Locations don't get much better than this. With nothing but a pool terrace and a narrow strip of palm-planted garden to separate it from the beach Athena Royal impresses from the start. The beach itself is a golden strip of sand and shingle which runs the full length of the hotel meaning all the outdoor spaces come with sea views.
Taking centre-stage on the beachfront are three large pools. Criss-crossed by bridges and accessorised with palms they're set into huge terraces dotted with chic wooden sunbeds. And as the hotel is strictly adults-only territory the atmosphere is as tranquil as it gets.
Away from the beach you'll find a spa offering body wraps and massages and activities that range from tennis and lawn bowls to minigolf and a golf academy. Plus you can hire a bike and set out for a two-wheeled exploration of Paphos.
Indoors meanwhile understated elegance are the watchwords. The bedrooms have been decorated in warm peach and blue hues and feature big beds and comfy chairs. Extras like mini-fridges TVs and radios all come as standard.
As for food with three eateries scattered around the grounds as well as the Olive Grill Bar which serves snacks there's no shortage of choice. You've got everything from the Oasis Restaurant where buffet breakfasts and light lunches are laid on to the Aphrodite à la carte where white linen and candlelight create the perfect mood for dinnersà deux.