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Crystal Springs Beach Hotel: Warm Top Service Hotel

"Lose Your Self in an Oasis of Lush Gardens. Take in the view and enjoy the sun, sand and sea." Cyprus is full of surprises and hidden spots and Crystal Springs Beach Hotel is one of them! The 4* Hotel in Protaras sits within its own tropical garden and provides you an exclusive crystal clear sandy beach. Its privileged location on the outskirts of the popular Protaras resort commands breathtaking views in a calm and relaxing environment. Stepping out of the hotel, the vast amenities and vibrant nightlife of Protaras are close by, making the hotel ideal for couples and families. Rooms There's 6 types of rooms at Crystal Springs. We stayed in a Superior Room with Sea View. Upon arrival in our room, we were greeted with a bottle of sparkling wine and fruit. The room is spacious enough for two people and a toddler. The rooms are modern and fresh with a clean and soothing palette that evokes a sense of relaxation between orange and white colors. What I really loved and could not take my eyes of what the breathtaking front sea view. Room Amenities • Private Balcony • Daily  Coffee and Tea facilities • Bath Robe and Slippers • Free Toiletries • Magnified Mirror • Safety Deposit Box • Mini bar available at a charge (there is no mini bar offered due to COVID-19). • Room service available until 21:30 at a charge • Air conditioning • Baby cot (Upon request) • Wi-Fi • Hairdryer • Wake up service • 32’ Plasma TV BOOK NOW Eating So when we arrived at the hotel we were informed about the All-Inclusive offer. We never really stayed at a hotel All-Inclusive. We found the price very good for what it offered - 40 EUR per day all you can eat and drink from any place inside the hotel. The delicious extensive full buffet breakfast offers a variety of continental and English breakfasts every morning. At lunch and dinner, you can enjoy al a carte menu and theme [...]

2020-09-08T09:25:43+03:00September 5th, 2020|

Top 10 Protaras Family Hotels to Stay

Cyprus is an all-rounder of a Mediterranean island, which makes it a top choice for planning and enjoying a family holiday.  So this is summer, I'm organizing my holiday stay in Cyprus with my family. It's not the two of any more so I'm looking for a family-friendly place to stay. I have prepared a list of family-friendly hotels for you to check and have an enjoyable time with your family in Protaras. Find out the Top 10 Protaras Family Hotels according to Booking.com, with ratings above 8/10. Stay at the best hotels with your family and enjoy the Cyprus summer weather. Sunrise Pearl Hotel & Spa Rating: 9.2/10 Featuring 4 outdoor swimming pools, Sunrise Pearl Hotel & Spa is located in Protaras. It includes 7 restaurants, spa centre, 2 tennis courts and supervised kids club. Free WiFi is provided throughout. All guest rooms at the hotel are equipped with a seating area, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a private bathroom with free toiletries and a bath or shower. All rooms will provide guests with a desk and a kettle. A buffet breakfast is served daily at the property. Families particularly like the location — they rated it 9.7 for a stay with kids. Customer service is available in German, Greek, English and Spanish at the 24-hour front desk. Families particularly like the location — they rated it 9.7 for a stay with kids. SHOW PRICES Crystal Springs Beach Hotel Rating: 9.2/10 Crystal Springs is situated near a picturesque fishing harbor, 5 km from Protaras. It has an outdoor pool with separate children's pool, and offers rooms with furnished balconies and views of the Mediterranean Sea. WiFi is offered in public areas. Rooms at Crystal Springs Beach Hotel are air conditioned and bright. They have a work desk, and come equipped with satellite TV and a minibar. The private bathrooms include a hairdryer, while children's high chairs are also available upon request. The Salamina Restaurant offers theme nights, international dishes, and regional cuisine, with special children's menu. Crystal Springs also has [...]

2020-08-17T10:25:55+03:00July 12th, 2020|

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Cyprus Airports – Restrictions from March 16th

Hermes airports announced that Larnaca and Paphos International Airports are open and operating 24/7,  urging passengers to consult their airlines for any  changes in their flight schedule. In an announcement on their website Hermes Airports indicate: Important Announcement: Larnaka & Pafos International Airports are open and operate on a 24/7 basis. For changes in the flight schedule of airlines, please contact the airline directly. Based on the measures taken by the Government to confine the coronavirus pandemic and aiming to safeguard Public Health, people intending to travel to Cyprus, as of 16/3/2020, 18:00 Cyprus time (GMT+2) up to and including 30/4/2020, can enter the Republic of Cyprus only if they have a valid medical certificate for coronavirus issued by an accredited body or a public health laboratory. The medical certificate must not be older than four days. The categories of citizens who can enter the country are as follows: (a) Cypriot citizens (b) Legal residents in the Republic of Cyprus (c) European nationals or third-country nationals working in the Republic (d) Nationals of countries who are in a designated diplomatic service or mission under bilateral or international conventions (e) Individual cases of European nationals or third-country nationals for unavoidable professional obligations, provided that the relevant authorization has been obtained from the competent Ministry (f) European or third country citizens attending educational institutions in the Republic of Cyprus - All passengers arriving in Cyprus who meet the above criteria will be taken at premises designated by the Republic of Cyprus for 14 days as precautionary measures. All passengers will be examined with a thermal camera and will be directed to the airport’s nurse office.  - Cypriot citizens who are currently abroad, or intend to travel abroad for exceptional reasons, are encouraged to register on the website www.oikade.gov.cy. - Citizens who have arrived in Cyprus prior the decree (15 March 2020) and are in the country less than 14 days, are urged to remain in self-isolation and self-observation until 14 days pass. - Citizens of the Republic of Cyprus who are temporarily located or permanently reside abroad are advised to be particularly cautious, to follow local and international media on the latest developments regarding COVID-19, to [...]

2020-03-16T16:00:04+03:00March 15th, 2020|

Nicosia Christmas Fairyland 2019-2020

Get in the Christmas Holiday Spirit by visiting the Nicosia Christmas Fairyland in Cyprus. You shouldn’t miss it, especially if you have kids, they will love it. Opening Hours: 11:00 -24:00 Entrance: FREE There are a lot of attractions and games to keep the kids busy and excited.  They have organised live concerts from singers or bangs from Cyprus and Greece, see the program to make sure you don't miss your favorite artist. There are also a lot of stalls selling souvenirs and Christmas gifts, food, sweets and drinks. There are a lot of things planned, concerts, live links with radio stations, theaters for the kids, dancing shows. Location: Hadjiiosif Avenue, Strovolos, Nicosia. Dates: 15th November 2019 – 12th of January 2020 Facebook Page: Click to find more info about the Christmas Fairyland.

2019-11-16T19:03:57+03:00November 14th, 2019|

Top 10: Αγροτουριστικά καταλύματα στη Κύπρο

Αυτό το χειμώνα, χαλαρώστε σε ένα ξενοδοχείο σε ένα χωριό στην Κύπρο. Όταν χιονίζει έξω ή κάνει κρύο, η ζεστασιά των τζακιών και η διαμονή στο βουνό, προσφέρει μια ευχάριστη εμπειρία. Από τη Λόφου, το Βουνί, το Άρσος, τον Καλοπαναγιώτη προς τα Λευκάρα, τη Καλαβασό και τη Βάβλα, υπάρχουν πολλά ωραία και άνετα μέρη για να μείνετε. Ανακαλύψτε τα Top 10 Αγροτοτουριστικά καταλύματα για αυτό το χειμώνα, με αξιολογήσεις στο  Booking.com πάνω από 9/10. Μείνετε στα καλύτερα ξενοδοχεία, απολαύστε το παραδοσιακό κυπριακό στυλ του χωριού και  την κυπριακή φιλοξενία. Win a trip for 2 | Italy, Cambodia, Costa Rica, or Egypt! Casale Panayiotis - Kalopanayiotis Rating: 9/10 Φωλιασμένο στην Κοιλάδα της Μαραθάσας, στις πλαγιές της Οροσειράς του Τροόδους, το Casale Panayiotis είναι ένα συγκρότημα παραδοσιακών κατοικιών, οι οποίες συνδυάζουν τις σύγχρονες ανέσεις με το παραδοσιακό στιλ. Προσφέρει κέντρο σπα και κομψά δωμάτια με θέα στην αυλή ή τα βουνά. Όλα τα δωμάτια είναι ξεχωριστά επιπλωμένα και περιλαμβάνουν χειροποίητα κυπριακά αντικείμενα, θέρμανση και κλιματισμό. Διαθέτουν επίσης τηλεόραση επίπεδης οθόνης με DVD/CD player, θυρίδα ασφαλείας, μίνι μπαρ και καφετιέρα. Στο μπάνιο θα βρείτε δωρεάν προϊόντα περιποίησης, μπουρνούζια, παντόφλες και στεγνωτήρα μαλλιών. Ορισμένα έχουν τζάκι, ενώ σε όλα παρέχεται δωρεάν Wi-Fi. ΔΕΣ ΤΙΜΗ Oinou Strata - Vouni [Adults Only] Rating: 9.5/10 Το Oinou Strata - Adults Only βρίσκεται στο Βουνί, προσφέρει μπαρ και δωρεάν Wi-Fi. Όλες οι μονάδες διαθέτουν καναπέ, καθιστικό, τηλεόραση επίπεδης οθόνης και ιδιωτικό μπάνιο με στεγνωτήρα μαλλιών. Επίσης περιλαμβάνουν πλήρως εντοιχισμένη μικρή κουζίνα με τραπεζαρία, ψυγείο, μαγειρικές εστίες, βραστήρα και καφετιέρα. ΔΕΣ ΤΙΜΗ Oinoessa Traditional Boutique Guest Houses - Lofou Rating: 9/10 Το Oinoessa Traditional Boutique Guest Houses βρίσκεται στο κέντρο του χωριού Λόφου και προσφέρει πετρόκτιστα στούντιο και διαμερίσματα με ξύλινη επίπλωση και κλασική διακόσμηση. Διαθέτει κήπο, ηλιόλουστη βεράντα και δωρεάν Wi-Fi σε όλους τους χώρους. Όλες οι μονάδες του Oinoessa έχουν μπαλκόνι ή αίθριο, οροφή με ξύλινα δοκάρια και κρεβάτια από σφυρήλατο σίδηρο. Περιλαμβάνουν τηλεόραση επίπεδης οθόνης, κλιματισμό και κουζίνα με ηλεκτρική κουζίνα ή μικρή κουζίνα με φουρνάκι. Το κατάλυμα προσφέρει στους [...]

2019-12-11T13:04:35+03:00November 7th, 2019|

Top 10 Cyprus Winter Cozy Places to Stay

This winter, relax at a hotel or Agrotourism getaway in a village in Cyprus. When it’s snowing outside or it's very cold, the warmth of fireplaces and staying inside whilst in the mountains, provides an enjoyable experience. From Lofou, Vouni, Arsos, Kalopanayiotis to Lefkara, KAlavasos to Vavla, there is a number nice and cozy places to stay and enjoy with your partner, family or friends. Find out the Top 10 Cyprus Winter Cozy Places to stay this winter, based on Booking.com ratings above 9/10. Stay at the best hotels, enjoy the village traditional cypriot style, and enjoy the Cypriot hospitality. Win a trip for 2 | Italy, USA, Egypt, or Thailand! Casale Panayiotis - Kalopanayiotis Rating: 9/10 Nestled in the Marathasa Valley, on the slopes of Troodos Mountains, Casale Panayiotis is a complex of traditional houses that combine modern luxuries with traditional style. It features a spa center and elegant rooms overlooking the courtyard or the mountains. You can read my full review based on my stay at Casale Panayiotis: A luxury resort located in the mountains and I totally guarantee you that this is the top from Cyprus Winter Cozy Places recommendations. SHOW PRICES Oinou Strata - Vouni [Adults Only] Rating: 9.5/10 Located in Vouni, 8.1 miles from Platres, Oinou Strata - Adults Only provides a bar and free WiFi. Each unit comes with a sofa, a seating area, a flat-screen TV, a well-fitted kitchenette with a dining area, and a private bathroom with a hairdryer. A fridge and stovetop are also featured, as well as a kettle and a coffee machine. Guests at the bed and breakfast can enjoy a continental breakfast. SHOW PRICES Oinoessa Traditional Boutique Guest Houses - Lofou Rating: 9/10 Located in the centre of Lofou Village, Oinoessa Traditional Boutique Guest Houses offers stone-built studios and apartments with wooden furnishing and classical decoration. It features a garden and sun terrace, and free Wi-Fi in all areas. Opening to a balcony or patio, all rooms at Oinoessa come with beamed [...]

2020-01-03T11:44:41+03:00October 27th, 2019|

Agros Rose Festival 2019 – Cyprus Annual Event

Agros Rose Festival is held this year on the 11-12th and 18th and 19th of May in Agros Village in Cyprus. I visited the Agros Rose Festival on Sunday the 12th of May and need to admit that it was one of the best festivals I've been to. If you really want to enjoy this I would advise you to visit early in the morning in order to avoid the crowds. We were there at 10:30 in the morning, when it was still not that hot and the place was not packed - and you'll find a nearby car parking space. During the festival, visitors have the chance to see and enjoy various exhibitions of products made of local roses, learn more about the procedure of making rose water, enjoy a traditional dance program and traditional music and taste some products made of rose also as other Cypriot traditional products. We visited the Rose factory which is one of the most interesting and characteristic spots in Agros. You will be toured around the factory and hear how rose water is made, from which roses, when and long does it take to produce. You'll get to try rose water, rose chocolates, hand creams, liquors, even toothpaste (everything that has to do with cosmetics is considered to be organic).  There are kiosks serving food and drinks, and other kiosks that sell rose products including food, drinks, cosmetics, candles etc. There's a hop on hop off train touring the area (2 EUROS). Check below the festival plan to get an idea of what to expect if you decide to visit. Agros Rose Festival 2019 Photos About Agros Agros is a village built on the Troodos Mountains, in the region of Pitsilia, in southwest Cyprus, which has built amphitheatrically among high mountains at an altitude of 1100 metres with a population of approximately 1,000. The village is located 45 minutes away from the cities of Nicosia and Limassol, 20 minutes from Troödos Square and 80 minutes from the international airports of Larnaca and Paphos [ref: [...]

2019-05-14T08:51:36+03:00May 14th, 2019|

Casale Panayiotis: A luxury resort located in the mountains

"Discover village life in Cyprus through a luxury hotel resort and spa set into an ancient mountain range in this Mediterranean escape". Cyprus is full of surprises and hidden spots. One of these is Casale Panayiotis, a stylish boutique hotel in the heart of Kalopanayiotis Village. It's a place to relax and enjoy the village life. It combines a mixture of a luxury spa, elegant hotel rooms that remind you of Cypriot Village houses - modern and old. Nestled in the Marathasa Valley, on the slopes of Troodos Mountains, Casale Panayiotis is a complex of traditional houses which combine modern luxuries with traditional style. It features a spa center and elegant rooms overlooking the courtyard or the mountains. Rooms All rooms and suites used to be village homes which have been restored, retaining their original Cypriot character and touches. All rooms are heated and air-conditioned, provide a TV,  safe, minibar and kettle, whilst some other rooms have a sink and a mini cooker. Free toiletries, bathrobes, slippers and a hairdryer stock the bathroom. A few rooms have a fireplace (there is a 10 Euros extra charge for a basket of wood). We stayed at one of the 5 Studios, Agia Marina no.5 which is located in the Old neighborhood, near the Agia Marina church (the room was named after the church). Our room had a fireplace which made it extra cozy and warm during the winter nights that we stayed there. BOOK NOW Eating The food we had whilst staying in the village was delicious. Casale owns a few restaurants including Byzantino Restaurant, Byzantino Cafe, Loutraki, Pantheo and Kava. In order to reach most of these places and other eateries around the village, you need to walk, despite at which room you are staying at. We had food in Byzantino Restaurant which serves local dishes. We also visited Loutraki Grill restaurant set in a contemporary environment with amazing village views. But note that Loutraki has a very limited selection of dishes. I won't forget the exceptional breakfast. A variety of traditional Cypriot selections, including [...]

2019-01-18T15:28:17+03:00January 17th, 2019|

Limassol Wine Festival 2018

The Limassol Wine Festival is a 10-day annual cultural and vibrant event that takes place every year, since 1961 at end of August - beginning of September. The Limassol Wine Festival, one of the most popular events in Cyprus, takes place in the Limassol Municipal Gardens, which are located on the east side of the town near the sea.There are pavilions on both sides of the main entrance belonging to the Limassol wineries including ETKO, KEO, LOEL, SODAP, and LAONA, where the visitors can taste, free of charge, all kinds of wines. When you purchase your entrance ticket, you are also given a 20% discount voucher which you can redeem at these wineries.During the event, you will enjoy a celebration of food and wine. There's a variety of kiosks that cook Cypriot food e.g. mostly souvlakia. You'll get to listen to Cypriot music and watch Cypriot and Greek dancing.If you happen to be in Cyprus during this period, a visit to Limassol would not be complete without attending one of the biggest and most significant cultural events on the island.Download the full program to see what kind of activities and events have been planned and plan accordingly your visit. DOWNLOAD FULL PROGRAM Limassol Wine Festival Tickets Adults: over 18 years old: 5 Euro 20% off all bottled wines (applies to 1 bottle, excluding Commandaria) from ETKO, LOEL, KEO or SODAP wineries. Children/ Teenagers from 6 – 18 years old: 3 Euro Plastic wine bottle: 1.50 Euro Wine glass: 1.50 Euro Wine glass with stem: 2.50 Euro Venue AddressLemesos Municipal Gardens28th October AvenueLemesos, CyprusOperating TimesWeekdays 19:00 - 23:00Saturday & Sunday 19:00 - 23:30 ParkingA big parking space located on the Municipal Garden Theatre’s eastern side is provided free of charge by the Limassol Municipality (Pafilia plot). Get a glimpse into last year's event (2017) by watching the video from blogger Amanda Kate at FoodyFair.  

2018-09-03T09:39:59+03:00September 2nd, 2018|

Exploring Troodos Mountains, Cyprus

Troodos is the largest mountain range in Cyprus, located in the center of the island. Its highest peak is Mount Olympus, also known as Chionistra, at 1,952 meters. Troodos is well known for its beautiful resorts, traditional Cypriot villages, scented forests, and for its cultural heritage such as historical monasteries and churches. So you've decided to explore the Troodos area and you are looking for some recommendations? Are you just visiting for the day or you are planning to stay somewhere? I would totally recommend you to spend a weekend in the Troodos area, by booking a hotel, an apartment, or even better a traditional holiday house. By staying there you will have more time to enjoy the surroundings, villages, scenery and the amazing food you can try at many local restaurants and taverns. Below I've listed some great things you should do and places to visit along with recommended places to enjoy a nice meal during your visit in the area. THINGS TO DO IN TROODOS AREA 1. Try some traditional Cypriot Sweets Considering that you are starting your journey from Limassol, Troodos Junction, on your way up to Troodos mountains, make your first stop at Katerinas Cyprus Sweets shop. An authenticate Sweet Shop. It's located on the main road and you'll see it on your left side. You will be amazed of what you'll find here. Anything you can imagine, they've made it a sweet. Fruits and vegetables made into jams and sweets. There's free tasting so make sure to taste some of the most 'strange sweets' you mostly have never tried before. 2. Stop and enjoy Millomeri Waterfalls Another recommended stop is Millomeri Waterfalls. Millomeri is among the highest waterfalls in Cyprus. You'll need to get off the main road park your car and walk a few meters till you reach the waterfalls. 3. Visit Kakopetria Village Kakopetria is a beautiful scenery village. It is surrounded by thick forestland and is built on the banks of two rivers, Kargotis and Garillis. When visiting [...]

2018-07-23T11:18:58+03:00July 22nd, 2018|
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