Posts for Limassol, Cyprus Category

Locals reveal their favourite things to do in Cyprus

We asked locals in Cyprus to reveal what they like doing in their own country when they have available time. We hope to imbue you with our findings. There are plenty of things to do on this beautiful Mediterranean Island to enjoy yourself, to refresh and get inspired.

Asking different people about their favourite thing to do in their own country made us realize that we have so many glorious places.  Some people enjoy a local coffee shop and drink their favourite iced coffee (frappe) in Limassol Marina and some are enamored with the idea of drinking tea in the cosy villages up in the mountains.  

We believe that we are one of the few countries in Europe that have the Mediterranean Sea on the right hand side and the mountains on the left hand side. You literally can go on Monday and swim at the Bath of Aphrodite and 24 hours later be in a local village up in the mountains. Let’s dive in and see what you can do the next time you are in Cyprus.

Troodos and Kykkos. Some people love to drive in the mountains and go to Kykkos Monastery. Kykkos is one of the wealthiest and best-known monasteries in Cyprus. You can enjoy the Holy Monastery and its rich history. There are no remains of the original monastery as it was burned down many times. You can enjoy the fresh air in the mountains and have a cup of Cyprus traditional coffee in the restaurant at the Monastery.

kykkos02

While you are at Kykkos you can drive and stop for a quick cheeky glass of wine at Omodos Village. George from Limassol loves Omodos Village. We suggest you have a cheeky glass of wine because it’s a wine-making village. It is built near the west bank of the Cha-potami river. This beautiful village is surrounded by tall mountaintops. You can find vines and various fruit-trees (apple, plum, pear, peach and apricot trees). When you have your cheeky glass of wine you can drive carefully to the south, towards Alexander The Great in Paphos.

omodos02

Maria from Nicosia absolutely loves the breath-taking views at Alexander The Great in Paphos. One of her favourite things to do is to have a cocktail at the Alexander Bar and enjoy herself. If you book yourself into the Alexander The Great in Paphos Cyprus, you are in for a treat. Once you finish your cocktail you can go to your room and continue enjoying the view from your room. You can order a delicious club sandwich and relax.

alexander-the-great

Speaking of Paphos, Chara told us that she loves going for coffee at Oniro By The Sea and enjoying a walk to The Edro III Shipreck. The Edro III was a cargo ship, build in 1966 that had an accident in Paphos on 08th December 2011 in heavy seas. During its voyage to Rhodes, from Limassol full of plasterboard. Today the ship is empty and it offers nice scenery while you enjoy and learn. You can have a drink and have a bite to eat. The view is definitely worth it.

shipwreck02

Louiza shared with us that she loves going for a walk in the harbour for a frozen yogurt. There is also St George in Paphos where you can find the last castle for a great place to have lunch.

Once you enjoy your lunch you can drive down to Petra tou Romiou. Also known as Aphrodite Rock, it is a sea stack in Paphos. It’s located off the shore along the main road from Paphos to Limassol. According to one legend, this rock is the site where Aphrodite was born. They say that if you swim around the rock three times you will be blessed with true love. Most probably you are with your true love already so it might be a good idea to swim together!

Let’s travel to Limassol. Johnny’s favourite thing to do is to walk by the beach next to Elias Beach Hotel. If you are staying at the hotel you can enjoy a morning walk there. Maybe you might pick up a new holiday habit. As soon as he finishes his walk he loves going down to Limassol Marina to enjoy a chamomile tea (yes in hot weather as well). Once the walk and the tea are completed a spa at Elias Beach Hotel is the perfect ritual for a perfect Friday.

Anthony is on the other side of the island, he is in charming Ayia Napa. There are so many things you can do in Ayia Napa so we will share with you two things that Anthony suggested. One of his favourite things is to visit Olympic Lagoon’s Restaurant, the Rock N Roll! If you haven’t been to that restaurant and you are in Cyprus, you should definitely go! It’s a diner where you can enjoy a delicious New York cheesecake. The diner has a Rock N Roll vibe as you might have guessed, the interior reminds you of old-fashioned diners in America and the food is just mind-blowing. The second thing you should do is visit Ayia Napa Sculpture Park. The place is full of great surprises, sculptures from artists from all over the globe, some of them are smart, some clever and some crazy as Mike L says on TripAdvisor.

rock-n'-roll

The sculpture park consists of a large collection of pieces by over 50 artists from around the world who have participated in the Annual Sculpture Symposium held by Ayia Napa Municipality. The expansion of each collection is an ongoing project that is continually being added to and in 2015 artists from around the world created their sculptures on-site over a period of three weeks which turned the park into an open-air workshop.

There you have it, suggestions from locals on what they love to do most in Cyprus. There are hundreds of things that you can do while you are in Cyprus. If you are looking to book accommodation in Paphos, Limassol or Ayia Napa we do have hotels and resorts that you can check out. When you arrive at any of our hotels or resorts you can ask any of our team members for their suggestions, they will be more than glad to share their favourite things to do.

If you have visited Cyprus let us know in the comment section below what was your favourite thing that you did?

Continue Reading

Habits to pick up on your next holiday

They say that “old habits” die hard. We believe that when our mind is clear and we are on holiday we can implement new habits more easily and keep them. We would like to share with you six positive habits that you can pick up the next time you go on holiday.

If you are visiting us, here at Kanika Hotels & Resorts you will find a lot of benefits and you will find it easier to keep your new habits.

01a

  1. Be in the moment

We start each week running around, going to work, visiting family, maybe taking the kids to school and facing every day challenges. A lot of the time we are not living in the moment; we are thinking of what will happen tomorrow or what happened yesterday. Experts estimate that our mind thinks between 60,000 to 80,000 thoughts a day. That’s an average of 2,500 – 3,300 thoughts per hour. That’s incredible. Some other experts estimate a smaller number, around 50,000 thoughts per day, which means it’s 2,100 thoughts per hour! That is just mind-blowing.

How on earth can we be present if we have 2,100 thoughts per hour? Well it all comes down to training our mind to be present, to live in the moment. It’s like driving; we get better at it with more practice. The mind is the same; it needs constant training. There is a great book on living in the moment that you can read; The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle.

Sometimes when you talk with other people, don’t you feel that they are not present?  We all do it at some point. The reason why we are not present is because we are thinking about a future event or something that happened in the past and we are not in the moment. A lot of the time we are not actually listening to the other person, we are just waiting for them to finish talking so we can reply with what we think.

The next time you are on holiday practice enjoying the Mediterranean Sea, the beautiful sand, the blue sky, the hotel room you are in, there are literally a million things that you can focus on to be present. You will start living in the moment with your loved ones.

02

  1. Reading

When we were children we used to read books because our teachers and parents told us that we need to read; it was a must. Once we got our degrees we started neglecting reading books because…well you know, we don’t have time. Well there are hundreds of proven studies which show that reading a printed book has a lot of benefits.

There is nothing like the smell of an old book or the crack of a new one’s spine.

Dr. Seuss once wrote “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Reading a good book opens up a whole world of knowledge starting from a very young age. Exposure to new vocabulary not only leads to higher scores on reading tests, but also higher scores on general tests of intelligence. Plus, stronger early reading skills may mean higher intelligence later in life. Here’s a tip: choose a traditional printed book, Kindles and iPads are cool but research suggests that reading on a screen can slow you down by as much as 20 to 30 percent.

Reading makes you more intelligent, more empathetic, it helps you fight Alzheimer’s disease, it helps you relax and reading can help you to achieve better sleep.

The next time you fly to Cyprus and visit one of our resorts, get a nice book from the airport bookstore and enjoy reading in the sun. Once you get into a habit of reading at least 30 minutes a day on your holiday you are more likely to keep reading when you get back home.

03

 

  1. Exercise (walking or running)

Once you finish reading in the morning you can go for a walk. Here in Cyprus we have lovely beaches that you can enjoy. Outside Alexander The Great Hotel in Paphos there is an amazing side-road where you can walk for 30 minutes and enjoy the Mediterranean Breeze.

Running is one of the best butt-kicking, calorie-blasting workouts around. You can run anywhere. Whenever you choose to run on a treadmill, by the beach or in the street, it’s easy to get those miles in. When you run you can explore new places; on your holiday take your sneakers with you. You don’t need to think about pricey gym membership, you can start running with the right shoes.

If you pick up this new habit you will have a new excuse to eat more carbs; more spaghetti. During intense training you will need to increase your carb intake and it will help you boost your performance and boost your mood during hard runs.

You will live longer because runners have fewer disabilities and remain active longer than their sedentary counterparts.

You need a great app to keep track of your running, you can download an awesome app that tracks everything and keeps you motivated, it’s available on iOS and Android: Nike+ Run Club.

04

  1. Be more you.

The world is shouting at us not to be ourselves, all the adverts are telling us how we should dress and how we should live our life. We spend so much of our emotional energy on worrying about what others think of us and we all try to be accepted by society.  Practice being more you; wear what makes you happy, what makes you feel comfortable, what you absolutely love.

When we are ourselves we have more energy, we love ourselves and people around us more. When we try to fit into this world, we are not us. We are not ourselves. While you are enjoying one of our cocktails you can think about the things you like about yourself and really appreciate the fact that you are alive, that you are here.

Being ourselves is the best thing we can all do. This is one of the best habits you can pick up on your next holiday. Come back fresh, a brand new you.

There is a lot of information that says that we need 21 days to form a new habit, which is not really true. Jeremy Dean, a psychologist and author explains that after he conducted some research it showed that some habits can take around 254 days to form and some 84 days. However, the 21 days research is probably right if all you want to do is drink a glass of water after breakfast. Anything harder is likely to take longer to become a really strong habit, and in, the case of some activities, much longer.

We believe if you want to pick up a habit, you need to try and commit to your new habit. Here at Kanika Hotels and Resorts we have everything you need to help you start your new habit.

There you have it, five habits that you can pick up the next time you go on holiday. If you are thinking of booking a holiday, you can choose any of our hotels and retreats here in Cyprus. In the meantime, we would like to read your comments on what habits would you like to pick up on your next holiday, write in the comment section below.

Continue Reading

Exceeding your Needs

It’s extremely difficult to put into words how grateful we are for your kind words and valuable feedback after a stay with us, be it for one night or seven. What’s most
important to us is that your stay is as comfortable and satisfying as it can be, and that when you leave us to head back home you feel completely relaxed and rejuvenated. There’s nothing more rewarding than hearing you speak so glowingly about your stay here at Elias Beach Hotel. Continue reading “Exceeding your Needs” »

Continue Reading

An island that feels like home

The sunny island of Cyprus is known for being family friendly, as are Kanika Hotels & Resorts, so when you combine the two together, you end up with the perfect recipe for a fantastic family holiday – one that guarantees there is never a dull moment!

Within our hotels, we have all aspects of holidaying with children covered, from infants to teenagers, so that you can relax, knowing your offspring are safe, supervised and entertained. Services range from the practical – such as early mealtimes, shallow pools and babysitting – to those that have been created solely for fun. Continue reading “An island that feels like home” »

Continue Reading

LIMASSOL: Among TripAdvisor’s Destinations on the Rise

Travel site TripAdvisor revealed its Travelers’ Choice Destinations on the Rise awards. The awards highlight spots around the world that have received the greatest increase in positive feedback and interest from TripAdvisor members, year over year.

“The TripAdvisor community has helped surface some unheralded destinations across the globe that are receiving rave reviews from travelers worldwide,” said Barbara Messing, Chief Marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “These award-winners offer highly rated options for accommodations, restaurants and activities to inspire those planning their vacations for the new year.”

According to an article by CNN journalist Katia Hetter published in CNN TRAVEL “These may soon be 10 of the most popular destinations in the world. Our advice: Visit them before everyone else does.”

Top 10 Travelers’ Choice Destinations on the Rise around the world
1. Da Nang, Vietnam
2. Sihanoukville, Cambodia
3. Limassol, Cyprus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPGqv2ta6mE
4. Ao Nang, Thailand
5. Bodrum City, Turkey
6. Naha, Japan
7. Hurghada, Egypt
8. Kazan, Russia
9. Manaus, Brazil
10. Eilat, Israel

Elias Beach Hotel – Limassol – Member of Kanika Hotels & Resorts

Continue Reading

“Summer is Cyprus”

There is no doubt that Cyprus has much to attract holidaymakers: a pleasing climate with 340 days of sunshine a year; a fascinating history and archaeological sites; spectacular scenery; beautiful beaches and marinas; and wonderful gastronomic delights. It is a safe and amazingly welcoming destination – for holidays or as a place to live.

Working on that theme, Kanika Hotels & Resorts Sales Manager, Maria Evripides, initiated a PR & Communications campaign, ‘Summer is Cyprus: a celebration of Cyprus, its people and its visitors’ which has now been endorsed by the two Hotel Associations STEK and PASYKSE, and the Cyprus Tourism Organisation.

We recognised that the travel industry needed reassurance; that travel agents were being asked questions that they could not answer. So, for the sake of Cyprus and its visitors, but above all for those who are sitting in the middle – the trade – the ‘Summer is Cyprus’ initiative was born. The up-to-date interactive online presence doesn’t just promote a single resort or hotel, but presents the island as a whole.

The project has placed the social media at its forefront, while travel editors are being invited to the island, enabling them to report that in Cyprus it is “tourism as usual”.

Finally, testimonials are sought from tourists enjoying their holidays here as well as “Friends of Cyprus” who are well known, established and successful personalities worldwide. This project now belongs to all Cyprus hotels and we are all working on it as a team.

As our esteemed guests we would like to invite you to visit our website www.summeriscyprus.com, www.facebook.com/SummerIsCyprus, Twitter at @summeriscyprus.

Continue Reading

KIKU Japanese Restaurant at Elias Beach Hotel

Enhancing our Premium All-Inclusive experience still further, we opened our Kiku Japanese Restaurant at Elias Beach Hotel in June 2013. The Zen-inspired design of the spectacular outdoor terrace offers our guests the opportunity to sample the finest of Japanese cuisine, watching the sunset and under the stars. All our All-Inclusive guests are welcome to visit Kiku once a week. However reservations are essential and can be made at the reception or via the touchscreen info kiosk near the Reception desk.

Visit Kiku if you are tantalised by the idea of favourite bites from the Far East with a modern twist, prepared on the spot and served al fresco in a Mediterranean environment overlooking the sea. All, of course, with à la carte waiter service!

Kiku Japanese Restaurant

Continue Reading

Cyprus Timeless Trees

In many ways, trees are an investment. Nurture them and they will reward your efforts. But some are more giving than others; and in return for their generosity, nature has granted them longevity.

Meet the carob and the olive trees – two timeless trees that epitomize the Cyprus landscape.

Visit the Cyprus countryside and you will encounter orchards at every turn. Pink-white blossoms are the tender label of the abundant almond trees. Lush and shiny foliage are the giveaway of the

citruses. Many others will tease your curiosity or challenge your knowledge. Whatever you do, make sure you identify two trees that are inseparable from the Cyprus countryside; two trees that have – in their own way – shaped the island’s trade and traditions for centuries: the olive tree on the one hand, the carob tree on the other.

Though it seems impossible to find visual similarities between the two, they do have one thing in common. Both grow and mature slowly, but can live for hundreds of years. Both have high tolerance levels, and won’t easily give in to the heat and drought of Cyprus summers.

 

Continue Reading

Delicious New Developments at Elias Beach Hotel

Screen Shot 2013-01-19 at 10.02.00 AM

After the great success of our Kiku Japanese Restaurant and the Cyprus styled tavern at our sister Hotels Alexander The Great and Olympic Lagoon Resort some new additional food & beverage choices are also being launched at Elias Beach Hotel to include an unrivaled variety while keeping family comfort and adults’ privacy in mind. This includes the introduction of a new Japanese Restaurant on the lobby terrace and the transformation of the Blue Paradise into a Cyprus Taverna offering exclusive traditional meals just a few steps away from the beach. Continue reading “Delicious New Developments at Elias Beach Hotel” »

Continue Reading

Limassol Wine Festival 30/08-08/09/2012

Limassol Wine Festival

The wine festival has been one of the featured events in Limassol, Cyprus’s wine capital, since 1961. It takes place at the Municipal Gardens, just across the Olympion promenade, in the beginning of September and lasts for 12 days.

The Limassol Wine Festival was inspired by the ancient festivals dedicated to the God of wine Dionysus and honors the long island’s tradition of winemaking. The giant statue of a Cypriot wine-maker welcomes visitors at the entrance. At the festival, guests, both locals and foreigners, get the chance to try different local wines and traditional Cypriot food.

Although there is a small entrance fee, the wines produced by the island’s wineries are offered free of charge in unlimited quantities. Another popular feature of the Wine Festival is a traditional wine press. Folkloric dances, songs, theatrical performances from local and international artistic groups are also included in the program of the festival.

check accommodation at www.kanikahotels.com

 

Continue Reading

Kanika Hotels

Kanika Hotel Find affordable hotels in Cyprus? With Kanika Hotels & Resorts you can choose to enjoy any of our four hotels in Limassol, Pafos or Agia Napa.