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Design Hotel Almyra on Cyprus – Style & Dine by the Beach

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Design Hotel Almyra sits in an idyllic location surrounded by a large garden complex right next to the sea. The lively center of Pάfos with its old fishing harbor and archeological dig sites is just a few minutes walk away. Here is more on the design elements:

After we had spent three wonderful days in northwest Cyprus in the Hotel Anassa, we still wanted to experience its sister hotel Almyra. Its sign says that it’s the only design resort on Cyprus…

The hotel entry and the lobby most definitely are stylish and were an immediate hit with us.

Almyra hotel entrance

Almyra Hotel entry

 

Almyra actually means “aroma of the sea.” You indeed do savor the sea air, especially in the mornings and evenings, since the various hotel restaurants all come with open seaside terraces. For our readers’ sake, we diligently ate our way through their menus.

Hotel restaurants in all weight classes

Downstairs on the seaside promenade we found the Ouzeri Restaurant decorated in typical Cypriot style. The fare is light, with Greek salads, mezze, or local fish and seafood. In the evening, the house minstrel with guitar fills the place with his romantic songs.

Romantische Ambiance im Ouzeri Restaurant

Romantic ambiance in the Ouzeri Restaurant

Just upstairs from the Ouzeri, next to the main pool is the Japanese-inspired Notios Restaurant. It seduces not only with its fine sashimi and nigiri sushi but also with its elegant terrace and view of the Bay of Paphos. There are only a few tables at the very front, so reservations are recommended!

Terrasse des Notios Restaurant

Terrace of the Notios Restaurant

A few steps above the main pool reigns the Mosaics main restaurant where mornings and evening they set up a generous buffet. This must be why it is also very popular with families.

Interestingly, you can also sit down to breakfast in the Restaurant Eauzone of the Almyra Spa. Next to the elongated pool, enjoy one of three light à la carte breakfast sets in an elegant but relaxed atmosphere. Heavenly!

Frühstück im Almyraspa

“Breakfast in paradise” in the Almyra Spa

And last but not least, you can go for snacks and drinks in the Helios Lounge Bar next door to the hotel reception. Definitely a venue to be enjoyed with the sun setting…

Stilvolle Lobby im Almyra Hotel

Stylish lobby in the Almyra Hotel

Brandy sour und Ananas-Cocos-Drink

Brandy sour and pineapple-coconut libation

And anyone still not satisfied after all this can enjoy excellent French cuisine in the Amorosa Restaurant next door in the Annabelle Hotel. Our fish dishes were exceptionally well-balanced flavor-wise. A fine address!

Incidentally, the Annabelle Hotel happens to be the third of three Thanos Hotels on Cyprus. And since Thanos himself had invited us to stay at the other two, we at least wanted to be able to say we tested Annabelle’s kitchen. We surmised from the rooms, which are furnished in rather classical fashion, that the hotel positions itself to attract an age group above ours.

The rooms and Kyma suites

The Hotel Almyra’s 189 guest rooms are divided among the two main buildings and adjacent suite wing. Similar to the Anassa, these interiors are done in an airy-Mediterranean mix of chalk white walls, warm woods, naturally-colored linens and light blue sofas and easy chairs. Blue solar shades on the windows suffuse the rooms with a comfortably cool blue ambiance. A real achievement, given the nearly year-round heat on Cyprus.

Elegante blaue Vorhänge

Elegant blue shades

We splurged on a Kyma suite (“kyma” is Greek for “wave”). The Kyma suites with their private patios are located right by the sea. Our Kyma 08 moreover was protected from the aggressive sun by a venerable olive tree. Perfection!

But we recommend the Kyma suites for another reason: their amenities as described help them live up rather more to our notion of a “standard” room than the hotel’s regular rooms.

Kyma Suite Terrasse

Our Kyma suite patio with olive tree

A stairway takes you up to the highlight of the Kyma suites — a 44 square meter roof terrace with a breathtaking view of the Bay of Pάfos. Sunsets don’t get much better than this…

Die Dachterrasse der Kyma Suiten

The roof terrace of the Kyma suite wing

Sonnenuntergang über dem mittelalterlichen Kastell am Hafen

Sunset behind the medieval harbor fort

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Regarding Paphos:

Excursion destinations in Paphos

We mainly went to Cyprus for the golf.  All four of its 18-hole courses are located in the western part of the island and are relatively easy to reach from Pάfos. But pay attention with the rental car: The driver will benefit by getting in on the right side because that’s where the steering wheel is located for driving in left-hand traffic…but in the golf cart better make it the right side because the steering wheel has been switched again…

The British-inspired entertainment district in Pάfos starts right behind the hotel. It seemed on a par with the Ballermann in Mallorca and so we made a quick beeline around the area. Along the seaside promenade, you’ll find small, tourist-oriented shops and restaurants. A leisurely 20 minutes walk, however, gets you to the somewhat nobler seafood restaurants by the medieval harbor fort.

Paphos Hafen

Paphos harbor

From there it’s just a stone’s throw to the archeological park. Scattered over a broad expanse of dry terrain stand ruins of churches and mosques in all color and shapes. While rated number 1 for excursion potential by TripAdvisor, their condition, mind you, is not intoxicating. Only the amphitheater still bears witness to the original grandeur of the infrastructure.

Walter im Amphitheater

Walter im Amphitheater

Let it be known that near Paphos sits the rock called “Petra tou Rominou,” where Aphrodite – the Greek goddess of love and beauty — is said to have climbed out of the sea.

The Almyra Hotel is an excellent jumping off point for day trips for golfers, gourmands, and sun worshipers. Judging by the high kid quotient, the little ones apparently also find it to be a lot of fun. The graying set can get away from it all in the Almyra Spa with its in-spa restaurant and pool. Very handy ;-)

Almyraspa Pool und Restaurant

Almyraspa pool and restaurant

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Our thanks this time go to…

A sincere thank you to Sabine van Ommen of her eponymous PR Agency for acting as our intermediary with the Thanos Hotels! And an equally big thanks to hotel owner Thanos and his two sisters for the generous invitation! We really had a fine time, especially since guest services manager Thomas was always on hand to help with word and deed. ;-)

Check out some more impressions from Paphos here:

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Walter Schaerer’s extensive background in the travel industry, passionate enthusiasm for photography and a firm belief that luxury destinations can also be affordable; were some of the main factors that motivated him to create the travel blog travelmemo.com. In his day job Walter is an online marketing manager based out of Zurich, Switzerland.

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