Elysium, Paphos, Cyprus
This five-star hotel doesn't have the panache of the island's new ultra-luxe hotels but it does offer comfortable stylish rooms in a palatial building, attentive service, an excellent spa, great children's facilities, beautiful gardens and a lovely setting on a picturesque rugged coastline. The architecture has been influenced by the Byzantine era so expect grand columns and arches, heavy dark-wood doors, ornate goddess statues, pretty fountains and mosaics and local honey-coloured stone. A huge lagoon-style pool with a central island and sun loungers provides a dramatic centrepiece, plus you're right next door to the UNESCO Tomb of the Kings and close to the Akamas national park and picturesque Paphos harbour, with its fabulous mosaics in the Archeological Park.
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A complimentary hotel bus, which operates twice daily, takes you into Paphos Market and the harbour. It saves on car hire or taxis.
It's a 20-minute walk to Paphos old town, where you can see the castle, archeological site and House of Dionysus.
By plane: flights from London to Paphos take 4 hours 30 minutes. The hotel is a 25-minute drive from the airport. Free on-site parking. skyscanner.net
Style & Character
Anyone who wants to relax in beautiful surroundings and comfort without the luxury price tag will enjoy it here. It's popular with groups and families. We loved the goddess statues, plant-filled grecian urns and mosaics that delight us at every turn in the hotel.
Service & Facilities
The large heated indoor pool is perfect for a morning dip during winter months.
- Swimming pools
- Fitness centre
- Kids' club
- Tennis court
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
The Royal Studio in the adults-only wing has traditional furniture and a peaceful garden with plunge pool. Seeing the coastline dappled in a pink glow early morning and hearing bird song was beautiful.
Deluxe Room, Family Maisonette, Royal Studio, Royal Villa, Artemis Suite, Thalia Suite, Junior Suite, Queen Suite, Royal Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
The extensive breakfast buffet includes fresh juices, Cypriot specialities and even Scottish oats. The Epicurian's grand buffet is a feast of well-cooked dishes, beautiful salads and divine desserts - the dark chocolate mousse cake is yum.
Epicurean: buffet restaurant, daily themed stations. Open for dinner.
Mediterraneo: terrace restaurant, Cypriot cuisine. Open for lunch and dinner.
O'Shin: intimate Pan-Asian restaurant. Open for dinner.
(opening days/times may vary per season)
Rooms available from £176.30 per night
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