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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.




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.




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.


Limassol wine festival


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


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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Adventure Rush: Best Activities to Enjoy in Cyprus in the Autumn

Travel Tips - August 8, 2018

Once the summer heat dies down, the Cyprus countryside takes on an otherworldly appeal, with the mountains tinged in crimson hues and crisp fallen leaves blanketing the higher slopes. At lower altitudes, the bright sunshine that lights up the skies through most of the autumn season brings forth the perfect opportunity for outdoor adventures under the clear blue. While our many guests here at Kanika Hotels & Resorts love to spend autumn days tanning by the poolside, we have some great ideas for those moments that you get the urge to unleash the adventurer in you!


  1. Cycling escapades

Nothing quite gets your heart racing like a cycle through country lanes and into the wilderness of the undulating Cyprus countryside. With plenty of bike rental spots around the island, there are various cycling routes mapped out throughout the rural terrain by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO), providing a real incentive to get your helmet on and go for a cycle through the welcoming greenery. For more details on all the trails available, check out




  1. Hiking the highest heights

If riding through the countryside on two wheels isn’t your idea of fun, then you can always pull out your hiking shoes and put your best foot forward on a designated walking nature trails. Whether you wish to clamber the towering Troodos mountain peaks as you breathe in the cool mountain air, would rather perambulate through rocky coastal spots like the Cape Greco National Park on the east of the island, or yearn to explore the wild Akamas peninsula in the west, most trails are well signposted and have been landscaped on gentle gradients. They are all well signposted, with additional wooden signposts along the way often pointing towards specific flora and notable geological features along the route. Find out more about the nature trails around the island here.


Troodos peaks


  1. Conquering the rocks

With the slightly cooler autumn temperatures giving you a great chance to enjoy hardcore physical activity, nothing beats rock climbing to make adrenaline levels soar! And with Cyprus hailed as one of the best places in Europe for a climbing adventure, avid hikers head to the stunning Cape Greco in Ayia Napa with its soft limestone offering trad climbing, as well as the Dhiarizos area between Limassol and Paphos with its hard limestone, and on to Droushia with its metamorphized sandstone. Find out more about where to climb, as well as guides and trainers here.


rock climbing


  1. Underwater magic

Splashing about in the glistening waters of the Med may be a memorable experience, but more adventurous types may wish to discover what lies beneath the deep blue! With a great variety of dive sites to enjoy in Cyprus, there’s plenty to get you ticking, whether you’re a novice or have been diving for years. The Zenobia just off the coast of Larnaca has been rated one of the top ten wreck dive sites in the world, while ‘Devil’s Head’ in Akamas is breathtakingly beautiful, with underground caves and interconnecting tunnels. That’s not to forget Ayia Napa’s Amphora Caves, with its name owing to broken pieces of antique amphora (an ancient ceramic container used for the transport and storage of various products.) Click here for more information on diving in Cyprus.


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The Bride Guide: Top Tips for Planning your Dream Wedding in Cyprus

Travel Tips - July 11, 2018

With countless couples from around Europe choosing to tie the knot in Cyprus, the idyllic and romantic Mediterranean island provides the perfect backdrop for a wedding that dreams are made of. Kanika Hotels and Resorts offer a plethora of stunning venues to celebrate in style, while our expert wedding coordinators lead you every step of the way with meticulous care and attention. From civil ceremony logistics and banqueting options, to décor, music and photography, romantic perfection awaits. But there are certain choices that the bride and groom simply must make themselves, and we are here to ensure that you get it right!


1.  Pick the ideal season for you

If you love the sizzling summer, you’ll no doubt want to plan your wedding when the heat is high, with plenty of sunbathing either before or after your special day. But the hot Mediterranean summers aren’t for everyone, and some couples prefer the months of April and May for a spring affair when the weather is milder. After all, you can still enjoy the gorgeous sunshine, dips in the pool, and blissfully warm weather – that’s the beauty of Cyprus.




2. Decide on an approximate budget

This may seem obvious but deciding on what you would like to spend on your dream day will help your wedding coordinator guide you on the very best options for you. Do remember that you want to feel comfortable with the choices you are making and don’t want to stress about exceeding what you are able to spend.




3.  Plan a site visit beforehand

Nothing beats checking out the wedding location before the big day. Not only will you feel more relaxed once you meet your coordinator, but you’ll also have the chance to explore the grounds of your chosen hotel, get a real feel of where the ceremony will take place, and how you’d love to decorate it. Suffice to point out you’ll also get the chance to relax under blue skies and top up on much-needed vitamin D before the big day!




4.  Keep the guest list in check

The moment that couples plan a wedding abroad, they usually start to panic about who to invite, who might not be able to make the trip overseas, and who may need help with the logistics of it all. But this shouldn’t really stress you out, as you can easily host a party for your wider circle once you get back home, and stick to a select circle of friends and family who you feel most comfortable with to accompany you on your overseas adventure.




5.  Remember to have fun!

This is your big day and your time to shine as you create unforgettable moments. Always wanted purple flowers at your wedding? Go for it. Have your heart set on some swinging rock and roll music? Ask for it! This once in a lifetime special day is all about you and your partner, so be sure to revel in the splendour and ask for anything you wish for when you’re planning the special day. Key message: do it your way and enjoy every single moment!


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Your Ultimate Cyprus Beach Bucket List

Travel Tips - July 4, 2018

When you’re landing down in Cyprus in the sizzling summer – or any time of year for that matter – the endless blue awaits! And whether you’re visiting the island with family, embarking on a solo adventure, or have jetted over for a blissfully romantic holiday, there are beaches to suit every taste. Here at Kanika Hotels and Resorts, we’ve narrowed down some of our absolute favourite Cyprus beaches, in close proximity to all of our hotels!


1.The action-packed strip: Nissi Beach, Agia Napa

Just a stone’s throw away from the recently renovated Olympic Lagoon Resort Agia Napa Nissi Beach is one of the most popular beaches on the island for good reason. Stunningly beautiful, this fine stretch of powdery white sand and turquoise blue waters, lures travellers from all around the world looking to be part of the waterside action. Forming a hub of activity come summertime, there are plenty of water sports to enjoy, while bustling beach bars offer cool drinks and blare out the best hits of the season.


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2. A family-friendly paradise: Coral Bay, Paphos

A short drive away from both Alexander the Great Beach Hotel and the new Amavi which will soon be opening its doors, Coral Bay is perfect for families looking for some time out on golden shores. With all amenities at hand, you can enjoy a stretch of fine sand flanked by stunning limestone cliffs. There are a few places here to kick back for a drink and a nibble, while there are plenty of sunbeds to enjoy a spot of tanning.


Coral Bay


3.The awarded one: Fig Tree Bay, Protaras

A few kilometres from the buzz of Agia Napa, Protaras also boasts some magnificent beaches. And there are few spots better to take in the endless blue than the gorgeous Fig Tree Bay, voted by TripAdvisor 2018 Travelers’ Choice Awards as the 13th best beach in Europe! Countless water sports opportunities and glistening clear waters await, while the bay is home to plenty of restaurants and bars if you’re after a nibble or a drink.


Fig tree bay


4.A stunning site to see: Curium Beach, Limassol

Characterised by stunning white cliffs, you’ll often spot kite surfers and windsurfers going wild on this windswept stretch, and the wide coastline means you can always carve out a space to call your own. With a couple of restaurants dishing up fresh fish in close proximity to the shore, once you’ve had a nibble and enjoyed your day by the coast, you can head up to the Greco-Roman Curium Ancient Amphitheatre. Perched high on the nearby cliffs, you can enjoy dramatic views of the surrounding coastline from above. This beach is just a short drive from Limassol town; if you’re staying at Elias Beach Hotel, just hit the highway, head towards Paphos, and turn off when you spot the signs for the Curium!


Curium beach limassol


5.Mythological splendours: Aphrodite’s Rock Beach, Paphos

Just outside Paphos town, this is hands down one of the most photographed sites on the island, steeped in tales of romance and love. The legendary birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek Goddess of Love and Beauty is said to have risen from the frothy seas that surround the famous rock. A great spot for couples to visit and kick back on the pebbled shore, head here at sunset and you’ll watch the sky light up in brilliant pink and crimson hues.


Aphrodite's Rock


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Honeymoon Heaven: Why Choose Cyprus?

Travel Tips - June 26, 2018

With a balmy climate and almost eternal sunshine, thousands of happy couples descend on Cyprus year in and year out to enjoy their perfect civil ceremony and honeymoon. At Kanika Hotels & Resorts , we take exceptional pride in welcoming guests to celebrate their marriage in a stunning occasion right by the glistening sea, while many lovebirds stay on past their wedding date to enjoy a honeymoon that dreams are made of in one of the luxurious designated suites. But what makes Cyprus a special honeymoon haven?


  1. Year-round sunshine

While it may be drizzly and grey in the rest of Europe, Cyprus boasts an excellent climate and endless blue skies, even through the winter. Barring the months of January and February, the temperatures often hit well over hit 20 degrees Celsius in the spring, while those looking for a hot summer getaway will absolutely love the wonderfully long hot Cyprus summers.


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  1. Cyprus is the island of romance!

The legendary birthplace of Goddess Aphrodite, the ancient Greek Goddess of Love and Beauty, Cyprus is renowned as an island of love. Identified with the planet Venus, legend has it that she rose from the foamy waters by the well-known Aphrodite’s Rock, where lovebirds congregate to watch the sunset and take in the brilliant beauty of the coastline.


Aphrodite's rock


  1. The perfect base for a beach holiday

Boasting some of the cleanest waters in the world, Cyprus is also home to the most picture-perfect beaches that you could wish for. From the white sand bays of Agia Napa, to the gorgeous rocky coastline in Paphos and the always buzzing Limassol seafront, there’s endless choice of where to kick back and soak up the sunshine as you cuddle up to your loved one.


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  1. A world of exploring at your doorstep

Love a bit of adventure with your other half? Then Cyprus is ideal for you, with the towering Troodos peaks beckoning visitors all year round. Intrepid explorers can head here for fresh mountain air and the experience of the natural world at its best. Veer through winegrowing regions, quaint villages and the gorgeous Troodos National Park. Mountains aside, you can also enjoy all sorts of watersports at the beach, from kitesurfing to paragliding and more!




  1. All the amenities you could wish for

Cyprus may be a small Mediterranean island, but there are plenty of great places to visit for entertainment! Whether you fancy a day out bowling or paintballing, or have a soft spot for fine dining and romantic dinners, there are endless activities to enjoy. What’s more, there are countless places from which to rent a car, or a motorbike, giving you the chance to drive around the island and enjoy all the entertainment at your fingertips.


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Guest Review: The Ultimate Experiences to Enjoy at the Olympic Lagoon Resort Agia Napa

Travel Tips - June 7, 2018

Having just jetted over to Cyprus for our holidays, my partner and I were looking for total relaxation away from all the stress of our daily lives! And so, we decided to book a week at the recently renovated Olympic Lagoon Resort in Agia Napa , now a 5-star resort. And it totally lived up to all of our expectations as we enjoyed a holiday in the most luxurious fashion, just a stone’s throw from the gorgeous seas of the east coast and the powdery white sands and crystal-clear waters of the Blue Flag Landa Golden Beach. What did we enjoy the most? Here’s our lowdown!


  1. The fantastic dining experience

Each and every meal in the renovated hotel grounds was a real treat for the taste buds and it will come as no surprise that luxury all-inclusive gastronomy is one of the cornerstones of the Olympic Lagoon Resort experience! We loved waking up to the flavoursome morning buffets, plus the fact that drinks are unlimited at all restaurants and bars.


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But the best part was stepping outside with gorgeous terraces and verandas boasting great garden and sea views where we really made the most of the Cyprus sunshine! The new Snackeria was ideal for a mid-day bite, and I really enjoyed a tête-à-tête evening with my partner at the adults-only Garibaldi Ristorante Italiano! The atmosphere is more upbeat at The Greats a la carte concept restaurant, inspired by prominent famous personalities who have left their mark on their world. We tucked into traditional recipes and celebrated favourites from across the globe.


  1. Gorgeous renovated rooms

As my partner and I were visiting Cyprus on a romantic getaway, the moment we stepped into our room, we felt an immediate sense of tranquillity and calm. Our first thought was that we would find it impossible to leave! We opted for the superior sea rooms within the adults-only Olympic Bay. This hotel-within-a-resort right by the sugary sands of Landa Beach, offers private relaxation adults-only areas with unique facilities and services exclusively designed for guests over 18. Just what we needed to relax!




  1. Poolside lazing!

I have to admit, there’s nothing quite like kicking back by the pool with a long cool cocktail! And we spent most of our day by the glistening waters of the Blue Lagoon. With the sleek open-air bar area and pool now completely renovated, a jacuzzi and additional water features add to the charm, surrounded by tropical palm trees that reach up to endless skies, rock art formations with large waterfalls, bridges and whirlpools.  And come evening, we thoroughly enjoyed our time by the Blue Lagoon Pool Bar; the perfect spot to enjoy an alfresco nightcap under starry skies.




  1. A real pampering treatment at the heavenly spa

Stepping into the newly renovated Serenity Health Club and Spa was a real delight, and we both let off steam with some exercise classes, before enjoying an excellent massage treatment. Their marine-based spa products are divine, and I’m pretty sure they extended my holiday glow! Once we were positively glowing from the inside out, I indulged in a professional manicure.




  1. Night time fun at the Xperience Arena

We loved the state-of-the-art sound and vision installations, including LED screens and two exclusive VIP booths. With a spectacular stage and elegant bar, our favourite part was the live shows, with the talented team of 50 Kanika Allstars. We didn’t get to watch all the shows, but we did get to see Mambo and Sounds of Motown! All that, with a fine glass of wine before we headed off back into our dreamy room.


Xperience Arena 2



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Your Definitive Summer Holiday Packing List: What not to Forget!

Packing before your holidays is often exciting, but it can sometimes be a slightly stressful affair! What to make sure goes into your suitcase for your Cyprus break? And what to leave out? We at Kanika Hotels & Resorts  are here to guide you through your sizzling summer holiday packing list.


  1. Sunscreen

If you’re travelling to Cyprus for your summer holidays from a country with a cooler climate, you’ll no doubt want to stretch out onto the sunbed by the glistening poolside the moment you arrive on the hotel grounds. But be warned, the sun’s glare is very strong throughout the summer, and you should wear adequate broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays. Look for an SPF 30 or higher; it will help prevent skin cancer, premature ageing and sunspots. Most importantly, you don’t want to burn. You may want to show off your lovely glowing holiday tan but building it up gradually is key.




  1. Wide brimmed hat

It goes without saying that just slapping on the sunscreen isn’t enough. Because if you sit out in the sun, you’ll also want to be sure to prevent sunstroke. Ladies can invest in a stylish wide-brimmed hat, while the gentlemen can look cool under blue skies with a cowboy hat or straw trilby. Just choose something that adds a funky flair to your holiday wardrobe!

 wide brimmed hat


  1. Trusty sunnies

The last thing you want to be doing throughout your holiday is squinting! So before you head off on your trip, be sure to invest in a good pair of sunglasses. In order to minimise glare, polarised lenses are best, reducing reflections, improving contrast, and visual clarity. Always look for a labelled good quality lens and for sunglasses that meet the European safety standards. And once you’ve checked the practicalities, be as daring as you like with the style you go for, whether you’re a fan of trendy oversized aviators or square wayfarers.




  1. Comfy open shoes

Forget about socks in Cyprus, all you need is a pair of comfy open sandals, as well as a pair of flipflops for walks by the beach and splashing poolside fun. If you do plan on heading out on day trips to explore the stunning natural beauty of the island, then invest in a sturdy pair of hiking sandals – they may not look super trendy, but your feet will thank you once you head out for a walk-through roads less travelled.


Flip flops by pool


  1. Chic scarf or shawl

Summer holidays in Cyprus are bound to be hot, but saying that, evenings by the sea can be breezy, and it’s a great idea to pack a light scarf or shawl to just throw over your shoulders, should the need arise. What’s more, a colourful scarf doubles up as a great headpiece, especially when you want to hide the summer frizz!


summer shawl


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Why Dedicated ‘Couple Time’ on Holiday will Boost your Relationship

These days, we all lead exceptionally fast-paced lives. One minute we’re dashing about for work meetings, and the next, we’re answering calls, rushing to grab a bite to eat, running errands, collecting the kids from school, and the list goes on. At the end of the day, we’re lucky enough to enjoy a little downtime on the sofa before it all begins again. And very often, we just zone out in front of the television or spend time browsing on our phone or iPad!

Unfortunately, however, somewhere along the lines, quality time with our other half gets pushed aside. Breaking away from the daily stress cycle is key, and when you feel the need to reconnect with your partner, nothing beats a tête-à-tête romantic holiday. Why is it so important? Here are a few key reasons worth considering!


  1. Carving out space just for each other

When you pack your bags to embark on a holiday with your loved one, you will immediately be setting aside space and time just for yourselves. And this is special in itself, because it’s so rare to have more than a few hours together at the end of a busy day during daily life. Date nights are important, but totally changing environment and looking forward to a holiday together is even more exciting.


Rearview shot of a mature couple drinking champagne while relaxing in deck chairs at sunset


  1. Creating new experiences together

Remember the first time you and your partner watched the sunrise or sunset together? Or the first time you went out for romantic dinner at your favourite restaurant? Relationships thrive on novel experiences, and you’ll be looking back at the new memories you create for a long time to come, as you re-ignite the love you feel and strengthen the bond between you in new ways.


Happy Romantic Middle Aged Couple Enjoying Beautiful Sunset Walk on the Beach. Travel Vacation Retirement Lifestyle Concept


  1. Appreciating time away without other disturbances

How many times have you sat down for dinner with your other half or tried to watch a film together and something has happened to disturb the peace? Going away with your loved one gives you the chance to set that ‘out of office’ email, let the wider family know that you’ll be away for a while, make babysitting arrangements if you have kids, and set off to enjoy uninterrupted romance.


picture of couple in spa salon lying on the massage desks

For dedicated romantic holidays on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, the brand new Amavi will be opening its doors on 29 September 2018. Amavi is the first and only custom-designed couples-only hotel on the island conceived and created by Kanika Hotels & Resorts alongside a new brand, the Made For Two™ hotels. Situated by the glistening Paphos coast with stunning views of the sea and the Medieval Castle, all facilities are created for refined side-by-side holiday experiences to spark the honeymoon feeling. A luxurious escape, you and your loved one can enjoy ultimate romance in Cyprus with privacy, tranquillity and intimacy à la carte.

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Travel Tips When Visiting Cyprus

Kanika Hotels, Travel Tips - October 24, 2017

Cyprus saw 3.1 million tourists visiting the island in the 2016. You don’t really need much convincing why Cyprus is the perfect destination for you. Apart from the breathtaking views, rich in history, safety and gastronomy, Cyprus has so much to offer.

An island where the goddess of love and passion was born, Aphrodite is just one of many activities you can do when you arrive. We would like to share with you a few tips for your next visit to the island.

If you are staying in Limassol, Paphos or Ayia Napa we recommend you hire a car to be able to drive around the country. There is a complimentary publication Authentic Cyprus which you can get for free at any tourist office. It describes 15 car journeys in great detail and the passenger doesn’t have to be a skilled navigator.


The first thing you should buy is a local SIM card. You can buy a SOEASY card by a local network company, CYTA. You can find this sim cards everywhere, at the airport, mini markets or small kiosks. It will cost you €5 and you will be able to use Google Maps, your social networks and stay in touch with your family and friends. It will be much cheaper for you to use rather using your local provider.

If you are a last minute person and don’t want to book a taxi in advance, you can always find taxi drivers at Larnaka Airport or Paphos Airport. We suggest you book your taxi driver by contacting your hotel in advance so you have a peace of mind.

The currency in Cyprus is Euro, you can change your currency in your country or when you arrive to Cyprus at any bank or exchange office.

We suggest going out of your “comfort zone” and exploring this island rather than sticking to the popular tourist towns such as Pafos and Agia Napa. If you hired a car, drive to the mountains, explore the island. If you don’t rent a car for €2 (£1.60) you can buy a bus day ticket. Master the time tables, and enjoy. If you’re in the harbour and need a coffee, the Hospice shop will not disappoint.


Speaking of comfort zones, how about hiring a jeep and exploring remote parts of the island like the Akamas Peninsula? Make sure the jeep has air-conditioning because you will need it. Do something different by learning a new skill whilst you are here. You can try diving, rock-climbing, water-skiing or paragliding.

You can try mountain biking as well and if it sounds daunting, we’ve heard of one company that operates an “uplift service”. They drop you off at a high point which means all you have to do is point the boke downhill and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Our team members at all our hotels will be able to help you book anything you like.

If you decide that you want to stay at one of Kanika’s Hotels and Resorts and all you want to do is swim and enjoy the breath-taking views that’s absolutely fine. We have plenty of activities at our hotels and resorts that you will enjoy.

There you have it, plenty of activities to do while you visit this beautiful island. In the meantime, you can like our Facebook Fan page or our Instagram Page and follow us for updates and inspiration.

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