This small lively resort town on the southeastern coast of Cyprus is popular with families and couples and features plenty of beaches – including the famous Blue Flag beach Fig Tree Bay, with its white sand and lone fig tree – water sports and vibrant bars. From sprawling all-inclusive family-friendly resorts to exclusive adults-only spa escapes, this is our pick of the best hotels in Protaras.
If your idea of a holiday involves lounging on a sun deck or splashing around in a pool, you’ll love the five swimming pools at the family-friendly Sunrise Pearl Hotel and Spa. There are four outdoor pools overlooking the ocean, with two for adults only – including one with a swim-up bar and another with a whirlpool area – and a shallow children’s pool with fun water features. The indoor heated pool lies next to the Pearl Spa and has large windows that offer plenty of natural light and sea views. There are also squash and tennis courts, a gym, a kids’ club, a cinema and even scuba-diving lessons in the outside pool.
The award-winning adults-only King Jason resort sits directly in front of the famous Fig Tree Bay and has everything you need for a romantic getaway. Choose from a deluxe sea-view studio or a spacious one-bedroom suite, both of which are decorated with elegant timber furnishings and feature bold designer details, such as art-adorned feature walls. There are two restaurants and a pool bar, or you can opt for an all-inclusive package with gourmet buffets for breakfast, lunch and dinner and live-cooking stations preparing dishes such as salmon, duck and fresh seafood. The Sana Health Club offers the opportunity to unwind with a range of signature treatments, such as the Minoan’s Ancient Massage that uses Cretan herbs and traditional Greek massage techniques.
This posh spa resort on the seafront is exclusively for guests aged over 16, making it ideal for couples and families with older children looking for a sophisticated getaway. There are 123 rooms, ranging from cosy doubles to expansive executive suites and a junior suite with a private outdoor hot tub. Enjoy drinks or a meal at one of the four restaurants and bars. Try traditional Greek dishes at Blue Horizon Restaurant, risotto or pasta at Little Italy or canapés at the Ariadne Lounge Bar. Alternatively, relax poolside and order a light snack and cocktail from the Thetis Pool Bar. Planning a destination wedding in Protaras? Book into the spa, which offers a hair salon and make-up artists who specialise in bridal looks.
Imagine being able to dive straight into the pool from your hotel room – if this sounds like your idea of the perfect holiday, book a superior room with a swim-up pool at this all-inclusive 233-room resort in Protaras. The family-run hotel also boasts spacious family rooms and luxurious accessible rooms. It also has four restaurants, serving everything from fresh tiger prawns and scallops at Thalassa to Asian-inspired dishes at Amarante. The Amelia Spa is a sanctuary of wellness. Book a signature treatment, such as the Arsinia Program, which offers a steam bath, sauna and jacuzzi followed by a full-body Dead Sea salt and coconut exfoliation, a face mask and a massage.
Looking for a private beach escape away from the hustle and bustle of the main beach? This award-winning four-star hotel sits within 1.5ha (4 acres) of lush private gardens near the bay of Vrisoudia on the outskirts of Protaras. It has a variety of rooms and suites, including family rooms and richly decorated executive suites, which boast a living area adjoining the bedroom. There are two restaurants and two bars, including the Salamina buffet restaurant that hosts different themed nights – think Cyprus Night, Fiesta Latina Night and La Dolce Vita Night. Want to learn to dive? The on-site SSI Scuba Diving Centre (Transdivers) offers a full range of PADI courses.
This four-star resort has won several awards over the years for its family-friendly facilities and service. There are three swimming pools, including a dedicated kids’ pool, a playground, an indoor games room and a baby lounge. Fancy a bit of family competition? Head to the tennis courts or play a game of beach volleyball. It even hosts a mini disco three times a week. The buffet-style Lydia Restaurant offers just as much variety, with an international menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner that changes daily.
Sitting on the Protaras boardwalk and facing a golden beach just a short walk from the famous Fig Tree Bay, this luxury four-star hotel offers a perfect escape for couples, families and friends. The bright white hotel has 141 rooms and suites, complete with inland, partial sea or full sea views. The Pure Gold Luxury Spa is a highlight here. Go for the signature Gold Therapy treatment, which features a mineral-rich facial mask with trace elements of 24k gold that will make your skin super smooth.
Holidaying in Protaras on a budget? Check out the Mandali Hotel. These affordable rooms – which range from economy single rooms to suites with jacuzzi bathtubs – are just a two-minute walk from the beach. It also houses a buffet restaurant serving up international dishes, a poolside bar and a pool area with a separate shallow children’s pool. Keep fit at the fully equipped gym, swim laps in the indoor pool, or relax in the sauna and steam room. Fancy a massage? The spa offers a variety of affordable treatments, including a 30-minute Indian Head Massage.
This centrally located resort is great for those looking for an affordable half-board or all-inclusive package. There are five on-site dining establishments, including a buffet option and four speciality restaurants serving Asian, Italian, Greek and Brazilian dishes, respectively. The comfortable rooms all include a private balcony with either pool or sea views, and many of the one-bedroom apartments can sleep up to five guests, making them ideal for families. On arrival, you’ll receive a €20 voucher to spend at the Pearl Spa – the signature treatment is the Body Nectar Nourishing Wrap, which hydrates skin with monoï oil and includes a head and scalp massage.