Paphos, Cyprus

Annabelle

Rates per night from$216.89

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 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR192.66), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Star board

Setting

Poseidon’s Paphos patch

Annabelle has been making a name for herself for a while now, but this Cyprus grande dame has had some substantial work done. Ten million euros later, she’s looking better than ever, with a shiny new rooftop spa, endless eating opportunities and a high-gloss finish. The harbour and old town, along with Paphos’ famous mosaics, are a short walk away, as are sandy shores and traditional tavernas. Back at the hotel, acres of tropical gardens, swim-up pool bars and sea-facing sundowners await.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

244, including 51 suites.

Check–Out

Noon. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $216.89 (€193), excluding tax at 9 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €2.00 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates usually include breakfast.

Also

This may be a resort hotel, but there's a whole lot happening outside of it: scuba-diving, sailing, golf, wine-tasting, bread-making and 4x4 trips are all on offer.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout, gym, tennis and squash courts, library, boutique. In rooms: minibar, air-conditioning, free bottled water, tea and coffee, TV, DVD player and Anyah bath products. Certain suites have a Lavazza coffee machine and bath products by the White Company.

Our favourite rooms

For proximity to the spa (and the best views), ask for a room on the top floor. If decadent anytime dips are a must, book a Studio Suite with a Pool. And if you like your petite pools to come with balmy bubbles, blow the budget on Artemis, where a Med-facing hot tub is the highlight of your terrace.

Poolside

The rooftop spa has a sea-facing pool, and there are two more outside for families: one lagoon-style spot and one with a bar you can swim to.

Spa

The newly installed spa spans the top floor of the hotel, with a sauna, gym and treatment rooms for hi-tech rejuvenating facials, mani-pedis and holistic massages. Nutritionists and personal trainers are on hand for enthusiastic guests.

Packing tips

The seafront setting and magic Mediterranean weather mean one thing: rotating swimwear, with some cover-ups for not looking as well-roasted as your compatriots in the island’s more tourist-favoured parts.

Also

The main areas are all accessible via lifts and ramps, but there are no specially adapted rooms for wheelchair users.

Children

All ages welcome, but over-11s will have to pay an extra-adult supplement. Extra beds and cots can be added to some rooms, and connecting rooms are available. Babysitting is available for €16 an hour, plus an extra charge after midnight.

Best for

Babies and up.

Recommended rooms

Connecting rooms are available. Extra beds and cots can be added to most rooms. Over-12s pay a supplement.

Crèche

Nannies can be arranged for under-threes, and kids of all ages are entertained with the various kids’ clubs next-door at sister hotel Almyra.

Activities

Swimming lessons, tennis, workshops, DVDs to borrow.

Swimming pool

Two of the pools are family friendly; littles must be supervised by a parent at all times.

Meals

Most of the restaurants have dedicated menus, colouring books and highchairs, and staff are happy to heat up baby food. Ouranos doesn’t have a kids’ menu but Little Smiths are welcome. Amorosa only permits children who do not need a highchair.

Babysitting

Can be arranged with a day’s notice for €16 an hour, plus an extra charge after midnight.

No need to pack

The hotel has a whole host of helpful things that you can book before you arrive, including buggies, via its Baby Go Lightly service.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

It’s all about the terraces.

Dress Code

Make sure you’ve changed out of your flip-flops and beachwear in time for dinner at Amorosa, Fontana or Asteras.

Hotel restaurant

There are five eateries to try within the resort, including ocean-facing Ouranos for cocktails and pretty plates up by the spa (the restaurant can also deliver post-pampering refreshments along to wherever you’re slumped). Close to the seafront, Mediterraneo is a lively, local affair, serving a contemporary take on classic Cypriot mezze, with theme nights held regularly during the summer. Elegant Amorosa is the fanciest of the bunch – younger Smiths are allowed, but only if they’ve outgrown the highchair. And for intimate, candlelit suppers on certain summer nights, Asteras is for you. Buffets and breakfast are held in Fontana.

Hotel bar

There are four in total, including the cosy, classic (and adults-only) Byz; a copper-accented edition at Ouranos, which has an impressive gin count; the swim-up Grotto Bar by one of the pools; and the snack-supplying pool bar. Byz and Ouranos call time at 1am.

Last orders

Fontana is open from 7am to 10pm (breakfast til 10am). Mediterraneo and Amorosa serve lunch from 12.30pm until 3.30pm and dinner from 7pm to midnight (6.30pm to10pm in winter). Ouranos is open for lunch from 12.30pm to 5pm; dinner is 6pm to midnight.

Room service

Full menus are available in-room as long as the restaurants are still serving.

Location

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Address
Annabelle
Poseidonos Ave
Paphos
8042
Cyprus

The hotel is on a south-western seafront, overlooking Paphos’ harbour.

Planes

Paphos airport is a 20-minute drive away. Hotel transfers start from €28, depending on size, vehicle spec and time. Larnaca airport is two hours away; transfers start from €105 each way.

Automobiles

The centre of Paphos is a 10-minute drive from Annabelle. You’ll be kept amused within the resort and Paphos is easily reached on foot, but if you want to see more of the island, hire a car at the airport.

Worth getting out of bed for

If you want to spend the entire time horizontal by the pool, no one’s going to judge you (the spa is also available). When you’re ready to expend a little more energy, don’t miss a a wander around Paphos’ Old Town and harbour, or nab a lounger at busy-but-beautiful Coral Bay beach. Head into the Troodos Mountains, the biggest range in Cyprus, to marvel at painted churches and monasteries that date from the Byzantine Empire. Commandeer a 4x4 and make the trip to Lara Beach on the north-west coast, where your fellow bathers are more likely to be loggerhead turtles than other humans. Aphrodite’s rock – thought to be the goddess of love’s birthplace – is on the road to Limassol.

 

Local restaurants

The proximity to Paphos harbour increases the odds of super-fresh seafood – for a meal overlooking Coral Bay, try Saint George Fish Tavern, where a drizzle of olive oil and a squeeze of lemon are about all the daily catch needs to make it delicious. In the heart of the harbour, Theo’s Seafood Restaurant serves fresh fish; don’t miss the calamari. To up the romance levels, book in at Ouzeri at the neighbouring Almyra hotel for a traditional Cypriot experience (washed down with ouzo and a soundtrack strummed by live guitarists) in a seafront setting.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this seaside hotel in Cyprus and unpacked their boat shoes and board shorts, a full account of their beach-in-reach break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Annabelle in Paphos

This grande dame of the Cyprus seafront has just had a €11-million facelift, and it shows. The hallowed hotel has been welcoming guests for decades, but now they'll be met with a high-gloss makeover and an impressive new top-floor, sea-facing spa. Luckily, glamour levels have remained intact, as have the acres of tropical gardens that offer an alternative to the sandy shores and pretty harbour on your doorstep. It's a short walk to check out Paphos’ famed mosaics and the Old Town, where you can stop by a traditional taverna for some fresh seafood. That's if you're willing to forgo a chance to sample the cuisine back at the ranch, of course: options include lively themed nights at Mediterraneo (fingers crossed for some plate smashing), candlelit suppers at Asteras and cocktails with a view at Ouranos. Well-heeled travellers have been checking in for more than 30 years:  – perhaps it’s time you join them?

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