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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.

 

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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.

 

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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!

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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!

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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  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!

 

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  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!

 

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  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.

 

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  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.

 

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  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.

 

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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!

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  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.

 

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  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!

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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