The sound of the waves breaking is all I can hear from my room, a luxurious oasis overlooking the azure blue sea of the Mediterranean. The five-star all-inclusive Elysium Hotel is a getaway from it all on the fringes of Paphos town, a holiday destination on the island of Cyprus.
The Elysium Hotel Review: A Luxury Getaway in Paphos
The historical town of Paphos has a history dating back well over two millennia. Home to UNESCO world heritage gems such as the Tombs of the Kings and the world-famous Mosaics of Pafós, while everything you could ever want can be found in the hotel itself, there’s a whole island outside its grand entrance worth discovering.
So if you’ve not yet considered a visit to Cyrpus, I highly recommend adding it to your European bucket list! After all, elsewhere on the island, there are some stunning hilltop towns to discover, a sea where adventure sports are to be found in abundance, and some of the best cuisine to be found anywhere in the Mediterranean.
The idea of The Elysium Hotel itself was born in the early 2000s, with the accommodation first opening up to paying guests in 2002. Reminiscent of the history surrounding the hotel (The Elysium is just a few hundred metres away from the Tombs of the Kings!), the 25o rooms are constructed using local marble and have been created in a mix of architectural styles.
Greek, Venetian, Roman, British Medieval, and Byzantine architecture are all represented in the hotel’s design. Palatial in size, amenities of the hotel include a swimming pool and excellent service. Rooms come at varying price points and you can choose from everything from private villas to family rooms.
Amenities at the Elysium Hotel Resort
So illustrious is the Elysium, that many a celebrity has chosen to holiday there over the years and the hotel is also home to a world-class spa. While the spa sells itself as a ‘sanctuary for the body and soul,’ truth be told that the real selling point of the Elysium is its incredible pool.
For those who are staying in a room with a sea view, be sure to rise early so as to enjoy the sunrise from your room. Otherwise, head outside to the pool area and you can expect to discover candy hues dancing above the azure blue hotel pool. Decked out with loungers, the gardens sprawl as far as Elysium’s own private beach.
The Room at Elysium Hotel
During our stay in Cyprus, I was lucky enough to stay in a plush room with a balcony overlooking the sea. Of particular note was the ‘lady’s corner,’ a lift-up desk space which doubled as a vanity mirror complete with hairdryer. When it came to the bathroom, goodies included various products from Molton Brown.
The bed itself was incredibly comfortable and there was a turndown service each night. I was particularly surprised to find that the room came included with a ‘pillow menu’ which included delights such as a herbal scented pillow. Other highlights of the room included Wi-Fi, a TV, and desk.
Dining at the Elysium Hotel
Each morning, breakfast was served on the lowest floor, in a dining and conservatory area overlooking the expansive pool. All bread is made in-house, while each buffet table offered a series of foods. Hot English breakfast style dishes, local specialities, cold fruits, cold cuts, and cheeses were all available. Of particular note were the smoothie shots and incredible sweets available each breakfast time!
Aside from a glittering pool, sprawling lounge spaces, and glittering lights everywhere you look, there are several restaurants in which to dine during your time at the Elysium. There’s a traditional Mediterranean buffet, fine dining Italian restaurant, Ristorante Bacco (which includes highlights such as vaulted ceilings and countless candles), and a Pan-Asian Restaurant.
During our time at the hotel, we were lucky enough to sample food from the Italian restaurant. Inside, the theme of the eatery is built with the idea of an Italian wine cellar in mind. What this means is a sunken courtyard for al fresco dining in the summer months, as well as some incredible cuisine. Think mouth-watering risotto, chocolate pasta for dessert, and an equally sumptuous wine list.
I stayed at the Elysium Hotel thanks to jet2holidays.com and Visit Cyprus. However, all words, photos, and opinions are my own!