Family friendly Leonardo Laura Beach and Splash Resort on the west coast of Cyprus has one of the largest on campus water park on the island, a spa, a gym, several pools, lots of meal choices, and tons of things to keep the young ones occupied.
Leonardo Laura Beach and Splash Resort sprawls over 20,000m2 (5 acres) of prime beachfront property just 5km north of Paphos, in western Cyprus. This economical 4-star resort is geared to families, but couples enjoy it every bit as much. The resort offers its guests 421 rooms and suites, lots of mature landscaping, the large, colorful Splash Waterpark, five restaurants, five bars, three wedding venues complete with coordinators, a gym, a spa, and proximity to all the UNESCO-designated historical sites, and the contemporary nightlife of Paphos.
Offering something for everybody, Leonardo Laura Beach’s guests especially appreciate the wonderful, caring staff, the excellent food choices (especially those of the Greek Tavern with its abundant meze and roasted lamb falling off the bone), and the innumerable ways to have fun in the water.
As mentioned, there are 412 rooms and suites on offer with a wide variety of décor, ranging from all-white with beige drapery and furniture, to patterned wallpaper with earth tones, to solid colors and minimalist contemporary with indirect interior lighting. All rooms have great views, whether of the inland, or the grounds and sea. Amenities include quality mattresses, ac and heat, depending on the season, flat screen TVs with satellite reception, mini fridge, coffee and tea facilities, daily maid service, direct dial phone, hairdryer, safe deposit box, free WiFI, writing desk, bathrobes, slippers, and beach towels. These amenities apply to all rooms.
Double / Twin Rooms
The Double/Twin Rooms fall into two categories: Inland View and Sea View. Both types sleep up to three guests. A bed for a third guest can be had on request. Both types have all the amenities listed above. In addition, bathrooms have free standing bowl sinks, tub/shower combo, and a private balcony. The chief difference is that the Inland View rooms look out onto the rolling hills of the Cypriot countryside, terminating in a mountainous ridge line about 8km to the east. On the other hand, the Sea View gives you a view of the grounds and pools, the beach, and the glittering blue Med all the way to the horizon.
Double / Twin Swim Up Room
These rooms accommodate 2 guests, with a potential 3rd guest on the sofa bed. The most unusual feature is a shared “river pool” (a narrow access pool) allowing guests to swim right up to their private terrace.
Family rooms fall into five categories: Inland View, Pool View, Sea View, Two Rooms Interconnected with Sea View, and Internal Family Room with Atrium View. They sleep up to four guests.
Family Room Inland View sleeps two adults and two children. No extra beds are available, so the two kids would have to share a double sofa bed. These rooms have either balconies or French windows (depending on the floor) which give guests a view of the rolling countryside of Cyprus, to the low mountains on the horizon. Bathrooms have either tubs with showers, or separate walk-in showers.
Family Room Pool View also features a double bed and a double sofa bed. Private terraces are ground level and separated by dividers for privacy. Terrace flows directly onto the grounds, with the pool just a few steps away. No extra beds available.
Family Room Sea View are above ground level and accommodate up to four guests in a double bed and a double sofa bed. The view is self-explanatory and beautiful; the grounds of the resort giving off to the ever-changing, sparkling blue waters of the Mediterranean. In all other respects the room is identical to the Family Room Pool View.
Family Rooms Interconnected are two double rooms (50 m2 each) with a connecting door, suitable for two families, or one large one. Each room has its own shower or bath, its own balcony, and all other amenities and facilities that double rooms have.
Junior Suite Inland & Sea View
The Junior Suite Inland View has some nice angles in the floor plan which serves to more effectively separate the sleeping area from the rest of the room. It has a double bed and a double sofa bed for a total of 4 sleeping places.
The Junior Suite Sea View is more conventionally rectangular, with the narrow ends looking out to the sea, and opening to the bathroom, respectively. Both suites are the same size, with the same amenities.
Executive Swim up Suite & Executive Suite Sea View
The Executive Suite Swim Up has a separate double bed area and a lounge area, with a double sofa bed in the lounge area for two extra guests. The bathtub has a shower head, and there is a separate shower cubicle. Terrace leads directly to the shared, narrow river pool which leads to the main pool.
The Executive Suite Sea View has a similar name, but is above grade level, and has a furnished balcony overlooking the grounds and the magnificent Med. It has a double bed, and a double sofa bed, bathtub with shower, and separate shower cubicle.
Sea View Suite
The Sea View Suite has an advantageous configuration in that it is wider than it is narrow, giving a broader view of the sea via its two floor to ceiling sliding glass doors. This floods the suite with light in the afternoon and early evening, and allows a much broader view of the grounds and the Med. Suite has an area for the double bed, and another for the lounge, with a double sofa bed for extra guests. The view is a nice panorama of the meticulously cared for grounds and pool of the resort.
Food and Drink
There are abundant food venue choices to be had to the Leonardo Laura Beach and Splash resort; six, in fact. Many ingredients are locally sourced from area wineries and organic farms. Food is fresh and seasonal. There are five restaurants and one snack bar to choose from, and all serve excellent food.
The Mare Restaurant is a semi open-air, casual spot open for all-you-can-eat buffet-style breakfasts and lunches. It features a baker’s corner where the pleasant odor of fresh-baked breads wafts across the restaurant, a separate kids’ buffet, and a live cooking center where you can watch the chefs work their magic. Dishes range from traditional Cypriot to international. Gluten free products available on request.
The Blue Horizon also offers an all-you-can-eat dinner-only buffet of international fare in a cafeteria-style interior space spilling out onto the patio for an al fresco experience. Baskets of breads and bins of uncut veggies give the restaurant a little bit of a food market feel. You can choose from abundant offerings at the all-you-can-eat area, or head over to the live cooking counters and get a made to order international meat dish.
The Mourayio Greek Taverna’s focus is on all things Greek and Cypriot and guests love its menu, especially the falling off the bone roast lamb. Whether it’s a traditional horiatiki salad, a variey of meze, a glass of ouzo, or a gyros plate, you won’t be disappointed in this restaurant’s menu and its al fresco seating giving you a splendid view of the resort’s pools, gardens, and the sea beyond.
The Great Burger House gives you the best of American cuisine; quick, delicious, and filling. You can down burgers and fries, salads and pies, ice cream and milkshakes to the rollicking sounds of the uniquely American sounds of rock n roll and country and western tunes.
Little Italy offers counter service for casual Italian dining. Whether its spaghetti, pizza, pasta in all its various forms topped by different sauses, gelato, soft drinks or beer, a taste of Italy awaits you in this totally casual dining venue.
The Splash Snack Bar is as casual as it gets. Feel free to stroll up in your swimwear to grab a snack or drink whilst you take a break from working on your tan, splashing in one of the pools, or playing in the water park. Street food-type fare is available in abundance, including such selections as hot dogs, sandwiches, chips, and a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
There are five bars to choose from at the Leonardo Laura Beach, ranging from the casual Lagoon Swim Up Bar with its convenient location next to the pool where you can order your heart’s desire and consume it on your sun lounger, to the informal, night-clubby Euphoria Club with its lavender lighting, comfortable furniture and bar stools. The Euphoria club can also be booked for private parties.
Additional choices include the Apollo Pool Bar at the center point of the pool, offering alcoholic, non-alcoholic, and caffeinated beverages, the Sunset Bar by the sea where you can breathe the iodine-rich seaside oxygen as you sip your favorite drink, and the Ocean’s Lounge Bar, affording a splendid view of the Mediterranean where you can enjoy a cocktail and take in the exceptional live music.
Spa and Wellness
Leonardo Laura Beach is home to the Ocyan Spa and Fitness center, which rightfully calls itself a “wellness sanctuary.” Whatever your body needs to tone up, tune up, beautify, and de-toxify, can be found here. The spa offers an a la carte selection of treatments by Thalia, which will customize your spa regimen to get you the biggest bang for your buck possible and leave you feeling refreshed, relaxed, and years younger.
Eight treatment rooms are on offer, as well as a gym and fitness center to keep your body tight and toned, a heat experience area for saunas and herbal steam baths, a hot tub, a beauty salon, and a relaxation area to decompress and allow your treatment experience to soak in. There are a variety of facial and body treatments, and massages for every area of your body and face. The pros at Ocyan Spa and Fitness center will consult you and craft a spa experience that is both unforgettable and effective. After a day at Ocyan you’ll fall completely in love with the “new you.”
The crown jewel and in many ways the locus of activities at Leonardo Laura Beach is the Splash Waterpark. It’s the magnet that draws so many guests to the resort. It has a wide and varied choice of slides and water-centered fun. Lifeguards oversea every square foot of the water park, which provides fun for the entire family, all day long.
The Lumiere Cinema allows you to enjoy contemporary movies several times a day, all week long, as you sit in plush, cozy, roomy upholstered easy chairs. Unique to Paphos, Leonardo Laura offers Escape Room Games to guests. Lockdown Paphos, a favorite, teams you with other players as you embark on an odyssey of puzzles, cryptic messages, secret codes and other activities with the goal of escaping the room you’re in before the allotted 60 minutes’ game time is up.
Fun for Kids
There are tons of kids’ activities to choose from. There is storytelling, games, events, and food, such as the kids’ buffet at the Blue Horizon restaurant. In addition to the water park, there are kids’ clubs for young ones and teens alike, indoor and outdoor playgrounds, and half of the resort’s six pools were designed for kids. A favorite is the activity pool which has slides and sprinklers and adult supervision.
For example, there is the Leo’s Small Children Mini Club, tailored for kids aged 3-8. The club offers supervised, educational games and activities with an animation team that organizes various activities such as games, face painting, arts and crafts, and age appropriate shows. As the play day draws to a close, there is a special kids’ buffet on offer.
Leo’s Pre-teens Mini Club entertains, under supervision, 9-12 year-olds in such activities as drawing, painting, crafts, and other activities to tap into their creative side. There is swim time, and shows put on by the animation team.
In the Area
Paphos is a UNESCO World Heritage site, one of about 900 such sites in the world. The criteria for such sites are those having “cultural, historical, scientific or other form of significance.” Some of those having such significance in Paphos include Old Paphos, now called Kouklia, on a hill east of the modern city, the traditional birthplace of Aphrodite, goddess of love. Remains of the ancient city and its sanctuary can be viewed. The Paphos Archeological Park includes the ruins of four large Roman-era villas with well-preserved mosaic floors.
The Paphos pedestrian boulevard on the seafront is famous for its beauty and makes for a pleasant walk in the cool of a summer evening. Paphos Segway Tours take you to all the famous sites in the city and environs, which has been likened to an open-air museum.
The Paphos Castle is a must see, as well as St. Paul’s Pillar, where Church tradition holds that the Apostle Paul was flogged 39 times by the Roman Proconsul of Cyprus, Sergius Paulus, after which he himself converted to Christianity after Elymas the sorcerer was struck blind after trying to discourage Sergius Paulus from the faith.
Paphos is full of restaurants and night spots for those desiring a little nightlife. There are all kinds of tours, both on land and sea , available for sightseers wishing to have a broader view of the environs of this historical city.
The Paphos Aphrodite Water Park provides hours of fun in the sun on its slides, tunnels and pools. An introductory course in Scuba Diving can also he had in the Discover Scuba Diving tour, during which octopuses and sea turtles can be encountered in the crystal clear waters of the Aegean.
Chlorakas Avenue, Paphos 8220
(+357) 2694 49-00
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