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OUR GIFT TO YOU

Welcome message from the General Manager 4

BRUSHSTROKES

News, Events, and Special Occasions

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ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS

The Managing Director outlines the Four Seasons Hotel’s recipe for success 16

PASSION FOR EXCELLENCE

Introducing members of the management team

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THE LUXURY LIST

Boutique browsing at the Four Seasons 22

THALASSOTHERAPIE

A closer look at the Four Seasons’ Thalasso Spa 26

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MULTI-COLOURED CAFÉ CULTURE

Why Colors Café is the talk of the town 30

THE BEST IS GOOD ENOUGH

Food philosophy at the Four Seasons Hotel 36

NEW WINES OF CYPRUS

Refreshing developments in the local wine industry The Four Seasons Hotel

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A driving tour of popular villages and mountain resorts

P.O.Box 57222, CY-3133 Limassol Cyprus Tel: +357 2585 8000, Fax: + 357 2531 0887 E-mail: inquiries@fourseasons.com.cy www.fourseasons.com.cy

DISCOVERING THE REAL CYPRUS

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GOLFING IN CYPRUS

A golfer’s guide to the greens of Cyprus

OW N E D A N D O P E R AT E D BY M U S K I TA H O T E L S LT D

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A HOME IN THE SUN

The ins and outs of buying property in Cyprus

Published on behalf of the Four Seasons Hotel by DC4 Visual Communications Ltd P.O. Box 40353, CY-6303 Larnaca, Cyprus

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Tel: + 357 2465 4898 Fax: + 357 2465 8866

CYPRUS TAX REVISION IN LIGHT OF EU ACCESSION

Exactly how taxation will be aligned with the EU’s acquis communautaire

E-mail: dc4@cytanet.com.cy www.dc4.com.cy © 2002 DC4 Visual Communications

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INSIDE STORY

Duties of the head concierge, in theory and practise

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REVIEW

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TEXT BY DINA MYLORDOU

Repeat guests know that the Four Seasons will offer them something new to enjoy every time they visit hotel.

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Actions speak louder than words

Actions speak LOUDER than words Christos Mouskis, the Managing Director of the Four Seasons Hotel, reflects on how the management, staff and guests all contribute to making the hotel a landmark in the hospitality industry.

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n today’s extremely competitive world, ‘customer service’ is the marketeers’ newfound religion. However, the seasoned consumer is no longer flattered by the mere mention of it. Unless supported by convincing actions, these words are

better left unsaid. So, the Four Seasons’ claim to be committed to customer service is bound to raise an eyebrow or two… Why should we believe that here the customer is truly king? “Because when I say it, I mean it - and I proved it,” says Christos Mouskis, Managing Director of the hotel. How?

“ We are grateful to our guests for spreading the word,” says Mr Christos Mouskis, Managing Director of the Four Seasons Hotel.

T h e “ h a r d wa r e ” o f h o s p i ta l i t y

For starters, the facilities of the Four Seasons Hotel as a whole create a high standard environment conducive to ultimate holiday pleasure as well as successful business activities. And like any healthy environment, it is dynamic, changing and growing with a purpose. visit prompted the entire rebuilding and customized redecoration of the hotel’s most luxurious suites. An imaginative series of theme suites followed, as well as a new bar on the beach. Meanwhile, the Seasons Oriental restaurant emerged as a vision from the Far East.

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HOT SPOTS

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Multicoloured Manager Costas Nicolaou has infused a Parisien air into Colors Café, complete with the popular Buddha Bar music.

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Chef Patissier Yianni, artist-in-residence at Colors, makes sure that fine taste and attractive pesentation go hand in hand.


Multicoloured Café Culture

Café Culture Café culture is nothing new, or so we thought, until the Four

Seasons Hotel created Colors Café, where the palate and the imagination are made to experience a small revelation.

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hat is it that makes us drink our cof-

countless combinations of cup-and-saucer sets. The concept is

fee somewhere other than at home,

echoed in every presentation and every serving, as well as in

where we can have it any way we like,

the music, atmosphere and service, whipping it all together

and where it’s always cosy and com-

and serving it up in a distinctive style, giving us all something

fortable? For decades, writers, painters and intellectuals have

we’ve really never seen or tasted before. A coffee and a cake at

chosen to meet and exchange their ideas and opinions at pub-

Colors is like a miniature gastronomic revolution happening

lic coffee shops. While cafés provide us with that ideal place to

literally on the taste buds every time, and on an abstract level,

meet friends, colleagues or lovers, sometimes they offer us a

altering your imagination’s comprehension of the endless pos-

change of scenery where, quite simply, someone else will make

sibilities of flavour combinations. No, really. At Colors the

you a superb cup of coffee, while you sit in the sun and read

menu never quite stays the same. Manager Costas Nicolaou -

the afternoon paper or ponder your next novel.

who returned to Cyprus after 12 years in Paris - has infused an

In a world of ever-increasing choices, there will always be

original Parisien air into Colors Café, complete with the

more options than the actual ability to sample everything.

popular Buddha bar music. Costas works closely with resident

But what can a café possibly offer you that you haven’t already

Chef Patissier Yianni and his crew, and together they are never

been offered a dozen times before? How many different ways

able to simply settle for what they’ve got so far: they don’t

are there to enjoy a Cappuccino? The Four Seasons Colors

explore new culinary territory, they are too busy creating it.

Café shows its customers exactly what and how. The staff at Colors has redefined the coffee and cake scheme, giving us flavours to contemplate, not just something sweet to swallow

The salmon and cream cheese baguette is more sublime than sandwich. But, under any circumstances, do not miss out on Yianni’s cheese pie. This is a real masterpiece created from

A café with a concep t

The concept at Colors Café is based on multi-selections. Nine different colours are used in the décor and accents, with

phyllo and kataifi pastries and a scrumptious blend of five different varieties of cheese. Delicately flavoured with fresh mint and sun-dried tomatoes, it makes an ideal semi-meal any time

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with a coffee.

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CYPRUS

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ne of the most popular destinations to explore by car is Troodos – the central mountain range of the island. The Troodos Mountains lie just less than 40 kilometres from Limassol and provide a stunning contrast to the coastal scenery throughout the year, and importantly, during the brief Cyprus winter have

the added temptation of some great downhill ski slopes! It is hard to believe that in the morning you can be enjoying skiing amidst the fragrant pine trees, and by the afternoon you can be swimming in the clear azure waters of the Mediterranean – believe me, it’s quite possible! One of the main routes from Limassol up to the mountains follows the course of the Kouris valley (from the Polemidhia roundabout on the Limassol -Paphos highway ). The Kouris was once the mighty river of Cyprus whose power was harnessed by the villagers to drive numerous watermills. The valley offers spectacular views down to the coast and the Akrotiri peninsula with its famous Salt Lake, and northwards up to the summit of Mount Olympus, which

D iscovering the

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Discovering the real Cyprus

at 1951 metres is the highest peak of the island. This road is affectionately known as ‘Kitchener’s Road’ as it was built in 1885 by Lord Kitchener to link Limassol to the mountain resort of Platres. ‘ T h e V i l l a g e o f t h e A rt i s t s ’ b e c ko n s

The road slowly winds its way up through the valley and there are villages on either side that are just waiting to be explored. Lania is also known as ‘The Village of the Artists’. In days gone by, Lania was the first place where travellers could rest overnight at the Khan by the road – few ventured up into the village itself, but today this picturesque village perfectly captures the atmosphere of a bygone era. There are clusters of white-washed houses in a variety of architectural styles, each decorated with colourful pots of geraniums and bougainvillaea. Until recently, the villagers have relied on the land for their income and much of their food requirements. The main crops have traditionally been grapes, almonds, walnuts and figs, and in the autumn months strings of soujouko can be seen drying in the warm sunshine. If you would like to sample this delicious local sweet made from threaded strings  of

real cyprus

One of the real pleasures gained from a holiday in Cyprus at the Four Seasons Hotel is combining the comfort of one of the island’s top hotels with time spent exploring some of the beautiful countryside and traditional villages.

Panayia Galaktorofousa,

There are several excursions

in the village of Dhoros,

available from the hotel,

houses the 11th century icon

but the most popular way to

of Our Lady (the Panayia).

explore is by car. Kyperounta o ly m p u s 1951m tRoodos kaledonia Falls

pa n o p l at R e s KATO PLATRES

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Kouris Dam

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Episkopi Bay

saltlake Akrotiri Bay

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Four Seasons - Portrait - Issue 1 Summer 2002  

The in-house magazine of the Four Seasons Hotel in Limassol, Cyprus, is a reflection of the hotel’s premium facilities and services, as well...

Four Seasons - Portrait - Issue 1 Summer 2002  

The in-house magazine of the Four Seasons Hotel in Limassol, Cyprus, is a reflection of the hotel’s premium facilities and services, as well...