Travel Blogs from Paphos
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 ...
Ah, cobble stones (you know how I feel about footings), seaside, roads, infrastructure and long lunches...welcome to civilisation...welcome to Paphos, Cyprus! Now don't get me wrong I enjoy as much as the next person some cheap brightly colored ceramics and some blingy tinny bangles but it becomes a little tedious and the lack of appropriate supermarkets also becomes frustrating in an Arab country, so imagine my delight at entering the EU! Plus I known I can buy a glass of rosť at ...
... So to my horror after boarding our air conditioned coach and proceeding in a convoy of 12 identical coaches along the highway out of Aqaba, through the deserts of Wadi Rum (Wadi meaning dry place of water- I know this because our guide would chant this every time we went through an area that was known as a Wadi), into the mountains and arriving into Petra I was deposited onto a sight that had....sand paths to traverse.... Now the town of Petra is ...
... was so incredibly beautiful. We anchored up and ate our picnic, and then Hannah, James and I jumped in the water and went snorkelling up to a reef, where there were so many fish! We used James' underwater camera to film them too. It was honestly such a wonderful experience - I never expected to spend my Easter chasing fish in the Mediterranean! When we got home again Nana had another swim (she's mad!) and then got ourselves ready for a meal out in the evening. We found a ...
... prepared to sell their own fake products.
It began to rain and this turned in to a heavy thunderstorm. We entered an open market place called the 'Big Inn' (Buyuk Han) and took shelter in a bar while the worst of it passed. The streets were rapidly flooding under the sudden deluge of rain. We walked up to a large church that had been transformed into a mosque and then in to a 1939 covered market area. The dash back to the border was ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Elysium Hotel Paphos
A proper, quality 5 star hotel, but not quite perfect!
Stayed here in May, and overall we were really happy with the experience. Almost on a par with Four Seasons Hotels (i.e. the one in Sharm, Red Sea), but not quite. Whatever, I'd really recommed this place if you just want relaxation and good food, providing you've got a bit of cash to splash on the expensive food and drink!
The hotel is on the outskirts of Paphos town, and offers quality food and service, (which is just as well, as from what I saw Paphos town is a bit grim).
*Great pool area / sun loungers / sea lagoon. Can't fault this area.
*Good choice of excellent quality food from 4 restaurants, although bear in mind one of these is only open for lunch.
*Overall, good very service, although sometimes a bit slow to serve drinks in the bar area
*Great rooms, although I reckon the 'pool view' rooms are as good as the 'pool and sea view' rooms, only cheaper. Prepare for a dull view of wasteland if you don't specify a pool or seaview room. Also bear in mind that many rooms are twin, not double beds, so if you're a luurved up couple it's worth specifying a room with an (excellent) king or double bed. The suites are v. nice, but again ensure your view is not out the back!
*Nice bathrooms, good quality TV with the usual BBC News 24 / Eurosport channels.
*Good spa area, and tennis courts, with very courteous staff.
*The restaurants are expensive (although please bear in mind that the food they offer is far superior to most 'holiday hotels'). i.e. the 'posh' french restaurant will set you back £100+ for a meal for 2 +wine. Even the std buffet restaurant in the evenings (where you also have breakfast in the morning), is £30 per person, although the food quality and choice is excellent. Seems a lot of £ when in reality you're just sitting in the brekfast buffet area!!
*One restaurant is a set 4 course meal, so you have to eat what's on offer or go elsewhere. In my opinion, the menu was always just a tad too challenging or fussy to really want to pay to eat there (i.e. rabbit, fish broth, strange exotic fish etc), and is probably why nobody did!
*Not the nicest local area, although there are a few of your usual 'package holiday' restaurants and bars packed together on the busy main road 200 yrds away from the hotel if you fancy it, including of course the customary Irish Bar. Having said this, Fat Mama's restuarant within this cultural void is worth a walk to one night if you like the 'fatty arbuckles' experience...it's good value, good fun, and not bad food either.
*Err, their house 'champagne' is local and very flat, although it tastes agreeable enough!
Not much else is wrong with the place...it's actually quite hard to find faults! Give it a go and prove me wrong!
Nice hotel but will look better in 5 years
Elysium is a lovely hotel with quality furniture and outlook, it will look even better in a few years time when it is a bit more 'lived in'
Go for a room with a plunge pool if you can afford it!!
I liked the small lagoon beach they have built,
food is good if a little expensive.
lots of pools and space
there were 4 weddings on same day-felt a little like Las vegas, danger of it becoming a 'Sandals' resort
Staff could be more friendlier
Pafos isnt that attractive area
Great quality - a taste of the Nevada desert in Paphos
This hotel is similar in quality to many of the finest themed hotels in Las Vegas. That's actually a compliment - this hotel (open for 2 yrs) was constructed with a high standard throughout and is filled with comfortable, solid furniture, but there is an aura of fakeness that pervades the place. What this means is that you will luxuriate in a remarkable outdoor poolside area but at the same time be conscious of the fact that the hotel was designed to try to emulate something Greek (for example, there is a fake iron spiked gate that guards the front area of the hotel). There is an abundance of public space, giving guests the feeling of uncrowdedness even when the hotel is full. The breakfast could not be better - there is a selection of all different types of cuisine, and all of high quality. The immediate area is a bit tacky, but the hotel is isolated (assuming you can find it, which is tricky) and doesn't feel part of the strip of pubs that are nearby. The staff could all use lessons in English and in providing guidance for area activities (surprisingly, no activities desk exists; the man at the gift shop may be the most knowledgeable (and comprehensible) worker on site in fact). The bottom line is that, for the price, this hotel will not disappoint - in fact, it will impress. If you're traveling with a member of the cultural elite (or are a member yourself), you may hear (or utter) design criticisms; but don't despair, because you'll still enjoy the place immensely.
Without hesitation I would recommend this hotel to anyone. Have stayed at a range of hotels all over the world and I have to say the Elysium Resort is #1 in many categories.
It is unusual to find an unstuffy 5 star hotel but this one has achieved it by investing a lot of time in staff training and the general attitude and service levels of everyone from the car park attendant to housekeeping to managers was first class.
The lagoon and beach are almost finished at the front of the hotel and will be a great addition to a superb pool area.
It is rare not to be able to fault a hotel - this one achieved it and we stayed for 6 nights in March 05.
You walk into the Elysium and you are immediately relaxed. The design of the hotel is sensitive to the cultural surroundings, luxurious, and comfortable. The rooms are beautifully decorated and the loft style rooms are spacious unique. The restaurants serve an excellent selection of fresh food with good friendly service. The pool area is beautiful and relaxing; a true sun trap. The location of the hotel couldn't be better to visit the wonderful sites of Cyprus (next door to the tombs of the kings). All in All a highly reccommended property.
Wouldn't have stayed anywhere else in Paphos
Stayed at this hotel last week and thorughly enjoyed the visit. Having walked past, or visited inside may other 5 star hotels in Paphos they all look tiried compared to the Elysium. Coral Beach especially looks a shadow of it's former self.
Whilst a little outside of the town the hotel isn't isolated with a good choice of restaurants within 200 metres.
Finding the hotel arriving in the dark and wet proved a little difficult. Advice would be to look for O'Neills Irish Bar on the right hand side of Tomb of Kings Hotel and turn left directly opposite.The hotels own sign on the main road is pathetic.
Nice comfortable room. Very clean and good daily maid service
Standard of the common areas very high if a little kitsch in design
Outside pool area a delight
Gym very good
Breakfasts as good as I've had anywhere
Helpful and pleasant reception staff
No beach although they're building some form of lagoon
Inside pool not terribly warm
View from the side rooms over somewhat rough waste ground
Virtually nobody ate in the restaurant which was expensive compared to good external restaurants
Regarding external restaurants we'd recommend :
Duomo, at the top of the road leading to the hotel. Excellent italian, very nice food, well priced and friendly
Peach Blossom, turn right on the main road and diagonally across. One of the best Chinese/Thai/Japanese restaurants I've ever been to.
Metaxa's: Around the block beyond Kefalos Beach Hotel, a somewhat old-fashioned "cypriot" menu from an international restauiranteur of the 70's. Lots of creamy dishes, but excellent and really professional service.
In summary, wouldn't stay at the Coral Beach or Annabelle. Despite a few -'s Elsyium Beach is a striking 5 star hotel of excellent quality
Very good hotel
We stayed there in august 2004. Luxurious hotel and a very quiet oasis, smelling of origano. Nice and clean rooms. Very good food. Excellent indoor pool. A bit far away from paphos. Only problem was with the staff. Friendly and welcoming but some waiters were either young or foreigners and sometimes their work was not up to the standard of a 5* (command of english, work experience). That's why we didn't give them an "excellent" review. There wasn't any entertainment at night and since there were not many people staying there, it was a bit boring (go to paphos to enjoy night life). We could never swim in the sea during our stay there and apparently it's very common. However, we would go there again.
Excellent: why isn't this hotel better known?
We stayed here for my son's half term holiday last October and were really impressed.
I should preface my remarks by saying that we generally have our holidays in America, as we find the standard of hotels and service far higher in the USA and better value. However, the Elysium restored my faith in the Old World!
This is a world-class hotel and I keep asking myself why isn't it better known?
Firstly, the hotel is only 2 years old, immaculate and full of delightful touches: freshly squeezed orange juice when you check in, high quality upholstery on all terraces, sparkling glassware, Frette linens throughout the restaurants -excellent!
I would also like to single out the buffet breakfasts for praise: the choice was superb and staff were so efficient there were no queues, even at the "Omelette and Toast" station.
But what impressed us most was the consistently high standard of service throughout: from the staff who handled my queries before I even booked, through to the breakfast team at the Lemonia (Anna - one of the managers - is especially good), the pool staff, and housekeeping - every request was handled efficiently and courteously. Staff actually seemed to enjoy their jobs and it always felt that they couldn't do enough for you.
On the downside, the only shortcoming is that there isn't really a beach to speak of. There i a very small and rather rocky beach area, but my son - along with many other kids - still really enjoyed it.
This is an excellent hotel and offers outstanding value in Cyprus.
Honeymoon at the Elysium
We stayed at the Elysium from 29th June - 11th July for our honeymoon. First impression of the hotel was gorgeous but in a very tacky area, ie. lots of English pubs and restaurants. However, once you have entered the hotel you will not want to leave so the surrounding area is not such a big deal. We were upgraded to a Seaview Royal Villa which was beautiful. There was a lovely lounge with an ensuite huge bathroom and then up the stairs on the mezzanine level, was a kingsize bed with an ensuite shower room. There was also a balcony overlooking the countryside. Our patio area which was reached from the lounge, was fabulous. A massive double outside bed, an umbrella, 2 sunloungers and a lovely infinity plunge pool that had water trickling into it every morning. HEAVEN! Food was fantastic. Different themed buffets every night and alternative a la carte restaurants too. Fantastic breakfast, we sat there for ages trying out all the different food. There is a lovely outside bar where you can sit on the plush seats having a cocktail watching the sunset. The only negative for us was that there is not a beach, only rocks and unfortunately for us, they were moving these rocks during our honeymoon. This meant tractors working on the beach during the day next to the main pool area!! We therefore spent most of our time at the Royal pool area which is very nice too and a few days we were treated to strawberry ice drinks and melon - a very nice touch. All in all, a great hotel with excellent service. Wherever you go you can hear the hum of water trickling....I highly recommend this hotel if you want to relax in a luxurious environment (also a great spa) but don't expect a beach.
We returned yesterday, 28 July 2004 - wow, what a place! My wife and I have stayed in many so called luxury hotels but this really was splendid. We stayed in the inland Ethereal Room (the standard) but it was quite lovely. Bathrobes, slippers, superb toiletries and a balcony overlooking the mountains. Sea views are extra but in all honesty you can spend 90% of the day outside on the numerous sun loungers and patios and enjoy the magnificent scenery. Service is very good and the standard of food is high. There are 4 restaurants to choose from, one being a buffet which is of high quality and it's not the 'free for all' battle usually associated with buffets. You won't be disappointed. We are notoriously difficult to please (!) and we are going back in October - need we say more.....