Tuesday, December 21, 2010
The panel of judges cited the hotel’s ‘sprawling estate with an 18-hole championship golf course, the Retreat Spa with 27 treatment rooms, indoor and outdoor pools, and tennis courts’ as the outstanding features that propelled the five-star resort onto the Gold List.
Chosen by the magazine’s editors and travel experts, the Gold List – revealed this month – is a definitive guide to the top hotels worldwide, with properties judged on six criteria – ambience and design, location, food, rooms, leisure facilities and service.
Commenting on the accolade Demetris Demetriou, Resort General Manager, Aphrodite Hills said: “This is an exceptional achievement and I’m incredibly proud of my entire team who all deserve congratulations for the part they have played. It is testimony to our ongoing commitment to offer the very best in luxury hospitality and a great way to start 2011.”
Aphrodite Hills Resort is beautifully situated within 578-acres near Paphos and set over two elevated plateaux on either side of the breathtaking Randidi Gorge. It’s the first-ever leisure, golf and real estate development in Cyprus. The resort offers a luxurious hotel – the InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Resort Hotel, a fabulously indulgent spa – The Retreat, a challenging 18-hole championship golf course, a tennis academy, two ultra-chic Beach Clubs and an award-winning, fully integrated resort community offering villas and apartments.
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Thursday, November 18, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
A child who spends all day colouring inside will miss out on the physical benefits that can be gained from out-door play. Similarly, a child who never does quiet activities may struggle with concentration.
My children feel that they have stepped into an exciting Adventure of World discovery when ever they come up to the Resort.
At the Kids Clubs of Aphrodite Hills there are diversified selections of activities that cater for all children, whether it is outdoor games on the multipurpose courts, garden games at the Village Square or water polo in the out door pools. In the Clubs they can join in a variety of indoor games as well a vast assortment of Arts & Crafts. My favourite being the scrap booking which is usually done using photos from the Photography session. If you want something specific to keep your child occupied whilst on Holiday, these Clubs are the places to be.
My girls first learnt to use a camera right here during the photography sessions, my son played his first ever game of tennis the other evening with William and since then I’ve had to buy a tennis game for his Wii. I think he imagines himself to be the next Marcos Baghdadi, however I think I would liken him more to the 1980’s tennis star John McEnroe.
Wait till he tries out the football, I’ll be looking for a David Beckham t-shirt next. Well perhaps he can design his own in the Kids Club during his next visit.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
The Old Course at St.Andrews has certainly stood the test of time; lengthened a little for this year Open Championship but with the combination of weather and the difficulty player’s face around the greens it remains one of the best tests of golf.
I have been fortunate enough to play the Old Course and have experienced first hand the need for carefully managing your way around. During this year’s Open Championship Louis Oosthuizen stayed ahead of the field and instantly stepped into the limelight as a Major winner. His coolness on the course and his ability to get the ball up and down was simply incredible, well done Louis!
I watched the last round like millions of others and was most impressed by the players creativity when playing bump and run or chipping strokes around the greens. I know from experience that the pros work hard at their short game, the accuracy of their chipping is key when playing a links style golf course such as the Old Course; my video shows a simple drill that I have found beneficial through the years and has really improved my chances of holing the ball from just off the green. Take a look; as they say “the proof is in the pudding”
Thursday, July 22, 2010
- 2 Kirby cucumbers, divided
- 1 1/2 cups Greek yogurt (3/4 pounds)
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, divided
- 5 garlic cloves, minced, divided
- 1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crumbled
- 1 teaspoon secret spiced ….
- 1 greek pita bread (four 8-inch pieces) or cyprus pita bread (pocket on)
- 1/2 roast chicken, skin discarded, meat shredded (about 2 1/4 cups), and carcass reserved for stock
- 1/2 head iceberg lettuce, thinly sliced
- 4 pcs fry potatoes
- Preheat broiler.
- Peel and grate 1 cucumber, then squeeze it with your hands to remove excess water. Stir together with yogurt, 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice, one third of garlic, and 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper to make tsatsiki.
- Cut remaining cucumber into 1/4-inch pieces and tomatoes, spring onion
- Marinated the chicken with secret spiced one night before , put on gyros stick and cook for 1 hour
- Sliced with electric knife
- Spread some of tsatsiki on warm bread and top with chicken and some of lettuce tomato cucumber spring onion and chips.
Chef Andrea Crippa
Saturday, June 26, 2010
I am very glad to introduce our new Aphrodite Hills blog, which I hope will give our friends the opportunity to follow novelties and ideas that we are practicing.
Through this new for us, communication channel, we also hope to have the opportunity to listen to your comments, suggestions and criticism in order to make our Resort your place of preference.
I am very exited about this new project, which will give us the opportunity for a closer bonding and hope that you will all assist us with this project by commenting and contributing towards it.
Demetris Demetriou, MA
Resort General Manager
Friday, June 25, 2010
While a balanced diet and lifestyle are essential to our wellness, exercise and physical fitness play a key role. Numerous studies have shown that exercise is one of the most powerful things we can do to improve our health and wellness.
‘Physical inactivity is one of the biggest public health problems in Europe.
It is clear that there are many health and functional benefits of participation in physical activity. Regular activity prevents the development of diseases such as high blood pressure, heart attacks, diabetes and colon cancer. In addition, people who exercise generally report enhanced moods, and older people can extend their function and preserve independence by staying active’.
We have to discover the benefits of exercise for ourselves. We will feel more relaxed and happier right away – even after our first workout. Within weeks, we will notice that we are less tired, feel stronger, have more endurance and can accomplish more each day.
There are four major components of physical fitness – cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility, and body composition – and each plays an important role in improving the quality of our life.
A sensible exercise program can change our life. But the key word is “sensible”.
We should know what you’re doing and why you’re doing it in order to stay healthy.
At The Retreat Spa at Aphrodite Hills we have a long – standing commitment to keeping the world healthy! As experts in exercise and nutrition, we know the importance of regular exercise and how it can help you feel better, look better and live longer.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Paphos’ local lifestyle magazine, Prestige, in cooperation with the Village Square Restaurants at Aphrodite Hills, held a cocktail reception on Friday 11th of June, 2010.
Paphos Mayor, Mr. Savvas Vergas, along with many other guests celebrated Prestige’s success dancing, mingling, drinking and of course tasting the various canapés and snacks from a variety of cuisines that the Village Square Restaurants at Aphrodite Hills have to offer!
Monday, June 21, 2010
A few days ago, I was invited as a guest on one of Cyprus most popular morning shows "Epta - Deka" (07:00 - 10:00) and together with Chef Stefanos, we had the opportunity to demonstrate one of the signature dishes of the seafood restaurant, Psarohori.
The recipe is the following (to view the videos on how to prepare, please check at the end of the blog)
Orata al Cartoccio (Whole sea bream baked in foil)
How to cook Foil Baked Whole Sea Bream:
Lay out two large pieces of foil (each big enough to form a 'tent’ round the fish) and lightly oil the centre. Put the sea bream on top, make three slashes on each side, season inside and out and tuck in a couple of sprigs of thyme, the garlic . Drizzle some olive oil inside and over the top of the fish.add the cherry tomatoes and the fresh mussels. Fold up the foil. Scrunch together the edges of the foil to make a tent, leaving enough space for the fish to steam (it must not be 'wrapped’ in the foil).
Place the parcels on a baking-sheet and cook in an oven preheated to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6 for 15 to 20 minutes. Check to see whether the fish is cooked by looking at the flesh near the bone in the thickest part. It should be opaque and not at all 'glassy’. Scrunch the foil back together, place the parcels on warmed plates and take to the table – it’s lovely to open them there and have all the wonderful smells escape.
Serve the Cartoccio with fresh green salad or roasted baby potatoes
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