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From palatial, luxury hotels with seriously plush guestrooms and thalassotherapy spas, to sprawling resorts with an endless variety of family amenities, the best all-inclusive hotels in Cyprus are as varied as they are welcoming. Many are found beside sandy beaches or rocky coves, and offer both informal and fine dining restaurants and bars with terraces that look right out over the Mediterranean waters. Watersports, such as waterskiing and windsurfing, plus swimming pools and tennis are usually included, while some are located near to lively towns and interesting cultural or historical attractions for those who do feel like venturing out. With options to suit families, couples and friends, here’s our pick of the best all-inclusive holidays to Cyprus.
Olympic Lagoon Resort, Paphos
Aside from a location just 10 minutes’ walk from Paphos town, plethora of leisure amenities, and stylish restaurants offering menus bursting with local flavours, the cool aesthetics have kept this welcoming seafront hotel top of the lists. Floor-to-ceiling sea-view windows, a brilliant white décor with splashes of colourful abstract art and the soothing sound of water cascading over pebbles are just three of the design features that greet you as you step inside. Rooms, the spa and restaurants continue the upmarket yet contemporary theme, and surround a spectacular series of lagoon-style pools enveloped by gardens and terraces – including an adults-only pool. Entertainment venues, clubs for youngsters and a tennis court and football pitch for the energetic round off the amenities.
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Leonardo Plaza Cypria Maris Beach Hotel & Spa, Paphos
As resorts go, this welcoming, cosy and adults-only property is one of the savviest choices for affordable luxury in Cyprus. Despite being of considerable size, it has an informal, personal feel where guests can easily be forgiven for kicking off their shoes the moment they arrive. Add tasteful décor of fresh creamy shades interspersed with wood and stone features, super restaurants and a location by the sea, and you have a tempting package that sets this place apart from the typical cheap all-inclusive holidays in Cyprus. A sandy cove-like beach can be found at the end of a walkway, and although it’s not owned by the hotel staff are on hand and sunbeds and towels are provided. There are two swimming pools, courts for tennis and squash, a wellness suite, and evening entertainment.
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Aquamare Beach Hotel & Spa, Paphos
Taking its name from the Mediterranean, Aquamare (meaning the Water of the Sea) is a convivial Cyprus all-inclusive resort designed around its garden pool and extensive terraces that take full advantage of their views. Inside, the elegant décor in rooms and communal areas is inspired by the colours of the sea and beach, while objets d’art dotted throughout have a subtle nautical theme. It occupies a prominent spot along the coast road and is a five-minute drive from the centre of Paphos and its fishing harbour. Buses run along the coast road regularly. On site, the L’Aqua Spa is one of the finest in Paphos, and guests can enjoy a fitness centre, indoor and outdoor pools and tennis, plus top-notch restaurants and bars.
St Raphael Resort, Limassol
This modern, nautically charged resort, overlooking an attractive yacht marina, dominates the scene between the island’s main highway and the blue flag accredited beach, a mere 15-minute drive from bustling Limassol city centre. Attention to detail is evident throughout, from the crispest white napkins in its restaurants to the blend of colour hues used in the décor of guestrooms and its award-winning spa. Swimming pools, windsurfing and an artificial grass tennis court, plus children’s amenities and evening entertainment, keep things busy. Many of the guestrooms and suites are presented with an imaginative use of colour palettes – think lilac with gold, or powder blue with cream, or blue with orange – and all have a balcony or patio, while six suites have their own whirlpools.
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The Royal Apollonia, Limassol
The sprawling Royal Apollonia is one of the best Cyprus holiday resorts for families, albeit with the refinement of a five-star establishment. Daily life revolves around its lagoon swimming pools, where happy holidaying families can be seen, its dining terraces where couples quietly sip coffee or cocktails, the children’s club, plus a super spa. Add a beachside location to the mix and you have a perennial favourite. The rooms and 13 suites are decorated in neutral colours combined with modern wood-effect furniture and draped windows; each has a balcony with either a sea or mountain view. With extensive subtropical gardens and an overall look that appears to incorporate the principles of feng shui, this hotel has a relaxed, uncomplicated feel about it and runs like a well-oiled machine.