Opening it’s doors in 2014, the luxurious 5* Aphrodite Hills Hotel cleverly combines classic with contemporary, something you’ll notice as soon as you walk into the hotel’s impressive lobby. It’s the perfect getaway for those wanting to relax as well as sports enthusiasts looking to perfect their swing or backhand.
Aphrodite Hills Hotel offers 290 guests rooms and suites, with most room types available as swim-up or private pool rooms. We booked into the Double Deluxe room with sea/golf view. The room was stylish and simply decorated in tones of grey and silver, and as promised we had beautiful views of both the sea and the golf course, as well as the perfect view of the sunset each night. Each room has a mini bar with soft drinks and water and this is re-stocked everyday at no extra charge.
The bathroom was substantial in size and had both a bath and a large rain water shower and luxurious complimentary toiletries. Unfortunately the bathroom didn’t feel particularly clean when we arrived, there were hairs on the floor and a bin full of extremely dirty tissues, not what you would expect from a 5* hotel. Whilst this was quickly rectified when we notified reception it was an error which didn’t leave us with the best first impression.
Double Deluxe room with sea/golf view
Double Deluxe bathroom
View of the sunset from our room
Swim up pool rooms
Food & Drink
Food can be a bit hit and miss when you’re on an all inclusive package, but for me it was the standout highlight of the holiday. As well as the main buffet restaurant which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner there’s also three on site a-la-carte restaurants where you can dine in the evenings. The Jasmine serves some of the finest Asian cuisine I’ve ever tasted, the Fig & Olive is inspired by tastes of the Mediterranean and El Sabor takes your tastebuds on a tour of Mexico. It is by far the best food I’ve eaten at an all inclusive resort and something the hotel should be proud of. You can book the a-la-cartes up to 48 hours in advance using the in house booking system, and aren’t limited to the number of times you can eat in them, however in peak season the restaurants are full and there’s times you may have difficulty getting booked into them.
Jasmine a-la-carte outside dining area
Just a few minutes away you’ll find a further seven restaurants and pubs, all located in the Village Square, Aphrodite Hills Hotel social hub. These aren’t included in the all inclusive package but you do get a 20% discount off your bill. Here you can find a German themed beer garden, The Pithari Tavern – serving traditional tastes of Cyprus, the Zimi Trattoria – a traditional Italian dining concept, Ladi & Rigani Kebab House, the Gate to India – serving Indian cuisine in an elegant and stylish setting, the Golf ClubHouse – overlooking the 18th green, and the Anoi Pub & Bar – located in the heart of the resort and offering spectacular panoramic views.
Chicken & chorizo pasta at the Fig & Olive
- 24 hour reception service
- 24 hour room service – 24hrs (with limited choices after midnight)
- fully equipped Gym
- five swimming pools
- supervised play house
- concierge facilities
- dry cleaning (extra charge)
- car rental
- evening entertainment programme
- free Wi-Fi in all public areas and rooms
- gift shop
- 18 hole championship golf course
- retreat spa
- free shuttle bus to Paphos beach with ‘exclusive’ area for hotel guests
- village square featuring a supermarket, gift shop, Costa Coffee and Häagen-Dazs ice cream
We managed to make use of most of these facilities during our stay. The dry cleaning service was very quick and efficient and reasonably priced. My parents dusted off their clubs and played golf twice and reliably informed me that it’s by far the best course they’ve ever played. The supermarket came in handy when we ran out of nappies near the end of the holiday, and we ate too many Häagen-Dazs ice creams to count.
The one disappointment was the ‘exclusive’ beach. It looked beautiful in the photo’s that were displayed in reception so we decided to head there for a change of scenery. Unfortunately the beach wasn’t as luxurious as the photo’s made out. The sun beds were grubby, had rips in them and had certainly seen better days. The furniture in the beach bar also looked very tired and in need of an upgrade. Plus half of the food and drink menu was an additional cost, not something we were informed of or what we expected considering we were on an all inclusive basis. We didn’t stay for long, neither did half the other guests there that day who agreed that their time would have been better spent back at the pool.
Main family pool
Kids splash pool
Just a 20 minute drive from Paphos airport, Aphrodite Hills Hotel, is uniquely located on a hill overlooking the legendary birthplace of Aphrodite, amidst the Mediterranean Sea. Nearby is the village of Kouklia, site of the ancient temple dedicated to the Greek goddess Aphrodite. The elevated location of the hotel guarantees you some of the most breath-taking views in the whole of Paphos.
The hotel’s hillside location did however prove tricky for families like us who required easy pram access. Steps dominate the hotel, with only two lifts available, so it would be great to see a few more added in to help ease the congestion on the others.
The staff at Aphrodite Hills Hotel were extremely friendly and efficient during our stay and are a credit to the hotel. There was a strong presence of management during all mealtimes and round the pool areas and you could see they take pride in ensuring everything was running smoothly. From providing a buggy cleaning service whilst you ate breakfast, to entertaining Max whilst we ate our food , it was clear to see that nothing was too much trouble.
This was our first experience staying at a Sensatori hotel and it didn’t disappoint. Yes there were some minor niggles, most of which could be easily fixed, but they didn’t overshadow what was an otherwise wonderful holiday.
The hotel and village square both have a very modern and exclusive feel to them, reminding you that you’re at a 5* luxury resort. If we ever return to Cyprus, the Aphrodite Hills Hotel will be our first choice of accommodation.