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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.

vitamin sea

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.

healthy breakfast

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!


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!


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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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.


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.


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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