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
Large hotel with lots of facilities - out of main town of Paphos. Staff very helpful. Somewhat airport like. Agree with all the comments about the sea view rooms. We booked direct thinking this would help with securing a decent sea view - but no. The hotel made a mistake with the booking and prepared a room for 1 - which had the view over the car parking area referred to in the review below by a single traveller. We did get the room changed the next day and we were just one of several couples that morning looking to change. Chose hotel for its proximity to the sea, the archeological sites and the quality of the facilities. So it suited our specific needs. Overall, it was fair value for money and the second room we had was fine. The evening buffet was not good value for money - the taste was artificial. The breakfast by contrast was very good. I would not go half board - there are very good restaurants very nearby. The hotel is 45 minutes walk along the sea path to the harbour, and next to the Tomb of the Kings. The first two photos are the views from the first room we were allocated, and the third is from the room we moved to.
We stayed in the Elysium for a week with our teenage son, and had two sea view rooms.
Good welcome from cheery and efficient porters and a welcome drink of fresh lemon drink whilst checking in.
Room was spacious, nice bathroom, with bidet, and shower with good pressure for an over bath one. Molton Brown toiletries. As others have said, in this day and age a Nespresso machine would be appreciated, we ended up buying a jar of coffee as the Nescafé was so bad. Also one of those annoying fridges you can’t put anything in. Water bottles replenished daily, and turn down service in the evening.
I had a lovely pedicure in the spa, and my husband a back massage. Just what the Doctor ordered!
The pool area was lovely, and the pool chaps helped everyone to set up their sun beds. Quiet pool,no children making a noise, so not great if you have those!
I would like to make special mention of Costas, who went out of his way to make sure the slippery floor by my sunned was cleaned so that I wouldn’t slip on it. He also does a mean sunglasses clean, and iced cloths too!
The food was fine, expensive for what it was. We had three meals in the Asian O’Shin, one in Bacco, and one in the buffet (which was not a success). The exception was the afternoon tea, excellent quality and value. We also loved our after dinner drinks on the terrace, sometimes watching the sun setting, and one evening a firework display.
There is a small shop which sells toiletries, newspapers and toys. If you turn right out of the hotel there is a small supermarket, if you turn left the Duomo restaurant is at the end of the road. It’s very good.
Overall, the best hotel we have stayed in in Cyprus. The staff are very anxious to make sure you have a great stay, and at the end of the day they are what makes your trip special. Thank you for a great holiday
The Elysium does an excellent job of making you feel welcome. The staff are kind, friendly and well-informed. Our room had a gorgeous sea view. The room was nicely decorated, the bed very comfortable, the bathroom very large and the towels large and fluffy. The breakfast was outstanding....it included Cypriot specialties including lovely cheeses, vegetables, fruit, pastries, breads, fish and more. There was even champagne every morning. The indoor spa pool is long enough for swimming laps (albeit short ones) and it's very pretty.
A few things that could use improvement . (1) The chairs on our balcony were so uncomfortable that we basically stood to enjoy the view. Nice chairs would have made a big difference. (2) There is no coffee maker in the room....just a kettle and packets of instant coffee (and tea bags).
Overall it's a lovely hotel!
My husband and I celebrated our 40th Wedding Anniversary at the Elysium. We are both totally addicted to this wonderful place. This was our 6th visit to the Elysium and the hotel just gets better every time.
The food here is superb in every way, buffet at breakfast is outstanding and the evening buffet is equally impressive. The staff in the restaurants are always very kind and accommodating especially Nicos, Marina, Danniella and Stefanie.
Rooms are impressive and are kept spotlessly clean.
The poolside area is a credit to Valentino’s and his team including both Costas who provide the sunglasses cleaning service, there are always lots of sun beds and parasols available and the staff are extremely attentive.
The poolside bar is always well staffed and you never have to wait long for drink or food around the pool.
On this visit we sampled Afternoon Tea which was a ‘tour de fource’, it was very inexpensive at €25 for two and the cakes were wonderful.
A very big thank you to All of the Elysium staff who all contribute to making our holidays always so special and we hope to see you all again very soon.
My wife and I stayed here for one week on our honeymoon. Overall we had an excellent stay here. The staff were extremely accommodating and couldn't do more to help. Breakfast was a vast buffet full of excellent options. We didn't use the evening buffet restaurant but both Bacco (Italian) and O'Shin (Asian) were great but Bacco especially so!
Our room was lovely and we enjoyed watching the sunset from the balcony with a nice glass of wine.
The pool, gym and spa complex are really well thought out and you can really while away a lot of time there.
My one criticism of the hotel would be the pool bar and cafe occidental food. What they do serve is excellent but it would be nice to have a greater range of lighter options available.