15 pictures that make you want to visit Athena Beach Hotel

From the moment we stepped inside the Athena Beach Hotel — wait, strike that. From the moment we arrived at Paphos airport in Cyprus and met the Olympic Holidays rep after collecting our bags, we knew we were in good hands. We were whisked to this gorgeous 4-star family-friendly hotel on the water in Paphos, handed cold drinks, offered any number of activities and diversions and fed until we could eat no more.

We visited Athena Beach Hotel as a guest of Olympic Holidays. The company books fabulous trips, tours, flights and excursions to Cyprus, Green, the Italian islands, the Canaries, Croatia, Egypt and more. This was our second trip to Cyprus as a family. I love how easy it is to get there, how manageable the airport is and the vast array of things to do, including historical sites, rugged countryside and relaxing poolside lounging.

I’ll be doing a hotel review and writing more about all the fab things we got up to on our visit. We took in not only Paphos beach and the city centre but also an outing to Troodos Mountains and even the mall (hey, we have a teenager. It was inevitable). Look for that soon.

Until then, I’ll whet your appetite with a peek at the hotel, the pools, the food and other things that provided fun and flair on our visit.


Our arrival

Can I tell you how great it is to walk in to the hotel after leaving drizzly England to this view?


Jenography at Athena Beach Hotel Cyprus

I took this within minutes of our arrival. Can you see the parasailer over the water?



Now aren’t you glad you brought your swimming costume? Look at all those palm trees


Our room

We got to stay in 2 different rooms. Both were fabulous — one with an amazing view over the resort, one with its own terrace and plunge pool.


We got to stay in 2 different rooms. Here I am lounging in front of our private plunge pool


ATHENA beach hotel plunge pool with coffee - Jenography

Early morning view. Here’s where I checked my emails every morning


The food

We were on a dinner, bed and breakfast plan. We loved how flexible it was. You can choose from some of the restaurants for dinner, switch dinner for lunch if you’re going to be out in the evening or pay a supplement to eat in one of the upscale restaurants. My daughter especially loved the variety on the buffets and the menus.


fruit bowl at Athena Beach Hotel

The buffets were fab. Breakfast in particular was amazing. For Superior Room guests it includes honey straight from the comb, buck’s fizz, and eggs cooked while you wait


pizza at Athena Beach Hotel Cyprus - Jenography

The Helios Beach Bar is a great place for a snack or lunch while you’re out at the pool or the beach — very tasty pizza!



A wooden pier in front of the hotel leads out to a swim ladder


girl in Ocean in front of Athena Beach Hotel

The ocean is crystal clear in front of the hotel and after the first chilly shock, refreshing to swim in, even for a Texan like me


Out and about

Olympic arranges excursions — we picked up the coach for ours right outside the hotel. The hotel also has a great location. You can follow the picturesque beachfront walk all the way into downtown Paphos to the amazing Paphos mosaics, the medieval castle and the lighthouse beach.


beach at Paphos

The beaches along the public walk into town are perfect for jumping waves, sandcastling and watching more parasailers


people on bench in Paphos, Cyprus - Jenography

In between the public beaches lies striking rocky coastline. My daughter is pointing to Paphos city centre


boys on pier in Paphos, Cyprus - Jenography

Stormy weather one afternoon gave way to blue skies and massive waves. These boys were waiting for a big one to outrun in Paphos


excursion to Trodos mountains Cyprus

This was just one of the stop we made on our excursion to Troodos Mountains


art in Paphos, Cyprus

Art in the wild that we discovered on our walk


Athena Beach Hotel pool at night - Jenography

This was our view every night at drinks before dinner


golf at Athena Beach Hotel in Paphos Cyprus -Jenography

Even after 4 days we were still struggling to fit in all the hotel activities before our departure


The details

Athena Beach Hotel
Theas Afroditis Avenue
8101 Paphos, Cyprus
+357 2688 4300


Have you stayed at Athena Beach Hotel or visited Cyprus? Leave a comment with what you like about it!


Olympic Holidays

Olympic Holidays is offering 7 nights at the 5-star Amathus Beach Hotel from £3,612 for a family of three based on two adults and one child travelling. The package includes 7 nights’ half board accommodation in a superior room inland view, VIP UK airport lounge access, private taxi transfers in destination and return flights from Gatwick. Departures are available on 20/07/18. The package is subject to availability. For bookings call 0208 492 6868 or visit www.olympicholidays.com. 

Olympic Holidays is offering 7 nights at the 5-star Amathus Beach Hotel from £3,985 for a family of four based on two adults and two children travelling. The package includes 7 nights’ half board accommodation in a superior room inland view, VIP UK airport lounge access, private taxi transfers in destination and return flights from Gatwick. Departures are available on 20/07/18. The package is subject to availability. For bookings call 0208 492 6868 or visit www.olympicholidays.com.


Disclosure: Our travel, accommodation and some meals and outings were covered by Olympic. All opinions are my own.




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  1. January 23, 2018 / 3:21 pm

    Oh this takes me back a few years to a holiday we had in Cyprus. We weren’t staying at the Athena Beach Hotel but I do love the look of this place – I’m feeling relaxed just looking at your photos. Heaven!

    • January 26, 2018 / 8:26 am

      There’s a whole stretch of beachfront hotels — we had a nice long walk up and down the beach looking at them. We couldn’t help but feel we had the best of the lot!

  2. January 23, 2018 / 6:49 pm

    It looks utterly beautiful, and a world away from this cold grey depressing country I currently find myself in!! 😀 Just one of those pictures would have made me want to visit to be honest! 😀 #citytripping

  3. January 23, 2018 / 10:25 pm

    You had me at those beautiful blue skies along the coast! Would love to visit Cyprus one day! Those beaches look so enticing! #CityTripping

    • January 26, 2018 / 8:24 am

      Do go. So easy to get to and so wonderful to relax there and explore.

  4. January 24, 2018 / 2:42 pm

    I think we had lunch at Helios when we were in Paphos! I have a friend who got married at the Amathus (I think – have to check) a few years ago. I wasn’t able to stay for too long, but I was amazed at how calm and beautiful Cyprus was. We would lie next to the beach every morning and read… simple breeze, warm sun… gorgeous in place in November. Thanks for bringing back all those lovely memories! #citytripping

    • January 26, 2018 / 8:23 am

      Sara, it is very beautiful and I think you’ve pinpointed something quite special: the simplicity of the pleasures there.

  5. January 24, 2018 / 10:18 pm

    This looks great! The food looks delicious and the pool is fab. Never been to Cyprus but would love to go!

  6. January 25, 2018 / 7:54 pm

    I love Cyprus – such a fantastic island, and Paphos is one of my favourite spots. This hotel definitely looks a find too, loving the lounging by the private pool shot especially. Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

  7. January 29, 2018 / 8:35 pm

    Oh wow I am totally sold that plunge pool look just incredible x

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