September sun is always a favourite – before the winter season kicks into full swing, we jetted off to Cyprus for some last minute European rays to check out the newly refurbished Almyra Hotel, a member of Thanos Hotels & Resorts. A member of Design Hotels, Almyra is a beautiful hotel right on the coast, offering a laidback and elegant take on Mediterranean luxury. Combining outstanding restaurants and an award-winning Almyraspa (with a kids’ club) and five indoor and outdoor swimming pools, the 189 spacious roomed-resort has been designed by Parisian decorator Joelle Pleot and provides the perfect place for young couples and fun-loving families to unwind in style by the sea.
Where to Eat
Last year, Almyra completed an extensive renovation programme and added a new restaurant alongside a stunning new infinity pool. As a result, all visitors can choose from five delicious and different restaurants – Aeras, Eauzone, Mosaics, Notios and Ouzeri, each offering something delectably different. from traditional Cypriot to Asian-fusion cuisine – you’ll never need to leave the resort. Whilst we adored the Cypriot Meze (small-sharing plates) at Ouzeri, with direct views over the water, our favourite was Japanese-Mediterranean fusion, Notios, a restaurant that serves dinner al fresco style. The menu is exciting and modern, whilst the space is whimsical and relaxed, providing the perfect star-gazing spot in the evenings. With an open bar, greenery hanging and surrounding the area with trendy blue and white striped seating, the space is smart yet relaxed, eluding the feeling of holiday.
The seating is low-slung and complimented with superb views across to Paphos harbour and the food, we must admit, is adventurous in the best way! Starters include beautifully presented sushi platters and salads, our favourites being the 8 piece Notios Fusion Maki Rolls. For mains, we loved the Atlantic black cod with soy and ginger, which was flakey and full of zing, and the excellent medallion of Angus beef, which melted in the mouth. As if that wasn’t enough we also sampled
the grilled octopus braised with sake, mirin, soy and spiced carrot and ginger which was simply sublime. We finished with a trio of desserts to conclude our perfect evening under the stars. In the mood for a drink afterwards? Then maybe try the Helios bar or Aeras – both serving a selection of delicious cocktails.
The resort is also home to the award-winning Almyraspa, which features a fitness centre, sauna, and steam baths ensuring detoxing and relaxation is effortless. The spa not only offers innovative treatments using some of the best beauty brands such as ILA, it provides an adult free sanctuary with six treatment rooms, three spa suites, a sauna, steam room, mani-pedi station, hair salon, heated indoor pool and outdoor infinity pool. Couples can also book a double spa suite.The therapists are excellent, and I must say the massage I experienced at Almyraspa was one of the best I’ve tried. Performed by a therapist who is also a physiotherapist, the hour long massage included hot towels, a heavenly head massage, an assortment of accompaniments including hot stones and cups plus muscle release all over the body. Followed by a hot cup of ginger and honey tea, it was an hour of the stay that I could have relived time and time again. The spa also offers private rooftop yoga, Pilates and Personal Training, as well as tennis lesson and a state-of-the-art gym.
As well as an excellent spa, Almyra also offers an extensive list of activities for sports enthusiasts. Whether biking, water sports, running or golfing, the five-star hotel offers challenging fitness programs in the lap of luxury. Rock climbing, mountain biking, pony treks, fishing trips, diving lessons, tennis coaching and sailing excursions are also available for those with a thirst for adventure.
HOW: Rates at Almyra start from €216 (approx. AED XXX) per night including a bountiful breakfast. For more information, please visit www.almyra.com