How Cyprus' history, heritage influenced Wilson Associates' Elysium Hotel redesign

Architecture and interior design firm Wilson Associates recently completed the renovation of the Elysium Hotel in Cyprus.

The property's updated deluxe bedrooms, junior suites, lobby and several F&B spaces include new design elements that incorporate the island’s history and heritage. The firm’s Los Angeles studio led the design efforts, which was inspired by the natural surroundings found in Cyprus and the views of the Mediterranean Sea from the city.

Embracing the original architecture of the Elysium Hotel, Wilson Associates designed around the property’s "palatial" style, which was influenced by the Byzantine era. According to Amy Jakubowski, managing director and design director of Wilson Associates’ Los Angeles studio, the cultural references of the property's architecture evoke the history of Cyprus and combine elements from Greek, Roman, Medieval and Venetian times. The existing architectural elements of the lobby, for example, were enhanced with local stone, marble and timber; muted colors with pops of blues and fuchsia; decorative features such as mosaics, arches and columns; and new furniture.


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The deluxe bedrooms have hard and soft furnishings complemented by woods and marble accents. The chosen color palette includes crimson, peach and gold .

The junior suites, which have one or two bedrooms, have new millwork with a painted wood paneled ceiling in grey, while dark walnut hues are adorned with maroon and apricot tones, set against a pearl backdrop.

For dining, the property has Epicurean, located at the end of a grand Venetian corridor framed by palatial arches. The color palette used in the space includes olive green. It also has Murano glass chandeliers. From May to October, Epicurean’s French doors open up onto the eatery’s terrace, which is framed by string lights and greenery.

Meanwhile, Lemonia Piazza, an all-day dining restaurant, has seating indoors as well as outside on the terrace. Lastly, Cafe Occidental is reminiscent of a Parisian patisserie, complete with a pastry display.

Situated on the beach in the ancient city of Paphos, next to the historical site of the Tombs of the Kings, Elysium Hotel has 250 rooms and suites.

Photo credit: Wilson Associates

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