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08/08/2018
The mosaic floors of four Roman villas are the highlight of the Pafos archaeological site. Built between the second and fourth centuries CE, the villas were later destroyed by earthquakes, their rubble taken away for use in other structures. Now the floors offer clues to life in these opulent homes. Craftsmen arranged tesserae—cubes usually measuring one square centimetre—into colourful designs, setting the pieces into wet plaster. The tesserae were generally made from stone, but the most vivid colours (orange, yellow, green, and blue) were formed from glass. A figurative floor design usually has a background of plain white tiles. Look for brown shadows formed under the feet of human characters, though; they create a grounded perspective. The craftsmen worked from patterns, copying designs originally made for another home, so the design may not fit the space, as in room 8 of the House of Dionysos. The figures depict stories from Greco-Roman mythology. Sometimes inscriptions in the mosaics name key characters; museum signage and the Guide to the Paphos Mosaics identify the myths. Keep in mind that the walls and ceilings were also decorated: a three-dimensional floor border, for example, reflected the dentil on the ceiling. Sometimes a geometric border ties into the myth displayed, as in room 36 of the Villa of Theseus. The mosaic depicts Theseus slaying the Minotaur, while its border represents the labyrinth and the thread Ariadne provided to lead Theseus out of it. As you pass from room to room, imagine how the Romans were inspired by the decorative floors as they went about their lives. The site is just a five-minute walk from Almyra.
Photo credits: Room 3 of House of Dionysos, The Four Seasons, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York, USA; Room 36 of Villa of Theseus, Theseus and the Minotaur, Friedhelm Dröge.
03/08/2018
Every August, the Lemesos International Documentary Festival presents films offering new perspectives on contemporary culture through innovative cinematographic approaches. This year, two of the screenings take place at Eauzone, Almyra’s al fresco poolside lounge. On Thursday, 9 August, at 20:30, the festival presents How to Steal a Chair, the story of Greek designer and collector Stergios Delialis. Delialis is best known as founder of the Thessaloniki Design Museum, which rose to prominence in the 1990s with solo exhibitions and thematic displays drawing on his collection of 3,000 industrial design objects. After an extraordinary five-year run, he secures a deal with the Ministry of Culture to create a permanent home for the museum—only to see the deal go bad. The museum closed, he suffers at 72 the burden of his collection and the loss of his dream—yet plans a retrospective of his iconoclastic design work. On Friday, 10 August, at 20:30, the festival presents Bar Talks by Schumann. Charles Schumann, legendary bartender, proprietor of Schumann’s Bar in Munich, and author of celebrated guidebooks for mixing cocktails, introduces viewers to some of the most beautiful bars in the world, taking us on a journey that includes New York, Havana, and Tokyo. At 22:30, the festival closes with a gala party accompanied by the tunes of Salted Bossa. Screenings are free, and cocktail service is available.
23/07/2018
When the site of Almyra was first developed in the early 1970s, the effort was pioneering in more than one sense of the word. At that time little of Pafos Harbour had been developed for tourism, so the new hotel virtually stood alone on the sea coast. First opened in 1972-73 as the Paphos Beach Hotel, the complex also exemplified a pioneering design aesthetic. The architecture firm of J + A Philippou was founded in 1960 to meet the needs of the newly independent and rapidly urbanising Cypriot republic. The architects created a modern look featuring clean, horizontal lines, simple materials such as poured concrete, sheet glass, and stone, and a terraced approach to siting the structure within the existing landscape. Subsequent renovations and expansions have refined the look of the property. In 2003, French interior designers Joelle Pleot and Tristan Auer led the renovation that accompanied the rechristening of the hotel as Almyra. Their lobby design features banquette seating, low wooden tables, and a subtle colour palette that recalls the light on the sea. Natural fabrics, expansive windows, and Carrara marble set the calming tone in the rooms. All furniture was designed by Pleot and handcrafted by Cypriot artisans. In 2007, Pleot collaborated with Karim Caballos on the addition of the Almyraspa complex. With its design bona fides set firmly in the mid-century modern aesthetic, Almyra is the only member of the Design Hotels consortium in Cyprus. Although much has been built around it, Almyra remains an oasis of calm, its modern structure at one with its natural surroundings.
16/07/2018
What can kids do in Pafos?
1. Go Swimming: There’s nothing more fun and refreshing than playing in the water. Jump in the pool, splash in the sea, or enjoy one of the local waterparks.
2. Get on a Boat: Your family can race a speed boat or launch a sail boat. Special trips are available for snorkelers and pirates!
3. Make Arts and Crafts: Throw a pot, arrange a mosaic, or string beads. Local artisans will teach you how.
4. Visit Pafos Zoo: Our zoo has a huge collection of parrots and venomous snakes. Along with giraffes, monkeys, and tigers, you can see mouflon—tiny mountain sheep.
5. Explore the Tombs of the Kings: Over two thousand years ago, the Egyptian rulers of Pafos were buried here. The underground, open air tombs are carved out of cliffs. Explore the underground passages and see if they are haunted!

Almyra makes a good headquarters for launching family fun. Its huge family pool is just steps from the Pafos Harbour, where you can swim in the sea, rent boats, and take a short cruise. The zoo offers direct transfer from the hotel, while local buses take you to the Tombs of the Kings and the waterparks. Our Kids’ Club invites kids aged 4 months to 13 years to join in sports, arts and crafts, and theatre activities. The hotel also has a playground and a fire pit for roasting marshmallows. Contact Guest Services on 26 888 700 for details.
04/07/2018
Notios is the place to be on Friday evenings as we present Sundown DJ Sessions. Our al fresco restaurant sits on a terrace overlooking the sea. Say goodbye to the week—and hello to the weekend—with a signature cocktail as you watch the sun set over the Mediterranean (try the popular rose petal mojito!). DJ Stefania provides a soundtrack of chill house lounge beats and instrumental jazz (the music is broadcast live from Notios on ROCK-FM). Our all-in-one venue invites you to settle in and enjoy a full evening’s entertainment, including dinner. Notios creates an exciting fusion of Japanese and Mediterranean cuisines. Start with an appetiser featuring fresh local ingredients and sizzling Japanese flavourings, such as the grilled octopus braised with sake, mirin, and soy with spiced carrot and ginger. Move on to a selection of sushi and sashimi—we recommend the Mediterranean seabass with yuzu, soy, ginger, chili, and spring onions for a tantalizing fusion experience. We also offer fusion maki rolls, noodle soups, and tempura. For the mains, choose from a selection of fresh grilled fish and inventive preparations of meats and seafood—try the lamb fillet rolled in crispy nori with ponzu peppercorn sauce. There’s a generous selection of sides and desserts to complete the meal. So, sit back, sip a drink, chill to the music, and tingle your taste buds—Notios offers the easy-breezy evening you need to get your weekend off to a great start! (DJ from 19:00 to 21:00; dinner from 19:00 to 22:00; reservations recommended—call 26 888 700.)
29/06/2018
Elements of citrus fruit have long played a role in spa treatments—and therapists continue to innovate to maximize their benefits. Orange blossom oil, for example, features in the Almyra Retreat by Ila, a two-hour neroli immersion. In the treatment, the orange blossom deeply relaxes and rejuvenates the mind and body; combined with jasmine, orange blossom oil has a restorative effect on the nervous system as well. This experience begins with a warm olive oil application to the spine and continues with an exfoliating scrub with salt and poppy seeds. You will then soak in a tuberose milk bath before enjoying a healing marma massage with more orange blossom and jasmine. Now, in further recognition of the healing powers of citrus, Almyraspa introduces the Cyprus Lemon Ritual. This 75-minute experience begins with a back of the body massage. The therapist uses warmed organic olive oil and heated Cyprus lemons to give a firm massage that releases body tension. Warming the lemons releases their juice, which is rich in vitamin C that can be absorbed by the skin, aiding in collagen synthesis and preventing or reducing damage from ultraviolet light. The treatment continues with a gentle exfoliating scrub using carob syrup and raw sugar. A final rinse leaves you feeling cleansed and renewed.
To enjoy one of these citrus-based treatments, contact Almyraspa on 26 88 87 20 for an appointment.