ALMYRA, PAPHOS *****

Saturday 10 October 2015

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The perfect chilled, yet luxurious break.

About
The Almyra Hotel is a five star luxury sea-front hotel situated in Paphos, on the south-west coast of Cyprus. A perfect location for almost all year round sunshine and boasting one of the longest European summers. The Almyra is only a 20 minute taxi ride from the airport and a short walk into Paphos town, which is fitting for those who are after a short break or equally as accommodating for those after a long stay.  Almyra Hotel sits on acres of beautifully kept landscaped gardens, allowing you to appreciate sun, sand sea and green, in a perfectly tranquil environment. With this being said, The Almyra hotel is also a family friendly hotel. During my stay in September, admittedly there were not as many children due to it being term time. However, for the little amount  of children that were there, it was still evident how accommodating The Almyra are to families with a kids-club and a shaded main pool to protect the children, allowing them to play all-day without getting burnt. At the same time, The Almyra respect those who are looking for a child-free experience by providing an adults only pool at the other end of the hotel, this sits next to the Almyraspa. Which also boasts its own al fresco restaurant, sea-view sun decks and cocktail bar as opposed to the other end of the hotel with  a pool garden hangout with daybeds and loungers, lawns and seafront access, open- plan dining and full-throttle kids club.

Decor
The Almyra is a contemporary hotel which oozes style and sophistication. Although The Almyra offers two different experiences from on-style couples to loving families, this is not what would appear to the eye. The boutique sized hotel is chic combining modern design with elements of luxury. The Almyra certainly have not sacrificed their taste in good style to be a renowned family orientated hotel. The hotel has a combination of 189 rooms and suites, which are designed as minimal luxury. I stayed in the Kyma suite one of Almyra’s signature sea front suites, which boasts a front garden with private comfortable day beds, which overlooks the sea and the view of the harbour. My favourite part of the spacious room was how close it was to the sea so you could hear the overlapping of waves at night, it was so calming and magical. The separate adults wing also maintains the two in one vibe.

Dining
When it comes to dining, for a boutique sized hotel The Almyra spoils you for choice. With five restaurants, each serving phenomenal food. From  a daily  international buffet to  traditional taverna serving local greek food with a twist to Japanese-Medeiterranean cuisine directed by ex Nobu Chef. The Almyra also caters to those into their health and fitness at their Eauzone restaurant, which serves healthy low calorie options. The Almyra also has a helios lounge bar, which was the perfect place to chill before your evening watching the sunset sipping on a cocktail or two!

Hospitality
The hotel staff were extremely friendly and took care of us throughout our stay. The hotel has a lovely atmosphere, where by the staff are extremely passionate about the hotel they look after. This was conveyed through the hotel managers who were seen consistently checking in with myself and other guests to see if they were enjoying their stay and for any feed back. This is really important, as customer value is something  a lot of hotels lack.

Spa
The spa as previously mentioned sits in the adults only wing, therefore, is adults only. The spa hosts two pools with sun decks, sauna and steam rooms for undisturbed relaxation. On the spa’s rooftop, The Almyra hosts yoga for those yoga bunnies enhancing a what is already a tranquil stay. For those sports fanatics theres a gym and tennis court and if you’re looking for nothing but relax then you can visit the salon to get beautified like me.

Treatments
The spa is dedicated to holistic hedonism, using luxury brands such as Osea and QMS each which help to complement the innovative vibe. I opted for their signature all-body fusion massage.  From entering the spa, I quickly entered a sense of tranquility and was greeted by kind staff with a glass of water with essences. From start to finish, I had a relaxing experience and felt revitalised. After the treatment, I was taken to a follow up chill out room, until I was ready to leave the spa and was treated to a herbal tea.

Highlight
The hotels beautiful setting, spacious rooms and friendly staff! Not forgetting the great food at their Greek taverna  – seriously worth going back for!

Will I be back?
Yes

A stay at The Almyra Hotel, Paphos starts from 250€ per night peak season. See www.almyra.com for more info.
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