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
We have been going to Paphos for a number of years and always thought this hotel looked good so we thought this year we would give it a try. I must say it was a very good decision as the hotel was superb. The hotel is located just off the Tomb of the Kings Road and offers direct access to the seafront via the pool area and gardens which are immaculate. The rooms are large and offer very good facilities within. All the staff we encountered were friendly ,helpful and attentive (they will lay your towels on the sunbeds for you and clean your sunglasses if you wish) . We only stayed on a bed and breakfast basis but we did eat in the hotel on 2 occasions in different restaurants (Ristorante Bocca and Mediterrano) and both meals were excellent and value for money. There are other restaurants to chose from as well. If you are looking for a spot of luxury I would recommend you give it a try.
We arrived for a week in October unsure what to expect, but the experience has been excellent. The hotel and grounds are spacious and beautifully laid out, and provides and exceptionally relaxing environment. Despite being almost full, it never felt busy and there was plenty of room meaning that it never felt cramped either around the pool or in the restaurant.
The decor is beautiful and we had a junior suite with a sea view which was delightful. The gardens in particular are lovely and the small beach at the end of the grassy was very pleasant and well maintained.
I was dellghted to find not only a gym, but also daily exercise classes as well as a fantastic spa. The food was reliably good with lots of choice but what really makes this such an excellent holiday is the staff. They are fantastic. Nothing is too much trouble and they are highly competent meaning that everything happens with the minimum fuss. All in all an excellent experience.
We stayed at the Elysium for five days during the second week of September. The hotel is fantastic. Has very nice gardens and swimming pool. The beach is small and is not sandy but in front of the beach is a large grass area with sufficient wooden sun beds and parasols. The swimming pool staff and the waiters are very helpful and pleasant.
We stayed in a royal studio which is in a building apart from the main building and has in front a large swimming pool for the guests of the studios. The room is large, with balcony overlooking a beautiful garden, a nice bathroom and nespresso coffee machine.
The staff is very pleasant and helpful and go out of their way to make you a great holiday.
Breakfast is very tasty and plenty.
This was our third stay at the Elysium and, apparently, they have a lot of repeat guests.
This was our first time in Cyprus and we were very chilled out by the time we left. I am not normally one for sitting by the pool but the pool was so great and the atmosphere so relaxed that even I was happy to be there. The food was excellent- we stuck to the buffet mostly and there was enough variety and quality to not be tempted to try outside. The beach is in a small protected cove with a pier for access as well. Quite a lot of swell when we were there so water visibility was not great but still good enough to see fish when snorkelling. What made the stay though was the staff. Everyone friendly and remembering your name and room number. If you want a relaxed luxurious stay you couldn’t get a better place.
This is the first time we had been to the Elysium since the refurbishment. We were not disappointed - the rooms are even more comfortable and the restaurants and public areas are very impressive. The staff cannot be faulted and they all give an excellent level of service. We went half board and thoroughly enjoyed the buffets every night...and of course, there are the always excellent breakfasts.