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Property Magazine April 2019 Issue 18

WELCOME Welcome to the 18th edition of Exclusive magazine by Imperio. Smart in every sense, Exclusive gives its readers an unrivalled insight into the world of luxury lifestyle, while also offering the most compelling coverage of design, architecture, technology, cars, properties and many more.

Design & Cover Ivi Aresti Publisher Imperio Printing RPM Lithographica lTD Editor Natalie Demetriou Writers Ivi Aresti, Natalie Demetriou, Marina Foti, Elis Misirlis, Yiannis Misirlis Contributors Maria Stylianou Michaelides Limassol Tourism Board Michael Virardi www.michaelvirardi.com Antonis Rouvas KPMG in Cyprus ΙSSN 1986-2350 (print) ISSN 1986-2369 (online) No part of this magazine may be used or reproduced without the written permission of the publisher. All information contained in this magazine is for information only and is, as far as we are aware, correct at the time of going to press. Imperio cannot accept any responsibility for errors or inaccuracies in such information.

131 Gladstonos street, 3032 Limassol, Cyprus Τ: +357 25 581005 imperioproperties.com

In this edition you will find attention-grabbing articles ranging from the new big thing in luxury accommodation in Limassol to an exclusive interview of the young and talented winemaker, Marcos Zambartas. There is nothing as good as a healthy delicious food so in this issue we have tracked down 5 of the best healthy food options so you can enjoy tasty, yet healthy and nutritious food experience after a magical scuba diving into the mesmerising deep blue Mediterranean Sea. Enjoy reading and remember as Dr. Seuss said “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go”.

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News 06

Limassol: A Sea of Cultures

Agenda 08

Meating: Combination of Grill, Smoker & Oven

Lifestyle 12

3 Hand-picked Limited-Edition Items

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Davidoff Cave de Paille III humidor the Limited Edition

76 Lifestyle

Cool Gadgets

80 Positive Thinking

The People Out There Are Your Platform

84 Sports

Limassol’s Marine Protected Paradise

88 Driving

Maserati: The New Levante Trofeo Edition

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Philippe Starck: Apple Fabric

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92 Foodist

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96 Bookaholics

Top 10 Rooftop Bars in the World

The Spirit of Mountain Exploration

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Architecture 64

The 5 Most Anticipated Buildings of 2019

Lifestyle 66

High Heels and Macaroons

Facetime 68

Marcos Zambartas

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The Icon: The New Big Thing in Luxury Accommodation in Limassol

The 5 Best Healthy Places

6 Books You Must Read

100 Travel

8 Ultimate Things to Do in Cyprus!

104 Technology

Designed for Nostalgia & Fashionable earbuds

106 Property & Tax

Alternative Investment Funds: An Evolutionary “Vehicle”

108 Art

Morfi Gallery: Constantinos Yiannikouris

110 Butterfly Foundation

Butterfly Foundation, Action 2019

112 Imperio

Barbican Heights: Your Ideal Home

114 Art

Omar Aqil Gives 3-D Shape to Picasso’s Paintings

118 Interior Design Buzz

Fibr­e-Cement Furniture Elegance. Resistance. Individuality

120 Driving

Bentley: The New Contimental GT.

122 Architecture

New Trends in Building Façades

126 Lifestyle

Organic Gins: New Experimental Spirits

128 Lifestyle

A Monument to Italy’s Driving Force

130 Lifestyle

Living in Style. Living with Design. Living, in the “Light”!

132 Diary

Limassol Agenda

138 Delivered Properties

Amalfi Residences: A New Definition of Home

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Maria Stylianou Michaelidou


Limassol Tourism Board

Limassol has changed a lot over the past few years! Being the largest city of Cyprus, Limassol does not stop to impress and fascinate both the locals and tourists, getting upgraded and more developed as days go by, but keeping in touch with its traditional character. As a cosmopolitan destination, the city now combines both old and new, both countryside and city, both a local and an international aura. A walk in the old town of Limassol is highly recommended for any visitor that wants to experience the ambience of this contrast. Visitors can choose to do this independently or join one of the local tours organised for the last five decades, free of charge, by the Deputy Ministry of Tourism, the Limassol Municipality and Association of Tour Guides. Offered every Monday at 10 am from the tourist information office in the Old Port, the tour takes visitors through the narrow streets of the town, with their 1930’s baroque style balconies and characteristic small cafes and shops, showcasing Limassol’s traditional city character. In several spots of the route, visitors can look down at the glass covered underground ancient remains that date back to the fifth century. The tour continues down the coast line where the new and renovated ‘Prokymea’ seaside park is

a very fresh, bright, inviting and enjoyable walk. The area also features a sculpture park showcasing works of art created by Cypriot, Greek and international artists.

ing and significant transformation of the area within the last few years. The Marina enhances the city's role as a prime sea destination both for business and leisure.

In proximity, the ‘Old Port’ is an interesting contemporary project also boasting the traditional fishing harbor of Limassol, being in stark contrast with the new modern developments. Right next to the ‘Old Port’, the Limassol Marina becomes the ‘must visit' place, contributing to Limassol’s upgrad-

The walk is a wonderful way to get in touch with the local history, culture and people of Limassol. The rediscovered small-town charms, combined with the newly modern touches, make the city so vibrant that one will not fail to be inspired!

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In the beginning of 2019, Carob Mill Restaurants Ltd managed by Lanitis Entertainment Ltd and member of the Lanitis Group introduced Meating Grill & Co. The new establishment which is operated by Carob Mill Restaurants Ltd and located at the Lanitis Carob Mill, next to the Medieval Castle in Limassol, is a restaurant that combines a rustic ambiance and a palatable selection of smoky flavoured Steaks & Meats chargrilled in the world known Josper oven, complimented by a fine selection of charcuterie & chesses. The underground walk-in temperature controlled Wine Cava of MEATing promises to impress even the most demanding Connoisseurs. The Josper Gastrogrill offers a remarkable combination of grill, smoker and oven which means it has the flavour of the grill and the controlled cooking temperature of the oven. The grill has a door, when closed, non-of the flavour or moisture can escape the fine selected ingredients. It uses top quality charcoal which adds the lovely oaky smokiness. Carob Mill Restaurants Ltd, also manages at the Lanitis Carob Mill the Draught Microbrewery, Yabashi Asian Fusion, Stretto CafĂŠ, Artima Bistro, Karatello Tavern as well as CafĂŠ Calma at the Limassol Marina.

Lanitis 'Carob Mill' Complex, Vasilissis Street, Limassol, Cyprus For reservations, please call 25 211766 or 25 820430.

Open for dinner from Monday to Sunday (except Tuesdays) and for lunch on Sundays.

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Triumph is releasing just 750 individually numbered Thruxton TFC motorcycles, priced from €20,400 each.


Triumph is releasing just 750 mean machines based on the Thruxton cafe racer version of the Bonneville, sporting a cool carbon black paintjob with striking gold detailing. The British motorcycle manufacturer Triumph has announced a special high-end model that will be available in a strictly limited edition, with only 750 individually numbered machines being released worldwide. The motorcycle’s carbon black paintwork is highlighted by hand painted pin lines and other striking gold detailing. Based on the Thruxton cafe racer version of the Bonneville, the 1,200cc Thruxton TFC (for “Triumph Factory Custom”)

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spearheads a new generation of low-volume, premium-priced special editions that could gradually be offered across other models in the range. The new Thruxton TFC is lighter and more powerful than the already high-performance Thruxton “R” on which it is based, and comes equipped with higher-grade components such as titanium Vance & Hines silencers, race specification Metzeler tyres, and fully adjustable front and rear suspension from Swedish specialist Ohlins. The bodywork, meanwhile, comprises a lightweight, one-piece cockpit fairing, mudguard

and seat cowl made from carbon fibre. The black wheels, suspension components, and engine covers complement special carbon black paintwork highlighted by hand painted pin lines and other detailing in gold. The Leicestershire-based firm says the TFC range represents “the absolute pinnacle” of its design, engineering, and craftsmanship capabilities, and describes the bikes as being “carefully crafted to be the most beautiful and desirable Triumphs ever made”. If the idea of creating such special limited-edition motorcycles proves as popular as it has

done in the supercar world, the TFC models could quickly become desired collectables and have the potential to increase in value – despite the fact that, from €20,400, they are priced at a 40 per cent premium above the regular Thruxton R. The Thruxton TFC can be reserved now through Triumph dealerships, with first deliveries expected in June 2019. In May, a TFC version of the 2.3-litre Rocket cruiser is due to be unveiled.

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2. LOUBOUTINS AT THE ROYAL MANSOUR MARRAKECH Slip into a pair of limited edition red-soled babouches, designed with details inspired by the beautiful and eye-catching decor at the grand Moroccan hotel. Step into the Royal Mansour Marrakech and you’ll discover a unique Christian Louboutin collaboration with the stunning hotel, culminating in limited edition leather babouches for both women (€800) and men (€500). The partnership is the designer’s first and only such project in Morocco. The slipper-style shoes have a design that reflects the architectural and decorative details that abound in the five-acre address

Christian Louboutin Leather women’s babouches €800

owned by Morocco’s King Mohammed VI. The women’s shoes – complete with Louboutin’s signature red sole – reference the building’s lattice-like plasterwork and hand-carved ceilings with geometric and floral motifs in shimmering gold and copper leatherwork. The men’s babouches also sport the famous red sole, but come in a cool white and feature a practical strap at the heel for comfort. As a final design flourish, they are embroidered with the king’s royal crest. Louboutin will unveil a new version of the footwear for men later this year.

Christian Louboutin Men’s babouches are priced €500

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3. COHIBA ROBUSTO RESERVA SETTING THE WORLD ON FIRE Cohiba Robusto Reserva is the brand-new release that continues a long-lasting Cohiba passion in recent years. This very special edition is made from tobacco that is matured for a minimum of three years before being delivered to the cigar factory. The eager anticipation of this launch is the latest chapter in a story that goes way back more than half a century to the Cuban Revolution. During this time, Castro could finally focus his energy to truly vital matters, like the smell coming from his driver’s cigars that gave a pleasant fragrance to the interior of his car. Eventually, as time went by and one thing lead to another, a new brand was born in 1966 taking its name from the bunched leaves of tobacco enjoyed by Columbus at the time of his arrival to the island. At first, Cohiba cigars were mostly used as diplomatic gifts, yet with time they became commercially available and eventually made it to the UK and Europe in 1985.

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DAVIDOFF CAVE DE PAILLE III HUMIDOR THE LIMITED EDITION The inspiration for Cave de Paille began with the growing of the tobacco leaf in Saison 1 before moving through to the cigar wrapper in Saison 2. The cycle is now complete with the cigar, and the transformation of tobacco and straw into ash in Saison 3. This mineral is the very element nurturing young plants to start a new cycle. Subtle colour tones from charcoal to intense black are balanced and interlaced in straw. At the heart of this piece are creation and reward, the time to craft and the time to enjoy. This fluid and hypnotic result is particularly difficult to achieve in marquetry. Davidoff and Lison de Caunes, a legacy in straw marquetry, created this piece to be an iconic feature, lending a unique ambience to any environment where the cigar ritual unfolds.

CAVE DE PAILLE SAISON III ₏19,000 - (20 pieces made worldwide) Capacity: 50 – 65 Cigars Material: Okoume Wood, Straw

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Looking for a chic and romantic evening? A long and sunny lunch on a comfy terrace? Or a full night out, dancing the night away under the stars? Look no further, as our list of the world’s best rooftop bars has got you covered for it all! Our list comes with the note that top 10's are hard. There are many of rooftop bars that could make the list, some even should! But these are the ones we believe you should first write down on a bucket list for your 2019 travels.

1. Das Loft

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With a breath-taking setting on the 18th floor of the Jean Nouvel-designed Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom hotel, Das Loft will please not only lovers of fine food and wine, but also lovers of contemporary art. Extensive floor-to-ceiling glass windows offer panoramic views of Vienna’s city skyline, the iconic St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Danube river, while an illuminated colourful ceiling appears to dance over its pure and simple interior, creating an ambience of exclusivity and extravagance of Viennese charm and international flair. A perfect complement to the stunning views and daring dishes of Das Loft, is a four-metre-high walk-in wine cellar, offering some of the finest wines from Austria, France and around the world.


Vienna, Austria

Das Loft, So/Vienna, Praterstraße 1, 1020 Wien, Austria +43 1 906168110 dasloftwien.at/en

2. Hutong’s Shanghai Bar London, UK Enjoying a cocktail on the 33rd floor of The Shard overlooking the London skyline, whether before or after dining - or as an indulgence on its own, has always been one of the pleasures of visiting Shanghai Bar. Well-known for its fiery spice and seasoning, its cocktail menu artfully captures the subtlety and surprises of Northern Chinese cooking. Signature cocktails include ‘Old Peking Fashioned’, ‘Penicillin’, ‘Bright and Stormy’ and many more unusual and intriguing cocktails that perfectly balance sweet, sharp and savoury flavours. You’ll be sure that you will not find a parallel taste or appearance in cocktails anywhere else! Shanghai Bar, Hutong, 33, The Shard, 31 St Thomas St, London SE1 9RY, UK +44 20 3011 1257 hutongblog.co.uk

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3. Il Bar Milano at La Rinascente Milan, Italy

Set on the 7th floor of La Rinascente department store in Milan, the Il Bar is an exclusive place for lovers of the great classics of Italian-style aperitivo with a creative twist! Its lounge area and rooftop terrace offer a wonderful view over the spiers of the iconic Milan Duomo Cathedral. Timeless drinks that have made up the history of world mixology take on a new turn from the classic ‘Milano’ with wild berry tea to the ‘Armour’ with artichoke liqueur, up to the fresh and fruity ‘Bramble’.

Il Bar Milano, La Rinascente, Via Santa Radegonda, 1, 20121 Milano MI, Italy +39 02 885 2454 ilbarmilano.it

4. Serra Alpina by Birreria New York, USA The brand-new Serra Alpina by Birreria is a winter themed pop-up restaurant, which opened its doors last November on the 14th floor of the vibrant Italian marketplace Eataly NYC Flatiron. The minute you enter the restaurant, you face a winter ‘wonderland’ with a retractable glass roof featuring twinkling lights, rustic tables, furry rugs and snow-white flowers inspired by the rear Stella Alpina, a flower found in the Italian Alps across northern Italy. This gorgeous cosy space changes with the seasons, inviting guests to have a unique dining experience, while staying true to its greenhouse concept. Perfectly accenting the food, Serra Alpina offers an extensive drink menu, which includes a variety of spiced mulled wines, craft cocktails and digestives infused with mountain herbs and flowers. A must-try on the menu is the ‘Stella Alpina’, a house-made Vin Brulè with white Moscato d’Asti steeped with orange peel, cloves and cinnamon.

Serra Alpina by Birreria, Eataly, 200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010, USA +212 937 8910 eataly.com/us_en/stores/nyc-flatiron/serra-by-birreria

Hong Kong, China Following a swift rebranding from Ku De Ta to Cé La Vi, this three-story restaurant, club lounge and rooftop bar crowns the 25th floor of the California Tower in the heart of Hong Kong’s Lan Kwai Fong party district. The highlight of this venue is the Sky Deck, a rooftop bar featuring a central jacuzzi with impressive wrap-around views of the city, mountains and the harbour that leaves you feeling like you’re still in the city rather than above it. The sleek, dark and shimmering interior of the restaurant, the view and buzzing atmosphere alone are enough to make you want to be there on a chic night-out. A musttry on the menu during the evening hours, while admiring the setting sun against the famously dense, domino-like towers of Hong Kong is the ‘Matador’, a seasonal sundowner with rum, dry vermouth, pineapple and ginger beer concoction served in a bamboo mug.

Cé La Vi, 25/F California Tower, 30-32 D'Aguilar St, Central, Hong Kong, China +852 3700 2300 hk.celavi.com

6. Scarlett Wine Bar & Restaurant Bangkok, Thailand Perched on the 37th floor of the renowned Pullman Bangkok Hotel G, Scarlett Wine Bar & Restaurant manages to defy expectations on every level, by combining the sleek and contemporary environment of an elegantly designed rooftop restaurant with the warm and intimate ambience of an urban farmers’ market. The venue offers spectacular views of the city and Chaopraya river, accompanied with French cuisine and an extensive wine list of over 250 old and new world labels that rotate on a weekly basis. Scarlett Wine Bar & Restaurant, Pullman Bangkok Hotel G, 188 Silom, Bangrak, 10500 Bangkok, Thailand +66 2352 4000 pullmanbangkokhotelg.com/

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7. Zillers Roof Garden Athens, Greece Located on the rooftop of the homonym boutique hotel in Athens’ city centre, the Zillers bar and restaurant is one of the most beautiful urban roof gardens in the city. Its industrial decoration combined with emerald green marbles and the mesmerising views of the Athens cathedral and the Acropolis hill create the ultimate Athenian experience in an atmosphere where the old merges with the new. At Zillers, you can enjoy the Greek flavours in a classic yet modern version with a number of controversial cocktail choices that will cool you and fill you with a taste of warm summer nights. Zillers Roof Garden, The Zillers, Mitropoleos 54, Athens 105 63, Greece +30 21 0322 2277 thezillersathenshotel.com

8. O2 Lounge Moscow, Russia The O2 Lounge bar found on the 12th floor of The RitzCarlton Moscow hotel, is one of the most sought-after destinations in the centre of Moscow, not least due to its approximately 1,100 sqm roof terrace. The bar offers unparalleled views of the iconic Kremlin and the Red Square with its historical 16th century St. Basil’s cathedral and its colourful onion domes. The terrace is designed as a public ‘plaza’ with multiple zones and uses, where people could enjoy live seafood coupled with innovative cocktails and a selective wine list. The floor-to-ceiling windows disposed all around the bar together with the dazzling lighting of the interior make one of the visual highlights of the O2 Lounge’s bespoke atmosphere. O2 Lounge, The Ritz-Carlton Moscow, Tverskaya St, 3, Moskva, Russia, 125009 +7 495 225 88 88 ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/europe/moscow/dining/o2-lounge


9. Poli House Bar

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Tel Aviv, Israel Characterised by an ultramodern design, the Poli House bar on the rooftop of this boutique hotel in Tel Aviv is the embodiment of the urban lifestyle and diversity that shape the city’s eclectic culture and permanent state of 'Joie de vivre'. The exquisite triangular rooftop bar of the hotel with its heated infinity pool, jacuzzi and spacious sundeck spots to relax, overlooking the Carmel Market is described as ‘the Tel Aviv’s hotspot’ during the summer months. The Poli House bar masterfully combines the classics of white curvy Bauhaus architecture with the extravagant creativity of the world-renowned designer Karim Rashid. Its decor is a chic and vibrant backdrop for a seafood-based menu and inventive cocktails. A must-try on the menu is the signature drink of the bar, called the Poli Collins, which is made from Earl Grey-infused gin, tonic water, lemon and thyme.

Poli House Bar, Poli House Boutique Hotel by Brown Hotels, Nahalat Binyamin St 1, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel +972 3 710 5000 brownhotels.com/poli

10. Siddharta Lounge Dubai, UAE With fascinating 360˚ views over Dubai Marina and the Palm Jumeirah, a cool and chilled vibe, a funky music mix and sleek décor, there’s a lot to love about Siddharta Lounge. Set on the 4th floor of Tower Two at the Grosvenor House, Siddharta Lounge is clearly not the highest rooftop bar in Dubai, yet it is one of the most popular places in the city, due to its large terrace with an outdoor pool and plenty of different seating styles to relax and indulge in sunset views. Its menu boasts a range of Mediterranean coastal bites and fresh dishes; however, the feel of the place is more of a rooftop bar, where you can enjoy your cocktail with a shisha! Siddharta Lounge by Buddha Bar, Grosvenor House Dubai, Al Emreef St, Dubai, United Arab Emirates +971 4 317 6000 siddhartalounge.com



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THE SPIRIT OF MOUNTAIN EXPLORATION Precise, legible and robust for use in extreme conditions, the legendary professional Minerva watches from the 1920s and 1930s were conceived for military use and exploration. Inspired by these historic timepieces, the Montblanc 1858 pays tribute to the Minerva Manufacture’s extraordinary heritage. In an elegant pairing of green and bronze, three new editions capture the spirit of the great outdoors. Hiking through forests, across fields or up to the highest peaks, the Montblanc 1858 Automatic, Montblanc 1858 Automatic Chronograph and Montblanc 1858 Geosphere are trusted companions for fearless adventurers and explorers.

The Montblanc 1858 finds its inspiration in the world of mountain exploration, with the introduction of a new khaki-green colour that enhances the connection to nature. A reinterpretation of the Minerva pocket watches and chronographs from the 1920s and 1930s, the new Montblanc 1858 timepieces capture the spirit of the past in a modern way combining a vintage-looking bronze case enriched with aluminium that evolves over time and innovative, highly functional in-house complications. Trusted companions for outdoor adventures, these timepieces are designed for modern-day explorers who set their own challenges, express their

own personal style, live authentic lifestyles and find harmony with nature to reach new heights in life. The polished and satin-finished bronze cases feature slim bevelled horns while the case back is crafted from titanium featuring a bronze colour coating. The case back is also engraved with the emblematic Mont Blanc mountain, a compass and two crossed ice pick-axes, as a nod to the spirit of mountain exploration. Other details include fluted crowns that recall those on period timepieces and robust, domed, sapphire crystal glass boxes that highlight the vintage look of each watch.

Information: VE Very Exclusive Nicosia – Limassol – Tel: 22897361

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Imperio is Limassol’s luxury developer and one of the most respected in Cyprus. The portfolio of this award-winning company comprises of luxurious residential and commercial developments in the most prestigious locations. Imperio is famous for its high-quality work and high-design philosophy.


Its properties repeatedly attract above market yields and the company’s original promotion and marketing philosophy ensures high market awareness. Imperio is a company with the philosophy to increase the value of its properties year by year. Interior Design Imperio’s interior design team, which boasts both expertise and experience, is at the clients’ disposal. Thanks to its involvement in various projects and differing styles of interior decor, the design team is well equipped to transform

the clients’ vision of the ideal living environment into everyday reality. One of Imperio’s special creations – Apartment 301 within Buena Vista Residences – was recognised as the apartment with the “Best Interior Design 2010”, not only in Cyprus but throughout Europe, a title that cemented an earlier award for the “Best Apartment in Cyprus” for 2009. In fact, Imperio’s award-winning potential does not end here. Imperio also earned an award for the “Best Office Development in Europe”, which was granted to the company’s Noble Centre. Property Management In an effort to ensure the best possible quality for all the developments designed and created by Imperio, and to maintain them in perfect condition long after they are delivered, Imperio has established a team of professionals who are dedicated to precisely this goal.

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ADVANTAGES OF INVESTING IN PROPERTY • Quick processing of application • Steady and risk-free investment • Growth of value increase • Positive impact of inflation • Positive Cash flow via rent • No inheritance tax

The Cyprus Government through the Ministry of Interior has approved the revised criteria for granting the Cypriot citizenship by investment, in an effort to further promote foreign direct investments in Cyprus. This is a unique opportunity to convert business activities to European citizenship with all the benefits. Cyprus Citizenship shall be granted to the applicants who invest directly in Cyprus property as below.

€2,000,000 plus VAT in Residential properties, one of which will cost €500,000 + VAT or more

€2,000,000 plus VAT in Commercial properties or a combination of Commercial and Residential properties + Residential unit of €500,000 + VAT or more Both versions of the programme require an additional donation to the Government Funds. For more information contact our well-trained customer service representatives. imperioproperties.com |

+357 25 581005


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Dual Citizenship

Travelling Benefits


The spouse, dependent children and parents of the applicant can acquire Cyprus citizenship

Free Basic Education in Public Schools



Free Higher Education in Public Universities & in EU Universities with much lower tuition fees

Right of voting & Right of being elected

The Permanent Residence Permit (PRP) of Cyprus is easily obtained for people who have purchased property. The advantage is that, unlike temporary work permits for third country nationals, PRPs are not renewable as they are permanent. Once the PRP is obtained it will apply for the applicant’s spouse and dependent children.

• Permanent Residence Permit (PRP) relates to people that are non-Europeans

New and accelerated procedure for granting PRP to applicants who are third country nationals and intent to invest in the Republic of Cyprus.

DEPENDENT PEOPLE • The PRP applies to spouse and financially dependent children under the age of 18.

• PRP is easily obtained for people who have purchased property of a value over €300,000 plus VAT • Duration of PRP procedure: 3 months

• Unmarried children between the age of 18 and 25, who prove that they are students and financially dependent on the applicant, can submit a separate application to obtain an Immigration Permit which they will keep for a lifetime. • The PRP may also be granted to the parents and parents-in-law of the applicant/holder with the submission of an application.

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Residential Developments Commercial Developments Past Developments

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Before this... Life was ordinary

PROJECT INFORMATION Occupancy: December 2020 Status: Under construction Area: Yermasogeia Distance to the sea: 100m Larnaca Airport: 61km | Paphos Airport: 65km



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THE ICON Standing at 125 metres, The Icon is among the tallest buildings in Cyprus, boasting uninterrupted exposure to the panoramic views of the city and coastline of Limassol. The Icon is located in the heart of Limassol’s Tourist area in Yermasogeia, just 100m from the coastline and offers residents some of the most exciting outdoor dining and entertainment spaces Cyprus has seen to date.

54 Timeless Residences All 54 sophisticated residences are delivered fully furnished and accessorised, with underfloor heating and concealed air conditioning units and fully integrated kitchen appliances.

Idyllic Investment Opportunity All of above-mentioned along with the hotel-style services available around the clock, elevate the living experience at The Icon and make the purchase of The Icon a great investment opportunity with an expected rental income up to 5% p.a.

An Unparalleled Experience The Icon benefits from extensive in-house amenities; an infinity pool on the 10th floor with a striking pool bar, The Icon’s renowned fine-dining restaurant on the same floor, the Fitness and Yoga club spanning over the 11th floor as well as a stunning tennis court on the 4th floor.

The Icon’s Owners Club The Icon’s owners will be offered participation in the Rental Pooling Scheme, containing both long and short term rental options. The Icon’s Property Management team will aim to generate the most attractive benefits to the owner in terms of their assets. The current market Capital Appreciation is 6-8% p.a (total 11-13% p.a).

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PROJECT INFORMATION Occupancy: March 2021 Status: Under Construction Area: Panthea Distance to the sea: 3.2km Larnaca Airport: 66km | Paphos Airport: 60km



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BARBICAN HEIGHTS Barbican Heights is an ideal home for those who enjoy the finer things in life, and for buyers seeking a promising property for investment in a desirable location. The development’s contemporary design combines refined architecture and materials of exceptional quality to deliver homes that balance sophisticated style with everyday functionality, all enhanced with amazing panoramic views of Limassol and the Mediterranean Sea. Set in a beautiful environment, Barbican Heights comprises 20 three-bedroom apartments with large covered and uncovered verandas overlooking the landscaped gardens and communal swimming pool.


The residences at Barbican Heights are based on spacious, elegantly proportioned floorplans enriched with finishes & features that reflect modern preferences. In addition to wooden floors & European designed kitchens, large double-glazed doors & windows open onto the oversized covered verandas.

GARDEN & SWIMMING POOL Barbican Heights offers landscaped gardens and communal swimming pool to be enjoyed by its residents all year long.


Situated in a convenient location on the hills of Panthea, an area that promises undisturbed tranquillity, residents can enjoy easy access to Limassol’s city centre, the beach and the highway, while being in close proximity to excellent restaurants, and high standard international schools.

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PROJECT INFORMATION Occupancy: July 2020 Status: Under construction Area: Yermasogeia Distance to the sea: 500m Larnaca Airport: 60km | Paphos Airport: 65km



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LEVANTE RESIDENCES Levante Residences elatedly represents luxurious apartments set in a contemporary design complex nestled in the heart of the Yermasoyia area of Limassol. Close to a wide range of amenities and the bustling city of Limassol, Levante Residences establishes the standard for luxury living with its striking interiors, fitting location and impressive communal services.




Each residence benefits from high standard finishes and a private veranda which holds picturesque views for a break of calmness and relaxation.

Within this gated complex, a communal swimming pool and outdoor garden space can be found for everyday outside entertainment and pleasure, for both children and adults, especially suitable for the summer season.

Being located within walking distance of the Mediterranean Sea, just 500m, Levante Residences finds itself conveniently located nearby a wide range of amenities such as coffee shops, luxury boutique stores, gourmet restaurants, supermarkets and sandy beaches.

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PROJECT INFORMATION Occupancy: July 2020 Status: Under construction Area: Mesa Yitonia, Limassol Distance to the sea: 3.4km Larnaca Airport: 64km | Paphos Airport: 68km



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SUGAR HOUSE Sugar House offers a variety of brilliantly designed two, and three-bedroom apartments. All living rooms have oversized double-glazed windows with doors onto private balconies. These properties provide stylish modern living in this prestigious neighbourhood. Features include 24-hour gated access, covered parking for all apartments and private storage areas.


They all offer generous space, comfort and exceedingly high levels of specification and finish. Comprising only 6 extraordinary apartments, Sugar House is an example of outstanding architectural design.

PRIVATE BALCONIES The beautiful private balconies and gourmet kitchens are guaranteed to ignite your love for modern living. All living rooms have oversized double-glazed windows with doors onto private balconies.


Ideally located for the residents’ busy business and social lives, these apartments are located in a quiet residential area of Limassol, in Mesa Yitonia. Sugar House is minutes away from shops and amenities with easy access to all motorway routes and airports.

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PROJECT INFORMATION Occupancy: April 2020 Status: Under construction Area: City Centre, Limassol Distance to the sea: 450m Larnaca Airport: 65km | Paphos Airport: 63km



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MONDRIAN RESIDENCES Living at Mondrian Residences offers a unique and pleasurable experience to all the residents. The signature interiors by Imperio are carefully designed to enhance the sense of light and space throughout the whole project.


A warm yet contemporary design edge to the project, transforming the residences into sophisticated, art-filled homes maximising the internal floor space and the abundant, natural light. All the rooms co-exist and complement each other, creating exceptional living areas that are perfect for relaxation and ease.



Mondrian Residences offers a spacious and stylish glazed reception lobby allows a great flow of energy from the very first moment of entering the building.The spacious and stylish glazed reception lobby allows a great flow of energy from the very first moment of entering the building.

Being situated in the heart of Limassol and lies between the beauty and composure of the city and the seafront within a short walk from all local amenities. Only 65km from Larnaca Airport and 450m distance from the sea.

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PROJECT INFORMATION Occupancy: September 2020 Status: Under construction Area: Pareklissia, Limassol Distance to the sea: 2.5km Larnaca Airport: 55km | Paphos Airport: 74km



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VILLA ECLIPSE Like a shinning jewel, Villa Eclipse is located in a unique position on the hills of Parekklisia in Limassol. Its horizontal design elements bring a deluxe and contemporary edge to the architecture, allowing sunlight to flood the rooms. Featuring a striking outdoor pool and gardens, Eclipse Villa has been flawlessly designed around luxury and comfort to offer its residents genuine serenity and ease.


Villa Eclipse is a 5-bedroom villa, set out in 880 sqm, arranged over 3 floors. The villa benefits from spacious interior and bright with natural light floor to ceiling windows.



Villa Eclipse is set on its own secluded plot of 4,028 sqm. The inviting private swimming pool sits to the side of the villa surrounded by colourful plants and trees, with ample space for sunbathing and relaxation.

Located in Pareklisia, it is a short 20 minute drive to the beautiful city centre of Limassol and a 5 minute drive to the mesmerising beach of Pareklisia. All major amenities can be found within easy reach.

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PROJECT INFORMATION Occupancy: December 2020 Status: Under construction Area: Mesa Yitonia, Limassol Distance to the sea: 3.2km Larnaca Airport: 65km | Paphos Airport: 68.5km



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IMPERIO HOUSE A substantial four floor, corner building, offering a ground floor reception area, and four floors of offices. Furthermore, a cafĂŠ area will be incorporated in the 1st floor and four conference rooms on the 4th floor. The building will be configured in a way to permit a roof garden on the lower roof. Imperio House is offered with a 10-year tenancy in period offering yields reaching 4.85%.


The building provides 1,187 m2 of occupied space plus 474 sqm of basement and mechanical floor and several other benefits which include a sustainable design with lower maintenance and overhead costs. The building also includes all the required furniture, fixture and fittings.


Imperio House is conveniently located in Mesa Yitonia, a popular municipality in Limassol. The development of Imperio House is situated on the prominent Spyrou Kyprianou Avenue. The area is also favourable amongst other reputable companies. Limassol enjoys excellent road communications with the access to the highway in a matter of minutes.


The design philosophy of the building focuses on sustainability, energy efficiency and healthfulness by increasing the efficiency of resource use and reducing building impacts on human health and the environment during the building’s lifecycle. The comprehensive process of design and the use of PV panels in the shell of the building will minimise adverse environmental impacts and will reduce the energy consumption of the building.

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THE 5 MOST ANTICIPATED BUILDINGS OF 2019 As 2018 was an exciting year for all architecture lovers, it is time to look ahead and highlight the buildings that the architecture world is enthusiastically anticipating for 2019. Below are five almost-completed structures that will certainly strike the world this year.

2. Vessel, Heatherwick Studio, New York The Vessel, designed by the world-renowned British practice Heatherwick Studio, received some very negative remarks upon its announcement in 2016. Nonetheless the public opinion seems to differ as the Vessel is actually dominating all social media platforms. The opening of the project is scheduled in spring 2019 while almost all tickets have already sold out!

1. Al Wakrah Stadium, Zaha Hadid Architects, Qatar Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, the Al Wakrah stadium is a remarkable architectural realisation that can seat over 40,000 people, with a folding roof that can extend and retract in just 30 minutes. This is one of the projects that will set Qatar as one of the cities with the most major architectural works.

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4. 1,000 Trees, Heatherwick Studio, Shanghai The remarkable piece of topography “1,000 Trees” is located in Shanghai and takes the form of two tree-covered mountains. Designed by Heatherwick Studio, this megaproject is being built over a land of 300,000 sqm. The project is expecting completion mid to end of 2019. 3. Under, Snohetta, Norway Under is an underwater restaurant that can be easily compared to James Bond movies. The restaurant will feature concrete walls with over-range capacity while the structure will host a dedicated area for marine studies making Under an outstanding marine laboratory. The project is located in a small village in Norway and has already begun to accept reservations while the very first dinner took place in April 2019.

5. National Museum of Qatar, Ateliers Jean NouvelUnder, Qatar Inspired by a local crystal formation called “the desert rose”, the National Museum of Qatar is set to officially open just after spring 2019. Designed by the famous French architect Jean Nouvel, the museum will feature a whole scope of that small nation’s history including the local food, research laboratories, restaurants. Shops and a cafeteria. Once again, Ateliers Jean Nouvel is expected to dazzle the world with the opening of this architectural marvel.


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In view of the 10th anniversary celebrations, the world famous shoe designer Charlotte Olympia announced her collaboration with the French luxury bakery and sweets maker house Laduree. The outcome is a very embellished presentation box that drew inspiration for Charlotte’s signature leopard print. The box contains eight Laduree macaroons of chocolate and Earl Grey tea flavours. Along with the special macaroons, the renowned shoe designer and the famous Parisian patisserie have also created a very particular loose tea that blends Indian and Chinese black teas with chocolate, almonds and bergamot. Once again, the presentation box is decorated with the iconic leopard on a background of a golden spider’s web. This partnership has indeed managed to combine high tea with high heels, celebrating a decade of glamour.

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MARCOS ZAMBARTAS Legend has it that wine originated from Cyprus when the Goddess of love, Aphrodite, was taught by her besotted lover Dionysus how to vinify grapes. Indeed, Cyprus’s iconic port-like Commandaria is in fact the world’s oldest regionally identified wine still in production and still made from the same indigenous grape varieties, Mavro and Xynisteri. Marcos Zambartas is a young and energetic Cypriot winemaker and the owner of Zambartas wineries. His business is located in the scenic Krasochoria region, more specifically in the village of Agios Amvrosios, where one can visit and experience the art of winemaking up close and personal. Marcos runs the winery together with his wife Marleen and their dedicated team.

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What motivated you to join the wine industry and to subsequently become a winemaker? Marcos Zambartas: The science of oenology has been practiced by the Zambartas family for the past 50 years. Together with my late father I have visited many wine regions across the world and have developed an affinity to the exciting world of wine. Being versed to chemistry from a young age, and later at university, it was straightforward to specialise further in oenology. Being a winemaker is a job out of the ordinary which resonates substantially to me. Do you consider your approach to viticulture and winemaking to be different to others? MZ:One of the beauties of owning a small winery is that I can express my inner self when creating a wine without deviating from what the consumer expects. Thus, my approach differs from others by being very personal. In practical terms,

in viticulture and winemaking we apply minimal intervention by working along with nature and not against it. In the vineyards, we follow organic practices and avoid preventative spraying. Instead we promote the natural defences of the vineyard, encourage biodiversity, and observe for vine disease, curing it at its source with mild and locally applied organic substances. We achieve minimal intervention and unnecessary use of additives in winemaking because the grapes we source are of exceptionally good quality and the ergonomic design of the winery facilitates mild handling of the grapes and of the produced wine. How involved do you get in the vineyard? MZ: In my early days as a winemaker I was involved in all aspects of viticulture. From cultivation of the ground to loading crates full of grapes for transport to the winery. Nowadays, we have a dedicated team to cultivate the vineyards and

my role is to offer the guidelines for responsible viticulture and efficient practices. Do you have any varieties you prefer to work with? MZ: I have a particular liking to make quality and expressive wine from Cypriot grape varieties, which other winemakers consider incapable of producing. Namely Mavro and Xinisteri. What would you consider your greatest achievement as a winemaker? MZ: My greatest achievement to date is the production of the ‘Single Vineyard Xynisteri’. This white wine elevated the consumers’ perception of this variety from an ordinary grape, to one that produces high quality and age-worthy white wines. Other winemakers have embarked on producing this style of wine now.

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Your Rosé wine has put Cyprus on the map for quality Rosé wines. Can you talk about how you craft your style of Rosé which shows both elegance and opulence? MZ: Zambartas winery broke the norms when its rosé was first produced in 2006, and is still going strong today. It was deliberately produced to be darker in colour than the average rosé wine, with explosive aroma and luscious taste. When we designed this wine, we had identified the grape varieties to give the organoleptic profile, the right vineyards and we took the risk of macerating the crushed berries for a length of time not advised by any wine consultant. The outcome was worth the risks. What’s the best part of your job? MZ: The actual production period, or the harvest as winemakers call it. It is the time when nothing else matters much. All the energy and focus is channelled to make the best possible wine at a time that nature dictates the deadlines, and mistakes are rarely forgiven. When you are not enjoying Zambartas wines, what are some of your favourite wines in the world? What is your cellar like? MZ: I can drink champagne (or other quality sparkling wine) from 10am to midnight. Not because of the glamour associated with it but because I know how painstakingly difficult is to produce these delicious wines and the risks associated. My cellar is stocked up with wines that were given to me as presents or bought during my wine travels. In any case they are wines that bring up warm memories of dear friends and moments when enjoyed.

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What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the wine industry right now? MZ: There are quite a few challenges the wine industry is facing currently. The younger consumers seem not to acquire a liking for wine, the distribution channels are narrowing down, and irresponsible drink driving is not helping consumption. Wineries need to be innovative in their approach to consumers to thrive. Do you have any new plans or new releases coming up? MZ: Always! We have produced a red wine in 2017 from a vineyard planted in 1921! The wine will be launched sometime in Spring 2019 and it will be only available at the winery for tasting and sales.  It is a red wine style long forgotten on the island and I am very excited to reintroduce it the market. Light style and ideal for our warm summer.Â

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The Icon is designed to stand at an impressive 21 storeys high offering plenty of opulent amenities to ensure the most memorable experience for both residents and non-residents. The project's residences, with a starting price of ₏600,000, feature private elevator landings, floor-to-ceiling glass doors, concealed air-conditioning units and a full installation of under-floor heating providing the residences with thermal serenity and comfort. The Icon will feature a striking infinity-edge swimming pool with unobstructed sea-views on the 10th floor while a gourmet restaurant will also be accomodated on the same floor. Extensive in-house amenities and services including a 24-hour security gated enclosure, concierge, housekeeping and many more, aim to elevate the living experience at The Icon. The residential tower begun construction in February 2018 and will jet 125 metres into the air upon its completion in 2020. At that lofty height, The Icon will be Limassol’s third-tallest after ONE and Trilogy Limassol Seafront.

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“People want views. This will be a gamechanger for the upper echelon of Limassol and Cyprus,” asserts says Yiannis Misirlis, chief executive of Imperio. The Icon is the latest example of a race skyward among luxury residential developers in Cyprus. With the housing market in full swing, developers are taking multifamily buildings to staggering new heights, vying for the title of tallest tower and the prestige that translate into larger returns on investment while delivering the breathtaking views buyers are seeking. On or near Limassol’s coastline, where a finite amount of land and increased demand have made vertical living common, the race to build the highest and most luxurious homes has heated up. For every tall residential tower that begins construction, another boasting more stories at higher metres enters the approval process. Once finished, the diamond-shaped The Icon will become the city’s 3rd tallest residential tower with penthouses on the 20th and 21st floors that are being marketed for €11 million each. “I believe that everyone wants to be at the top of every building… because of the view,” says

Mr Misirlis. “As you go up in The Icon, apartments get more expensive so we are trying to get as much of the space as possible out of the base that is locked in and has no view corridor and move it up to the top where it has more value.” Value, indeed. To begin financing the project, Imperio brought 10 of the roughly 60 units to market in early 2018. All 10 units were reserved in one week, says Mr Misirlis. For the top floors, which will span roughly 250 sqm per unit, the catalogue prices per sqm are €15,000. In New York and Miami, where high-rise penthouses boasting palatial indoor-outdoor floorplans with expansive water views have been fetching record sums, a collection of new condo towers are in various stages of planning and development, most notably in Brickell and the downtown area. Developer Tibor Hollo recently announced plans for the Panorama Tower, a rental building to be finished in 2018 that will reportedly stand 250 metres tall. That height that will make it Florida’s tallest building. Earlier this month New York-based developer Property Markets Group unveiled its plans for a 220-metre, 60-story luxury condo building called Echo Brickell.

“For developers, it makes more financial sense to build a bigger project. Prime-location land is scarce and to increase profit the only way to go is up,” explains Mr Misirlis, chief executive at Limassol’s Imperio. He says building higher is a win-win for everyone: buyers will pay more for higher units with killer views and lofty seclusion, while developers ultimately increase their profit margins. But those 360-degree, miles-long views come at a tradeoff. Outdoor space like terraces and rooftop gardens are a bit of an experience at such heights. The Icon has large private terraces at all levels, but private rooftop gardens only for the penthouses.

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The super high-rise residential trend has taken root in cities abroad as well. In Dubai, the new mega-tall Princess Tower, which was finished in 2013, currently enjoys the title of world’s tallest residential tower at 412 metres tall with 101 stories above-ground overlooking the Persian Gulf. In London, the Shard, a mixed-use glass structure housing a five-star hotel, offices and 10 multimilliondollar residences, opened to the public in July 2012. At 308 metres tall, it’s Western Europe’s new tallest building. In 2012, the mixed-use Trump International Hotel & Tower in Toronto became Canada’s tallest residential building at 275 metres, including spire. And the 170-metre Tour Odeon in Monaco is the principality’s tallest structure, touting a 3,200 sqm mega penthouse expected to become the world’s most expensive. In Tel Aviv, Meieron-Rothschild offers 37 stories of luxury residences, including a €42 million penthouse peddling a private pool and a master bedroom with Jacuzzi. The 180 metre tower, designed by “starchitect” Richard Meier and developed by Berggruen Residential, is the Israeli city’s tallest building.

Developers in Cyprus have to take certain construction factors into account when building taller. Proposals can take longer to approve. In some cases, the Cyprus Aviation Administration has to vet the project to ensure that the building won’t interfere with airplane flight paths. There are also higher initial costs for developers. To go taller, first developers must dig deeper, building foundations that plunge as many as six stories underground. And tall towers, especially skinny ones on smaller footprints, tend to sway, which can be especially perceptible at upper levels. Expensive ultrafast elevators must be installed too, since regular models slow down as they move higher into the air, especially on windy

days. New buildings are including back-up generators that can keep lifts running in a blackout. Still wealthy buyers from around the world are plunking down record sums to pop their ears living at altitude. “To some extent there is a feeling of triumph to be very high up. It’s a status symbol,” muses Mr Misirlis. “This gives buyers a good feeling about their view and their self-image.” Yiannis Misirlis is the founder and director of award-winning property developer Imperio in Limassol, the Deputy-Chairman of the Cyprus Property Developers Association (LBDA), and a member of the Board of Directors of the Limassol Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI), and of the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce & Industry (CCCI).

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COOL GADGETS Gadgets form an integral part of our lives. They are essentially small tools or machines intended to perform a specific function. Some of them make our lives easier, faster and more stylish. With the evolution of modern age, more and more gadgets see the light, and we found some of the coolest ones to share with you. The main concept was to find something easy to use and transfer, minimal and useful.


WEARABLE CALENDAR COUNTDOWN TIMEPIECES The ‘Piece of Time’ is a new minimal timepiece, which will help you to eliminate the need of checking your schedule on your smartphone. Designed by Ben Koros, the small device works by being attached to your body as a pendant, a clip or a bracelet. It alerts you when your next task or appointment is ready to be completed. It has a countdown LED indicators that help you to know how much time you have left. ‘Piece of Time’ helps you be organised and in schedule without distracting you from what you are doing or losing time checking your smartphone.

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WYREX WIRELESS MULTI-DEVICE CHARGERS Wyrex is the ultimate way to charge multiple devices simultaneously. Through a magnetic induction technology ‘Qi’, on Wyrex we can charge devices (smartphones, smartwatches and earphones) wirelessly. Wyrex is a great time saver as it is 30% faster compared with other wireless chargers. You can power up both Android and iOS devices, Apple Watches and AirPods.

ZUTA THE ROBOTIC POCKET PRINTER The portable pocket robotic printer, which knows how to make our lives easier. In other words, ZUtA is a small robot, that runs across the paper and prints while doing so. It’s so small that it can fit on a hand palm and also it can print from your phone on any paper size. ZUtA has a rechargeable battery with an on/off switch and it can be charged with a USB connection. The idea of this small robotic printer was born in 2013 and after the Kickstarter campaign on the 2014, the first Kickstarter orders were placed in 2015.

The body of Wyrex is made of plastic, with subtle grooves on the front that indicate where devices can be placed to charge. Below the plastic body, there are four coins, each one for each of the four devices. A great opportunity to save money and a quick charge up to four devices at the same time.



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Every home requires a vacuum cleaner, which is always saved in storage to not take much space at home. A handheld vacuum cleaner is much useful rather than the big ones. Now with the conceptual and stylish ‘Drip’ hand-

held vacuum cleaner comes to change our opinion of ugly and useless vacuums. ‘Drip’ has designed to change the image of ugliness with its sculptural aesthetic that oozes elegance. Its design transforms the essential

COZMO THE TINY TOY ROBOT BY ANKI Its name is Cozmo, a clever little robot with a mind and heart of its own, by Anki. A great company to hangout and have fun with. His personality will amaze you. Cozmo has its own real emotions in response to his environment. He can interact with the world around him and make decisions based on his mood. Cozmo’s functions are condensed into simple drag and drop blocks that are easy to string together, he is programmed to be accessible enough for anyone to enjoy. Don’t get surprised if you see him exploring the environment, he will be because this is his nature and he always remember and reacts to it. Right on the screen you might see his emotions, through his two small eyes. If he plays, he always like to win. It comes with his own charger and 3 Power Cubes and it requires a free application and the processing power of your compatible smartphones or tablet.

appliance into a focal point in the home and it can be left out of the storage without looking out of place. In few words, it can be fitted in every room at home. ‘Drip’ is designed by Christoph Andrejcic.


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If you are a big fan of cocktails and looking for an extra cool gadget that will help you shake your magic recipes, then Asprey is what you are looking for. This 29cm-tall hallmarked sterling-silver shaker, with bayonetfit lid and red enamel detail on the fins, has a one-litre capacity. Asprey is influenced by early 20th Century design. The Rocket Cocktail Shaker is made in London workshops and it needs a kind of gentle cleaning with a silver cloth wiping light surface marks.


BEYOND OBJECT A minimal align pen that opens and closes in an asymmetric shape. The founders of the pen from the London-based studio (Hanhsi Chen and Shikai Tseng) gave this function an asymmetric shape, explaining how the human mind tends to organise information. The ‘align pen’ is divided into three parts, with the middle section misaligned with the rest of the shaft – dislocated with a twist – when it is closed. Furthermore, it offers a pleasant and practical grip. The entire material used to manufacture the pen is from aerospace grade aluminium. The inner elements include gears made out of brass, a material used in many clockwork mechanisms. The ‘align pen’ comes in a matte black or matte silver finish and in a mini version as well, composed of two sections rather than three.

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THE PEOPLE OUT THERE ARE YOUR PLATFORM Michael Virardi Trainer | Speaker | Author www.michaelvirardi.com

Stylianos walked in through the café door with his usual confident swagger and sat next to me. He had just finished a meeting with the owner of one of the biggest law firms in Cyprus.

Asked for advice on how to best prepare the firm to embrace a future driven by technology, Stylianos had replied, without a moment’s hesitation: “When Amazon started in 1994, they had far fewer resources than your law firm did at the time. The difference is that, for the last 29 years you’ve been hiring lawyers while they were hiring engineers and computer scientists.”


Beyond Limits I have a confession to make. Don’t get carried away by my Social Media consistency. If it wasn’t for my trusted friends and associates, I would even have trouble resetting my e-mail password. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the rapid development of new technology have occasionally made me feel deeply uncomfortable but my thirst to learn and hone my craft as a speaker and trainer is always pushing me to go beyond my limits. I have always had a strong desire to grasp the future with both hands and open the black box of AI, knowing all the while that, if I succeed, I might not be able to handle what’s inside. I knew that there was only one place where I could at least try that – and it was miles away. So I pressed “pause” on all my business commitments and decided to fly to Silicon Valley and experience the “Exponential Innovation Program” at Singularity University. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. A Changed Mindset At Singularity University, I soaked up the incredible atmosphere, I learned from some of the world’s finest minds and I even walked across a narrow high-rise bridge on an augmented reality platform, feeling as if my days were over! I gained many deep insights and learnt things that will surely form a part of many of my future keynote addresses, workshops and blog posts. Most importantly of all, I came home with a changed mindset. From Linear to Exponential Never mind the law firm that can charge one wealthy client a million euros. You can make a million euros by charging a million people one euro each. So, the real question is: “How do you serve a million people?” The answer is by shifting your mindset from linear to exponential. This means investing in

scaling the knowledge rather than in scaling the number of people. Google did not print seven billion world maps, even though it could have easily done so. Instead, the company hired engineers and invested time and effort in creating a single state-of-the-art digital map that can serve seven billion people. Similarly, Airbnb became the biggest accommodation provider in the world without owning any rooms; Alibaba is the most valuable retailer in the world and yet it has no inventory; Uber became the biggest global taxi firm without owning a single taxi and Facebook is now the world’s most popular media owner but it creates no content. According to Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg (authors of How Google Works), technology companies always think “platforms, not product.” Hence, Airbnb is a platform for the lodging industry while Uber is a platform for personal transportation services. Based on this concept, there is every reason to believe that, sooner rather than later, the biggest law firms in the world might have no lawyers! They will need platforms, though. Open Minds. Open Hearts. Open Sources. No-one doubts the talent of professional advertising agencies when it comes to promoting products but can you imagine what might happen if your company decided to give consumers a chance at creating your advertisements? Disaster, right? Wrong! That’s exactly what Doritos did in 2006 with their annual Super Bowl Ad. It was a risky, radical and bold move but it paid off. “Crash the Super Bowl” did not just give Doritos an incredible sales boost but is now widely seen as a groundbreaking innovation that put crowdsourced ads on the map. This concept doesn’t apply exclusively to advertising. For 15 years, scientists had struggled with finding a way to fold proteins in the human body in their efforts to target and eradicate diseases. The University of Washington’s Department of Biochemistry

was eventually persuaded to collaborate with the university’s Centre for Game Science and turned protein folding into an online video game. Ten days after it went online, the first problem was solved – not by a scientist but by an American housewife. The People Out There Are Your Platform. As Bill Joy, the co-founder of Sun Microsystems says: “No matter who you are, most of the smartest people in the world work for someone else.” The realization that there are smarter people than us out there creates a space for connection and collaboration. Our ability to grow as human beings will be determined by how willing we are to learn from an increasing number of active contributors and how courageous we are to share our own ideas, learn from feedback and overcome the fear of failure. More importantly, it is all about our eagerness to open up and let in people who can contribute to our lives in meaningful ways. Open platforms can drive exponential growth for businesses but open minds and open hearts can drive exponential growth in people. Times are changing and the Internet era is rapidly transforming people from passive spectators into active contributors. Step Into The Future The consequences of the vast technological advancements of the last few years are now coming into sharp focus, from the automated Volvo mechanic recruiting system to AI-powered computer assistants like Siri and Alexa. It’s hard to grasp it all at once but books like Peter H. Diamandis’ Bold and Yuval Noah Harari’s Homo Deus have mapped out the various possibilities for our future. Despite the uncertainty regarding the exact consequences of these technologies (Will they help or harm us?), most of the opportunities, risks and complications are already being laid out in front of us. Technology and AI are growing exponentially. The question is, will we humans step exponentially into the future too?

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His answer startled me. It doubtless startled the Head of the Law Firm too. Little did I know that our short chat over coffee would lead me a few months later to the other side of the Atlantic on what turned out to be a modernday personal journey of discovery.

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LIMASSOL’S MARINE PROTECTED PARADISE Photographs: Department of Fisheries and Marine Research

In an effort to enhance fish stocks and the marine biodiversity of Limassol, the Department of Fisheries and Marine Research (DFMR) saw the need of the creation of Marine Protected Areas with Artificial Reefs. Artificial reefs have the same characteristics as natural reefs that act as nursery grounds by providing space for reproduction, growth, feeding and refuge for marine organism.

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The Marine Protected Area in Limassol consists of two artificial shipwrecks, Lady Thetis and Constandis, and one artificial reef where scuba diving lovers can jump head first in the magical waters of Limassol. Lady Thetis, a Cypriot passenger ship, sunk in February 2014 to be used as a recreational dive site, can be accessed via a vessel from the marina adjacent to the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Lady Thetis lies in 19 metres of water and has large openings for novice and advanced divers with easy swim-throughs and penetration options for the adventurous types.

Constandis, a fishing trawler, sunk along with Lady Thetis in February 2014 can also be accessed via a vessel from the marina adjacent to the Crowne Plaza Hotel. She lies in 23 metres of water and has some great things to view on the outside. There are also some easy penetration options for adventurous divers. Both vessels have been deployed in Dasoudi area and are very popular with divers and snorkelers. Between the two artificial shipwrecks, lies an artificial reef that consists of deliber-

What is truly remarkable is the great number of divers who come from all around the world just to dive in the striking waters of the island. Cyprus offers divers more than 50 scuba diving locations for discovery, these are just a few. Throw out the anchor!

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ately submerged structures with flat surfaces and cervices, amphorae and other shapes made out of marine cement, steel, limestone and clay. Nature is taking over these structures with marine biodiversity constantly expanding and consequently enhancing fish stocks and marine life. Needless to say that fishing is not allowed in the Marine Protected Areas!

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Levante is the name of a wind that blows across the Mediterranean, changing in force from one moment to the next. The tempestuous new Levante Trofeo SUV expresses that same power, capable of transforming from benign calm to raging storm in an instant. Yet, regardless of its spellbinding acceleration, no Maserati road car would ever sacrifice luxury for performance. Accordingly, the sporting interior of the Levante Trofeo offers all the comfort of a prestigious SUV, built to the enduring principles of Maserati grand touring. Thunderous performance and luxurious italian style. The first Maserati Levante built around a V8 engine. It is the Levante Trofeo, the ultimate Maserati of SUVs, capable of accelerating in style from 0-100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and reaching a top speed of over 300 km/h. One of the most powerful engines ever fitted in a Maserati. A 3.8-litre Twin Turbo V8 engine that has been engineered to perfectly mate with the Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel Drive System and delivers an astounding 590 hp at 6,250 rpm and 730 Nm of peak torque at 2,250 – 5,000 rpm. The engine boasts the highest output per litre (156 hp/litre) of any Maserati power-

plant ever produced and, like all Maserati gasoline engines, is assembled by Ferrari in Maranello, Italy. The chassis of the fastest Levante ever has been tuned to handle the higher power output and provides an exhilarating driving experience with no compromise in terms of comfort. This tuning ensures the Levante Trofeo continues to embody the essence of the Maserati GranTurismo philosophy with supercar performance. A new storm has arrived. The Levante design has reached new levels of sportiness in this top of the line Trofeo. The elegant restyling was mainly focused on the

lower front fascia and the rear bumper and is underlined by the 22-inch forged aluminium “Orione” wheels – the largest ever fitted on a Maserati – available in both polished and matte finishes. “It’s proof that when you play with the elements you end up in a storm”, says Maserati CEO Tim Kuniskis. “In the case of Trofeo, the engineers and designers in Modena knew that the driveline parameters were more than able to cope with additional power and they also knew that Maserati had access to the finest engines on earth. So, they were up to the challenge of making the finest luxury SUV also one of the fastest”.

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Power under control. Maserati engineers developed the mighty 3.8-litre Twin Turbo V8 engine to accommodate the Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system, providing it with a new crankcase design, specific crankshaft assembly, new oil pump and auxiliary belt and a different wiring layout. New turbochargers feature increased flow, while redesigned cylinder heads with specific camshafts and valves, different pistons and new connecting rods allow the ability to reach the maximum power targets in combination with specific engine calibration mapping. The Levante Trofeo is definitely one of the fastest SUVs ever built with a top speed of over 300 km/h. Thanks to its remarkable weight/power ratio of 3.6 kg/hp the Trofeo needs only 3.9 seconds to reach 100 km/h and only 34.5 metres of braking distance to get back to a complete stop. The new “Corsa" Driving mode with Launch Control functionality in addition to the existing Normal, I.C.E., Sport and Off Road modes has been adopted to enhance the

athletic character of the ultimate Maserati SUV. “Corsa” driving mode further improves engine response and opens exhaust valves in acceleration, as well as provides faster gear shifting, lower air suspension height levels, sportier Skyhook damping and optimised Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel Drive settings and interacts with Traction Control and ESP systems to maximise driving pleasure. The Maserati Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC) system has been incorporated for the first time in a Levante, for impressive driving dynamics, better performance and a genuine Maserati driving experience, by helping to prevent vehicle instability, instead of correcting “driver mistakes” as a traditional Electronic Stability Program (ESP) system does. Limited series Levante Trofeo launch edition. The Levante Trofeo launch edition will be available in eight unique exterior colors including the following exclusive exterior features: 22-inch forged aluminium wheels with three-season performance tyres or new 21-inch wheels with all-season tyres, in a gloss finish and dark details, like black

daylight openings (DLO) and fog light rings, as well as Black Chrome Maserati badges, Trofeo “Saetta” logos, side air vents and trunk accent. The Trofeo launch edition interior is even more individual, featuring natural “Pieno Fiore” leather sport seats available in black, tan or red with contrast stitching. Black leather with blue or yellow stitching is exclusive to the launch edition and all feature the new matte carbon fibre wave interior trim. A serialised launch edition badge integrated on the center console featuring the customer’s name, has also been added to underline the unique character of the Trofeo launch edition.

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PHILIPPE STARCK REPLACES LEATHER SKIN WITH APPLE FABRIC Philippe Starck is a vegetarian French innovative designer, who gives an alternative tendency to furniture fabric. He created a furniture collection for Cassina – a high-end furniture brand, called Apple Ten Lork. This collection has the peculiarity to be upholstered in vegan fabric. Starck has designed in total 16 pieces for Cassina, including the Volage EX-S sofaredesigned with a thinner arm rest, the Privè collection and the Caprice and Passion chairs. The Italian brand had the desire for new alternative materials embarking with an experimental process. “Cassina’s DNA has always been strongly identified by its drive for research and development,” said the brand. “This is a first move in looking at what alternatives are available.” Frumat mentioned that the main idea was to drive furniture collection into a more biobased tendency and “to transform biological industrial residuals into a new raw.” Apple Ten Lork is made from apple cores and skins, biological industrial waste products. The exclusive apple skin materials are manufactured by the Italian eco-friendly company Frumat and can be found in white, orange and black colours. “Those residuals, classified as special waste, otherwise got put in landfill or in some cases are burned,” explained Frumat. Apples are the new leather in vegan furniture collection.

The collection was displaced in Cassina’s Paris showroom, where it has been reconfigured to tell three stories about apples, regarding the material used. The first story was about Adam and Eve with giant reproductions of Albrecht Durer’s 1507 paintings of the characters. The second one was about Newton’s theory of gravity, which was found when an apple fell from a tree and hit his head. And the third one referred the famous portrait of a man with a large green apple floating in front of his face by the famous Belgian surrealist painter Magritte. Starck’s hope is to urge the consumers to think about the products they purchase and focus on the materials they are made of. “A leather sofa is beautiful and comfortable, but why stop there? We pretend not to hear the question, but we really need to find other solutions,” Philippe Starck mentioned. He wants to respect the vegetal path to mutual respect and looking for animal-free alternatives to leather with many turning to food waste to make their visions a reality. Starck wants to promote a cruelty-free ethos as a vegetarian designer and continue finding other innovative ways, which we will be able to use in the place of leather skin, fur, feathers, etc.

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Being as healthy as possibly you can, not only means eating a variety of healthy foods, but also being active and understand the nutrients needed to protect the immune system, bones and whole body. Keeping yourself in a healthy mode, you lower the risk of developing health problems. To improve your health, you should have a balanced nutritional diet.

Our current mood is ‘Eat better, Feel better’. Healthy nutrition has already taken place in our daily routine. Most people nowadays pay attention to what’s going on in their mouth. Products that offer well-being, tasty ingredients that have a high nutritional value are sought after. These categories of products shield our health and make us feel revitalised. Healthy and tasty products, high in vitamins and antioxidants can be found in several stores and restaurants in Limassol.

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2GO Concept Store 2GO is located at Old Port in Limassol, a store where you can find delicious and healthy beverages, like freshly grounded Illy coffee, cold pressed juices and healthy cocktails. If you are hungry though or you need to stop for a snack then this is your place with tasty donuts, sandwiches and freshly made salads. Old port Limassol | 25 371500

Simply Fresh Simply Fresh is located at Ayias Fylaxeos in Limassol city, a store with a simple philosophy and a taste journey in modern and oriental flavours. There you can find fresh food, made with the best ingredients, carefully selected, combine different choices in salads and sandwiches and create your own snack. If you keep yourself too busy and do not have time to go home, then you are able to order your light meals through their online menu. Simply Fresh also has a catering service for large or small receptions and private parties. You have to try the plate of the day. 76A Ayias Fylaxeos, Limassol | 25 335150

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Green Life A well-being world, full of healthy combinations of fresh juices, smoothies, ice-creams, salads and even more delicious low fat products. In Green Life, they aim to deliver products by using the very best natural ingredients and at the same time keep them tasty. 1 Anastasi Sioukri, Themis Tower, shop 8, Neapoli, 3105, Limassol | 77778586

Theta Cuisine – Gluten Free Restaurant Theta Cuisine is located in Limassol with international, Mediterranean and European modern and healthy dishes. It is the first gluten and dairy-free restaurant in Cyprus, which bridges the gap between healthy and delicious by focusing on the quality of ingredients being used. Their dishes look like a colour palette, as they try to keep them pleasant to the eye. At Theta Cuisine daily they bake their own fresh gluten free breads and have a variety of Cashew cheeses in a variety of flavours. In the interior you will notice paintings, sculptures, and other creations, as they support local artists by hosting their art and design pieces every month. 9 Andrea Drousioti Limassol | 25 013738

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The Superfood Bar Hippocrates (460-322 B. C.) once said that ‘Food is your medicine and medicine is your Food’. Fresh, tasty and healthy food is being offered at all times of the day. The Superfood Bar pays attention on a better way of life with superfood dishes, services and pleasure. You can find it at Riga Fereou in Limassol, with all the types of salads, pizzas, sandwiches, super smoothies. Instead of the ready-made dishes, you are also able to create your own dishes, using their super fresh ingredients. 2 Riga Fereou, 3095 Limassol | 25 260 260

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It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work, Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson Publisher: HarperCollins

The Econocracy: The Perils of Leaving Economics to the Experts, Joe Earle Publisher: Manchester Capitalism

In this timely manifesto, the authors of the New York Timesbestseller Rework broadly reject the prevailing notion that long hours, aggressive hustle, and "whatever it takes" are required to run a successful business today.

One hundred years ago the idea of 'the economy' didn't exist. Now, improving the economy has come to be seen as perhaps the most important task facing modern societies. Politics and policymaking are conducted in the language of economics and economic logic shapes how political issues are thought about and addressed. The result is that the majority of citizens, who cannot speak this language, are locked out of politics while political decisions are increasingly devolved to experts. The econocracy explains how economics came to be seen this way - and the damaging consequences. It opens up the discipline and demonstrates its inner workings to the wider public so that the task of reclaiming democracy can begin.

In Rework, Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson introduced a new path to working effectively. Now, they build on their message with a bold, iconoclastic strategy for creating the ideal company culture—what they call "the calm company." Their approach directly attack the chaos, anxiety, and stress that plagues millions of workplaces and hampers billions of workers every day. Brief Answers to the Big Questions, Stephen Hawking Publisher: John Murray

This Bleeding City, Alex Preston Publisher: Faber and Faber

Stephen Hawking was the most renowned scientist since Einstein, known both for his groundbreaking work in physics and cosmology and for his mischievous sense of humor. He educated millions of readers about the origins of the universe and the nature of black holes, and inspired millions more by defying a terrifying early prognosis of ALS, which originally gave him only two years to live. In later life he could communicate only by using a few facial muscles, but he continued to advance his field and serve as a revered voice on social and humanitarian issues.

Charlie Wales is a young man who wants everything. Fresh from University, he's seduced by the excitement of a new life in London and all that it promises. There's Vero, the beautiful French girl who might finally fall for him. There's the lure of art, but also the promise of fast money in the City. And his friends, who are spiralling into a world of non-stop parties and unchecked greed. But as the choices begin to tear him apart, there's also the danger that all the things he desires are on the brink of crashing around him. This debut novel, written by a 30-year-old trader, does not merely pick over the carcass of the financial markets in the wake of the recent crash.

Digital Minimalism : On Living Better with Less Technology, Cal Newport Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies, Nick Bostrom Publisher: Oxford University Press

Read Digital Minimalism and you'll never again mindlessly sacrifice your productivity to clickbait or lose 40 minutes of your evening to your Instagram feed.

Superintelligence asks the questions: What happens when machines surpass humans in general intelligence? Will artificial agents save or destroy us? Nick Bostrom lays the foundation for understanding the future of humanity and intelligent life. The human brain has some capabilities that the brains of other animals lack. If machine brains surpassed human brains in general intelligence, then this new superintelligence could become extremely powerful - possibly beyond our control. As the fate of the gorillas now depends more on humans than on the species itself, so would the fate of humankind depend on the actions of the machine superintelligence.

In this timely and enlightening book, Cal Newport introduces a philosophy for technology use that has already improved countless lives. Digital minimalists are all around us. They're the calm, happy people who can hold long conversations without furtive glances at their phones. They can have fun with friends and family and eat out at restaurants without the obsessive urge to document the experience.

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Cyprus is a beautiful island, whatever time of year you visit, and there is something of interest for all the family. Whilst it is lovely just to relax by the hotel pool or on a beach in the shade of a sun umbrella, the magic of Aphrodite’s Island will tug at your curiosity begging you to discover her many secrets... Visit Kykkos Monastery and the ten UNESCO churches Kykkos Monastery nestles in the Troodos Mountains and is said to be the wealthiest Greek Orthodox monastery. Visitors are captivated by its serene character and wealth of treasures in its Byzantine Museum, and rising early to join the monks for their morning prayers is certainly a memorable experience. Situated in the mountains too, are the ten Byzantine painted churches with their steeply pitched roofs and marvellous wall frescoes, each one considered so special that it appears on the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List.

Dive for it! The crystal clear waters that surround Cyprus are perfect for scuba diving and if you have never explored “life under the waves”, there are PADI and NAUI courses available through Diving Centres. There are both day and night dives available including fascinating cave systems and shipwrecks - including one of the top ten wrecks in the world. MS Zenobia lies just off the coast near Larnaca and was a Swedish ferry that sank in 42 metres of water on her maiden voyage, taking her cargo worth €2.6 million with her.

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Get on “the wild side” in Akamas The Akamas peninsula stands to the north-west of Paphos and is the perfect place to discover the diversity of the Cyprus landscape and wildlife. The Avakas Gorge lies on its southern fringes and is perfect early in the morning when the silence is broken only by goat bells. The Lara headland is where the successful turtle conservation project has been run by volunteers for more than 25 years. The project has successfully ensured the protection of the Green (Chelonas mydas) and Loggerhead (Caretta caretta) turtles that come ashore each summer to lay their precious clutches of eggs.

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Shakespeare at Curium The second century theatre perches on a clifftop and the sound of the waves below is just audible. The theatre has superb acoustics that have amazed modern specialists as it is possible to stand in the centre of the stage and to quietly speak and the words to be heard clearly throughout the theatre. Throughout the year, a variety of musical and dramatic performances are performed in the stunning setting of the theatre, including an annual performance of a popular Shakespearean play which has taken place each June since 1961 to raise funds for local charities.

Enjoy the Limassol Coastal Walk In recent years, the coast at Limassol has been sensitively renovated with a broad new walkway that is wheelchair - friendly and used by families, friends and joggers as the perfect meeting place for a leisurely stroll. The walk begins near the town’s castle and heads eastwards towards the archaeological site of Ancient Amathus and beyond, passing the gardens of many of the island’s top hotels.

Cheers to Cyprus wines! A few years ago, scientific tests by a team of Italian archaeologists on stone jars uncovered in Erimi (west of Limassol) confirmed that the island was the first country in Europe to produce wine and that it has done so since 3500 BC. The history of the island’s wines can be traced by visiting the Wine Museum in Erimi, the Commandaria Museum in the mountain village of Zoopygi, any of the wine producers which range in size, from small family-run wineries to the “big four” - ETKO, KEO, LOEL and SODAP and the Limassol Wine Festival which takes place every August, attracting wine lovers from all over Europe.

Swim in Nissi Beach! Located in the area of Ayia Napa, Nissi Beach is one of the most famous sandy beaches on the island. The name derives from the small islet near by the sea called Nissi. The length of the entire beach is approximately 500 metres with its waters being crystal clear blue, hence awarded with a blue flag designation. Nissi Beach attracts a large number of foreign and local clubbers who come to party on this area during summertime.

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Ski Cyprus! Cyprus is an island of contrasts, and whilst it is a popular winter sun destination, not so many people know that it offers good skiing too! Mount Olympus (1,952 metres) is the highest peak in the Troodos Mountains. From the beginning of January through March (and sometimes through April), the mountains are deep in snow and are transformed into a winter wonderland that is reminiscent of the Austrian Tyrol! There are four main ski slopes with six different runs all of Alpine standard and varying in length from 100 - 500 metres.


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1. Fujifilm Instax instant camera, €125 The Instax Square SQ6 from Fujifilm is stylish, with a perfect mix of modern and retro looks, simple to use, and produces large square images that just feel right. The camera comes with host of creative shooting modes (including automatic, selfie, macro and landscape modes) and even coloured flash filters. If you want a bit more creative control, you can choose to manually adjust exposure yourself with Lighten and Darken modes, or even create a Double Exposure to super-impose two images into one.

2. Leica instant camera, €280 The retro-modern Sofort instant camera can take monochrome or colour film, has a mirror on the front for selfies and can be personalised with an engraving. There’s no monitor to frame your shots, but you do get a basic viewfinder, and a display which tells you which mode you’re in, how many shots you’ve got left and so on. It uses the miniature Instax format. It is also available in white, yellow, black and multicoloured.

3. Fujifilm Instax Square SQ10, €180 With its rounded edge, yet boxy, appearance, the SQ10 isn’t exactly pocket friendly, but by comparison to some of the others available, it manages to appear quite sleek. It’s a hybrid digital and analogue camera, which essentially means it’s a digital camera with an inbuilt printer - this is good for a couple of reasons. Firstly, you can make sure you actually do want to print your shot before you waste your film, and it gives you a digital backup of your shot should you need it.



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Louis Vuitton has launched a pair of wireless earbuds for the fashion conscious audiophile in collaboration with New York city-based audio company Master & Dynamic. Inspired by its visual universe, the Louis Vuitton Horizon Earphones feature the famous LV monogram. The wireless earbuds mark the French fashion house’s first forray into the world of audio and retail for €880.


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By Antonis Rouvas Board Member | KPMG Ltd arouvas@kpmg.com

The overall assets as well as the number of investment funds in Cyprus have significantly increased, according to newlyissued financial statistics from the Central Bank of Cyprus (CBC). The number of investment funds increased from 114 in December 2017 to 130 in June 2018, while their total assets reached €4.7 billion compared to €4.5 billion on March 2018, recording an increase of 6%.

Important boost of the Fund industry The metrics announced by the Central Bank of Cyprus refer to authorised investment funds whilst a significant number of new licensing applications are currently considered by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (“CySEC”). The interest for Cypriot-registered investment funds is coming from numerous countries around the world.

The enactment of the new AIF Law 124(I)/2018 (“AIF Law”) on 31st July 2018, which introduces improvements in the legal and operational framework of investment funds, enhances significantly the international position of Cyprus as a jurisdiction of choice for the creation or transfer of Alternative Investment Funds (“AIFs”) and Alternative Investment Fund Managers. The amended legal and regulatory framework The new law ensures that Cyprus not only remains competitive in the international scene as a funds jurisdiction, but that it also serves in providing even more flexibility to establish Cypriot funds and fund management entities. The Registered AIF (“RAIF”) is one of the new products introduced by the new AIF Law. The RAIF is not subject to the supervision of CySEC or any other supervisory authority. A RAIF can only be externally managed by an Alternative Investment Fund Manager (“AIFM”) with certain exceptions for RAIFs with illiquid assets. A key benefit of the RAIF is that it reduces significantly the required time for the launching of such fund. Within one month from the date of filing of duly completed “notification pack”, CySEC will proceed to include the AIF in the list of Registered AIFs. The quick and cost efficient launch of a RAIF

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enhances the suite of type of funds that can be established in Cyprus. Furthermore, the new AIF law regulates the minimum share capital requirement that is now only required for self-managed vehicles, irrespective of the category of the AIF. There are also revised requirements imposed on AIFs with limited number of persons to avail of the depositary exception, as well as a requirement for an internal regulatory compliance function for AIFs with unlimited number of persons. Also, for AIFs with limited number of persons, the maximum number of investors is reduced to 50 from 75 and lookthrough provisions are introduced. A number of tax changes have also been introduced. For example, no permanent establishment is created by investors for their investments in common funds and partnerships established in Cyprus. As a result, the income of investors acquired from such investments is taxable only in their tax residence country.

Under new provisions introduced in the Special Contribution for the Defence Law, Cypriot tax resident and domiciled individual investors will be subject to deemed dividend distribution at the rate of 17% instead of 3% previously applicable. This amendment has no effect on investors (individuals or companies) that are neither Cypriot tax residents nor domiciled in Cyprus, as such investors are completely exempt from this provision. This applies for funds that are set up in a legal entity form and does not apply for common funds or partnerships. A key incentive is also introduced through a special method of taxation of the variable remuneration of the executives of a Fund Manager (when remuneration varies in accordance with the profitability of the fund), providing for a flat tax rate at 8% and a minimum payable tax amount of â‚Ź10,000 per year. As expected, anti-avoidance provisions are in place. In order for the favorable rate to be applied on such variable remuneration, the net asset value of the fund should exceed

the amount of the initial investment by the unitholders. The purpose of this additional incentive is to attract and host experienced and prominent fund managers in Cyprus. Future perspective in the Funds sector The enactment of these new and revised laws creates a new momentum for the fund management sector in Cyprus. Undoubtedly, these laws serve in further establishing Cyprus as a reliable, efficient and attractive funds jurisdiction. At the same time, the competitiveness of the Cypriot economy increases, with numerous benefits from this industry. For example, new employment opportunities are created for staffing the newly set up funds and fund management entities created and increased taxation contributes to public finances. Generally, the establishment in Cyprus of international firms which are active in this industry increases the confidence in the country and this specific sector.

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CONSTANTINOS YIANNIKOURIS Constantinos Yiannikouris is one of the most acclaimed Cypriot artists who lives and works in France. He studied at the School of Fine Arts (Ecole des Beux–Arts) in Paris. Besides painting, Yiannikouris also deals with tapisserie, mosaic and fresco.

His works can be found in various public and private collections such as the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, at the Fonds Regional D’Art Contemporain as well as in collections in England, America, Australia, Greece, The Netherlands, Germany and Cyprus. The paintings of Yiannikouris are buoyant and lyrical. Colours are fresh and limpid and even a brush mark can denote form, an edge to a form, a suggestion of many things. The flecks of paint and mottled surfaces are floating over the canvas as if surrounding the images in their own mystery, where a fine, sensitive, nervous line holds a face in antiquity. A band of blue gives a pictorial weight and also is the evening sky. His huge canvas bounces with glory and he succeeds in using so many pigments and textures without losing any tension at all. And yet the tension is deliciously counterbalanced by a relaxed, floating feeling as if you are caught amongst the sun’s rays in a beautiful garden where the windows of a greenhouse add diamonds to the foliage. He uses the light seen through shutters to travel in unison across his canvas. Figurative shapes do appear now and again, but they are not essential. Perhaps they are there to urge us to join the halcyon splendour. But it is the magic of chance and the physical impression which gives these works their sensual beauty. When the colour is forced into a small space, the effect is dazzling and when spread over the largest canvases it is as if butterflies have been freed. Works of Yiannikouris are currently exclusively being exhibited at Morfi Gallery in Limassol (www.morfi.org).

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BUTTERFLY FOUNDATION ACTION 2019 Established by Imperio in early 2015, the Butterfly Foundation is a charitable organisation that supports initiatives in education, health, nature, wildlife and community giving in Cyprus. Acknowledging the needs of today’s society and as part of its corporate social responsibility, Imperio has set up the charity wanting to contribute back to the society. In 2015, the Butterfly Foundation dedicated its contribution to the Cyprus University

of Technology (TEPAK) providing in the educational and research program while offering opportunities to 10 young students. Further on, in 2016 the Foundation supported the Cyprus Paraplegics Organisation (Ο.ΠΑ.Κ) with the aim to make Limassol more accessible and receptive for all its citizens. In 2017, the Foundation supported the Sirius Dog Sanctuary and the Friends of the Earth Cyprus, to contribute in this way to the welfare of stray dogs and protect the nature of Cyprus.

In 2018, the organisation devoted its action to support the Anemone Day Care Centre, which falls under the Cyprus Society for the Protection of Spastic and Handicapped Children. Through the successful organisation of the “Light Up A Smile” Christmas dinner, the Butterfly Foundation managed to raise over €20,000 for the needs of the Anemone Day Care Centre and its new premises.

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At the beginning of 2019, the Butterfly Foundation announced its cause supporting the Panos Evripidou Foundation, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the improvement of the lives of premature children facing life-long challenges caused by prematurity after leaving the N.I.C.U.

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Set in a beautiful environment, Barbican Heights comprises 20 three-bedroom apartments with large covered and uncovered verandas overlooking the landscaped gardens and communal swimming pool. By capturing a distinct dimension of

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luxury rarely associated with city life, Barbican Heights is destined to be a residential development that offers its owners the best of urban living in Limassol. Barbican Heights is an ideal home for those who enjoy the finer

things in life, and for buyers seeking a promising property for investment in a desirable location. The development’s contemporary design combines refined architecture

and materials of exceptional quality to deliver homes that balance sophisticated style with everyday functionality, all enhanced with amazing panoramic views of Limassol and the Mediterranean Sea.

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Omar Aquil is a Pakistan-based designer with passion for abstract illustrations and experimental creations. He is a professional graphic designer, 3D illustrator and CGI artist.

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Before every project, Aqil collects all the random shapes on a sketch, which will help to the development of his ideas into new dimensions, try to create the figure in his mind and then finalise it on the accordingly software. Calling the abstraction within cultural form, as his favourite subject, Omar has designed the DT Music Album cover and Let it Snow projects.

One of his inspired projects is called MIMIC, a three-part series, by his all-time favourite artist, Pablo Picasso, through which gives 3D shape to the artist’s random most famous paintings. Omar has been studying Picasso’s artwork and has been fascinated by his work since he started his career, finding new forms interacting with dimensionally stylised forms.

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MIMIC is a self-project which can be called a makeover of Picasso’s masterpieces or a new implication through hyper-realistic visual series. Aqil’s magic helpers are software programs such as Cinema 4D-Vray, Illustrator and Photoshop. We can also call it a challenge of having the passion to take the ‘responsibility’ and try to give an alternative interpretation to such famous paintings. His mission is successfully accomplished by letting his own magic touch in the history of art and design. Through this project, Omar explores the geometric forms of the portraits and by looking between the photos with the two pieces, we find ourselves analysing and experiencing the original painting

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in a new way. Omar Aqil mentions that: "Every shape has an invisible dots find them and create in a new way." Except of the reimaging and transformation of the paintings, Aqil also creates experimental backgrounds for the shapes, using medieval architectural elements in modern flair. Aqil describes, “In MIMIC II I have explored more diversity of form and shapes in the work (portraits) of Pablo Picasso.” In these series, Aqil picked six portraits, adding some different elements giving in this way a different look and a new story to the artist’s compositions. The most crucial part of the MIMIC series and interpreting Picasso’s artworks, was to keep things “modern yet classic”.

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FIBR­E-CEMENT FURNITURE ELEGANCE. RESISTANCE. INDIVIDUALITY Concrete is the dominant material of the built environment and our engagement with it in the city and our everyday life is constant. While traditionally associated with industrial buildings, parking lots and roadways, concrete is gradually finding its way into our homes. The idea of converting hard, raw and cold materials into fluid and elegant shapes has always captivated artists, architects and designers. As in the Carrara marble sculptures of Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Michelangelo human forms were meticulously carved from heavy blocks of stone, there is no difference in the practice of architecture and design at the present. Contemporary cutting-edge designers use concrete to create a variety of objects that range from indoor to outdoor furnishing and even lighting. To achieve this, designers often replace the gravel and sand used in conventional concrete mixes with high-tech materials, such as fibreglass or steel-reinforcing micro fibres. “In a lot of design, concrete is still used in a blocky way. But it is a fluid material from which we can now make any sort of three-dimensional shape,” says Isaac Friedman-Heiman, New York-based product designer and creative director of Souda design studio.


Scallop dining table The scallop dining table has an industrial yet chic design with an ivory finish, ribbed column base, a round top and scalloped edges, handmade of a stone composite and natural cement fibres. It seats up to four or stands solo in a large entry.


Darbuka coffee table Fibre-cement furniture harmoniously combine the diligence of craftsmanship with the slenderness of industry. Cut to length, hammered, smoothed and spread, the raw material is manually crafted and shaped with great detail and sensitivity to create highly expressive and durable masterpieces each of which constitutes a one-off in its own idiosyncratic right bearing the personal touch of the designer. Darbuka coffee table design is inspired by the shape of North African drums and handcrafted with the use of cement, granite and marble powder to create a natural stone effect that resounds with global style for indoor and outdoor use.



Dune lounge chair The plasticity and qualitive characteristics of cement not only include a strongly pronounced innovative spirit but were also decisive for the emergence of the dune lounge chair. An award-winning, highly modular outdoor system, it is designed as one piece with four parts that can be effortlessly rearranged or expanded depending on the ergonomic needs of the users.

Hex side table Hex side table is a structurally solid build of cement, sand and fiberglass mix forming a small but large in stature piece of furniture. Its design by Brett Beldock was inspired by the columns and arches of the Brutalist architectural movement.


Loop Chair Explorations with concrete were initiated by Willy Guhl in 1954, a former Swiss furniture designer, who began developing objects with the mix. One of his well-known creations, the ‘Loop Chair’ has become a trade success, characterised by its simplicity and utility with its organic, fluid form and very fine point of contact to the ground.

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THE NEW CONTINENTAL GT. A DRIVE UNLIKE ANY OTHER One look at the gleaming, super-formed body of the new Continental GT is all it takes. This is a car unlike anything else on the road.

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Extraordinary design. The all-new exterior combines dynamic proportions with impossibly sharp design lines, for truly striking road presence. Once inside, its handcrafted dual veneers, diamond knurling and newly designed diamond-quilting will take your breath away. Extraordinary performance. With a new 6.0 litre, W12 engine, it is capable of 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds (0 to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds) and a top speed of 207 mph (333 km/h) – with ground-breaking efficiency for its class. Extraordinary technology. This is, without question, the most advanced Bentley ever built. A wealth of features – including Night Vision, a Head-Up Display, Apple CarPlay and Lane Assist – are seen in a Continental GT for the first time. An instant classic. To commemorate the launch, a First Edition model features options and bespoke additions chosen by the Bentley designers themselves, making it truly exquisite.

FLCP Automobile LTD Official Importer & Distributor of Bentley Motors A 04, Sotiri Tofini Street, 4102 Agios Athanasios, Limassol CY | T: (+357) 25 020 010 | www.bentleymotors.com

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NEW TRENDS IN BUILDING FACADES In recent years, new trends have emerged in faรงade design with many of the latest projects highlighted in architectural awards to employ permeable, green or recycled materials as alternative options for the exterior covering of a building. Better lighting and ventilation of the interior are the main advantages brought by these new faรงade designs. Below are some of the most prominent projects incorporating such faรงade designs.

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Permeable The Lokmanya Co-operative Credit Society in India, designed by Thirdspace Architecture Studio uses perforated vertical metal fins as a second skin to the primary masonry building envelope and window ribbons. The fins curve out when encountered with the window ribbons and move away from the building when the ribbons widen, thus allowing for the windows to be operated and generating a dynamic faรงade that continuously varies. The fins also temper the harsh southern sun that hits the building, and allow a more filtered light into the interior, creating an array of light effects that animate the exterior and interior of the building, as the sun moves across the sky, or as one moves around the building. The versatility and functionality of the fins in regard to light filtration and air circulation is what makes the faรงade design a sustainable solution for the project.


Permeable Called The Lantern, the recently constructed gallery for the electronics company Panasonic, designed by VTN Architects in the capital of Vietnam, uses perforated flower-shaped terracotta blocks to stand out from the surrounding landscape. Traditionally used in tropical climates, these blocks allow for passive ventilation and shade from sunlight. During the day, the blocks allow light to gently seep into the building, forming a canvas of different shadow patterns, while at night this effect is reversed by the interior light of the building, which penetrates the faรงade, making the building glow.

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Green The Naman retreat resort building, named the Babylon, is designed by the same architectural firm and has an equally intricate façade that combines concrete louvers with greenery interspersed. The green façade provides a visual barrier that creates the separation from the road to enhance the privacy of the resort. The finishing material keeping its natural appearance of its base, achieves effeminacy and harmony with the surrounding nature. The façade is working as a buffer space allowing a combination of diverse trees and plants to grow, creating a vertical landscape that provides substantial benefits to the building, such as light and air filtration, temperature control, reduction of pollutant emissions and thermal radiation.


Recycled The folk-art galleries at the China Academy of Arts, designed by the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, uses thousands of recycled curved tiles from the rooftops of local houses to cover the gabled roof and exterior walls of the building. The tiles vary in size and hung on stainless steel wires strung across the perimeter of the building in a zigzag form. This form, along with the use of recycled materials enables the galleries to fit in both the rural and urban setting, and to control the volume of sunlight penetrating through the building.

The choice of recycled material creates an abstract surface, which not only reflects the production and supply of the company, but also enhances the appearance of the former building with a minimum cost.


Recycled Hyunje Joo’s design for the façade of the Naju Art Museum in South Korea, addresses the separation between the interior and exterior with the construction of a flexible, light, and recyclable surface, made up of 1,500 semi-transparent plastic baskets. The surface minimises the separation between the interior and exterior, as the light and silhouettes beyond the space show through. During the day, the passage of time is more actively sensed as the diffusion and reflection of the material stimulate changes on the appearance of the surface and internal effect on atmosphere.

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Recycled The newly designed furniture gallery of MY DVA group in Czech Republic, has an extraordinary façade composed of more than 900 plastic black seats. The design of façade was conceptually conceived by the young architectural firm CHYBIK + KRISTOF to function as a banner advert for the furniture company itself. The building is homogenously cladded with a basic form of plastic black seat, without any greater adjustments of the exterior.

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Officially some of the world's most innovative spirits, the Ncn’ean and Anty gins have come to stir the waters in the lucrative market for posh spirits. Ncn’ean gin is a hybrid spirit that both gin and whisky enthusiasts would love to drink. Inspired by the wild herbs and flowers that grow at Scotland’s remote

Morvern peninsula, the gin is triple distilled with ten foraged botanicals, including wild bog myrtle, sorrel, heather and thyme. Said to be the first fully organic spirit, the result has a striking aromatic scent combining creamy and nutty notes of barley with a hint of salty sea breeze, alongside delicate pepperiness and fruit undertone. The botanical spirit is best

served with tonic water, a dash of Angostura bitters and plenty of ice, offering a distinct flavour that certainly makes the drink stand out from the most regular gins. With a limited run of 5,000 bottles, the spirit is available directly from Ncn’ean in 500ml bottles at the price of €35 only.

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'We want eyebrows to be raised. The whole point of Anty Gin is to open people's eyes to the possibility of insects being used as a viable source of food and flavour.'Â Will Lowe, The Cambridge Distillery

Anty gin is the result of a joint venture between the experimental Copenhagen-based Nordic Food Lab and The Cambridge Distillery. It is a somewhat different gin to the market as the world’s first gin to be made from insects. Specifically, each bottle of Anty gin contains the essence of approximately 62 red wood ants, named Formica rufa and found in forests around the Northern Hemisphere. The final blend is distilled with a handful of springtime botanicals including juniper berries, nettle and wild wood avens to complement and add complexity to the distinctive citrus flavour created by distilling the ants. From foraging to bottling and handlabelling, every step of the process is done with a dedication to craft. On the nose: rich, powdery and slightly vinegary with a hint of jasmine, lemon and lime zest. A 50ml dropper bottle of pure ant distillate is also provided if you wish to experience the unique flavour of the Formica rufa in isolation, or to intensify the citrus flavour of the spirit. What is certain is that once braved, never forgotten! The Anty gin makes an exceptional gift for a collector of rare spirits or a bold gastronomic adventurer.

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Art Edition (No. 1–250), with a sculptural bookstand by Marc Newson, each signed by Sergio Marchionne, John Elkann, and Piero Ferrari.

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EDITION OF 250, TASCHEN A project conceived in close collaboration with Ferrari, this massive tome is a veritable collector’s piece. A production unparalleled in its scale, it features exclusive content from the Ferrari archives and private collections around the world, bringing together hundreds of unseen photographs and documents to reveal the unique story behind Ferrari’s victories, its protagonists, and its legacy. Limited to 1,947 signed and numbered copies, the handcrafted leather-bound and hand-stitched Collector’s Edition is enclosed in a Ferrari motor–inspired case

designed by Marc Newson. Made of cast aluminum, the chrome has been sandblasted with powder to preserve the metal’s natural feel, while the top of the case has been finished using Ferrari’s own red varnish, the same as that used on their engines. This Art Edition (No. 1–250) is elevated by a sculpture evocative of the 12-cylinder engine in hand-bent, flared chromed steel, also by Newson. Made of chromed steel, the bookstand’s legs were joined together using tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding, a process that produces stronger, high-quality welds, typical in the automotive industry.

Treat it like you would a V12 250 engine!

Also available as a Collector’s Edition (No. 251–1,947), signed by Piero Ferrari.

THE SHOPKEEPER & CO | 7 Ayias Zonis Street, 3027 Limassol, Cyprus | T: 25 811146

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LIVING IN STYLE. LIVING WITH DESIGN. LIVING, IN THE “LIGHT�! Light, can shape any room or space! Have you ever walked into a room and immediately felt anxious or uneasy? Getting it right when it comes to choosing lighting fixtures can determine whether you will end up with a pleasant, enjoyable space. Studies have shown that lighting, directly affects emotions. Thus, when the right lighting is achieved, all the elements in a room come together creating a seamless combination of functionality and style. Designers consider lighting to be one of the most important elements of interior design and they are right!

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Shed light in all the room! Bright light in a room – though most would consider it would make the space appear brighter – usually has the adverse effect. Very bright lights create intense reflections causing eye pupils to dilate, making the space appear darker. The answer is to spread the light evenly throughout the room by placing light sources in prominent positions to support the ceiling or wall lighting, thus transforming the room into a cosier, comfortable space.

Use numerous light sources. The best and most effective lighting design solution is the incorporation of a variety of light sources in a space. A central light in the room will simply not suffice! It cannot adequately illuminate the whole room, thus using floor or table lamps usually does the trick! It softens the atmosphere in the space while simultaneously helps achieve substantial space illumination. For example, table lamps on night stands can be dimmed a necessity.

Focus on what’s important! The secret in getting the lighting right in any space is not how bright the room gets after you have installed all the lighting fixtures. It’s the emphasis placed on the pieces you consider important in your space. For example, shedding light on a beautiful painting hanging on a wall, your wine collection in the living room or where you would sit to enjoy reading a book, and relax! It is a fact that, the more balanced the illumination of a space is, the better it is highlighted and its character is projected! Choose the style of the lighting fixture that characterises you the most. Consider chrome or brass, leather, or wood and make your choice between modern or traditional by adding elements that will complement your space.

Visit our showrooms in Nicosia, Limassol or Larnaca and make your selection from an extensive collection of stylish floor lamps, chic table lamps and elegant ceiling and wall fixtures to create your way of Living by choosing the “light” that matches your home design!


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The events in Limassol city and countryside are so frequent you will not know what to choose and where to go! We found for you the most impressive and interesting events of the city.


Flower Festival of Kitromilia Episkopi (07/04/2019) A traditional festival in Episkopi with lots of activities for all the ages. If you want a unique and traditional experience full of citrus fruit smells, then do not miss it. cyprusalive.com

Cyprus Film Days 17th International Film Festival Rialto Theatre Limassol (19-28/04/2019) Perhaps the largest international film event in Cyprus, exclusively to contemporary world cinema and fiction features length films. The festival will take place at Rialto Theatre in Limassol and at Zena Palace Cinema in Nicosia. The schedule includes screenings, parallel events, Q&A sessions and film workshops for professionals. You can find more information online through Rialto Theatre website. rialto.interticket.com

I’m not Running NT Live Rialto Theatre (24/04/2019) A drama written by Academy Award nominated writer David Hare, who explores personal choices and their public consequences. Pauline Gibson stars in ‘I’m Not Running’ as a junior doctor, who wants to save her local hospital by becoming the face of a campaign. She accepts media and public pressure as she runs for leadership of the Labour party and she faces an agonising decision. The drama will be in Greek and English subtitles. rialto.interticket.com

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Greek Orthodox Easter (28/04/2019) Limassol enters the Easter’s mood by dressing the whole town with eggs, bunnies, and much more Easter decoration. Orthodox Easter, also called Pascha, is the oldest and most important festival in the Eastern Christian tradition. The period will start from 22nd to 30th of April, when you will be able to see all the preparations and customs, including traditional foods and large feasts. The most important days during this period are: Holy Thursday, Holy Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday.

Flower Festival (Anthestiria) (1st and 2nd week of May 2019) Cypriots celebrate the spring return and the beauty of nature with Anthestiria, a festival inspired by the ancient celebration that was held in Athens in honour of Dionysus, the god of wine and fertility. The event features exhibitions, flower markets and shows. The main focus of Anthestiria is the flower parade with beautifully decorated floats and pedestrians carrying flowers.

Dorians Challenge Molos Seafront (04/05/2019) Dorians Coastal Challenge presented by Eurolife is a non-competitive 5km run with more than 20 obstacles along the beach and in the shallow and safe seawaters. The concept of the course is to conquer the obstacles that challenge and excite you the most. Some of the drags are overcoming walls, sail wooden rafts, the height of ‘Taegetus’, and even more of these before crossing the finish line. The event will be for everybody, over 16 years old. dorianschallenge.com

Street Life Festival Saripolou and Athenon Street (04/05/2019) The Street Life Festival is the biggest event taking place in the streets of the city centre of Limassol and has been organised for 12 years now by Gifts and Gadgets and The Copy Shop. In the streets of Saripolou, designated walls will become the canvas and the inspirational for many street artists from all around the world. Impressive and colourful graffiti art make the streets stand out in the crowd. facebook.com/streetlifefest/

BORIS GREBENSHCHIKOV & THE AQUARIUM LIVE Colosseo Limassol (03/05/2019) “Aquarium” is a very popular music band to Russian-speaking people. The group is ready to please and surprise the audiences with new and unexpected things. Boris Grebenshchikov created a unique cultural phenomenon that exists outside of time and space. This is a concert staged at Colosseo club, where the audience will enjoy compositions and nice songs. soldoutticketbox.com

Чулпан ХАМАТОВА «MUSIC LESSONS» Pattihio Municipal Theatre Limassol (04/05/2019) An event full of great poetry and music. Chulpan Khamatova is the perfect guide to the world of words and music. The event will be in Russian. soldoutticketbox.com


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Limassol Boat Show Limassol Marina (09-12/05/2019) Limassol Marina will host the fourth edition of the Limassol Boat Show. It is the ideal venue for networking between professionals and clients, offering an opportunity to explore the latest trends of the boating industry. limassolmarina.com

Rose Festival - Agros It will be for two weeks every year. It is happening in Agros as there is a name connection between the village and the flower. Annually at the festival, the visitors will experience the unique experience of harvesting and processing of roses, learn about the evolution ad production process and the ways of using the products from antiquity to today. At the festival, you will enjoy the programme, which includes music and dance show. cyprusalive.com


Cyprus Russian Festival Limassol Gardens (01-02/06/2019) One of the greatest events to attend this summer in Limassol. It gives an opportunity to people of all ages, different ethnicity and culture to meet together and have fun. The program includes around 1,500 participants; some of them are celebrities from Russia, Cyprus and Greece. It suits all ages, young kids, to older ones. The amazing thing of this event is the food court, where you will be able to taste different cuisines from different countries. A fairytale parade with mascot from children’s movies, fireworks and many other activities will take place on both days. allaboutlimassol.com

Festival of the Flood (Kataklysmos) Molos Seafront (07-09/06/2019) A festival full of fun and freshness, focusing on water, marking the day of the Holy Spirit and it commemorates the descent of the Holy Ghost to the Apostles. This festival usually lasts for three days. Lots of events, concerts and tradition will take place in Limassol. You can find everything about it, including the events on the website of cyprusbeat. cyprusbeat.com

Shakespeare ‘Hamlet’ Curium Amphitheatre (21 & 23/06/2019) A production directed by Janet Yianni. Produced by the committee for The Performing Arts for Cyprus Charities, PACC donates each and every year thousands of euros to local charities. The theatrical troupe is included from talented actors, back stage crew and unsung heroes passionately giving their time to entertain the audience. An exciting experience, one of the most popular works of Shakespeare. shakespeareatcurium.com

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Sweet Festival (Feast of Glytzistou) Koilani (06/2019) A feast full of traditional sweets, organised by the Community Council of Colellini and the Women’s Coalition Initiative Group. During the event, everyone has the opportunity to taste lots of traditional sweets of Cyprus, which are mostly homemade by the women of the village. Except the delightful desserts, visitors will be able pay a visit to the museums and wineries of the village, which will be open to the public. cyprusalive.com

The Herbs-Lavender Festival Platres (07/2019) A beautiful festival with lavender aroma, taste and colour, which will be held in Platres village. A gourmet trip based on this magical herb will amaze you. Lavender on the Forest Park terrace, lavender chocolates in Platres Chocolate Factory, in the Petit Palais courtyard and tea at Orosimo.

The Feast of the Shepherd Pachna (07/2019) In Pachna you will enjoy dairy products, get to know traditional shepherds, see goats and sheep being milked and sheared, while there will be an exhibition of traditional breeds of animals bred in the village. There will be a demonstration of traditional professions and there will be also an exhibition of objects and tools related to livestock farming, for visitors. Entertainment is also part of this event, with a lot of dance and music.

Hasel Tree Festival Platanistasa (05/8/2018) At the Annual Hazelnut Festival in the beautiful village of Platanistasa, visitors can try the year’s freshly cut hazelnuts. Guided walks through the hazelnut forest and visits to the Byzantine church and other monuments. Local gastronomy, and traditional sweets will be accompanied with live traditional music and dancing. mytroodos.com

Wine Festival Limassol Municipal Gardens (29/08-08/09/2019) Limassol has a history of wine making in Cyprus dating back to thousands of years. The famous festival takes place every year in September in the Municipal Garden of Limassol on the coastal road. Today’s wine festival is the equivalent of the celebrations which took place in ancient times, dedicated to the god of wine, Dionysus and to Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. limassolmunicipal.com.cy/wine



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INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL “KYPRIA 2019” “Kypria” is the leading cultural event of Cyprus hosting a large number of cultural events from the field of Music, Dance, Opera and Theatre from Cyprus, Greece and Internationally. It takes place in all major towns of the island. kypria.org.cy

Orange Festival in Miliou Village The Orange Festival will take place at the Miliou village community square (next to the old school). Different kinds of local products made out of orange, such as liqueur, beer, and marmalade, will be presented and visitors will have the opportunity to taste and buy. In the area of the festival there will be stalls with food, drinks and fresh orange products as well as traditional music and dances. Free Entrance. Miliou village is located 26 kilometres north of Pafos, just off the Pafos to Polis road between Stroumpi and Goudi, NorthEast of Kathikas village.

Cyprus International Food Festival Venue: Solomou Nursery, Nisou Lefkosia. CIFF strives to showcase the diverse kitchens in Cyprus – a crossroad of cultures from the Mediterranean, Middle East and Europe with strong links to the Far East. CIFF 2019 offers a wonderful opportunity to court and cultivate a demographic of local and international, savvy food and wine enthusiasts, by focusing on cultural diversity while simultaneously fulfilling a commitment to use local services and products to produce the festival. cyprusinternationalfoodfestival.com


AFAMIA 2019 – Grape Festival Koilani village: Community square. A real treat for all visitors! The community of the beautifully preserved wine village of Koilani invites all to celebrate the wine producing heritage of the village and the end of harvest. Wine tasting par excellence, traditional deserts made from grapes, folk dancing and other cultural performances are in offer during the Afamia festival.

Apple Festival The two-day festival takes place in Kyperounta and includes an open air market with fresh seasonal apples, traditional products, fresh apple juice, apple pies, apple vinegar etc., an apple exhibition featuring all the types of apples that grow in Cyprus, competitions for the best apple pie, and many more. There are also seminars about the beneficial properties of apples, as well as a full traditional entertainment show. Visitors are encouraged to take a walk around the village and see the local museums and exceptional churches.

Pancyprian Festival of Athienou products Athienou village is renowned for the good quality of its wheat and milk yields. So, every year during the festival, visitors can taste Athienou’s bread, bakery and dairy goods; enjoy music, dances and demonstrations on how to make bread and cheese the old traditional way!

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Cyprus Jazz & World Music Showcase The Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Cyprus Music Information Centre and the Rialto Theatre present, for the fourth consecutive year, a Showcase of the Cypriot contemporary music creation. For further information: rialto.interticket.com


Christmas Limassol enters the festive mood of Christmas and New Year in December with the illumination of the large Christmas tree in the square of Grigori Afxentiou outside the District Administration building. Events take place in many parts of the city, including Santa Claus handing out gifts to children and the Christmas train of Limassol Municipality travelling on various routes.

Zivania Festival Zivania is a traditional alcoholic beverage made in Cyprus, which has been produced here for centuries by distillation from pomace, the residue of grapes that were pressed during the winemaking process mixed with high-quality dry wines, all harvested from the local grape varieties of Cyprus. The festival takes place in Alona and Pelendri villages in two consecutive weekends. It includes distillation of zivania at the venues, promotional kiosks with traditional products, as well as music and dance programmes. The local sights are open for visitors during the festival.


Limassol Carnival (20/2/2020 – 1/3/2020) The Carnival is a great popular festival which has been celebrated in Limassol and all over Cyprus for more than a hundred years. The most exciting period of the year comprises of several Carnival celebrations that last for 10 days.


OPAP Limassol Marathon 2020 (14/03-15/03/2020) OPAP Limassol Marathon GSO is the official Cyprus Marathon. The largest running event in Cyprus offering marathon, half marathon,10K and 5K races.

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A NEW DEFINITION OF HOME Photography: Marios Ioannides Studios

Home of 7 elegantly-designed 3 bedroom apartments, Amalfi Residences sits in a quiet residential neighbourhood of Limassol, just 3 minutes from the coastline. Behind its contemporary facade, elegant

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interiors unfold; this polite property whispers luxury! Amalfi Residences extends the Limassol Skyline with iconic architecture by UDS

Architects. The signature interiors by Imperio bring an ultimate knowledge of hospitality to the clean modern lines of these seven light-filled residences at Amalfi, with a palette of rich materials and a host of thoughtfully designed details.

Meticulously crafted residences, expansive indoor and outdoor spaces, ample natural light, lushly gardens and the serenity of a communal swimming pool makes Amalfi Residences somehow special.

Articles inside

DESIGN, BUILD, MARKET article cover image


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A NEW DEFINITION OF HOME article cover image


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LIMASSOL AGENDA article cover image


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pages 120-121
morfi gallery CONSTANTINOS YIANNIKOURIS article cover image


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HIGH HEELS AND MACAROONS article cover image


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THE NEW LEVANTE TROFEO EDITION The Ultimate Maserati of SUVs article cover image


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A MONUMENT TO ITALY\u2019S DRIVING FORCE article cover image


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BUTTERFLY FOUNDATION ACTION 2019 article cover image


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DESIGNED FOR NOSTALGIA article cover image


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LIMASSOL A SEA OF CULTURES article cover image


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8 ULTIMATE THINGS TO DO IN CYPRUS! article cover image


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BOOKAHOLICS article cover image


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THE 5 BEST HEALTHY PLACES article cover image


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COOL GADGETS article cover image


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THE 5 MOST ANTICIPATED BUILDINGS OF 2019 article cover image


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IMPERIO HOUSE article cover image


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VILLA ECLIPSE article cover image


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MONDRIAN RESIDENCES article cover image


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SUGAR HOUSE article cover image


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LEVANTE RESIDENCES article cover image


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BARBICAN HEIGHTS article cover image


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THE ICON article cover image


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Top 10 Rooftop Bars in the World article cover image

Top 10 Rooftop Bars in the World

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3 Hand Picked Limited Edition Items article cover image

3 Hand Picked Limited Edition Items

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