Throughout 2019, Almyra has invited local artist Yiannis Sakellis to paint seasonal murals on the street-facing side of its front garden wall. Spring brought us pink almond blossoms, while fall saw leaves blowing across contrasting orange and white backgrounds. As winter approaches, Yiannis is preparing the next instalment. Stop by and see him clear the fall leaves away with a new white background. His winter palette is red. The main image depicts arrows reminiscent of fast-forward icons and the phrase ‘Join us in March 2020 to see Almyra amplified’. What does it mean? Well, Almyra is in the midst of a multi-million-euro renovation. All guest rooms and suites will be refitted with spacious shower stalls lined with Italian Carrara marble, smart TVs, furnishings upholstered in crisp blues and violets, brass lighting, and photographs of the seashore by another local artist. The Lobby will be updated with bespoke furniture crafted by local artisans from oak and olive wood. New lighting will grace the entrance way, fireplace area, and corridors. Aeras will also get a total refresh—look for purple curtains, blue-veined marble tabletops, royal blue chairs, and atmospheric brass lighting fixtures in the new-look restaurant. Almyra’s distinctive mid-century modern aesthetic, with its sleek lines and simple materials, will be complemented by the refresh, which is curated by French designer Joëlle Pléot. See you in March? We can’t wait to show you our new look!
Almyra is currently closed for an extensive renovation encompassing all guest rooms and suites and the Lobby. Each room will receive a spacious new shower stall lined with Italian Carrara marble. Other upgrades include sound-insulating doors, smart TVs, refitted closets, and sleek brass lighting. New armchairs and chaises longues will be upholstered in tones of blue and purple with white piping. In keeping with the nautical theme, photographs of Pafos harbour by local artist Michalis Kouloumos will decorate the walls. In the Lobby, a dome-shaped Scandinavian light fixture will greet you at the entrance, while the area near the fireplace will be enhanced with a simple chandelier of three suspended rings. Aeras will receive a new colour palette: purple curtains, tabletops of white marble with blue veins, royal blue chairs, and brass ceiling lights define the restaurant’s new look. The furnishings throughout the Lobby will be replaced. All furnishings are designed specifically for Almyra and are crafted by local artisans from oak and olive wood. The refurbishment is curated by French designer Joëlle Pléot, who has played a key role in earlier phases of development for the hotel. Almyra is the only member of the Design Hotels consortium in Cyprus. The hotel’s mid-century modern architecture features horizontal lines, simple materials such as poured concrete, sheet glass, and stone, and a terraced approach to siting the structure within the existing landscape. The current renovation will complement Almyra’s aesthetic while enhancing the guest experience. The refreshed Almyra will debut on 1 March 2020.
The contemporary Mediterranean hotel will re-open in March 2020 following a €4 million transformation which will see the renovation of all rooms and suites, as well as Aeras Restaurant and public areas of the hotel.

November 2019: Almyra – one of the chicest and sleekest hotels in the Mediterranean and a member of Design Hotels will undergo an extensive renovation this winter. The hotel, which occupies eight acres of beautifully landscaped gardens at the heart of Paphos’ seafront, will be closed from 2nd December 2019 and will reopen in March 2020 to reveal its multi-million euro refurbishment.

These enhancements will be overseen by leading French designer Joëlle Pléot, who has been working with the group for many years. The new rooms and suites will be updated with custom-made furniture in Pléot’s signature sleek style. Think clean lines and varying shades of blue inspired by the Mediterranean Sea that surrounds the island. In keeping with Thanos Hotels and Resorts commitment to the community, local craftsmen artisans have been entrusted to create handmade oak and olive tree tables and accessories with other soft furnishings using silk and leather. In keeping with the nautical theme, artwork by local photographer Michalis Kouloumos depicting scenes from the seafront of Paphos will be placed in all bedrooms. In-room entertainment will be modernised, with the addition of Smart TV’s in every room. All of the bathrooms will be fitted with brand new luxurious Italian Carrara marble walk-in showers.
The hotel lobby will be refreshed with brand new bespoke furniture and lighting, injecting a lease of new life into the public spaces. Aeras Restaurant which overlooks the sea will also reveal a fresh new aesthetic, with fittings in shades of dark blue and a new atmospheric lighting system. This renovation follows a major makeover for Almyra which took place in 2017. Sister hotels Annabelle and Anassa also underwent refurbishments in 2018 and 2016 respectively – all of which propelled the hotels back onto the world’s travel hotlists. Almyra is a symbol of cool, contemporary Cyprus and offers a laidback and elegant take on Mediterranean luxury.

The resort is home to 187 chic and spacious rooms, five distinct restaurants, one of which – Notios, Almyra’s signature Japanese-Mediterranean fusion restaurant has just received the Top Notch Award at the Toques d’Or Awards 2019, and an award-winning Almyraspa, which recently won the Best Spa Award at the Madame Figaro Beauty Awards 2019.
After twenty-five years surveying the culinary scene in Greece, the prestigious Toque d’Or Awards have been established in Cyprus. Beginning in 2018, a team of journalists from Athinorama in Greece and Philelefteros in Cyprus visited over 150 restaurants across the island and sampled over 1600 individual dishes. The jury members applied the strictest international standards as they rated each restaurant. At a gala awards ceremony in November 2019, the first annual results were announced, and Notios received a Toque d’Or Award. Notios is Almyra’s al fresco restaurant serving Japanese-Mediterranean fusion cuisine. Sited between the pools and the sea, Notios offers lovely views and a welcome breeze. What can you expect from the combination of Mediterranean and Japanese flavourings and ingredients? Maybe a new take on grilled lamb fillet—as it is served with pickled shallots, snow peas, edamame puree, and massaman sauce. Or some spicy calamari topped with mandarin aioli. Or bass fresh from the Mediterranean Sea garnished with yuzu, soy, ginger, chili, and spring onions. Following a multi-million-euro renovation, Almyra will reopen on 1 March 2020. Notios, a seasonal restaurant, will open soon thereafter. Stop in and try one of these tantalizing concoctions.
Ever wonder where locals go out for an evening in Pafos? We asked Elena Michael, Sales Manager for Thanos Hotels and a Pafos resident, to describe a typical itinerary hitting her favourite spots. She and her friends like the Old Town district, which is very walkable and filled with character. ‘We’d start with a sunset cocktail at Muse’, the restaurant perched on a cliff overlooking Kato Pafos and the sea; they prefer to sit on the terrace to enjoy the panoramic view. Once the sun has set, they set out on foot for Michalos Kebab House just a few blocks away. ‘They have the best souvlakia in Cyprus—the place is very, very special and the food is amazing’! While she’s there, she’ll be sure to peek in the window of the Blue Iris Gallery next door to see what the current art exhibition is. Next they walk just a few blocks to Temple for after dinner drinks. Temple, which occupies an old house and its front garden, offers a relaxed atmosphere for enjoying a liqueur or aperitif. Finally, they head to Kennedy Square, a pedestrian plaza nearby that is ringed with bars and cafes. Elena likes Boulevard, a wine bar where she and her friends can sit on stools around a wine cask converted to a table, listen to music, and watch the people walking by. When it’s time to go home, they head to the cab stand just across the street from the plaza—another pleasant evening in Pafos comes to its end.
The ancestors of the Cyprus dwarf hippopotamus arrived on the island around 100,000 years ago, likely by sea—there is no evidence of a land bridge. Island populations are susceptible to insular dwarfism, which occurs when a species reproduces within a small population over many generations; the animals evolved to the size of a grown pig and adapted to the mountainous terrain by walking on their toes. About 10,000 years ago, the dwarf hippos became extinct—and scientists disagree as to why. Climate change is one explanation: conditions became warmer and drier at that time, leading to many extinctions. But the excavation of a pit in Akrotiri suggests the possibility of a human contribution, too. The top layer of the pit contains burned shells and bones along with stone scraping tools, all connoting human presence. Beneath it rests a deposit of bones from hundreds of dwarf hippos with additional artefacts. Radiocarbon tests date the shells, bones, and tools of both layers at 10,000 years old—suggesting that humans and dwarf hippos lived contemporaneously in Cyprus. Did humans hunt the hippos into extinction? Some contest this conclusion, noting that the hippo bones show no signs of butchering. Others point out that the bones are not connected, as they would be in live animals, and cannot fathom a natural explanation for the extensive deposit of bones. This month in Ayia Napa, scientists gathered to open a new centre for the study of the dwarf hippo and its demise. The mystery continues to be investigated.