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Discovering Paphos with Jet2Holidays

If you’re looking for a truly pampered and rejuvenating escape, Paphos is your ultimate destination. This Mediterranean gem caters to every traveller’s dream, offering a fantastic range of accommodations tailored to your needs. Whether you're travelling with your family or seeking an adult-only retreat, Paphos has it all. For families, enchanting options like the Athena Beach Hotel and the Mayfair Hotel promise endless attractions and unforgettable memories. Meanwhile, if you're looking for an exquisite and sophisticated ambience, the St Georges Beach Hotel and Spa resort beckons to the discerning traveller within you.

My trip began by flying out to Paphos with Jet2, it was a very smooth process, not only were the staff all very polite and willing to do anything for you, but both flights departed on time, with no delays. The in-flight meals made the journey that much more enjoyable; they were delicious and had plenty of options to choose from.

During my trip, I was given the opportunity to enjoy stays at two luxurious locations, The Aphrodite Hills and St George’s Beach Hotel and Spa Resort.

My first stop was at the stunning Aphrodite Hills, this resort boasts spectacular scenery, blissful beaches, and some fantastic routes for walking. The villa I had the pleasure of staying in, was beautifully decorated with neutral tones. It featured a generously spacious patio, which was perfect for basking in the Cypriot sunshine, whilst the rooms were very spacious and provided ample comfort. The resort thought of everything - from the convenience of a large swimming pool just a few steps away from my villa to a vibrant main square which featured all the essential amenities you needed including a pharmacy, kids club, supermarket, and a selection of restaurants. This resort is renowned for its golfing facilities – they really are a golfer’s dream come true. You can start your day with breakfast at the clubhouse, whilst taking in the breathtaking views of the course. Even if you’re not an experienced golfer, you can still partake in the game on their 6-hole course – perfect for experiencing the destination and enjoying the sunshine.

Next on my journey, I checked in at St George’s Beach Hotel and Spa Resort, situated amongst seven acres of land. The hotel room I was allocated was very spacious, tastefully decorated, and had a luxurious king-sized bed with great views from the balcony. The range of restaurants at St George's was astounding, with five distinct options ranging from the Pelagos Greek Taverna to the Shoga Asian Restaurant. This fantastic hotel not only stands on the beachfront but also puts the beach right at your doorstep. After a busy day exploring all Paphos has to offer, I couldn't resist a refreshing dip - the pools are generously sized, including one that has a swim-up pool bar. But, if you’re looking to relax, the hotel also boasts a hydrotherapy wellness and spa centre, which is perfect if you fancy a rejuvenating treatment.

During the trip, I was also given the opportunity to be shown around various other hotels in the area, such as the Olympic Lagoon Resort, Alexander The Great, and The Elysium – these were all lovely options for prospective clients and it was great to experience them first hand and see how accommodating the staff were. A highlight was dining at a few of these hotels, the food was delicious – especially the halloumi.

Whist in Paphos I enjoyed a trip to the harbour, not only is it a historical and cultural site, but it was also a very vibrant and lively area that offers a mix of activities and places to eat for visitors. It’s a great place to explore the city's rich heritage whilst enjoying the beauty of the Mediterranean coastline. Just a short walk away is the Archaeological Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s home to an array of truly fascinating ancient ruins and well-preserved Roman villas with intricate mosaics, providing a glimpse into the city’s historical past.  

As we approach the conclusion of my journey, I'm excited to share some standout moments:

  • Exploring the various hotel facilities first-hand was a true delight, but I particularly loved The Elysium Hotel – it’s luxurious amenities, impeccable service, and a setting that seamlessly blends historical charm with modern elegance was nothing short of breathtaking.
  • The culinary experiences were a real highlight, with an array of absolutely delicious dishes and an abundance of choices – but the halloumi dishes in particular were incredible.
  • Additionally, forging connections with wonderful new friends from various travel agencies added an extra layer of joy to the trip.

While my time in Paphos was brief, it left me yearning to uncover more. I’d love to return and delve deeper into the heart of the city, especially the charming old town. My stay, though only a few days, sparked a curiosity to uncover more of Paphos's treasures and experience all the enticing activities and exploration it has to offer.

You can find Rosie at our Ipswich branch.