The Elysium Hotel – a magnificent and elegant resort located in the historical heartland of Paphos, Cyprus offers first-class comfort and relaxation coupled with timeless luxury.
The Elysium Hotel is only 25 minutes from Paphos International Airport, and 90 minutes from Larnaca International Airport, located right on the beach only five minutes from the picturesque harbour of Paphos on the South Western coast of Cyprus. Famous for the birthplace of Aphrodite, Paphos is included in the official UNESCO list for its spectacular ancient remains including the Tombs of the Kings which is only a short walk from the hotel.
A grande, magnificent and elegant sanctuary, is the best words to describe this luxury five-star resort. By blending elegance with seclusion, the resort, despite being a large property, still manages to create an intimate atmosphere offering a haven of complete tranquillity. Sun-seeking guests can enjoy the large pool area with a swim-up bar and restaurant or seek out a more quiet spot by claiming any of the sunbeds generously placed across the grass areas all the way down to the beach, for the day.
There are several restaurants to choose from including; Lemonia Piazza (where breakfast is served daily), Epicurean, Ristorante Bacco, O’Shin and Mediterraneo. Guests can also enjoy beautiful cocktails and a view to match at the Astria Bar or a perfect cappuccino at Cafe Occidental. The resort also offers a world-class spa, gym and a kids club.
The Deluxe Room Ocean View
The Deluxe Room on the fourth floor offers a spacious 34 sqm and is decorated in neutral sandy cream colours with a touch of pink and purple. Upon arriving at the room complimentary fresh fruit has been delivered including blueberries, strawberries and raspberries which is a wonderful touch.
The king-size bed is incredibly comfortable and comes with a pillow selection-menu for maximum comfort. The bathroom has a bathtub as well as a power shower, soft bathrobes, slippers and Molton Brown amenities.
Ladies will be pleasantly surprised to find out that the desk is, in fact, a multi-functional piece of furniture which cleverly transforms into a dressing table. By simply lifting up the top section of the desk the back displays a large mirror with a hairdryer stored underneath. Perfect for styling those beach curls before heading out for dinner. The room also features automated in-room lighting system including soft mood lighting and night light as well as separate reading lights.
Lastly, the most stunning feature of the room – the magnificent ocean view! In the evenings the comfortable chairs on the balcony offer a first-row view of the incredible sunset which can be enjoyed whilst sipping on a local amaretto soaking in the gentle ocean breeze for the ultimate holiday bliss.
Additional accommodation options ranging from Deluxe rooms with a garden view to Cyprian Maisonettes, Royal Studios and Royal Garden Villas located in a separate VIP area which also has its own Royal Pool.
The breakfast is served daily at the Lemonia Piazza between 7 am – 10.30 am. With 160 indoor seats, the chic and modern restaurant also offers an impressive 150 outdoor seats for guests wanting to soak up the early morning sun or enjoy their breakfast in the shade. The breakfast buffet is impressive and offers a wide range of international as well as local cuisine. Guests can stack their plates with eggs, made-to-order omelettes, pancakes and waffles to traditional hummus, fresh capers, salads and various cold cuts. There is, of course, a wonderful selection of bread and pastries as well as fresh fruits and yoghurts. The coffee and tea are excellent and is served together with fresh juices and champagne. The service is fantastic which matches the beautiful outdoor setting.
You don’t need to travel all the way to Italy to enjoy an incredible Italian dinner, as a matter of fact, guests only need to press ‘G’ in the lift to arrive at Ristorante Bacco. A cosy courtyard with olive trees, tables covered in white linen and Italian waiters delivering fantastic service creates a ‘Tuscany-feel’. This coupled with an impressive menu, Ristorante Bacco is an excellent choice for a romantic dinner.
The scallops are fantastic and so is the Turbot served with grilled asparagus and citrus sauce as well as the char-grilled Angus beef with ox-tail ravioli, pearl barley risotto and Barolo jus. If there is any room left for pudding the two classics; Pannacotta and Tiramisu are both heavenly and the perfect ‘gran finale’ to a perfect evening (make sure to arrive hungry since it is difficult to resist the four-course dinner).
Who is this resort for?
This resort is perfect for both young families and couples of all ages. The feel is ‘elegant’ and ‘grown-up’ however young families are very welcome and parents can make use of the kids club and the restaurants’ kids menus. With Paphos being famous for being the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Goddess of love, it’s not surprising Elysium Hotel is a famous destination for weddings and for couples wanting to celebrate their love. In fact, when checking in, a British couple next to me, was back to celebrate their wedding anniversary 30 years after getting married at the hotel. This must be a testament to the resort’s popularity and for the desire among guests to come back, year after year.
Queen Verenikis Street, 8107 Paphos, Cyprus
For more information and bookings: +357 2684 4444 www.elysium-hotel.com
Rates start at £230/night