The appearance of the interior and exterior of a hotel plays a significant role when it comes to its popularity. The same applies to the functionality. When planning the design of a hotel or any other hospitality establishment, the wishes and needs of the target groups should be taken into consideration – regarding everything from the color palette and materials to equipment and hotel facilities. All the choices should be made by anticipating the wishes and needs of the prospective guests. For example, the postmodernist style (vigorous colors, unusual shapes) suits better for guests who enjoy an active holiday filled with new experiences, whereas the Mediterranean style seems ideal for complete relaxation in the embrace of the „big blue“.
This time, the example of a design hotel is the Cypriot beauty – Almyra Hotel, a member of Design HotelsTM, which represents and markets the „collection“ of 250 independent hotels worldwide.
In the coastal city of Paphos in Cyprus, which is known in Greek mythology as the place of birth of the legendary Aphrodite, a lovely hotel is situated. Almyra, meaning „the taste of the sea“, is a hotel designed in a contemporary version of the Mediterranean style and, therefore, complements the beauty of its surrounding landscape. Hotels Anassa, The Annabelle, and Almyra are in the ownership of a family-run company Thanos Hotels. A stylish and fashionable appearance of Almyra is the result of work of interior designers Joelle Pleot and Tristan Auer.
The main characteristics of the relaxed – Mediterranean style are lightness, airiness, simplicity, straight lines, and soft colors. The neutral color scheme, together with the light blue accents, reminds of the natural wealth of the Mediterranean – white rocks, brown tree bark and the blue sky that reflects in the sea.
189 rooms equipped for a perfect holiday, additional facilities for children (for example, the Smiling Dolphin Kiddies Club), two swimming pools, one of which is specially designed for younger guests – indicate that form and function go “hand-in-hand”, thus creating opportunities for a memorable experience. When it comes to the restaurant, lounge bar, and terraces design, again, the minimalism and neutral tones prevail, with occasional exceptions, like colorful accents.
Large and elegant gardens surrounding the hotel, are “a cherry on the top” of this Cypriot story.