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What We Love

  • Tiered greens, a gorge and the challenging bunkers of the 18-hole championship golf course
  • Award-winning Mesogios restaurant’s à la carte charcoal dishes infused with Cypriot herbs
  • Retreat Spa’s signature Thermae Experience
  • Magnificent horses in the riding club eager for a country hack
  • A nursery, Pirates Village and Grotto Fun Club, for kids from babies to teens

What To Know

  • Travel by road to central Paphos takes about 25 minutes
  • The resort doesn’t have its own beach, but small, picturesque Avdimou Beach is nearby
  • Children’s amenities mean the resort is popular with families; couples looking for peace may be put off
  • The Village Square has shops and eateries, although not all are open in winter
  • The hotel has both smoking and nonsmoking rooms
  • Free WiFi in the bar and lobby only
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Overview

The Review

Along a private bougainvillea-lined drive off the coast road between Paphos and Limassol, the Aphrodite Hills Resort has one of the quietest locations in Cyprus. The views of the Mediterranean and the surrounding countryside are breathtaking — I felt the stresses of the day ease away as I walked around the property.

This is an extravagant 290-room hotel where the comfort of guests and their ability to enjoy their leisure time is clearly paramount.The honey-colored stone architecture of the hotel’s façade nods to a Greco-Roman influence that is echoed inside — albeit with added plush furnishings. The guestrooms, which are equipped with satellite TVs and classic bathrooms, are decorated in Mediterranean shades, like terra-cotta, and most look out over the resort’s golf course. {“type”:”img-inline”,”src”:”/static/images/product/properties/2327/prop-51304-1327007534-full.jpg”,”width”:”275″,”caption”:”The 18-hole Cabell Robinson–designed golf course surrounds the sprawling hotel.”}

Mesogios, an elegant dining room where the linens are crisp and the chefs’ skills have won accolades, is one of 14 restaurants. Not all are inside the hotel, though. A two-minute walk away is the resort’s Village Square, where you can dine on most cuisines, from Cypriot souvlaki to Spanish tapas. There are also shops — in case you need a new pair of Gucci sunglasses — as well as a bank and Internet café. Everything is self-contained here.

A tennis academy, kids clubs and the resort’s Retreat Spa are nearby, the latter nestled between gardens and with a treatment menu to drool over. The hotel is surrounded by the greens of one of the finest 18-hole championship courses on the island. Designed by Cabell Robinson, it dominates the landscape with tiered greens, sandy bunkers and a dramatic 140-yard gorge near the seventh hole. And if all this activity leaves you in need of a spell beside the sea, head for the resort’s ultra-chic Zias Beach Club at Avdimou Beach, a sandy and rocky stretch complete with comfy sofas, muslin drapes and lounge chairs.

How to Get There

Aphrodite Hills Resort
1 Aphrodite Avenue, Kouklia
Paphos, 08509 Cyprus

Reviews

4.0 Very Good 2069 Reviews
Another fabulous visit
Reviewed 10 hours ago

Just home from another fab week here, a couple of days of changeable weather but still a lovely break.
One small criticism is that they did appear to be a little short staffed but I will say that those who were there seemed to up their game to try and account for the shortfall.
Room was beautiful, we went for a 1 bedroom family swim up (2122) and had views of the golf course. This room gets full sunshine until around 3:30 - 4pm.
Yes, booking restaurants was a little stressful but we still managed to get booked in to the AI al a cartes on 5 nights, you just have to be quick in the morning and be a little flexible with times. The 7pm to 8pm slots go first but if you’re not fussed about eating at 6:30 or 8:30 then you’re fine. Would definitely recommend downloading the Atlantica app to do this as saves queuing in the lobby.
Went up to visit the Italian in the Square on one evening which is outside of the AI (but you will receive a 15% discount as you’re staying the hotel). Food was good, but in my opinion, no better that the restaurants in the hotel this time.
This is a lovely hotel, the staff are fantastic, the food is great. I read some of the TripAdvisor posts while I was there supping cocktails watching the sunset and wondering what these people really want from a holiday! One post which describes the hotel as ‘terrible’ mentions ‘brazen sparrows’ was the most ridiculous thing I have read in a long time. My advice, go and enjoy this wonderful place for what it is, a little bit of paradise 😉

Return Visit
Reviewed 16 hours ago

We visited again for a week after getting married here in 2015. The changes were clear to see. Some good some bad. Unfortunately Thomson’s have change a few things that have made the hotel less enjoyable than our previous visit.
We were put in a family room with no access for our pram than bump up and down stairs.
Disappointed that despite the new introduction of wrist bands people were still sung the free facilities without paying.
We enjoyed showing our daughter where we got married and spent time showing her around.
It was lovely meeting up with Katie she was a credit to the hotel.
Our daughter was also sick on one day and we were confined to the room. The staff were great in providing food and extra towels etc and the housekeeping staff did a deep clean the day after.

Looking forward to our next visit. Thanks again

Gone down hill since our last visit
Reviewed 1 day ago

We visited this hotel as an upgrade option. We had previously been upgraded to this hotel in September/October 2017. Sadly the place was looking quite tired. The rule of not reserving a sun bed was not kept up around the adult pool and unfortunately neither was the no smoking rule. The standards have lowered sadly. There was no pianist in the Carab lounge which was a huge void as this was great enjoyment last time. The entertainment we found was exactly the same act as the Rhodes Sensatori that we visited in October 2018 and the magic act did exactly the same act. So this doesn't make you want to visit other sensatori's. The food was absolutely lovely with good service in the restaurant. It was nice to have an adults area for the main restaurant. We tried the Asian meal and although very nice if we had been paying it wasn't worth that money. We were previously wanting to stay here again but now we have returned we are glad we haven't booked as it isn't the same gold standard it was before. The e entertainment with Vince and his team previously was great. Sadly this time it was quite awful and the drinks attendants didn't seem to want to serve you and just stood there. All in all we were very pleased to have been offered this stay but we're hugely disappointed.

lovely hotel,but
Reviewed 1 day ago

just waiting in lobby to be picked up for home,there is a cat screaming in the bar it can play the piano but it defo cant sing,the hotel is lovely cant fault the rooms,food etc,just one fault i found PLEASE water your petunias in the pots they are half dying(how would you like it without a drink) in 30 degree heat,we were here last year and enjoyed ourselves because it was our 1st time,but the entertainment is seriously lacking,whst about a disco somewhere on the grounds with a resident dj,im sure some of your younger guests would enjoy it if they had the option,im sorry to say we wont be back,not due the hotel as ive said,we just found it so boring at night,we could have got a taxi into paphos for 80 bucks there and back but we shouldnt have to if we had paid nearly 3000 for a week,,your entertaintment is horrendous,the guy playing the guitar was ok but just hored all week,sorry

First family holiday with a 7 month baby
Reviewed 2 days ago

Baby Facilities
Excellent facilities for a family with a baby. We took our little man who is 7 months on his first holiday here this summer and it couldn’t have been easier. The room had a travel cot ready and waiting when we arrived. The buffet had a children’s section which was great for us going through the weaning process. There was also a bottle steriliser in the restaurant that you could use. There were loads of high chairs so you never had to wait and they were all sterilised! I took our own travel cot and bottle steriliser and really didn’t need to. Splash pool area is great fun but our son was a little bit too tiny for it. There’s a baby sensory nursery which is staffed by girls with UK accredited childcare qualifications. We didn’t use this though so can’t comment any further.

Food
The hotel are really strict on wearing trousers in the a la carte restaurants. I know it says this when you book but when we went to the Mexico sensatori they weren’t sticking to the rule so we assumed it would be the same here but we were wrong. My husband had to borrow the waiters trousers to eat in the fig and olive. Personally I think this is a bit old school now especially when the gents look just as smart in their chino shorts.

Buffet at breakfast is fantastic but lunch and dinner has limited vegetarian options. We took some fish from the children’s section for the baby and found bones in it which was disappointing. Desserts though are amazing! If you have a sweet tooth save yourself for those! Better than any other all inclusive we’ve been too!

Mexican restaurant is great. Lunch time menu is better than evening with much more choice and the boys can wear shorts here in the evening.

Italian restaurant up in the village square is part of all inclusive during the day. Our first meal here was good but the second time we went it was disappointing. The desserts here aren’t very good after eating the puddings at the buffet. The service wasn’t great, the staff got a bit confused with drinks orders. I guess we shouldn’t complain as they just kept bringing repeat orders of our drinks but it seemed a waste.

Cocktails are great in the Carob lounge and sunset bar! Great selection to choose from!

Rooms
We had a lovely view of the golf course. (Ropm number 1303) Room was clean although we did have a problem with the floor getting soaking wet, however we were told this was because the air con was left on. Turn down service is good, however our lady came way too early when we were still getting ready so we didn’t benefit from the service that often. Mini bar is a great extra (and is also all inclusive!) with it being topped up daily. Good tea and coffee facilities.

Staff
We would like to mention a few people specifically who made our stay that much better:
Maria the cleaner for room 1303
Mary the waitress at breakfast
Christian the pool bar waiter

Staff are great with kids and all very friendly and attentive!

The negatives:
- we happened to stay over a local bank holiday weekend so the hotel did get very busy and this meant that on one evening we couldn’t get a seat outside in the restaurant. There were loads of tables but they didn’t have enough staff to clear the tables.

- If you eat outside at the fig and olive just be careful of the flying ants. They were everywhere.

- Deborah the sensatori rep has been in Cyprus for 10 years and is clearly very knowledgeable but when we went to ask her a question about the restaurants she was quite abrasive and rude unfortunately.