Highly rated for its “bang for the buck” value, the popular Olympic Lagoon Resort Paphos is on the shore of the southern Mediterranean in southwest Cyprus, just 1500 meters from historical Paphos, with its archeological treasures, and, for fans of the modern era, its interesting night spots.
With its 5 outdoor pools, tennis court, 5 on- site restaurants, spa and fitness center and indoor pool the Olympic Lagoon Paphos has it all for discriminating couples as well as families looking for a fun vacation destination. The resort building is configured into a sort of broken-legged “H,”, with the lower legs embracing the 4 of the 5 lagoon-shaped pools, giving the grounds a sort of tropical feel in the midst of generally dry Cyprus. There is a nice if somewhat small beach, a water sports facility on the shore, and plenty of interesting places to visit if you’re feeling touristy.
Guests enjoyed the super-comfy beds which led to an excellent night’s sleep, the great service, the kids’ club, the interestingly configured pools (including the childrens’ pool), the food choices, and the convenient location.
Rooms clock in at a spacious 29m2 (310 sq. ft.) not including balconies or terraces. Room décor is a pleasant combination of off-white and powder blue, with white veined marble flooring, or, in the case of the Deluxe Room, laminated wood flooring. Rooms are sub-divided in sleeping and sitting areas in an open floor plan. Amenities include flat screen satellite TV, hair dryer, mini fridge, furnished balcony or terrace, padded headboards, twin or double beds with pocket spring mattresses, microfiber or feather pillows, and safety box.
Deluxe Room Sea View face the beautiful blue Med. Bathrooms have a tub and a rain shower and double sinks. Bathroom speaker connects to the TV. High quality bathrobes, slippers and towels are provided. Additional amenities include coffee and tea maker (replenished daily), complimentary welcome drinks on arrival, mineral water (replenished daily) and free WiFI.
Deluxe Room Inland View includes the same amenities as the Deluxe RoomSea View, except the prospect out the light-flooded, floor to ceiling sliding glass doors is that of the greenery of Side Sea View, Sea View, including swaying palm trees and the meticulously cared for gardens of the resort.
Deluxe Room Side Sea View lets you admire both the waters of the Mediterranean, and the simple, cube-like architecture of the resort, as well as the grounds and the interestingly configured pools.
Deluxe Superior Rooms
The Deluxe superior rooms are housed in the adults-only wing of the resort. These are considered a couples-only upgrade.
Deluxe Superior Room Sea View
Room has an unobstructed view of the palms along the shoreline and the sea. There’s something about an open horizon that inspires. There is also a glass wall in the bathroom allowing abundant light in, and the ability to see outside as well. Amenities are the same as the other rooms; pocket spring mattresses, microfiber and feather pillows, safety box, hairdryer, folding luggage rack, bathtub with rain shower, premium bathrobes, slippers and towels, and bathroom speaker connected to the TV. Other amenities include coffee and tea maker and mineral water (both replenished daily), free WiFi, and mini fridge.
Deluxe Superior Room Side Sea View
Same room configuration and amenities as the Deluxe Superior Sea View. The only difference is that you can see the beach and sea as well as the pools and garden area of the resort.
Whiterose Honeymoon Suite Sea View
This delightful, roomy suite features a king size four poster canopy bed with padded red headboard, white and red coverings, and red footstools. Otherwise the room décor features a lot of white. There is also a cute, white painted wood-carved “Mr & Mrs” decoration on the floating desk below the flat screen TV to remind you of your marital state. Guests in the Honeymoon Suite are treated with an unobstructed view of the sea, a separate tub and walk in shower in the bathroom, and access to the Serenity Oasis adults-only pool with allocate sunbeds and umbrellas, plus other signature services. Other standard room amenities apply.
Fisherman’s Junior Suites
Large suite includes four poster double bed, separate tub and walk in shower in the bathroom, and a beautiful overflow pool for your use only. Terrace is walled on both sides for privacy, with the overflow pool on one side, a partial hedge at the terrace’s end, and then an opening leading to the Oasis Serenity Pool just steps away.
Fisherman’s Junior Suite, Pool and Sea View (adults only)
Layout, décor and amenities are the same as the Fisherman’s Junior Suite with Private Pool, Pool View, with the solitary exception that the view is different: the room is above ground level, and offers a panoramic view of the garden, pools, and sea.
Fisherman’s Junior Suite Private Terrace, Inland View (adults-only)
Lots of stained wood furnishings and trim lend a more rustic air to this suite with its four poster, canopy double bed, twin vanity bathroom with walk-in shower and twin sinks, and a large private terrace offering nice views of the resort’s grounds. Access to the Serenity Oasis adults-only view is part of the package, as well as all other standard room amenities.
Family Junior Suites
Bring one, bring all is the idea behind the Family Junior Suites. Able to house up to 5 family members, these suites come with frosted glass partition walls for privacy and abundant light. There are two types: Sea View and Inland View. Both have spacious balconies, overlooking either the sea, or the grounds of the spa and the surrounding topography. Suites come with bunk beds, a stuffed toy or two, and two TVs to accommodate both adults and kids. The only difference between the two is what you see out the balcony: on the one hand, you can rest your eyes on the ever-changing aspect of the Mediterranean with the Sea View, or, on the other hand, on pool, grounds, and surrounding area, with the Inland View.
Food and Drink
Kanika Olympic Lagoon Resort Paphos has five restaurants for you to choose from.
The flagship restaurant, the Royal Olympic, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner served buffet style with live cooking stations. Its themed nights cover the planet, from Cyprus to Italy, and from India to China. This indoor-outdoor restaurant is beautifully sited among the greenery of the resort’s garden and lagoon. A family area features a live animation team is available. There is also an adults-only area.
The Captain’s Deck is an outdoor tavern-like venue specializing in Cypriot meze and classical Greek-Cypriot dishes such as moussakas, pork souvlaki and pita bread, or keftedes, which can be indulged whilst you gaze at the azure Mediterranean and the greenery of the resort’s gardens.
Rock n Roll Is a colourful, Hard Rock Café-style American eatery with posters of classic Hollywood players on the wall and such American fare as thick, juicy steaks, spare ribs, and hamburgers and fries on the menu, all served with a the delightful music of the early rock n roll years as a background.
Seven Orchids gives you a taste of Asia under a canopy in the resort’s gardens with charming sunset views. A wide variety of Asian fare is on offer from sushi to soups to Teppan marinated pork fillets to Malaysian green curry chicken fillet to five spice duck breast.
Garibaldi is an adults-only eatery which focuses on the glories of Italian cuisine by candlelight. The semi-formal dining room looks classically Italian, with tablecloth-draped tables, and red upholstered chairs. Minestrone soup with Parmesan shavings, handmade goat cheese ravioli, slow-cooked lamb shank, Garganelli pasta with chicken fillet- the choices are endless, and endlessly pleasing to the palate. Buon appetito!
Kanika Olympic offers you no less than six choices of bars. The Xperience Arena is an ultra-modern spotlit colored light-washed venue featuring live entertainment ranging from rock to musicals performed by the Kanika All-Stars, a talented group of musicians and performers. Sip your favorite cocktail or beer, or sparkling water, and try to sit still as the music washes over you.
In contrast, the Grand Lobby’s outdoor terraceis awash in sunlight as you enjoy your drink under the swaying palms, or sit inside and enjoy watching the people come and go in this lobby bar.
The Serenity Pool Bar is tailored for guests in the Adults Only wing of the resort. This swim up bar caters to every need of its thirsty customers who are staying in the Deluxe Superior Rooms, Fisherman’s Junior Suites, and Whiterose honeymoon suites.
The You and Me Bar is an adults-only venue and the place to get your favorite beverage as you sit with friends both new and old and enjoy the water-serviced offerings of the full bar, including liqueurs, cocktails, aperitifs, soft drinks and coffees.
The Blue Lagoon serves double duty as a pool bar, and an outdoor cocktail bar. However you make use of it, your proximity to the water is never compromised with this counter service bar.
The Chillax Club is only available for private functions, but it looks the place to do what its name suggests: chill out and relax. Décor is a little like a modern art museum, with space-age molded seats and wall patterns that remind one of an optical illusion. Pretty cool place.
Spa and Wellness
Serenity Health Club and Spa is an award-winning center for body treatments, massage, exercise, skin and beauty care, and whatever else you need to bring your body back into balance from the daily grind of the workaday world. Signature treatments, licensed therapists, indoor leisure and a complete gym all are waiting to transform you into the best “you” you can be.
Massages have long been known to de-stress the body and rejuvenate the mind, and you’ll have several types to choose from at Serenity. For example, the Tranquil Paradise massage uses spice pindas- a traditional oriental blend herbs, spices, and aromatics wrapped in a cloth bag and applied to the body is a massage- to relax and please with their aroma. There is also a Hot Stone Massage for relief of muscular tension, and Sunset in Egypt, which uses citrus aromas to relieve stress.
There are rituals– face and body treatments- which bring your skin back to life and restore that glow and elasticity that has been missing. There are also makeup and nail services available.
There are couples’ treatments in private rooms so that the two of you can receive the kind of pampering you have been missing. The relaxation rooms allow you the peace and quiet needed to complete your journey, whilst a dip in the indoor pool caps it all off. The fully equipped gym is available to maintain the muscle tone you’ve worked so hard to gain during your regular routine at the health club during the year.
Musicals, concerts, entertainment- all of this and more keep you active and entertained in the evening. During the day, there are outdoor sports and engaging activities for guests of all ages. For example, there are water aerobics, water volleyball, a pool mini disco, water basketball, table tennis, and much, much more.
For example, the Xperience Arena is a focal point for first class entertainment options featuring the Kanika All Stars. Catch a different live show practically every evening, such as Sweet Soul Music, a live show featuring soul and Motown hits by the All Stars or the acrobatic stylings and songs of This Is the Greatest Show, which remembers the Barnam and Baily Circus, or the Tribute To Michael Jackson wherein the All Stars memorialize the Prince of Pop, his incredible dance moves, and some of his dozens of hit song. Other evening shows feature the music of the pop group Queen, or give you a top flight magic show that will mesmerize both youngsters and adults.
Fun for Kids
There are all kinds of things going on at the Olympic Lagoon Resort especially tailored for younger guests. There’s the Safari Stars Meet and Greet and the Xperience Arena, where kids can pose for pics with the resorts mascots, a midday Pool Mini Disco featuring the Kanika All Stars, an Aladdin and Friends evening show. There’s a daily Splash Bingo game in the early afternoons, a daily mini disco, and a daily parade of costumed characters which do a meet and greet around the resort in the late mornings.
For water fun, there’s the kids pool which offers tons of water games and the resort’s ‘Little Monsters’ pirate ship featuring water slides and opportunities to imagine they’re feature players in their own version of Treasure Island.
The Little Monsters Kids’ Club allows you to drop your kids off while you take a little time for yourselves as parents whilst trained childrens’ entertainers guiding the little ones as the pretend they’re Disney characters, or superhero detectives, or pirates on the Caribbean.
Fantastical Fridays allow the little ones to play at magic a la Harry Potter, befriend mythical animals, and adopt various personas via innovative costumes.
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.
48 Poseidonos Ave, Paphos 8042