At a glance

  • You'll love

    Cool, unstuffy ambience

    Really helpful staff

    Superb adults-only spa

  • Kids will love

    Well-run kids clubs

    Freshwater family pools

    Great children's menus

  • Don’t expect

    A beach

    Trad Cypriot decor

    Free childcare


Now celebrating a decade of hip family holidays, Asian-accented Almyra hotel in Cyprus has long led the way in providing what relaxation-starved parents crave: short-haul sunshine, bulletproof childcare, friendly staff and plenty of tot-pleasing facilities – without having to compromise on food or stylish interiors.

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Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Almyra

Summer Early Booking Offer With Free Buffet Dinner Five-night gourmet offer


‘With a bit of planning it’s easy to book a room within baby monitor’s reach of the main restaurants and pool area – nothing was too far or too much of a trek – which made things easy with a toddler.’

Rob Wood


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Need To Know


189, including 36 family-friendly suites.


12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.


Double rooms from £122.26 (€139), excluding tax at 9 per cent.

More details

Rates include a generous international buffet breakfast. Children Under-12s stay free in cots or extra beds in parents' rooms.

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At the hotel

Spa with sauna and steam room, swimming pools, restaurants, bar, crèche, kids club, gym, tennis court, boutique, gardens, DVD library, free WiFi.

In your room

Flatscreen TV, radio, minibar, black-out blinds, slippers, bathrobes, free WiFi, Aniah toiletries. Suites are stocked with Acqua di Parma products; they also have espresso machines, DVD players and mini stereos.

Our favourite rooms

There are plenty of family-friendly options, with interconnecting rooms available in almost every category; rooms are simply furnished in cool hues, with minimal extras. Terrace Garden View rooms have a small private terrace overlooking a sloping lawn (meaning you can sit and snooze outside while your little one naps in the room); interconnecting options are also available in this category. They aren't true suites, but we love the open-plan Kyma Suites, which have private terraces that lead onto a shared lawn overlooking the sea, and private rooftop terraces – perfect for an al fresco family meal or romantic candlelit soiree with your little one safely tucked up downstairs. In the main building there are also one- and two-bedroom suites with separate lounges (some with private balconies), ideal for larger family groups.


The main attraction for families is the large, black slate-lined oudoor freshwater swimming pool overlooking the sea. Shaded by olive trees and white awnings in high season, and surrounded by club-style double day beds, it's a lovely spot to pass the day (especially with a drink in hand). There's a shallow, well-shaded freshwater splash pool for babies and toddlers too. In the adults-only spa area, there's an eye-catching outdoor infinity pool with plenty of pairs of sun loungers, as well as an indoor pool; when it's a bit nippy for swimming outdoors (December–March), supervised children are allowed to use this indoor pool from 9am–1pm daily.


The award-winning Almyraspa is set in a purpose built adults-only complex, with six treatment rooms, three spa suites, a sauna, steam room, Vichy showers, yoga deck, mani-pedi station, hair salon, heated indoor pool and outdoor infinity pool. There's a suitably lengthy spa menu of massages, facials, wraps, scrubs and other beautification rituals, and the therapists are excellent. Couples can book a double spa suite with a long private terrace overlooking the pool, and indulge in a quiet spa snack between Osea marine treatments. Outside the spa, the slickly photogenic grown-ups-only pool area also has a small restaurant (Eauzone) and bar with waiter service – it's a real treat to be able to escape not only your own children but everyone else's for an hour or two.


The hotel's Baby Go-Lightly service makes packing a doddle – just pre-order all your infant essentials before you leave and they'll be ready and waiting for your arrival. Request extra black-out blinds if your baby is especially light-sensitive: the Cypriot sun is bright.

Book ahead

In the summer holidays, everything is in demand, so make sure you book spa treatments and essential childcare well ahead of arrival to avoid disappointment. It's worth booking for half-term, too.

Food and drink

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Unlike some family resorts, Almyra's restaurants offer genuinely good food, and plenty of choice for your children. Mosaics, the attractive main restaurant, pulls off that tricky balance between practical and romantic: it's sleek and white and contemporary, with an earthy-toned Roman-style mosaic that nods to Paphos' history. Tables spill out onto the terrace for al fresco family dining by day; by night, linen tablecloths, candles, crystal chandeliers and an Asian fusion menu add a grown-up vibe (the prawn laksa is to die for). April–November, Japanese fusion Notios grill – by the pool – serves lighter lunch, dinner and 'Zen Meze' in an alfresco setting; and the Ouzeri is a romantic taverna-style restaurant right on the seafront. Eauzone serves spa cuisine and light all-day grazing platters.

Family fare

Children are allowed everywhere at any time, except the adults-only Eauzone spa area. In high season, early sittings for little ones are encouraged to allow parents to enjoy a few child-free hours in the evening. Mosaics has both a buffet and an à la carte menu; staff'll set you up with a highchair anywhere, but outside on the shady terrace or poolside is good if you’re worried about food-throwers. Home-made baby purées, salt-free dishes for infants and all manner of fantastic finger food is made to order, plus the early buffet sittings make family mealtimes a breeze.

Hotel Bar

In the open-plan lobby, Helios Lounge Bar serves coffees, snacks and a variety of drinks; there's also an extensive wine list showcasing some excellent Cypriot wines, as well as international staples.

Last orders

Drinks served until the last parent retires (which let's face it, is usually by midnight). Mosaics serves breakfast 7.30am–10am; lunch, 12 noon–3pm; and dinner, 6pm–10.30pm, with all-day offerings available in between.

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    Outside on the main terrace under the olive trees for breakfast; at Eauzone for a quiet adults-only lunch; a late sitting at Mosaics in the corner-sofa area.

  • Room service

    A menu of tasty sandwiches, pizza, bento boxes and snacky delights is available 24 hours a day (there's a small delivery charge). The kids' section includes fresh purées and simple classics like fish fingers or pasta with tomato sauce. If you're in a Kyma suite, you can pre-order a private barbecue or Omasake 'surprise' tasting menu to enjoy on your rooftop terrace.


    Complimentary milk and biscuits can be sent to your room at bedtime; just let staff know whether your little divas prefer their white stuff warm or cold.


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Parent approved

‘With a bit of planning it’s easy to book a room within baby monitor’s reach of the main restaurants and pool area – nothing was too far or too much of a trek – which made things easy with a toddler.’

Rob Wood


Almyra provides excellent childcare for all (4 months to 11 years is an impressive span) in its playroom and grounds from 9.30am–5.30am every day except Wednesdays, starting with the Globetrotters Club crèche for under-3s. The full-day fee for babies and toddlers (€60) includes all nappies (and swim nappies), milk, freshly made meals or purées, and snacks. Nannies will follow your home routine as closely as possible, including scheduled naps in the sleep room. Half-days (3.5 hours; €30 excluding lunch) are also available, or you can block-book six days at a reduced price (€300).

Kids Club

The Adventurers Club keeps three- and four-year-olds entertained with Cypriot-themed activities such as cooking, colouring, mosaic-making and gently structured play in the garden. Voyagers Club for kids aged 5–7 focuses on outdoors games and entertainment; there's also a games area and plenty of toys for quieter playtime. And in the Pioneers Club (for 8–12s), a team of high-energy Rangers gets them joining in with team sports across the resort. Full or half-days cost €50 (including meals) and €25 respectively; a block of six full days is €250. Teenagers are not left out in high season: at neighbouring hotel Annabelle, the street-art-themed 'Escape' room offers a big-screen hangout with Nintendo Wii, table tennis and darts.


Experienced local babysitters can be booked through the hotel with a day's notice, from €16 an hour (maximum three children per sitter).


The hotel doesn't lend out baby monitors (or recommend you use them), but it's worth bringing your own (or using an app) for those with outside space (such as Kyma Suites).

Other Services

In high season, the Twilight Zone offers a dinner-time crèche facility three times a week, to allow parents to dine alone – kids are gently distracted with quiet games or films, or allowed to snooze until pick-up time.

What's there already?

For babies

• Highchairs • Steriliser • Bottles • Weaning spoons • Bibs • Travel cot • Cot bedlinen • Black-out blinds • Baby monitors • Changing mat • Baby bath • Nappies, wipes and toiletries • Pushchair • Infant car seat • Baby carrier • Soft toys • Baby gym • Baby walker • Crayons • Board books

For toddlers

• Highchairs • Cutlery • Cot beds • Cot bedlinen • Nappies, wipes and toiletries • Potties • Toddler toilet seat • Bathroom step • Buggy • Stair gates • Play area • Toddler-proof toys • Swimming aids • Picture books • Crayons/pens • Craft materials • U-rated DVDs

For older children

• DVD library • Swimming aids • Games and toys • Craft materials • Football goal • Tennis court • Ping-pong table • Nintendo Wii • Darts board


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Things to do

Lounge in the sun while your children play in the swimming pools, chill in the crèche or with the kids club team; book a treatment or yoga session in the spa; or explore the island's Troodos Mountains, beaches and heritage sites.

Hotel activities

Hit the floodlit tennis court (or ping-pong table); play a gentle game of footie on the lawn; or stretch yourself with a one-to-one yoga or personal training session. From Paphos harbour, there are glass-bottom boat trips and vessels for hire – the hotel can also hook you up locally with all manner of activities on your doorstep, including parasailing, windsurfing, waterskiing and kite-surfing.

And there's more…

Shopaholics don't even need to leave the premises to get their fix (or buy an emergency bikini): Kult Boutique sells a chi-chi selection of holiday-friendly labels, including Miu Miu, Vilebrequin, Etro, Jimmy Choo and Valentino.

Local Guide

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Smith tip

If you're visiting the archaeological sites, try to go early in the day: the site is quite spread out, with little shade, so it can feel punishingly hot in summer's midday sun – hats, suncream and water are a must.

Don't miss…

Dinner at Laledes (+357 26 432233), a low-key but lovely local restaurant about 20 minutes' drive away. The chef is passionate, and the setting is a step back in time. Order fresh modern mezze; menus change depending on what Doros sources each day.

If you tire of hanging out by the pool en famille, the Unesco World Heritage sites, ancient fort and little harbour of Paphos are all a short walk away, with less culturally edifying distractions in the form of cinemas, waterparks, karting and bowling also within easy reach. Almyra staff can also arrange jeep safaris into the pretty Akamas peninsula and lush Troodos Mountains, or wine-tasting excursions to the Byzantine monastery of Chrysorroyiatissa; and there are glass-bottom boat trips to be had from the waterfront.

The House of Dionysos (part of the Unesco site that's about a 15-minute stroll away) has some truly remarkable Roman mosaics, created almost 1,800 years ago – it's worth the minimal effort involved to visit the little museum and site itself. A little further afield along the clifftop, the Tombs of the Kings site dates back to around 400BC. Reward your efforts afterwards with a cool drink and an ice-cream from one of the waterfront cafés in Paphos harbour. 

Of the plentiful traditional tavernas along the harbour, Theo's (+357 26 932829) is a favourite with locals and visitors: it's laid-back, with affable service and a great Mediterranean menu of fresh fish, grilled meat and tasty salads. As well as a kids' selection of kebabs, fishcakes, nuggets and the like, the main menu's mezze-style dips, sandwiches and pasta are perfect for little fingers; easygoing staff will give children a warm welcome. Nab a table on the over-sea decking for the best people-watching and boat-spotting.

A short stroll away, Risto La Piazza (+357 26 819921) is a welcoming Italian restaurant with a sophisticated menu, a Venetian chef and an award-winning sommelier with some 500 bins at his disposal. Carpaccio, foie gras and hearty favourites such as saltimbocca and spaghetti vongole are the order of the day. You can also settle against one of the blue or pink cushion-decked seats on the promenade café bar for daytine snacks or cocktails. There's a children's menu of pasta, pizza and simple grills (and of course, gelato), and the outdoor tables are low-key enough for supper with the kids.

Picky kids? Meltdown moment? When all else fails and nothing but straightforward and familiar will do, there's a decent outpost of Pizza Express near the harbour in Pafinia Sea View Court on Poseidon Avenue (+357 26 923034).

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Poseidonos Avenue, 8042 Pafos, Cyprus, Paphos, 8042
Hotel setting

Seafront promenade

Getting There

Almyra is set on the seafront promenade of Cypriot resort Paphos, a popular strip of hotels and tourist shops leading up to the little harbour with its fort and Unesco-protected archaeological site.


Paphos airport is only 15km (20 minutes' drive) away, with regular budget flights from the UK. Larnaca airport is a little further (170km – about 90 minutes), but has more frequent scheduled flights from across Europe.


You don't need a car if you're only staying a few days and planning mostly just to flop by the pool, since you can stroll up to Paphos harbour and the archaeological site is within walking distance, too. However, if you are staying for a week or more, or finding a decent beach is important to you, you may want a hire car to explore the island with. There is plenty of free on-site parking at Almyra. From Paphos airport, take the airport road west, following signs to Paphos town. When you get into Paphos, at the first big roundabout take the first exit. Go straight over the second big roundabout (with the football stadium on your right), straight over the set of traffic lights, and take the second exit at the small roundabout. At the end of this road, turn right, and drive on until you reach a zebra crossing. The Almyra is the first on your left, and on-site parking is free.

Parent travel tip

A flight into Paphos will give you ridiculously short transfer times, however it usually requires a very early flight from the UK. A flight into Larnaca will spare you the pre-dawn start, but you'll pay for your lie-in with a longer car journey on arrival – although if you're hiring a car it's not a bad way to start your holiday. If you want to bring your own pushchairs, the hotel has a storage cupboard you can leave them in.


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Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Almyra – has been selected and approved by parents.

Almyra is that rarest of things: a hotel that genuinely caters for every member of your brood. A pioneer of parent-pleasing service and style, the hotel's slick noughties design and Asian-fusion vibe tips the balance in favour of holidaymaking families with an aversion to 'family' resorts. With childcare and kids clubs for guests from just four months right up to 17 years, an adults-only spa, a slate-lined family pool and appetising menus served on olive-shaded terraces, you can enjoy family time without losing grip on your pre-children standards.

Paphos might not be the beach-blessed destination of your dreams, but a Unesco World Heritage site on your doorstep and Almyra's all-round offering more than makes up for not having a small patch of pebbles to call your own. Minimal architecture, muted textiles and aromatic evergreen shrubs provide a soothing counterpoint to the dazzling sunshine and cobalt skies, and a clever balance of buffet and à la carte offerings means mealtimes are never a chore. Spend leisurely days swimming and snacking with your kids by the awning-shaded pool; flop out at the award-winning spa while your bairns blow off steam with the enterprising Rangers team; and cosy up over fresh seafood on the over-sea decking at the Ouzeri for star-sparkled romance on balmy summer nights. Bliss.

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The Guestbook  Smith member reviews

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith & Family hotel, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what real-life family guests had to say about Almyra in the Guestbook below.


Stayed on

We loved

The pools were perfect for the family (we travelled with our 14-year-old and 11-year-old children) and the location was very convenient for getting to nearby beaches. The people were very friendly and helpful too. Some of the beaches on the outskirts of Paphos are beautiful - I'd definitely recommend going to Fig Tree Bay and Pissouri Bay if you have a car.

Don’t expect


Rating: 8/10 stars