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Cyprus is the birthplace of some of the great travel-writing clichés of all time, but they’re hard to avoid: it really is a country of contrasts, where old meets new, where the mountains meet the sea, where east meets west and where you can ski and swim in the same day (at least at certain times of year). It also boasts an enormous choice of accommodation, but we have whittled it down and selected what we think are the best places to stay in Cyprus (if you'd prefer a villa or apartment there's a great choice on, our online partner).

Small though Cyprus is - the Republic of Cyprus, excluding the Turkish-occupied North, covers just 14,400 square kilometres - it still has its pockets of wilderness: the rocky and barren Akamas peninsula, where sea-turtles lay eggs on deserted beaches; the Troodos mountain range (rising to the 1,952m summit of Mount Olympus); and the thickly forested hills of Tillyria where wild boar and mouflon roam.

Cyprus also boasts a number of world-class ancient relics – notably, the Hellenistic mosaics of ancient Paphos; the huge Roman theatre at Kourion; the medieval castles at Colossi, Limassol and Larnaka; the wonderful frescoed Byzantine churches of the Troodos; and the outstanding Cyprus Museum with archaeological finds spanning several millennia.

Nicosia, the capital, is only an hour or so from the main beach resorts. It is sadly bereft of charming hotels, but its walled medieval centre has bags of character.

Although split in two by the no-man’s-land of the 1974 ceasefire line, it is possible to cross (via a city centre checkpoint) into the Turkish zone for a look at its medieval buildings and shabby but colourful markets.

If you want to experience the wilder side of this stunning island, some of the best places to stay in Cyprus are truly remote. Some boast stunning views, others are perfect for those who want to do a spot of birdwatching or amble round country paths checking out the local flora and fauna.

Resort areas range from the somewhat brash Agia Napa and Protaras, near the eastern tip of the island, to the slightly more sophisticated Paphos in the west. Cyprus's two major coastal cities, Limassol and Larnaca, were the island’s original tourism hubs, with large and sunny, but bland, resort hotels along the coastlines in both directions.

The best places to stay in Cyprus to make the most of its cultural highlights can generally be found in the heart of the old towns. Here the scents and flavours of the island's past come to life. You will also find that activities range from year-round golf and tennis to winter sports on the Troodos slopes, scuba diving off the northwest coast, windsurfing and sailing.

The Best Places to Stay on Cyprus

The Best Places to Stay on Cyprus for a Beach Break

  • Almyra is a chic, five star hotel on the coast in Paphos. The views are superb, the rooms white and bright, and most of them have a balcony, and there's a fantastic roof terrace and several excellent restaurants to choose from. It's also cool. But reasonably family friendly.
  • Londa in Palodia 0 just outside Limassol, is chic, modern and very comfortable. There are generous baths, white rooms, a stunning pool deck overlooking the sea, the food is excellent and there's a luxurious spa.
  • The Livadhiotis City Hotel, in the heart of Larnaca's old quarter, is a stylish yet no frills affair, ideally situated for checking out the fortress, or exploring the waterfront and relaxing on the beach. Also good for an airport stopover.

The Best Places to Stay on Cyprus to Escape!

  • The Library Hotel is a luxurious conversion of a 19th century house in the heart of one of Cyprus' few unspoilt villages. The food is an authentic Cypriot treat, and there's a small spa, so you feel more like you're at a house party then a hotel.
  • The Paradisos Hills Hotel is a fifteen bedroom family run hotel in a stunning position in the hills above Polis. This is a great spot for walkers, and people who fancy a exploring the island on horseback, and there's a lovely pool to relax in at the end of the day.
  • Amarakos Farmhouse is a small, family run guesthouse with just seven rooms, arranged around a charming stone courtyard which doubles as a cafe/ restaurant in summer. The food is home-cooked, locally-sourced and mostly organic. The beach is a short walk, there's a good sized pool and there are some beautiful walking trails out of the hotel.
  • The Vasilias Nikoklis Inn is a rustic, but gorgeous, little inn in the Troodos mountain area. There's plenty to do and see in this region - churches, monasteries and mountains to explore, and a peaceful, bougainvillea filled pool terrace to come back to.

The Most Luxurious Places to Stay on Cyprus

  • The Anassa is one of the finest of Cyprus's large and luxurious hotels, a spacious place offering private balconies with amazing views, a smart spa and four excellent restaurants.
  • The So Nice Boutique Suites are a hugely stylist 'all suites' hotel on Nissi Bay, with beautiful gardens, and beautifully landscaped pool and an award-winning Japanese restaurant.

The Best Places to Stay on Cyprus for a Resort Break

  • The Columbia Beach Resort is right on the front of the bay, a beautiful place where everything is generously proportioned and tastefully decorated. It's not too big - there are 95 rooms - so it's still quite romantic. But there's also a kid's club.
  • Amathus Beach in Limassol is a huge resort with all the facilities you can imagine, including kid's clubs and a private beach.
  • The Club Intercontinental at Aphrodite Hills is another big brand hotel, with this one has a village-y feel. As well as having all the facilities you might imagine you might need in a resort, the Club Intercontinental also has one of the island's best golf courses.

The Best Places to Stay on Cyprus to Relax

  • The Ayii Anargyri Natural Healing Spa Resort has mineral waters which have been attracting visitors since the 17th Century, and this refuge from the modern world is still known for its rejuvenating properties. There's a full range of treatments in the spa and hammam, and the accommodation is in chic, neutrally decorated, stone bungalows.
  • Kiniras Traditional Hotel and Restaurant is located in the middle of old Paphos. it is full of character and an ideal choice if you want to experience a slice of local life. Visit the old fashioned market area for arts and crafts and get to know the locals in the surrounding bars and cafes.

The Best Places to Stay on Cyprus on a Budget

  • The Library Hotel in a relatively unspoiled traditional village near Limassol. The library of the Library is cosy, and has an open fireplace for cool evenings, there's a postcard perfect courtyard cafe for sunny breakfasts and shady afternoons and a gourmet restaurant, steam and mud bathe and a hydrotherapy pool. The eight rooms and three suites are themed by authors and start from just £55 per night.
  • The Ambelikos Traditional AgroHotel has bags of rustic charm: lovely, traditional stone rooms overlooking the surrounded hills, a small spa, cosy taverna and plenty of romance. The 15 rooms start from just £59 per night.

For a holiday villa or apartment

  • If you're travelling with family or in a larger group, the best accommodation option is often self catering. We recommend checking out the wide range with our online partner,

Still not sure which is the best place to stay on Cyprus for you?

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  • Library Hotel

    Nr Limassol, Cyprus

    An historic building in a traditional village has been transformed into a charming small hotel, off the beaten track. House party feel, with small spa and good food.

    11 rooms from 55
    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool
  • Vasilias Nikoklis Inn

    Nikoklia, Cyprus

    A gorgeous little rustic inn in the Troodos mountain area. Bougainvillea filled terrace and swimming pool area. Plenty to do in the area; sightseeing of monasteries and churches and mountain sports. A rural refuge, and great value.

    8 rooms from $75
    Local exploring
    Great walks  -  Many great walks on the doorstep
    Fishing  -  In Asprokremnos Dam
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
  • Casale Panayiotis

    Kalopanayiotis, Cyprus

    Wonderfully unique hotel in the Troodos mountain region. Chic rural charm throughout rooms and suites - stone walls, wooden beams, fireplaces, beautiful linens. Excellent spa and restaurant with terrace. Plenty to explore in the mountains and villages around. Very romantic.

    28 rooms from $76
    Spa breaks
    Value chic
    Romantic Break
  • Ambelikos Traditional AgroHotel

    Potamitissa, Cyprus

    A back to nature experience in charming rustic accommodation in the hills. Lovely rooms with balconies have wooden beams, stone walls and beautiful valley views. Small spa, cosy taverna, and plenty to do in the surrounding nature. Rural, romantic.

    15 rooms from $79
    Views  -  Panorama Loft rooms have breathtaking views
    Back to Nature
    Value chic
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
  • Kiniras Traditional Hotel & Restaurant

    Paphos, Cyprus

    A traditional building in upper Paphos - the more authentic part of town -makes an attractive hotel with plenty of character. Beaches and entertainment just minutes away.

    18 rooms from $90
    Restaurant  -  Serves traditional and authentic Cypriot cuisine
    Owner managed  -  Been in the same family for the last 80 years
    Full of character
  • Paradisos Hills Hotel

    Lysos, Cyprus

    Excellent small family-run hotel with a tranquil setting and views of wooded hills, in a quiet pocket of Cyprus. Riding and walking nearby, a good pool for relaxing, or beaches a drive away.

    15 rooms from $92
    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Cooking classes  -  Check for timings.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
  • Livadhiotis City Hotel

    Larnaca, Cyprus

    Smartly designed but no frills family-run hotel in the heart of Larnaca’s old quarter, close to the waterfront. Ideal for stopovers when flying in or out, as just minutes from the airport.

    58 rooms from $95
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    On the beach  -  In front of the hotel.
  • So Nice Boutique Suites

    Ayia Napa, Cyprus

    Exceptionally stylish, colourful boutique hotel of bungalow suites, with lovely lawn and pools and a gourmet Japanese restaurant. Well located on Nissi Bay.

    60 rooms from $101
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    On the beach  -  In front of the hotel.
  • Little Lodge

    Maroni, Cyprus

    Charming little B&B with spectacular views a few miles from the beach. Just two bedrooms with a shared kitchenette in traditional style. White washed walls, paintings, picturesque terraces and a lovely pool. A great spot for a family holiday near the beach.

    2 rooms from $128
    Sights nearby  -  Plenty of archaeological sites close by. Only 30 mins from Larnaca, Limassol and Nicosia
    Views  -  Lovely views of the valley and mountains
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Almyra

    Paphos, Cyprus

    Chic Five Star luxury on the coast in Paphos. Stunning views, unique services, all white rooms and suites with balconies, roof terraces, excellent restaurants, beach access and extensive spa. Family friendly and super cool.

    189 rooms from $121
    Active Holiday
    Spa breaks
    Beach Life
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Tablet
  • Thalassa Hotel

    Coral Bay, Cyprus

    A sophisticated beach front hotel with excellent restaurants, extensive spa, and fabulous sea views. Beautiful creamy suites with ochre hues have huge private balconies and private butlers (for each). A short drive from Paphos and access to all beach life. A romantic spot with privacy of distance.

    58 rooms from $157
    Views  -  Wonderful views over Coral Bay
    Beach Life
    Sights nearby  -  Surrounding monasteries. archaeological sites of Paphos.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor and Outdoor Pools
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller, Small Luxury Hotels
  • Club InterContinental at Aphrodite Hills

    Paphos, Cyprus

    Hotel-within-a-hotel at a low-rise, luxury resort with an intimate, village feel and great golf. Kids clubs and teens clubs with gym, nine tennis courts, riding, and a private beach club.

    220 rooms from $146
    Large Hotel
    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool
    Kids Club  -  Fully staffed.
  • Ayii Anargyri Natural Healing Spa Resort

    Miliou, Cyprus

    A unique spa healing resort designed as a refuge from the modern world. Simple contemporary chic rooms, suites and bungalows in neutral tones. Fantastic spa with every treatment under the sun. Lovely pool area and a great restaurant. Lots to do around. Romantic and rejuvenating.

    18 rooms from $157
    Spa  -  Fantastic spa is the focal point of the hotel
    Spa breaks
    Great walks  -  Walking and hiking in the Troodos mountains
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor and Outdoor Swimming Pools
  • Amarakos Farmhouse

    Kato Akourdalia, Cyprus

    Family run small guesthouse with courtyard restaurant-bar, home-cooked, mostly organic food from the family farm, and a pool. Great walking, birdwatching, and beach nearby. Would suit families.

    3 rooms from $157
    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool
    Outstanding location
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
  • Amathus Beach Limassol

    Limassol, Cyprus

    Luxury hotel chain flagship with large grounds, top-notch facilities and service, close to archeological sites. Huge rooms, great views, lovely pools, private beach and excellent restaurants.

    239 rooms from $191
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor and Outdoor Pools
    Kids Club  -  Fully staffed.
    Barefoot Luxury  -  For total relaxation.
  • Apokryfo

    Lofou, Cyprus

    Gorgeously characterful hotel in a sleepy village with an excellent restaurant. Rooms, suites and 2 villas (sleeping 8) in elegant traditional design. Exposed brick work, creamy furnishings, fireplaces and wooden balconies. Delicious food and wine, and a great spa. An ideal base to explore from.

    7 rooms from $168
    Foodies  -  Delicicous authentic mezzes.
    Active Holiday
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Four Seasons Cyprus

    Limassol, Cyprus

    Five Star services and facilities typical of the Four Seasons group. A luxury resort on the beach front just outside Limassol. Wonderful botanic gardens and pool area lead to a private beach. Gourmet restaurants, extensive spa, and contemporary rooms and suites. Romantic and family friendly.

    304 rooms from $203
    Garden  -  Fantastic sprawling gardens.
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Beach Life
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
  • Londa

    Palodia, Cyprus

    A cool contemporary chic hotel on the coast just outside Limassol. All white rooms and suites are modern in style with huge bath tubs and private balconies. Stunning pool deck over the sea, excellent food, and a luxurious spa. Ideal for a lazy summer holiday.

    68 rooms from $185
    Beach Life
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Crusader castle at Kolossi.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape
  • Columbia Beach Resort

    Pissouri, Cyprus

    A stunning bay front beach resort with beautiful suites, restaurants, spa, enormous pool and private beach. Tasteful suites and family suites have wooden furniture, stone floors, private balconies and all the mod cons. Romantic, but still family friendly (kids club), and perfect for a beach holiday.

    95 rooms from $252
    Views  -  Stunning bay views.
    Swimming Pool  -  Enormous 80m pool
    On the beach  -  In front of the hotel.
    Spa breaks
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels
  • Anassa

    Polis, Cyprus

    One of the island’s finest hotels, with glorious Tuscan-style grounds, fabulous rooms, top spa, excellent restaurant and superb views from lovely terraces. Village harbour a short walk away, and activities include hiking and scuba diving.

    177 rooms from $294
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor and Outdoor Pools
    Spa  -  Thalassa spa.
    Garden  -  Attractive outside space.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Kiwi Collection
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