Elysium Hotel, 5* Resort in Paphos, Cyprus
A Jet2holidays Indulgent Escape to Paphos
With Summer a distant memory away, I wasn’t quite ready to say goodbye to the sunshine just yet. So, in November I left bitterly cold Manchester Airport and was whisked away in comfort with Jet2holidays for three nights of luxury, dining and cultural activities with Visit Cyprus as our tour guide to explore everything beautiful Paphos has to offer. It was my first time flying with Jet2holidays so I was impressed to find they have a generous luggage allowance of 22kg and spacious leg room comes as standard making the 4.5 hour flight to the popular Greek island a breeze.
Our accommodation was at the stunning five-star Elysium Hotel which is part of Jet2holidays Indulgent Escapes. The luxury beachfront resort is in Paphos overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and offers a variety of fine dining with Japanese, Greek, Italian and international restaurants. Amongst the idyllic beach views and the abundance of palm trees, you’ll find a fantastic pool area where you can enjoy sunbathing on the padded lounges and à la carte dining. Elysium is a family-friendly hotel so offers a babysitting service and kids club so that you can enjoy the impressive spa and wellness centre for pure relaxation.
Entrance & Lobby
As we were driving into the courtyard of the Elysium resort after a short 30-minute drive from Paphos Airport, we were welcomed by a set of twinkling water fountains and Byzantine style architecture, followed by a warm greeting from the concierge who wheeled away our suitcases on a golden trolley and delivered them to our room. We were already impressed by the distinctive features of the exterior, however upon walking down a candlelit path and entering the hotel lobby we were bedazzled by the golden dome pillars, chandeliers and a showstopping crystal water feature.
At check-in, we were presented with refreshing hand towels soaked in rose water, which just exceeded our first impressions. Within the lobby, there is a spiral staircase leading to an array of luxury shops and restaurants including a secret library and museum-style hall that can be found tucked away down a narrow path. Near reception, there was also plenty of plush velvet seating with scatter cushions and a table with fresh flowers, candles and magazines.
Hotel swimming pool
Besides from the tranquil indoor swimming pool at the hotels luxurious Opium Health Spa there are a variety of stunning outdoor swimming pools connected via bridges with a hydromassage rotunda pool taking centre stage. Relaxing poolside beneath the warm sunshine surrounded by palm trees and ancient style pillars is enough to make anyone feel like a Greek goddess with a fruity cocktail in hand.
The Elysium Hotel has many leisure facilities including scuba diving, two floodlit tennis courts and a fitness centre offering Pilates and aerobic classes as well as personal training. If you are staying at the resorts Royal Studios or Royal Garden Villas, you’ll also have access to the private Royal Pool.
There are also four championship golf courses just 25 minutes away if you're looking to tee off in sunnier climates. Or, if you like to explore the local culture and history, Tombs of the Kings and The Mosaics of Paphos archaeological park is just a five-minute drive from the hotel. So, whether you just want to sit back, relax and do nothing, or be a tourist, there are plenty of things to do within and nearby Elysium.
Elysium offers a range of luxury rooms to suit all budgets and size needs, with the option of deluxe bedrooms, family Cyprian Maisonettes, Royal Studios, Royal Garden Villas and a variety of incredible suites themed around Greek goddesses. For my short stay in Cyprus, I occupied the deluxe room 3226.
Each Deluxe Bedroom comes with the option of either a twin, double or king-sized bed, mine was a king so I really did feel like a goddess in a huge bed all to myself with balcony views looking out to the Mediterranean as well as a mini balcony at the side overlooking the immaculate grounds and pool.
The rooms facilities include a 40" smart TV, a writing desk with cosy seating, a hidden compartment featuring a LED vanity mirror and hairdryer as well as a draw with an assortment of purchasable mini alcoholic drinks and complimentary teas and coffees. As standard, the room comes with a safety deposit box, a double wardrobe, iron and ironing board, telephone and most importantly complimentary Wi-Fi.
Staying in the spacious deluxe bedroom was a dream, the soft crisp white bed sheets and comfortable mattress ensured I got a great night’s sleep ahead of a full itinerary. We were all surprised to find a ‘Pillow menu’ on the bedside table so that you could order your preferred pillow softness to your room with the choice of it being spritzed with calming scents such as lavender for an improved nights sleep. The ability to control all the rooms lights via the bedside switch on both sides of the bed was useful, I especially liked the night light option so that I could catch up with work on my phone without having a full light.
The deluxe bedroom comes with an en-suite marble bathroom with bathtub, bidet, plenty of storage space and mirrors. To fulfil the luxury aesthetics of the hotel the bathroom comes with Molten Brown toiletries, white soft towels, robes and slippers.
Whether you decide to have a bubble bath or shower, you can make it a relaxing one with the option to turn on ambient lighting from the main switch. Near the tap, you’ll also find a fresh flower floating in essential oils to fragrance the bathroom. Each evening when I returned to the room, the ever so friendly and hardworking maids had made the room spotless, emptying the bins, replenishing toilet roll with a folded point, turning down the bed, putting slippers nearby and a bottle of water on the bedside table. It’s these little touches that show why the hotel has an exceptional five-star rating.
In Cyprus it goes dark in November at 4:30 pm so when I arrived at the hotel it was night time. The first thing I did when checking into the room was open the floor to ceiling double glazed doors to go on the balcony, I could hear the crashing of the waves, so I knew the ocean wasn’t too far away. But little did I know when I awoke at 6.30am just in time for sunrise, I was surprised to find myself overlooking the gorgeous Mediterranean Sea. I did little research on the location of the hotel before visiting, so didn’t realise how near it was to the coast. I could hear the birds singing it was beautiful and a great way to start the day each morning. In room 3226 I really did have a stunning beach view with an additional balcony overlooking the pool which most rooms don’t have because it’s located at the top end of the building.
The buffet breakfast
For breakfast you have the option to order to your room by ticking what you want from a menu that you’ll find left on your bed each evening, you can then hang it on the door for it to be collected overnight so that you can receive breakfast at your chosen time.
Or you can join other guests in the restaurant for a buffet breakfast with the option to eat inside or al fresco by the pool. We were amazed at the wide range of delicious fresh food available, it’s a foodie haven. The first morning I indulged in pancakes and waffles soaked in maple syrup and chocolate spread. While the following day, I went for something a little healthier with Mediterranean vegetables, hash browns and beans. Sadly, on the last day, I didn’t have time for breakfast as I was rushing around making sure I got all the shots of the hotel I needed before the guests started to appear.
That final morning, I was planning to go for the vegan offerings with a mixed bean salad, sun-dried tomato dip and pitta bread. Although thankfully I did get my hands on a vegan muffin it was delicious, so chocolaty and moist.
Around the hotel
Elysium has a five-star rating on Trip Advisor which is understandable as my stay was perfect in every way, it’s a resort I would love to come back to in the future to experience fully with my partner. I was a child when I last visited Cyprus with my parents, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that they use British plug sockets, drive on the same side of the road and speak mostly English making it a popular destination for British sun seekers. Since there are a variety of rooms to suit all budgets, there is also the option for bed and breakfast, half board or full board.
The hotel opened in 2002 and was created with the local history in mind so that it's in keeping with the nearby architectural sites, this makes it stand out as a unique piece of architecture in comparison to the more contemporary hotels in the area. Elysium was brought to life by using local materials such as marble and was designed to be reflective of the Greek, Venetian, Roman, Byzantine and British medieval eras. The hotel was named after the Elysian fields which are the final resting place of the souls of the heroic and the virtuous in Greek mythology.
Jet2 have flights to Paphos leaving Manchester throughout the year. A package holiday at Elysium hotel can be booked via Jet2holidays Indulgent Escapes. If you are looking for a luxury five star getaway in Cyprus then Elysium is the place to unwind.
Disclaimer: Complimentary stay with Jet2 Holidays and Visit Cyprus. All photos and words are my own.