After a really tough few months, I booked into the Elysium for a break on my own because I wanted a holiday where I could just relax and not speak to anyone if I didn't want to!!
The hotel really is magnificent, everything that you would expect from a 5* hotel. Helpful staff, lovely rooms, great facilities etc etc
I had a non sea-facing room and I looked out onto the tennis courts and gardens and up at the hills. My room was mostly very quiet but it is worth noting that the nights that there is live entertainment in the bar, the music is very loud and on a Saturday night goes on until about 12.30 am. I was a bit annoyed by this but it only happened one night (and it was a Saturday). Everything in the room was clean and in good repair with a lovely spicy complimentary body lotion that I really loved. The towels were amazing, big and white and extremely fluffy (though they seemed to be changed twice a day which I thought was a bit unnecessary).
The sea-facing rooms looked lovely though they face directly west (depends if you like the full sun beating onto your balcony in the afternoon) and onto the pool (which would probably be quite noisy). The extra money for me wasn't actually worth it.
The pool and gardens are very well maintained. By the end of the day the pool is pretty much like a warm bath but in the heat that is to be expected. There is a water slide for kids, a baby paddling pool but the main pool isn't deeper than about 170 cm. Plenty of sun loungers and luckily none of that reservation of reserving sun loungers, it's all very civilised.
The beach is fabulously maintained and is definitely the nicest beach on either side of the hotel. It has dark sand as well which was quite a novelty for me. I loved the little bay (that I think is man made) and the sea was wonderful and warm, I spent more time in the sea than the pool.
As I was eating alone I didn't go for the half-board option as it would be too expensive and not worth my while. It is €39 if you eat at the Mediterano buffet and it was completely wasted on me so I only did it once. I ate room service or on the terrace bar. I also had a wonderful meal in the Italian restaurant on my last night as a treat and the service was exceptional (they call you by name once they have your room number which I thought was a nice touch) and because I was on my own they couldn't do enough for me.
- Wonderful staff
- Excellent facilities
- spacious well cared for rooms
- did I mention the towels?!
- the calamari in the Mediterraneo (sp) was some of the best I'd ever eaten
- It is expensive (but it's a 5* hotel so it's a bit like ordering fillet and then being surprised at the price...). A bottle of water from the bar is almost €4 and when it's 39 degrees and you're drinking 3 a day for 7 days, it adds up.
- I didn't really rate the spa that much and I thought that it was completely over the top in terms of price. Almost €100 for an hour long massage is heinously expensive for a very average massage. I also felt that the therapist was really pushing me to buy the products (which I know is standard at a spa but I didn't like the way in which it was done here). Unless you're extremely minted I wouldn't bother really.
All in all, I will definitely go back though probably out of season next time to avoid the high temperatures.
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- Also Known As:
- Elysium Resort Paphos
- Elysium Hotel Paphos
- Elysium Paphos
- Elysium Cyprus
- Elysium Hotel Cyprus