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Amavi Couples-Only Hotel: Behind the Doors of Paphos’ Brand New Gem

If paradise were a place on earth, chances are, you would experience the magic of it on Cyprus’ glistening palm fringed south-west coastline. And if it were to be given a name and exact location, paradise would very likely find its ideal home at the brand new 5-star Amavi!

 

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The very first couples-only hotel in Cyprus has officially opened its doors, welcoming its first guests into a true haven of relaxation and romance. Standing as the flagship of Kanika Hotels and Resort’s Made For Two Hotels  brand, guests were recently welcomed through the Amavi doors in the finest style by the hotel’s General Manager accompanying guests into the luxurious hotel grounds, while handed a beautiful bouquet of flowers, celebratory champagne and refreshments.

 

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“We are truly delighted to welcome our first guests into this highly-anticipated deluxe hotel in one of the most stunning beachfront locations on the island,” emphasises Amavi General Manager. “The Amavi has been custom-designed to ensure that guests completely relax, recharge and reconnect. We provide for their every need, to guarantee that every couple enjoys the precious luxury of their time together in the most tranquil haven, where togetherness and comfort comes first.”

Having already attracted the interest of discerning travellers from around the world, the guest experience is made all the more exceptional with couples-only amenities, far from the stress and worries of daily life. Unobstructed enchanting sea and sunset views from the hotel’s elegantly-appointed rooms and suites left the first Amavi guests wide-eyed, while signature couples-only amenities, state-of-the-art technology and personalised services, seamlessly entwine to create a relaxed and personal atmosphere, where every day becomes a honeymoon.

 

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The lush and landscaped grounds add to the dream-like appeal, with every inch of the certified eco-label hotel meticulously designed to ensure romantic holidays are as idyllic as possible, right beside the golden sands of an awarded Blue Flag beach. And because no holidays under Mediterranean skies are complete without a refreshing dip in sapphire pools, guests can soothe the senses in the infinity pool merging with the deep blue of the Med, before dipping toes into the waters of a more secluded oasis designed to energise the senses with whirlpools and back massages. All this, just a short walk away from the breathtaking Paphos medieval castle and adjacent harbour.

 

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Evenings at the Amavi are all about reconnecting in fine intimate style, with the hotel’s half board premium gastronomy providing an all-encompassing drink and world class dine-around experience at four signature restaurants, ensuring every meal is a memorable treat for two. Al fresco candlelit conversation and glorious sunsets from breath-taking rooftops and outdoor areas are complemented by gourmet meals, bearing the hallmark of world-renowned Michelin-starred chef, Theodor Falser, delighting even the most refined palate. The gastronomic experience is perfectly enhanced by live soul-soothing evening entertainment and dreamy cocktails as you sink into a soft daydream under the sparkling night sky.

And when all is said and done, the unparalleled comfort and luxury of the hotel rooms and suites await, where rain showers and Made For Two amenities ensure that you and your partner will live out the true meaning of the Latin phrase ‘Veni, Vidi, Amavi’… ‘I came, I saw, I loved.’ Are you ready to fall head over heels in love once more?

 

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For additional information or to book your stay visit: www.amavihotel.com

 

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Your Guide to 2019 Limassol Grand Carnival Weekend: 48 Hours of Non- Stop Fun!

Travel Tips - March 4, 2019

Carnival fun in Cyprus is almost synonymous with Limassol! The seaside town is notorious – and has even received international acclaim – for throwing the most spectacular and colourful fun-filled carnival events, culminating in a wild and wonderful grand carnival parade on the Sunday before the start of Lent (falling on March 10th this year.)

 

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Locals plan their colourful outfits made months or weeks in advance, while revellers spill out onto the streets to dance and let loose like there’s no tomorrow! Always keen to throw a good party, the Elias Beach Hotel in Limassol will be strumming to the wild carnival beat with a grand carnival ball taking place on March 9th, organised by the Ithaki Association (a non-profit organisation founded by Kanika Group offering relief and support for dementia patients) with a sumptuous buffet, live music to keep you on your toes, and plenty of drink to ensure the merriment lasts well into the night. Be sure to don your most flamboyant outfit, as prizes will be given for best costumes.

For those looking to combine their Limassol stay at Elias Beach Hotel with fun around the town, we’ve compiled a list of highlights for the young and young at heart to look forward to throughout the weekend of March 9th and 10th!

 

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Saturday 9th March

Children’s train tours: 10.30am
Carnival is heaps of fun for adults, but it’s even more thrilling for kids who get to dress up as their favourite heroes and characters. And now, the little ones can hop on the Limassol Municipality children’s train for fun tours around the city; just take them down to Hellenic Bank on Gladstonos Street from where the trains will be setting off.

 

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Classic car parade: 3pm

Love vintage cars? Then be sure to watch out for the Limassol Classic Cars Club driving around the city in a carnival mood, starting at the Enaerios Parking Place and ending at Grigori Afxentiou Square (in front of the District Office Building).

 

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Serenader’s parade: 7.30pm

You really can’t talk about carnival in Cyprus without talking about serenaders, known as ‘Kantadori’. Making their appearance in the late 1940s, they were known to roam the streets with guitars and mandolins, often singing under balconies with songs about the beauty of Limassol, the pleasure of life and the carnival celebrations!

The upcoming Serenader’s Parade should be music to your ears, taking place in front of the Town Hall where the Limassol Municipality invites everyone to sing and dance along with a group of happy musicians who will be parading towards Grigoris Afxentiou Square.

 

 

Sunday 10th March

Grand Carnival Parade: Starts 1pm

Hands down the grandest event of them all! All the action will be taking place down Archbishop Makarios III Avenue, staring at Ayios Nikolaos roundabout and ending at the Polemidia Traffic Lights. What can you expect? Anything and everything! This year, carnival Queens will be leading the show, and their flamboyance will be accentuated with carnival music, extravagant floats, groups of people dancing in outrageous gear, a brass band, percussion instrument groups, and the list goes on.

 

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Farewell carnival fiesta: 9pm

Not ready to take your dancing shoes off? Wave goodbye to the carnival at the Old Port Square, with a fiesta and DJ music to leave you grooving until the wee hours. And if you’ve gone all out with your costume, you may well be up for some recognition as awards will be given to the best three participants.

 

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For the full programme of this year’s Limassol Carnival celebrations visit:
www.limassolmunicipal.com.cy

For more information on celebrations at Elias Beach Hotel call +357 25 636000. 

 

 

 

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Grand Opening of Amavi: First Couples Only Hotel in Cyprus

Travel Tips - February 19, 2019

Picture this. You’ve arrived at a blissful location by Cyprus’ glistening azure waters with your other half. After stepping into your plush room that revolves around intimacy, you and your loved one kick back to enjoy the soothing sounds of the Mediterranean out on your balcony, with panoramic views that paint a heavenly scene punctuated by golden sands and towering palm trees. When hunger strikes, romantic hotel dining transports you to seventh heaven, while a walk round the hotel grounds reveals leisure facilities enhancing the experience of true togetherness far from the demands of daily life. Welcome to the brand new Amavi!

 

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Set to open its doors this March 23rd 2019 as part of Kanika Hotels & Resorts new Made For Two Hotels™, the island’s first couples-only hotel will be welcoming love birds into a five star luxury eco-establishment commanding a prime location on Paphos’ west coast. What to expect during your stay? Let us guide you through the one-of-a-kind heavenly experience!

 

Intimate Michelin starred dining

For a culinary affair to remember, Amavi’s terms of stay include Half Board Premium Gastronomy; an all-encompassing drink and dine-around experience. With four restaurants to tempt you, world-renowned Michelin-starred chef, Theodor Falser, has been working closely with Group Executive Chef, Antonis Nicolaou, to craft sublime dishes that promise to delight even the most refined palate at the Amavi’s stunning Immenso Pan Asian restaurant, as well as the Nocturne fine Mediterranean restaurant.

 

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That’s not to forget the fresh and flavoursome dishes of the Ezaria all day restaurant, with international dishes teasing the palette from its open kitchen. Craving a nautical inspired meal? Fortolana should do the trick! For a night cap in decadent style under star filled open skies, the Selene Cocktail bar is the place to be- a lounge style terrace that commands magnificent panoramic views of the surrounding area.

 

Sumptuously stylish rooms

Luxury and relaxation are of paramount importance at Amavi, and the stylish comfort of all rooms is accentuated by endless sea views which can be enjoyed from your private balcony or terrace. Indulge in a relaxing rain shower and enjoy a whole range of modern amenities, whether you’re enjoying your loved-up getaway in a Deluxe Room, making the most of extra space in the Junior Suite, or luxuriating in a private plunge pool or garden in a Superior Cabana. And if you’re tying the knot at Amavi, there is no place more perfect to kickstart wedded bliss than the Honeymoon Suite. Last but not least, the Executive Suite is ideal for any special occasion.

 

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Every inch of the Amavi has been designed to make your romantic holiday as exceptional as possible. If you dream of working on your tan in uninterrupted peace, you can make the most of the Amavi’s sunbed allocation system at either of the two outdoor pools, whereby you and your partner can settle into your chosen poolside spot, and enjoy it for the duration of your stay.

 

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Find true repose at the Saffire pool, with its stunning sea views and poolside bar, while the The Evera pool is the perfect set-up for healing and relaxation in luxurious outdoor surroundings. Spa-type water features include whirlpools and back massagers. Heading to Cyprus in the cooler winter months? Head indoors for some splashing fun – the Evera indoor pool allows you to enjoy refreshing exercise and aqua-relaxation regardless of weather conditions.

 

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At the Evera Spa and Fitness Centre, you and your other half can enjoy a workout together before surrendering into a world of pure bliss, as one of the spa’s professional therapists work their magic in the designated couples’ suites. Float away into a haven of relaxation with exclusive products from the Natural Spa Factory, using botanically sourced ingredients derived from nature to soothe and stimulate you.

 

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Drawing on a passion for wellness and luxury, the Evera Couples Ritual gives love birds the chance to enjoy a nourishing and deeply calming bespoke full body massage, followed by an illuminating facial to brighten and lighten the complexion, leaving you and your other half with a radiant glow. What’s more, a glass of complementary champagne adds to the romance. Other dreamy couples’ treatments include the Melt Away Candle Massage, Sports Massage, Therapeutic, Deep Tissue Massage and Back Massage. The choice, is yours!

 

Location, location, location!

With the translucent waters of a Blue Flag beach right on your doorstep, all you need is a good book and your SPF protection in a location made in heaven! Look out across the endless horizon and you’ll spot the Paphos Medieval Castle, a gorgeous historic site that you can visit on foot. End the day with a romantic stroll down the seafront at sunset and you’ll be in for a real treat as the skies light up and set those romantic sparks flying high in true Amavi style!

 

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A Hiker’s Guide to Cyprus

Travel Tips - January 7, 2019

Anyone flying over Cyprus is bound to be impressed by the rugged inland mountains, with the towering Troodos peaks painting a rather different picture to that which is usually promoted in tourist brochures, where the glistening seas and golden coasts take pride of place. So when you do arrive at your designated Kanika Hotel or Resort and have enjoyed your fill of sunny days by the endless blue, hit the road to follow inland trails begging to be discovered as you put your best foot forward through the natural world. Wondering where you might be able to enjoy some of the best hikes on the island? Follow our lead as we take you on a journey through the country’s stunning countryside!

 

  1. Aphrodite Trail, Cape Greco National Park

With Cyprus revered as the island of Goddess of Love and Beauty, Aphrodite, the namesake trail in the stunning and tranquil Cape Greco National Forest Park is within easy reach of Olympic Lagoon Resort Agia Napa  and is just about as far away as you can get from the buzz of the town centre. Following a downhill incline, the signposted trail leads you through some of the most beautiful spots in the park, including the ruins of an ancient temple dedicated to Aphrodite.

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As you make your way down to the water’s edge, you’ll pass by natural caves and dry-stone walls once used by shepherds, before connecting to the Sea Caves – Agioi Anargyroi Trail which takes you on to the stunning ‘Kamara tou Koraka’ natural rock bridge (a popular spot for love birds and photographers alike), and uphill to the Visitor Centre. Take in indigenous plants as you walk, including Phoenician juniper, wild thyme, prickly burnet and rock samphires.

 

  1. Avakas Gorge Trail, Akamas Peninsula

If you’re going to walk through the gorgeous Akamas Peninsula – an easy and scenic drive from Alexander the Great Beach Hotel , the brand new Amavi Couples Only Hotel (opening on March 23rd 2019) and the Olympic Lagoon Resort Paphos – be sure that it’s the Avakas Gorge Trail. Taking you through one of the most stunning natural wonders on the island, make sure you’re wearing sturdy shoes as you’ll be clambering over rocks and making your way through all sorts of vegetation in a moist and shady environment.

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The trail follows the course of the Avgas River which has etched away at the surrounding limestone rocks to form the gorge. But first up comes a dirt road, through an open valley and into the gorge, where water usually flows throughout the year. A beloved spot for many bird species, keep your eyes peeled for the Cyprus wheatear, Cyprus warbler, scoops owl, partridge, little owl, kestrel and wild pigeon.

 

  1. Persephone Trail, Troodos National Forest Park

In an island blessed by rugged mountains that reach for the skies at almost 2000 metres above sea level, you simply cannot leave the Troodos mountains off your bucket list. With the Persephone Trail taking you through a dense pine forest, you’ll end up at Makria Kontarka, with stunning views across the mountains. As you explore the area, take note of the endemic Golden oak, Cyprus Skullcap Troodos catmint, Cyprus Germander and Manouthkia – an evergreen small shrub with pale pink flowers – and Troodos sage.

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Fancy kicking back to take in the splendours of the natural world? The Kampos tou Livadiou picnic area is a mere 2 kilometres from Troodos Square, while the ‘Armyrolivado’ and ‘Livadi tou Pasia’ picnic sites are also nearby. Look up to the skies to spot Bonelli’s eagle, Eurasian jay, Wood pigeon, Partridge, Cyprus warbler and Cyprus wheatear.

 

  1. Kyparissia – Germasogeia dam, Limassol

Enjoying lazy days at the Elias Beach Hotel in Limassol but keen on exploring the Cyprus countryside? Head towards the Germasogia dam (a very pretty spot in the winter and spring months when filled with water) and head through the area’s designated nature trail, passing through dense forest and continuing along the Kyparissia River, with panoramic views of the Germasogeia dam and Limassol town.

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Cameras at the ready: the trail runs through a forest, with clusters of stunning Cypress trees, and connects to the circular trail of Germasogeia dam. There are countless endemic plants in the area, but you’re bound to want to take a photo of the Cyprus Yellow Sun Rose, while the aroma of wild thyme will surely take your breath away!

 

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Tis the Season to be Jolly: Your Guide to Discovering the Best of Limassol

Travel Tips - December 20, 2018

Staying in the buzzing seaside town of Limassol over the festive season? There’s something incredibly special about Christmas by the sea, with the glistening blue forming a magical backdrop to the brilliant twinkle of festive décor. And there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained, all within easy reach of the Elias Beach Hotel. From festive theatre and concerts, to Xmas villages and amusement parks, there’s heaps to keep the young and young at heart grinning from ear to ear!

 

  1. Limassol Christmas Land at Enaerios

With the Enaerios seafront area forming a hub of activity, especially at Christmas time, the whole family can enjoy a spectacular amusement park this festive season: the Limassol Christmas Land. With all sorts of activities to enjoy, young ones can look forward to visits from Santa Claus and his little helpers, while adults can enjoy browsing various stalls set up in the little wooden houses. Numerous guest singers will also be arriving to add pizzazz to the occasion, with a highly anticipated fiery performance by Eleni Foureira in the mix (who represented Cyprus at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest).

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Limassol Christmas Land – Enaerios beachfront. Weekdays 4pm-11pm and weekends 11am -11pm, until January 6th.

 

  1. Christmas Magic at the Limassol Marina

As with years past, the Limassol Marina will be the epitome of all things festive, with heaps of events and activities taking place in the lead up to Christmas. Featuring local musicians, carollers and choirs, singing and playing much loved Christmas classics and carols, December 22nd will be exceptionally exciting with a live choir performance. On December 29th, head down to the marina to enjoy the City Live Band fill the area with festive cheer, as upbeat tunes give you great reason to rejoice.

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Christmas Magic at the Limassol Marina. December 22nd: 6pm-8pm. December 29th: 7pm-9pm.

 

  1. The Sound of Music Theatrical Performance

Nothing screams Christmas time like a classic musical, and this festive season, The Sound of Music will be giving everyone good reason to rejoice at the Pattichio Municipal Theatre. Although widely associated with the Oscar-winning 1965 film starring Julie Andrews, the original musical was staged in 1959 on Broadway and celebrates its 60th birthday in the coming year.

Here in Cyprus, the show will be featuring performers and a creative team from London’s West End, bringing much loved songs to life including ‘My Favourite Things’, ‘Edelweiss’, ‘Do-Re-Mi’ and ‘Climb Every Mountain’. A real treat for the whole family, the production will be fully staged with beautiful costumes and scenery, accompanied by a live orchestra.

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The Sound of Music – Limassol performances: 30/12 at 8pm, 31/12 at 4pm, 1/ 1/ 2019 at 5pm and 2 /1/ 2019 at 8pm. Pattichio Municipal Theatre, 6 Agias Zonis St. Tickets available online at www.soldoutticketbox.com and at the box office of the theatre.

 

  1. The Christmas Chambers Orchestra on Stage

Love the sound of cheerful and whimsical Christmas songs? Limassol’s Pattichio Municipal Theatre will be in the limelight once again this festive season, with a classical Christmas concert presented by The Christmas Chambers Orchestra featuring Wolfgang Schroeder (solo violin) and soprano, Zoe Nicolaidou. Expect beloved songs dedicated to classic composers, all bringing the spirit of Christmas to life, including musical highlights by Corelli, Handel, Vivaldi, Piazzola, Ramirez and Straus.

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The Christmas Chambers Orchestra – December 25th. Starts at 7pm. Pattichio Municipal Theatre, 6 Agias Zonis, Limassol. Tickets available at www.SoldoutTickets.com.cy and at the box office of the theatre.

 

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Cyprus Culinary Holidays: Delighting in Half Board Premium Gastronomy at the Amavi

Travel Tips - November 15, 2018

Gastronomes have little to fear when heading to Cyprus! With Mediterranean cuisine famed around the world, practically every dish on offer bursts with flavour to give your taste buds a party. And with Cypriots especially keen on using on using fresh local produce, it also means that most meals are guaranteed to be healthy ones.

As the brand-new couples-only Amavi hotel – the latest gem in the Kanika Hotels & Resorts collection – opens its doors by the glistening Paphos coast in February 2019, a world of culinary perfection awaits. With an award-winning team of chefs working hard behind the scenes, the taste treats on offer are the meticulous creations of award-winning chefs, led by Kanika Hotels & Resort’s Group Executive Chef, Andonis Nicolaou, in collaboration with Michelin-starred Chef, Theodor Falser.

Bringing out the best in the Amavi team, Falser has taken advantage of the amazing fresh local and excellent imported ingredients available in Cyprus while taking the restaurants’ individual themes into consideration. Dedicated to creating the very best culinary experiences, Falser has specifically designed the menu of Immenso and Nocturne, having spent several months fine-tuning the recipes and training the team prior to the hotel’s opening. Periodical visits allow him to monitor quality and maintain regular rapport with the team, while he looks forward to meeting future guests.

 

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Here’s an overview of the exceptional dining experience at Amavi, with all guests benefiting from Half Board Premium gastronomy; offering you a dine- around experience in four unique outdoor and indoor restaurants, each with a distinctive style and menu!

 

  1. Ezaria: A foodie feast in casual style

All about relaxation and casual dining, you can tuck into a wide range of international dishes here, with chefs passionate about using the freshest local ingredients at their show-cooking stations in the open kitchen, preparing delicious flavours from around the world. The name ‘Ezaria’ itself is derived from the Greek word ‘Trapezaria’ (Greek for dining room) to express the abundance and emphasis on fresh local produce that characterise Cyprus kitchens. If you yearn for a glistening sea view, you can kick back in the outdoor seating under open skies, but the indoor airy interior is equally tempting, with its light wood, white granite and turquoise inserts. This restaurant is buffet based, with an alternative à la carte option to please the palate at lunchtime, as well as a rotation of theme nights to excite you come evening.

 

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  1. IMMENSO Restaurant: Ultimate al fresco rooftop dining

How about a dining experience to make you and your loved one feel like you’re right at the very top of the world? Take a seat at the stunning Immenso Pan Asian restaurant and indulge in casual rooftop dining with an exclusive menu by Theodor Falser accompanied by stunning views across the sea, all the way down to Paphos Castle. Aside from the à la carte menu and dishes boasting a brilliant Asian flair, you can also enjoy treats from a healthy Raw Bar. The cascading seating arrangement guarantees amphitheatrical views of the seafront and beach; a unique setting in which to admire the surrounding landscape under starry skies.

 

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  1. Nocturne Mediterranean Dining: Gourmet cuisine with inspirational ambience

Taking fine dining to new levels, a degustation menu with a Mediterranean flair developed by Michelin star chef Falser, is served with live background piano music, with the name ‘Nocturne’ meaning a musical composition inspired by the night. Dress up smart with your other half and enjoy a special rendezvous in the distinctive dining room that boasts an air of exclusivity as intimate and formal ambience converts every meal into a romantic celebration. This is your chance to tantalise your taste buds with the very best Mediterranean flavours, with each carefully crafted recipe comprising innovative ingredients and methods.  Just sit back in a swish velvet booth under smart pendant lighting, raise a glass of fine wine with your partner, and request your favourite song!

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  1. Fortolana Restaurant: A seaside culinary treat

Nothing beats dining to the sound of the waves hitting the shore, and Fortolana Restaurant is just about as dreamy as it gets – an outdoor terrace restaurant combining the gems of traditional Cyprus cooking with breath-taking sea views. Delight the palate with traditional island flavours and nautical inspired meals that are as fresh as can be, with handpicked local ingredients given a modern twist that elevates each bite to haute cuisine. Add to that the sounds of gentle waves and fine wine, and you’ll soon be in absolute heaven!

 

More about Half Board Premium Gastronomy

Developed by an award-winning team of executive chefs and sommeliers, the Half Board Premium offerings balance buffet meals with waiter served contemporary fine dining and fusion menus inspired by Cypriot, Mediterranean and other favourite cuisines from around the world. Dinner options include three à la carte meals a week, one in each themed restaurant, so you can explore different flavours every day, adding a culinary world tour to your Mediterranean holiday. Meals include an aperitif, a bottle of premium wine for two or two beers per person, unlimited juice, soft drinks and mineral water, as well as a premium digestive in the à la carte restaurants, and premium coffee and tea to end your meal.

 Find out more about the Amavi here.

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Winter Wonderland: 5 Reasons you Need to Visit Cyprus in the Winter

Travel Tips - October 15, 2018

If you’ve visited Cyprus in the summer, it may be hard to imagine days when the air is refreshing and the long-sleeves come out of the wardrobe. Here at Kanika Hotels & Resorts, the fun doesn’t end no matter when you choose to visit the sun-kissed island. And if you’re after a winter break under blue skies, we’ve got news for you: there are heaps of activities to enjoy when it’s drizzly and grey in the rest of Europe!

 

1. Adventures in the snow

While temperatures by the coast are usually quite moderate throughout the winter in Cyprus, things change rather dramatically when you reach the high peaks of the Troodos Mountains, rising almost 2000 metres above sea level. And come December, the mountain slopes are often blanketed in snow, with dense pine trees covered in brilliant wine, twinkling under the sun’s rays. Many travellers have little idea that Troodos is a paradise for avid skiers and snowboarders – make your way to Troodos Ski Resort on Mount Olympus and you’ll witness people of all ages having a blast in the snow as they unleash their energy.

 

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2. Winter birdwatching

With Cyprus situated on one of the major migration routes across the Mediterranean, it’s a stop off point for many bird species which travel between breeding grounds in Europe and Asia in the autumn/winter months. One of the most famous sites to take in the splendour in the winter months is the Larnaca Salt Lake; home to thousands of graceful pink flamingos between November and March. But it’s not just flamingos that gravitate towards the island in the cooler months. If you look up at the skies near the coast, you may be lucky enough to sight Griffon Vultures, Scopoli’s and Yelkouan Shearwater. Wallcreepers can also be spotted on cliffs or gorges, and duck numbers increase by the island’s lakes.

 

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3. Sightseeing splendours

Put those wide-brimmed hats aside – the winter months in Cyprus give you the chance to explore some of the island’s most revered sights, sans the intense glare of the spring or summer sun. Get to grips with UNESCO heritage around the island, become better acquainted with the myths and legends surrounding Aphrodite in Kouklia, take in the remains of one of the oldest civilizations in the world in Choirokoitia, and rent out a car or take a bus into the island’s capital to catch a glimpse of the grandiose Venetian walls surrounding the buzzing old town!

 

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4. An alternative Christmas

Ever experienced Christmas by the sea? Now’s your chance to dig into that Turkey by the glistening Med! Temperatures by the Cyprus coast in December usually waver between 18 °C to 22 °C; just perfect for a refreshing walk by the sea before tucking into a sumptuous festive lunch. At Kanika Hotels & Resorts, we go all out to make Christmas special, with sumptuous buffets and festive events. And if you want to venture away from the hotel grounds, all seaside towns host Christmas festivals, markets and events to keep the kids entertained. Streetside stalls dishing up divine roast chestnuts are also common, while plenty of vendors serve mulled wine just about everywhere you visit.

 

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5. A lush green natural world

While green hills and valleys may not be the first thing that spring to mind when you think about Cyprus, the winter months paint a rather different picture, with just about every inch of the countryside covered in vibrant green. The perfect occasion to get those hiking boots on, now’s your chance to really explore a different side to the island. In fact, winter is the main flowering time for many annuals, and countless areas are covered in orchids, anemones, cyclamen and more. And there are plenty of nature trails to take in the splendour, mapped out by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation. Find out more here.

 

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You can book your winter break in Cyprus at Alexander the Great Beach Hotel, Olympic Lagoon Resort and Amavi (opening  February 2019) in Paphos, as well as the Elias Beach Hotel Limassol. For more information visit Kanika Hotels & Resorts.

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A Kid’s Life: Activities the Young Ones Won’t Ever Forget on Holiday in Cyprus

Travel Tips - October 9, 2018

Fun packed vacations in foreign lands are the ones that often leave lasting impressions for the little ones, and splashing about by the water’s edge in Cyprus, building sandcastles, and jumping into the kiddie pool will no doubt be forever etched in their memory. But the sun-kissed island also provides a wealth of opportunities for children – and the whole family – to enjoy al fresco activities out in nature. Kanika Hotels & Resorts has narrowed down a few of our favourites, guaranteed to create the most perfect photo album moments.

 

  1. Hiking escapades

While most kids these days are known for spending far too much time in front of the screen, holidays are the perfect opportunity to entice them away from the glare of the tablet or smartphone and out into the natural world. With countless nature trails weaving across the Cyprus countryside, there are countless magical spots to perambulate, both along the coastline and in the rugged mountains.

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But if you really want to get the young ones super excited, the promise of a waterfall at the end of the adventure is bound to do the trick! Caledonia Falls in the mountain village of Platres is great for the whole family to enjoy; the trail leading here is 3km in total and considered relatively easy. At the end of the trail – or at the beginning, depending from the side you choose to start –  you’ll come across the cascading waterfalls, a breath-taking sight to guarantee those ‘ooohs’ and ‘ahhhs’.

 

    2. Equestrian adventures 

Prepare for giggles all-round once the kids set sights on gorgeous ponies and horses in the great Cyprus wilderness! And once they saddle up like true cowboys, there’s bound to be beaming smile etched across their face for the rest of the day.

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Most horse ranges provide guided pony rides available for smaller children, so adults can sit back and relax while they are going wild. Artemis Riding Therapy is the perfect choice if you’re staying at the Elias Beach Hotel Limassol. Families staying at Alexander the Great Beach Hotel or Olympic Lagoon Resort in Paphos can go wild at George’s Ranch while Moonshine Ranch provides gorgeous rides around Cape Greco for those enjoying a holiday in Agia Napa’s Olympic Lagoon Resort.

 

    3. Rope park fun

If the young ones aren’t appealed by a horse or pony ride, then swinging through the trees like Tarzan and Jane is guaranteed to rock their boat. Make a day of it at Sparti Rope Park; the biggest rope park on the island, located high in the Troodos mountains in Platres, boasting a dedicated section for kids to unleash their wild side with various ropes and challenges between the pine trees. Safety is paramount with a special ‘click it’ cable safety system and harnesses, and all climbing equipment provided.

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Marina’s Rope Park is another good – albeit smaller – spot in the gorgeous mountain village of Kakopetria, with plenty of adventure and games for the children in the Junior Section.

 

  1. Diving into the blue

We all know that kids just can’t get enough of swimming pools, but give them a chance to enjoy a snorkelling lesson in the crystal clear seas, and they’ll no doubt be grinning from ear to ear. Introductory snorkelling lessons give them the chance to get to grips with diving basics, and if they’re over the age of 10, they can enjoy the full diving lesson experience.

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Cyprus has numerous diving clubs within easy reach of Kanika Hotels & Resorts, in all coastal cities. Try Easy Divers in Protaras (close to Agia Napa), Dive-In in Limassol, or Cydive in Paphos.

 

  1. Go-kart madness

If your kids can’t seem to sit still, then you can give them the chance to unleash a great amount of energy as adrenaline levels reach an all-time high on the race track. And if you want to ensure they have the time of their lives, take them to the gorgeous Sayious Adventure Park in the village of Asgata, outside Limassol, and an easy drive from the Elias Beach Hotel. The whole family can also try their hand at archery here, or even, an exciting off-road buggy experience.


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Don’t really wish to venture far from the sunbed? When you’re enjoying your time within the grounds of Kanika Hotels and Resorts, the little ones are always guaranteed heaps of fun! 

Just drop them off at the Little Monsters Kids’ Club supervised by a dedicated and fully-trained team, while you kick back on a sun lounger or indulge in a romantic dinner. Encouraging youths to discover and learn, there’s a great programme on offer with a different theme each day. And rest assured, the safety of your little ones is top priority with our trained NVQ children’s entertainers, while parents are also provided with pagers to keep their mind at ease.

 

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Feelgood Vibes: Activities to Rejuvenate the Senses at Kanika Hotels & Resorts

Travel Tips - September 12, 2018

From therapeutic massage treatments and brightening facials, to poolside sports and dancing, holidays at Kanika Hotels & Resorts are all about indulging in activities to leave you feeling elated and rejuvenated.

Pulling out all the stops to make every moment count, you’ll not only feel stress wash away as you take a break from your regular routine by the deep blue of the Med, but you’ll also rediscover your hidden energy and inner glow! We give you a sneak peek into wellness activities set to make your holidays under the Cyprus sun more memorable than ever.

 

  1. A massage treatment to remember

With all of our hotels and resorts offering luxurious spa treatments, our award-winning Serenity Health Club and Spa  gives you the chance to lose yourselves in a blissful world set to revive the senses and lift the spirits in true Mediterranean style. And nothing beats a full body massage performed by our professional therapists to calm body and mind! With the ‘Cyprus Experience’ standing as the Kanika Signature Treatment, prepare for a holistic therapy immersed in dreamy Mediterranean aromas – topped off by healing stones, body exfoliation and ancient massage techniques.

 

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The most popular treatment of all at Serenity is the Mediterranean Candle massage ritual; not just for romantics at heart, everyone can reap the benefits of a unique message that sees warm aromatic oil poured over the body, with slow massage movements guaranteeing you’ll be in floating in seventh heaven in no time. The new Amavi couples-only hotel set to open in 2019 will also be offering a wide range of spa journeys in the intimate setting of twin treatment rooms at the Evera Spa and Fitness Centre. Watch this space!

 

  1. Dreamy facials to enhance the glow factor

Want to extend the holiday glow to look as bright and healthy as possible post-holiday? There are countless facials to choose from, but nothing beats a ‘Timexpert Vitamin C Facial’ to restore the skin’s luminosity and vitality, immediately giving you a youthful glow. Then there’s the ‘Timexpert Ritualist Beauty In-Fusion & Premium Lift Massage’ where you’ll recover from stress and work against the effect of free radicals, leaving your face lifted and youthful.

 

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The ‘Rose Hydration’ facial is also a bit hit, combining 6 different types of rose extract, to help not just the skin, but also, mind and spirit. You’ll be neutralizing the effect of free radicals and emotional stress, while leaving the skin comforted, soothed and hydrated.

 

  1. Indoor feelgood activities

Poolside lazing and an invigorating swim in the refreshing waters is all well and good, but those looking to really get their heart racing indoors can enjoy a variety of exercise classes at the fully equipped gyms at Kanika Hotels & Resorts health clubs. And once you’ve got your heart racing, you can enjoy a sauna and steam room session; the former will help lower blood pressure and aid muscle relaxation, while the latter will help with overall body detoxification. And who can say no to that?

 

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  1. An outdoor adrenaline rush

Once you’ve let off some steam indoors, there’s endless fun to be had to ensure a feeling of wellness as you release those endorphins under blue skies, whether you wish to try your hand at volleyball or shimmy away to Latin music with Dance Fitness. Footie fans can enjoy adult football, while our guests in search of a more intellectual workout can get their mind’s ticking with a poolside quiz.

 

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Stay by the water’s edge and prepare for a multitude of fitness classes, ranging from aqua Zumba to aqua aerobics and more. For the perfect blend of fitness and relaxation, yoga and stretching classes are just the thing you need to fully indulge in the true meaning of absolute holiday Zen!

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September 2018 Wine and Food Festivals Not to be Missed in Cyprus

Travel Tips - September 3, 2018

Vacationing in Cyprus in September? Peel yourselves away from the sunbeds, slip on a pair of comfy walking shoes, and rent a car for a day as you take roads less travelled that weave through the shimmering slopes of the Troodos mountains, up towards villages famed for local produce with celebrations to boot. And if you don’t fancy veering off the beaten track, there’s still plenty of festival fun to be had in more central seafront spots within easy reach from Kanika Hotels and Resorts. Read on and take your pick!

 

1. Limassol Wine Festival

Oh wine, glorious wine! With Cyprus boasting a wine producing history that dates back to 800 BC, Limassol is mighty proud of all the wineries that call the district their home, many located in the blissful villages of the area. As such, it’s hardly surprising that this buzzing seaside hub hosts a festival dedicated to glorious grape produce since 1961. A major cultural event and real focal point for Limassolians year after year, you can expect to satiate your taste buds with plenty of local wine straight from the barrel, accompanied by music and theatrical performances, as well as relevant exhibits.

 

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The festival will be taking place in the Limassol Municipal Gardens until September 10th. Tel: +357 25745919/ +357 25 342153. www.limassolmunicipal.com.cy

 

2. 2nd Miliou Orange Festival, Paphos district

For the second year running, the bucolic village of Miliou will be luring crowds from near and far to delight in the local orange. Visitors will learn everything they need to know about the tangy fruit, with food and drinks stalls offering local products made from oranges including liquors, marmalades and more. There will also be plenty of fresh juice on offer to quench your thirst, while kleftiko (slow cooked lamb) will be satiating your taste buds once the hunger pangs kick in. With all the action centred around the central village square, you can also enjoy song and dance by the ‘Ktima’ folk group.

 

Miliou Orange festival

 

The festival will be taking place on September 8th, 7pm. Miliou Central Square of Ayia Paraskevi. Tel: +357 99-450394

 

3. Grape Festival, Arsos & Koilani, Limassol district

Come September, the wine-growing villages of the island delight in food, dance and…plenty of drink to celebrate the end of the grape harvest! This year, activities will be taking place in Arsos and Koilani; all proud of a long and fruitful wine producing heritage. The village housewives are famed for their culinary skills, preparing delectable sweet treats from wine including ‘palouzes’ (a type of grape jelly) and ‘soujouko’ (nuts dipped in grape jelly and hung on a string). Guests at the upcoming event can tuck into these delights, enjoy plenty of wine tasting, a revival of old traditional customs, as well as folk music and dances.

 

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When you’re in the area, be sure to put your best foot forward to make the most of the countryside covered in rambling vines. Once you’ve enjoyed the fresh air on foot, take a drive and follow the wine routes mapped out by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation – particularly Wine Routes no. 3 (Diarizos Valley – Paphos Region) and no. 4 (Limassol wine route).

The festival will be taking place in Arsos on September 30th & in Koilani on October 7th.  Tel:  +357 25-421020/+357 99-352547

 

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