Aphrodite is said to have emerged off the shore near Paphos, on Cyprus's west coast. Now that bay has given birth to another goddess, the Almyra, formerly the historic Paphos Beach Hotel. Renamed after a $10 million makeover by the owners of nearby Anassa, the 190-room resort fuses a Le Corbusier aesthetic with the whitewashed lines of Santorini. But its main inspiration is the water. The lobby has panoramic views of the bay; guest room terraces overlook the sea; and the 20 open-plan Kyma (Greek for "Wave") suites stand right beside the surf. If you indulge at the hotel's Mosaics restaurant, compensate by strolling to two of the most revered archaeological sites in the Mediterranean, the 13th-century Castle of Paphos and the intricately tiled House of Dionysus, home to the mythical goddess of love's consort. The Almyra, Poseidonos Ave., Paphos, Cyprus; 800/337-4685 or 357-26/933-091; www.designhotels.com; doubles from $117.
—Eleni N. Gage
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