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contents 2 M ESSAGE A word from the Group’s Executive Chairman

5 WELCOME F rom the Kanika Hotels Group General Manager

7 SETTING NEW STANDARDS Alexander the Great Beach  Published on behalf of the Kanika Hotels & Resorts by:T&E Polydorou Design Ltd P.O.Box 40353, CY-6303 Larnaca, Cyprus Tel: +357 2465 4898, Fax: +357 2465 8866 E-mail: publish@polydoroudesign.com All material is protected by copyright and all rights reserved. No part of this magazine may be reproduced without the publisher’s permission.Although the greatest care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information in this magazine at the time of going to press, neither the publisher nor Kanika Hotels & Resorts accepts responsibility for any omissions or errors.

Hotel takes Kanika hospitality to new heights

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GREAT BEACH HOTEL

News and updates

13 A MEDITERRANEAN WEDDING FANTASY

Kanika weddings combine romance, luxury and perfect coordination

17 SERENITY SPA Let the experts guide you  to health and beauty

20 ELIAS BEACH HOTEL HEAD OFFICE: 28th October & Makarios III Ave, KANIKA ENAERIOS COMPLEX-BLOCK A, P.O.BOX 53029, CY-3300 Limassol-CYPRUS TEL: +357 2581 4266 (8 LINES) FAX: +357 2558 2124 E-mail: info@kanikahotels.com www.kanikahotels.com

News and updates

22 KANIKA GROUP News and updates

29 MAKING MEMORIES The exciting world of Kanika entertainment

32 OLYMPIC LAGOON News and updates

35 TIMELESS TREES Olive and carob:  the trademark of the Cyprus countryside

39 PAFOS: A CITY OF CULTURE

Music, drama and more

42 OUT & ABOUT

What to do and where

to go on the Island of Aphrodite

48 PROPERTY TREASURE HUNT

Discover prime residential and commercial properties

50 PROPERTY GALLERY Kanika Developments pres  ents attractive properties

52 HOTEL DIRECTORY Kanika destinations in Cyprus

25 TRUE TAVERNA TRADITION

Authentic local cuisine KANIKA

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message from the GROUP EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN

The Kanika SPIRIT stands for Service, Professionalism, Innovation, Respect, Integrity and Teamwork. Spyros Th Karaolis Group EXECUTIVE Chairman

dear friends Welcome to another issue of Accents, our in-house magazine that was conceived to help you make the most of your Kanika holiday. By providing information about our hotels, as well as local culture and cuisine, our aim is to add memorable ‘accents’ to your stay in Cyprus. As a leading family of hotels in Cyprus, Kanika has decades of experience in the hospitality industry and the tourism sector as a whole. Of all the lessons we’ve learned and applied over the years, one is particularly important, and might even sound like a contradiction: to maintain a good reputation, you have to embrace systematic change. That is why we invest in regular renovation works and expansions that will offer our repeat guests welcome and wonderful surprises every time they return to their favourite Kanika destination. As you will read in ‘Setting New Standards’ (p. 6), Alexander the Great has not merely been renovated, but remodelled altogether. All-new guest rooms, public areas and facilities prove, now more than ever before, that despite our superior 4-star classification, our guests see and consider this hotel among the top establishments in Cyprus. On the other hand, the popularity and market response to our recently re-created Olympic Lagoon Resort has surpassed all projections, which is why we are considering opportunities to repeat the Olympic ‘model’ in our plans for the future. What we have also observed is the growing appeal of all-inclusive holidays – but also the common misperceptions related to the term. Our hotels focus on delivering complete packages that allow our guests to enjoy hospitality with minimum restraints and budgetary considerations. However, as you will certainly see for yourself, Kanika’s packages are in a class of their own, giving every guest a series of privileges and gastronomic variety that by far exceed the common perception of all-inclusive terms. Needless to say, today’s travellers are very different from the holidaymakers of our early years. The internet – from websites to portals and social media – gives holiday planners easy and instant access to unlimited information. Even from a distance, you can now read ‘official’ information and compare it with voluntary and independent reviews, comments

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Our founder is Mr Theodosis Karaolis who established his first architectural office in Famagusta in 1962. From these foundations grew Kanika Hotels, Kanika Developments, Kanika Property Management and more recently Kanika Olympic.

A NEW GENERATION IS NOW AT THE HELM OF THE KANIKA GROUP: Marios TH KaraolIS – Group Vice Chairman (LEFT) SPYROS TH KARAOLIS – Group Executive Chairman (CENTRE) George TH Karaolis – Group Deputy Chairman (RIGHT)

and discussions. The combination of all sources will ultimately determine the decisions that individual travellers make, depending on their priorities and preferences. While information regarding specific hotels is readily available, access to more general developments in Cyprus is limited and therefore often misleading. Despite the challenges of the current economy, a number of infrastructure projects are underway and attracting investor interest. The coast, especially in Limassol, is being upgraded with amazing results. In other locations, licenses are being granted for new golf courses, theme parks and casino. From urban parks to historical sites, the overall image of our island is being polished, with visible results. Alongside the tangible improvements across all Kanika Hotels, our human resources are our greatest and most valuable assets. Our people are the face of Kanika Hotels. Their approach towards each individual guest is crucial. While we have always recognized their contribution to our success, we have recently formulated what we call the Kanika SPIRIT. Implemented across the board, from senior management to heads of departments and staff at all levels, the Kanika SPIRIT stands for Service, Professionalism, Innovation, Respect, Integrity and Teamwork. By making sure that this spirit is applied, day by day, among our front liners as well as behind the scenes, we have summarized and codified the principles of our guest-oriented service. Whether you have chosen our hotel in Limassol, Pafos or Agia Napa, discover the Kanika Spirit, and enjoy it!.

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message from the GROUP HOTELS GENERAL MANAGER

“The numerous awards and accolades we receive show how much we have achieved. But our vision is to grasp every opportunity and improve every day.”

dear guest Christos Pericou Group Hotels General Manager

Welcome to Cyprus and the exciting world of Kanika Hotels. With great motivation, many challenges and a dream for the future, Kanika Hotels and Resorts created their own vision shared throughout all our hotels on the southern coast of Cyprus: ‘To offer the leading hospitality experience in Cyprus with innovative facilities, excellent services inspired by the Kanika Spirit.’ This dream has been achieved and is reflected in the numerous awards and accolades received, showing great achievements from renowned tour operators worldwide and the social media arena such as TripAdvisor, where only the best in business are awarded a Certificate of Excellence. We have some amazing hotels and exceptional facilities which exceed customer expectations, but our greatest assets are you, the guests – and our staff. We more than value the feedback and comments given directly by valued guests, by e-mail and through travel review websites. The commitment and membership in the ISO9000 family – recognisable quality management systems in health and safety, food safety and the environment implemented throughout our hotels – have contributed to our business success. Our trained Management and staff have embraced the Kanika S.P.I.R.I.T [acronym for Service, Professionalism, Innovation, Respect, Integrity, and Teamwork] in their daily work, resulting in exceeding our guests’ expectations as we strive for constant improvement at work. Our Social Media department has updated the Kanika Website with a fresh new look, including all details of our hotels and our fast-growing membership system with our loyalty card. For our individual travellers we have endeavoured to make the online-booking experience easier and more gratifying. The Kanika Hospitality Club Card costs nothing but offers those booking directly with us a lot: regular discounts, valuable points, privileges upon arrival and during your stay, early check-in and late check-out (subject to availability), and an invitation to the Welcome Cocktail Party. And of course, like all our guests, Club members have free Wi-Fi access 24 hours a day. Furthermore, Kanika Hotels will soon be going live with a Mobile site – and certainly hope you visit our Facebook page and keep in touch via Twitter. Rest assured that the updated technology for speedy service will never replace the personal touch maintained over many years, and that interaction with all our guests in our resorts is guaranteed. We hope Accents magazine will give you even more information, and perhaps tempt you to try another hotel in our Group! We look forward to meeting you..

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a new era

Setting new standards at Alexander the Great Beach Hotel

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Kanika Hotels’ flagship, Alexander the Great Beach Hotel in Pafos, first opened its doors in 1987. Periodical upgrades recently culminated in a fundamental review and full-scale renovation of the hotel – with vibrant results that look and feel way beyond expectations.

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t’s no secret that reaching the top is difficult, but staying there is the real challenge. Alexander the Great Beach Hotel, known among the public simply as ‘the Alexander’, was conceived as a superior 4-star hotel – and managed to maintain that reputation since 1987. But now, since its recent, full-scale renovation over the winter of 2012-13, it reopened in March 2013 with an all-new look and spirit. One that easily competes with its 5-star relatives.

What’s the buzz? In line with Kanika Hotels’ corporate policy, the cornerstones of Kanika hospitality have been redefined. Business Development Manager Spyros Michaelides explains: “In addition to high standard accommodation, the Kanika experience promises – and delivers – a holiday bursting with the pleasures of gastronomy, recreational activities and live entertainment.” Best of all, the Alexander is an ‘equal opportunity’ holiday destination, where no age group is neglected.

Room features, beyond the fact sheet When you’re ready to book your accommodation, the website or brochure will describe the options: superior room for a couple or a family, with inland or sea view; the adults-only garden cabana with private pool; or the stunning presidential suite. The amenities are also listed, but the real beauty lies in the details that no fact sheet can adequately express. The first thing you will notice is the double-bed reminiscent of Victorian proportions – plus Kanika’s choice of pillows. Simply touch them, and any anxiety you may have had about the first night away from home will vanish in an instant. Then, one by one, the details catch your eye. The room floor combines plush carpets for a soft and quiet step, surrounded by marble for a hint of elegance. The Ottoman invites you to relax and put up your feet, while you snack on the fruits on your coffee table. That bathroom alone proves that Kanika’s interior designers have good taste, but also put themselves in your shoes: the blue nightlight is a perfect solution for many, while the rain shower, the built-in vanity unit, cosmetic mirror, bathrobes and slippers all make personal hygiene enjoyable. And you won’t have to panic if you’ve forgotten your make-up pads or cotton buds at home. Sooner or later you will be drawn to the TV. And although you will have

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been ‘warned’ about the Smartup TV system, you won’t realize how convenient – not to mention how much fun – it can be, till the remote control/keyboard is actually in your hands. TV, sound system and computer all in one, this is the kind of technology that the avid TV viewer and internet user will react to like a child to chocolate. Dozens of free channels, movies on demand, information pages, and of course the whole internet are yours to enjoy. Plug in your smartphone and you can play your favourite stored music.

The Food+ Factor Guests who booked accommodation on B&B terms will reconsider; because the Alexander’s HB+ and FB+ offer is simply too delicious to resist. Contrary to anything you may have heard about half-board and full-board options, the Alexander variety does not confine you to a single restaurant. In fact, HB+ entitles you not only to a 14-day rotation of buffet meals in Roxane’s restaurant, but also to three speciality dinners per week of stay: one in the intimate Garibaldi Italian Restaurant, one al fresco at KIKU Japanese Dining with authentic live cooking, and one in the Greek Taverna, the must-have of any holiday in Cyprus. For a full 3-meals-a-day, FB+ adds a lunch buffet to the mix, while breakfast is included for everyone. Indeed, breakfast is an experience in itself, served in the extended indoor-outdoor Café Royale that is never overcrowded. The variety of live cooking and buffet stations will seriously challenge weight watchers. That said, health conscious guests will find no shortage of fresh fruits, nuts and all the favourite local produce. This is certainly one area of the hotel that bridges the generation – and taste – gap.

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The value of the Alexander’s gastronomic formula is beyond dispute, both in monetary terms, as well as in the pure pleasure of fine dining. Every restaurant is completely different. Operations Manager Yiannis Mavrokordatos confirms: “Garibaldi’s Italian cuisine has been a winner right from the start. But now our guests are absolutely delighted with the way teppanyaki and sushi are served at KIKU, and the full meze in the Taverna.” Repeat guests will also notice several changes at the Alexander Bar. First and foremost: the Wine Library. This premium version of the hotel’s wine list includes 25 exclusive Cyprus, French and Italian wines. The area itself has evolved into a multifunctional venue, with an entertainment stage at the far end for indoor shows during the cooler months. In the TV/computer room adjacent to the bar, a large screen TV is perfect for broadcasting special sports events. On other occasions, this area can be reserved for private functions.

Infinite Poolside Fun The highlight of the Alexander that was redesigned and reconstructed from scratch is the pool area – actually, several pool areas – where every guest can enjoy bathing and relaxation in and around inviting pools for every age and in any weather. Welcoming everyone is the main Infinity pool, with a jacuzzi pool and individual whirlpools on one end, waterfalls and a swim-up bar at the other. By day, it’s the perfect place to cool off and chill out; by night it is a beautifully illuminated, crystal clear gem. If you prefer your poolside refreshments, cocktails and snacks on dry land, the pool bar is perfectly aligned with a direct view of the Pafos harbour.


At the edge of the premises you will discover the garden cabanas facing the Serenity pool. Reserved for adults, the Serenity pool is a water mosaic of rain shower pool, individual jacuzzi pools and water jets. In the center of it all is a temperature-controlled plunge pool that maintains its crisp coolness even on the hottest of days. Just like the adults, toddlers have their own bathing territory: a paddling pool with a small rain shower for splashing fun. The indoor pool completes the collection. Heated in winter and flooded with daylight it makes swimming a form of exercise you can enjoy all year round. Yiannis is happy to confirm that “Every guest is assured of a sunbed, either on the generous pool deck or on the vast lawns along the beach. And with our sunbed allocation system, guests choose their preferred sunbeds – according to availability – as soon as they check in. These spots are then reserved for them for the duration of their stay.”

From Wellbeing to Entertainment Kanika’s emphasis on recreation and entertainment is revealed in a set of Kanika branded facilities that are available in all Kanika hotels. Particularly popular is the Serenity Spa. Offering face and body treatments for men and women, Serenity is open all year round. (see article on p. 17)

Entertainment for all ages is centered around all-new facilities, mainly the Havana Venue. This outdoor stage with serviced terrace area near the Infinity pool comes alive every evening with exciting music, dance and cabaret shows that are tailored to the audience.

Within moments, the professional in-house entertainment team builds a rapport with the hotel guests, so everyone participates in the fun. Daytime activities and entertainment for kids are organized by the ‘Little Monsters’ club, created especially for younger children by adults who clearly understand them. Lucy, the NVQ qualified supervisor, points out: “We follow strict safety procedures to ensure that the Little Monsters is a paradise for children and a blessing for their parents.” (see article on p. 29)

Alexander Weddings Last but not least, the Alexander offers couples planning a wedding the ultimate proposal: a seafront celebration that is surrounded by all the romance that Cyprus, the island of love, can deliver. Although several venues are available, the Unity Terrace overlooking the sea ranks as the perfect location. Indeed, the complete concept of ‘Kanika Weddings’ recognizes the tender nature of this special day. (see article on p. 13)

Clearly, the ‘new’ Alexander reflects an understanding of both the general trends in the travel market, as well as the individual wishes of guests with high expectations. But the real proof can be found among the guests. One couple says: “We booked a 5-week holiday, and wish we could stay even longer! We will definitely be coming back.” Another guest has already visited 65 times since the Alexander opened in 1987. And now, more than ever before, the Alexander is definitely a great beach hotel.

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Our completed programme of renovation has enhanced the Hotel’s standing as a prime seafront escape in Pafos. However none of that ‘hardware’ would be significant without our amazing ‘software’: the staff who provide incredible service and hospitality. Andreas Christodoulides G e n e r a l M a n a ge r

The Wine Library

We are immensely proud of our wine cellar at Alexander the Great, each wine having been chosen meticulously for its ability to delight your palate, whether you chose to savour its delights alone or as the accompaniment to a gastronomic fest. The Wine Library is our new, dedicated wine list for connoisseurs: you will find it in the Main Bar, promoting the very best of our wine cellar.

kids club

The Young Ones For families with 2 to 12-year-old children, a new and exciting kids club is open in a separate and secure area of the Hotel. It features extensive indoor facilities that are designed to invite our young guests into a fantasy land of entertainment. Experienced, well trained, and family-focused supervisors offer your youngsters an all-day programme of indoor and outdoor activities that are tailored to the skills and preferences of different age groups, supported by the level of supervision required to keep everyone happy and safe. The children love what they see as (albeit supervised) freedom away from theie parents – and their parents get the chance to relax. Now that has to be a ‘win-win’ situation.

RECENT Awards Alexander the Great received the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2012 and 2013, and its Travellers’ Choice Award in 2013. Gratifying as those Awards are – and of course we feel proud when we read the positive reviews, but spurred on to greater things on the few occasions when missed opportunities are pointed out. The Alexander The Great also accepted Saga Holidays Top performer Stay Award 2012.This award reflects satisfaction with the quality of accommodation and consistently high standards of service.

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UNITY TERRACE: for seafront weddings

With breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea, Pafos’ Medieval Castle and the fishing harbour, the new landscaped Unity Terrace ‘Wedding Garden’ offers couples one of the most romantic and exclusive seafront venues to ‘tie the knot’ in Cyprus. An elevated scenic terrace provides a venue for the actual wedding ceremony. A romantic bridge over a small man-made lake, and a picture-postcard waterfall surrounded by tropical gardens, lead to the private and exclusive terrace, Just perfect for hosting an intimate wedding celebration. And a direct view of the Cyprus sunset provides a romantic close to that very special day. But the Hotel’s amazing location – close to the old town, the Harbour, and a number of stunning archaeological sites, makes it the number one choice for all our potential guests.

How Smart is That?

There are 32” wide flat screen TVs with an advanced smart TV box interactive entertainment system and Internet in all of our rooms. All connected to a high quality sound system in both the bedroom and the bathroom. There’s free WiFi throughout the hotel and grounds - including Internet access through the TV – so even if you forgot to top up your SIM card or Dongle, you’ll never be out of contact with your friends and family… or (dare one say it, your office).


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A Mediterranean Wedding Fantasy With so many people wanting to tie the knot in sunny Cyprus, Kanika Hotels has appointed a dedicated team of wedding experts in each of its three properties, to coordinate every detail and ensure your wedding day is truly a day to remember. The only dilemma you will face is which hotel to choose? To make it easier for you, here’s some more information about each hotel and their wedding team, so you can learn why the name Kanika is synonymous with marrying in the Med!

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WEDDINGS

Olympic Lagoon Resort - Ayia Napa

Elias Beach Hotel - Limassol

Wedding Co-ordinator: Sally Wedding Party Size: 2-180 (seated)

Wedding Co-ordinator/s: Viki (civil wedding co-ordinator), Skevi (local wedding co-ordinator) Wedding Party Size: 2-350 (seated)

The easternmost of all Kanika hotels, the all-inclusive Olympic Lagoon Resort in Agia Napa caters for up to three weddings per day, five days a week, between April and October. The wedding department of the hotel has three co-ordinators, headed up by Sally Payne of the UK.

Perfect Weddings “We want to exceed the expectations and needs of every individual bride, every time,” Sally says, smiling. Her office wall is covered with cards that read “Thank you for such a perfect wedding!” or similar, so it’s fairly evident she is accomplishing her goal. But Sally is not alone. There is an entire team comprising the wait staff, chefs, and her own colleagues, who work behind-the-scenes to ensure everything runs smoothly. In 2014 a specialist patissier will join the team to make wedding cakes in-house, to allow for a greater degree of customisation.

Winning Combination The magical Olympian Gardens - a romantic sunken garden complete with charming cave, small lakes, and ornate waterfalls - and The Aphrodite, a gazebo nestled amongst tropical flora and aromatic blossoms, are stunning venue options. There are also two adults only options in the Fisherman’s Village and Olympic Bay for an added element of privacy.

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The all-inclusive beachfront Elias Beach Hotel in Limassol makes an ideal choice if you wish to explore the island, and has a policy of maximum one wedding per day. Wedding couples have the delightful option of holding their ceremony, cocktail party and/or banquet on the magical private pier. You can even order a fireworks display for a more memorable night!

Versatility in all Seasons Particularly appealing is the sheer size of the hotel with an array of both indoor and outdoor venues to choose from. In addition to the pier, there are expansive terraces, cosy bars, two ballrooms, and for those trying to stick to a budget, even the possibility of cordoning off a section of the main restaurant to have a seated dinner without the additional cost of a banquet. There is even a small chapel, which even if not used, is particularly endearing for wedding photos. Operating all-year round, means that budget-conscious couples can take advantage of low rates in the off-season for a “winter sun” wedding.

Romance Viki Koufari, the civil wedding co-ordinator, explains the little things they try to do to make every wedding memorable. “For the complimentary candlelit dinner, we put couples up here,” she gestures towards a small plateau tucked between the main restaurant and the pool, “which gives them a candlelit dinner by themselves so is special and romantic.”


MARIA EVRIPIDES Kanika Hotels & Resorts Sales Manager

Alexander The Great Hotel - Pafos Wedding Co-ordinator: Helen & Eva Wedding Party Size: 2-150 (seated) Getting married at Alexander the Great Beach Hotel in Pafos is so easy, that bookings from overseas for 2014 have almost doubled since 2013.

Magical Surrounds Although there are other options within the hotel, such as the elegant Corinthian Ballroom, Helen proudly introduces the newly renovated Unity Terrace. This stunning glass balcony terrace is reserved for weddings, offers complete privacy, and is utterly romantic with magnificent sea views extending across the Mediterranean, just begging the sun to set... “Other guests are unaware there is a wedding in the hotel,” Helen says.

With Compliments... All Kanika hotels offer wedding couples a host of complimentary extras such as room upgrades (subject to availability), late check-out, local champagne, flowers and fruit in the room, a commemorative gift, continental champagne breakfast the morning after, a romantic candlelit dinner for two, and discounts on spa treatments. If ten or more rooms are booked for a minimum of 7 nights, and the wedding banqueting dinner is held at the hotel, a cocktail reception is served free of charge!

Yes! Yes! Yes! The Kanika staff will go that extra mile to ensure that everything is just perfect. Put simply, when you ask a question regarding your wedding at Kanika, the answer is always yes. After all, that is the only answer you want when you’re planning a wedding, isn’t it?

Kanika Hotels and Resorts has long been an example for almost all of the wedding hosting venues in the Mediterranean. They question how Kanika secures such a good name in weddings in each of the hotels. “We are very experienced in understanding what will suit a couple”, Maria Evripides, Kanika Hotels & Resorts Sales Manager explains. “When couples come to us through our website or an exhibition we speak with them at length on the options available. Tour operators and travel agents are also very knowledgeable on our hotels as we are visiting their offices and train them very often in order to assist future wedding couples to find the best fit for their requirements.” And what does each of the hotels offer to tempt the future bride and groom? Maria says that each one has its trademark qualities. “The Olympic Lagoon’s enviable location in Agia Napa and its status as the largest family resort in Cyprus make it ideal for couples with children. The Elias Beach hotel in Limassol attracts couples who want something unique because of its lovely pier, whilst the Alexander the Great in Pafos appeals to couples looking for ultimate romance thanks to the magnificent views of the sea, harbour and castle. weddings@kanikahotels.com f facebook.com/KanikaWeddings. KANIKA

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LIVING

Take advantage of the Serenity Spa in your hotel to eliminate all worries, anxieties, stress, and tension.

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Serenity Spa The Serenity Spa has been created and branded uniformly in each of the Kanika hotels. What you discover in one Kanika hotel is yours to enjoy in any Kanika hotel: qualified therapists, extensive selection of treatments, and quality products, all to the same high standards.

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ore and more Kanika guests are incorporating spa treatments into their holiday agenda, thanks to the facilities and services that are available at all Kanika hotels. Meet Kanika’s Serenity Spa Managers – Mioara, Beth and Rebecca – and they will reveal the inside story about spa treatments and a few helpful home truths too! Mioara Kamel is Spa Manager at the Elias Beach Hotel in Limassol. Mioara believes that everyone needs a spa treatment every now and again, not just for the body, but for the soul as well. “We treat everyone as a VIP,” she says in a way that makes it impossible not to like her immediately. At the Olympic Lagoon Resort in Agia Napa, soft-spoken Spa Manager Beth Hughes expresses it in a different way: “After a treatment, we want our guests to feel ‘that was a great experience’, not just a great massage.” Rebecca Dawson is responsible for the Serenity Spa at the Alexander the Great Beach Hotel in Pafos. She believes that “every spa visitor wants something different and we can tailor our treatments to match their needs,” she explains. What all three women share is an apparent and unwavering desire to ensure that together with their teams they provide an absolutely amazing experience, whatever the treatment. And they are clearly succeeding, as the numbers of repeat customers demonstrate. However, spa treatments have been surrounded by myth and misunderstanding for a long time. Now is the time for them to be dispelled…

Rebecca Dawson spa manager Alexander the Great Hotel Paphos

Beth Hughes spa manager Olympic Lagoon Resort Ayia Napa

Mioara Kamel spa manager Elias Beach Hotel, Limassol.

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France using marine biotechnology. Why are they better? Mioara explains: “Using a cryogenic process, minerals are False. Contrary to popular belief that a spa extracted from seaweed and algae which are 24 times richer than seawater!” In Agia Napa, Colleen comments, treatment will ‘rub off’ a tan, when the skin is exfoliated and prepared the tan gained is richer, “even I can’t believe how quickly these products take effect. deeper, and lasts much longer, according to Colleen, They are so smooth, not sticky like some other products. therapist at Olympic Lagoon Resort. However, it is advised And the results last longer. You don’t need to use too much either.” Active ingredients include exotic names to stay out of the sun for the rest of the day following a like Sea Lily (for mottled skin due to ageing) and Armeria treatment, in order for the body to absorb all the products Maritima Extract (to counteract effects of cigarette smoke completely and get the most out of them. and pollution on the skin) as well as elements such as marine sugar reproduced in Phytomer labs from natural Myth “It is not advised to get additional treatments within the same week.” biotechnology culture to instantly correct wrinkles. False. Many repeat customers have a The therapists employed by Kanika enjoy regular training sessions - internal and external - to keep updated with second, third, and even fourth treatment all news and technology relating to their products and within the week of their holidays, which is services, which is one of the aspects Mioara loves about encouraged. Beth explains: “First-time guests often her job. “I suggest seminars and training we need... and change their perspective after the first treatment. They the management listen,” she says with satisfaction. So can’t believe how good their body and skin feels.” As a at the end of each treatment the therapists can very result, and despite having 4 trained therapists working simultaneously, seven days a week, places are still limited, knowledgeably explain the benefits of each of the products used and why they were used during the treatment. It’s a so it is strongly recommended to book in advance. wonderful opportunity to take advantage of this personal Myth “Spa treatments are only for women.” service and to purchase the quality products whose results False. The Serenity Spa menu includes can be seen firsthand. a full array of treatments including body wraps, facials, manicures, pedicures, waxing, Myth ”All health and spa centres are the same.” and packages for men, women, and couples! Treatments and packages for men are not the same as False. From the first step inside any Kanika those for women, as there are different requirements Serenity Spa, you will instantly notice the to satisfy. Particularly popular is Serenity’s Signature difference. The actual layout of each Serenity Treatment, a combination treatment using marine salt Spa is essentially the same; however each has aspects that crystals and lavender to exfoliate and moisturise together are special. In Agia Napa, it’s the jacuzzi in the couples with a Thai-inspired massage over the course of an hour. massage room; in Limassol and Pafos, there are gorgeous The Serenity Couple Package is one of the more romantic relaxation rooms offering herbal teas, cosy steam rooms activities and a very popular choice with couples getting with seats. In Limassol you can enjoy saunas for private married at the hotel. At Olympic Lagoon Resort, there is use, not shared. Despite the sun outside, it’s hard to resist even a private jacuzzi for couples to share before their the call of the beautiful indoor pools alongside the gym massages – and it’s included in the price of the massage. with the latest fitness equipment. Make sure to be on time to get the maximum use out of it! Take advantage of the Serenity Spa in your hotel to eliminate all worries, anxieties, stress, and tension, so you Myth “Spa products are just the same as regular products only more expen- can go back home with a sense of tranquility – in addition sive.” to a better tan! False. The Serenity Spa centres use Phytomer products, which are produced in

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from the elias beach hotel

As an upgraded 4* hotel, we see our occupancy rising every year and are now happy to be the leading‘Premium All Inclusive’ hotel in Limassol. We know that ‘people make the difference’, so as your home away from home, we are proud when you say our staff and services are exceptional. Chris N. Aristidou MIH G e n e r a l M a n a ge r

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When Kenneth and Patricia Burrows from the UK checked in at the Elias Beach Hotel in May, it was the UK couple’s 55th visit to the hotel since 1988! To celebrate, the Management Team invited ‘Ken and Pat’ to join them for dinner at Blue Paradise Beach Taverna. The evening combined champagne by the Sunset Pier, red roses for Pat, award certificates and special plaques for the couple – plus all their favourite dishes served with their preferred wine, St. Panteleimon.

Kiku: authentic Japanese flavours Enhancing our Premium All-Inclusive experience still further, we opened our Kiku Japanese Restaurant in June 2013. The Zeninspired design of the spectacular outdoor terrace offers our guests the opportunity to sample the finest of Japanese cuisine, watching the sunset and under the stars. All our AllInclusive guests are welcome to visit Kiku once a week. However, reservations are essential and

can be made at the reception or via the touchscreen info kiosk near the Reception desk. Visit Kiku if you are tantalised by the idea of favourite bites from the Far East with a modern twist, prepared on the spot and served al fresco in a Mediterranean environment overlooking the sea. All, of course, with à la carte waiter service!

Multiple Awards We are proud to display our TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence for 2012 and 2013; thank you to all our guests for their reviews. We learn from you! We are also delighted to confirm our ISO 9001 (Business Management Systems), ISO 22000 (Food Safety Management System, the OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health & Safety Management System) and the ISO 14001 (Environmental Management System). We also received a Travelife Silver Award for sustainable tourism.

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The SUNSET Pier Brides can’t praise The Pier at Elias Beach Hotel highly enough as a wedding venue. For small or large wedding parties, it offers all the benefits of a beach ceremony without the risk of stumbling over an uneven surface, or dresses trailing in the sand and water. And when they are taking their vows, the happy couple and their guests have a simply spectacular view back towards the Limassol coastline. Before and after the ceremony, guests young and old can enjoy the EU Blue Flag beach. The Pier is long enough to offer privacy, but also links guests to every conceivable amenity – whether for a wedding or a corporate event. In fact, it’s big enough for three separately defined areas at any one time: for example, the wedding ceremony itself, pre or après ceremony drinks, and a full-blown reception. Nevertheless, the Blue Paradise restaurant sitting snugly at the end of the Pier provides a sophisticated alternative. The hotel’s events co-ordinator/s can provide totally and impeccably organised packages for everything from weddings to corporate events… and to protect the memories, the photographs will be stunning!

Blue Paradise 

In a unique setting with gardens on one side, the beach and gently lapping Mediterranean waters on the other and the warm glow of a sunset in the distance, the Blue Paradise restaurant serves a taverna-style menu. It also welcomes guests for a drink in the shade during the day, or in the evening under the stars! Four evenings each week, Blue Paradise ‘morphs’ into a typical Cypriot Taverna restaurant with a menu including meat platters and authentic traditional sweets, all made from premium local ingredients. All-Inclusive guests at Elias Beach can savour these delights once a week (pre-booking required). Adjacent to The Sunset Pier, Blue Paradise is also popular as a pre-ceremony drinks or reception venue for wedding parties at the hotel – but also much sought-after for local corporate functions.

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All sectors of the Kanika Group, construction, land development, hotels and property management, benefit from two priceless assets: Cyprus itself – as a holiday destination, businesses centre or second home – and our exceptional staff. It is Cyprus that Kanika aims to support at home, and promote overseas. Dora Onouphriou G ROUP MANA G I N G D I R E C T OR

Free Wi-Fi for All

Regardless of their age, most leisure and business visitors to Cyprus are now part of the high-tech community carrying smart phones, iPads and tablets, or laptops for serious business. These users expect and need internet connectivity 24-hours a day. Not long ago, Kanika Hotels only offered free Wi-Fi to its loyalty card holders. But now we realise it’s something everyone needs. So it’s available to all our hotel guests, in all our properties, indoors and outdoors.

Helping Those With Memory Problems Alzheimer’s disease, the sometimes not-soslow loss of memory and grip on reality, is a distressing challenge that affects not just the elderly. Which is why the Kanika Group established the Ithaki Charity: to offer help to sufferers, their families and friends and create greater understanding among the general population. At Ithaki we have already opened day-care facilities for Alzheimer’s patients in Cyprus. Meanwhile, experts working with us conduct seminars on all aspects of Alzheimer’s, and we are conducting a series of sessions to help families and individuals assess the onset and extent of any short-term memory loss. Ithaki would like to thank all those who

Our Chefs in China Kanika Group is delighted to have contributed to the promotion of Cyprus as a tourism and business destination at a major event in China. At the initiative of the Chinese Embassy in Nicosia, Cyprus was invited to showcase its culture and culinary specialities in China in 2012. Under the auspices of the Cyprus Embassy in Beijing and our Ambassador there, Ms Ioanna Malliotis, Kanika supported the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) and acted as a

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attended the Mini Mental Test which took place in May at the Grammar School in Limassol: it was a great success. We thank all those who supported the event; the sponsors, the doctors, the psychologists, the volunteers and the people who attended and participated on that day. We regularly organise fundraising events (from Bingo nights to fashion shows) and – through our Facebook page – also ask for help in instances where Alzheimer’s sufferers go missing from home. If you would like to support our work, there are collection boxes in the reception areas of all our hotels. Alternatively you can contact us at www. Ithakicyprus.com

major sponsor for a prestigious five-day event. Alongside the traditional folk dancers and singers, Kanika Hotels Executive Chef Antonis Nicolaou, Executive Pastry Chef Marianna Makrommali and Chef Fragkesko Mastrou literally stole the show with their traditional, mouthwatering, Cypriot dishes. Mr George Th Karaolis, Group Deputy Chairman with government officials and business people.


“SUMMER IS CYPRUS”

There is no doubt that Cyprus has much to attract holidaymakers: a pleasing climate with 340 days of sunshine a year; a fascinating history and archaeological sites; spectacular scenery; beautiful beaches and marinas; and wonderful gastronomic delights. It is a safe and amazingly welcoming destination – for holidays or as a place to live. Working on that theme, Kanika Hotels & Resorts Sales Manager, Maria Evripides, initiated a PR & Communications campaign, ‘Summer Is Cyprus: a celebration of Cyprus, its people and its visitors’ which has now been endorsed by the two Hotel Associations STEK and PASYKSE, and the Cyprus Tourism Organisation. We recognized that the travel ndustry needed reassurance; that travel agents were being asked questions that they could not answer. So, for the sake of Cyprus and its visitors, but above all for those who are sitting in the middle – the trade – the ‘Summer is Cyprus’ initiative was born. The up-to-date interactive online presence doesn’t just promote a single resort or hotel, but presents the island as a whole. The project has placed the social media at its forefront, while travel editors are being invited to the island, enabling them to report that in Cyprus it is “tourism as usual”. Finally, testimonials are sought from tourists enjoying their holidays here as well as “Friends of Cyprus” who are well known, established and successful personalities worldwide. This project now belongs to all Cyprus hotels and we are all working on it as a team. As our esteemed guests we would like to invite you to visit our website www.summeriscyprus.com, www.facebook.com/SummerIsCyprus, Twitter at @summeriscyprus.

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True Taverna Tradition

Discovering one delicacy after another, a ‘meze’ feast can best acquaint you with Cypriot cuisine and at Kanika’s luxury hotels, their ‘Taverna’ experience offers authentic dining mastered to perfection.

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espite being a small island, Cyprus is a crossroads of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern gastronomy and therefore boasts a vast cuisine rich in different ingredients. There are countless traditional dishes worth sampling, and at Kanika hotels, each taverna is a culinary journey to true Cypriot cooking. Their carefully crafted ‘meze’, a collection of twenty ‘small plates’, is deliberately generous to introduce you to many dishes within one sitting amongst beautiful surroundings. At Olympic Lagoon Resort, the Captain’s Deck is a cosy outdoor terrace restaurant flaunting panoramic views of the lake and lush tropical gardens of Fisherman’s Village. Blue Paradise with its allwhite décor adds a Grecian feel to Elias Beach as you dine al fresco beside crystal Mediterranean waters and at Alexander the Great’s Limanaki Tavern, the spacious, open setting means every table has a seaview, and is embellished with beautiful stone columns and towering palm trees. ‘When visiting a country, it’s natural to want to explore the cuisine; and given our passion for Cypriot food, we felt it a responsibility to display our own take on meze within our resorts,’ explains Antonis Nicolaou, Executive Chef at Olympic Lagoon Resort.

Working up an appetite

Zivania is a traditional aperitif, usually served with dried fruits and nuts, both in restaurants and in every Cyprus home.

At each Kanika taverna, you are greeted with a traditional aperitif, accompanied by dried fruit and nuts, commonly served as snacks to visitors at home. Choose from zivania, a potent colourless drink distilled only in Cyprus, traditionally extracted from wine using the grape pomace, or Commandaria, an amber-coloured sweet wine

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Kleftiko: a Cypriot roast of tender lamb and potatoes, cooked in the oven for hours, typically served at village festivals and weddings.

originating from the foothills of the Troodos mountains made from sun-dried grapes. The skill behind making these delicacies constitutes a long-standing tradition passed through generations in Cypriot villages. ‘Commandaria – the oldest named wine in the world still in production – and zivania with its unique taste and making process are both elements of Cypriot culture embedded in our history,’ says Antonis. Waiters are dressed in traditional pleated trousers called a ‘vraka’ tucked into boots and teamed with a white shirt and a ‘yilekko’ or waistcoat, while the girls sport 19th century ‘saya,’ an outfit of the Karpass region, consisting of a burgundy embroidered dress covering a white chemise and pantaloons and a lace headscarf. They will guide you through the meze, introducing and describing each dish. “Androulla, the head cook, often steps out of the kitchen to reveal insider tips on her signature dishes,” says Ele Papapetrou, Guest Relations Manager at Olympic Lagoon Resort.

Odyssey of Taste Within seconds, the table is transformed into a collage of terracotta ceramic plates bursting with colours and aromas. You first tuck into avgolemoni soup (meaning ‘egg and lemon’), a mixture of chicken broth and rice infused with lemon juice and combined with eggs to make it extra creamy. This is accompanied by bread straight out the oven, including koulouri, a traditional sesame-crusted bread with a hint of sugar, prepared from scratch at each hotel. The dips and appetizers include tahini – an unusual and moorish sesameseed paste loved across the Middle East – and elies tsakistes, green olives marinated in olive oil, garlic and coriander seeds. The salad is a medley of the freshest tangy rocket and sweet coriander sprinkled with oregano and mint – some of the many herbs grown on site in the chef’s special kitchen garden. Local delicacies are then served straight from the charcoalgrill, including the tastiest halloumi, smokey lounza ham and the Cyprus sausage, loukaniko, marinated in wine and mixed

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with slightly bitter juniper berries for a distinctive flavour. Meat dominates the menu and Antonis recommends the kleftiko: a Cypriot roast of tender lamb and potatoes, cooked in the oven for hours, typically served at village festivals and weddings. However, there are also stews and baked dishes with the very best seasonal vegetables. The summer sun brings okra to the table, slow-cooked on the stove together with fresh tomatoes, and the mousakka, with its thick base of roasted aubergine.

Personalised Eating At the end of the meze you will enjoy the freshest fruits in season as well as Cypriot doughnuts called lokmades, drizzled in village honey. Throughout the meal, the waiters attend to your glass with more Cypriot wine, presented in a traditional jug, the kouza, to keep it cool. “The house wine is exquisite; however we have an extensive list of Cypriot and Greek labels should our guests prefer something slightly different,” says Antonis. With a meze meal lasting at least a couple of hours, it captures the essence of Cypriot hospitality. “As dishes are passed around, shared and discussed at the table, the food establishes strong connections between people in a relaxed and fun atmosphere,” explains Ele. The nature of the meal makes it a wonderfully intimate activity for all occasions, whether it’s a couple wanting a leisurely evening under the stars or a family looking to entertain the little ones. One experience of Cypriot cuisine will demonstrate why it is loved by everyone, especially the Kanika team, who have created a meze experience that they can be proud of.


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All 35 of them are known as the Kanika All Stars Animation Team, and their job is to ensure the animation programme is varied, interesting, and most importantly, fun for all age groups.

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Memories A pleasant surprise for many first-time guests at Kanika Hotels is the high standard of entertainment for both kids and adults alike which extends from morning until night....It is also one of the reasons so many of them return again and again.

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hat most people don’t know is that the entertainment team have been sourced internationally, to be employed by Kanika on a full-time basis, all year round following a rigorous interview process conducted in the UK by Claire Morris, the Entertainment Manager for Kanika Hotels.

Trained Staff The positions attract experienced qualified professionals. “Sometimes there are 50-60 people applying for each position,” says Claire, herself a trained dancer, responsible for the animation staff islandwide. She handpicks the best from all over the UK in the quest to find the ‘right’ people for the job. But persistence has paid off and Claire is rapt with the team she has for this year, all 35 of them. Each one has been chosen based on enthusiasm, versatility, energy and experience as the starting point of a month of gruelling training and rehearsals for the various shows and activities in one of Kanika’s three coastal hotels. Together, they are known as the Kanika All Stars Animation Team, and their job is to ensure the animation programme is varied, interesting, and most importantly, fun for all age groups.

Constantly Updated Programmes Kanika places a great deal of importance on the contribution their animators make towards each guest’s holiday experience. The entertainment team are encouraged by Kanika to put

forward new ideas and concepts based on guest feedback in order to keep the programme – which changes every half hour and is tailored to each property individually – fresh and updated. Not an easy task, considering the staggering mix of indoor and outdoor activities including sports (darts, table tennis, zumba, beach volleyball, shuffleboard, football, archery), water activities (aqua aerobics, pool mini disco, water polo), demonstrations (cocktails, cookery, scuba diving), games and quizzes, live shows and dancing, movie nights, and competitions. Although the adult and children’s’entertainment programmes differ, the emphasis is on families, so many of the activities actually cater to all members of the family. At the end of September each year, the team gets together to brainstorm ideas for the following year. It is a system that works, evident in the genuine smiles of a team who, due to the extensive animation programme set up, work long hours as a rule.

Best Hotel Ever “This is by far the best hotel I’ve ever worked in,” enthuses Paris Selley. With seven years’ experience, she is in charge of the half-dozen girls that make up the animation team at the Elias Beach Hotel in Limassol. Her challenge is to produce the nightly entertainment in the purpose-built Havana Venue. That covers eight choreographed shows every fortnight in addition to games, interactive shows and special events during holiday times.

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Claire, herself a trained dancer, handpicks the best from all over the UK in the quest to find the ‘right’ people for the job.

During the daytime, Paris and her team spend most of their time round the main pool and a relaxed outdoor kids play area allowing children to come and go fairly freely. Lucy, Tasha, and Stacy have a different focus at the Alexandra the Great Hotel in Pafos, where a newly-created indoor Kids Club facility caters for 3-12 year olds with vibrant colour, technology (restricted access online games, Nintendo Wii and huge 3D TV screen), fun and games.

Maximum Safety Safety is paramount at Kanika Hotels, which is why each child is required to be signed in and out of ‘The Little Monsters’ kids club facilities by their carer, guardian, or parent. For additional reassurance, pagers are available to parents. This is especially helpful at the Olympic Lagoon Resort, in Agia Napa, the only Kanika Hotel to offer a creche facility for babies and toddlers 6-36 months old, in addition to their kids club for 3 to 12-year-olds. Notably, every toy, item, or piece of furniture that has been touched by children is sterilised daily.

Awesome Fun Sisters Agnes and Anna who are seven and six years old squeal with delight as they play in the pirate ship water feature on their fourth visit to Olympic Lagoon Resort in Agia Napa in as many years. They love Agia Napa. The truth is, however, they have never even seen Agia Napa. To them, the Olympic Lagoon Resort IS Agia Napa. “They never want to leave the hotel,” their mother explains with a smile, as her daughters wave to her excitedly from behind a canon squirting water. “Even though the white sandy beach is on our doorstep, they don’t want to miss out on all the action here. Our entire day is based around the activities offered by the Kids’ Club.” And what child aged 3-12 wouldn’t be enthralled by the prospect of spending some time during the day with messy

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play time, dancing at a disco, singing, performing in their own show, and going on a treasure hunt while searching for the infamous Captain Blood? These are just a few of the exciting activities available before face painting at dinner, a magic show, pyjama party, or a movie. And not to forget the four furry mascots that appear to delight the kids: Zorba the Zebra, Bella Ballerina the Elephant, Lucas the Lion, and Gigi the Giraffe. The Little Monsters Kids Club’s tagline of “A Kid’s Paradise!” couldn’t be truer.

Technology for Teens For older kids who want a bit more independence, the fully-supervised Teenz Club at the Olympic Lagoon Resort in Agia Napa is a haven of technology and games with multiple internet stations (restricted access), a hi-tech Arcade Room with Playstations and Xbox Kinnects (movement games), and includes a dedicated bar serving non-alcoholic drinks which transforms into a disco at night complete with roboscan lights. There is a separate animation programme for kids in this age group, with activities such as Soccer School where professional soccer players are brought in to train and teach new skills and techniques. Essentially, it’s the little things that make all the difference: remembering guests’ names, a constant smile, boundless energy and the patience of a saint make the talented Kanika All Stars a team that can transform a simple holiday into a truly wonderful memory... and making such memories was never so much fun!


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From weddings to family holidays and adult breaks, we do our utmost to exceed our guests’ needs and expectations, with fantastic facilities and exemplary staff. We always strive to improve our quality, a goal which is a never ending journey. Christos Pericou G r o u p H o tels G e n e r a l M a n a ge r

Top of the Class

We are delighted once again to have received the TripAdvisor 2013 ‘Travel Choice’ Award, where only the best in the business are awarded a certificate of excellence. We are also immensely proud of the fact that TripAdvisor rates Olympic Lagoon Resort Number 1 in Agia Napa. With six different room types tailored to suit families and couples; a waterworld of seven swimming pools; four restaurants; two bars; extensive landscaped gardens; entertainment for all ages; and sports facilities balanced by all-new health and wellness facilities, we really do our best to please! Our guests visit from all over the world and our popularity is spreading, as can be seen from the fact that last year’s awards and recommendations also came from Thomas Cook, Zoover, Fischer, and Biblioglobus – Moscow. 34 | K A N I K A

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Olympic Bay & Fisherman’s Village We welcome guests of all ages at Olympic Lagoon Resort, but for those who seek the added luxury, peace, relaxation and pampering of an adults-only setting, there are two stunning alternatives with a ‘no children’ policy: Fisherman’s Village and Olympic Bay. Fisherman’s Village lies within the main grounds of Olympic Lagoon, but in its own private gardens, and all its suites lead to the private and exclusive infinity pool. Olympic Bay opens onto the golden sands of Landa Beach – one of the finest on the southeast coast. Landscaped tropical gardens and palm trees frame its sparkling free-form swimming pool. Nineteen Superior double rooms each offer an amazing 30sqm of space, and the bathrooms incorporate a jacuzzi. The à la carte restaurant closes at 6pm, but guests are welcome to use any of the restaurants at Olympic Lagoon Resort (including the ‘bookable’ Captain’s Deck and Kiku). Guests at both the Fisherman’s Village and Olympic Bay have the added benefit of personal Pool Waiter Service: cool towels, drinks served to their poolside sunbeds and tables, and a complimentary snack in the morning and afternoon. The rooms all have complimentary tea and coffee facilities and guests receive a complimentary bottle of water, sparkling wine and a fruit basket on arrival. Fisherman’s Village and Olympic Bay guests may use any of the main hotel’s facilities at any time. The main restaurant at Olympic Lagoon has an adults-only area; Kiku restaurant is open to adults only after 9pm, and Cinnamon Bar with its live entertainment options is child-free from 9pm to 1.30am.


Local and Ethnic Cuisine Always aiming to enrich our ‘All Inclusive’ packages, Olympic Lagoon Resort – like all Kanika Hotels on the island – has introduced two new optional dining experiences. Captain’s Deck, overlooking Fisherman’s Village, the water mill and the free-form Lazy River, offers traditional Cypriot meze. It is open to everyone, twice a week during their stay, but must be booked in advance (at Reception or using the touch-screen ‘info-kiosks’ and your room key to log in). Kiku restaurant is the outdoor venue for our mouth-watering Japanese menus. Prepared on the spot, each meal is a memorable dining experience under the stars. Reservations are essential, and guests can book once per week using the same procedure.

Youngest Guests

At Olympic Lagoon we make holidays special for our youngest visitors too! There’s the Pirate Ship with water slides in the shallow children’s pool; daytime and evening activities, and the Teenz Club has interactive video games, Internet access, films, discos, and its own ‘bar’ serving non-alcoholic drinks. The Royal Olympic Restaurant has a special supervised children’s area where they can eat with their new-found friends. The Little Monsters Club offers fully supervised activities and even sleeping areas. A special pager allows the staff to contact parents immediately, if necessary.

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Whatever you do, make sure you identify two trees that are inseparable from the Cyprus countryside: the olive tree and the carob tree.

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Timeless trees

In many ways, trees are an investment. Nurture them and they will reward your efforts. But some are more giving than others; and in return for their generosity, nature has granted them longevity. Meet the carob and the olive trees – two timeless trees that epitomize the Cyprus landscape.

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isit the Cyprus countryside and you will encounter orchards at every turn. Pink-white blossoms are the tender label of the abundant almond trees. Lush and shiny foliage are the giveaway of the citruses. Many others will tease your curiosity or challenge your knowledge. Whatever you do, make sure you identify two trees that are inseparable from the Cyprus countryside; two trees that have – in their own way – shaped the island’s trade and traditions for centuries: the olive tree on the one hand, the carob tree on the other. Though it seems impossible to find visual similarities between the two, they do have one thing in common. Both grow and mature slowly, but can live for hundreds of years. Both have high tolerance levels and won’t give in to the heat and drought of Cyprus summers.

Olive: Growth and Glory Friends of Greek mythology will tell you that the olive was a gift to mankind from the goddess of wisdom and courage, Athena. The tree’s branches were deemed suitable for crowns; its oil has anointed kings and its leaves serve as incense. Even today the olive branch is a powerful symbol of peace and glory. Perhaps that is linked to the olive oil’s reputation as an ‘elixir’ in the past and a ‘health food’ of the present. Full of vitamins and antioxidants, it is a natural anti-ageing potion that simultaneously fights high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and various chronic diseases. To preserve these qualities (including taste!), organic cultivation is key, which is why it

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Only a fraction of the olive harvest actually reaches an industrial facility, as many people grow, harvest, pickle and press their own olives.

is popular in Cyprus and subsidized by the European Union. Grown anywhere and everywhere in Cyprus, the evergreen olive tree can be found in dense country orchards as well as on urban pavements. Its silvery green leaves are unmistakable, even when mixed with the dainty and fragrant white blossoms. Depending on whether the fruit will be picked green or black, the harvest season is longer than any – from October to March. Most of the Cyprus olive oil is consumed locally. In fact, only a fraction of the olive harvest actually reaches an industrial facility, as many people grow, harvest, pickle and press their own olives – or buy a whole year’s supply directly from a cousin, neighbour or friend. If the supermarket is your source, make sure to read the label for quality differences, and note the colour, aiming for the deepest green you can find.

Carob: Pods of Pure Health The carob has its own story, with chapters in various civilizations. The ancient Egyptians experimented with the gum, using it in various ways from sweet drinks to embalming. Also known as St. John’s bread, the pods of the carob tree are said to have sustained St John the Baptist during his time in the desert. By far the most glittering era of the carob’s history was in ancient times when gold merchants used the seeds as a measure of weight, believing that all seeds were of equal mass. Although this was later proved untrue, the now accurately defined gold ‘carat’ has its etymological roots in the modest ‘carob’. If you have not quite identified the tree, look out for a relatively low-growing tree with umbrella-shaped, dense and dark green yet matt foliage. The hand-length blackish leathery pods are the ultimate proof of identity. Crack them open and you will find the flat round seeds loosely resting in the pod in a neat row. After the November harvest, the carob pods deliver carob powder, gum and flour. Rich in protein and free of starch,

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the flour is used in products for diabetics, while the powder is a healthy substitute for cocoa. The most delicious and consumer-oriented product is carob syrup, also called carob honey. The long list of minerals and vitamins it contains, plus the benefits to digestion and vitality, puts it on many health food shelves in large supermarkets. But visit a smaller grocery and you will find it everywhere, proving that it is first and foremost a delicious product. For the pure and authentic taste, choose a brand that clearly states ‘no added sugar’ – a good carob syrup will be thickened enough to be naturally as sweet as any other honey.

From Tree to Table Nutritious as well as tasty, olives and their oil are rarely absent in Mediterranean cuisine in general, and on the Cyprus table in particular. The oil is mixed into or drizzled over everything from dips and salads to fish platters and meat casseroles. The olives themselves come in several variations. On the one end of the spectrum you have the green olives, cracked and seasoned with lemon, garlic and coriander. At the other end are the deep purpleblack delights, either plump and juicy or lean (somewhat wrinkled) and more intense. Equally widespread are olive breads, crescents and pies that make the most popular snack, whether homemade or from your corner bakery. Carob syrup can be mixed with tahini for a traditional and unique sandwich spread. Some consider this combination an acquired taste; but once acquired, it lasts for life. Many use carob syrup as a perfect sweetener for breakfast cereals, oats, or any dessert where you might otherwise use honey or maple syrup. The local version of peanut brittle is called ‘pastellaki’, which binds carob syrup with one or several kinds of nuts, from almonds to peanuts and pistachios. With so much goodness tucked in their fruit, it makes sense that man and nature are working together – for once – to preserve the beauty and value of these timeless trees.


CULTURE

Pafos looks to the future to build on and celebrate its past by taking its place on the world stage as European Capital of Culture 2017.

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Pafos:

A City of Culture Centuries of artistic civilisation in Cyprus are now reaching their peak in today’s cultural scene of opera, music and fine art; in fact, Pafos now offers every element for a visiting culture vulture to enjoy.

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rom ancient times, Pafos has always been the epicentre of Cyprus culture when theatre, music, art and literature featured in the daily lives of Paphians. Many of these delights survive today with theatre at Kourion, mosaics at the Archaeological Park and fresco paintings in the beautiful churches. Inspired by this historical precedent, the city is presently experiencing a surge of cultural activities, where locals and visitors alike enjoy international performances and music of the highest calibre with the annual Opera and the Kypria Festival amongst others. Now Pafos looks to the future to build on and celebrate its past by taking its place on the world stage as European Capital of Culture 2017.

Pafos Aphrodite Festival It has become an institution that everyone looks forward to: the Pafos Opera staged in the magnificent Medieval Castle on the harbour walls. The backdrop of the ancient stone keep is awe inspiring, but add to this a performance from a renowned operatic company and you have an event like no other. This year, the organisers of the 15th Pafos Aphrodite Festival welcome the Opera Futura Verona, accompanied by the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, to perform Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti’s comic opera, L’Elisir D’Amore. Full of romance and humour, this vivacious work tells the tale of a love triangle, with Nemorino, a poor villager falling for the coquettish charms of wealthy Adina, whilst she in turn flirts with captain Belcore. Cue love potions, wedding vows, inheritance and jealousy and the story unfolds in comical altercations – with a cheerful outcome.

L’Elisir D’Amore is performed on 6,7,8 September 2013 with tickets available through the Pafos Aphrodite Festival at +357 26822218 or www.pafc.com.cy. The Alexander the Great Beach Hotel is proud to be catering for the event, as well as being one of the hospitality sponsors.

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The city will be transformed into a centre of activity with events, workshops and exhibitions, all designed to bring communities of every creed, colour and race together.

Staging a comic opera is a first for the organisers who would normally bring lyrical drama to Pafos. Mrs Stella Shepi, manager of Pafos Aphrodite Festival, explains, “L’Elisir d’Amore was chosen for this year’s Festival because it is one of the most charming and melodic operas of the international repertoire and an old-time favourite worldwide. Opera lovers will experience a magical evening at the enchanting area of the Medieval Castle, which is dressed to serve as an integral part of the set. This year’s staging of L’Elisir d’Amore is entrusted to the experienced director Paolo Panizza who promises to offer audiences a wonderful evening at the opera!”

Kypria International Festival Throughout its 20-year history, the Kypria Festival has presented Cypriot as well as foreign artists and ensembles of worldwide acclaim, giving a full international feel. Over two months, starting in September, performances in the fields of dance, theatre, music, visual arts and cinema are staged in venues around the island. In dance, the Festival has hosted the Rhine Ballet, the National Ballet of Cuba and the Batsheva Dance Company; in theatre, one of the Festival’s most recent highlights was John Malkovich’s outstanding performance in the ‘Infernal Comedy: Confessions of a Serial Killer’. Celebrated music ensembles, such as the English National Symphony Orchestra, the Madrigalisti di Venezia and the European Union Baroque Orchestra have graced the Festival arenas. For 2013, the Cultural Services of the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture have appointed Artistic Director, Andy Bargilly. He says, “With the mandate not only to improve the already high standards of the Festival, but also to refresh its image and bring forward a new approach and concept, we will concentrate on the theme of Mythology,

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Myths and History as a source of inspiration and artistic creation. Guests can take their pick from a schedule of excellence.” For the KYPRIA 2013 programme, visit: www.kypria.org.cy

European Capital of Culture 2017 In 1985, the EU Council of Ministers launched The European Capital of Culture initiative to bring the people of the European communities closer; in 2017 Pafos will take its place on the list of outstanding cities that have achieved this cultural renaissance. Mr George Georgiades, member


of the Board of Directors of Pafos 2017, explains, “The city will be transformed into a centre of activity with events, workshops and exhibitions, all designed to bring communities of every creed, colour and race together. These could be learning each other’s songs, tales and heritage, nurturing the environment, exploring the area, and creating art, theatre, and dance that will break down any cultural boundaries or historic prejudice. Pafos will be a playground for visitors and citizens, and new construction will put the city firmly on the cultural map.” Though the planning committee is still sifting through ideas, some projects are already underway: a stunning mosaic is being created by Sharen Taylor, archaeologist, artist and master mosaic maker. Sharen was inspired by the logo of the Pafos Capital of Culture and started a voluntary project where the public bought individual tiles and each was placed in a section of the Mosaic. Over €3.000 was collected for the local hospice, and the artwork will stand proudly as a testament to the dedicated voluntary spirit that impressed the jury so much. So what can visitors expect to see over the next few years? Travelling troubadours, photographers, dancers and actors will drive, sail, walk and bus to entertain thousands against backdrops as diverse as wind farms, rooftops, pontoons, churches and courtyards. New projects will start to emerge; a new theatre, piers and the Akamas boardwalks, restoration of the old Khan, the defunct Othello cinema, the ‘Pizari’ square and municipal gardens. As Mr Georgiades says, “So much to look forward to!”

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AGIA Napa DISTRICT

LARNAKA DISTRICT

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cyprus Cyprus is a treasure trove of historical and cultural sites, as well as being a sunshine island that makes the most of its beautiful weather. There is so much to see and do, all year round. Here are some suggestions to get you started! IMPORTANT NOTICE: Whilst all events have been confirmed and are correct at the time of going to press, we strongly advise contacting the organisers, as there is a chance that they could be cancelled or changed at short notice due to the effects of the current financial climate.

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Places of Interest

AGIA Napa District Thalassa Municipal Museum of the Sea

children. There are various food and refreshment outlets, facilities for the disabled, public conveniences and lockers, along with shaded and dry areas. Opening Times: Daily (May – Sep): 10am – 6pm Daily (Apr and Oct): 10am – 5pm Contact Details: 18 Agia Thekla Road, Agia Napa  2372 4444 www.waterworldwaterpark.com

The Thalassa Municipal Museum of the Sea is a seven-level interactive museum that links the sea with the history of the island. Its exhibits date as far back as the prehistoric period and include paleontological, geological, archaeological and marine life exhibits, which are on display in underground showcases to give visitors a top view of the objects. Opening Times: Mon: 9am – 1pm, Tues - Sat: 9am – 5pm Sun: 3pm – 5pm (closed in winter) Contact Details: 14 Kryo Nero Avenue, Agia Napa  2381 6366

bridge at the same location. A thrilling opportunity for exploring, snorkelling, swimming and climbing. Location: From the eastern edge of Agia Napa up to Cape Greco

Limassol District

The Farmhouse

The Medieval Castle

The Farmhouse is an old traditional house that reveals how Cypriots used to live and work in bygone times. Upon entering, you will be transported back to olden Cyprus through the different rooms that are set up as they were back then – complete with traditional furniture, utensils and costumes – including hand-embroidered bedspreads, ornamental plates and national dress.

Richard the Lionheart celebrated his marriage to Berengaria of Navarre in this 13th century castle, which the Venetians later modified for the town’s defence. Later on, under British rule, it served as a prison. It now houses a medieval museum with exhibits from the era of 4001870 AD including cannons, tombstones, statues and suits of armour.

Location: Monastery Square (centre of Agia Napa)

Waterworld Waterpark

Location: Near the Old Port Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 8am – 5pm, Sat: 9am – 5pm Sun: 10am – 1pm Contact Details:  2530 5419

The Cyprus Wine Museum

Sea Caves The Waterworld Waterpark in Agia Napa is the island’s biggest waterpark with a unique ancient Greek mythology theme. The rides range from gentle and relaxing to heart-stopping and also include activities for young

The Agia Napa Sea Caves are a natural attraction, created over millennia by the erosion of the Cyprus coastline at the end of the sandy beaches that start from the Agia Napa harbour. The caves vary from low and narrow to deep and wide, with a stunning natural

The Cyprus Wine Museum is a beautifully restored old stone building – once an inn – that operates as a museum, a cava and a charming venue for functions and events. Learn about the ancient methods of wine production and the different storage vessels, as well as local grape varieties, and enjoy some wine tasting complete with nibbles.

Location: Old Limassol - Pafos Road, Erimi Village Opening hours: Daily: 9am – 5pm Contact Details:  2587 3808 www.cypruswinemuseum.com

Kolossi Castle Kolossi Castle was built in 1210 by the Frankish military. It served initially as the Grand Commanderie of the Knights Templar then as the headquarters of the Knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. The Hospitallers rebuilt it in 1454, and it is this structure that remains to this day as a fine example of military architecture. Location: Kolossi Village, 11km outside Limassol

Fasouri Watermania This Polynesian-themed waterpark offers 21 attractions for all ages, including various slides and rides/activities for toddlers and children. There are also a host of other facilities such as massage service, fish foot spa, temporary tattoo parlour, lockers, changing rooms and toilets, along with seven food and beverage outlets for a complete day out. Location: Fasouri Area, 10 minutes off the Limassol - Pafos highway Opening hours: Daily (May, Sep & Oct): 10am – 5pm Daily (Jun – Aug): 10am – 6pm Contact Details:  2571 4235 www.fasouri-watermania.com

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Location: 25km east of Pafos, 9km east of Kouklia, off the coast, along the main road to Limassol

Pafos Medieval Fort Limassol Marina The stunning new marina is set to become one of the most prestigious marinas in the Mediterranean thanks to its state-of-the-art facilities, luxury seafront residences, shops and high-end boutiques, and exclusive waterfront bars and dining. The restaurants range from traditional tavernas to stylish international restaurants – all complete with a backdrop of bobbing boats.

The focal point of Kato Pafos is the picturesque harbour with its medieval fort surrounded by cafés and restaurants. The Byzantines firstly erected the castle to protect the harbour, and the Lusignans rebuilt it in the 13th century. It was dismantled by the Venetians in 1570 and then rebuilt once again by the Ottomans. It has also served as a prison and a salt warehouse.

Location: By the Old Port Contact:  8008 0010 www.limassolmarina.com

Pafos District Petra Tou Romiou (Aphrodite’s Rock) Cyprus is called ‘the island of love’ thanks to the ancient Greek goddess Aphrodite and her birthplace, marked by a large rock in the sea just off the coast about 25 km east of Pafos. Legend tells that she was born from sea foam at this spot and took her first steps on the island. The area is also known to offer some of the most beautiful sunsets on the island.

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Kelokedara Donkey Farm Donkeys were once an important part of rural life in Cyprus and were used for travel, transportation and labour. Occupying 19 hectares of land, the Donkey Farm provides shelter and veterinary care for the Cyprus donkey, which was at risk of becoming an endangered species. Visit the farm to meet these gentle creatures, book a donkey ride, and also enjoy a traditional meal in the country. Location: Near the village of Kelokedara, approximately 30 km East of Pafos in the Xeros river valley Opening HOURS: Tue - Sat: 5pm – 11.30pm Contact:  2558 6333 www.argonaftis.com

The Steni Museum of Village Life Location: Pafos harbour Opening HOURS: Daily (Nov – Mar): 8am – 5pm Daily (Apr & Oct): 8am – 6pm Daily (Jun – Aug): 8am – 7.30pm

Pafos Bird & Animal Park Pafos Bird and Animal Park is home to a multitude of different birds and other animals. For a complete day out don’t miss the daily parrot acrobatic show, a visit to the children’s farm or a view of some of the island’s handicrafts and bird art. The park also has a souvenir shop, restaurant and snack bar on the grounds. Location: On the main road to Agios Georgios, Pegeia Opening HOURS: Daily (Oct – Mar): 9am – 5pm Daily (Apr – Sep): 9am – 6pm Contact:  2681 3852 www.pafosbirdpark.com

This museum in the Community Centre of Steni village provides a visual overview of rural life in Cyprus from 1800 to 1945, with insight into its hardships, struggles and traditions. The authentic exhibits include traditional clothing, tools and equipment, handicrafts, kitchenware, pots, jars and farming equipment. Location: Steni Village, 40 minutes outside Pafos Opening HOURS: Mon – Sun (Oct – Mar): 10am – 4pm Mon –Sun (Apr – Sept): 10am – 6pm Contact: info@steni.org.cy www.steni.org.cy

Eléa Estate Golf This challenging par 71 course at the heart of the prestigious Eléa Estate was designed by the legendary golfer Sir Nick Faldo and incorporates numerous natural features and stunning views of the Mediterranean.

The club includes a golf academy and golf shop, as well as the clubhouse that offers a place to relax and enjoy a drink or a meal in its restaurants and bars. Location: Geroskipou, east of Pafos Contact:  2620 2004 www.eleaestate.com

Aphrodite Hills Resort Golf Course The 18-hole championship golf course of Aphrodite Hills Resort was designed by the acclaimed architect Cabell Robinson and is built on two plateaux separated by a dramatic ravine with outstanding views of the Mediterranean. The golf club includes a 3-hole golf academy, pro shop and clubhouse with changing rooms, bar and restaurant areas. Location: Kouklia, east of Pafos Contact:  2682 8200 www.aphroditehills.com

For further information on these, and many other places of interest, contact the local CTO office of each town. Agia Napa

2 Kryou Nerou Road.  2372 1796 Limassol

15 Araouzou Street  2536 2756 35A Odos Georgiou  2532 3211 New Harbour  2534 3868 Pafos

3 Gladstonos Street  2693 2841 2 Agiou Nikolaou, Polis. 2632 2468


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performances can be found on the official website.

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Heroes Square  7777 7745 (box office) www.cyprusethnic.com

Commandaria Festival

July 19-27 The 14 wine-producing villages of the Troodos mountain range celebrate the sweet dessert wine Commandaria - the oldest wine still in production - with a weeklong festival that includes entertainment, Commandariamaking demonstrations and sampling, as well as food. The programme leaflet is available at all CTO offices. Kalochorio Village, 8pm (Saturday, main event)

17th International Festival of ANCIENT DRAMA

Throughout July This annual festival showcases original productions of ancient Greek plays throughout July. Theatre companies from all over the world perform their unique adaptations. Programmes to date included performances by troupes from America, Britain, Germany and Sweden among many others. This year’s full programme will be published on the website of the Cyprus Centre of International Theatre Institute. Curium Amphitheatre www.cyprus-theatre-iti.org

8th Cyprus Rialto Ethnic World Music Festival

Throughout July Groups and musicians from the Mediterranean region and Middle East perform on the island in celebration of the shared geographical, historical and cultural relations that have influenced the music of these regions. The full programme of

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SEPTEMBER Limassol Wine Festival

August 29 - September 8 The Limassol Wine Festival celebrates Cypriot wine with plenty of free wine to sample and a lively entertainment programme which includes music, various choirs and singing groups, comedies, dance shows, magicians, puppet shows and presentations. The full programme can be found on the municipality’s website. Municipal Gardens

website. www.pafc.com.cy Medieval Castle, 8pm

Greek Orthodox Christmas Agia Napa International Festival

September 27-29 This three-day event focuses on Cypriot culture and traditions. It takes place at the Venetianstyle Agia Napa Monastery and includes an entertainment programme of music, dance and theatre, art and photographic exhibitions, folk art and a traditional country fair (panayiri). The full programme can be found on the Agia Napa municipality website.

Amathusia Festival

International Short Film Festival of Cyprus

October 12-18 The Rialto Theatre screens a rich variety of short films by talented producers from around the globe. The festival culminates in a series of awards granted by an international three-member jury with prizes for the best submitted and invited films. Rialto Theatre  7777 7745 / 7777 2552 www.isffc.com.cy

 2532 3567 www.agiostychonas.com

Pafos Aphrodite Festival – Gaetano Donizetti: L’ELISIR d’Amore

September 6, 7, 8 The annual festival brings over an international premier opera to be performed for three nights at an open-air amphitheatre by the Medieval Castle at the old harbour of Pafos. This year’s performance is by the Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti, written in 1832. More information can be found on the festival

Christmas is an important season in the Greek Orthodox religious calendar, second only to Easter. On Christmas Eve, women bake special breads (‘koulouria’), butter/nut pastries sprinkled with icing sugar (‘kourapiedes’) and honey-drizzled sweet bites (‘melomakarona’). Christmas Day begins with egg-andlemon rice soup (‘avgolemoni’) for breakfast after the early Christmas Mass and lunch is traditionally lamb and potatoes. Christmas in Limassol

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The annual summer Amathusia Festival takes place at the site of Ancient Amathus, amidst its important ruins. For 2013 the festival will be held on one night with a concert dedicated to the music of the late Greek singer Stelios Kazantzidis. Various artists from Greece and Cyprus will interpret his songs, along with dance performances. 9pm

December 25

Seferis Square , www.agianapa.org.cy.

www.limassolmunicipal.com.cy.

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NOVEMBER

Throughout December Throughout December, the Limassol Municipality organises a full programme of Christmas events and entertainment for all the family. The festivities include visits from Santa, choir performances, bazaars, art and handicraft workshops, carousel and ice-skating rink and more. The programme is published on the municipality’s website nearer the time. www.limassoltourism.com

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Forest Park Car Rally

November 23, 24

Epiphany (Three Kings Day)

The long, winding roads of the Troodos mountain range see beautifully restored classic cars of all kinds during this two-day classic car rally. As they converge on Limassol’s Medieval Castle en route to the mountain village of Platres, they provide a nostalgic sight for car enthusiasts. www.okak.org.cy

The day of the Epiphany (the Twelfth Day) is an important Greek Orthodox holiday. According to local folk tales, mischievous spirits were said to live on the rooftops where they would prey on people and play tricks on them during the twelve days of Christmas. This

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led to a tradition of throwing fried sweet pastries onto the roofs on the eve of Epiphany to appease the spirits. The tradition is rarely followed today, but the fried ‘lokmades’ – like mini doughnut balls – continue to be extremely popular!

nature, enjoy a vegan picnic with traditional breads and dips, and fly kites and play games.

Musical Sundays

Easter is the Orthodox Church’s biggest holiday filled with special church services, traditional baked goods and a family BBQ on Easter Sunday. The Service of the Crucifixion is held on the evening of Holy Thursday and on Saturday, Judas the traitor is burnt on a bonfire called a ‘lambraja’.

January - May The Community Board of Agios Tychonas and the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) invite the public to enjoy an hour of musical performances by the sea every Sunday. The event is free and features different genres throughout the hour, such as traditional Cypriot music and dance and world music. Onesilos Seaside Theatre , 11am – 12pm www.agiostychonas.com / www.visitcyprus.com

FEBRUARY Limassol Carnival

February 16-26 The Limassol Carnival takes place during the 10 days leading up to Lent. It’s the time to party, before the challenge of fasting and abstinence. There is an organised programme of parades, exhibitions and plenty of other entertainment. Full details of the programme will be published on the Limassol Municipality’s carnival webpage. www.limassolmunicipal.com.cy/carnival

MARCH Green Monday

March 03 Green Monday marks the start of the 40-day Lenten fast, which continues until Easter Sunday. It is a day where Cypriots take to the fields to be at one with

APRIL Greek Orthodox Easter

April 18-21

JUNE Pentacost (Kataklysmos)

June 9 Pentecost is celebrated 50 days after Easter to remember the great biblical flood of Noah and his ark. A three-day festival is held with water-based activities, bazaar and entertainment. Further information and the programme of events can be found on the municipality website nearer the date.

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Shakespeare at Curium

August The annual performance of a Shakespeare play takes place in the ancient open-air amphitheatre of Curium for three nights during June. Produced by the committee for The Performing Arts for Cyprus Charities, the proceeds go to worthy causes based on the island. More information can be found on the official Facebook page. www.facebook.com/ groups/14259880985/?fref=ts  9999 0535

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Property text by gina coleman

Treasure Hunt

In Cyprus, as anywhere in the world, the buzz word most often quoted in relation to real estate is ‘location’. The most sought-after and elusive properties are those which offer a very special mix: excellent lifestyle choices; spectacular views: easy access and transport options, and a wide range of local facilities. For working couples and those with young families especially, the challenges can seem enormous. But Kanika comes to the rescue.

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anika Developments’ Sunrise Moni Villas, just a leisurely ten minute drive from Limassol town centre and a mere five minutes from beautiful sandy beaches and the St Raphael Marina, is a unique development which offers owners all the benefits of both city and rural living. A unique combination of exclusive villas, spacious houses and a very small number of delightful maisonettes - all designed with relaxing and aesthetically-pleasing Feng Shui principles in mind - it takes advantage of breathtaking panoramic views across unspoilt rolling hills, spectacular sunsets and seascapes, yet offers every conceivable amenity right on the doorstep. Each gated property on the 45-unit site will have its own parking and enclosed garden – but the development also has more extensive shared, landscaped, areas which will include a designated play area for the children. All of which provides opportunities for the adults to socialize privately, with friends, or within the Sunrise Moni Villas development, while giving young ones a safe environment in which to play freely: away from traffic, surrounded by nature. Optional extras at Sunrise Moni Villas include private swimming pools and Jacuzzis. All properties are wired ready for dual airconditioning/heating units, and separate heating (radiator) panels. Kanika Developments can arrange for the supply and installation

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of the units at the client’s expense, should they so wish – and also arrange for the provision of furniture and electrical goods.. Sunrise Moni Villas is being built in two stages: 17 units in Phase A are under construction, with the first six houses due for completion around December 2013 and the remainder by the end of March 2014. A Show House is open for viewing.

A matter of choice Early buyers have the option of selecting certain finishes – such as for the built-in wardrobes, kitchen units, parquet flooring, ceramic tiles, and painted finishes, thus customizing their new homes to their own tastes. As construction progresses, and in order to minimize any possible disruption to those already residing on the complex, properties may be completed in entirety prior to sale. So – though all properties will be finished to the highest standards - those expressing an early interest have a distinct advantage. All properties benefit from the use of environment-friendly materials and thermal insulation to help keep them cool in summer and warm in winter, which together with the provision of solar panels for water heating reduces potential energy bills. The provision of elegant but functional built-in storage facilities gives rooms a spacious feel, but also makes cleaning easy.


A success Story!

A Promising Investment

Serious investors with vision recognize a golden opportunity when they see

Pet owners will be delighted to know that dogs and cats are welcomed on the development – provided they cause no inconvenience to neighbours.  Moni, one of the most prestigious suburbs of Limassol, is a friendly community, and shops, schools and medical facilities are all provided in the village. For young families, it is also good to know that after-school activities such as sports, music and dancing are also available close to the development. After all, Cyprus tops the EU charts for its educational achievements!

one; and the Kanika International Business Centre has all the features they

The Rainbow Community

luxury interiors with a private conference room for each company occupying

What can be more reassuring to newcomers than the knowledge that multi-cultural Limassol has a wide selection of schools, newspapers, churches, cultural centres and business associations serving its ‘rainbow’ community in their own languages. For those who find the development attractive, but who do not wish to purchase property at the moment, some units are available for rental. www.kanikadevelopments.com Tel: +357 25 814266

the Centre. In addition to the roof garden, a spa, jacuzzi and gym are

are looking for. Within just three months of opening, the prestigious commercial property achieved an amazing 90% occupancy. Its unique location overlooking the palm trees and sandy beach of Germasoyia Tourist area, places it close to the major hotels – a prime position offering business visitors a quick and easy journey to meetings. The building features advanced technology. There is ample parking, immaculately maintained landscaped gardens and purpose-designed outdoor function areas for corporate events. The gated project offers high security, concierge services and spacious

available in the building. Proof of KIBC’s superiority is that long-established international businesses have chosen to re-locate to the spectacular Centre. And in those precious leisure moments, tenants and visitors can stroll along the Mediterranean, a genuine ‘stone’s throw’ away. This combination of location, advanced construction, exclusive finish, unique facilities and high occupancy is as close as you can get to a property that promises a healthy return on investment.

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PROPERTY OF THE YEAR

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The Kanika Developments has established an enviable reputation for carefully selecting the land for its projects, thoroughly studying market requirements and engaging the best architects and designers to create desirable properties finished to a high standard, on time. As a result, its properties are much sought-after and sell quickly. This Gallery gives you an idea of some of the current developments, and homes which may still be available.

Kanika Sunrise Apartments: This project of eleven luxury one, two and three-bedroomed apartments in Agios Athanasios, is currently under construction. Each property has been carefully positioned to catch the first light of day, and offers magnificent views of the city of Limassol and the Mediterranean Sea. The ground floor apartments each have private, landscaped gardens and the upper levels benefit from large verandas. The penthouse also has the benefit of a huge private roof garden.

Kanika Agios Athanasios Residence:

Moni Green Village

Kanika Souni Village

Germasogeia Gardens

A mixed development on the edge

There are just a very few

The 3-storey building of luxury

This small, fully-completed

of the prestigious Moni village, it

traditional houses or bungalows

apartments stands in a desirable

development of luxurious

includes 2-story villas, bungalows,

still available on a small complex

residential setting at the foot of

apartments lies in the elite Agios

apartments and maisonettes with

of 26 units with parking, BBQ

the most exclusive location on the

Athanasios residential area of

a dimension of luxury. Moni has

areas, private pools and pretty

outskirts of Limassol. Modestly

Limassol’s suburbs, just a five-

excellent facilities and a friendly

gardens which has already

arched verandas, red tiled roof

minute drive from the city centre

community; the development has

been completed. This is an area

sections and a pergola covered

and the sea. The discrete 2-storey

already been completed and the

of historic and archaeological

rooftop enhance the building’s

development consists of just five

majority of units have already

significance, with a backdrop

contemporary architecture,

spacious one and two bedroomed

been sold. Owners enjoy the

of preserved pine forests and

a communal swimming pool,

apartments and penthouses.

added benefit of complimentary

spectacular sea views. The

exquisite interiors and compact

Each home has large verandas,

membership of the Health Club

development is also close to

luxury create a stylish residence,

individually-allocated covered

and Spa facilities at the 4* Elias

several award-winning golf

holiday home or a permanent

parking, and an invaluable private

Beach Hotel, just a five minute

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residence only 10 minutes’ drive

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from the city centre.

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Undoubtedly a superior hotel!

A seaside paradise

The Alexander the Great Beach Hotel in Pafos, on the southwestern coast of Cyprus, is a luxurious hotel directly overlooking a ‘Blue Flag’ sandy beach. Built on an archaeological site dating back to 2000 BC, it is only a few minutes’ walk from the picturesque harbour and the centre of the prime resort of Pafos.

The Elias Beach Hotel is a luxurious seafront hotel overlooking a ‘Blue Flag’ sandy beach in the ancient Amathus area, only a short drive from the entertainment area and city centre of the cosmopolitan town of Limassol.

P.O.Box 60325

P.O.Box 54300

P.O.Box 30386

P.O.Box 30386,

CY 8102 Pafos - Cyprus

CY 3722 Limassol - Cyprus

CY 5330 Agia Napa - Cyprus

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Fun and relaxation in a spacious setting The Olympic Lagoon Resort is a low-rise hotel in Grecian style, set in lush landscaped gardens creating an ambience of paradise. The newly renovated, magnificent hotel is just 100 metres from the golden sandy beach and designed to appeal to discerning holidaymakers of all ages.

An exclusive seaside jewel The newly constructed Olympic Bay Club is a new luxurious hotel located opposite the popular 4* Olympic Lagoon Resort in Agia Napa and directly on the serene and sugary golden sands of Landa Beach, one of the finest beaches of the southeastern coast of Cyprus.

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