about not enough variety. The breakfast and dinner buffet is definitely quality over quantity. They're not a massive resort, so what you get is a thoughtfully curated selection which they switch up every night. And they're great about offering you something specific if you have any allergies or intolerances. It's amazing. Loved the walk around the coast line that circles the Paphos Archeological Park and the visit we had to House of Dionysos. Pack water on a hot day!

Don’t expect

Anything to complain about.

Rating

Stayed on 12 Jun 2017

We loved

The child-friendliness of the hotel and staff. good location for exploring the local area (walking and by car) and good facilities. My three-year old loved the hotel and Cyprus in general.

Don’t expect

Peace and quiet around the main pool - there are lots of children and families! One couple made it known that they were unhappy with the number of families at the hotel, saying that children shouldn't be allowed on holidays anyway and that they were spoiling it for them. Maybe they should read about the hotel before booking?

Rating

Stayed on 17 Jun 2016

We loved

The swimming pool and great staff, especially in kids club. Amazing spa!

Don’t expect

Huge variety in the food

Rating

Stayed on 8 Nov 2015

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