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Habits to pick up on your next holiday

They say that “old habits” die hard. We believe that when our mind is clear and we are on holiday we can implement new habits more easily and keep them. We would like to share with you six positive habits that you can pick up the next time you go on holiday.

If you are visiting us, here at Kanika Hotels & Resorts you will find a lot of benefits and you will find it easier to keep your new habits.

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  1. Be in the moment

We start each week running around, going to work, visiting family, maybe taking the kids to school and facing every day challenges. A lot of the time we are not living in the moment; we are thinking of what will happen tomorrow or what happened yesterday. Experts estimate that our mind thinks between 60,000 to 80,000 thoughts a day. That’s an average of 2,500 – 3,300 thoughts per hour. That’s incredible. Some other experts estimate a smaller number, around 50,000 thoughts per day, which means it’s 2,100 thoughts per hour! That is just mind-blowing.

How on earth can we be present if we have 2,100 thoughts per hour? Well it all comes down to training our mind to be present, to live in the moment. It’s like driving; we get better at it with more practice. The mind is the same; it needs constant training. There is a great book on living in the moment that you can read; The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle.

Sometimes when you talk with other people, don’t you feel that they are not present?  We all do it at some point. The reason why we are not present is because we are thinking about a future event or something that happened in the past and we are not in the moment. A lot of the time we are not actually listening to the other person, we are just waiting for them to finish talking so we can reply with what we think.

The next time you are on holiday practice enjoying the Mediterranean Sea, the beautiful sand, the blue sky, the hotel room you are in, there are literally a million things that you can focus on to be present. You will start living in the moment with your loved ones.

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  1. Reading

When we were children we used to read books because our teachers and parents told us that we need to read; it was a must. Once we got our degrees we started neglecting reading books because…well you know, we don’t have time. Well there are hundreds of proven studies which show that reading a printed book has a lot of benefits.

There is nothing like the smell of an old book or the crack of a new one’s spine.

Dr. Seuss once wrote “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Reading a good book opens up a whole world of knowledge starting from a very young age. Exposure to new vocabulary not only leads to higher scores on reading tests, but also higher scores on general tests of intelligence. Plus, stronger early reading skills may mean higher intelligence later in life. Here’s a tip: choose a traditional printed book, Kindles and iPads are cool but research suggests that reading on a screen can slow you down by as much as 20 to 30 percent.

Reading makes you more intelligent, more empathetic, it helps you fight Alzheimer’s disease, it helps you relax and reading can help you to achieve better sleep.

The next time you fly to Cyprus and visit one of our resorts, get a nice book from the airport bookstore and enjoy reading in the sun. Once you get into a habit of reading at least 30 minutes a day on your holiday you are more likely to keep reading when you get back home.

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  1. Exercise (walking or running)

Once you finish reading in the morning you can go for a walk. Here in Cyprus we have lovely beaches that you can enjoy. Outside Alexander The Great Hotel in Paphos there is an amazing side-road where you can walk for 30 minutes and enjoy the Mediterranean Breeze.

Running is one of the best butt-kicking, calorie-blasting workouts around. You can run anywhere. Whenever you choose to run on a treadmill, by the beach or in the street, it’s easy to get those miles in. When you run you can explore new places; on your holiday take your sneakers with you. You don’t need to think about pricey gym membership, you can start running with the right shoes.

If you pick up this new habit you will have a new excuse to eat more carbs; more spaghetti. During intense training you will need to increase your carb intake and it will help you boost your performance and boost your mood during hard runs.

You will live longer because runners have fewer disabilities and remain active longer than their sedentary counterparts.

You need a great app to keep track of your running, you can download an awesome app that tracks everything and keeps you motivated, it’s available on iOS and Android: Nike+ Run Club.

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  1. Be more you.

The world is shouting at us not to be ourselves, all the adverts are telling us how we should dress and how we should live our life. We spend so much of our emotional energy on worrying about what others think of us and we all try to be accepted by society.  Practice being more you; wear what makes you happy, what makes you feel comfortable, what you absolutely love.

When we are ourselves we have more energy, we love ourselves and people around us more. When we try to fit into this world, we are not us. We are not ourselves. While you are enjoying one of our cocktails you can think about the things you like about yourself and really appreciate the fact that you are alive, that you are here.

Being ourselves is the best thing we can all do. This is one of the best habits you can pick up on your next holiday. Come back fresh, a brand new you.

There is a lot of information that says that we need 21 days to form a new habit, which is not really true. Jeremy Dean, a psychologist and author explains that after he conducted some research it showed that some habits can take around 254 days to form and some 84 days. However, the 21 days research is probably right if all you want to do is drink a glass of water after breakfast. Anything harder is likely to take longer to become a really strong habit, and in, the case of some activities, much longer.

We believe if you want to pick up a habit, you need to try and commit to your new habit. Here at Kanika Hotels and Resorts we have everything you need to help you start your new habit.

There you have it, five habits that you can pick up the next time you go on holiday. If you are thinking of booking a holiday, you can choose any of our hotels and retreats here in Cyprus. In the meantime, we would like to read your comments on what habits would you like to pick up on your next holiday, write in the comment section below.

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7.5 Health Benefits of Playing Golf

Cyprus - December 11, 2017

We can say that golf is fun but we believe it’s an understatement. Saying that golf is fun is like saying the Mediterranean Sea is blue. Studies show that golf can be one of the healthiest physical activities that you can possibly do. A lot of people perceive golf as a silly activity that you do in your spare time. The truth is that it goes beyond just a simple activity you do when you have free time. You can actually have a very good workout when playing golf, the right way. Here are 7.5 health benefits of playing golf.

 

1.0 Brain stimulation: Clive Ballard, director of research at the Alzheimer’s Society says; ‘Whether it is going for a jog or walking the golf course, keeping physically active is a great way to keep your heart and your brain healthy. By keeping active you make sure your brain has a good, strong blood supply, which is essential to help it function better now and in future.’ Golf gives you the opportunity to keep your body active and increase your creativity. Our brain is the most precious ‘software’, that’s why we need to take good care of it. When playing golf, you don’t need to run and get all sweaty, you can increase your brain stimulation by doing smart exercise.

 

2.0 Exercising outdoors: Author of Resync Your Life, Samir Becic suggests that playing golf on courses as large as 200 acres requires golf players to be outdoors in nature. We all know that nature provides us with many health benefits for our mind and body. There are hundreds of studies that show us that constant exposure to green areas relaxes the body, reduces stress and can aid in alleviating anxiety. Exposure to sunlight (especially on this beautiful island in Cyprus where we have a lot of sun) reduces stress and can aid in alleviating anxiety. This explains the fact the all our customers at Kanika Hotels & Resorts leave happy and stress free. Exposure to sunlight means we get more vitamin D from the sun which promotes bone growth in young people and reduces the risk of depression, heart disease and certain cancers.

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3.0 Burn calories. Here’s a hack you can do; skip the golf cart and walk the average course, it can cover a distance of between five and seven kilometers. If you carry your own clubs, you will burn even more calories! Golfers on average can burn up to 1000 calories in a single game without stressing themselves out over who will win. Golf is not as competitive as football and basketball where the only time you can have a chat with your mate is at half time, you can have a great conversation while playing golf.

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4.0 Less stress, more fun. The pleasure of walking in the fresh air near the Mediterranean Sea, connecting with your old and new friends causes the natural mood-enhancing chemicals in your brain to makes you happier and relaxed. We encounter daily challenges in our society and golf makes you relax and have fun.

 

5.0 Better sleep. The exercise and fresh air are a great combination for improved sleep. Walking the course will give you a very good workout. We all know that exercise helps you sleep much faster and longer. Sleep helps your muscles rest and repair and helps you to get ready for new challenges when you get back from your holidays.

 

6.0 Low injury risk. Golf is a leisurely sport and compared to other activities the overall risk of injury is low because it is not a contact sport. It’s a low risk sport but it still gives you enough physical activity to keep your muscles engaged. It’s very likely that you will benefit a lot from playing golf without stressing out and getting injured.

 

7.0 Improves vision. You need pretty good vision to zoom in on that round, little white ball. It might be close to you and you still need to have a good look. Golfers learn to hone in on small targets from long distances and even when the ball is on the tee, prior to their swing, golfers are presented with the opportunity to evaluate the keenness of their vision while improving hand-eye coordination.

 

7.5. No need for a break. Cyprus has established itself as an attractive destination for golf holidays among European golfers who are forced to take a break from the game during the winter months. The Cyprus autumn/winter climate is ideal for golfers; pleasant temperatures, low rainfall and almost daily sunshine, which stretch the golfing season to over 10 months, excluding the height of summer.  Aphrodite Hills Golf Club is just 20 minutes away from Alexander the Great Beach Hotel. There are plenty of golf clubs near our hotels, and you can check them out here.

 

There you have it, 7.5 reasons why playing golf is a healthy sport that can improve your life. If you have any enquiries about your golf holidays, you can always get in touch with us here.

Let us know below in the comment section what inspires you most about playing golf.

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Cyprus the Wonders of Nature

Cyprus, Kanika Hotels and Resorts - January 26, 2017

Nature has woven a rich tapestry in Cyprus. The Dwarf Cyprus Elephant and Hippopotamus remain only as fossils, but we still have over eight-and- a-half thousand species of animals and plants to delight you, some of which are unique to the island.

mouflonThe Animal on Our Coins
You may, unwittingly, already have come face-to-face with the Cyprus mouflon as the animal represented on our issue of the euro 1, 2, and 5 cent coins. Ancient mouflon are considered by some to be the world’s ‘mother of all sheep’  and the impressive species endemic to Cyprus is the largest of the island’s non- domesticated mammals. A protected species, it can (if you’re lucky) be seen in the wild in the forests of Paphos. However these impressive creatures are shy, move quickly and are incredibly agile. They have remarkable curved horns which, in an adult male can be up to about 60 cm long. From excavated mosaics, it appears that the mouflon was very well known on the island during the Hellenistic-Roman period.

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The riches from two special trees

Carob and Olive trees hold the culture and tradition of our island in their roots (or maybe we should say ‘fruits’). Fragrant olive oil is an important part of the Mediterranean diet; whole or sliced olives feature in Cypriot bread, pies, pastries, salads… and even cocktails. Since Mediaeval times, the island has also been famous for its carob trees, exporting pods, thick syrup and carob gum while carob seeds gave their name to the jewellery weight known as a ‘carat’. Carob mills were features of countless villages, though many have now been converted to restaurants or museums.

Wild Cyclamen CyprusThe Shy Pink Lady
A protected species, the endemic Cyprus cyclamen is our national flower. A small delicate perennial, its fragrant pink and white flowers appear in the cooler months, with the plant going dormant in summer – hiding all above-ground evidence of its existence. Typical of cyclamens, the nodding flower faces downwards, making it appear reluctant to face the curious world.

 

 

cyprus-flamingoBirds of a feather
Of 374 species found on the island, two birds are endemic – the Cyprus Warbler and the Cyprus Wheatear. The Wheatear’s main claim to fame is that it was featured on the country’s old ten pound note. Cyprus is also known for the many migratory birds passing through each year, attracting ornithologists from across the globe. The wetlands of Limassol and Larnaca are famous for the pink flamingos which visit annually (an estimated 15,000 were counted in mid January) and a rare black flamingo has also been spotted. www.english.akrotirienvironment.com

 

National Parks – nature at your feet
A trip to the impressive Visitors’ Centre at the Troodos Geopark will intrigue you with its illustrated history of the ancient geology of Cyprus ‘in a nutshell’, with stories alongside of the island’s famous copper mining. The nearby Leventis Botanical Garden has transformed the site of a former asbestos mine into an amazing botanical garden, where you can see 92 of the island’s 143 endemic plants – 37 of which are only found in this location. The Cavo Greko National Park, on the south-eastern tip of the island (between Agia Napa and Protaras) is home to about 400 plant species, including around 14 endemics. Many of the 36 different orchid species growing on the island are found here, as well as crocuses and irises. 14 indigenous species in the park are considered rare. The fauna include foxes, hares and hedgehogs, several species of snakes and lizards, and numerous butterflies.

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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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An island that feels like home

The sunny island of Cyprus is known for being family friendly, as are Kanika Hotels & Resorts, so when you combine the two together, you end up with the perfect recipe for a fantastic family holiday – one that guarantees there is never a dull moment!

Within our hotels, we have all aspects of holidaying with children covered, from infants to teenagers, so that you can relax, knowing your offspring are safe, supervised and entertained. Services range from the practical – such as early mealtimes, shallow pools and babysitting – to those that have been created solely for fun. Continue reading “An island that feels like home” »

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LET US ENTERTAIN YOU!

Every day in every Kanika Hotel there is the chance to play,to laugh,to sing,to dance,to make new friends. And with an entertainment programme like no other,you can feel the fun from the time you wake up to when yo go to bed with a smile on your face.

Holidays with sun, sea and sand are wonderful, but today’s modern traveller wants more, and Kanika are here to give it.
Each of the five hotels that encircle the coastline of southern Cyprus is designed to offer the best in leisure, sport and
entertainment. And with the family in mind, Kanika have compiled a printed programme of weekly activities for both adults and children to be used as a‘pick and mix’ of holiday fun.

Kids unite
This wow factor continues when kids get their first taste of the extensive kids clubs – The Crèche for 6
months to 3 years, ‘Little Monsters’ for 3 to 8-year-olds and ‘Teenz’ for youngsters up to 17. Each day is a new day to explore activities and games with programmes full of creativity, all supervised by qualified staff. 
Children adore the cartoon characters that greet them when they arrive, but which will they love the most? Will it be Gigi the giraffe, Lucas the lion, Zorba the zebra or Bella the elephant? And which themed day will they enjoy?

Star attractions
With the day of activities over, it is evenings that so many guests look forward to, for this is when the ‘stars’
come out and in every Kanika hotel there is dancing and laughing. Families can watch their children perform, or there is the ever popular karaoke and quizzes, and of course, the excellent Kanika entertainers. Vocalists, tribute bands, magicians, hypnotists and the famous dance troupes are all hand-picked to suit each hotel. The dancers and singers rehearse their lines and steps for months and then they are ready to give their all, be it ‘Chicago Rouge’ at Elias Beach or ‘Talk of the Town’ at
Alexander the Great or ‘Pop Idolz’ at Olympic Lagoon – this is Showtime!


Games, sports, films, parties, discos, arts and crafts are for the little ones at every Kanika hotel, while ‘Teenz’ at the Olympic Lagoon Resort has Kinect, gaming booths,an internet room and even their own teenage club and bar. There is something for everyone and as one guest remarked

After all, whatever your age, everyone knows that fun makes you feel young!”

Enjoy the Kanika All Stars entertainment and see what awaits you at the New Olympic Lagoon Resort Paphos.

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