The process of cultivating silkworms to make fabric is thought to have been introduced into Europe from the east during the Byzantine era. The best quality silk is made from worms that feed on the leaves of the mulberry tree; as it turns out, the climate of Cyprus is perfect for growing mulberries. Under Venetian and Ottoman rule, the island emerged as a key supplier for silk in Europe. Organised production continued here well into the twentieth century (Cyprus is said to have contributed silk for making parachutes during World War II). While silk making is an industrial art, it has also been pursued as a folk art in villages. Villagers would set aside hibernating silk eggs over the winter. In the spring, they would warm the eggs to hatch the worms. The worms would then be placed in a bundle of sticks, reeds, and mulberry leaves. Eventually the worms would weave a cocoon. At this stage, villagers would use hot water or air to stop the worm from becoming a moth and exiting the cocoon. The cocoons were gathered in a sack until the silk maker arrived in the village. The silk maker heated the cocoons in a cauldron and then unwound them, looping the silk on a wheel to make silk thread for weaving. Weaving could be done on looms in the village. Though nowadays we consider silk a luxury material, impoverished villagers found making silk an economical way to supply clothing and linens for their families.
Are you interested in learning about the traditional folk arts of Cyprus? Then head to the Folk Art Museum in Geroskipou, a village on the eastern border of Pafos. The museum introduces you to the tools and methods employed to make a variety of useful and beautiful objects. The rooms devoted to textiles, for example, house implements for preparing flax, wool, silk, and cotton for weaving; you’ll also find a loom and other weaving instruments along with examples of fine embroidery and lace. One room is set up as a blacksmith’s workshop (look for the giant bellows), while another contains forms and tools for making shoes. The pottery room displays different types of vessels and explains regional variations in their decoration; it is replete with examples of handmade pots and includes a detailed description of the process for throwing a pot on a turntable. One room sets a domestic scene featuring cooking utensils made from bronze, earthenware, wood, cane, glass, and gourds. Look here for ingenious crafts, like the gourds used as floats to help children learn how to swim. A lofted room contains agricultural implements (a threshing board, a sickle, a vine dibbler), and the stable holds tack (stirrups, woven saddle bags, canvas collars). One highly detailed exhibit covers the craft of the last printed scarf maker in Cyprus. The museum is housed in an eighteenth-century stone house that long served as the residence of the British Consular Agent. Now it welcomes you to learn about Cyprus’s past.
It all started with the exhibition ‘From Pafos to Jerusalem: Stone, Cloth, Flesh, and Water’. Mounted at sister property Annabelle in 2019, the show by local photographer Michael Kouloumos drew the viewer’s attention to the contrasts between the two cities. In Jerusalem, the stone of buildings sacred to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam is a persistent background, while clothing figures in portraits as a signifier of religious and cultural identity. Pafos, by contrast, is a coastal community, so the water of the Mediterranean Sea attracts locals and vacationers alike for refreshment and recreation, and flesh is exposed and figures identity in various ways. After a successful run at Annabelle, the exhibit moved to sister property Anassa for a repeat. Now, with the multi-million-euro renovation of Almyra, selected images from Kouloumos’s Pafos series will enter the permanent collection of the hotel. The black and white photographs complement the mid-century modern aesthetic of Almyra and help orient guests to the Pafos harbour. At the completion of the renovation, every guest room and suite will be decorated with Kouloumos’s art. Kouloumos composes portraits and street scenes, encompassing the posed and the unfolding. He aspires to develop our visual literacy and seeks to project a dignified image of each person depicted in the photographs. His goal is to cultivate tolerance and respect, transcending the taboos and boundaries that are set before us. Check in at Almyra and check out the photos! Almyra reopens with its new look on 1 March 2020.
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.