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Best family-friendly hotels in Cyprus: top resorts in Paphos, Limassol and Pissouri

With sandy beaches, stunning scenery and almost guaranteed sunshine, Cyprus has so much to offer for a holiday with the kids. Here are the best family-friendly hotels to book for your next trip.

By Lucy Cotterill | Last updated Feb 16, 2024

Akasmas Peninsula Cyprus

Thanks to its warm climate, Cyprus is a popular holiday destination all-year-round and with child-friendly activities operating across the island, you can entertain the whole family while also enjoying traditional cuisine, a wealth of history and culture and of course, some fantastic white sandy beaches.

Whether you’re visiting Cyprus in the peak of summer, during the October half term break or on a short break with the kids during the Easter holidays, you can be sure you’ll get to see the sun when you’re there. The party capital of Ayia Napa will appeal to teens, while Paphos, Limassol and Pissouri offer beaches, boat trips, cultural sites and historic attractions for the whole family.

From luxury hotels to budget-friendly bases and self-catering apartments, we’ve rounded up the best family-friendly hotels in Cyprus, as recommended by the Mumsnet community.

Best family hotels in Cyprus at a glance

1. Best overall hotel: Aphrodite Hills Hotel by Atlantica, Paphos

Aphrodite Hills Hotel by Atlantica, Paphos

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What Mumsnet users say

"We've had two holidays at Aphrodite Hills which were excellent" - tried and tested by Mumsnetter, zafferana)

"Aphrodite Hills in Cyprus, fantastic!" - recommended by Mumsnet user, KenDoddsDadsDog

Our verdict

Just 15 minutes from Paphos airport (making transfers with kids simple and stress-free), the Aphrodite Hills Hotel has an elevated prime location with some truly stunning sea views overlooking Aphrodite’s Rock.

Family rooms include sliding doors to separate sleeping areas, meaning your evening doesn’t have to end when the kids go to bed. If your budget allows, opt for a stunning family suite with its own private pool.

You’ll be spoiled for choice with the four on-site pools, and for active families, there’s a wide range of activities including tennis and football schools with qualified coaches,  horse riding and golf.

If you fancy some child-free time, the onsite creche caters for babies aged 6+ months, while the kids club will accept children up to 12.

With an indoor play area, shaded outdoor play area and fun-filled daily schedule of activities, there’s something to keep children of all ages entertained - there’s even a Mother and Child spa treatment for kids aged 8-15.

Nearest airport: Paphos Airport (10 miles)

2. Best budget hotel: Adams Beach Hotel, Ayia Napa

Adams Beach Hotel, Ayia Napa

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What Mumsnet users say

"Adams Beach Hotel, Nissi Bay. It’s not far from WaterWorld, but the hotel itself has decent slides" - recommended by Mumsnetter, Fivemoreminutes1

"Adams Beach Hotel is well placed for restaurants and it has several accommodation options that would suit a family with a pre-teen. The hotel itself doesn’t have watersports but it does have a good pool complex with a couple of decent waterslides and a lazy river" - tried and tested by Mumsnet user, RiceKrispie22

Our verdict

In Nissi Bay, with its vivid blue shores and white sandy beaches, Adams Beach Hotel is a popular choice with families and it offers excellent value for money.

The large swimming pool complex is ideal for children (and adults) and features fountains, hot tubs and cascades, as well as high-energy water slides and a lazy river to relax in at the end of a sun-soaked day.

With a popular kids’ club for children 5-12 and an animation team, you can expect entertainment day and night, including lively evening performances at the Vitaminas Pool Bar. There's also a babysitting service - perfect if you fancy a child-free dinner or simply a romantic stroll on the beach before bed.

Nearest Airport: Larnaca (33 miles)

3. Best luxury hotel: Elysium Hotel, Paphos

Elysium Hotel, Paphos

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What Mumsnet users say

"The Elysium in Paphos is amazing - pricey though" - rated by Mumsnetter, Twiglets1

"We stayed at the Elysium for a week surrounding our wedding. Absolutely gorgeous hotel, with lovely staff" - recommended by Mumsnet user, TripleB32

Our verdict

With a great location in Paphos, Elysium Hotel offers five-star luxury in a range of room types including traditional terracotta-style family ‘Cyprian maisonettes’ and for those willing to spend a bit more; Royal Garden Villas, with private pools.

Within easy reach of Paphos’ historical Tomb of the Kings, Elysium has a choice of three swimming pools, one of which is aimed specifically at kids.

The Angel Kids’ Club is well set up for children aged 3-12, while the entertainment room and pool games are great options for older children and teens.

If you're travelling with a baby or toddler, you can pack light as the hotel can provide everything you need - from high chairs to buggies, to sterilisers and even baby bath tubs.

With a 24-hour babysitting service run by qualified childminders, you could certainly justify whisking yourself off to the Opium Spa for some much needed R&R!

Nearest airport: Paphos Airport (10 miles)

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4. Best hotel for entertainment: The GrandResort, Limassol

The Grand Resort, Limassol

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What Mumsnet users say

"Grand Resort Limassol is well placed. It’s a very family-friendly hotel. No waterslides but it does provide watersports" - suggested by Mumsnetter, RiceKrispie22

Our verdict

With a beachside location and generously sized landscaped gardens, children under 14 can stay free at The Grand Resort when parents book on a full- or half-board basis - a potentially huge savings benefit for larger families.

Well set up to meet a range of family needs, the Nino Nina Kids’ club is run by experienced staff and is suitable for kids aged 4-12 years.

By day, kids can enjoy the outdoor playground and separate children’s paddling pool, but the fun doesn't stop when the sun goes down. The Grand Resort animation team also provides a varied entertainment programme in the evenings, including cinema nights and live music six nights a week.

Dining with kids can be stressful, but the Grand Resort has a designated kids’ corner in the main restaurant, which offers a child-friendly menu and children's buffet, including family favourites that’ll please even the pickiest of eaters.

Nearest airport: Paphos Airport (45 miles)

5. Best hotel for babies: Columbia Beach Resort Pissouri

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What Mumsnet users say

"PILs go to Cyprus a lot (used to live there) and often stay at the Columbia Beach. They have fairly high standards, but go there because they like the location, and say the food is good" - recommended by Mumsnetter, slicedfinger

Our verdict

With an 80-metre infinity pool, the Columbia Beach Resort is located in the peaceful area of PIssouri, known for its stunning Blue flag beach.

The hotel offers a wide range of family friendly facilities, with the Den Kids Club for 4-12 year olds offering a weekly series of activities including tennis, basketball, darts and even Greek language lessons. Nai parakaló!

With a babysitting service and an onsite creche suitable for babies from four months, even couples with younger children can enjoy some well deserved alone time - heading out for a child-free dinner at the Bacchus restaurant (one of three to choose from) or treating themselves to a massage at the luxurious Hebe spa.

Nearest airport: Paphos Airport (19 miles)

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6. Best family-friendly self-catering apartments: Avanti Village, Paphos

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What Mumsnet users say

"We stayed at the Avanti Village in Paphos and honestly, it was one of the best holidays! We even met Stavros from BGT on the beach running a jet ski company" - recommended by Mumsnetter, Meredusoleil

"Avanti Village, it's lovely. Self-catering apartments, but you can do bed and breakfast. Lovely restaurant by the pool for lunchtime and loads of places to eat nearby" - tried and tested by Mumsnet user, Sunnydaysrock

Our verdict

Part of the same group as the Avanti Hotel, the Avanti Village offers self-catering apartments in a prime location, just 20 minutes from the airport, ideal for families who want to explore everything Paphos has to offer and enjoy traditional Cypriot cuisine.

Just eight minutes walk from a beautiful beach, the Avanti village complex is built around an impressive lagoon-style pool. A great option for larger families, each apartment can sleep two adults and up to three children, with interconnecting rooms available on request.

From the separate children’s swimming pool and shallow area in the main pool, a lazy river and an adventure playground, there’s lots to offer younger guests. The Free Kids’ Club offers a morning and afternoon programme of activities and an imaginative entertainment programme, including an infamous mini disco.

 Nearest airport: Paphos Airport (9 miles)

7. Best family hotel in Cyprus for pools: Olympic Lagoon Resorts, Ayia Napa

Olympic Lagoon Resorts, Ayia Napa

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What Mumsnet users say

"I've stayed in the Ayia Napa one. It was lovely although not much around the hotel apart from a decent water park" - recommended by Mumsnetter, HoozThatGirl

"This was nice in Cyprus with a heated indoor pool and fully equipped gym (not that I ever actually went in so can't give personal reviews!) Was a beach just over the road, and limited shops/restaurants about 15 minutes away, then more a bit further on in actual Ayia Napa. It is all-inclusive though so we didn't really go anywhere for food as the variety was incredible" - rated by Mumsnet user, Wtfdidwedo

Our verdict

If your idea of the perfect family holiday involves sitting with your kindle while the kids splash around in the pool, Olympic Lagoon Resorts hotel offers not one, not two, but SIX lagoon-style pools to choose from, including one with a lazy river and water slide. Coupled with the fact Landa Beach is just a short walk away, there’s plenty of variety for the kids.

There are seven onsite restaurants to choose from, including a children's buffet and family dining area, menus inspired by celebrity chefs and a rock-and-roll American-style diner.

 The dedicated kids’ club has over 150 different activities including evening shows and entertainment, and the arcade room and gym are sure to be a hit with teens.

Even better, you may even get a lie in, too. There’s no need to reserve loungers before breakfast as every room is allocated their own.

Nearest airport: Larnaca Airport (31 miles)

8. Best hotel for child-friendly facilities: Amathus Beach Hotel Limassol

Amathus Beach Hotel Limassol

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What Mumsnet users say

"DH and I had a week here in June" - recommended by Mumsnetter, ParkheadParadise

Our verdict

A beachfront hotel just 10 mins from the centre of Limassol, the Amathus Beach Hotel offers a huge variety of child-friendly facilities for kids of all ages.

From the family-friendly beach with beach toys to the Closed Coaster and Open Kamikazi water slides in the lifeguard monitored pools, there’s even a toddler-friendly paddle/splash pool that's just 30cm deep.

At the Pelican Kids’ Club for children 4-12, kids can get involved with arts, crafts and cooking, as well as video and table games, while teens will love the ‘It’s a Knockout’-style inflatable water playground and access to sea sports.

From the dedicated family meal area in one of the five onsite restaurants, to the slippers and robes for kids in the rooms, this hotel really has seen holidays through the eyes of a child.

Nearest airport: Paphos Airport (43 miles)

9. Best beachfront hotel: Almyra Paphos

Almyra Paphos

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What Mumsnet users say

"Stayed at the Almyra last Autumn. The food was fab. I do think Almyra is more focused on young families. Also worth requesting a room facing the sea as the road is loud and might not offer the peace you're after!" - rated by Mumsnetter, Naughtysausage

"Almyra in Paphos is amazing!" - recommended by Mumsnetter, Synecdoche

Our verdict

Just five minutes’ walk to the beach and harbour, the Almyra hotel in Paphos offers floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning views that will have you looking forward to pulling back the blinds each morning and watching the sunset every evening.

With a choice of rooms including interconnecting rooms that may appeal to larger families, the Almyra has age appropriate kids’ clubs for children from four months to 11 years. Unlike some kids’ clubs that try and appeal to everyone, Almyra offers different sessions for a variety of age groups: Globetrotters for four months to two years; Adventurers for 3-5s, Voyagers for 5-8s and Pioneers for 8-11.

There’s a creche run by qualified nannies that’s suitable for babies from four months and a handy Baby Go Lightly service that lets you pre-order nappies and pushchairs before your stay so that heavier items can stay at home.

Nearest airport: Paphos Airport (10 miles)

Is Cyprus family friendly?

Absolutely. From its sunny climate to its array of beachside resorts with kid-friendly amenities, Cyprus is geared up for family holidays. Cypriot hospitality is also second to none, with children made to feel like royalty when you dine out.

Which part of Cyprus is best for families?

While most resorts have something to offer families, Limassol and Paphos tend to be the two most popular choices for family-friendly hotels in Cyprus. Ayia Napa is known for its lively nightlife, so it does tend to attract a younger crowd but there are still a few quieter, calmer hotels in the area. Pissouri tends to be more tranquil, which may suit families with younger children and babies looking for some relaxation.

What’s the best family-friendly hotel in Cyprus?

The Aphrodite Hills Hotel made our pick as the best family friendly hotel in Cyprus, largely due to its secluded location and range of facilities for children of all ages. Whether your holiday involves chilling round the pool or something a little more active, the Aphrodite offers something for all.

How we chose our recommendations

We spent several hours sifting through Mumsnet's forums for recommendations from our users on the family hotels in Cyprus they rate most highly. We were also on the lookout for poor reviews of hotels to avoid.

We consulted recommendations from experts, consumer websites and travel publications and made sure we included hotels that regularly appeared in top 10 lists.

We then looked at reviews for each of our longlisted family hotels to check that previous visitors were satisfied with their stay.

By doing this, we whittled our longlist down and chose a selection of hotels that we think offer something for everybody.

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