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
amazing would be an understament, the staff at this hotel are all amazing our wedding planner was liz, she arranged everything for us her attention to detail is beyond comprehension every thing this lady puts her hands to is completed with absolute perfection, the hotel its self is such a brilliant back-set to anybody wishing to get married in Cyprus, its a shame you are only able to write just 5 stars if possible i would rate much higher, our stay at the Elysuim on the evening was breath taking, the staff dressed our room with rose petals and campaign, its the attension to detail that sets this hotel above all others, and we extend our warmest thanks to liz and her amazing team for making our day magical from start to finish,, and there ability to improvise in any situation, the heavens opened just before our ceremony and the rain poured down , even in this situation Liz did not faultier, im sure my wife to be was probably in hysterics at this point and im sure Liz had her hand full, but without fail, without panic, with total professionalism she delivered my perfect wife to be to the church and we sealed our vows, We have already re booked our first anniversary celebrations with Liz arranging everything again for us. Once again many thanks to all at Elysuim hotel for making our special day totally magical.......
We had a wonderful stay. The staff were faultless. The facilities were excellent. Breakfast and the afternoon tea was luxurious. Every detail was considered. There is a shuttle to take you to the harbour area but there is no need to leave the hotel as there is a beautiful spa and indoor pool . We would definitely visit again.
If u are looking for perfection this hotel is a must
Excellent location near redtaurants and shops the hotel has such a structure that is always quiet
Breakfast is really something amazing. Staff so friendly and helpful
Do not miss the view during sunset from big patio outside is breathtaking
If u r ever in Pafos this is the place to be. Highly recommended.
The afternoon tea itself was delicious and well presented. The issue we had was with service, indeed even to take our order we waited 30 mins. The good itself arrived done 60 minutes later. This is not good enough for such a 5 star hotel. Perhaps if they took bookings ahead then there would be no surprise for the kitchen.
This was our fifth visit to the Elysium at the same time of year. From the moment you arrive at the hotel the attention you receive follows through and it is evident that high customer service experience is the culture of the hotel and its staff. We chose a side sea view room which was immaculate and the housekeeping maintain the room to a very high standard, nothing is too much trouble. The bed is very comfortable and the room is immaculately clean. Breakfast is great with being greeted and made so welcome, with your favourite table being remembered and your tea coffee preferences. The choice of foods is second to none, the fresh eggs and omelettes prepared in front of you is not to be missed, fresh tea and orange juice served to you at your table and a nice touch of complimentary papers was available. We stayed on a half board basis and enjoyed the evening meals. We enjoyed all three evenings of the set menu evenings which replaced the buffet on these evenings. The set menu consisted of a choice of 3 salad starters, a soup, a choice of 3 main courses and a choice of 3 desserts. This would compare with a Michelin star restaurant menu where you would not expect all your courses straight after each other and huge portions, more excellent cuisine. The dining room was lit beautifully and relaxed and the dining experience in here is definitely to enjoy and not to be rushed. On the nights the buffet is available there is a fresh salad bar, a soup and an array of main courses to suit every preference including a carvery a fresh pasta bar and the desserts are amazing. Wine and drinks service at your table is provided on all evenings. What makes the Elysium, is a timeless elegance, the professionalism of all of the staff who go out of their way to ensure your experience is second to none. The Elysium deserves everyone of its 5 stars and in my personal opinion 6 stars! Thank you