How to spend your day might just be the most arduous decision you have to make while residing at Cap St Georges Hotel & Resort. Stuff to do here runs the gamut from silent sea-view appreciation on your balcony to working out arms, legs and, well, everything else, with a session on the padel courts. If neither are quite your speed, fear not, there is a middle ground: vis-à-vis languidly stretching out an arm to take delivery of that third poolside cocktail, assuming the position for a massage in the spa, or opting to take the buggy ride to the beach rather than enduring the onerous three-minute walk there.
Double rooms from £217.05 (€250), including tax at 19 per cent.
Rates include an extensive buffet breakfast served daily from 7am–10.30am in Yeronisos restaurant.
At the hotel
Several swimming pools and secluded beaches bars and restaurants, a disco club, spa, hammam, gym, beauty salon, barbers, boutique shop, kids’ club, free WiFi. There's also tennis, basketball, volleyball and football courts, as well as an indoor games lounge, outdoor cinema and playground. In rooms: balcony or terrace with sea views, Nespresso coffee machine, tea-making facilities, minibar, free bottled water, 55” LCD TV, pillow menu, marble bathroom with freestanding bathtub, walk-in shower, twin sinks, bathrobes, slippers and Lalique toiletries.
Our favourite rooms
Panoramic windows with sea views flood all rooms in the resort with Cypriot sunshine, emphasising the gleaming marble floors and natural white oak panelling. Sure, you can get a terrace in any old room here, but if you want to feel like a Greek god or goddess, book one with a private pool, such as the Residence room or one-bed suite. Champagne tastes great at the Thalassa poolside bar but can’t beat a chilled glass (or two) served straight from the minibar and enjoyed in your own personal infinity pool overlooking the Med.
Pull up a daybed, order a frozen mango daiquiri and gaze out across the Med from the terraces of the Olympic-sized Thalassa pool, open between 9am and 7.30pm in the warmer months. There’s an adjacent kids’ pool and a supervised splash pool for toddlers. The indoor spa pool operates from 8am to 8pm year-round.
Spread over 2,500 square metres (and then some), Cleopatra Spa has a whopping 12 treatment rooms. Treat yourself to a facial or go the whole hog with a comprehensive all-over pummelling, after which further downtime in the banya or aromatherapy room may be all you’re good for.
Attention all shoe fetishists. Pack your funkiest footwear for stylish dinners and Jesus sandals for posing god-like among ancient Paphos ruins. You’ll also want flip-flops for pool days and sensible walking boots if you plan to go hiking in the Akamas National Park just up the road.
The state-of-the-art gym is open around the clock and, in case you overwork those quads, you can avoid the three-minute post-workout stroll to the beach by making use of the free buggy service.
Pets are welcome to stay in Residence Rooms at a cost of €175 for the week or €300 for a fortnight. Guide dogs and service pets stay free of charge. Pooches are provided with their own beds, treats and water. See more pet-friendly hotels in Paphos.
Themed activities keep children aged 3–12 occupied at the Happy Seal Kidz Club, which runs daily from 9.30am–6pm. There's also a games room, table tennis tournaments and an outdoor cinema for kids; the Resident rooms with private pools are adults only.
Toddlers to teens, thanks to a kids’ club, games room, outdoor cinema and sports facilities.
Cap Family Suites come with two bedrooms and enough space to sleep up to six. Upgrade to a Residence Two Bedroom Suite for a private pool.
Daily sessions run from 10am to 12 noon and then again from 2pm to 6pm. Sessions should be booked at least 24 hours in advance.
The Happy Sealz Kidz Club is free for mini Smiths aged 3–12. There’s also a supervised playground and pool for littluns, and the games room (with PlayStation), outdoor cinema and table tennis will keep teens out of trouble.
There’s a kids’ pool and an additional splash pool for toddlers. Children aged 12 and over are welcome to use the main pool.
The wide variety of dining options, from Italian to Asian, means there’s plenty of choice, though repeat visits to the gelato parlour are likely to come top of most kids’ wish lists.
An in-room service is available at an hourly cost of €25 (one child), €40 (two kids) and €55 (three). An additional €30 transportation charge applies. Babysitting should be booked at least 24 hours in advance; the cancellation fee within 24 hours is €40.
Teens and tweens can make use of extensive sporting facilities that include tennis, padel, basketball and mini football courts. There are also regular table tennis and beach volleyball tournaments to compete in.
Built using local stone, Cap St Georges Hotel & Resort takes its sustainability credentials seriously. Virgin oils in the resort’s restaurants are pressed from the fruits of the surrounding olive groves, and the Perivoli kitchen garden (so good they named it!) fairly groans with plump ruby tomatoes, juicy watermelons, fragrant herbs and more. Heck, even the eggs in your breakfast omelette come from the resort’s resident cluckers. Additional eco-friendly initiatives at the resort include solar panels that heat the water and electric vehicles to keep carbon emissions low. Rooms come with LED lighting and sensors to control lights and air conditioning when empty. The use of plastic is also kept to a minimum thanks to polycarbonate cups and paper straws.
Surrounded by olive trees and affording widescreen views along the rugged coastline, the Mesoyios Restaurant terrace at sundown is a tough act to follow.
Billowy fashions that catch the Mediterranean breeze will do wonders to stave off the searing Cyprus sun. Bring cardigans and light sweaters for al fresco dining during the cooler months.
Produce from Perivoli, the resort’s extensive garden and orchard, provides a steady supply of organic fruit, veg and herbs to all of the resort’s restaurants. It shows, too, in the fresh flavours of the breakfast buffet at Yeronisos, where eye-catching mushroom-shaped pillars are unlikely to distract you from tables that groan with rainbows of fruit, great towers of breads, pastries and cakes, and deep wells of local jam and honey. Omelettes whipped up to your requirements at live cooking stations are made using eggs from the resort’s resident chickens.
Mesoyios is the place for lunch al fresco beneath the olive trees. Pair grilled sea bass and seasonal Mediterranean vegetables with a crisp Cyprus vino and sweeping coastal views.
Dinner presents a multitude of options. There’s Mesoyios for more Mediterranean classics, or you could go for crowd-pleasing Sapori, an authentic Italian-style trattoria (complete with rustic stone walls) serving truffle, pesto and rosemary infused pasta dishes, crispy anchovy-laden pizzas and belt-loosening desserts that are all-but-guaranteed to make this one a firm favourite if you’re here with young kids. And, if not, there’s always the Gelato ice-cream parlour...
Last but by no means least, Bonsai is an altogether more grown-up affair, where expert chopstick wielders are rewarded with authentic teppanyaki dishes and ocean-fresh sushi. Beware though: too many paired glasses of Japanese sake, wine and whisky and chopsticks are liable to become dropped sticks.
The cosmopolitan Chroma Lounge & Lobby Bar could pass for a luxury Las Vegas cocktail lounge… if it wasn’t for those wraparound sea views, that is. A gleaming black marble bar, huge chandelier and elevated grand piano set the scene for a classic whisky sour or vodka martini in this louche late-night lounge. For those who prefer their sundowners al fresco, the Thalassa bar by the pool is open until 7pm, while the Kohyli beach bar stays open later still in summer, with live DJs spinning the chill-out tunes until long after dark.
Dinner is served from 6pm until 10pm, and Chroma Lounge & Lobby Bar keeps the party going until 1am.
Cap St Georges Hotel & Resort borders Akamas National Park on Cyprus’s west coast, where sun-kissed sandy beaches and widescreen Mediterranean views are available on tap. It’s around 30 minutes’ drive south to the ancient city of Paphos.
Paphos Airport is 40 minutes from the resort; Larnaca is two hours away. Transfers are available on request.
You’ll want wheels if you plan to spend any time exploring the rest of the island. And, believe us, you do. A standard small car will do just fine if you’re mostly interested in the pleasures of Paphos but, if you plan to negotiate some of the more precipitous cliffside dirt tracks in Akamas National Park, you’ll need a four-wheel drive as well as nerves of steel. There’s free covered parking at the resort with a valet service that’s available 7am–11pm.
Worth getting out of bed for
Coax yourself vertical from your king-size bed, beach cabana or massage table and allow your bleary eyes to take focus. You’ll soon discover there are plenty more activities – of both the gentle and energetic varieties – available in and around Cap St Georges Hotel & Resort.
Within the resort’s 111 acres, you can get involved in beach volleyball and table tennis tournaments, play padel and tennis, or shoot a few hoops on the full-size basketball court. Stroll the beachfront path or venture further afield on bike rides and guided horseback treks through the grounds.
Harvest olive crops with local farmers before discovering how velvety Cypriot oils are made and – crucially – ingesting far more of the stuff than you intended in an oil-tasting session. And, sure, you’ve tried rubbery ‘well done’ halloumi at an amateur cookout or two in your time, but have you ever had it grilled to crispy golden-brown perfection on the outside and marshmallow-squishy on the inside? This salty, umami Cypriot halloumi is the real deal, and you can get it fresh from the griddle at tasting sessions with local cheesemaking gurus. Third in Cyprus’s holy trinity of edible wonders is the island’s famously aromatic floral honey. Don a beekeeper’s suit on a honey-harvesting trip with local apiarists, before sampling the sweet stuff and, naturally, taking as much of all of the above home as you can cram into your suitcase.
There’s yet more fun to be had in the Akamas National Park, a vast wild peninsula full of rugged peaks, forested valleys and sandy bays. Take a guided tour to the protected loggerhead and green turtle hatcheries on remote Lara Bay, snorkel the gin-clear waters of the Blue Lagoon, or hike the Avakas Gorge Trail for otherworldly rock formations, tranquil trickling streams and drop-dead gorge-ous views.
Crowding around the harbour, where yachts bob gently in calm cerulean waters, the city of Paphos is chock-full of ancient Greek and Roman treasures. Don’t miss the Paphos Archaeological Park with its well-preserved amphitheatres, villas and columns. The mosaic depicting Theseus battling a minotaur is a highlight here. Climb up to the battlements of Paphos Castle for far-reaching harbour and sea views and look out for monuments both ancient and modern to Greek goddess Aphrodite, born from the sea on these very shores, so the story goes.
Cap St Georges Hotel & Resort is all about scenic isolation and Mediterranean views that never get old, and the plentiful dining options here all bear repeat visits. But, as long as you don’t mind being the designated driver or forking out for a fairly lengthy cab ride, there are other options available.
Around seven miles south, Kissonerga is the nearest large(ish) village to the resort, and along its pretty palm-lined streets is where you’ll find Tweedie’s and Kambana. Tweedie’s is run by a pair of British expats, but don’t let that put you off. Inside its old stone walls await a homely atmosphere and market-to-table philosophy best illustrated by baker Hilary’s flavoured breads and gut-busting desserts like limoncello-iced tiramisu and traditional sticky toffee pudding. Nearby Kambana serves homemade Cypriot classics in a picturesque setting overlooking the church.
It’s well worth persevering with the rough track that leads to Viklari, aka the Last Castle. Here, natural stone and driftwood sculptures add character to the traditional open-air dining room with its canopy of vines and what could well be the finest views on the peninsula. Simple but effective plates of pork and chicken souvlaki complement those eye-popping vistas of the Lara Bay turtle reserve and beyond. Booking essential.
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 luxury resort on Cyprus’s west coast and unpacked their stash of local honey and olive oil, a full account of their indulgent island adventure will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Cap St Georges Hotel & Resort near Paphos in Cyprus…
Gleaming marble surfaces and striking works of contemporary art complement natural stone walls in the classic Cypriot style at this exclusive resort in west Cyprus, spread out across a rugged stretch of beach-dotted coastline so beautiful it's even said to have seduced the Greek goddess of love herself.
Reasons to fall for Cap St Georges Hotel & Resort range from its sinfully indulgent spa to excellent fine dining restaurants that cover all the main food groups (Italian, Asian and Mediterranean, since you’re asking). And, of course, that Aphrodite-approved sandy beach with its endless Mediterranean views.
Much of the rest of the action takes place on the resort’s atmospheric Agora Square where grown-ups browse upmarket boutiques before spiriting themselves into the sushi and teppanyaki joint. Left to their own devices, kids nurse ice creams the size of their own heads from the gelato parlour and catch movies on the outdoor cinema screen.
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