If the phrase ‘family-friendly hotel’ immediately conjures images of brightly coloured plastic and hordes of toddlers, the 5* Almyra will make you think again. Its focus on design is apparent from reception, to rooms and restaurants - but this is coupled with a warm and genuinely personalised welcome for families.
This starts before you’ve even left home - make use of their Baby Go Lightly service and you’ll save yourself the headache of trying to fit a week’s worth of baby paraphernalia into a suitcase. You can order everything from swim nappies to baby gyms to be ready for your arrival - and once you’re there, staff are happy to help source anything you realise you’ve left behind.
There’s an excellent range of childcare on offer, with English-speaking babysitters available at an hourly rate and four kids’ clubs tailored to ages four months to twelve years. You can rest assured your littlest ones will be looked after by experienced nannies in the creche, while pre-schoolers will be kept busy designing their own mosaics and baking Cypriot cakes. For slightly older children, there’s a jam-packed programme of sports and activities for them to get stuck into.
There’s plenty for kids to do outside the clubs, too. The playground is leafy and slightly secluded, so your kids can let off steam without you wondering what the other guests will make of the shrieking. What’s more, it’s better equipt than your average park, with trampolines and a climbing wall as well as the standard swings and slides - so kids of all ages will be kept occupied for hours.
Despite the hotel sitting on the coast, it doesn’t really have a beach to speak of - though we spotted some brave souls venturing out in early May, so ardent sea swimmers needn’t be put off. However, the main pool is also a great place to while away the day - and as it’s covered by a white canopy, you needn’t worry about anyone getting frazzled in the sun.
If you’re after a bit of grown-up quiet time, the spa and infinity pool are the perfect havens to escape to while the kids are being catered to elsewhere, offering a range of treatments and beautiful sea views. The spa also boasts the Eauzone restaurant, which has the kind of cleansing menu you’d expect from a spa - think healthy snacks and virtuous juices.
Of course, this isn’t the only food available. We ate at the Mosaic restaurant each morning, where the range and quality of both cooked and Continental breakfasts was excellent and the oversized jars of Nutella were a decided bonus. For lunch and dinner, you’ll also find traditional Cypriot fare and a Japanese-Mediterranean fusion restaurant on-resort.
The hotel is also well-placed for exploring Paphos and the surrounding areas - in our short trip we enjoyed the stunning scenery of the Troodos mountains on a jeep safari, took a dip in the Blue Lagoon whilst on a boat trip round the Akamas Peninsula and soaked up some history at Paphos archaeological park and castle. You can be confident you won’t be bored, or hotel-bound!
Overall, the Almyra offers the kind of luxury that’s perfect for families - the surroundings are beautiful, the staff are friendly and accommodating, and it feels special without being pretentious.
Mumsnet was invited to review this hotel as part of a press trip with On the Beach. On the Beach offers a seven night holiday staying at the 5* Almyra Hotel from £395 (£1581 for a family of four). Price includes return flights from airports across the UK and seven nights’ accommodation on a half board basis.