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
Our wedding was a dream as our wedding coordinator took care of every detail.
We spent the night at the suite and woke up to a mesmerising view and wonderful breakfast. The staff, location, service and facilities is the reason the hotel lives up to its 5 stars.
Excellent stay and cannot wait to return!
Have not long returned from our stay at this outstanding hotel. This place is absolutely beautiful. We were here to celebrate my husbands birthday and to also get married. The staff were lovely, very helpful and did all they possibly could to make our stay perfect! My brother and sister in law had an unexpected free upgrade to a lovely apartment on its own very private which really was nice. My wedding day was absolutely perfect with all credit to the beautiful Katie Daniel. She was amazing and provided everything I asked for. Her correspondence whilst in England planning the wedding was first class with no delay in any email at all. She made each and every one of my guests feel very welcome. She had a beautiful smile on her face at all times and was on board every day of our holiday to ensure we were all happy. She went all out to make our day the best! Thank you so much Katie. The chefs were outstanding (Michael and George) the food was amazing with every guests compliments. The banqueting boys were outstanding Tibor and Nasser banqueting and Alexi (Katie’s managed) was also very professional.
Weather was just perfect for the wedding day, nice and sunny and not too hot although it was still quite warm which i love! It was cool in the evenings. We had sun beds each day in the beautifully kept gardens facing the sea. There were plenty of attendants on hand to either sort out the beds and brollies, or to take orders for refreshments (or give out ice cold towels). Breakfasts were excellent, with a wide range on offer to suit all tastes. We will definitely make another booking in the not too distant future. I can thoroughly recommend this hotel for a relaxing stay, I doubt you will find better and cannot wait to return.
One of the most worst experiences in all my travels
Hotel staff were very deceptive very disappointed attitude we were not given the rooms we paid for rather they claimed agoda sent them a reservation for partial and not full sea view which we had paid for
We were kept waiting from 8 pm till 1 am
We felt humiliated and cheated
Our trip to celebrate a birthday was ruined
Hotel staff were unapogetic
The worst hotel ever
My wife and I visited this hotel from 5th to 17th May 2019. It had been on our list for some time so we had big expectations.Having book half board we were delighted to find that the buffet dinner at night not only provided a wide choice and differing theme each night but also high quality food.It also has an Italian and Fusion resturant which we visited and were not disappointed in either.I also celebrated my birthday while at the hotel, and the hotel joined in to help me have a memorable day.
I should also mention the staff were delightful whether in the resturant, bar , reception or at the pool.Marina in the resturant and Yainais , who took us on a wine tour, both helped make our holiday
The rooms are first class although the partial sea view room we had did leave a little to be desired in terms of the distance and view of the sea.
Wi Fi is available free of charge in the whole hotel although a bit weak at times in on our balcony.
Plenty to do outside the hotel in way of walks and bars / restaurants.
Overall happy to recommend the hotel and can understand why it receives such high ratings.
Amazing huge buffet breakfast.. everything available, great friendly staff cooking up omelettes etc. Rooms were spacious even for 3 people and we had a balcony looking out to sea.. this was a fabulous experience and looking forward to our return.