What We Love
- Buffet breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Ultramodern adults-only spa with its own restaurant and infinity pool
- Taverna-style waterfront restaurant offers authentic Cypriot dining with a fabulous view
- All Kyma Suites have roof terraces
What To Know
- Very family-friendly, but there are separate pools and the spa is a kid-free zone
- Waterfront location, but no real beach; a small, sandy cove is a 10-minute walk away
- With its pockets of bustling bars and neon lights, Paphos lacks the charm of a traditional harbor town in places
- Restaurants Notios and Ouzeri are only open from April to November
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Sleek and stylish. This hip all-white low-rise resort on Cyprus’s southwest coast may have been built in the 1970s, but the furnishings and decor are thoroughly modern. The elegant lobby is clad in acres of marble, and an eye-catching contemporary chandelier takes pride of place above the winding staircase. Poolside, chunky wooden double beds and billowing white canopies give the Almyra a boutique feel on a grand scale.
Bed and Bath
The Zen all-white vibe continues in the guestrooms, which are styled with clean lines, chunky dark wood furniture and floor-to-ceiling windows. Pastel-hued fabrics break up the otherwise stark white palette. The Kyma Suites are set in landscaped gardens on the waterfront with separate bedroom and lounge areas. Bathrooms are small but perfectly formed, with a separate tub and walk-in shower to ensure there’s plenty of elbow room for couples. Out front, the spacious terrace has a sofa, table and chairs, while on the lawn an enormous daybed gives you a private place to soak up the Mediterranean rays. Up top, the roof terrace give you a personal sun deck in the day and a private dining experience at night.
Almyra is a sizable hotel, and with that comes the luxury of choice. Four pools mean both families and couples are kept happy, and four restaurants run the gamut from Japanese bento boxes to modern Mediterranean cuisine. The poolside Notios looks stunning at night, with low-level lighting and dark wood booths, while Ouzerie is an authentic Cypriot waterfront tavern with awesome coastal views by day and a vibrant atmosphere by night. The ultramodern spa is a kid-free zone with high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and an outdoor yoga terrace. There are six treatment rooms and three spa suites, and a treatment list built around organic products from Just Pure and marine-based products from L.A. brand Osea.
How to Get There
I enjoyed our visit for a week to the Almyra. The adjoining rooms we had meant we could keep an eye on the kids but also have our own space. The kids club was pretty good. However, the pools were pretty anodyne and the lifeguard stopped the kids from jumping in which felt like a prohibition on fun. I was very surprised that having left the kids in the care of a kids club member while they watched a film in the TV room we found the kids playing on the computer in reception when we checked on them. Slightly worrying. The food in the buffet was fine without being great and the kids choices were limited unless they ate the adult’s food. They had excellent bike storage which I used for the bike I hired. The porters were good guys.
We previously went to Lopsan Baobab in Gran Canaria and other than the adjoining rooms I thought that was far better than the Almyra.
I booked a room at this hotel at the end of September 2019 using Marriott points. The room was not a sea view, but I was upgraded to a sea view because I am a Titanium Elite member of Bonvoy.
The Hotel grounds and sea views are gorgeous. The pools and their surrounds look fairly new. The room I had was dated but very nice. It was a simple room with a bed, bathroom and two chairs for lounging; there was no balcony, but I would open to sliding glass doors.
The pool directly below my room was for adults-only I believe but I did not ask about that; I just noticed there were no children in the pool. Although there was a young teen one afternoon.
My room included breakfasts and those were fairly sumptuous meals with the usual fresh juices, eggs, breads, cheeses, meats, sweets, coffee and espresso.
I ate most of my meals at restaurants off property and so cannot comment on the dinners on offer.
Parking was free and easy at the front of the hotel, and it was a short walking distance to very good restaurants. The hotel is fairly close to the ruins, especially the archaeological park with mosaics. The Tombs of the Kings is not a short walk but worth the trip.
The hotel also has a spa in a building separate from the bedrooms. I did not visit the spa.
We have just returned from a wonderful week in the Alymra, after a hectic couple of months we needed to escape the merry go round of life and have a break. The Almyra ticked every box, great food, great service, stunning views, amazing spa and my daughters loved the adventure company right beside the hotel. We went hiking, running, fishing, turtle watching and a couple of fantastic trips on a jet ski! Our afternoons were spent either by the pool enjoying the bar menu with delicious cocktails or relaxing by the beach. Sunset meals every night and we have returned feeling totally refreshed! We are booking to return next year! The only difference is we will book a sea view room, the garden view was fine but it will be nice to have the ocean in view every morning. Thank you to the Almyra!