Paphos, Cyprus

Annabelle

Price per night from$143.82

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 (EUR133.03), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Star board

Setting

Poseidon’s Paphos patch

A venerable Cyprus institution, Annabelle is a grande dame who’s ruled the waves around here for decades. She’s just had millions thrown at her and has never looked better, with a shiny rooftop spa, elaborate eating options and regular ocean views delivered through high-gloss, floor-to-ceiling windows. Paphos’ port and marvellous mosaics are a short stroll away, but you won’t want to be gone for long – acres of tropical gardens, swim-up pool bars, sea-facing sundowners and colonial-era elegance await back at basecamp.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

244, including 51 suites.

Check–Out

Noon. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Prices

Double rooms from £130.05 (€145), including 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 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, a tennis and squash court, library, boutique. In rooms: minibar, air-conditioning, tea and coffee, TV, DVD player and designer bath products; certain suites also have a Lavazza coffee machine and Acqua di Parma bath products.

Our favourite rooms

For proximity to the spa (and the best views), opt for a Panorama Sea View or Panorama Duplex room, each located on the top floor. If decadent anytime dips are a must, book a Studio Suite with a Plunge Pool. And if you like your petite pools, blow the budget on Artemis, where a Med-facing whirlpool is the highlight of your terrace.

Poolside

The rooftop spa has an indoor sea-facing pool, and there are three more outside pools: one lagoon-style spot, one with a bar you can swim to, and one that's semi-Olympic sized.

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.

Pet‐friendly

Pets under 10kg are welcome in the Garden Suite Studio, Terrace Garden View rooms and Terrace Sea View rooms (at an extra cost). See more pet-friendly hotels in Paphos.

Children

All ages welcome, over-11s 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-11s 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. All are an additional charge.

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. Amorosa only permits children who do not need a highchair.

Babysitting

Can be arranged with a day’s notice from €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 Ouranos.

Hotel restaurant

There are five eateries to try within the resort, including sea-facing Ouranos for cocktails and sharing platters 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 traditional Italian classics elevated by the finest organic produce. 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 10am for breakfast; 6.30pm to 10pm for dinner. Mediterraneo and Amorosa serve lunch from 12.30pm until 3.30pm and dinner from 7pm to 10pm (10:30pm in Amorosa). Ouranos is open for dinner from 6pm to 11pm (12am during summer).

Room service

Round-the-clock room service is available; limited menus run from 11pm to 6am.

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 five-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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