What We Love
- The lavish architecture: a sort of Las-Vegas-meets-an-unholy-monastery, with Byzantine trimmings
- Opium Health Spa boasts an array of ESPA treatments, from manicures to three-day packages
- Expanse of landscaped outdoor swimming pools leading down to the hotel’s private beach
What To Know
- Family-friendly resort; not the place for couples looking for peace and quiet
- That ostentatious cocktail of architectural styles might be a touch garish for some tastes
- Surrounding area is home to a flurry of crowded bars and restaurants
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Monastic melange. Said to have been inspired by a monastery, this plush oasis — entered by a grand drawbridge — was sculpted more like an outlandish palace. It’s a hodgepodge of influences: Moorish, Byzantine, Greek and even a dash of Cypriot. The myriad cultural references are reflected in the materials used, a rich blend of local stone, marble and hardwood. Grand arches and columns abound, while statues and ornate mosaics depict classical scenes and symbols. The landscaping is impressive, the air alive with the scent of jasmine and citrus, and splashes of both greenery and color at every turn.
Bed and Bath
Given the pomp of the public areas, the accommodations at the lower end of the price scale — the Deluxe Rooms — are bright and relatively simple, with a calm cream, ochre and brown color scheme. The decor and furnishings get more and more luxurious as the prices rise in the two-floor Cyprian Maisonettes, Royal Studios, Royal Garden Villas and suites. Many of the studios and villas boast their own private pools. Bathrooms are universally marble, as are many bedroom floors. The welcome fresh fruit and mineral water for all guests marks an impressively warm welcome.
The Elysium sports six restaurants. Lemonia Piazza is a relaxed all-day outdoor eatery, Ristorante Bacco is a decent Tuscan-style option, Mediterraneo serves Cypriot specialties alfresco, Brasserie Messina is a snappy bistro, O’Shin’s is an Asian eatery renowned for its sushi, and the Epicurean serves a wide range of well-made international dishes indoors and out from May through October. The Opium Health Spa is a leisure highlight, backed up by an indoor pool, an extensive outdoor pool complex with its own bar, a private beach, a kids club, two floodlit tennis courts, a high-tech gym and a Pilates studio. Scuba-diving classes are also available.
In the Area
Just to the north are the Tombs of the Kings; among Cyprus’s most remarkable historical sites, they’re the last resting place of local aristocrats as far back as the 4th century BC. The tourist district inland is largely an unappealing sprawl of bars and restaurants. To the west is the Mediterranean, with a walkway sweeping toward Paphos center. On the old port is the excellent Theo’s (Tel. +357-2693 2829), which offers fresh fish and a Cypriot-style multicourse mezze feast. Paphos’s best mezze, though, is a cab ride away, at 7 St. Georges Tavern, where the largely organic and homegrown dishes just keep coming.
How to Get There
My wife and I visited Paphos for five nights in this hotel.
The hotel is quite beautiful, located in a quiet place having its own access to the beach.
The breakfast buffet was very diverse, yet the same every day.
The service was great!
The real jem in my humble opinion was the spa. I was treated twice by Alexandra's magical hands.
We will be back ASAP.
If you would like to experience a superb and authentic afternoon tea such as you would receive at the Ritz, go no further than the Eysium Hotel, Paphos.
Splendid surroundings now decorated for Christmas, caring staff and a delicious afternoon tea, complete with cucumber sandwiches.
Excellent service. Beautifully appointed hotel. The food in the Italian restaurant was superb.
We had an executive room with our own garden and pool which was wonderful.
Loads of extras provided.
We can't wait to go back.
Wow, we went here as a family for a late autum break it was fantastic. Staff really helpful and friendly, not a grumpy one in sight. Quality of hotel ..absolutely 5 star. Restaurant food, amazing, different theme every night and so so good. Shuttle bus to harbour and old town, but be aware the 3pm in does not have a return service, and the Old Town is closed on Saturday afternoon and Sunday .. we were not told this when we booked the shuttle. Not a disaster but we would not have gone had we known 😉 all in all though superb, we would love to return.
We arrived for a weekend, and the hotel was fabulous. The staff is very attentive and helpful, and very very nice. The rooms are big and comfortable, and with all the expected amenities. As it was winter, we used the indoor pool and SPA, and the Gym. The views from the hotel are toward the see, and you can walk outside along the beach.
The breakfast was amazing, as were the dinners at the restaurants. Don't skip the treatments at the SPA!