The Best Luxury Hotels In Cyprus

One of the pools at the Parklane in Limassol
One of the pools at the Parklane in Limassol | Courtesy of Parklane / Expedia
Photo of Georgie Young
7 January 2021

With a heady mix of well-preserved archaeology, sizzling local cuisine and over 300 days of sunshine each year, Cyprus is already a seductive holiday prospect. Throw in a stay at one of the island’s upscale hotels, with a swim-up balcony or butler service, and you’ll never want to leave this Mediterranean destination.

Four Seasons Hotel, Limassol

No detail has been spared in this grander-than-grand hotel. Bounce-worthy beds combined with the ability to close the curtains and switch on the bathroom light at the touch of a tablet make a convincing case to stay in your luxe room. However, it’s well worth sauntering to the balcony of the M Fusion restaurant to spot celebrities at sunset over a silver platter of caviar. What else?

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Full-service spa
Beach towels
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Amavi, Paphos

This hotel is only for couples, but you’ll be forgiven if your head is turned by the views. Every room has floor-to-ceiling windows that show off a view of the coast and Paphos Castle on your right and St Nicholas Church on your left. Looking to kick the passion up a notch? Head straight for the plush seating at Selene Bar and order a sharing blood moon cocktail – it’s served ignited in a volcano-shaped cup.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Full-service spa
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Smoke-free property

Columbia Beach Resort, Pissouri

A secluded, honey-hued hotel that borrows its colour palette from the surrounding Cape Aspro trail. Think terracotta roofs, azure soft furnishings and caramel-coloured stone archways. Rooms have a rustic feel with exposed wooden beams and hand-woven rugs. Food wise, there are a handful of tavernas speckling Pissouri Bay street, but you should head to the hotel’s Apollo Taverna for traditional souvlaki served on a wooden plank with a zing of lemon.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Beach towels
Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Bar/lounge

Sunrise Jade, Ayia Napa

Despite being only 15 minutes from the thumping bass of Ayia Napa’s clubs, Sunrise Jade is all about tranquillity. Mornings here start with sunrise yoga next to the neat, rectangular pool, but night owls can relax – every guest is allocated their own sunbed, removing the need for towel-bagging at dawn. Rooms are simply decorated in soothing shades, and you’re only likely to see another soul in the shared, swim-up pool lapping at every balcony.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Full-service spa
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Terrace
Bar/lounge

Anassa, Polis

Byzantine village vibes run deeper than the design at this hillside retreat. It’s an arresting combination of swooping archways, marble and a sky-lit thalassotherapy spa (which draws its waters from the glistening Med below). Everything in the hotel is locally made – from the jaunty bedroom stools to the cheeses on offer at lantern-lit Helios restaurant. Staying on a Saturday? Head to the hotel’s very own ‘village square’ for folk dancing and live music.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Full-service spa
Express check-out
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Smoke-free property

Elysium, Paphos

Sitting metres from Unesco World Heritage site Tombs of the Kings, this palatial resort is a breath of bougainvillea-scented air after the hubbub of Paphos. For a seriously upscale stay, opt for a villa set around a sunken pool – which also happens to be the shadiest reading spot on a roasting afternoon. Out of the four restaurants, there’s a lazy theatricality to be found in the Mediterraneo Restaurant’s open kitchen – and their halloumi salad is excellent.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Full-service spa
Beach towels
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Smoke-free property

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  • Cape Serenity, Ayia Napa

    The suites at Cape Serenity are individually decorated. The Med is a vision in seashell shades; the Nirvana decorated in neon pinks and hanging Moroccan lamps; the Thai is all about fringed lampshades and red plush carpets – as well as a complimentary butler service. Outside, there’s a white curtained hot tub, big enough for all 12 guests – the perfect way to kick back after exploring neighbouring Cavo Greco National Park.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Outdoor pool
    Restaurant
    Fitness facilities
    Terrace
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    Sunrise Pearl, Protaras

    The gin-clear water of Vrissiana Beach is only a few sandy steps from the Sunrise Pearl’s lobby. But the best way to experience it is via paraglider (see if you can spot the lonesome fig tree on the headland). Then, it’s only a short stagger back to Liquid Pearl bar to steady your nerves with a beer on a Balinese-style daybed. When you’ve had your fill, your room’s understated decor and blissfully comfortable bed is only a short glass elevator ride away.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    In-room accessibility
    Full-service spa
    24-hour front desk
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Terrace
    Bar/lounge

    Parklane, Limassol

    The only problem this hotel poses is which pool you should swim in first (the answer, by the way, is the adults-only pool, hugging its sunrise side). It’s a winning combination of heritage and modernity; Limassol’s lace-making history can be spotted in the embroidered furnishings, while kids will be bamboozled by the two-story play castle complete with waterslides. For adults, it’s all about the Kalloni Spa. Ask for the energising caviar and algae wrap.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    In-room accessibility
    Full-service spa
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Fitness facilities
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Terrace
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    Londa, Limassol

    Despite being in the middle of Limassol, this design-led hotel has a distinctly Italian feel – no doubt because it was redesigned by Milan’s Letizia Caruzzo and Paolo Rancati. Furnishings are quirky – from the geometric chairs and blonde wood accents to cushions designed to look like oversized pea pods. Stick with the Italian theme at flagship restaurant Caprice (try the monkfish). Finish with a brandy sour and live DJ set at the in-house cocktail lounge.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Restaurant
    Full-service spa
    Beach towels
    Express check-out
    Conference space
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Terrace
    Bar/lounge
    These recommendations were updated on January 7, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.