This hotel would appeal to those people who prior to having children would stay in the sort of hotels recommended by Mr & Mrs Smith. With the Almyra you can have a stylish, pre-children, luxury holiday but without feeling out of place with your toddler in tow. The rooms are modern and spacious, even with a cot in the corner. All the guest/public areas were spotlessly clean, stylish and well furnished in a cool contemporary fashion. The slate pool is covered to keep your little ones (and big ones) out of the scorching sun; there's not a plastic lounger in sight - the beds around the pool are timber famed beds with mattresses on top, there is also plenty of shade and umbrellas around the pool for those who want to take it easy with the tanning. Adjacent to the pool is the Notios restaurant and bar with the added bonus of a ice cream parlour - my two year old had a homing device directed to the ice cream parlour. If you would like to actually lie in the sun and not worry about your child, I can whole heartedly recommend booking the creche, we booked our son in every other afternoon. The staff at the creche were brilliant and very reassuring - its quite daunting leaving your baby in the care of a complete stranger. The creche facilities were very good with plenty of space, lots of toys and two outside areas (one opposite the inland terrace rooms on the ground floor and one connected to the creche). Once you've deposited your child in the creche take your weary body to the adults only area complete with infinity pool, bar and restaurant. This is also next to the Almyra Spa - the Spa is well worth a visit or two but I would recommend pre-booking treatments to avoid disappointment. We rarely ate at the hotel as we booked on a bed and breakfast basis - the breakfasts in the Mosaics Restaurant were brilliant, lots of choice, lots of seating, and the staff were professional enough to ignore the fact that there were kids having tamtrums at 8 o'clock in the morning. The staff were amazing with all the children they encountered. Our son would eat his evening meal at the Notois restaurant as the menu for children was very good during the first week of our holiday (no chips) but disappointingly this changed half way through our holiday when the prices went up and chips appeared with every meal. There was no need for us to eat at the hotel as we found plenty of restaurants near the hotel (Seagull, Phivos, Sakura, The Deck - to name a few) - there are the tacky, chav infested bars and restaurants but these can be easily avoided.
The only downsides to our holiday were the lack of beach at the hotel (there is a beach further up the promenade, past The Deck, but on the whole Paphos is lacking in beaches); the noise from the boy racers every evening (we had a inland view room - if you can't afford the €97 per night upgrade to a sea view room I'd recommend ear plugs - it is very noisy); the noise every Saturday night from the night club up the road and the newly opened Linaker's Bar. If you live on a main road in any city you'll be fine.
Best bits (in no particular order) - the adults only area, the spa, all the staff, the Meze at the Ouzeri, the creche, and the overall contemporary luxury of the hotel. Perfect.
- 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