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Enjoying the Ultimate New Year Detox Holiday in Cyprus

Travel Tips - November 21, 2019

The very moment that the New Year sets in, we all seem to have some sort of load alarm bells go off inside us. All of a sudden, it’s time to put an end to unhealthy habits, lose weight, become more mindful, exercise more and detox from all the naughty but nice treats that we have so enjoyed over the festive season! And there’s no denying that sticking to our ‘healthy life’ resolutions is not quite a walk in the park. But luckily, we at here at Kanika Hotels & Resorts on Cyprus’s stunning west coast, make things a little bit easier for you, offering far more than just a winter sunshine holiday to kickstart 2020. How so? Let us enlighten you…

 

  1. Vitamin Sea

Nothing beats leaving dull and gloomy weather behind for a bright holiday by the sea. But it doesn’t have to be hot summer swimming weather in order to reap the amazing health benefits of the deep blue. Countless guests who visit us in the winter often laze by the water’s edge under the winter sun and let on that they feel exceptionally revived and rejuvenated, but they often don’t know that there are scientific reasons behind this.

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Sea air is actually so very healthy because it’s enriched with salt, magnesium and iodine, all captured within tiny water droplets which get dispersed by the wind. And the good news is, that the winter offers even more health benefits than the summer, especially for anyone suffering from asthma or any other respiratory conditions or allergies, as the moisture in the air works wonders to improve the negative consequences of dry indoor air from central heating!

 

  1. Healthy, wholesome food

After this incredible breath of fresh air, the hunger pangs inevitably kick in. And no winter wellness holiday in Cyprus would be complete without just the right nutritious ingredients! With breakfast being one of the most important meals of the day, especially when you’re attempting to rid the body of nasty toxins, all our hotels offer healthy juices as part of the breakfast buffet, with a variety of fruits, cereals and Greek yoghurt on offer that you can top with healthy nuts and seeds. Superfoods like turmeric powder, goji berries, cinnamon powder and dry aloe vera are also a big hit with the health-conscious at breakfast time. Detox smoothies by the pool are an especially big hit at our Olympic Lagoon Resorts in Paphos and Agia Napa.

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Come lunchtime, you can top on pulses, healthy vegetables and fresh salads at most of our hotel buffets, while there are plenty of healthy vegan and vegetarian options to satiate your taste buds at all our restaurants come evening, even as part of our a la carte menus. And if you have a special dietary requirement, your needs will happily be catered for.

Those looking for the ultimate detox winter holiday experience with their other half, can enjoy extra special healthy treats with an Asian flair by Michelin starred chef Theodor Falser at the luxurious Amavi couples-only hotel. Favourites include the mixed greens superfood salad and crispy pan-seared salmon fillet. Fans of a healthy cup of tea, love the selection at the Elias Beach Hotel, especially fond of the calming chamomile and antioxidant green tea. And at the Alexander the Great Beach Hotel, it’s the Vitality Corner that steals the show on the a la carte menus, including healthy food and beverages made from fresh and natural ingredients.

 

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  1. Wellness indulgences

While all our hotels offer the opportunity to luxuriate by sparkling outdoor swimming pools, guests arriving for a healthy winter holiday love to head straight to the hotel spas to enjoy a whole range of wellness treatments. The Serenity Health Club & Spa operates in all Kanika Hotels & Resorts (with the exception of the Amavi), offering guests heavenly holistic treatments to rejuvenate mind, body and spirit, including luxurious massages, body wraps and brightening facial treatments. The Toning Tea Massage is ideal while you are detoxing, while the Vitamin C Face & Body Ritual will leave you glowing from head to toe. And for a purely indulgent treat, go for the 100% coconut oil massage, to leave you with glowing, hydrated and strong skin!

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At the Amavi, the Evera Spa is a delightful treat for the senses, with intimate side-by-side treatments available for couples. Here, the Lymphatic Drainage Massage aids detoxification, stimulating lymph flow, and encouraging the natural drainage of the lymph system. Hot stone massage reduces anxiety, while the Evera Spa Signature massage uses aromatic oils to address individual needs and help you achieve enhanced body and mind wellness.

 

  1. Fabulous fitness

Want to head back home looking your absolute best? All Kanika Hotels & Resorts boast fitness centres, including state of the art cardio and weight equipment. And no matter what hotel you’re based at, there are always plenty of fitness activities to keep you on your toes, including yoga, dancing, aqua aerobics and more!

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Once you release excess toxins with your favourite form of exercise, the sauna and steam room await, helping to further aid overall body detoxification and soothe nerve endings, while easing away any tension and joint pain, and relaxing your muscles.

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Christmas Magic in Cyprus: Making your Holiday Dreams come True!

Travel Tips - November 11, 2019

Andy Williams once sang that it’s “the most wonderful time of the year”, and when you are holidaying in Cyprus, Christmas time really does take on a whole new magical appeal, blessed with endless sunshine and plenty of warm winter days offset by beautifully clear skies.

At Kanika Hotels & Resorts, we go all out to ensure that the occasion by palm-fringed shores is an extra special one; each of our beachfront hotels are decorated in sparkling style, and a variety of festive events ensure that every moment is filled with cheer and celebration! And it’s little surprise that the west coast of Cyprus is particularly popular over the winter holiday season, blessed with the mildest climate on the island, while snow-capped mountains are just a short drive away. Here’s the lowdown on why Paphos deserves a place on your Xmas holiday bucket list.

 

  1. Festive celebrations galore

The great thing about taking a holiday over the Christmas period, is that you don’t need to think about lifting a finger, avoiding the usual mad rush to the supermarket and shops! And we here at Kanika Hotels & Resorts go the extra mile, ensuring that your seaside stay and Christmas in Cyprus is made all the more memorable, with special Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve events and special packages.

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With sumptuous buffet breakfasts, festive evening meals and extravagant galas in the mix, the Alexander the Great Beach Hotel and Olympic Lagoon Resort Paphos are ideal for the whole family!  Guests can also enjoy arts and crafts, including Christmas card making and candle creation, as well as all sorts of other fun activities including quizzes, festive music performances, pastry demonstrations, sports events (from killer darts to archery), afternoon teas and much more.

You don’t even have to worry about keeping the little ones entertained – special kid’s clubs and fun activities are all part of the holiday experience, while they will also have the chance to meet santa. Yearning for some time out alone with your partner? The idyllic couples-only five star Amavi is the perfect romantic spot if you’re in desperate need of intimate holidays for two steeped in sheer luxury!

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  1. Serene seaside sparkle

Taking your Christmas photos by glistening Mediterranean seas at Kanika Hotels is bound to be a unique experience that you’ll want to share across your Facebook or Instagram pages, but don’t worry about a lack of Christmas spirit just because you’re by Mediterranean waters. Cyprus, much like the rest of Europe, gets all decked up over the holiday season, with the twinkle of glistening lights brightening up every street corner. Roasted chestnuts are also intrinsically linked with Cyprus Christmas’, while mulled wine has become another festive favourite. Kids are also in for a treat, with plenty of street vendors handing out fluffy pink candy floss, while the Paphos harbour and old town provide a magical setting for Christmas carols, festive markets and all sorts of fun events and activities for the kids.

 

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  1. Wild winter wonders

Once you’ve enjoyed your fill of seaside festivities during Christmas in Paphos, it will take you less than an hour to arrive at the glistening snow-capped peaks of the Troodos Mountains. Here, the Cyprus Christmas fun is entirely different to the warmer seaside experience. The air is crisp and cold, thick powdery snow blankets every inch of the mountain tops, and avid skiers and snowboarders enjoy carefree days of action-packed winter bliss.  Join the fun and take it easy on Sun Valley 1 and 2 slopes, or enjoy the thrill of North Face 1 and 2 if you’re a more experienced with winter sports. And when all is said and done, stone-built traditional coffee shops await, where a cup of your favourite steaming hot drink will warm the spirits.

 

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A Bar Above the Rest: ‘Selene’ Magic at Amavi

When the Amavi, the first of a line of hotels under the Made for Two Hotels brand by Kanika Hotels & Resorts, first opened its doors by the stunning Paphos shores earlier this year, we envisioned that it would become one of the most talked-about couples-only hotels in the Mediterranean; an idyll of luxury for discerning love birds looking for a dreamy holiday by picture-perfect palm-fringed shores.

Fast forward to the present day, and it’s not just the name ‘Amavi’ that has captured the attention of both locals and international travellers, but also, the inspirational and exceptionally romantic Selene Cocktail Bar, aptly named after the Greek Goddess of the Moon.

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As night falls and a blanket of stars envelops the Selene Cocktail Bar, the atmosphere transports you into a world far from the everyday, while the mercurial Selene traps you in an everlasting moment of bliss as you slip into a perfect state of togetherness. The unique romantic ambience and interior is accentuated by an inspirational backdrop; walls are adorned with fine contemporary modern artwork by the famous fine artist Savvas Georgiades.

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Once you kick back with your loved one in the plush seating, simply select your drink of choice with the menu inspired by classic favourites and a real modern mixology twist, custom made by the renowned Cypriot mixologist, Costas Nicolaides, Managing Director of Alchemy Bartending School and Shaker Moving Bar.

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Cocktails for two are a special treat, especially designed for loved up couples. ‘The Sixth Sense’ has been created to indulge all five senses, delivering the sights, sounds, tastes, textures and aromas of heaven. Feel your twin flames burn bright while sipping on this Vodka infused with pear, shaken with fresh apple, fresh passion, aromatic Tonka blossom, almond syrup and fresh grapefruit. ‘Blood Moon’ is another Made for Two cocktail favourite, promising to eclipse the senses and create perfect harmony with a blend of rums infused with roasted sesame, mixed with blood orange liqueur, almond, orange and pineapple juice.

Care for a rum-based cocktail served in a foaming seashell? Indulge in the ‘Bath of Aphrodite’ in honour of this gorgeous deity, worshipped as the Goddess of love, beauty and pleasure. Or how about saying cheers in the company of a ‘Love Bird’? Our guests adore this signature cocktail served in a bird glass and made with Monkey 47 Gin, homemade aromatized honey, pink grapefruit and homemade pineapple puree.

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All cocktails are made with premium local ingredients, and if, per chance, you fancy sipping on wine or another spirit, there is plenty to choose from on the menu. The Selene Bites will also go down a treat, whether you opt for the togarashi calamari with lime and wasabi mayonnaise or tantalize your taste buds with Umami style chicken skewers with Teriyaki sauce. And once your taste buds have been satiated in every way possible, the Selene Bar promises to add to the sensory journey, with chill-out romantic music to elevate the spirit, and a variety of events and musical entertainment planned in the near future to enrich the truly immersive experience!

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Selene Bar is situated within the Amavi in Paphos and is open to all guests and visitors daily from 6pm – 1am.

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The Perfect Beach Wedding

Travel Tips - September 30, 2019

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Close your eyes and imagine a palette of crimson hues lighting up the endless horizon over Mediterranean seas. Then picture the love of your life promising an eternal union, as the fiery hues of the sunset make way for the magical sparkle of stars lighting up the clear summer night sky.

Barefoot wedding magic by glistening Mediterranean seas just became a reality at a brand-new dreamy beach wedding venue at the Elias Beach Hotel in Limassol Cyprus! Part of Kanika Hotels & Resorts, we are proud of our outstanding reputation for hosting dream weddings, with top tier services and dedicated professional wedding coordinators ensuring the best possible celebration with the gentle sea breeze lifting the spirits by the sandy shores. But is a beach wedding your kind of affair? We let you in on some of the little things that make an intimate wedding by the sea so very special!

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  1. A totally laid-back occasion

Forget all about the stress of finding just the right heels and matching accessories – a beach wedding can be as casual or dressy as you want it to be. And the groom doesn’t have to worry about bow ties either! If you’re the kind of couple that prefers understated glamour, or you just love the idea of a cool boho-chic affair, then a beach wedding is right for you! Ditch heels for sandals, or just ditch the shoes altogether, and indulge in some barefoot magic as you dig your toes into the sand.

 

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  1. Naturally dreamy ambiance

Weddings heavily depend on creating just the right ambiance, but when you have the azure Cyprus seas as your backdrop, you don’t need much else to create a dreamy atmosphere. Add a few flowers and the twinkle of candles into the mix, and you’ll create a heavenly atmosphere with minimum effort. Our dedicated wedding coordinators are always on hand to ensure that every detail in your bespoke celebration is perfectly thought out, and that your every need will be catered to.

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  1. A wedding and honeymoon in one

After a stressful wedding, you always yearn to jet off on a carefree honeymoon. But when you tie the knot in a Mediterranean paradise, you can just add on another week in the sunshine and voila: your wedding becomes an extended holiday! You’ll be lazing by the water’s edge, making the most of the hotel entertainment, wining and dining under a canopy of stars come evening, and even, setting out to explore the beauty of an island shrouded in romantic myths and legends. And when all is said and done? You can cosy up in a dreamy honeymoon suite as you celebrate your love in affordable luxury.

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  1. Cost-cutting

You may be inclined to believe that saying ‘I do’ abroad will add to the wedding expenses, but in fact, you’ll be cutting costs in no time when you’re celebrating on the beach. The dress will be less fancy, the décor more minimal, and you’ll be eating the kind of food  (fine local Mediterranean fare) that would cost a fortune to enjoy back home! And because you won’t be jetting away anywhere else on your honeymoon, you won’t need to factor in any new or unforeseen expenses!

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  1. Sunshine holidays for your guests

Weddings aren’t just a celebration of love between you and your other half; they are also a chance to celebrate and share your love with all the important people in your life. And they’ll no doubt all be thrilled with the idea of a beach holiday in Cyprus, with different guest accommodation options to suit their needs and heaps of fun things to do in the sunshine. After all, Cyprus is a year-round holiday heaven!


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Live the ultimate beach wedding heaven by contacting Lydia Melinioti, Head of Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, and booking your special day with us!  D: +357 25 274601 | E: l.melinioti@kanikahotels.com | W: www.kanikahotels.com

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Community First: Taking Pride in Giving Back to Society

Travel Tips - September 17, 2019

At Kanika Hotels & Resorts, we are passionate about paying attention to detail. And these details don’t just translate to exceptional customer service and a dedication to an excellent holiday experience for our guests. As leaders in the hospitality industry, we leave no stone unturned, well-aware that any business should make the conscious effort to give back to the society and community in which it operates.

To this aid, our WorldWise CSR programme takes on a holistic approach to caring for our own people, the wider society at large, and the natural environment. Let us guide you through some of the cornerstones of our grassroots approach to giving back to society.

 

1. Kanika SPIRIT

At every step of the way, we are guided by the Kanika SPIRIT –  an acronym for Service, Professionalism, Innovation, Respect, Integrity, and Teamwork –  a comprehensive recognition and rewards system which acknowledges individual efforts and achievements, investing in an inspiring work environment. Ongoing staff development is also paramount, epitomised through regular internal training and external courses, while annual internal surveys help the management identify areas of improvement, to create the best possible work conditions.

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What’s more, employees are encouraged to reach the highest heights, supporting them in personal endeavours and initiatives to improve the world we live in. This is epitomised by the support given to one of our staff members, Vasilia Vasiliou, when she set off on a volunteer mission to Nepal to help in the aftermath of the Gorkha earthquake as a member of ‘wheeling2help’.

 

2. Guests first

At the forefront of each and every one of our hotels and resorts, is a dedicated team of hospitality professionals, wholeheartedly committed to serving guests and caring for their needs. This is exemplified by the awarded Alexander the Great Beach Hotel and Olympic Lagoon Resort in Paphos and Agia Napa, voted amongst the ‘Top 25 Hotels for Service in Cyprusin 2018 by Trip Advisor. Year after year, we are also exceptionally grateful for all the touching letters and emails we receive from all of you that praise our level of service and commitment to guest satisfaction!

 

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 3. A passion for charity

Providing help to those in need is of paramount importance to all of us at Kanika Hotels & Resorts, and as such, we set up the Ithaki Charity Association, founded in 2011 on the occasion of the European Year of Volunteering. The non-profit organisation offers both patients and their family’s information, relief and support at every stage of dementia. Professional care and facilities, integration of patients, and psychosocial support of their families are just some of the association’s specific goals, also offering high-quality home treatment.

 

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A special Day Care Centre, opened with the generous support of the Germasogeia Municipality, specialises in health care professionals offering patients cognitive stimulation, while providing caregivers with the necessary psychological support. Charity events throughout the year back the work of Ithaki, while also supporting other local charity organizations through donations and accommodation where needed.

 

4. Caring for the environment

In this day and age, we are all increasingly aware that caring for the environment and the planet as a whole is of paramount importance. As such, our hotels and resorts have demonstrated equal commitment to sustainable tourism and have implemented all the requirements of the Travel Life Gold Certification 2017 – 2019, as well as receiving the AKTI Project and Research Centre Sustainability Award for tackling marine pollution. What’s more, the brand new Amavi Made for Two Hotel, that recently opened on Paphos’ pristine golden shores, has set its sights on becoming the first hotel in Cyprus to receive the prestigious EU Ecolabel certification.

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Well-aware that the day-to-day activities of any business impacts the environment, we are wholeheartedly committed to operating our hotels responsibly, while reducing the impact of our operations throughout all our hotels and resorts. From water and energy saving, to efficient waste management, our core ethos places attention on community and sustainability, also working closely with local producers to obtain prime produce for guests to enjoy, all sourced from the local community.

Find out more about Kanika Hotels & Resorts CSR here

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Feeling Great: Honouring Those who Changed History

Travel Tips - September 9, 2019

What makes a truly great dining experience? At the dreamy Olympic Lagoon Resort Agia Napa, we’re pretty sure we’ve nailed it, with a concept restaurant that combines delicious food while celebrating the courage and genius of extraordinary individuals. Far more than just another eatery or dining room, guests can satiate their taste buds with a culinary journey that celebrates human kindness, praising individuals whose unselfish lives and exceptional achievements stand as remarkable examples of human greatness. All this, with sumptuous wholesome comfort food to delight the palate with every bite. Curious? Let us give you the delicious lowdown!

 

  1. We inspire our guests to embrace life & honour remarkable people

The Greats is all about celebrating remarkable individuals whose great achievements prove that everything is possible. The kind of people our planet needs now more than ever, we pay tribute to individuals whose kindness inspires us to do better, and whose courage reminds us that there are no limits. Making the dining experience a meaningful one, The Greats celebrates the courage and genius of individuals who defied adversity and often changed the course of history. From Mother Teresa, Albert Einstein, Mohandas Gandhi, Ayrton Senna and Niki Lauda, to Orville and Wilbur Wright, Ray Charles and Sir Nicholas Winton, you’ll be dining alongside some of the most inspiring people of all time.

 

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  1. We serve your all-time favourite dishes

Now is your chance to tuck into the most celebrated international recipes, from old-time classics, such as shrimp cocktail and Southern Classic fried chicken, to steamed mussels and lemon butter salmon. Red meat lovers can devour The Greats ultimate stack burger, tuck into a glorious braised lamb shank or indulge in fresh tagliatelle bolognese. That’s not to forget Grandma’s Greats Combo meals, created for four or more persons to share; awesome homemade food filled with goodness.

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Each menu includes appetizers, main dishes and desserts to enjoy with friends and family; expect freshly prepared, delicious home cooking presented in platters that are easy to pass around the table – the kind of meal that will satisfy and delight everyone.

 

  1. We offer an uplifting experience in an inspiring environment

Every little detail at The Greats has been carefully thought out. And as soon as you enter the venue, you’ll be immediately transported into a colourful, vibrant and uplifting world with an alternative rock-themed twist. Inspiring quotes will encourage you to think about all the powerful personalities that have tried to bring change into the world, encouraging us all to reach our best potential. Videos add to the immersive experience, specially created to leave you feeling elated and filled with happiness. Diners can expect rock, reggae and pop-rock inspirational music, as well as motivational and extreme sports clips.

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What’s more, placemats have been especially designed to stimulate your mind, pictures of legendary ‘greats’ have been placed around the venue to inspire conversations, while comfy seating and a warm ambience ensures that you’ll be whisked away into a world of truly uplifting culinary heaven with every single bite.

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Getting to know the Limassol Wine Festival

Travel Tips - August 8, 2019

Cosmopolitan Limassol proudly wears the gold crown as Cyprus’ wine capital, and for good reason! The fertile rambling countryside which surrounds the city and rises up to the spectacular Troodos Mountains is every oenophile’s delight, with hills blanketed in vines that form the prettiest picture, punctuated with traditional stone-built villages and quality boutique wineries. And at the end of every August ever since 1961, locals gather in sheer delight to pay homage to the mighty grape with a frenzy of drinking and dancing as part of the annual Limassol Wine Festival.

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We here at Kanika Hotels & Resorts provide the perfect getaway for guests keen to combine a holiday with a visit to the festival, with the Elias Beach Hotel just a short drive away from the event grounds at the Limassol Municipal Gardens. The perfect oasis of calm right by the picture-perfect Mediterranean blue, the Elias Beach Hotel gives you the chance to luxuriate in relaxing surrounds while making the most of evening entertainment at the popular festival. Here’s a quick glimpse of what you can look forward to once the Wine Festival comes to life between August 30th and September 8th 2019.

 

  1. Enjoy a taste of local wines and gastronomic delights

Head to the event to taste some of the finest local wines from around Cyprus, on offer for free and in unlimited quantities once you have paid the small entrance fee at the door. Enjoy a swig of your favourite white, red or rosè or, even, indulge in a wine cocktail! The event also gives you the opportunity to taste traditional local produce – some made with sweet Commandaria wine, and others made from deliciously divine grape juice.

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  1. Get better acquainted with the island’s history, myths and legends

Aiming to revive Dionysiac celebrations worshipping the ancient Greek god of wine, the festival gives you good opportunity to relive traditions of times past, when individuals from all walks of life sat together at common banquets, offered for free by the state, and tasted the new wines while participating in mass dances, songs, poetry and drama. With the upcoming wine festival celebrating centuries of winemaking history in Cyprus, take a good look at the statue of a Cypriot village winegrower at the event, kitted out in traditional local costume.

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  1. Kick back for exciting entertainment

Every year, the festival includes musical performances, dance shows, and even, theatrical performances by a wide variety of talented local groups with comedy, humour and satire in the mix. The festival will also give you the chance to get to grips with age-old winemaking procedures as you enjoy a walk through the gardens. Looks like it’s almost time to say a mighty cheers!

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To book your stay at Elias Beach Hotel, call +357 25-636000 or click here.

 

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A Nod to a Brighter and Greener Future at Amavi

Travel Tips - August 2, 2019

Gorgeous sunshine holidays are all well and good. But they simply wouldn’t be possible without a clean and protected natural environment. As a major player in Cyprus’ hospitality industry, caring for the planet and ensuring sustainability for the benefit of generations to come is of prime importance to all of us at Kanika Hotels & Resorts. As such, our hotels and resorts have demonstrated equal commitment to sustainable tourism and have implemented all the requirements of the Travel Life Gold Certification 2017 – 2019, as well as receiving the AKTI Project and Research Centre Sustainability Award for tackling marine pollution.

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And from the moment that we opened the doors of the new Amavi (the first hotel of its kind in Cyprus operating under the new “Made for Two Hotels” brand by Kanika Hotels & Resorts) by Paphos’ glistening coastline, we were resolute that it is to function as an eco-hotel, aiming to receive the EU Ecolabel Certification. As our dedicated guests enjoy the luxurious grounds in a relaxing and dreamy couples-only environment, we now shed light on the ways in which the sparkling Amavi takes responsible action, aimed at minimising its ecological footprint while maintaining a high standard of services, always in line with EU recommendations and regulations.

 

  1. Respect for the natural environment

Not just about a stunning location, the Amavi is set on a prime beachside spot where cleanliness and environmental viability is taken exceptionally seriously. Backed by an awarded Blue Flag Beach, the Amavi operates in a way that pays utmost respect to the region’s valuable natural resources, contributing to their maintenance and preservation. Simultaneously, the Amavi strives to provide safe and relaxing vacations, maintaining the natural environment and cultural heritage, as well as the conditions for their well-being.

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  1. Energy-saving efficiency

Well aware of the importance of energy conservation and the way in which the utilisation of non-renewable resources impacts our environment, the Amavi encourages guests to minimise the use of electricity and water consumption, while providing them with eco-friendly products in each of the rooms. As such, we aim to cultivate the ecological consciousness of our customers and the minimisation of the impact of hotel activities on the local environment. On a wider scale, the hotel as a whole is dedicated to waste and potential pollution minimisation, maximising reusable, recyclable and recoverable materials. Our personnel is also well trained on all environmental issues and practises.

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  1. Responsible action

Within the framework of a wider CSR programme, Kanika Hotels & Resorts has developed a unique WorldWise programme, dedicated to the prudent and rational management of the environment for a sustainable economic, social and ecological development of the local community and the country as a whole. Beyond environmentally friendly policies, we take great pride in investing in an inspiring work environment while offering over 200 jobs to the local community. Under the Kanika SPRIT – an acronym for Service, Professionalism, Innovation, Respect, Integrity and Teamwork – the company implements a comprehensive recognition and awards system, which acknowledges employee efforts and achievements.

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We are also equally committed to giving back to the community via our non-profit Ithaki Charity Organisation, created to offer care and support for dementia patients and their families. Moreover, we aim to support local producers every step of the way, using fresh local produce for guests to enjoy, while always welcoming guests in their rooms with traditional Cyprus delicacies and local wine.

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Historic Cyprus Splendours: 5 Top Sites You’ve got to See

Travel Tips - July 29, 2019

The moment you land down on Cyprus’ sun-kissed shores, you may be tempted to just sink your toes into the sand and never leave the water’s edge. But those with a streak for adventure and thirst for new discoveries, will soon find that the small island’s history really packs a punch, with treasures that will make you feel as though you’ve stepped into a time machine! Here are some top sites to add to your bucket list, all in close proximity to our Limassol and Paphos hotels.

 

  1. Curium Ancient Amphitheatre

If you’re staying at the Elias Beach Hotel in Limassol, be sure to rent a car and drive through scenic coastal roads to visit one of the most impressive ancient sites on the island. Rising above the Limassol seascape and countryside, enter the Curium Amphitheatre – dating back to the 2nd century BC – and feast your eyes on truly impressive panoramic views, in stunning surrounds that form part of what was once one of most important city kingdoms in antiquity.

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  1. Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates

Another awe-inspiring Limassol site near the ancient Curium further bringing to life the grandeur of the island’s past. The Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates was built around 100 AD, honouring Apollo Hylates (Apollo of the woods or ‘God of the Woodland’) who was the protector of the area. It is thought Apollo Hylates was worshiped at the site from the 8thcentury BC to the 4th century AD.

 

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  1. Paphos Archaeological Park

Whether you’re enjoying a luxurious holiday with your other half at the Amavi,  taking in the waterside magic at Alexander the Great Beach Hotel, or spending time with the whole family at the Olympic Lagoon Resort Paphos, the Paphos Archaeological Park is one of the most famous on the island and a UNESCO World Heritage Site for good reason. Home to some of the most spectacular examples of Roman mosaic works, they are without a doubt the finest in all the Eastern Mediterranean, if not the world. While perusing the park, be sure to catch a glimpse of the Tombs of the Kings, the Forty Columns ‘Castle’, and the ancient Odeon.

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  1. Paphos Medieval Castle

Originally built as a Byzantine fort to protect the picturesque town of Paphos, this must-see site commands a brilliant location by the pretty harbour, and makes for an ideal afternoon or evening out. The original fort was rebuilt by the Lusignans in the 13th century, dismantled by the Venetians in 1570, and then rebuilt by the Ottomans after they captured the island in the 16th century.

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  1. Sanctuary of Aphrodite, Kouklia

Most Cyprus visitors will make the effort to head as far as Aphrodite’s Rock to see the revered birthplace of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and fertility, but not as many travellers visit the village of Kouklia to see the sanctuary of this mighty goddess, dating back to the 12th century BC, and once known as the famous pilgrimage centers of the ancient Greek world. Add it to your Cyprus bucket list immediately!

 

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 Cover photo: Tombs of the Kings, Paphos Archeological Park 

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Say Cheers: Gorgeous Winemaking Villages to Visit

Travel Tips - July 18, 2019

With a winemaking history spanning over 5000 years, no visit to Cyprus would be complete without sipping on a glass of fine local wine. And if you wish to truly immerse yourselves in the tasty experience, take a drive through hilly landscapes blanketed in rambling vines, and stop off at some of the island’s most beautiful villages that boast age-old winemaking traditions. When you arrive, be sure to stop off at some of the island’s best boutique wineries, all within relatively easy driving distance from Kanika Hotels and Resorts Limassol and Paphos holiday havens.

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1. Vouni Panayia

If there’s one out of town trip you should take while in Paphos, then make it the blissful journey up to the gorgeous Vouni Panayia. The area is protected as a natural habitat within the ‘Life, Natura 2000’ network, and boasts a unique ecosystem with numerous nature trails winding through the gorgeous landscape blessed with pretty vineyards lapping up the warm Mediterranean sunshine.

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Cocooned by the Paphos Forest and the nearby gorgeous Cedar Valley, you’ll be in seventh heaven in no time at all. And once you reach Vouni Panayia winery, you can kick back to enjoy high caliber wines made from grapes cultivated in the area, while the onsite traditional museum and a film about the local winemaking process are also a real treat.

 

2. Kathikas

Another firm Paphos district favourite, this gorgeous winemaking village, Kathikas, takes you way back in time, with stone-built houses telling tales of bygone days and traditional coffee shops and eateries beckoning the weary and hungry traveler.

Vasilikon winery

As a winemaking district, the area is famous for its Xynisteri, an indigenous grape that thrives in a temperate climate. Head to the area’s acclaimed Vasilikon Winery to try some award-winning varieties, with grapes picked mainly from the family’s vineyards. With wine in hand, step outside onto the massive patio area and make the most of panoramic views across the undulating mountains towards the sea. The on-site museum is also bound to inspire you, filled with machinery and winemaking tools from days gone by.

 

3. Omodos

Famed for its local produce, Omodos is hands-down one of the prettiest mountain villages of the Limassol district. And it’s mighty proud of its local produce and renowned for its delicious grapes since ancient times – so much so, that locals gather outside their houses and shops selling local wine, Zivania (made from grape pomace), and other local delicacies made with grapes like soujoukos and palouze.

omodos

Also home to medieval stone buildings, museums and the grand Monastery of the Holy Cross (one of the oldest and most historic monasteries on the island) there’s much to feast your eyes on when exploring the area. Once you’ve perused the cobbled lanes, make a beeline for the Ktima Gerolemo Winery, run by a family with a  great passion for making wine from grapes from the surrounding area.

 

4. Koilani

Another Limassol district village which sees local folk potter about at much the same pace as they did years ago, through paved alleyways and past perfectly pretty picturesque houses with traditional tiled roofs, Koilani oozes traditional charm and is one of the most famous winemaking villages on the island. And down in the village’s verdant valley, the Kryos River flows peacefully, irrigating lands filled with apple and pear trees.

koilani

Wish to sample some of the best local wine in the area? Vlassides Winery is the place to be; a cutting-edge modern winery that produces over 120 000 bottles annually – mostly Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Xynisteri grape varieties.

 

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