eaches in Paphos adjacent in all shapes and sizes. There are broad sweeps of sand, cliff-backed strands and tiny, pocket-sized coves, all sliding into the enticingly warm waters that place Cyprus on the holiday map. East of Paphos’s historic harbour, the Athena Beach Hotel nestles onto a golden strip of sand that’s small enough to feel cosy but broad enough to mean you won’t acquire to worry about finding space for your towel.
Book a British Airways Holidays demolish at the Athena Beach and you’ll acquire the shimmering lights and historic sites of Paphos at your fingertips, without feeling hemmed in by the city. The hotel is a 20-minute walk along the beachfront path to the harbour area of Paphos and all its attractions, so getting to and from the sights is never a predicament, even with miniature ones in tow.
Children are well catered for with the modern Oasis splash zone, which features two children’s paddling pools, two waterslides, a splash pad, water spray toys, and children’s playground.
Family days splashing around in sun-warmed waters
Constantinou Bros Athena Beach Hotel, Paphos, Cyprus
With space to sprawl, the Athena Beach makes the most of its prime seafront location. Balconies and terraces study out over three swimming pools and lawns dotted with mature palms, dropping down to a shallow, sandy bay. Parents will appreciate the interconnecting rooms, python-like waterslides and kiddie splash pools, kids’ club activities and nearby Paphos Aphrodite Waterpark, with enough water fun to hold everyone from toddlers to teens entertained.
While the children are busy with clubs, grown-ups can slip away to the hotel spa – offering everything from massages for couples to saltwater thalassotherapy – or nip over to the adult-only (16-plus) zone to produce the most of a separate pool, tranquil setting and swim-up cocktail bar. Guests travelling child-free can appreciate the peace and tranquil 24 hours a day by staying in the adults’ zone, set away from the commotion.
Rooms with a view – and so much more
The hotel was impressively refurbished in 2021, and the modern-study rooms and suites are spacious, wood-floored and uncluttered. Choose from classic rooms, superior and luxurious junior suites with private pools. Superior shared pool swim-up rooms are a recent addition. while families also acquire the added benefit of a range of interconnecting rooms and suites.
With the not-too-busy décor, you’ll find it easy to relax into your holiday. The best rooms adjacent with supersized terraces, direct access to the pool, or sleek private pools with uninterrupted views over the lawns to the bay, but sea views are an option in all classes. Elite packages include VIP check-in with frigid towels and welcome drink, trim miniature extras such as extended breakfast hours until 11am, check out up to 6pm (subject to availability) and a complimentary trip to the sauna and steam bath.
Guests can catch advantage of five hotel restaurants – adults-only Zephyr, breakfast, lunch and evening buffets at Atrium, Mediterranean meals on the seafront at Adonis, poolside pizzas at Leda and al-fresco dining beneath the palms at the appropriately named Palm Tree. There is a range of board basis to choose from, including bed and breakfast, half-board and premium all-inclusive, with access to all of the a la carte restaurants and bars.
If you feel like roaming further afield, the charmingly used-fashioned restaurants behind Paphos Harbour serve some of the best food on the island – the team at the acclaimed Kinaras Garden in Ktima are passionate about Cypriot cooking, producing their own wines in the hills above the city.
Venturing further around the Paphos coast
With the efficient local bus network, it’s easy to visit Paphos’s historic centre to view exquisite mosaics of Greek myths and legends at the Kato Paphos Archaeological Park, or wander into the town’s used residential quarter to explore the café-dotted back lanes. If the summer heat gets too much, pop back to the frosty of the hotel pool (or bring a beach bag and catch a dip at one of the beaches north of the centre).
A hire car opens up more of the coast, from the rugged and undeveloped Akamas peninsula, with its turtle-nesting beaches and serene walking trails, to the history-drenched shoreline between Paphos and Limassol. On any day trip, aim to be back at the hotel by late afternoon for a pre-dinner swim or drink as the sun sizzles into the bay – sunsets on this strip of coast are legendary.
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