Almyra – Cyprus
We love this hotel as the childcare services and fabulous facilities make it a dream destination for all of the family
Within walking distance of the glories of the UNESCO heritage site of Paphos, and overlooking the bay, the Almyra is chic and cosmopolitan. Minimalist in design, inside and out, this is a hotel for leaving the everyday behind and soaking up the Cypriot way of life. Service is high on the agenda and guests are looked after with typical local warmth and friendliness, with families being made to feel especially welcome. Children love it here – there’s plenty of space and the kids club is brilliantly run. Outside, the gardens are cool, shady and beautifully manicured. Olive trees and white sail-like awnings keep the sun at bay, and double day beds beckon for you to spend the day, with the pool bar menu not far from hand. From here you can explore Paphos, or venture further afield to discover the treasures of Cyprus.
There’s a superb choice of rooms and suites at the Almyra, with views out over the Med and large, interconnecting options for families. All of which are going through a multimillion euro refurbishment this year to reopen in February 2020. Think clean lines and varying shades of blue inspired by the Mediterranean Sea that surrounds the island. They have used local craftsmen to create handmade oak and olive tree tables, the bathrooms are made out of marble and there are Smart TV’s in every room. They all feel incredibly luxurious and comfortable. The Superior Sea View Rooms can accommodate an extra bed or cot and have floor to ceiling windows giving a fabulous vista of Paphos fort, they can also interconnect for families. Go for the Veranda Sea View Room to enjoy private dining overlooking the turquoise waters of the bay. The Terrace Sea View Rooms come with a large sun-bathing terrace overlooking the infinity pool and beyond, and also have interconnecting options. Premium Sea View Aethon Rooms have sunny balconies and are close to the Spa. A spacious family option are the connecting Junior Suites with Veranda Sea View – these can accommodate two adults and up to four children. The Two Bedroom Suites work very well for families and are exceptionally spacious, with a sea view balcony. For a bit more luxe, book the Two Bedroom Deluxe Suite or the glamorous Connecting Kyma Suites with their panoramic rooftop terraces and living areas opening out onto the lawns looking out to sea.
Fresh local and seasonal produce is the order of the day here. And choice. From traditional Cypriot dishes in a taverna style setting, to delicious modern pan-Mediterranean and international cuisine, and to poolside snacks and meze, the Almyra has a mouthwatering selection of restaurants. Guests on half board also have the opportunity to eat at the Annabelle, the sister hotel next door. You’ll also find a very good private dining service, as well as healthy children’s menus.
The highly rated kids club at the Almyra caters for babies and children from four months to 11 years. Their team of experienced nannies and activities specialists, provide a range of games and watersports programmes for the older children, while making sure the younger ones have everything they need. Guests can pre-order baby essentials, including nappies before they arrive, which makes packing so much easier. There is also a babysitting service for guests who’d like a relaxing evening or dine out. A playground, freshwater children’s pool, children’s menus and interconnecting rooms make this a very family friendly hotel.
The renowned Alymraspa is an adult only haven overlooking the Mediterranean. With an indoor and outdoor infinity pool, rooftop lounge, sun terrace, yoga deck and treatment rooms, it’s a little oasis of calm and serenity and promises pure escapism. There are five pools in total throughout the hotel, a gym, flood lit tennis court, extensive gardens and guests can access a range of watersports – windsurfing and waterskiing are available under separate management, with kite-surfing just a little further away. Golfers have a choice of four excellent courses, and the front desk could not be more helpful in helping arrange excursions and suggesting itineraries, from chartering a boat to visiting some of the islands vineyards or exploring the Troodos Mountains.
Hotel Type: Contemporary 5* water front family friendly hotel
Located: Set in eight acres of beautifully manicured gardens in the heart of Paphos’ on the seafront promenade and walking distance to the UNESCO heritage site as well as plenty of local restaurants and tavernas. Paphos airport is a 20 minutes drive away with regular flights from the UK.
Style: Chic and stylish in design with a relaxed laid back Mediterranean charm
Rooms: 187 spacious rooms and suites
Ideal for: Those looking for a family break without any compromise on style.
Swimming: There are five freshwater pools. One indoors; one adults-only; one for children and two facing the sea. There is also the Mediterranean sea for a spot of open-water swimming and includes a smooth wave-free zone.
Dining: Seven restaurants & bars as well as 24hour room service. There is something to suit all tastes and they know how to delight guests with their Asian-fusion inspired dishes.
Activities: Visit the Spa, head to the gym, play a game of tennis on their floodlit court, go jogging or trekking nearby, mountain biking or cycling, swim in their many pools, roof top yoga, take part in the water sports whether it be parasailing, windsurfing, water skiing, diving or sailing. Play a round of Golf. Take part in one of their fitness camps or shop in their boutique. Explore the local area including the Troodos mountains, beautiful beaches and heritage sites. There is almost any activity you could wish for at Alymra.
Spa: An award winning adult only Spa with two pools, sauna, steam rooms, Pilates, rooftop yoga, personal training and a gym. There is an extensive treatment list and couples can enjoy a double spa suite with gorgeous sea views.
Low Season Price From: €201 per room per night for a superior sea view room B&B
High Season Price From: €291 per room per night for a superior sea view room B&B
F&P Must Do: Walking amongst the Troodos Mountains is a true Cypriot escapist haven and a must do especially during the Spring and Autumn. We also recommend visiting the adult only pool that is tucked away next to the spa, it is a fabulous child free zone and perfect for taking in the lovely sea views.
Opening date: 1st March 2020