In around the fourth century AD, the Visigoths ransacked many of the most beautiful Roman buildings and treasures. In the far west tip of Paphos, testament to Rome's craft and sheer beauty lies preserved for us to enjoy to this day with its delicate and intricately crafted mosaics among the ruins of the Roman outpost. Approximately sixteen hundred years after the VIsigoths arrived to blight the natural and man-crafted beauty of Paphos, a far more destructive force arrived - the British tourist. I'm not proud of my recent ancestors - helping to turn what I assume to be a once tranquil fishing town into a utopian Southend. Pizza Hut, KFC, Pizza Express and Costa and Starbucks dominating a town that could and should be home to authentic tavernas is a sad reflection on the needs of tourists.
The Almyra is a near perfect mosaic nestled in the ruins of tourism. It's an elegantly thought through family friendly utopia that I would unquestionably recommend to anyone wanting a week of guaranteed sun, and more importantly, happy children. The hotel has a zonal feel about it - energy and excitement around the family pool area, then a zen like tranquility around the spa pool complete with gorgeous infinity pool. We had an adjoining room with an expansive sea view which was relatively basic but spacious with good air conditioning when we needed it to escape the intense August heat and humidity.
If I have a few niggles it's mainly around the inflated prices for drinks and meals not supplied as part of our half board accommodation. 5 Euros for a 3/4 size pool side pint of standard lager in a plastic cup is steep. As too is 4 Euros for a bottle of water or an ice cream which becomes excessively expensive if you're there for a week or more with a family of four. So we tended to stock up on water from the little kiosk opposite the hotel in the mornings and eat out at anything resembling "traditional" at lunch times. Despite this, we still racked up over £1,000 in the course of the 12days on extras such as food and drink, so be prepared! The other little niggle is that the Almyra positions itself as 5 star, when, despite the contrast it has over and above local rivals, is a little optimistic as it misses the little touches that truly distinguishes a 5 from 4/4.5 star hotel.
If you're going I'd recommend that you have lowish expectations of Paphos, and hire a car and drive inland towards the Troodos mountains and see some of the better beaches (avoid the weekend). But you should have quite justifiably high expectations of the Amlyra - especially the staff who are in our opinion some of the best, most accommodating and delightful we have ever encountered. They are nothing but a credit to this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stylish and relaxing, fashionable yet unpretentious, Almyra is a chic cutting-edge luxury 5 star family seafront hotel that makes contemporary luxury accessible to all. Almyra sits in eight acres of landscaped gardens on the Mediterranean shoreline of Paphos, Cyprus. Meaning 'taste of the sea', Almyra's highlights include the Almyraspa - a sun-lit utopia of organic and marine-based therapies complemented by inspiring ocean vistas - and the waterfront Kyma ('Wave') Suites, showcasing harbour views from candle-lit rooftop terraces. Almyra is a comfortable combination of modern design elements, sleek facilities and family-friendly features: because having children doesn't mean that you have to sacrifice good taste... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Almyra Hotel Cyprus
- Almyra Hotel Paphos
- Almyra Paphos