AN ANNUAL EDITION OF THE AMARA, ELYSIUM & MEDITERRANEAN BEACH HOTELS | A STADEMOS PUBLICATION ISSN 2547-9016
Celebrating 30 Years of friendship at
A must-see, immersive live-cooking experience
Traversing Through History
20 Years of Excellence
A love letter to the Elysium's incredible 20-year journey
From #Stademos with Love
Memories and moments from some familiar faces
ISSUE 9 | 2022
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Contents Navigate through and enjoy reading.
Our news The news of our three hotels
Save the Date Some of the highlights you absolutely cannot miss
Dedicated Employees The heart and soul of every hotel is its people
Vouni Traversing Through History
Sweet Delights Meet the Elysium’s talented pastry chef, Sylvan Bardon
Mediterranean: 30 Years Where Friendship Begins The first in the Stademos Hotels family celebrates its 30th birthday
Ibrahim’s Khan The most recently restored historical monument of Paphos, the Hani of Ibrahim, or Ibrahim’s Khan
Armyra by Papaioannou A unique experience awaits when you book a table at AMARA’s Armyra by Papaioannou
Revamped & Renewed The fresh new look of the Mediterranean Beach Hotel eagerly welcomes guests to its updated premises once more
PlusSea’s New Menu Bound to satisfy every kind of foodie
Happily Ever After at the Elysium At the Elysium, your dream wedding effortlessly becomes an extraordinary reality
Artistic Inspirations AMARA welcomes the internationally renowned Artion Gallery
The Elysium: Celebrating 20 Years of Excellence
A Christmas Wonderland The Elysium's unparalleled Christmas décor
A Brand New Landscape The Elysium’s brand new gardens, exclusively designed by US-based SKS Studios
providing our guests with exceptional culinary experiences. At the same time, the AMARA Is delighted to welcome two new collaborations of which we are most proud. The first, with Middle Eastern wedding planner powerhouse, Weddings4Life, aims to take AMARA weddings and events to even higher levels. The second is with The East India Company, which is opening its first luxury fine food and lifestyle store in Cyprus, exclusively at the AMARA. At our specially designed concept store, guests and visitors can experience some of the world's finest teas, rare coffee beans, and artisan sweets. This year we are also celebrating the 20th anniversary of the operation of the Elysium. With its distinctive character and unparalleled service offering, the Elysium remains one of the most popular holiday destinations in Paphos, living up to its promise of ’20 Years of Excellence.’
The Stademos Hotels have proudly continued their upward trajectory over the past two years.
Dear Guest, As we reach the end of a challenging two-year period and finally begin to put the worst of the pandemic behind us, we look ahead with great optimism to a new era of growth and recovery, fresh experiences and transformations, and look forward to welcoming our beloved guests back to the Stademos Hotels. As always, the safety and well-being of our guests, staff and our families remains our number one priority, and we continue to provide holiday experiences in an environment that is comfortable, stress-free, and most importantly, safe.
Finally, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to our people, without whom none of this would be possible. Their devotion and hard work over the past two years has been invaluable in creating an environment in which they feel proud to belong, and ensures that our guests receive the highest level of service possible.
Despite the challenges of the past two years, I am proud to say that we have seized the opportunities found during this unavoidable downtime to recover, grow, and find even more ways to enrich our guests’ experience.
And to our guests, the backbone of our business, we thank you for your loyalty over the years. We strive to continue offering you an environment of tranquility, wellbeing and hospitality at its best.
We begin this new era by unveiling the most recent large-scale renovations completed at the Mediterranean, which include a complete redesign of the guest rooms as well as a major upgrade of the kitchens in order to continue
The Stademos Hotels have proudly continued their upward trajectory over the past two years. In 2020, our company received the award in Tourism/ Entertainment/ Hospitality from the INBusiness Awards, while in 2022, the AMARA was accepted into the portfolio of the exclusive luxury travel group, Virtuoso. The latter is a true honor for our hotel, as Virtuoso’s acceptance process is incredibly selective. Members of Virtuoso are selected for their outstanding dedication to clients, which makes it a perfect fit with the AMARA’s own bespoke approach to service.
We wish you a wonderful stay.
Demos Demosthenous Managing Director
gained experience as a luxury hotelier across the globe, having worked in world class hotels in Spain, the UK, Switzerland, and my home island of Crete. As such, I am eager to bring all that I have learned to the AMARA, and continue the great work that has been done to establish the hotel as one of the best on the island, with top quality service that is worthy of its name.
AMARA is committed to finding new ways to enhance our guests’ experience and provide them with memories that will last a lifetime.
Dear Guest, Welcome to the latest edition of Treasures Magazine. It is with great pleasure that I introduce myself as the new General Manager of the AMARA. I eagerly look forward to welcoming and getting to know each of you in the coming months. We are glad to be reaching the end of what has been an unprecedented couple of years, and we remain hopeful and optimistic that this season will mark the beginning of a return to normality, and a future filled with memorable moments. As always, the health and safety of our guests remains our top priority, and we will continue to do everything we can to ensure that your stay with us is as safe as it is comfortable. My appointment as General Manager at the AMARA marks my happy return to the Stademos Hotels family, following a previous six years spent at the Elysium in Paphos. Prior to that, I
As always, the AMARA is committed to finding new ways to enhance our guests’ experience and provide them with memories that will last a lifetime. We continue to work towards offering personalized services with a close attention to detail, and this will include in-room dining and tailor-made menus for our guests staying in the Duplexes, Cabanas and the Presidential Suite. This year, our guests can also look forward to new menus for the pool and lobby bars, as well as an upgraded rooftop bar from where guests can enjoy beautiful sunsets and a view of the horizon. As we begin this new season with a renewed sense of passion and determination, we aim to continue providing our guests with unique, luxury experiences that will ensure their return time and time again. In this spirit, we welcome you to ‘own the horizon’ with us at the AMARA. We are honored to have you with us, and wish you a beautiful stay. Sincerely yours,
George Daskalakis General Manager
A significant year
Despite the challenges of the past couple of years, the Elysium has plenty for which to be proud. In 2021, the Elysium was awarded the TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Award, Hotels. com Most Wanted Hotel Award, and the Customer Excellence Award from Holiday Check. In addition, our hotel is among the 30 Best Resorts in Europe according to the Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards for 2021.
Our team remains committed to offering our guests world-class service and delivering memorable experiences.
Dear Guest, I am delighted to welcome you to the latest edition of Treasures Magazine. As we reach the end of what has been an unprecedented two years in the hotel industry, we look towards the future with hope and optimism, eager to welcome our guests for new, memorable experiences, within an environment that is as safe as it is comfortable. This year is a significant one for the Elysium, as we celebrate our 20th Anniversary, and with it, our history, passion, and commitment to our guests, as well as our vision for the future. As always, we strive to continue to provide our guests with exclusive, luxury experiences and unparalleled service that exceeds their expectations. We welcome you to join us in celebration of this important milestone. Various events will be hosted throughout the year, culminating in a festive party in September.
We are also proud to offer our guests an upgraded experience on our premises. Guests will have the pleasure of experiencing our newly landscaped gardens, specially designed by SKS Studios in Kansas, and featuring new endemic plants that are well suited to our island’s climate and the Elysium’s surroundings. Within this spirit, we enter the new season with the same passion and determination, always with the goal of ensuring that our guests are fully satisfied with their stay at the Elysium. Our team remains committed to offering you world-class service and delivering memorable experiences that are sure to last a lifetime. In closing, I extend a warm and heartfelt welcome to all our guests. We are honored to have you with us, and wish you a wonderful stay. Sincerely yours,
Christos Papamiltiadous General Manager
Mediterranean Beach Hotel
The Experience of a lifetime
true friendship. While the past two years have been challenging for our industry, we are eagerly looking forward to celebrating this significant milestone this year, while looking ahead to a hopeful future and a return to normality once more.
Mediterranean Hotel is celebrating 30 years of impeccable hospitality, heartfelt dedication, and true friendship.
Dear Guest, Welcome to the Mediterranean Beach Hotel. It is an honor to introduce myself as the new General Manager, and I look forward to welcoming each of our valued guests to our newly renovated premises. Having worked in the hospitality industry of Greece and Cyprus for many years, I am particularly proud to have joined the highly esteemed Stademos Hotel family, and I am eager to continue the great work that has been done to establish the Mediterranean Hotel as a benchmark in Cypriot hospitality. Last year, our hotel celebrated 30 years of impeccable hospitality, heartfelt dedication, and
In this spirit, we are excited to unveil to our guests all that our hotel has in store for 2022. This includes an upgrade of our guest rooms in order to continue providing accommodation of the highest standard, and a renovation of our kitchens, plus a new menu for our restaurants Nautica Bistro and Il Tinelo, ensuring enhanced culinary experiences for our guests. This year and beyond, we will continue to invest in the enrichment of our facilities and the development of our people, so that we may continue to provide our beloved guests with an experience of a lifetime – one that will have you returning time and time again. We truly hope you enjoy your stay at the Mediterranean Beach Hotel. Sincerely,
Andreas Antoniou General Manager
News Inspired Scents
The Elysium’s Opium Health Spa is proud to have added the Baobab Collection to its store. These beautiful candle designs were created in the enchanting landscape of Tanzania, a country rich in intense colors and bewitching perfumes. Every collection is inspired by faraway spaces and wild nature, and features beautifully crafted, originally-designed holders made of hand-blown glass or metal upholstered in precious leather. These refined and prestigious scents are sure to transport you to destinations across the world, from the pyramids of Egypt to the frontiers of China. You may find the Baobab Collection at Opium Health Spa.
Though 2021 was a challenging year for the hotel industry, the Elysium has continued its upward trajectory and added a range of new accolades to its ever-growing collection. The hotel received a total of four awards this past year, granted in recognition of its high standards and excellence in service. The first came from the world’s leading travel site, TripAdvisor, which awarded the Elysium the Traveller’s Choice Award for 2021, based on excellent reviews from millions of independent travelers. Another popular travel site, Hotels.com, awarded the Elysium the Most Wanted Award, which is exclusively granted to properties with the highest guest rating scores in the world. German independent hotel and booking portal, HolidayCheck also bestowed the Elysium with its Customer Excellence Award. Finally, Elysium has been granted a coveted spot among the 30 best resorts in Europe by the esteemed Condé Nast Traveller’s Reader’s Choice Awards 2021. A sincere thank you to all our guests who took the time to review or vote for our hotel and share their positive experiences!
The East India Company
Pioneers, inventors, explorers, dreamers, and honourable merchants. Reborn and renewed for the 21st Century. The AMARA is delighted to welcome The East India Company to Cyprus, with the opening of a brand new luxury fine food and lifestyle store at The AMARA. Four centuries ago, The East India Company was established by pioneering English merchant adventurers under the Royal Charter issued by Queen Elizabeth I. They raced the waves in their great ships to bring treasures back home to London. Spices and sugar, teas and coffees, sensational tastes and indulgent pleasures that captivated Kings and fashionable societies alike. Now reimagined for the 21st Century, The East India Company believes that more than ever, the world we live in needs vibrancy, inspiration & indulgence; that people should never stop being curious, never stop discovering, never stop being surprised. Bringing together the best the world has to offer, creating joy, amazement, surprise, and delight. Guests and visitors will experience this in the store, finding the world’s finest teas, including some unique blends. Rare coffee beans from fellow island communities such as the Galapagos Islands, St. Helena, and Hawaii. Artisan biscuits, chocolates, preserves, and hand-painted fine bone china. All of which can be packaged in beautiful gift boxes or hampers. The Store will have its own tasting Experience section, where customers can sample the myriad of delights and enjoy the ambience of the exquisitely decorated shop.
The AMARA has raised the stakes when it comes to comfort, aesthetics, and luxury, so it's no surprise that the most exclusive offer is our AMARA Executive Suite. Sprawling at a magnificent 230m², the AMARA suite is a home-away-from-home, with opulent yet still sleek décor, luxury textiles by Hermès, a private infinity pool, and the view of a lifetime. Apart from the height of luxury in its design, the suite comes with a few indulgent perks such as a VIP Check-In, a personal butler for all your private 5-star level dinners, tailored to your liking, and a fully stocked bar.
Hello from the Heart
Guests of the Elysium will notice a new, heartwarming welcome upon their arrival at the hotel. Porters will now greet each guest with a touching gesture that includes a nod with their right hand placed upon their heart, and a friendly exchange with the guest in order to make them feel right at home. The Hand on Heart Greeting will always be a guest’s first contact with the Elysium, and is a way to create a warm, home-like connection between our team and our beloved guests.
New Gastronomic Delights at the Mediterranean
Along with its recent refurbishment, the Mediterranean is also offering guests a revamped experienced at its two restaurants, Nautica Bistro and Il Tinello. Nautica Bistro is a traditional Cypriot tavern located just 200 meters from the beach, making it perfect for a summery, al fresco lunch with friends and family. The tavern boasts a sumptuous buffet daily, with an elevated buffet experience on Sundays as well as an à la carte menu created with love and passion by the Mediterranean’s Chef. All dishes are based on beloved Greek and Cypriot homemade recipes with a modern flourish. Il Tinello features a menu that is based on the Italian concept of ‘bistronomy,’ that is, casual fine dining. This season’s new menu combines comfort food with haute cuisine, and features refreshing salads, appetizers for sharing, delicious pasta dishes and main dishes, and light desserts. For the full Italian experience, guests can sample the Tasting Menu, carefully crafted by the Chef and featuring the best of the best of Italian cuisine.
Save the Date Delve into the history, the tradition, and the contemporary culture of Cyprus by saving the date. Explore the island’s happenings throughout the year and plan for your next visit to Cyprus’ cultural must-sees! Kindly note that the below events are subject to change or cancellation.
By Ioanna Lambrou
Paphos Aphrodite Festival
Taking place every September, the event is a must for all opera lovers as it hosts incredible performances from all over the world for all to enjoy with the Paphos Medieval Castle as its dreamy backdrop. Visit www.visitpafos.org.cy for more information
Every August, the village of Stroumbi hosts a 3-day festival honouring the Greek god of wine, Dionysos, as a way to celebrate the island’s finest wines. Along with wine exhibits, there is traditional Cypriot entertainment, local arts and crafts, food and dance. P.S. festival attendees get to take home free grapes and palouze! Visit www.visitpafos.org.cy for more information
Each August, the villagers of Kallepeia come together to arrange the lively annual Arkadia festival. Attendees will find themselves enjoying music, dancing, incredible food, and local wine that are accompanied by traditional Cypriot hospitality.
without this annual classical music festival that takes place every May-June. The festival’s goal is to make classical music accessible and enjoyable to everyone who attends, no matter their interests. The festival is recognised worldwide as one of Europe’s most important classical music events.
Paradise Jazz Festival
Visit www.pharosartsfoundation.org for more information
Lovers of jazz rejoice! Every August, Polis Chrysochous becomes host of this jazzy festival that brings together jazz performers from all over the world for incredible performances. Muchloved by the community, the festival is attended and supported by locals and tourists alike. Visit www.paradisejazzfestival.com for more information
Pharos International Chamber Music Festival
The cultural landscape of Cyprus is not complete
Logicom Cyprus Marathon
Cyprus’ biggest marathon event takes place every March and brings together professional and amateur runners for a Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km Race & 5km Fun Run. The scenic route starts at the legendary Aphrodite’s Rock and ends at the Paphos Medieval Castle, which also acts as the starting point for the remaining activities. Visit www.logicomcyprusmarathon.com for more information
A much beloved event that speaks to the soul of every local, the Limassol Carnival showcases the heart of Limassol in the best light.
Limassol Limassol Wine Festival
One of Limassol’s most important and famed annual events, the Wine Festival usually lasts around two weeks at the end of August and takes place at the Limassol Municipal Gardens. The festival’s main star is local wine that presented to visitors from Cyprus’ four major wineries as well as a number of smaller producers. Visitors get a chance to sample wine from all over Cyprus, as well as local delicacies, music, and take in the traditional wine-making procedures that are re-enacted during the festival. Visit www.limassolmunicipal.com.cy for more information
Cyprus Film Days
Explore what local and international talent has to offer during the Cyprus Film Days festival, organised by the Ministry of Education and Culture in collaboration with the Rialto Theatre and held every April. The festival’s main objective is to offer cinephiles and festival visitors a quality selection of the best of festival cinema. Visit www.cyprusfilmdays.com for more information
A much beloved event that speaks to the soul of every local, the Limassol Carnival showcases the heart of Limassol in the best light. Before the start of Lent, the streets of Limassol fill with crowds of dancers, musicians, and onlookers all dressed in fun costumes. Whether you’re already a lover of carnival or you’re a skeptic, one stroll through the old city during the Limassol Carnival will have you falling in love with the city’s vibrance and liveliness.
With over 20 years of history, Lemesia is an annual sporting event that takes place every October in Limassol. Spanning over 10 days of activities, the festival brings together professional athletes from all over the world to compete in the likes of boxing, marathon running, and rhythmic gymnastics among others and is the only sporting event in Cyprus that includes such a wide range of activities, duration, and diversity in sports. Visit www.limassolmunicipal.com.cy for more information
Cyprus Russian Festival
A great choice for families, this festival is a celebration of Russian culture, with competitions, concerts, and dance numbers by Russian and Cypriot professionals alike that entertain over 12,000 guests every year. The festival is held every June and is a collaboration
between the newspaper Vestnik Kipra, the Limassol Municipality, and the Russian Embassy of Cyprus. Visit www.cyprusrussianfestival.com for more information
Street Food Festival
A fairly new contender, Limassol’s first Street Food Festival took place in September of 2021 and was a roaring success with locals and tourists alike. The festival is the ultimate foodie destination, featuring street food from all over the world and keeps guests entertained with live performances and DJs throughout the event.
Every June, the Ancient Amphitheatre of Kourion is transformed into a stage for Shakespearean plays, creating the perfect scenery for staging the works of the famous playwright. The event acts as a charity for the Society of Chest Diseases and attracts a large number of theatre lovers from all over the world.
is host to a variety of activities for all to enjoy, including traditional Cypriot folk music and dances, local delicacies made from roses, and other locally-produced rose products. Visit www.rosefest.agros.org.cy for more information
International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama
Recognised as one of Europe’s finest festivals, this incredible festival takes place every June July in Limassol’s Ancient Kourion Amphitheatre, Aglantzia’s Skali Amphitheatre, and Paphos Ancient Odeon. Hosting performances from all over the world, the Festival provides a contemporary space for theatre directors and their inspired teams to present their interpretation of ancient Greek text in their own language, which makes it accessible to locals and tourists alike. Visit www.greekdramafest.com for more information
Cyprus Rally Island-Wide Flower Festival (Anthestiria)
The first weekend of May is known all over Cyprus as the Flower Festival season, where all municipalities celebrate the start of spring by decorating their towns with local flowers and other fun activities for all to enjoy and participate in.
Every may the rural village of Agros organises the iconic Rose Festival to celebrate and share their glorious Roses of Damascus. The festival
Every September, the biggest racing event of Cyprus takes place in the beautiful winding roads of the mountains of Troodos. The rally attracts racing enthusiasts from across the world and is host to over 15 demanding stages that bring together professional drivers from all over the world, including Cyprus. Visit www.cyprusrally.com.cy for more information
Depending on Orthodox Easter, the event of Kataklismos takes place on one specific Monday of June and brings together locals who sprawl out into the streets, the beach, or their pool for a day of fun in the water. Apart from traditional games and festivities, the day demands for lots of water balloon fights, beware!
Dedicated Employees The heart and soul of every hotel is its people. With a warm smile and a friendly demeanor, they are the ones who work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure everything runs smoothly and that guests enjoy an experience of a lifetime. We spoke to some of the Stademos family’s most long-running, dedicated employees.
By Rachel Chrysostom
AMARA Christos Christou Accounts Supervisor
s Accounts Supervisor at the AMARA, Christos Christou is a longstanding member of the Stademos family. “In 1990, Mr. Stavros Demosthenous provided me with an excellent opportunity to study Hotel Management at the Highbury College of Technology in the UK, which included high level trainings at hotel chains.” Having completed his studies, Christos returned to Cyprus in time to join Stademos Hotels upon the launch of their very first property, the Mediterranean. “I began my tenure as Food & Beverage Controller at the Mediterranean. For the next 12 years, I passed through all the accounting positions available.” Indeed, Christos gained valuable experience throughout his time at the Mediterranean, and was later promoted to Accounts Supervisor and transferred to the Elysium in 2003, where he remained, heading the Account Department for 15 years. In 2018, Christos transferred to the AMARA, where he has remained since. Despite his many years on the job, Christos continues to expand his knowledge, and attends several seminars and courses each year. As for his feelings towards Stademos Hotels? “After all these years, they are like family,” he smiles.
Mikael Turgne Pastry Chef Mikael comes from a long line of chefs and bakers in France, so it was only natural that he would also follow this line of work after his studies at Catering School in Bordeaux. Having lived in Cyprus since 2009, he was excited at the prospect of joining the five-star AMARA upon its opening. “The culinary offering of the AMARA is like no other hotel in Cyprus, and it is an honor to be a part of this high caliber team of chefs.” Mikael and his pastry and bakery team begin their day diligently every morning at 7:30, when they set out the day’s plan and coordinate with the various restaurant teams for the day’s tasks. A large part of his day is taken up by the most delicious endeavor of handcrafting chocolate and praline décor for each of the day’s desserts. But by far Mikael’s favorite part of his job is working alongside his team – the Three Musketeers and the Ninja Turtle, as he affectionately calls them – to come up with new recipe ideas for upcoming dessert menus. “Working with my team is my daily reward,” says Mikael. “They are always full of energy and happiness, and they make coming in to work every day a treat. Together, we come up with some of the most fantastic dessert ideas you could imagine!”
Marilena Argyrou Reservations Supervisor Marilena has been a key member of the AMARA team since the hotel’s opening in 2019. Having previously held the position of Operations Supervisor for Greece and Cyprus at Destinations of the World (DOTW), she was quite used to the highly intense task of managing a busy team and a keeping track of all the logistics required to keep a department running smoothly. “There’s a lot of busywork that comes with being Reservations Supervisor at one of Cyprus’s most deluxe hotels,” explains Marilena, “but at the end of the day, it’s also a very rewarding experience.” Indeed, there’s plenty that goes on behind the scenes when it comes to handling guest reservations. On a daily basis, Marilena handles all relevant information from Reception about guests’ arrivals, departures and any unexpected issues for which she must take action, checks emails and responds promptly to guest requests and preferences, manages group bookings, updates the online reservations system, evaluates room availability, and so much more. But by far her most favorite part of her job is dealing with people – both her own team, and guests. “I love training and empowering our staff and mentoring them to be able to provide the excellent service for which the AMARA is known. At the same time, I also enjoy interacting with our guests. Putting a face to the names I see on the computer, or welcoming back our frequent repeaters, always brings a smile to my face.”
Savvas Konstantinides Room Service Supervisor With a background in Hospitality and Tourism, and more than 15 years of working in 5 Star luxury hotels, Savvas knows a thing or two about creating a superb guest experience. He began his tenure at the AMARA in October 2020 as Room Service Supervisor, and has made it his aim to ensure guests receive an experience similar to dining in any of the hotel’s renowned restaurants, even within the comfort of their own room. “Our work is mostly done behind the scenes,” explains Savvas. “Even before our guests set foot in the hotel, we make sure we are aware of any special occasions, such as birthdays or anniversaries, and set up the room with the right amenities. We consider it very important for our guests to be WOW-ed when entering their room!” The duties of Savvas and his team range from replenishing the minibar daily, to maintaining close communication with guests to ensure their needs are met. The latter is certainly Savvas’ favorite part of his job, as the personal satisfaction he receives from seeing guests’ happy faces makes all the hard work worthwhile. “I love working with people as it helps me expand my creativity and build my knowledge,” he says. “Especially at the AMARA, where we are all actively involved in every aspect of the guest experience, seeing how much value we bring to our guest is very fulfilling the end of the day.”
Mediterranean Beach Hotel
Christoulla Georgiou Housekeeper Ms. Christoulla is one of the Mediterranean’s most longstanding employees, celebrating 27 years as Housekeeper at the hotel she now calls her second home. “It’s a dependable business, our second family, and the Mediterranean offers us a true sense of stability.” As Housekeeper, Ms. Christoulla recognizes the importance of offering guests the very best, and this is reflected in all that she does throughout the day, which includes making sure that guest rooms are in tip-top shape, down to the very last detail, and always going the extra mile to ensure their every need is met. Indeed, seeing guests’ satisfaction at the end of the day makes it all worthwhile, and Ms. Christoulla commends the Mediterranean on the genuine heartfelt hospitality it has been offering to guests for 30 years. “I hope it will continue as it has been, with a solid foundation, and continue to be the first choice for both tourists and locals alike!”
Nikos Polizos Head Waiter As Head Waiter of the Mediterranean’s Céleste Restaurant, Nikos stumbled into this position quite by accident. “My friend was working at the Mediterranean, and she told me it was a great place to work, and that I should apply.” It was certainly a happy accident, however, as 21 years on, he is still here, greeting guests with a smile night after night. “I consider my colleagues at the Mediterranean to be family, and many of them have also been around just as long or even longer than I have. This is like our second home.” Nikos main duties involve the nightly running of the Céleste restaurant, and he is also in charge of any major events that take place at the hotel – from gala dinners to weddings and christenings. “My day begins at 3 in the afternoon, though I’m always here even earlier to make sure that everything is ready for the arrival of our guests, down to the last detail. By 6:30, we are ready to greet our guests. Some nights we serve up to 300 guests in just two hours!” What makes every dining experience truly memorable, however, is the joy that Nikos and his colleagues inject into every guest interaction. “Guests know that they will have an excellent dinner at the Mediterranean; the quality of our food has remained unchanged for years. But what makes them come back time and time again is the smiles, the friendliness, the rapport we build with our guests. And that, for any hotel, is the most important part.”
Marios Pericleous Chef de Partie Marios’ delightful, smiling presence has been greeting guests at various kitchen posts at the Elysium since the hotel’s opening in 2002. Most recently, he has been in charge of the breakfast buffet, a position that allows him to partake in his most beloved activity: interacting with his beloved guests, many of whom return time and time again just for the genuine hospitality of the Elysium, that Marios embodies completely. “If I can make at least one guest’s holiday experience just a little bit happier, then I feel that that is an achievement in itself,” says Marios. Marios’ day begins at 5:40am, when he and his team of seven set out the Elysium’s rich breakfast buffet, which includes 12 to 14 hot dishes each day. On quiet days, Marios gets to go out on the floor and greet his guests, though even if he’s busy manning one of the cooking stations, he knows that many guests will come seek him out just to say hello. “It gives me immense pleasure to see familiar faces and share a joke or two. I try my best to build a personal connection with each of our guests, and I even try to learn a little bit of their language in order to communicate with them. I shared an anecdote in German with a German couple once, and they told me that I made their holidays happier. There’s no greater satisfaction than that.” Beyond his cooking skills, Marios is also a lover of tradition, a capable dancer and halloumi-maker extraordinaire! On many an occasion, you will find him dressed up in traditional Cypriot garb, demonstrating to guests the art of halloumi making, or manning the barbecue on Easter Sunday. “I even dress up as Santa Claus at Christmas!” he laughs. It therefore comes as no surprise that his favorite part of his job is making the littlest guests happy. “I love it when the little ones come up to me at the breakfast buffet and ask for some strawberries or a banana. I always joke around with them and it makes them squeal with laughter. It’s music to my ears!”
Neophytos Panayiotou Technician Neophytos has been a Technician at the Elysium since 2005. And though he has seen some of his colleagues come and go over the past 17 years, he is happy to say that the environment still feels very much like home. “I enjoy coming in to work every day and seeing everyone’s smiling, happy faces. We have a good relationship and a good rapport, and that’s something you just don’t find very often.” Neophytos and his team of seven technicians and engineers are certainly kept busy throughout the day. “Every morning we meet to see what work needs to be done, and start delegating and prioritizing. This is a large hotel – there are 28 swimming pools alone – so there’s always something mechanical that needs maintenance or fixing.” The prompt actions by Neophytos and his team, as well as their continuous supervision of all the mechanical and electrical elements involved in the operation of a hotel the size of the Elysium ensure that the hotel runs smoothly on a daily basis, without a single hitch. As a mechanical engineer, Neophytos always enjoys a challenge: “The bigger the problem to fix, the more interesting it is to me,” he laughs. “The smaller things,” he adds, “are not quite as fun, but completely necessary in making sure that everything is in tip-top shape for our guests. This includes checking all electrical fixtures in the rooms – from the lights to the TVs to the plugs, and fixing any issues right away. That way, guests can enjoy a worry-free stay.”
Traversing Through History A how-to guide on exploring a little corner of the world that holds great beauty, tradition, and culture.
By Ioanna Lambrou
tiny village spreading across a southern slope on a low mountain is just longing to be explored by a fresh pair of eyes. Vouni village is located just a half hour drive from Limassol’s city centre and it belongs to the ‘Krasochoria’, otherwise known as the Wine Villages of Limassol. Due to its landscape, the village is filled with small uphill pathways as well as homes built on elevated areas that contribute to its distinctly picturesque look. Walking down the cobblestone alleys of the village makes you feel as if you’ve taken a leap back through time, experiencing frozen moments of life in Cyprus from a bygone era. Vouni certainly feels cinematic; the stone houses are adorned with colourful doors that make the streets seem straight out of an old Italian film in a way that feels familiar and welcoming. The village’s natural beauty is undeniably defined by its location, spanning just a few kilometres it’s hard to fight the urge to explore the entire landscape in one day, and it’s not impossible.
Vouni’s first historical reference can be dated back to the Venetian era of Cyprus and its very unique name is linked directly to its location which means ‘low mountain’ in the Greek Cypriot dialect, referencing where the village was built; a lowered mountainous area. Vouni has been a viticultural village since ancient times and its vineyards cover more than 40% of the total area of the village; however, just by paying a visit to the village one will be met with a large number of stone barrels in the courtyards of the quaint houses which serve as a testament to the large amount of wine produced by the village throughout its long history. An outdoor museum of life in Cyprus, Vouni is steeped in culture and tradition. A perfectly planned visit to Vouni is one that includes hitting all the must-see spots of the village, and experiencing exactly what it has to offer. Start your visit with a morning coffee at Mesochoros, the main square of the village that features a traditional coffee shop where locals tend to visit throughout the day. If you want your visit to be a fruitful one, stop by the Museum of Folk Art where local furniture, clothing, and art of people who have lived in the village in the last century are on display. Vouni’s long history spans back to Venetian times and walking through the village you’ll notice that. The village features two distinct Havouzes, or reservoirs, of Venetian and Ottoman descent, that were used to supply
fresh water to inhabitants. Another must-see attraction is the Church of Timios Prodromos, the main church of the community; it’s stonebuilt, with carved entrances, and impressive 19th Century frescoes in its interior that will have you reaching for your phone. The church forecourt also features The Byzantine Museum, filled with local Byzantine artifacts. End your adventure on the southern slopes of the village where you’ll find two quite old caves, believed to have been used as catacombs; the caves branch out into chambers and burrows, that create a stunning and mysterious maze that will mesmerize you. While the adventure may stop at the caves, make sure you make your way back to the central village for a bite; ‘Takis’ tavern, ‘I Gonia ton Aggelon’, as
Vouni is a stone’s throw from Limassol and it is what some describe as a small paradise, waiting for you to discover it.
well as ‘To Tavernaki tis Lenias’ will serve as excellent choices for a traditional meze spread that will satisfy every need.
The Byzantine Museum, situated at the forecourt of the Church of Timios Prodromos
Vouni is a stone’s throw from Limassol and it is what some describe as a small paradise, waiting for you to discover it. One thing is certain, it will not disappoint. Every moment spent at Vouni will absorb any stress about real life in the city; leaving you with a sentiment of appreciation for the beauty of tradition, culture, and nature.
Right Hand The Mediterranean Beach Hotel’s smoker oven takes centre-stage when it comes to the art of perfectly smoked meat.
By Ioanna Lambrou
BQ nights at ‘MedBeach’ are a unifying experience, one that every guest of the Mediterranean Beach Hotel should experience during their stay. The promise of good-for-thesoul food is a concrete one that Head Chef Tasos Nikou takes to heart, which is why the famed smoker oven has been taking centrestage during the hotel’s weekly BBQ nights. Anyone who knows how to enjoy good food will be an instant fan of the weekly event, falling a little more in love with each mouth-watering bite from the countless menu options that make use of the smoker oven.
The making of…
The 2 metre, wood burning smoker oven was custom-made in the USA, specifically for the hotel’s use. Its unique design is patented, making it the only one of its kind in Cyprus.
The smoker oven’s capacity for low and slow cooking is simply unparalleled, while it can hold up to 40kg simultaneously, making it the perfect tool for larger crowds. This one of a kind smoker oven is the answer to every foodie’s dreams of the perfect BBQ night.
What’s in store…
An all-new and updated menu has been carefully curated by the hotel’s Head Chef, one that utilises the smoker oven in its entirety. Slowcooked pork and BBQ treats are just some of the unforgettable dishes you’re able to enjoy thanks to the custom-made oven that has so effortlessly taken over the kitchen of Mediterranean Beach Hotel. The hotel mainly makes use of cherry and pine wood when it comes to the smoker oven’s signature dishes, letting those flavours mix for hours on end and creating delectable entrées for every guest’s indulgence.
Sweet Delights Every guest who has sampled the delectable desserts by the Elysium’s talented pastry chef, Sylvan Bardon, has returned time and time again for another taste of his delicious creations. With the hotel’s new take-away concept, we now offer everyone the opportunity to enjoy our famous cakes and sweets from the comfort of your own home.
By Rachel Chrysostom
rench-born Sylvan Bardon comes from a large restaurant family, and a long line of chefs. Though he made his debut as a chef himself, his sweet tooth and love for chocolate eventually led him to pursue a career as a pastry chef. Having worked at various Michelin-starred restaurants in both France and the UK, including the exceptional Pétrus in London, he eventually made his way to Cyprus, where he has lived for the past 16 years. Since 2020, he has been wowing guests with his tasty creations at the Elysium. “A typical day for a pastry chef is different than that of a regular chef,” Sylvan explains. “We have to plan ahead and work on new ideas every day, to ensure our menu is always fresh and updated. The Elysium Afternoon Tea is a big event for us, and for that we have six basic desserts as well as four that we change every week. So it’s always a fun challenge to see what our team will come up with for the next week’s desserts!”
So beloved are the Elysium’s desserts that Sylvan has created a select menu of his favorites – from individual cakes ranging from Praline Espresso and Apple Pie to large cakes such as Charlotte and Tarte Aux Fraises, as well as selection of chocolate and candy, all of which are available for sale to anyone visiting the hotel. Made using the finest ingredients, each dessert is a piece of art, with even the most intricate of decorations made painstakingly by hand by Sylvan and his team. Guests and non-guests can view the catalogue of creamy cakes and fresh and fruity tarts, and place their order via the hotel lobby, thus replicating the delicious Elysium experience even from home.
Did you know? Ever wondered what a pastry chef’s favorite dessert is? While Sylvan might be a pro at whipping up complicated desserts and making exquisite creations using chocolate fondant, his own tastes are much simpler. “When I eat dessert, I opt for simple pastries. Eclairs, mille feuille, or even a strawberry tart are enough to satisfy my sweet tooth.”
Keeping Tradition Alive; THE LAST OF THE SILVERSMITHS The traditional silver Merrecha acts as the Elysium's warm welcome for all its guests and holds a fascinating story behind it.
By Ioanna Lambrou
he island of Cyprus is steeped in tradition, whether that comes in the form of customs, food, or art, you simply cannot escape it, in the best way possible. This is why it’s a great joy to still be able to find people who work on their crafts like Mr. Michalakis Christou, one of the only remaining silversmiths in Cyprus who still create using the old, traditional way. Mr. Michalakis resides in the picturesque village of Lefkara and has become quite known for his creations, along with his wife Nina, one of the most well-known embroiderers on the island, and their sons, who are being taught by Mr. Michalakis to continue this precious and ancient art. Mr. Michalakis is the creator of the Elysium's Merrecha, a traditional silver fragrance container used for greeting guests by sprinkling its content directly on their hands. The most
common fragrance for a traditional Merrecha is rosewater and it’s customarily used by Cypriots on wedding days and other religious instances, along with its matching censer. The Elysium's choice stems from its long-standing aim to keep these beautiful Cypriot traditions alive through sharing them with its guests. Rosewater is a staple in every Cypriot household and one could say it’s one of Cyprus’ signature scents as it encompasses the beauty of Cyprus’ nature entirely in one scent. Watching Mr. Michalakis work is a sight to behold; he handles silver and gold in a loving, almost poetic, way and you can truly see how much he enjoys it. A captivating man that you absolutely should meet, pay a visit to Mr. Michalakis’ workshop and make sure you listen closely to his remarkable stories about the life he has lived.
Back in Time
30 Years where friendship begins... The Mediterranean Hotel in Limassol opened its doors in September 1991, the first in the Stademos Hotels family. Since then, it has created strong bonds with both guests and employees, adopting the slogan ‘Where friendship begins.’ Today, the hotel celebrates its 30th birthday.
By Rachel Chrysostom
The hotel’s beachfront in 1991
ince its launch on the island 30 years ago, the Mediterranean has welcomed thousands of guests from around the world. Built on one of Limassol’s most popular Blue Flag beaches, the Mediterranean has become an important contributing factor in the city’s tourism development, as well as a benchmark in the field of hospitality, thanks to the high standard of service it offers guests. As the first hotel of the Stademos Hotels family, and one of the oldest, most established hotels in Limassol, the Mediterranean is a beloved favorite among many return guests. At the same time, it has continued to evolve over the years into a luxurious escape that embodies the best qualities of luxury hospitality. Its most recent renovation in the winter of 2021 is set to unveil reimagined and revamped rooms and updated culinary experiences, all of which contribute to the overall sense of comfort and the ultimate feeling of being completely relaxed.
Hotel construction in 1990
As the first hotel of the Stademos Hotels family, and one of the oldest, most established hotels in Limassol, the Mediterranean is a beloved favorite among many return guests.
“The Mediterranean is a space where people from all corners of the world come to create lasting friendships,” says General Manager Andreas Antoniou, “and where guests become family. This special connection is attributed to the dedication of our team, their genuine smiles, and their determination to offer the highest level of service in an environment that is unique, hospitable, and warm. Today, we are celebrating 30 long and fruitful years with every single guest that has ever crossed through our doors.”
The Heart and Soul of the Mediterranean
While the Mediterranean has certainly seen some changes throughout its existence, one thing has consistently remained true – its people. After all, they are the heart and soul of the hotel, and what make it such a special destination. Many team members have been with the hotel since the day it opened, and continue to be its beating heart, sharing in the reverence of what it means to be a part of the Stademos family, and making each guest feel at home and like family.
The hotel’s entrance in 2008
Back in Time
Room interior in 2008
“For us, it is our second family,” says Christoulla Georgiou, a Housekeeper who has been a part of the Mediterranean team for 27 years, and whose smiling face guests look forward to seeing with each visit. Dinos Michael, the resident Pool Attendant, has been a valuable member of the Mediterranean since the day it opened its doors in 1991, and guests are always overjoyed to see his smiling face as they make their way to the pool each morning. “For me, the Mediterranean is my second home, and my second family. I am proud to be a part of it.” “I have been at the Mediterranean for 22 years, since I moved to Cyprus. It was my first job and for me, the Mediterranean means family. I’ve made a lot of lifelong friends here,” says Susan Nicodemou, the Bar Waitress who has gained a loyal following of many repeat guests who return time and time again for her excellent cocktails and genuine smiles. Indeed, many of the Mediterranean’s return guests are always pleased to find that the warm smiles that welcomed them over the years are still there to continue to share new and unforgettable memories.
The hotel’s pool area in 2016
Balcony views in 2008
While the Mediterranean has certainly seen some changes throughout its existence, one thing has consistently remained true – its people. Celebrate with us!
Though the unprecedented global pandemic may have hindered the lively celebrations in 2021, the Mediterranean is gearing up for a full blown celebration this year, following the unveiling of the hotel’s renovated spaces in May 2022. To commemorate this important milestone, guests will be able to enjoy a variety of curated experiences and festivities, allowing them to join in on this monumental celebration. “We are proud to have weathered through this challenging year and emerged with grace and a continued sense of pride,” says Mr. Antoniou.
“The 30th Anniversary doesn’t just mark the years of being open, it marks a statement that the Mediterranean is more than a hotel – it is an integral part of the true essence of Limassol. Besides marking this momentous event, we are also eager to witness better days for the local tourism industry.” After all, the strongest of friendships begin with a single smile, and the Mediterranean is excited to present its guests with smiles amid an environment of ultimate comfort, hospitality, and hygiene as we embark on our next 30 year journey.
Restaurant interior in 2008
Ibrahim’s Khan Paphos is a city that entices visitors with its history and culture. Its most recently restored historical monument is the Hani of Ibrahim, or Ibrahim’s Khan, originally one of the three Inns operating in Paphos in the 1800s. Today, the renovated building complex is a popular meeting place for locals and visitors.
By Rachel Chrysostom
There is plenty of art to peruse at Ibrahim’s Khan, but perhaps the most impressive is the multi-colored crochet installation at the entrance, which was made by Peace2Peace, as well as the massive spider-like insects that adorn the inner walls.
he word ‘khan’ in the Persian language refers to an urban inn where travelers could stop for the night, rest, and get essential services. It is also referred to as ‘han’ in Turkish. Ibrahim’s Khan in Paphos was built during the Ottoman era, circa 1860, and it provided stables for traveling animals on the ground floor, accommodation on the upper floors, and a host of amenities that included a coffee shop, a canteen, a grocery store, and a farrier for shoeing animals. The inn itself was an impressive, two-storey building with an inner courtyard, around which the rooms were built. The inn remained in operation until the mid-20th century, and in the 1950s, the premises were converted into workshops. However, it soon fell to disrepair and the building was eventually abandoned. In 2019, however, with co-financing from the European Regional Development Fund and the Paphos Municipality, Ibrahim’s Khan was restored and now houses local artisans and producers whose wares and handicrafts are on display for customers to peruse. Today, Ibrahim’s Khan is a hub of cultural diversity, creativity, and community. With a focus on the revival of old crafts and local produce, it offers visitors the opportunity to discover a variety of products and crafts, including olive oil and carob products, as well as woodcarving and mosaics workshops, a painting studio and jewelry shop. In the center of the courtyard is Honey, a restaurant serving local cuisine, while the complex also houses an outdoor performance area, an art gallery, and space for classes.
by Papaioannou A unique experience awaits when you book a table at AMARA's Armyra by Papaioannou; a Mediterranean dream.
By Ioanna Lambrou
ith a view of the endless Mediterranean sea and the promise of dishes that exhilarate the senses, Armyra by Papaioannou is a dream come true for anyone who’s a true lover of good food, to be enjoyed to the sounds of the waves that soundtrack the scene perfectly.
Conceived by renowned and awarded chef, George Papaioannou, the restaurant made its Cypriot debut in May of 2019 on the grounds of AMARA in Limassol where it has quickly become a true dining powerhouse. Armyra is inspired by Greek culture, not only in the flavours it offers, but the restaurant’s concept in its entirety feels submerged in the aromas of the ancient world of the Mediterranean. The space was meticulously designed to immerse guests in a new world that feels both modern, with smooth wood finishes and stone making up the outdoor dining area, and reminiscent of the golden age of Greece. Aptly located right by Limassol’s mesmerising beachfront, the restaurant vows to bring its guests a once-ina-lifetime experience where the Mediterranean flavours are perfectly accompanied by the sounds of waves crashing on the shore. Dining at Armyra by Papaioannou is like a sacred ritual; the rest of the world is but a fading memory, and the main focus is each bite of the freshest and locally sourced ingredients. True to its Mediterranean roots, Armyra by Papaioannou offers a variety of dishes, including some that are meant to be shared such as its famed Astakomakaronada. A dish that fully encompasses the concept of the restaurant, the Astakomakaronada is a pasta dish served with fresh lobster, tossed in fresh Greek herbs that will stay with you for a long time.
We spoke to the Mediterranean Hotel’s most frequent repeat guest, Ms. Imamalieva Dzhulietta, about her love for Cyprus and her fondness for the Mediterranean, which she has visited more than 50 times in 30 years.
By Rachel Chrysostom 40
hen guests feel so much at home at our hotels that they return time and time again, they become like family. And no one is more like family than our beloved guest, Imamalieva Dzhulietta. Ms. Dzulietta has visited the Mediterranean Hotel 56 times over the past 30 years with her late husband. Now in her eighties, Ms. Dzulietta is still an avid traveler who has been to hundreds of hotels around the world over the years. However, the Mediterranean in Limassol holds a special place in her heart, as it was her and her husband’s favorite destination. What is it that keeps Ms. Dzulietta returning to the Mediterranean all these years? “What I love most about this hotel are the people who work here. They make every stay truly worth it, and they help create a warm atmosphere like no other. They feel like family, I love them all dearly, and they are why I will continue to recommend the Mediterranean to anyone who wishes to visit Cyprus. Of course, the excellent beach – one of the best on the island - right in front does help as well!”
Revamped & Renewed The Mediterranean Hotel closed its doors for the 2021-2022 Winter Season, gearing up for a fresh new look, and eagerly looking forward to welcoming guests to its updated premises once more.
By Rachel Chrysostom
uests of the Mediterranean who will be visiting the hotel for their holidays in May 2022 will be delighted to experience the newly renovated premises, as the hotel fulfills its promise of continuously offering excellence in service to guests, year after year. A number of major renovation works have been carried out during the winter period, as the hotel team works tirelessly to provide the highest standard of accommodation and new gastronomic experiences that are in line with the Mediterranean’s fine reputation.
The Mediterranean’s guest rooms have all been redesigned with a brand new look, one that pays homage to our sunny island.
The Mediterranean’s guest rooms have all been redesigned with a brand new look, one that pays homage to our sunny island, and the hotel’s close proximity to the azure blue waters that surround us. To recreate the Mediterranean aesthetic, our deluxe, luxury, and family rooms have been revamped to resemble the topography of our beautiful island; soft hues of sandy beige and shades of blue mimic the waves lapping the shore, while the strategically placed lighting is reminiscent of the sun rising above the horizon. All bedrooms have been carefully arranged to ensure maximum comfort, and outfitted with blackout curtains, plush bedding, and comfortable seating areas. The bathrooms have also undergone a facelift, and have been redesigned and fitted with fine Italian stoneware in natural tones and a pebbled pattern to create a luxurious, calming aura.
The kitchens have received a major upgrade in order to provide our chefs with an enhanced environment and state of the art equipment that will allow them to continue providing guests with the utmost in exceptional culinary experiences.
Guests can also look forward to new menus at Cypriot tavern by the sea, Nautica Bistro, as well as the Italian ‘bistronomy’ venue, Il Tinelo. We look forward to welcoming you back to our Hotel very soon for a brand new, memorable holiday experience in Limassol!
PlusSea’s New Menu Discover PlusSea’s new menu that is bound to satisfy every kind of foodie with fluffy waffles, fresh catch, and vegan treats.
By Ioanna Lambrou
lusSea sits on the beautiful eastern Limassol coast, overlooking an unobstructed Mediterranean Sea, only a stone’s throw from the luxurious AMARA. Its reputation precedes it, making it one of the hottest spots for locals and tourists alike, for almost 15 years now. The secret to PlusSea’s success lies not only in its
ambient décor or its mouth-watering dishes, but in its ever-evolving menu as well. The dedicated team of chefs works hard to introduce new dishes and combine new flavours, always keeping their loyal guests on the edge of their seat for their new additions.
PlusSea’s new menu updates wouldn’t be complete without the inclusion of some delicious plant-based options that will have even the most dedicated meat-eaters considering a drastic change of lifestyle. There’s much to be said for vegan dishes that are bursting with flavour, especially ones that manage to stay true to the restaurant’s vibe and fit perfectly with the rest of its menu of light and unforgettable dishes. Why not try the famous Buddha Bowl that features delicious homemade beetroot falafel, wakame salad, and an assortment of selected veggies on a bed of wild rice for a light lunch option? A must-try, however, is the mouth-watering Vegan Butternut Squash and Green Pea Curry, served with Ghee rice and coconut flakes that will certainly leave you wanting more.
For the ones with a sweet tooth…
PlusSea’s new Crepes and Waffles Menu features an indulgent and delicious selection of made-to-order waffles and crepes, crafted with immense passion and love. Freshly made, from scratch, the array of desserts includes all kinds of fresh fruit, delicious spreads, sprinkles, and an ice cream selection that will leave you spoilt for choice, and have you reaching for your phone to capture the heavenly sweet moment. Innovation takes on new heights with the scrumptious Waffle Skewers, aimed specifically for the more whimsical of customers; fluffy waffle squares filled with Nutella, served on skewers with fresh strawberries and bananas, along with a Nutella dip for that extra chocolate kick. Make sure you sneak a bite of the ultra-unique Bubble Waffle with its nutty toppings, or the Banoffee Crepe, paired perfectly with caramelised bananas. While our littlest of friends can enjoy our delicious Waffle Sticks, served with three dipping sauces, the more sophisticated adult can enjoy an elevated Cheesecake crepe, leaving behind any simple choices that simply don’t hold up to the dreamy flavours that make up the PlusSea Waffle & Crepe menu.
PlusSea's new seafood additions will not disappoint even the most dedicated fish-lovers.
The freshest catch…
Light dishes and dining by the sea are almost unanimous, and PlusSea's new seafood additions will not disappoint even the most dedicated fish-lovers. Carefully crafted to be enjoyed to the sound of waves crashing against the Limassol shore, our new seafood menu is bursting with new flavours that need to be experienced, which Is why we have a few suggestions for a perfect meal at PlusSea. Start off with a Sashimi Platter or Sea Bass Ceviche that will transport you to a new plane with unique flavours that blend together perfectly and top it off with a pick from PlusSea's Seafood Market. Navigate our Catch of the Day and pick exactly what you're feeling that day, we suggest a side of Oysters from our wide selection, or even a choice between a Royal King Crab and the classic Fish and Chips for a more traditional seafood venture. While you get to enjoy fresh catch and fish that melts in your mouth, we also have plenty of delicious options for meat lovers such as our Grilled Honey Lime Chicken, Veal Chops Milanese, and even our hefty 300gr Ribeye Steak.
New Heights of Luxury The AMARA's Rooftop Bar sits at the height of exclusivity and is just the place where memories are created.
By Ioanna Lambrou
et the scene; sunset hour, Limassol’s light breeze hitting just right, and you can see the calm waters of the Mediterranean slightly moving, almost on beat with the chill music from AMARA's iconic Rooftop Bar. The space carries a different aura, with its sophisticated design of cream tints balanced with deep espresso brown wood accents, the space radiates an essence of calm that you simply cannot find elsewhere. Sunset sessions demand a drink, a view, and a light bite; The Rooftop Bar’s extensive menu offers guests refined appetisers and a selection of tapas dishes with a signature AMARA twist that compliment the drinks menu perfectly. Make sure you make the most of your visit by ordering one of the bar’s signature drinks, or have one of the masterful bartenders work their magic in creating a unique cocktail tailored just for you, making you feel like a real regular. Combining an elevated Mediterranean-inspired menu, along with unique and classic cocktails, the Rooftop Bar’s menu is bound to satisfy all kinds of tastes. Spending just a few minutes at the Rooftop Bar is enough to have you hooked for life, just like indulging in a lotus flower temptation. An elevated paradise, AMARA’s Rooftop Bar is located on the 8th floor and boasts views of the Mediterranean like no other. Find paradise on a rooftop in Limassol.
Happily Ever After at the Elysium
Love should be celebrated where love resides, and where better than the Elysium, located just a heartbeat away from Aphrodite’s Rock, the birthplace of the goddess of love and beauty. At the Elysium, your dream wedding effortlessly becomes an extraordinary reality.
By Rachel Chrysostom
Event & Wedding Coordinator, Heini Erdosi
ocated on the western shores of the island, Paphos has become worldfamous for inspiring and attracting couples throughout the centuries, thanks to its golden pools of sunkissed waves, natural treasures and open skies. Many couples who wish to tie the knot in one of the island’s most romantic spots often turn to the Elysium, where they are guaranteed a flawless combination of the five-star Elysium experience and the first-rate services of the hotel’s in-house Event & Wedding Coordinator, Heini Erdosi. Heini is fully devoted to ensuring every couple’s needs are fully met, so that they can focus on what truly matters; each other.
assured that every conceivable detail is taken care of meticulously so that they can create memories that will be cherished forever.”
amenities, dazzling venues and premium benefits, ensures worry-free bliss throughout each stage of the planning process, from beginning to end.
“The Elysium offers guests a high-end blend of luxury and comfort, while we take care of each and every detail of their big day,” explains Heini. “Our team of experienced professionals understands how to flawlessly and seamlessly bring to life any vision, and couples can rest
Heini and her team offer full-scale bespoke wedding services that range from personal consultation to venue and menu selection, detailed preparations, arrangements, designs, décor, entertainment and much more. This, combined with state-of-the-art facilities and
“My job is certainly hectic, but at the end of the day, there is no better feeling than seeing the happy smiles of the bride and groom on their big day, and the satisfaction of knowing that everything was executed to perfection,” says Heini.
The Elysium offers couples a high-end blend of luxury and comfort.
The Perfect Venue for your Perfect Day Basilica Foyer When it comes to the big day, it all begins and ends with choosing the perfect venue, as this sets the tone for the entire event and defines you and your guests' experience.
The Elysium makes this all-important decision as easy as ever, with a full range of impeccable indoor and outdoor venues, each with distinct features and flexible layout possibilities.
The Basilica Ballroom embraces its visitors with regal Byzantine décor and elegantly classic design with an attached terrace, interiors that resemble an arcade basilica and elaborate tapestry woven into the lush carpeting. The spacious pillar-free hall includes a separate entrance and can be divided into three smaller breakout rooms, ideally suited for weddings and smaller receptions for 15 to 376 guests.
With a 50-person capacity and a stunning adjoining terrace, this beautiful indoor venue is the grand entrance hall to the Basilica, and its unique features make it perfect for a small and intimate wedding ceremony or reception. It can also be used as a charming pre-dinner drinks area, before guests move into the Ballroom.
The Sea Front Venue
Couples can make the most of their island destination wedding at the exclusive Elysium Sea Front venue and treat guests to the very best of Cypriot hospitality, while indulging in a one-of-a-kind experience that harmoniously combines rustic charm with world-class luxury. Enjoy an exquisite wedding dinner with superb service and stunning sunset views while ending the evening by dancing under the stars as the shimmering Mediterranean sets the perfect scene to celebrate your nuptials in style.
Seating up to 120 guests, the highly praised open-air Mediterraneo restaurant is ideal for a gorgeous wedding reception just a few steps away from the sea. With an impressive open kitchen and cozy wooden furniture, the restaurant's unique décor and layout creates a nostalgic ambience that merges refined traditional aesthetic with chic sophistication.
At the lower lobby of the hotel, Ristorante Bacco’s salute to Tuscany offers a comfortable and elegant setting that radiates romance. Its brick and wooden finishes, cozy lighting, candlelit tables and statement piece bottle displays, create a vintage wine cellar environment that will immediately greet your guests with a warm and hearty welcome. The restaurant can accommodate up to 40 people indoors, and up to 100 in its striking outdoor sunken courtyard.
The Elysium Wedding Planning team prides itself on going the extra mile. Love Cage
Saying ‘I Do’
Life Giving Source Chapel
Up to 30 people can be seated inside the chapel, while additional seating can be placed outside, with outdoor screen and PA systems installed so all guests can observe the ceremony.
From Civil Ceremonies to Anglican or Catholic weddings, or even just a vow renewal or blessing, the Wedding Planning Team has all the information necessary to help you create your perfect union. There are several locations on-site where couples can exchange their vows against a beautiful backdrop of sea and sky.
Imagine exchanging rings and vows surrounded by mature olive trees and a panoramic view of the Mediterranean. Designed with a Grecian aesthetic and located in a secluded outdoor area of the Hotel, the Orpheus Amphitheatre is perfect for an elegant civil ceremony or pre-dinner cocktail reception, with a seating capacity of up to 90 guests.
The quaint Byzantine-style chapel near the scenic garden adjacent to the Basilica Grand Hall is ideal for those wishing to add a more traditional element to their wedding, with features suiting both Catholic and Anglican ceremonies.
Some things are timeless for a reason. Such as saying “I do” while looking out into the sunset and listening to the waves lapping below. The Elysium Sunset Pier offers the opportunity to add a touch of true classic romance to your civil ceremony and cocktail reception, for an intimate wedding affair hosted on a traditional wooden deck, surrounded by up to 20 of your closest friends.
Services Tailored Just for You
The Elysium Wedding Planning team prides itself on going the extra mile to ensure every detail is perfectly in place, while offering additional tailored provisions such as beauty treatments, photographers, flower arrangements, entertainment and much more, all adapted to your exact requirements, and always delivered to perfection. For more information about planning your big day at the Elysium, contact the hotel directly.
A Seawater Treat A promise of excellence; AMARA Spa’s Seawater Swimming Pool will satisfy both body and mind.
By Ioanna Lambrou
Fully in touch with nature, our choice for a seawater swimming pool was a meticulous one as seawater holds an immense amount of minerals and vitamins that act as natural cosmetics for the skin. The feel of the seawater is softer than that of a regular pool; it touches your skin in a gentle way and, accompanied by the idyllic scenery, it will surely become one of your favourite spots in our hotel.
Our spa’s suggestion is to take a dip after your treatments are done; replenish, rejuvenate, and recharge, and experience what our spa has to offer in order to make your stay unforgettable.
he AMARA Spa is a holistic and gentle haven that is unique in its nature; it offers exclusive treatments, therapies, and luxury services for all its guests. One of our spa’s unique amenities includes an outdoor seawater swimming pool that overlooks the Mediterranean sea, for the exclusive use of our spa guests.
A ceaseless and direct view of the sea right across from you as you step into the pool immerses you in a daydream of complete serenity and relaxation that you simply cannot find elsewhere in Cyprus. Adorned with cabanas that provide our guests with shade on either side, our pool area’s design encourages you to alleviate stress, let go of any anxieties, enjoy and take in this unique moment. Step into the pool, let the seawater engulf you, and swim to the infinity edge; let us introduce you to the powers of relaxation through seawater.
Inspirations A brand new world of art has opened up at the AMARA, as the hotel welcomes the internationally renowned Artion Gallery that is set to feature works by globally acclaimed artists.
By Rachel Chrysostom
The gallery is home to a dynamic collection of exhibitions, led by contemporary thinkers and creative curators. How did you choose the AMARA for the gallery’s newest location?
I consider the AMARA to be by far one of the best hotels in Cyprus, both in terms of its location and the elegant ambience and elevated experience it offers to guests. The hotel itself is already home to several works of art by local and international artists, so the decision to open another Artion Gallery there seemed only natural to me.
What artwork can guests expect to see at the AMARA?
rtion is an international gallery headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, with locations across Greece and, today, Cyprus. The gallery is home to a dynamic collection of exhibitions, led by contemporary thinkers and creative curators. With a true passion for the living history of art, the Gallery’s goal is simple: to protect the memory and quality of the Old Masters, while at the same time discover and promote contemporary trends, in order to create a dynamic synthesis of artists and a synergy of work that will contribute to the general evolution of the art world. We caught up with Artion President and CEO, Mr. Konstantinos Manolakis, about his decision to open the first ever Artion Gallery in Cyprus at the AMARA, the artists one can expect to see exhibited, as well as his own hope for the future of the art world in Cyprus.
How did you become involved in the art world yourself?
I was very fortunate to have received artistic stimuli from a very early age; I remember visiting artists’ studios since childhood. The lessons I gained from these early encounters provided me with insights that I found to be extremely valuable in my studies and, later, upon opening my first gallery in Manhattan, New York. Today, I am blessed to be operating an international business based on my passion, Art!
We are dedicated to organizing exhibitions and showcasing both classic and contemporary art in an attempt to bridge the gap between the two worlds. At the AMARA one can expect to see impressive collections by internationally acclaimed artists, with a general focus on contemporary art.
How do you select artists to feature at your various gallery locations?
We are proud to exclusively represent a portfolio of 53 painters and sculptors across all the locations in which we operate. In order to partner with an artist, we carefully study not only the quality of their oeuvre, but also the innovation; that is, we are always looking for artists who push boundaries and offer something different, something that stands out from the rest.
Who are some of your personal favorite artists?
As an art lover from an early age, I have discovered many beloved artists over the years whose work I cherish. Indeed, they are simply too many to mention! To name just a few of my favorites: the Italian sculptors Stefano Bombardieri and Gianfranco Meggiato, fellow Greek painters Kostas Tsoklis and Sophia Kalogeropoulou, as well as the late Nikos Engonopoulos, Greek sculptor Costas Varotsos, Japanese contemporary artist Hiro Ando, and South Korean sculptor Youn.
What is your prediction of the future of art in Cyprus?
The art community in Cyprus is a budding one, and there is certainly great potential for it to bloom even further. Of course, it’s a long road ahead. As a gallery, we have a great responsibility in what we select to propose to our audience. There is certainly a didactic role in our profession, and we can help shape perspectives as we go forward.
A Treat for
All the Senses Enjoy the intimate, elegant atmosphere of Matsuhisa Limassol in an even more private setting, and discover a culinary experience that is customized to your tastes. All with the stamp of approval by Chef NOBU Matsuhisa himself.
By Rachel Chrysostom
atsuhisa Limassol has launched Matsuhisa Teppan, a mustsee, immersive live-cooking experience that is both intimate and interactive. Guests can watch as their Chef prepares their food on the special Teppanyaki grill right before their eyes, in a unique experience that also features a private Butler service. Throughout the meal, guests will have direct interaction with their Chef as he employs traditional culinary techniques to capture the essence of each ingredient, and offers detailed explanations of each of the rich flavors, tantalizing aromas, and intricate culinary traditions of Teppanyaki dining.
The entire Teppan experience has been artfully designed, with two menus prepared by our Chefs.
A Feast for the Senses
Guided by expert Teppan chefs, guests can sample authentic Japanese cuisine during this 10-course, private culinary adventure that’s part meal, part show. The entire Teppan experience has been artfully designed, with two menus prepared by our Chefs that showcase fresh, local ingredients to create a bounty of aromas, flavors, and rich umami notes. Teppanyaki novices can sample the Teppan First Time Omakase, which features such delights as mushroom and halloumi with yuzu miso and beef tenderloin with garlic chips, all prepared, grilled, and served right at your table. If you are a little more familiar with the concept, you can opt for the Teppan Special Omakase, which includes lobster, scallop and asparagus with dry miso and Wagyu beef with garlic chips. The Teppanyaki Experience is available for booking Wednesday to Saturday, with two seatings from 19:00 to 21:00 and 21:00 to 23:00. Maximum seating capacity is at four persons.
Upward Trajectory Andreas Spanos began his career as a waiter at the Mediterranean Beach Hotel with big dreams and plenty of ambition. Today, he is the proud Restaurant and Banqueting Manager at the AMARA, a career trajectory that is seen time and time again within the Stademos Hotels family. By Rachel Chrysostom
tademos Hotels has always prided itself on investing in its most important asset: its people. Through continuous and constant training and education, Stademos Hotels grows and cultivates long-term relationships and creates an environment in which employees feel proud to belong. Such is the story of Andreas Spanos, who first embarked upon his career as a waiter. Not content with working in an environment with no prospects, he turned his sights to the Stademos family, where he joined the Mediterranean Hotel as a trainee manager in 2018. During this time, he honed his skills within the supportive environment of the Stademos Hotels and quickly progressed to Restaurant and Banqueting Manager at the AMARA. “I had a renowned culinary diploma and plenty of work experience abroad, so when I came to Cyprus, I was very ambitious. Once I joined Stademos Hotels as a management trainee at the Mediterranean, I worked hard and maintained an excellent collaboration with my superiors, eager to learn as
much as I could from them. They, in turn, supported me fully, saw potential and value in me, and a season later I moved up to the role of supervisor. From there, I became Assistant Restaurant and Banqueting Manager, and soon enough, an opportunity arose for a Restaurant and Banqueting Manager at the AMARA.” Working at a deluxe hotel such as the AMARA, among Michelin-starred restaurants and chefs, is an experience in and of itself for Andreas. His most favorite part of the day, however, is the interaction he has with the people around him, both his teammates and valued guests. “I love meeting and collaborating with people from all across the globe. I get to meet guests from different countries and learn about their fascinating cultures, and it’s always so eye-opening. But truly the best part comes at the end of a successful day, when I can feel the happiness of my colleagues, knowing that they’ve enjoyed a productive day and can go home satisfied.”
Celebrating 20 Years of Excellence A love letter to the Elysium's incredible 20-year run.
By Ioanna Lambrou
he Elysium, or Elysian Fields, is known as the final and eternal destination of ancient Greek heroes, the chosen ones; and while Elysium opens its doors to all, spending some time at the hotel certainly feels as though you’ve entered an exclusive paradise, meant for the few and best. The Elysium sits proudly on the Paphian coast, aptly located right next to the Tombs of Kings archaeological site, and offers its guests infinite views of the Mediterranean sea, making it a hot spot for visitors from all over the world, including Cyprus. The Elysium has hosted countless notable figures, from singers and film directors, to politicians and Nobel Prize winners. However, even when sitting at the height of luxury, the Elysium never lost its charm in its 20 years of life; the warmth and familiarity that radiates from the hotel is unmatched and speaks volumes of the calibre of its people.
Elysium opened its doors on the first day of a warm July 2002, 20 years ago and, since then, has been one of the island’s most loved hotels.
The Elysium opened its doors on the first day of a warm July 2002, 20 years ago and, since then, has been one of the island’s most loved hotels; with its sprawling gardens, private beach, and famed restaurants, it’s hard to find a reason not to spend a lifetime visiting this heaven on earth. Employing an estimate of 280 employees, the hotel has enjoyed an incredible reputation in Cyprus and overseas; with clientele from the UK, Russia, Germany, Belgium, and a whole host of countries from every little corner of the world. Its repeat guests sit at a whopping 24% and it’s hard to find a single unsatisfied guest, or even one that hasn’t fallen in love with the hotel and what it offers.
One detail that is worth mentioning about the hotel is the continuous efforts to support and promote Cypriot culture; the hotel’s management understands what makes Cyprus, and more specifically Paphos, so great. The hotel works with local producers of various homemade food and drink products in order to provide its guests with local wine, delicacies such as traditional Cypriot sweets, jams, and halloumi cheese. Not stopping there, the hotel organises excursions to nearby villages and attractions such as the village of Fyti or Aphrodite’s Baths, in order to further promote the island’s culture and natural beauty. A sound decision would be to ask the hotel’s staff about
helping you plan a wine tour; their personalised route plan will definitely impress even the most seasoned wine lovers. The hotel is also known for the dreamy weddings it hosts; its unforgettable events have established the Elysium as one of the top choices for both local and destination weddings alike, with a dedicated team that helps couples plan and carry out the wedding of their dreams, no matter the tastes and theme. Top quality restaurants, bars, and cafés are a focal point of the hotel’s countless amenities, and the Mediterraneo Restaurant’s King Prawns dish is one that will remain unforgettable for all who try it. It should be noted that over the course of two decades, the Elysium has done an immense amount of work towards sustainability. Having undergone three renovations, all within the last decade. The hotel has a great respect for the environmental protection of our planet, and has made sure to include the necessary changes in its operations for a more eco-friendly approach. Energy-saving measures such as the use of LED lights and heat recovery, rigorous recycling, and pioneering paperless procedures have also been at the forefront of the hotel’s aims. The hotel’s efforts for development don’t stop there
as for every booking the hotel receives, they add €2 to a donation fund for the Anticancer Society of Cyprus. The hotel’s unparalleled atmosphere is not only due to its elegant architecture or its unforgettable food, but to its attentive and welcoming staff. What has truly made the Elysium so great over its 20-year course has been its team of professionals who make it their main goal to provide every single guest with a unique and memorable experience. One can
The hotel’s unparalleled atmosphere is not only due to its elegant architecture or its unforgettable food, but its attentive and welcoming staff.
tell that Elysium is first and foremost a family; the majority of the Elysium employees have been with the hotel for more than 15 years with some being present for the hotel’s opening. One thing is certain, these past 20 years would be very different without the dedication of the staff that makes the Elysium one of the best hotels on the island. The hotel is known for truly looking after its own, constantly giving opportunities to young professionals as well as their seasoned staff to grow and develop both as people and in their craft. A pillar in Cyprus’ booming hospitality industry, the Elysium owes this to its people, the ones who truly make it great.
Going the Extra Mile A story of a lifetime for a couple married at the Elysium unfolded right by the hotel’s pier, which resulted in a Filoxenia Award for one of the hotel’s own, Panicos Panayiotou.
By Ioanna Lambrou
entimental value is the highest form of currency; so when a priceless item such as a wedding ring is lost, it’s understandably devastating. Our story starts with Lilach and Stefan, a couple of newlyweds making their way to the Elysium's pier for a romantic photoshoot. They were basking in their post-wedding glory and everything was going according to plan. The weather, however, was not doing the couple any favours as grey clouds formed in the sky and the restless sea indicated that a storm was closing in on them. The bride, worried she would lose her priceless wedding ring, took the ring off to place it nearby on land as the couple got ready for their beach photoshoot. Disaster struck when the ring fell into the water and the couple lost sight of it. The couple immediately started looking for the ring, to no avail, so they asked for help
from the hotel’s staff. Once word reached our Chief Security Officer, Panicos Panayiotou, he took immediate action and without sparing a second thought he changed into his swimwear and took a brave dive in the rough waters in order to find the lost ring. As Panicos dove repeatedly in the same spot with very limited visibility, the couple was starting to lose hope. However, our very own Panicos persisted and was, thankfully, able to locate the ring and deliver it safe and sound back to a tearful, but endlessly thankful, bride. This story is a true testament to Cypriot hospitality and the lengths the hotel’s dedicated team is willing to go in order to make their guests’ stay as memorable as possible. Congratulations are extended to Panicos, who against all odds, was able to resolve a very distressing situation and proved that Cyprus’ hospitality is second to none.
A Christmas Wonderland
The Elysium's unparalleled Christmas décor and Christmas Shop take centre stage for an unrivalled holiday season.
By Ioanna Lambrou
magical and wondrous time for all, Christmas is no different at the Elysium, except, perhaps, for the unmatched work that goes into turning the hotel grounds into a Christmas wonderland for this extremely special holiday season. Christmas at the Elysium means warmth; the hotel radiates a feeling of togetherness, matched with a cosy atmosphere that can only be found with family most of the time. The talented team at the Elysium works hard every year to create a magical experience for all their guests, pulling out all the stops by decorating its outdoor grounds and gardens in a grand and luxurious manner while its already magnificent lobby is decked out with holiday spirit, and the annual Christmas Shop offers guests and loyal visitors a chance for some Elysium-inspired holidays at home.
The holiday scene…
Orchestrated by the hotel’s floristry team, the Executive Housekeeper, and her incredible team, the hotel is decked out in twinkling lights, showstopping trees, and an array of colourful décor, creating magnificent displays that can be enjoyed throughout its grounds. The team’s meticulous attention to detail and creative abilities bring to life a magical scenery that can
A taste of Christmas…
Christmas wouldn’t be complete without the signature Elysium Christmas Shop that harmoniously combines luxury with Cypriot traditions, allowing for an elevated Christmas holiday at home. Indulge in the festive flavours that the Elysium’s dedicated team of chefs have tirelessly worked to prepare; from unique delicacies that will make your mouth water, to more traditional Christmas staples. Guests have their choice between homemade Cypriot cookies and jam, rich chocolate fudge, whimsical gingerbread houses, and the famous Christmas pudding, among others, all available for them to enjoy at the hotel or in the comfort of their own home. The Christmas Shop annually collaborates with local and international delicacy producers that feature their products such as ‘The East India Company’. Guests are able to choose from a large array of luxuriously elegant teas in order to find the perfect flavour for their holiday season. Visit the Elysium Christmas Shop during the months of December and January and set the holiday mood of a lifetime. only be found at the Elysium. The hotel’s décor is a true testament to the staff’s dedication to making the Elysium the place to be during the holidays, and the atmosphere of the hotel during Christmas is truly one of a kind. Two large bay leaf trees adorn either side of the main gate of the hotel, both decked out in bright lights, giving guests a small taste of what will follow once they enter the lobby. Guests are then welcomed with a line-up of indigenous olive trees that guide them towards the entrance, decorated with four cypress trees equally as grand. The hotel’s outdoor decoration doesn’t stop there, with a most recent addition being the jolly sculpture of Santa and his Christmas presents displayed in the centre of the hotel’s front courtyard, greeting guests with a very merry spirit and setting the mood for their holiday stay.
The Elysium’s aim during the holiday season is to bring to guests who choose to spend their Christmas holidays with them a charming taste of the warmth that Christmas demands. Stepping into the Elysium lobby feels like you’ve been transported to an out-of-this-world Christmas wonderland, and paired with the staff’s deep love for the Christmas season, it’s a unique feeling that should be experienced by all who love Christmas. A home away from home, the Elysium should be on everyone’s list of destinations during Christmas celebrations.
The talented team at the Elysium works hard every year to create a magical experience for all their guests.
Healthy Holidays A holiday in Cyprus means surf and sun, but for the more fitness-minded individuals, the AMARA Spa offers an opportunity to boost your health and rejuvenate mind, body, and spirit, so that you can return home with a host of benefits that are sure to last long after the tan has faded.
By Rachel Chrysostom
Iraklis Ioannou, Personal Trainer at AMARA
hough lazing poolside and soaking up rays does have its benefits, active, healthy bodies crave exercise in order to stay in tip-top shape. Luckily for the fitness enthusiasts, the AMARA Spa has a supervised fitness center which includes stateof-the-art cardio and weight equipment for a complete, full-body workout. Guests can also take advantage of a host of fitness activities on offer, and maintain their fitness goals whilst on holiday, while still having fun. Group fitness classes are run by the AMARA’s in-house team of personal trainers, with no more than 4 participants per class. The entire class timetable can be found on display in the gym area, and includes sessions of Yoga, HITT, Tabatha, core conditioning, Pilates, TRX, and more.
For a truly bespoke fitness experience, guests can opt for a personal training session that aims to enhance both mind and body. With the full resources of the AMARA’s gym facilities at their disposal, guests can work alongside a personal trainer to develop a customized fitness regime. Guests undertake an In-Body Composition Analysis which breaks down the body into four components: fat, lean body mass, minerals, and body water. These results are then interpreted and evaluated by the personal trainer to create a program that is specifically tailored to each guest’s unique circumstances. The trainer will closely follow and monitor throughout the workout, which ends with a nutritional protein shake to rebalance and re-nourish the body. All classes are available for booking via the Spa reception.
Happily Ever After at the AMARA
The AMARA has joined forces with Weddings4Life, one of the most prolific wedding companies in the Middle East, to bring an extra dose of luxurious grandeur and elegant beauty to your special day.
By Rachel Chrysostom
stablished by Rayya and Mayya Zahlan in 2002, Weddings4Life is known for its impeccable design and planning skills and a keen attention to detail, which results in beautiful flawless weddings every time. It is therefore no surprise that the two sisters decided to bring their already-global brand to the AMARA, a luxury destination that perfectly complements their values and aesthetic. We caught up with Rayya Zahlan, who talked us through her process for designing the best wedding possible, and her thoughts on this exciting new partnership.
what people are doing in other countries, we visit exhibitions, and we stay informed on all the latest trends. However, our main source of inspiration is always our clients. We spend time with them, learn from them, and, using our knowledge and research, help bring their vision to life.
What has been the most unusual request you received from a couple for their wedding?
In our businesses, there are a lot of surprising and unusual requests! I can recall one specific incident when a bride’s wish was to enter the room from the ceiling. Luckily, the event was held in a Ballroom with a removable ceiling, so we figured out a way to have a crane lower her through the ceiling and this was such a thrilling surprise for the guests. Another time, the groom wanted to do something unique to surprise his bride, so we flew him in a hot air balloon. There are so many memorable moments, and all of them are just so romantic and exciting. No request is too big or too crazy!
What drives your vision when planning a wedding? Why did you choose the AMARA for your new venture?
The AMARA is a beautiful hotel, and what I liked most was the attention to detail throughout – from the architecture, to the interiors, to the décor. This is very much in line with how we work, as details are an important aspect of our work. As such, we immediately recognized that we share a like-minded approach, and that this would be an excellent partnership.
The wedding industry is constantly changing. How do you keep up with industry trends?
A large part of our work involves constant research in order to ensure we stay ahead of the game. We look at social media, we see
I am always inspired by the couple themselves. The bride, in particular, shares her thoughts and ideas and dreams, many of which she has been dreaming about since she was a young girl, and we do our best to make sure we bring them all to life. Every bride is different and unique in her own way, and meeting with her, speaking to her, spending time with her, is always an inspiration. Our story together lasts months, so we get to know each other very well over the course of planning a wedding, and this helps us tailor an event that is suited to each couple perfectly.
What makes Weddings4Life stand out from the competition?
In our industry, we have a lot of competition.
It’s not just about how luxurious and extravagant a wedding is; it’s the little things that count too. When we started, there were only a few wedding planners, but as time went by, it became a trend and we saw many other companies open and then eventually close within the year. I believe that what makes us special is how dedicated we are to paying attention to every detail. It’s not just about how luxurious and extravagant a wedding is; it’s the little things that count too. From the glasses on the table to the carpet on the floor, even the smallest detail counts. We take it all into consideration, even things that others might consider irrelevant or a waste of time. We find it makes a big difference when executing a flawless event.
What is the goal you aspire to reach at the AMARA?
The AMARA as a hotel is already at a very high level. Everything from its design to its details make it one of the most special hotels in Cyprus, and we believe that we can help bring the wedding business to the high standards of the hotel itself. With our input, we can upgrade the weddings hosted at the AMARA and bring them to the highest standards.
"I am mainly inspired by organic forms, but also anything around me that reveals a natural contradiction.” The AMARA’s impeccably designed lobby is no different; and thanks to its most recent addition, a stunning commission from Greek ceramicist Vasso Fragkou, guests are greeted by a renewed feeling of balance and harmony, much like the artist herself intended. Vasso was born in Volos, Greece, and her love of art led her to a Fine Arts degree at Akto, which she then complemented with a deep dive into sculpting and ceramics in Italy and the UK. Her sculptures feature elegant curves and sweeping waves, creating a mesmerizing illusion that speaks to each viewer in a unique way.
When Art Tells a Story Greek ceramicist Vasso Fragkou’s sculptures are impressive, inspirational, and organic. Her latest eye-catching piece welcomes guests into the AMARA with an immediate sense of both movement and pause.
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hotel lobby is a portal, transporting guests from their day-to-day routines into an entirely new space and mindset. When the space is further enhanced by a selection of thoughtfully curated artwork, guests will immediately feel more relaxed and connected to the hotel experience.
“I am mainly inspired by organic forms,” explains Vasso, “but also anything around me that reveals a natural contradiction. It is difficult to resist the charm of the seascape and not be inspired by it. The element of the sea, the beauty of the seabed, as well as the pace and movement of the waves, mold images deep inside me, and through the clay, they gain substance.” Indeed, it was this fascination with the sea that inspired her custom piece for the AMARA. “I am grateful for the trust placed in me to create a piece for the AMARA. I was given full artistic freedom to imagine and give form to my emotions. And the beauty of the hotel, its unique location right next to the gorgeous blue waters of the Mediterranean, led to the creation of a piece that I hope will give guests pause, and offer a glimpse into both my own psyche, but also conjure up their own emotions when seeing it.” So what does Vasso hope guests will feel upon encountering her work? “My aim is for the viewer to imagine themselves as tiny, moving through the forms as though making their way through a labyrinth, where you can absorb the rhythm of the waves, drift softly, and allow your thoughts to melt away.” You can view Vasso’s impressive sculpture and experience these unique emotions in the Lobby of the AMARA.
A Brand New
Landscape Gardens have a way of nourishing your soul. Whether it’s the lush green vegetation, or the soothing sounds of leaves rustling, a stroll through a well-landscaped garden can act as a peaceful oasis and revive your soul. This is the aim of the Elysium’s brand new gardens, exclusively designed by US-based SKS Studios.
By Rachel Chrysostom
ith its advantage of being located right by the beautiful waters of the Mediterranean, the Elysium is the perfect destination for all seasons. Grand interiors, beautiful stone colonnades, serene indoor and outdoor pools all come together to create a luxurious destination that offers an entirely incomparable experience to both leisure and business travelers in Paphos.
The grand interiors of the Elysium are perfectly complemented by an impressive garden landscape.
The grand interiors of the Elysium are perfectly complemented by an impressive garden landscape, courtesy of the careful, meticulous design of SKS Studios. The US-based master planning and landscape architecture designers undertook the task of reimagining the Elysium grounds to create an oasis of calm with a generous dose of what they call ‘wow’ factor. Following a visit to the premises, during which their team took into account the hotel’s location, architecture, circulation, and guest access to its various areas, as well as the climate of Cyprus and the island’s local flora and fauna, they created a concept that perfectly encapsulates the stately aura of the Elysium itself. Inspiration was drawn from the local Cypriot landscape, which is verdant and green in the spring and winter, and golden during the summer months. Plants were carefully selected and placed in a way that would enhance the environment and also prove to be sustainable; that is, improving, growing, and flourishing over time. Lush green shrubbery was chosen to line the walkways to create the impression of strolling through a calm, green forest. Perfectly landscaped garden areas in the interior courtyard provide a calming respite from the hustle and bustle of the city, while the beach and poolside areas are dotted with palm trees that offer a shady spot in which to place your sunbed. So while the beach may be the first attraction one looks to when visiting the Elysium, we invite you to also take a moment to stroll through our new gardens; you may be pleasantly surprised with the paradise that awaits you.
New Faces As we eagerly await the unveiling of the recently refurbished Mediterranean Hotel in Limassol, we also say hello to several smiling new faces. Costas Panayiotou Front Office Manager
By Rachel Chrysostom
ith 31 long and fruitful years in the hospitality industry, you could say that Costas Panayiotou is a seasoned pro. He has worked various positions in different hotels across the island, including the Mediterranean, and in April of 2021, returned to the Stademos Family as the new Front Office Manager. Costas manages a large and busy department, as the Reception, Guest Relations, Porters, Security Team, and Reservations Departments all fall under his supervision. He is therefore particularly meticulous and organized, in order to ensure that every aspect of the guest experience – from the minute they make a booking to the day they set foot in the hotel – goes smoothly, without a single hitch. “Our work doesn’t begin when the guests arrive at the hotel,” he explains. “Rather, it begins as soon as they make their booking. This is especially important when it comes to our repeat guests, as we always make sure to get in touch with them, see if they have any special requests, and make sure that all their needs are met upon arrival and beyond.” Though the hotel closure has meant some much-needed rest and downtime, Costas is looking forward to returning to work. “I miss our guests! Having a chat, or a casual coffee, greeting familiar faces and getting to know new ones. That is by far the most rewarding part of my job!”
Tasos Nikou & Spyros Kotsis Executive Sous Chef & Sous Chef The new chef duo at the Mediterranean both began their tenure in the summer of 2021. Though Tasos (who has previously worked at the Mediterranean) and Spyros are both Greek natives, they have made Cyprus their home, having lived on the island for 25 and 17 years respectively. With two restaurants – Shumi Sushi Bar and Il Tinello – as well as the summertime Nautica Bistro under their authority, Tasos and Spyros, and their team of 40 plus kitchen staff certainly have their hands full! “Our day begins at 8:30 and doesn’t end until late at night,” explains Tasos. “But when you love what you do, it doesn’t feel like work. For me, cooking is an art form. It’s more than just a job, and I’ve missed the hustle and bustle of the kitchen. I’m certainly looking forward to the Mediterranean opening once more and putting my apron and chef’s hat back on!” “This downtime has me missing the creative process of cooking,” says Spyros. “However, it has also given us an opportunity to change up our menu, come up with new ideas, and present new concepts and flavors to our guests, so I’m excited for that!” Besides their beloved kitchens, Tasos and Spyros have also missed their daily interactions with the hotel guests. “We love seeing the familiar faces of our repeat guests,” says Tasos. “They are like family to us, and we always go out of our way to make sure that their every meal at the hotel surpasses their expectations.” “It’s always a joy to interact with our guests,” adds Spyros, “and listen to their opinions on everything from the food to the service. After all, feedback does us good, it helps us grow and evolve, and improve our offering.”
When you love what you do, it doesn’t feel like work. For me, cooking is an art form.
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Spyros Manis Pastry Chef Spyros Manis is the Mediterranean’s new Pastry Chef. Having previously worked at the Mediterranean Hotel, he has since happily returned to the Stademos Hotels family, and is particularly proud of the Mediterranean’s high-quality culinary offering. “We are the only 4-Star hotel that has its own bakery department where we make our own croissants and Danishes from scratch!” says Spyros. “Indeed, thanks to our team of five – and growing – talented and experienced bakers, the quality of the sweets and pastries we produce is considered first-class.”
For Spyros, baking is more than a job, and he feels lucky to be able to do what he loves day in and day out.
For Spyros, baking is more than a job, and he feels lucky to be able to do what he loves day in and day out. “I am constantly on the lookout for new ideas, new ways to be inspired.” Spyros has attended several seminars, including ones at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu and the Valrhona School of Chocolate, and is always quick to see delicious ideas everywhere. “My fondest memory,” he says “is around the time when I first started working at the Mediterranean. I noticed all the kumquat trees were filled with fruit that was going to waste. So I decided that we should pick all the kumquats, and we used them to make a homemade kumquat marmalade that we served at breakfast. It was a huge hit!” As for his own favorite dessert? “I’m a chocolate fiend, but truly I love all desserts. From the traditional galatoboureko from the corner shop to the high end, sophisticated dessert of a gourmet restaurant. I love them all! My favorite dessert to make, however, is the classic French opera cake. It is absolutely divine, and you could say it is my specialty!”
In-Room Dining with a Twist Take your in-room dining experience up a notch with a custom five-course chef’s dinner or casual barbecue in the comfort and privacy of your room
By Rachel Chrysostom
ne of the most spectacular benefits of staying at the AMARA is the stunning variety of gourmet dining and mouthwatering cuisine that can be found within our hotel. And while eating out and enjoying a gourmet meal with company is often a fun and exhilarating part of your vacation experience, you may sometimes crave a more private, intimate affair – a meal in the privacy and comfort of your own space. Perhaps you’re celebrating a milestone anniversary with your partner, or planning an extra special romantic dinner to pop the question. Whatever the occasion, the AMARA is offering guests an exclusive Private Chef and Butler Dinner, all perfectly prepared, executed, and served from the comfort of your room. For those special occasions, guests staying in the Duplexes, Cabanas, and Presidential Suite can take advantage of the In-Room Dining Experience, which offers unrestricted access to the AMARA’s finest chefs. Guests can choose between a uniquely crafted five-course set menu, or a more casual, intimate barbecue prepared on-site. Each menu item is prepared using only the freshest seasonal ingredients, and guests can sit back and relax while the entire meal is taken care of before their very eyes. Guests will be served by their own private Butler, and will enjoy attentive, professional service for the entire duration of the meal. As always, the AMARA is committed to finding new ways to enhance guests’ stays and provide them with unique memories that are sure to last a lifetime. With a focus on personalized experiences and attention to detail, the In-Room Dining Experience is the hotel’s newest offering for a guest experience like no other. Immerse yourself in private, in-room gourmet dining and taste the secrets of the AMARA’s prized chefs.
An AMARA Love Story It’s a tale as old as time: boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, and the rest, as they say, is history. Such is the story of Ioanna Nano and Kostangelos Zakinthinos, whose love blossomed at the AMARA, the hotel that is now very much a part of their beautiful journey.
By Rachel Chrysostom
ostangelos had been working as a Chef at Ristorante Locatelli since the AMARA’s opening in 2019. In 2021, he noticed that a new team member had joined the staff of the nearby Armyra Restaurant, and was immediately intrigued. Ioanna Nano, Head Waiter at Armyra also noticed her new colleague, and soon enough, sparks began to fly. We caught up with the happy couple and spoke to them about their whirlwind romance and how excited they are as they await the birth of their first child. Ioanna: We’re both from the same place in Athens, but had never met until we both began working at the AMARA. I first caught sight of Kostangelos at the staff canteen. He turned suddenly to wave to a colleague and I was immediately struck by his smile.
Kostangelos: I noticed that a new colleague had joined the Armyra team, and I was immediately drawn to her dynamism and her sunny disposition. I soon found myself looking for excuses to speak to her. I would go to the smoking area, even though I didn’t smoke, just so I could approach her. Ioanna: I made the first move! I asked a common friend of ours who also worked at the hotel to arrange a few get-togethers so we could get to know each other. We’ve been together for a year now, but we got along so well that we moved in together after a month! It truly felt as though we found our match. Kostangelos: It’s great to be working together under the same roof but at different restaurants. That way we can each focus on
our work without being affected by the other’s presence. And it also gives us a chance to miss each other during the day! Ioanna: The entire time that I’ve been pregnant, eagerly awaiting the arrival of our son, our colleagues have been so incredibly supportive. As demanding as our job is, they always make sure I get enough rest so that I can have as smooth a pregnancy as possible. Kostangelos: The AMARA is now an important part of our love story, as it marks the start of an unexpected, yet beautiful journey, one that is synonymous with the name of the hotel itself. After all, the AMARA is named after the ancient Greek word AMARAntos, which means everlasting. Just like us.
Nobu Food Festival Fine dining enthusiasts rejoice! Celebrity Chef NOBU Matsuhisa has made his return to the AMARA for the 2nd Nobu Food Festival between the 9th and 11th of June.
By Ioanna Lambrou
hen the AMARA opened its doors, a new standard was introduced for Cyprus’ culinary scene, with Matsuhisa Limassol. The famed restaurant’s ‘Kokoro’ driven menu of Japanese and Peruvian influences includes a bespoke selection of signature dishes that every foodie praises; so it’s no surprise that Chef NOBU Matsuhisa’s return to our hotel for the Nobu Food Festival is a noteworthy one. The Nobu Food Festival has returned at the AMARA for a second time, and Chef Nobu has brought new, innovative ideas to the plate that would definitely leave you with a newfound appreciation for the artistry and skill of Matsuhisa himself. Festival attendees had the opportunity to taste Chef Nobu’s signature dishes, carefully curated for the festival, and meet the legendary man in person. This unique 3-day event returned after almost 3 years of waiting, with the AMARA, Chef NOBU, and Executive Chef Hideki Endo coming together to offer their guests a unique experience of fusion Japanese cuisine that simply cannot be matched.
with Love Digital postcards preserve memories and capture moments of absolute bliss. Take a look at some of the best ones from some familiar faces.
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olidays are meant to be relaxing, rejuvenating, and filled with new experiences. Stademos takes pride in our constant exploring of new and inspiring ways to make sure this is exactly what each and every one of our guests gets when they visit one of our hotels. Our hotels are held dearly close in the hearts of many; as guests create lasting memories and experience unique moments that will stay with them for life. We pride ourselves in providing a whole new standard for service, hospitality, and a welcoming feeling that one simply cannot find elsewhere in the world. This is why the AMARA, Elysium, and Mediterranean Beach hotels are often visited by some familiar guests that have time and time again chosen them as their accommodation on our island for the quality we offer, whether that’s in hospitality, in aesthetics, or experiences. From world-renowned artists to politicians and world leaders, our hotels have, for a long time, been a hotspot for holidays that will remain unforgettable. Memories are meant to be preserved; whether that’s in our hearts or minds, or on our phones, we’ll always find a way to keep them close. These photos represent just a small portion of some moments in our guests’ stays and we’re delighted to share them with you.
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Greek-Cypriot performer Anna Vissi at AMARA British former racing driver David Coulthard, Nimisha & Demos Demosthenous at AMARA Dsquared² with German footballer Kevin Kurányi at AMARA Greek photographer Marina Vernicos at AMARA Principal Bolshoi dancer Rodkin Denis and Bolshoi soloist Sevenard Eleonora, with our Guest Relations Manager, Maya Nicolaou at AMARA Canadian fashion designer duo Dean and Dan Caten of Dsquared² with General Manager of the Elysium, Christos Papamiltiadous
Cyprus A not-so-hidden gem in the Mediterranean, the island of Cyprus holds an immense amount of natural beauty and culture that are bound to fascinate all those who visit.
By Ioanna Lambrou
The Tree of Lovers
ho would have thought that a small island in the Mediterranean, nestled between three continents, would be a breeding ground for history, culture, civilisation, and beauty this unique? Cyprus’ past is intriguing and captivating to say the least – and not just to history buffs – but its future is as bright as
ever; constant development in every aspect has been the new standard for our small island for the past two decades with exciting new projects flooding in constantly. Being the third largest island in the Mediterranean, Cyprus is home to over a million people of all kinds of backgrounds, making it quite diverse for its small size.
However, what truly makes Cyprus unique is its little quirks, its people, and its culture that sets it apart even in its conformity. Read on for an insight into Cypriot life, fun facts, and the reason Cyprus will be your new favourite destination:
• For the flower enthusiasts, there are around 20 rare species of orchid native to the island of Cyprus. • For the history buffs, it is believed that Roman General Mark Antony gifted our island to Queen Cleopatra as a sign of his love for her.
• When visiting Cyprus, dedicate a day to exploring a little, as one of the biggest and most photographed trees on the entire island is a juniper tree nicknamed The Tree of Lovers. The tree is located outside the city of Ayia Napa, away from the bustle, in the middle of practically nowhere, with just two benches placed under it for some peace and quiet.
• Adventure junkies hold on to your hats, as Cyprus is home to one of the most popular diving sites in the world. The Zenobia is a 1980 shipwreck that attracts over 40,000 visitors every year that dive in its wreckage to explore the ship’s new underwater home. Now that you know a little more about this tiny island, feel free to venture out on your own; explore its hidden qualities, learn about its wonderful quirks, and its beautiful people.
• Cyprus holds the record for the oldest wine in the world! Commandaria is a sweet dessert wine, native to our island, that has been dated at least 5000 years back.
Welcome to our island, we know it will be an experience of a lifetime.
Zenobia Shipwreck •We enjoy a little more sun than most. With almost 300 days out of the year being blessed with sunny weather, it’s no wonder Cyprus has been placed on the Top 50 list of the World Happiness Report.
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• The entire city of Paphos, the Elysium's home, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site! • The now world-famous cocktail Brandy Sour was first concocted in the picturesque village of Platres in the Troodos region of Cyprus, making it our island’s unofficial national cocktail. • It may seem unbelievable but Cyprus is Europe’s most southern ski resort, attracting thousands of skiers every winter to its Troodos Ski Centre. • Clean and Protected: There are over 45 EU Blue Flag beaches across the island.
Turn Down Service with a Flair At Stademos Hotels, the comfort and wellbeing of our guests is our utmost priority. This is why we’ve decided to offer something a little extra for our turndown service, courtesy of local artist, Soula Avouri.
By Rachel Chrysostom
uests who opt for our turndown service will be pleasantly surprised to find a small token of our appreciation and hospitality left upon their bed as a little thank you. The Stademos Hotels turndown service cards feature hand painted illustrations of local flora and fauna, as well as a small description of each of these fascinating plants, animals, birds, and insects that are endemic to our little island. Every card has been painstakingly drawn and painted by local artist Soula Avouri. As a child with an artistic flair from a young age, Soula had always been fascinated by the beauty of nature and its wealth of colors, textures, and patterns. “I’ve always drawn or painted the natural world
I see around me. Plants, flowers, animals, even insects. There is so much color, so much detail in every living thing around us that I am constantly inspired; I find I’ve never run out of things to paint. I was therefore delighted and honored to be chosen to create the artwork for this newest project by Stademos.” The Stademos Hotels Turndown Cards will feature illustrations and descriptions of some of the island’s most beautiful endemic plants and flowers – from the ubiquitous olive tree to the rare Cyprus tulip; the many birds one might catch sight of flittering around the island – from the endemic Cyprus warbler to the rarest Western Yellow Wagtail; the island’s butterfly species and, of course, the grand mouflon.