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Guest Tales: The Exclusive Stories of our Valued Guests

Travel Tips - January 16, 2020

At Kanika Hotels & Resorts, we love nothing more than welcoming guests – both repeat guests and new faces – from around the world, and offering them a holiday experience that they will remember for a lifetime. Dedicated to fulfilling and surpassing the needs of our customers, we would like to take this special opportunity to thank all of you for placing your faith and trust in us! We are particularly honored by the wonderful feedback that we receive from our dedicated guests, given to us throughout the duration of their stay and following their return home. Here is a sample of touching comments we would love to share with you.

 

  1. Amavi

When the luxurious five-star Amavi first opened its doors earlier this year to offer holiday perfection for couples, no one could have anticipated the rave feedback received in such a short time. But what has really left an impression on us, are the comments by some of our globetrotting guests who describe the Amavi couples-only retreat as one of the best hotels in Cyprus, and even, the whole world.

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“This has to be one of the best hotels I have stayed in, no question,” says Pete. “Having just stayed at the Amavi hotel for my husband’s birthday I can honestly say it’s in my top 10 in the world and certainly the top 3 in Cyprus,” says Joy. “Best hotel I have stayed in,” says Debbie. “1st holiday I have not wanted to leave.”

 

  1. Olympic Lagoon Resort Agia Napa

The Olympic Lagoon Resort Agia Napa is ideally located on the glistening east coast of the island, blessed with turquoise seas and powdery white sands. Seamlessly blending with the idyllic Mediterranean surrounds, we have done our utmost to carve out a private all-inclusive haven for our guests characterized by lush gardens, towering palms and dreamy swimming pools.

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“Paradise Found!” says Jones. “Olympic Lagoon Resort Ayia Napa is my Paradise. It is a land of luxury and fulfillment and by far the best holiday experience.” Always placing emphasis on relaxation and first-class customer service in a family-friendly environment, guests return back to their homeland, enamored by the treatment they received. “From the moment we arrived we were treated like Royalty,” exclaims Young.

 

  1. Olympic Lagoon Resort Paphos

On the far west of the island, Olympic Lagoon Resort Paphos  – the sister hotel of the Olympic Lagoon Resort Agia Napa – offers a similar outstanding paradisiacal all-inclusive holiday experience by Paphos’ notorious golden shores and just a stone’s throw away from the pretty harbor and historic castle. And as with all our hotels, the emphasis is not just on the magical setting and luxurious amenities, but also on the exceptional personalised customer service.

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“We came back to the Olympic Lagoon because we are really well looked after by all the staff,” says Cawston. “Having stayed twice at the Olympic Lagoon Resort we have found that the customer service and staff are at the highest standard,” says Jackson. Other guests let on that they simply feel so comfortable and happy; it is as if they are returning “home!”

  1. Alexander the Great Beach Hotel

Another Paphos gem, Alexander the Great Beach Hotel is a luxurious retreat directly overlooking an idyllic ‘Blue Flag’ beach that keeps on drawing guests back to enjoy the holiday experience in its landscaped grounds.

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“We have visited Alexander the Great Beach Hotel some 15 times over the last ten years. We keep on coming back, because here we can relax fully. The location is excellent, the view superb, the staff is warm and friendly,” enthuses Le Var. And for many guests, it remains their favourite hotel in the area for the most blissful holidays. “Alexander the Great is our first choice of all the hotels we have used in the Paphos area over many years and visits to Cyprus.”

 

  1. Elias Beach Hotel

It may be just a short drive from the happening cosmopolitan town of Limassol, but the Elias Beach Hotel boasts its own unique identity, with an emphasis on tranquility in stylish surrounds, right by a Blue Flag sandy beach.  And once again, repeat guests who return year after year feel right at home once they step through our doors.

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“When we discovered Elias Beach, we realized that we had found an ideal place for a relaxing break. Every time our visit comes to an end, we are thinking about when we might next come back, because we really like Elias Beach: it feels like home, ” says Bird. Always striving to exceed guest expectations, each one of our hotels aims to outstand guests with delectable gastronomy and inspiring entertainment, something which guests at Elias Beach Hotel are keen to thank us for. “Nothing is too much trouble. The food is amazing, also great entertainment. I just love this hotel and I have been to many places but this is the best place I have been to, hence why we are returning for our 3rd year,” says Davis.

 

 

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DREAMING OF SUNSHINE: 3 REASONS TO BOOK YOUR PERFECT SUMMER HOLIDAY NOW!

Kanika Hotels and Resorts, Travel Tips - November 28, 2019

When the sun hides behind the clouds and days end at 4pm, its’ more than natural that those horrid winter blues begin to kick in. And when you’re at home feeling snug under a blanket on the couch, there’s nothing more tempting than reaching for your tablet or laptop and looking at idyllic photos of dreamy beaches and sun-dappled landscapes in warmer climes.  And while it might all seem like a world away right now, booking your dream summer holiday in advance might be just the pick-me-up you need! We here at Kanika Hotels and Resorts have heard countless guests let on how much they enjoyed the anticipation of their summer holiday in Cyprus so let us inspire you with our three-step guide!

 

  1. Take advantage of early booking discounts & cheaper flights

We all know that the longer we take to book our holiday, the more expensive that flights usually become. And it’s a shame to waste valuable money that could have been spent during your vacations. But more than just cheaper flights, you can also make the most of early booking discounts while snapping up a special hotel deal. Here at Kanika Hotels & Resorts, we have made things easy for you with numerous special offers on our website, offering a 10% discount for summer 2020 bookings! Do hurry as the offers for most of the hotels end on January 31st 2020, including Alexander the Great Beach Hotel and Olympic Lagoon Resort Agia Napa and Paphos. Special deals for the Elias Beach Hotel in Limassol end on February 29th2020.

 

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  1. Build anticipation

So you’ve set the date and booked the tickets. And now, all the exciting anticipation can begin.  First things first, you can take a good look at all your hotel amenities online to get a good idea of what to expect. Feel like you need to focus on your wellbeing? Take a look at the dreamy treatments on offer at the Serenity Health Club & Spa in all of our hotels and take note of the ones you would most like to try. Those opting to stay at the couples-only Amavi are in for a treat at the Evera Spa & Wellness. Love good food?  Browse through the tantalizing dining options on offer to excite your taste buds. Want to just spend time lazing by the pool? Flick through photos of your lush hotel grounds and think about where you would love to sunbathe to cheer you up!

 

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More of a beach explorer? Take a look at the picture-perfect Cyprus beaches near your hotel that you can flop on. And what about your summer holiday wardrobe? Time to make a list of all the wonderful summer gear that you’ll need while basking in the Mediterranean sunshine!

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  1. Make a Cyprus bucket list

Not many travelers realize just how diverse Cyprus is. And summer holidays don’t need to start and end by the beach. After all, there are towering mountain peaks to discover, jaw-dropping vistas to take in, and fabulous stone-built villages where Cyprus traditions really come to life. All you need to do, is browse online to find the places that most appeal to you, as you fine-tune that summer holiday bucket list! There are some great website to help you along the way, including mycyprusinsider.com and heartcyprus.com.  Happy browsing!

 

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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!

See our special Xmas packages here

 

  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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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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Serenity Health Club & Spa

Κanika invites you to immerse yourself in peaceful tranquility within the sheltered ambiance of its exclusive Serenity Health Club & Spa. From the gentle incense, to the orchids and lush towels, everything is spotless, meticulously cared for and designed to transport your body and mind. But what will truly set your spa experience apart is an exciting new partnership between Kanika and two acclaimed spa brands, Germaine de Capuccini and Premier Dead Sea.

With over 50 years experience in over 80 countries, Germaine de Capuccini is dedicated to delivering results. Equally distinctive is Premier, with its multi award-winning products drawing on the rare minerals of the Dead Sea, rich in therapeutic and transformative powers.

Nothing makes you feel quite as special as being massaged, contoured and pampered with the best spa elements out there, some of which come with centuries of tradition. Continue reading “Serenity Health Club & Spa” »

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Kanika Hotel Find affordable hotels in Cyprus? With Kanika Hotels & Resorts you can choose to enjoy any of our four hotels in Limassol, Pafos or Agia Napa.