Pamper yourself in Paphos, birthplace of the Goddess of Love
At four and a half hours direct from UK airports, the mysteries of Paphos are tantalisingly close.
The western region of Cyprus is among the most magical in the Mediterranean, steeped in antiquity, legend and myth. Whether you’re lounging on the beach, getting a massage or dining exclusively in the hilltops, a wealth of experiences await you here.
The city of Paphos itself has some of the finest upmarket shopping on the island, with designer brands rubbing shoulders in the malls. You can head to the bay to watch the boats bob by sunset or make for Amathus Bay for downtempo beach days away from the madding crowd. This region is also home to the Acropolis, so pack your camera before heading to Limassol, the region’s biggest city and home to festivals all year round.
Living the high life in Paphos
Although the Paphos region is popular with every kind of tourist, numerous exclusive venues await the discerning traveller. The secluded beaches here include the stretch of pale sand at Governor’s Beach, one of the more secretive of Paphos’ shorelines. If losing yourself to antiquity appeals instead, head to the Tomb of Kings, a UNESCO heritage site comprising a maze of underground passages dating back millennia.
After nightfall, both Limassol and Paphos City have upmarket bars and clubs in which to see and be seen, as well as artisanal live music venues such as the Rialto Theatre. As a day trip, you can always visit Aphrodite Hills and learn of the legends behind the Goddess of Love, as well as walk in her footsteps.
Other popular holidays in Cyprus
Cyprus is a vibrant island that knows how to reward those who seek the finer things in life. If you’re drawn east rather than west, the island’s Larnaca region is sure to have you sipping cocktails on the balcony in no time. For history buffs, the region’s namesake city of Larnaca is Cyprus’ oldest, and it’s also the best place on the island for luxury retail therapy backed by the world’s leading fashion designers.
Alternatively, tuck yourself away from the world in Cyprus’ southeast, on the sublime beach of Cape Greco in Protaras. With such a wealth of reasons to visit Paphos though, check out our Paphos travel guide and see if our recommended luxury hotels inspire you for your luxury Paphos holiday.
Opulence is the order of the day in this classic Paphos resort. Free shuttlebus services escort guests to the beautiful Zias Beach every hour, although you could just as easily while away your days by the big pool on site or in the award winning spa. For a more refined way to get active, indulge in archery lessons or head to the championship golf course.
Relax in the heart of Limassol at this boutique hotel. Swim in its pool while enjoying a grand view of the Mediterranean Sea, whose beach is five minutes' walk away. The luxury spa promises to rejuvenate your mind and body, with acupuncture and steam rooms among the high profile treatments on offer. Beauty treatments here will also ensure you go home looking even more stunning than when you departed.
Right on the beautiful Paphos beach, this hotel mixes its historical namesake with sleek modern style. You can expect exotic meals in the restaurant, replete with Japanese teppanyaki tables. Meanwhile outside, the infinity pool is bordered by waterfalls to give you the best in relaxation. The hotel's spa, sauna and treatments also ensure that every whim is cared for with precision.
This Paphos hotel's simple name aptly sums up its clean, minimalistic decor. That said, it's perched on a hill overlooking a medieval castle, so it's still doffing a cap to Paphos' past. A designer shopping arcade, together with spa treatments and therapies, will have you ready to unwind by the adults-only infinity pool. The on-site restaurants serve food from across the globe, but praise is always highest at the concept restaurant Zen Meze.
Popular with couples and young professionals, this retreat in Amathus Bay ensures that your a la carte meals are enjoyed with sunsets and sea views. Hire a bicycle to see the surrounding sights, where legends of Aphrodite abound or stay at the hotel to try your hand at cocktail classes. Alternatively, let the professionals mix drinks for you as you recline by the sprawling pool and consider which spa treatment you'll indulge in next.