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Thursday, 31 March 2016

Review | The Almyra Cyprus


When people think of holidays, summer springs to mind. So when we decided to spontaneously book a trip away, as a sun lover, it had to be somewhere still hot, which in October and with only seven days to play with, was quite hard. We settled on Greece, Cyprus to be exact. It’s an island I’ve been to before so in the back of my mind I sort of ‘knew it.’ What had changed since my last visit was my appreciation of hotels and me now placing more of an importance as the complex as a package. I’ve been on countless holidays abroad where we didn’t care about the hotel, and I still do – we stayed in a 2* beach front apartment in Ibiza last year. Yes it wasn’t The Ritz, but one we weren’t paying Ritz prices or were after the standard you get from The Ritz on that particular trip. However with this holiday, it’d come at a time where I was a little run down and in need of some TLC away from the hustle and bustle of city life, work and general life dramas. Prior to the booking The Almyra, I’ll be honest, I hadn’t done all of my research considering the importance I’d placed on this trip giving me a health refresh but I like to go with my gut, so that was that decided.
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The Complex

Is beautiful, simply put. The hotel has been designed to be very sleek and minimal oozing luxury. I clocked a piano the minute I walked in, and throughout the week there are performances you can enjoy. It’s a little maze like in getting around and took us to the final day to get to grips with the many ways you can manoeuvre round, but staff are always dotted around and happy to help. The complex sits in eight acres of landscaped gardens giving you plenty of space to explore and unwind with unspoiled views of the Mediterranean Sea. 
There’s plenty of places to eat with four restaurants on site from Japanese to more traditional Cypriot dishes. Add that to a fantastic room service menu and eating breakfast next to the sea and you’ve got a dream situation. When booked, I had no idea the vast choice there’d be available at breakfast. On holiday, I’m not a big eater. Whilst I LOVE to eat, I get thirsty more often than not and prefer to eat heavier towards the evening, however when I got to breakfast and there was pretty much everything I could ever think of or wish to eat in front of me, I wasn’t about to turn around. From several types of bacon to various pastries, all of the fruit juices, cereals, hot food and more – the hotel is worth booking for the breakfast alone.

The Rooms

As you can imagine, the attention to detail carries through into the rooms, which there’s dozens of types to choose from, whether you’re after a tranquil garden view, a sea landscape, a villa, a suite – if you want it, they’ve got it. Everything was taken into consideration from the get go – your luggage was awaiting in the room and robes and slippers laid out on the bed. The room windows actually slide out as doors so you get an open outside vista. The rainfall shower was incredible and the bed was dreamy – if it wasn’t a hot holiday, I would have happily lived there.
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The Outside

What really sold the Alymra for me was the outside. As mentioned, there’s lots of it. Aside from the bars, and restaurants, there’s countless areas for you to catch some sun, whether that’s from the several balconies, roof terraces, gardens or pools - you won’t have to fight for a space. There’s four freshwater pools to choose from, the biggest being just next to the terrace where breakfast is served. We didn’t make use of this one, as this is where families tend to flock, which isn’t a bad thing – I love kids, but we wanted more of a relaxing vibe. Luckily, The Almyra have this covered with an adult’s only section. It wasn’t the most sign-posted area, so do ask staff if you get lost, but when you get there, it’s a completely different part to the hotel. It has immediate wow factor with the infinity pool rolling out over the Mediterranean Sea where you can watch the sun set with spectacular views as the pool is open until late. It is pretty deep so if you’re on the shorter side like me , make sure you’re a strong swimmer! 
 All of the sun beds are literally that – beds. It’s easy to see how we lost so many hours on these, and with a restaurant and bar next to the pool, you literally don’t have to lift a finger – your biggest problem is re-applying suncream. Whilst I had a strawberry daiquiri, the non-alcoholic lemonade I ordered was perhaps the best drink I’ve ever had in my life, and I never thought I’d boast so much about a lemonade, but here we are. Maybe it was the sun, the bliss of the holiday or my general happy state but it was amazing, and if you go – you must try. Next to the infinity pool is also the hotel’s own spa where you can not only get massages and treatments but there’s also an on-site hairdressers should you need a trim. Add to that watersports, tennis courts, an inside pool, steam room and sauna – it was a struggle at times to leave the hotel.


The Location

The Alymra is based on the South West Coast of the island, Paphos to be precise. To drill down, it’s located on the seafront which was a must for me, also because I love being by the water – in fact its name means ‘taste of the sea’ which sums it up perfectly. In terms of Paphos town, it’s a 5 walk from local restaurants, nightlife and shops yet as soon as you step into the complex, it’s a complete oasis away from the bustle of town life. The town centre can be accessed from the front entrance or along the costal path which is beautiful at any time of the day.
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The Views

As you can image – do I recommend it? Yes. It’s not cheap but in my eyes, worth every penny. There’s so many things to do and so many good points that whilst I don’t like repeating trips to the same islands (as I like to see new places), I would definitely make an exception for The Almyra. From the get go to checking out, the staff were attentive, the standard high and the experience one to remember. If my words don’t convince you, hopefully these pictures will.

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