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Late morning. We set off on our next part of our journey. Paris to Paphos. Our flight with Cyprus Air was great... Smooth as and had a fantastic view of the many scattered Greek Islands as we headed towards Cyprus into Larnaca International airport. Kriton and Laura were there to pick us up and drive us to Paphos. There is an awesome highway straight through Larnaca and ...
... and feta coated in a rich, fruity and mouth coating olive oil, washed down with a lively, easy drinking fruity rosť situated in a residential lane way. It was like having a home cooked meal prepared by and with love by Nona!! We attended to purchasing what I call bits of **** that family expect and I loath purchasing! But anyway once in receipt of this said "****" I asked a lovely older lady, possibly a Nona similar to that who made my lunch, for directions to what ended up being ...
... steps I find myself climbing. You see, for a few Jordanian Diner payed to the Bedouin handler you can climb aboard the strong little sure footed donkey, sit yourself on the dirty dusty stinking blanket that covers the back of said donkey and balance there without stirrup or reins, as it then receives a strike on the rump by the handler and it begins it's climb up the stairs at a bone jarring pace not missing a beat. This is great for those astride ...
... over lots of hills and mountains to get there, and the views were gorgeous. When we arrived we walked up into the hills to find the baths which were also very beautiful - there was a large pool with a waterfall and lots of long hanging vines; it was straight out of a Disney film! We also walked a bit further up the hill to get the views of the coast and the sea. We saw lots of massive lizards basking in the sun, some were as big as those you can buy as pets! At the bottom of ...
Greek Cypriot National Day (1st April)
It is a Double holiday here in Cyprus today and I am glad I am not out travelling.
The country celebrates the anniversary of the beginning of the Greek-Cypriot struggle for independence against the British, and this day is marked generally by parades in the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Almyra Hotel Paphos
We stayed at the Almyra Hotel during Easter and enjoyed every minute of it. Relaxed from the minute we entered the beautiful lobby until check out. We were in a Superior Sea View Room and it was very nice and with a superb view over the sea and Paphos harbour. I can see from other reviews of this hotel that the bad reviews are given by people staying in Garden View Rooms. I must admit that those rooms have a far less interesting view and some of the rooms problably even experience traffic noise from the road outside the hotel. My advice to you is therefore to stay in a room on the sea side of the hotel. The staff try hard and are very nice people. The hotel restaurants have very nice food and the price is not a lot higher than downtown Paphos restaurants. Paphos town has a beautiful harbour founded by Alexander the Great and UNESCO proteced mosaic houses that are must-does for historically interested tourists. However, Paphos is also a lot of ordinary "tourist traps" regarding restaurants and shops in general. Also, I don't understand why the Almyra is rated only as a 3 star hotel. To me, it seemed more like a 4 or a 5 star hotel. Next to the Almyra is the sister hotel (both hotels are owned by the Thannos Hotel Group) called the Annabelle, which is rated a 5 star hotel. I spent some time over there and to me this hotel seems far more "tired" and kind of "run down" compared to the newly renovated Almyra Hotel. To couples: Be aware that there is a lot of families with children on this hotel. You may not find this hotel quiet and romantic during high season. To parents: This hotel is geared for families, and we are talking a very children friendly hotel, where the parents don't go on any compromise with quality. Enjoy your trip to Cyprus!
The staff are excellent at this hotel when we got to the hotel we were treated like royalty given hot towels and drink and doors opened for us all the time. The receptionist even took us to our room personally.
After pouring through various brochues, looking for a stylish and more upmarket European summer sun destination, we plumped for the Almyra, mainly due to the photos of its calming interior and the landscaped gardens and pool area.
Almyra is right in the centre of Paphos and overlooks the sea. The hotel is modern and minimalist down to the shallow, slate pool. Great sunloungers and drinks can be served whilst you sunbathe! The restaurant food comes at a price. Breakfast is buffet style and keeps you full all day. The waiting staff and hotel staff aren't very friendly, don't expect pleasantries. Its neighbour hotel, the Annabelle, does service with a smile and you'll find a more traditional deep blue swimming pool and landscaped pool bar. You can easily use the facilities as they are sister hotels. You won't get to see the roof terrace at the Almyra as featured in all the promo material unless you go on the hunt for it or you're lucky enough to stay in one of them! We found a waiter who let us watch the sunset on one of the terraces whilst we drank our fab brandy sours. Hotel rooms are lovely, clean and spacious; highly recommended. Our only gripe was the Almyra seemed all style over substance, the lobby is a graveyard. It can be a bit too cool for school at times! If you want a traditional Cypriot restaurant go to St Georges Tavern, their greeting is "tell us when you want the food to stop." Meze organic food accompanied with organic wine, you get what you're given, it keeps coming, it's all delicious down to the choc pud and all at brilliant value! A must do. All the cabbies know how to get there. New York Times did a review recently on the Almyra (I'm in the photo on the terrace!!) and St George (18.09.05), go have a look before experiencing a great, relaxing holiday in Paphos...
Should be given fives stars!
Booked end of Sept 2005, best location in town, felt so weclome and safe around town and in hotel - great food, half board is good choice, lots of people watching (glam models, golfers, celbs and TV crews in hotel) other guest were so nice .
One of the few hotels that let singles have best sea view rooms at good rates!
Tap water was fine to drink so that saved £££
Took the wife here last May (2004) for a week in the sun. It was everything we expected. Rooms were spacious and minimalist - right on the wifes street. Bar area and terrace area was fantastic - the best brandy sour in town! The food at the poolside restaurant was top notch and the view across the bay as you ate was the business. Unfortunatley, all this came at a price but it was worth every penny.
The 'style' that is pushed very hard in all the advertising for this hotel is very, very much overstated. The restyling of this hotel is very much a superficial makeover... a la lawrence L-B & changing rooms quality. Close up there has been no attention paid to detail and the finishes are of a very low quality. Tiling in bathrooms, paint flaking off of doors.
My wife and I spent two weeks in the Almyra in September. The hotel met expectations in every department. On arrival we were met by 4 seperate friendly members of staff - one to park the car and take the cases, another to check us in (and offer damp face towels), the barman with a strange crystallised fruit, and glass of water, and the guest services manager. The entrance to the hotel is beautiful, particularly at night with shimmering water reflecting on the ceiling. The decor throughout is contemporary with suede and leather furnishings in brown and beige. Our sea facing room was immaculate with a reasonable sized balcony and huge bed. The highlight is the pool area (pool tiled in black slate) with modern day beds and sunloungers and white sheeting drawn across in the heat of the day. The eating area around the bar is stunning - a drink at sunset is a must. Unlike previous holidays we relaxed the minute we arrived. Didn't want to leave. Will cetainly be returning.
Just come back from a week at the Almyra, had a brilliant time and weather was fantastic! (Being extremely lucky, our kids had a week back home with nanny and grandad!!) So we thought this hotel was excellent for couples. Will probably not return with the children as we felt this hotel was too quiet and if our 3 boys were to enjoy the pool i would be telling them to sshhh all the time, and think they would find it boring especially being without a pool table.
Went to Almyra at end of July 2004 with the family -12 yo and baby. Plus points were the design - very stylish furnishings,large-ish minimalist rooms, stunning lobby area with great views of the beach and sunsets,beautiful dark slate pool (with a large awning to protect from the sun) ,reasonably good food, vicinity to downtown Paphos and efficient,friendly staff (in the main)...