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.
- 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.
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!
- 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.
- 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.