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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!

 

  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.