Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Located in the far east of the Med, the country enjoys clement weather for most of the year.
The south of the island offers visitors to Cyprus stunning beaches, delicious wines, world-class restaurants, and wonderful hotels. Cyprus is one of the most popular winter/summer sun destinations in Europe.
The BusinessClass.com guide to the best hotels in Cyprus:
Anassa - 10/10
Located on a secluded peninsula at the edge of Akamas National Park, Anassa provides a paradise hillside retreat of the very highest standards. Regarded as the finest hotel in Cyprus due to its design, location, service, and facilities, the Anassa opened in 1988 to critical acclaim. Cradled by the hillside and shielded behind mature greenery, the whitewashed Byzantine village-style complex of 166 low-rise rooms, suites and residences gently cascade down through the vibrant, fragrant gardens to the golden sand of Chrysochou Bay. An impressive selection of rooms starts with the spacious Garden View rooms at 41 square metres. More choice comes from slightly larger Studio Suites, Garden Studio Suites and Junior Suites. All have artisanal furnishings and offer a feeling of relaxed elegance, and some come with a private pool. Perched on the corners of Anassa’s top floor, Aphrodite and Adonis share the sunset and sunrise, respectively. These romantic one-bed sanctuaries come with four-poster beds and whirlpool balconies. Anax is a palatial two-bedroom top floor suite with a domed ceiling, artisanal furnishings, and a private lift. Four Villa Residences provide guests with opulent interiors, captivating sea views and private infinity pools with space for up to 6 or 9 guests.
The flagship restaurant, Basilko, offers Mediterranean and Asian-inspired gourmet cuisine by candlelight. Helios provides a la carte French-Mediterranean fine dining, and Amphora is for easy-breezy dining with an open-air sea-view terrace. Pelagos is a shaded alfresco taverna and serves mezze and local seafood specialties. Relax with an evening drink at Armonia Bar or enjoy your favourite tipple during the day at Blue Bar on the beach or Meltemi swim-up bar. Along with 150 metres of secluded beach, Anassa offers two outdoor freshwater pools, a sumptuous Thalassa Spa featuring 18 treatment rooms, a vast indoor pool, saunas, steam baths, plus squash, tennis, gym, and yoga facilities along with watersports available in nearby Latchi.
Annabelle - 9/10
The ‘grande dame’ of Cyprus hotels, the Annabelle, is situated just a stone’s throw from some of the world's finest UNESCO protected mosaics and archaeological sites. Set within six acres of verdant tropical gardens - this luxury beachside haven oozes elegance and style. All 244 rooms come with a balcony or terrace to absorb those far-reaching ocean and garden views. All rooms feature luxurious marbled bathrooms, exquisite local artisan furniture and contemporary artwork. From elegant and spacious inland-facing rooms to the magnificent Alecos Penthouse with unique-colonial styling, a glass roof marble bathroom and a whirlpool, there is an impressive selection of rooms to suit most desires.
Indulge in expertly prepared gourmet cuisine at the hotel’s signature restaurant Amorosa, or choose the rooftop restaurant Ouranos for gastronomic delights set against a dreamy Mediterranean vista. With more dining choices from a lively seafront taverna, relaxed international dining at Fontana, and the intimate candlelit serenity of Asteras and four bars to keep the conversation and spirits high, there is abundant choice to satisfy everyone’s appetite. Named after the Greek god of the sky and the heavens, Ouranos Wellbeing Spa is a rooftop sanctuary of pure pampering indulgence. For the more energetic, a half Olympic-size outdoor pool and enticing multi-layered lagoon-style waters meander through the grounds of this gorgeous hotel.
Amara Limassol - 9/10
Derived from the Greek word Amarantos meaning “everlasting”, the Amara hotel is blessed with uninterrupted views of the Mediterranean ocean with the ageless azure horizon as the focal point of its design. All 207 rooms boast floor-to-ceiling sea views, and carefully considered interiors induce the outside with smooth modern lines, earthy tones, and soft, chic furnishings. Choose from a 45 square metre Deluxe room with a king-sized bed, marbled en-suite bathroom, and state-of-the-art smart television to the larger Junior Suite with separate living and dining space and a wide private balcony with sun loungers. Or perhaps try the one or two-bedroom Deluxe Suites for utmost comfort. Why not push the boat out and stay in one of two seafront Cabanas complete with private pools. If that wasn’t tempting enough, the 110 square metres adult-only Rooftop Duplex Suite is designed with indulgence in mind with a private pool enjoying breath-taking views. However, the show-stopper has to be the 230 square metres Amara Suite with an infinity-edge private pool, traditional materials and two lavish bedrooms.
For cuisine, world-renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa delivers Japanese-Peruvian culinary excellence at Matsuhisa Limassol restaurant, while Ristorante Locatelli is a London-based, Michelin-Star, Italian restaurant headed by celebrity chef Giorgio Locatelli. Guests can also dine at a dedicated open-air fish restaurant or savour traditional culinary culture at The Dining Room. With bars also at the lobby and poolside, The Main Bar is the perfect spot for a pre-or post-dinner cocktail. With nine treatment rooms, signature treatments, an outdoor seawater pool and indoor pool, as well as gym and tennis facilities, the Amara Spa is a not-to-missed treat for the senses.
Almyra - 9/10
With a contemporary chilled-chic look, the sleek and eye-catching Almyra hotel underwent extensive renovations in 2020. Located on Paphos seafront and set within eight acres of beautifully sculptured landscape, the crisp whitewashed walls, floor-to-ceiling windows and striking walkways and lounge areas make an instant statement of quality and relaxation. Inside, the swish styling continues with 187 rooms, including 36 suites finished in cool hues to compliment the trendy minimalistic furniture. Opt for the open-plan Kyma Suites and enjoy a Lawnside terrace or a rooftop alfresco lounge to enjoy a complimentary bottle of wine upon arrival.
Seven restaurants offer guests delectable choices, including sensational Japanese fusion cuisine served alfresco at Notios and “Bite-sized tastes of sizzling fresh flavours” by Fabrizio De Iorio and his team at the main restaurant, Mosaics. Almyra isn’t just about reclining beneath the Mediterranean sunshine, dining on exquisite cuisine, and kicking back with a favourite tipple – no – the little ones in your life are also well looked after. Age-specific kids’ clubs offer fun experiences, such as pottery and baking. Older age groups have the opportunity to try adventurous local excursions giving you even more time to, well, sit back and relax, or take some serious time-out with indulgent cutting-edge treatments in the superb Almyrapsa. If a pure algae body wrap is not your thing, then why not lie back and chill out in one of the five freshwater swimming pools.
Amavi - 9/10
Situated on the golden ‘Blue-Flag’ shores of Paphos, the Amavi hotel is a paradise retreat custom-designed for couples. With the mystical birthplace of the Greek goddess Aphrodite only a short walk from the city’s neighbouring harbour, this stunning hotel provides 155 beautifully designed guest rooms geared explicitly towards sharing precious moments. Elegant comfort and magnificent ocean views await from inside every room. Starting with spacious Deluxe Sea View Rooms, each furnished a balcony or terrace and luxurious king size or twin beds and gorgeous en suite bathrooms; guests receive a complimentary cosy bathrobe, monogrammed slippers, an Espresso machine, and free Wi-Fi. The spectacular One Bedroom Executive Sea View Suite has the ultimate wow factor for those who desire a little more exclusivity! This fourth-floor dream penthouse offers 88 square metres inside and a further 35 square metres of fully-loaded lounging space on the outside. Step inside the whirlpool bathtub and soak up the azure horizon through glass-walled windows.
Live cooking stations and all-day dining await at Ezaria restaurant. Fortolana delivers exquisite Cypriot cuisine beside the sea, or choose the intimate lavish opulence of Nocturne, complete with live piano music. Dine beneath a starlit sky at the spectacular open-air roof garden restaurant Immenso, crafted by Micheline-starred chef Theodor Falser. Evera Spa and Wellness Centre offers couples or individuals heavenly signature treatments, and the fitness centre contains high-tech equipment. Soak up the sunshine in the two gorgeously-designed tropical outdoor pools, or enjoy a midday cocktail at Safire’s swim-up bar.
Aphrodite Hills - 9/10
With dazzling panoramic views towards the Mediterranean Sea and the legendary birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love just one mile away, the Aphrodite Hills Resort is uniquely positioned on a lofty plateau 17 kilometres east of Paphos. Combining the classic with the contemporary, this impressive hotel is the perfect getaway for couples and families alike. Home to the PGA National golf course designed by celebrated architect Cabell B. Robinson and a separate Tennis Academy boasting nine professional courts, this hotel delivers the crème-de la-crème of sporting facilities. 290 rooms located in beautifully designed annexes offer resplendent refinement with a wide choice of rooms, most of which are available with swim-up or private pools. Standard Deluxe Rooms come with a balcony or terrace, free Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth stations, as do the Family Rooms. Spacious Family Suites include a jacuzzi or private pool, as do the lavish One Bed Family Rooms with swim-up or private pools.
Food lovers have a wide selection of excellent restaurants. Devour fine Mediterranean a la carte cuisine at the Fig & Olive, delicious Asian gastronomy at the romantic Jasmine restaurant. Enjoy authentic Mexican delights amongst the lush garden landscape at El Sabor and tender steaks sizzle on hot stone grills at the Stone Grill Terrace. The vibrant Village Square offers even more restaurants, bars, boutiques and shops. Luxury, serenity, and vitality are the names of the game at the Greco-Roman styled Retreat Spa. Spoil yourself rotten with an Elemis pampering ritual, or raise the heart rate at the fitness centre. The Aphrodite Hills Resort is only 15 minutes by road to Paphos International Airport.
Casale Panayiotis - 9/10
Located in the heart of the Troodos Mountains village of Kalopanayiotis, within the Marathasa Valley, a complex of enchantingly restored stone houses make Casale Panayiotis Resort a never-to-be-forgotten spa experience. 26 guestrooms and suites offer a blend of traditional character and modern luxuries, featuring stone walls, high wood-beamed ceilings, open fireplaces or woodburning stoves for the winter months and lashings of elegant style. Five restaurants serve seasonal fruits and vegetables direct from the hotel’s orchard, and other ingredients come sourced from local mountain producers where possible. Traditional Cypriot dishes are served at the Byzantino Restaurant, while al fresco salads, wraps and crepes are the order of the day at Pantheon with its staggering mountain vista. Cosy up with loved ones at the exclusive subterranean Kava dining hall and try delicious local wines, cocktails, and spirits.
Myrianthousa Spa draws upon the traditions of the historic spa town in the most sumptuous of environments. Guests receive the ultimate indulgence from treatments blended from bygone years with modern methods. The hotel runs a range of activities to truly experience the unspoilt beauty and culture of the Marathasa area. Discover walking trails, visit Byzantine monasteries and churches, take an orchard tour or explore over 770 kilometres of spectacular mountain routes on a modern hotel-rented e-bike.
Parklane – Luxury Collection - 9/10
Located on golden sands a short distance from the cosmopolitan city of Limassol, the Parklane Resort & Spa is the only upscale internationally branded luxury resort in Cyprus. Guests have a diverse selection of accommodation from 222 guestrooms and 52 suites, with adult-only Lifestyle Suites situated in an exclusive wing of the resort. All rooms are spacious and elegant, offering understated luxury with refined furnishings from Harrods Interiors. Rooms in the main hotel come with a balcony and sea or inland views over the beautifully landscaped gardens. Semi-detached Villas offer sleek, sophisticated comfort and come with private pools.
Dining comes from six distinct and truly delectable restaurants and bars. Mathis by The Sea in a traditional stone house-style with vaulted arches and a gorgeous terrace overlooking the ocean and showcases Italian and Mediterranean delights from Chef Reto Mathis. The Gallery offers guests a wide selection of drinks, food and an exclusive Sushi Menu from its swish indoor or terraced seating areas. Dark woods and golden leather hues abound in The Grill, providing a unique and pleasurable dining experience to guests on floating islets. Lanes Restaurant offers all-day casual dining with an extensive buffet and juice bar. Il Teatro offers family-favourite a la carte dining by day and relaxed Italian alfresco dining by night. For cocktails, spirits, and ice-cold beers beside the sea, Vithos gives a wide range of refreshing hot and cold drinks and lights snacks beneath the shade of a stylish canopied roof. With three beautifully designed outdoor pools and state-of-the-art luxury Spa and gym facilities, Parklane is at the leading edge of wellness experiences. Little ones aren’t left out either, with the magnificent Park Kidz offering children up to the age of 12 with a splash pool, pirate ship, slides and a 400 square metre two-story castle, not to mention a 300 metre stretch of golden sandy beach.
Landmark, Nicosia - 8/10
Opened in 1967, the Landmark Nicosia is one of the most celebrated hotels in Cyprus. Superbly situated within easy walking distance of the city centre, business and shopping districts, guests are never far from the city’s impressive historical landmarks. A five-star welcome awaits, and with 294 light, airy rooms, and suites all beautifully appointed for comfort and stylish elegance, guests will find themselves drawn to their private balconies and stunning rooftop views of the city. Reside like a dignitary and opt for the magnificent Presidential Suite with 190 square metres of supreme indulgence.
Delicious traditional and international cuisine is served a la carte or from two restaurants. Guests of the suites and executive rooms have complimentary access to the executive lounge, serving complimentary refreshments throughout the day. Ample leisure facilities include indoor and seasonal outdoor pools, a well-stocked gymnasium, luxury spa and treatments, sauna and steam room. Children under 12 can stay in their parents’ room for free, and the Landmark allows small pets.
Situated on the beachfront in one of the quietest parts of Kato Paphos, Asimina Suites Hotel is still just a short drive from Paphos harbour and the historic UNESCO Archaeological Park and a few minutes’ walk to the tourist and town centre. This stylish and tranquil boutique-style hotel is adult-focused, with guests aged 16 upwards. Most suites provide guests with a supreme and luxurious level of accommodation decorated with light woods and neutral colours. They comprise of a bedroom, separate living room area, deluxe marbled bathroom, and large balcony, some of which have a spectacular panoramic view of the Mediterranean. Executive options also have a terrace, private pool and jacuzzi, and all rooms come with complimentary Wi-Fi.
Four restaurants provide guests with a delicious choice of options. Estia restaurant serves a full buffet breakfast with gorgeous views across the pools towards the ocean. It is also open at dinner, offering themed buffets along with a refined table d’hôte menu. Light a la carte lunches can be taken at the decked seafront taverna Kymata and Pool Restaurant, with a selection of Cypriot and international cuisine available to guests. For a touch of elegant glamour, the A La Carte Restaurant serves exquisite local gourmet cuisine. For a more intimate evening dinner, The Pier provides an outdoor candlelit setting beside the Mediterranean Sea. With two relaxing bars and a spirited Sports Bar, there is ample choice to take your favourite tipple. Two interconnecting lagoon-style freshwater pools afford welcome relief from the heat of the day, and relaxing terraced sunbeds provide the ultimate sunbathing luxury. The Elixir Spa provides outstanding treatments and massages in a divine environment for those who like a pamper. With an indoor pool, saunas, steam room and gym facilities, there is lots here to help you relax, unwind, recharge, and revitalise. Paphos International Airport is less than thirty minutes from the hotel.
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