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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.

 

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  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.

 

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  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.

For more information, and to make your booking, visit: www.amavihotel.com

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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.

drive-around

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.

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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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Experience Cyprus like a local… Vol 2

Travel Tips - December 22, 2016

Experiencing Cyprus is a never ending journey and as promised we have more travel tips for you, the Cyprus lovers, in order to make the most of your holidays. So many gastronomic experiences, history, culture, sea, sun and welcoming people are waiting for you. No matter how many times you visit Cyprus you will always discover a new experience to take back home…

WHY NOT TAKE…

…a sip! Commandaria
Few drinks can beat the history and authenticity of the sweet dessert wine Commandaria… it’s the world’s oldest named wine still in production! Don’t forget to take a bottle (or two) home and relive your Limassol experience with every sip!

…it home!  St Andrew’s Street
If you are looking for a break from the brand names of the town centre, let the cobbled road guide you around St. Andrew’s Street where you will discover a fascinating array of traditional crafts, souvenirs and local specialties, and are sure to pick up something unique to take home.

…a trip! Molos
The vast promenade of Molos is always full of life – day or night! Locals and visitors alike frequent the beach, parks and cafes, whilst the more active can be seen strolling, jogging, rollerblading, skateboarding or walking the dog along its length, enjoying the views and the fantastic atmosphere along the way.

…A day out with the kids
Two museums offer an interesting twist on the usual offering and are ideal for a family day out. Archimedes – The Fun Side of Science is an interactive science museum where children and adults alike will be challenged by the different experiments and tasks based on Archimedes’ inventions. The Cyprus Historic and Classic Motor Museum is a car collection of many diverse and interesting vehicles, some of which are over 100 years old! The highlight for children will no doubt be the distinctive – and officially certified – green Mini from the popular ‘Mr Bean’ movies.
www.archimedesmuseum.com, www.cyprusmotormuseum.com.cy

Photo: Molos Promenade in Limassol, credits @ DeC audio visual photography

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Experience Cyprus like a local… Vol 1

Travel Tips - December 12, 2016

When you visit Cyprus there are a few things that are a must to experience in order to enjoy the true culture of Cyprus and we promise you that you won’t regret it! So here are some travel tips to start experiencing Cyprus like a local!

WHY NOT TAKE…

…a sip! Frappe

The island’s favourite cold drink is undoubtedly the ‘Frappe’, iced coffee which is enjoyed as an alternative to hot coffee in the summer. It can be taken black, milky or sweet, and coffee lovers will never look back after their first sip!

…a bite! Watermelon

Juicy, sweet watermelons are grown abundantly in the region and are the major fruit of the summer. Locals like to enjoy a breakfast of Halloumi cheese and watermelon, whilst watermelon-based cocktails are also popular in bars.

…it home! Spoon Sweets
Sticky and intensely sweet, these traditional preserves come in a variety of candied fruits, vegetables, rinds and peels and used to be served on a small spoon and offered to guests as a symbol of hospitality. Take a jar of fig, watermelon rind, marrow or cherry back with you and enjoy ‘sweet’ holiday memories at home!

…a trip! Herb gardens

The fragrant Cyherbia Botanical Park and Labyrinth in Avgorou village has nine beautifully landscaped herb gardens, a woodland area with endemic trees and shrubs that form the shape of Cyprus, and the island’s first and only maze, which is a challenging 2000m2. In the herb shop you will find a large selection of herbal teas, tinctures and essential oils – all handcrafted at the park. The fun and educational day out has something for all ages, including children’s activities and seasonal events.

We hope you enjoy them!

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