HONEYMOON AT CYPRUS ISLAND OF LOVE
It is an honour to know that Cyprus has offered us the best memorable honeymoon that we will remember forever.
CYPRUS TOURISM OVERVIEW
From January to June 2017, global tourist arrivals to Cyprus reached 1,463,206, compared to 1,255,240 in 2016; representing a year-on-year increase of 16.6% and the highest ever total arrivals for this period to date.
Should this trend continue, the country will see another record-breaking year for tourism. The record for the highest volume of global tourist arrivals to Cyprus ever recorded was set during the month of June at 472,450. Visitors from UK make up the country’s main source of tourism at 31.9 of these arrivals, there was a 1.2% increase in visitors from here.
Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean and sits midway between Europe and Africa. April, May, September and October are the most pleasant times to visit Cyprus
The majority of visitors to Cyprus in June categorised the purpose of their trip as honeymoon holidays (86.2%) and the majority of tourists (53.8%) were aged between 20-44 years.
An officer of the tourism organisation, said: “We’re pleased to announce that 2017 was our most successful January to June period on record. Tourists from across the globe are drawn in by Cyprus’ year-round weather, stunning landscapes, friendly locals and delicious, locally sourced food and drink – not to mention the wide range of activities to please everyone; from cycling, scuba diving, trekking and golf to world-class spas.
“We’re proud to have welcomed a record-breaking number of tourists so far this year and hope visitors will continue to be drawn to our beautiful country throughout the rest of the year. Cyprus’ boasts the warmest winters in Europe, which is particularly attractive to Brits looking for some winter sun.
Larnaka Leisure & Fitness at Palm Beach Hotel
With recent figures reporting continued growth in the health and fitness industry and recognizing an increase in those who enjoy keeping fit, even whilst away on holiday, the four-star Palm Beach Hotel & Bungalows just outside Larnaka is inviting holidaymakers to make full use of the Palm Beach Leisure Club.
The centre has recently received a major upgrade with renovations including a complete redesign with a new floor in the exercise studio and the latest gym equipment from Life Fitness. Other facilities include two tennis courts, a squash court, aerobics studio, table tennis, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, Jacuzzi, steam bath and sauna.
The club welcomes a new, highly trained team offering a range of fitness classes and personal training, as well as massage services, and is also planning on introducing a selection of beauty treatments. All the facilities, apart from the massage and beauty treatments, are free to hotel guests.
The hotel has been transformed over the past three winters with renovation projects and new decor across the hotel.
Columbia Beach Resort
The Columbia Beach Resort reopened this month after a renovation project which saw the resort gain an additional 18,500sq.m of space. It now offers 169 suites, which can accommodate families, multi generational travellers, couples and solo travellers. It has also added two new restaurants and three bars to its dining options and – unique to the island – it offers to dine around that is all à la carte.
Honeymoonvisit.com in opinion “This newly refurbished property is a great option for families and couples alike”. Spa lovers will also relish treatments in its multi-award winning spa and there’s plenty to keep active guests occupied with two squash courts, a fully equipped gym and regular fitness classes.
“Plus the resort now has two swimming pools: one that is perfect for couples and the other, which is perfectly positioned to cater to families. There is also a complimentary bus service to take guests to Paphos, Limassol and the Troodos Mountains, with stops at Aphrodite’s Rock and the Temple of Apollo Hyalites.”
Kanika’s Olympic Lagoon
FOLLOWING EXTENSIVE upgrades that have transformed the guest accommodation as well as various public areas, the Olympic Lagoon Resort in Agia Napa will reopen in April next year featuring additional five-star resort facilities and services.
Changes include upgraded accommodation and new room types; a new state-of-the-art indoor entertainment arena; three additional new dining options in the luxury all-inclusive programme; a reinvented Blue Lagoon outdoor cocktail lounge bar; and two new indoor banqueting venues for weddings or other private celebrations.
The remodelled accommodation offers a selection of room types including deluxe rooms, deluxe superior rooms (with or without private garden), family junior suites (with or without private garden), junior suites, garden suites (with or without private garden), Fisherman’s junior suites, Olympic Bay superior rooms and Whiterose honeymoon suites.
Meanwhile, the new Xperience Arena, which offers state-of-the-art sound and lighting installations, provides the setting for the resort’s evening shows. And, after sunset, the Blue Lagoon pool bar welcomes the evening as a cocktail bar and lounge under the stars.
In terms of its culinary offering, the relaunch sees the unveiling of two new restaurants and a snack bar. The new restaurants are the adult-only Garibaldi Ristorante Italiano and an à la carte restaurant and the new snack bar will offer light bites with an Italian twist as well as a selection of international branded alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
All onsite restaurants will also feature new and upgraded menus created by a team of executive chefs.
Thanos Acquires Paphos’ Aloe Hotel
THANOS HOTELS and Resorts has acquired the Aloe Hotel in Paphos to add to its portfolio of owned and managed resorts.
The hotel offers an ideal location close to the group’s Almyra and Annabelle hotels which are walking distance away and is located on Poseidonos Avenue, in the heart of Paphos.
It comprises 272 rooms, three restaurants, three pools (one indoor) and is 200m from the nearest beach. The new hotel will mean that the hotel group will now operate 840 rooms across its four hotels in Cyprus.
The company’s vision is to rebrand and relaunch the hotel in the nearby future and offer another unique proposition in the Mediterranean diversifying its offerings to reach new markets.
Sunvil offers a Taste of Cyprus’ Gourmet Festivals in Troodos Mountains
Foodie Aficionados can find new esoteric events to enjoy this autumn in Cyprus. The island offers distinctive cuisine and each village in the Troodos Mountains is particularly proud of its local produce.
Sunvil, which offers an extensive range of properties in the Troodos Mountains, has highlighted some of the region’s most intriguing local foodie festivals so that clients might broaden their palate and create some delicious memories.
Although grape festivals may be typically associated with wine-fuelled excess, the wine villages of Vasa Koilaniou, Loufou, Arsos and Koilani take a slightly more sweet toothed approach. Their celebrations, which take place between September 10 and October 1, focus on traditional sticky treats such as palouzes (grape jellies flavoured with rose water and cinnamon) and shoushoukos (nuts encased in the grapey goodness) with folk music and dancing.
In the village of Kyperounta a two-day apple festival takes place on October 7-8. It includes an open-air market where visitors can sample and buy seasonal apples, traditional products, apple pies and apple vinegars. Leafy Kyperounta is the third highest village on the island and is renowned for its fruit trees and orchards, with the festival being a highlight in the village’s calendar. Festival activities usually cross into the cultural as well as culinary, with printmaking and photography exhibitions featuring as part of the celebrations too.
During the Miliou Honey Festival on October 28-29, visitors can see how Cypriot farmers cherish their honey bee residents with bee-keeping and honey-making demonstrations, plus plenty of hands-on opportunities.
Miliou is a spa village with natural springs, surrounded by citrus groves, almond trees and vineyards. It has far reaching mountain and valley views and is known as a nesting place for nightingales. In autumn bird migrations pass overhead, making it a particularly evocative time to visit.
The specialist tour operator offers a varied range of properties in the Troodos Mountains, from small inns to stylish spa hotels. The Linos Inn in Kakopetria is highlighted as being a particularly character-filled property; the 30-guestroom inn showcases the redevelopment of traditional stone houses into comfortable tourist accommodation and is a good base from which to explore.
There’s a local museum on the same street, Kakopetria’s centre with its shops, cafés and restaurants is an easy stroll away and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the church of St Nicholas with its colourfully frescoed interior is also within walking distance.
Where to go to find Cyprus’ Best Spas
IN ADDITION to its year-round warm climate and rich cultural heritage, Cyprus has numerous five-star hotels offering a wide range of internationally recognised spa treatments and products. For clients seeking an affordable, luxury spa break the Cyprus Tourism Organisation has recommended a selection of unique spa and wellness offerings across the island.
The Myrianthousa Spa in Kalopanayiotis is set on the northern slopes of the Troodos range. In this mountain setting, guests can indulge in services that capture the health benefits of the region’s botanical treasures, including a hydrotherapy spa pool, herbal steam room with a variety of scents, sauna and snow cabin. Couples looking for some extra indulgence can pamper themselves with a ‘Spa Suite Ritual for Two’ in a private treatment suite.
The Sentido Thalassa Coral Bay in Paphos is able to offer a range of exotic treatments including one that uses bamboo as an original massage tool. Other treatments include an ‘Oriental Ceremony Treatment with Warm Spice Bags’, a ‘Tonifying Treatment with Celestial Spheres’ and a ‘Deluxe Thalassocaviar Facial’.
Oneiro Spa, part of the Capo Bay Hotel and situated in Fig Tree Bay, specialises in personalised therapeutic treatments dedicated to each guest’s unique needs and a Polynesian healer inspired ‘Oneiro Holistic Ritual’.
The Ayii Anargyri Natural Healing Spa Resort is located in the village of Miliou, 45 minutes from Paphos Airport, and offers a range of treatments fed by the mineral-rich sulphur water of the Saint Anastasia spring. The healing power of the waters has been used medically since 1649 and today guests can bathe in the spa’s spring-fed hydro pools; enjoy a detoxifying ‘Sulphur Mud Cocoon and Soak’; or lay under the ‘Vichy Rain Shower Experience’ and relax under the warm tropical rain-like mist.
The Library Hotel and Wellness Resort in Kalavasos is a stone-built mansion with 11 uniquely styled suites named after poets and thinkers complete with a library lounge with open fireplace. House guests can also request Aromatherapy Massages with specifically blended essential oils and mums-to-be can experience a ‘Maternity Massage’ designed as a gentle and nurturing way to alleviate any discomfort associated with pregnancy.
The Retreat Spa within the five-star Aphrodite Hills Hotel complex offers panoramic views across the Mediterranean Sea and has been designed and inspired by Greco-Roman bathing rituals of cleansing and relaxation. Guests can indulge in the Spa’s detoxifying ‘Thermae Experience’ involving a series of heat rooms progressively increasing in temperature tempered with cooling hydro showers to stimulate and refresh the body between heat experiences.