Saturday, June 26, 2010

Welcome to Aphrodite Hills Resort blogspot

Dear friends,

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.

Happy blogging!!

Demetris Demetriou, MA
Resort General Manager

Friday, June 25, 2010

In our Healthy Vacation we don’t need only to relax, but we need to change

Being Healthy used to mean not getting sick. But today, being healthy means much more. It means a higher state of Fitness, which we as professionals do call “Wellness”. Wellness is an optimum state of health and well being which focuses on prevention rather than treatment. Living well means taking steps to prevent illness and to prolong and improve the quality of our life. Wellness also means balance among the physical, mental, social, intellectual and spiritual aspects of life.

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.

You have to be able to manage life to manage your life.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Paphos Prestige Lifestyle magazine at Aphrodite Hills!

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

Orata al Cartoccio (Whole sea bream baked in foil)

Ciao tutto,

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)

Whole fresh sea bream baked in foil paper with mussels and cherry tomatoes

Serves/Makes: 2

  • 2 whole sea bream, about 400 gr., scaled and gutted
  • 150 gr. Fresh mussels
  • 150 gr. cherry Tomatoes
  • 2 shallot , sliced into rings
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 12 black olives
  • Extra virgin Olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lemon
  • Fresh basil and thyme
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped

    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

    Executive Chef
    Andrea Crippa

    Part 1 Part 2

    Part 3

    Part 4

  • Thursday, June 17, 2010

    Aphrodite Hills Golf Pro Andrew Darker tips

    Hello All, my name is Andrew Darker and I am the Operations Manager at the Aphrodite Hills Golf. I just wanted to share this short video I have created for everyone, but let me explain as to why I have created this clip. 

    My office window looks out to the chipping green here at Aphrodite Hills, I have spent the last 10 minutes watching a couple practice their chipping, with 5 out of 10 shots thinned across the green and ending up in the lake near the 18th the idea was born. I though to myself in 15 seconds. I could almost cure their bad shots, I hope you enjoy the short clip on how to strike your chips correctly and I sincerely hope the couple i just saw practicing find my blog!
    Good luck and let me know if you need any personal tips that could improve your game!

    Saturday, June 5, 2010

    Aphrodite Hills Kids Club Manager speaks up about parenting

    Discipline is probably the most important and controversial skill of good parenting. I personally am no expert on the subject and even after seven children I still struggle with the thought ‘am I making the right decision concerning the disciplining of this child.’

    Parenting in present times has revolved, from the extended family to single parent families we have become a transient society and our extended family usually lives many kilometres away. In recent years we have learned to make the most of all resources, whether it be surfing the internet, reading books, attending classes and making friends with people whom we believe to be ‘experts’ on the subject. We then use all this information in ways to make it work for our families.

    Unfortunately not even a course in Child Psychology has prepared me on this subject. Whilst child psychology is a complex subject to read, it is even more difficult to practise.

    We are usually conflicted over what type of discipline to apply at what time. Appropriate discipline for one child may not be suitable or effective for another. Foremost it is most important to determine who is in authority: the parents or the child. This may sound simple, but in this day and age, the answer isn't always quite clear.

    Good child discipline requires good family communication. The fear of hurting a child's feelings compels many parents into allowing their children to reign supreme. Giving instructions and applying discipline, listening to your child, holding family meetings, and resolving conflicts are just a few of the opportunities parents have to encourage self-discipline and maintain good family relationships. One thing to always keep in mind is that adults should keep a united front especially when it comes to consistent parental discipline.

    When discipline doesn't seem to be working for your family, you want to step back and look again at the problem. The first step is to learn what normal behavior is for your child's age and stage of development. Some misbehavior is an expression of transitions in the child's development. Parental expectations may be beyond what the child is able to achieve on a consistent basis. Discipline techniques that belittle or shame a child are truly harmful. Avoid physical punishment. Spanking has never been shown to be more effective than other forms of punishment and will make your child more aggressive and angry.

    Analyze why a disciplining method stopped working. Don't discipline hard, just discipline smart. If you are having difficulty disciplining your child, it is important to remember that you may not be doing anything wrong. All children are different and have different characters and developmental levels and a style of discipline that may work with other children may not work with yours.

    Both spoiled and harshly-disciplined children are at risk for emotional and behavioural problems. One new approach or discipline style can change the course of our child's development. When we see that something doesn't work, we do it more, hoping that more of the same might produce better results.

    When a childhood behavioral problem becomes habitual, we tend to escalate the strategy we've been using. But the solution often lies in simply trying something new!

    Children need firm boundaries that come from clear and consistent parental discipline. Whether the method is redirection, time-outs, loss of privileges, grounding, extra chores, or spanking, it is crucial that we embrace our role to train our children to become moral and respectable adults. When confronting a problem, your method of communication will help or hinder a successful resolution. Learn how to communicate effectively with your child. Children must be taught right from wrong. In order to do that, parents must practice a consistent, pattern of discipline

    Stay calm and do not get carried away when your child misbehaves. Avoid yelling and screaming, since this can teach your child that it is all right to lose control if you don't get your way. If you feel like things are escalating too much, then take a break until you can regain your composure. An angry parent should never discipline a child before regaining control of their emotions. An angry parent needs to take time to cool down.

    Remember to give rewards and praise for good behavior.

    Give lots of encouragement. If your child isn't following through with a chore, there's a good chance you aren't following through with encouragement. Your children need lots of encouragement, and recognition for any good work or accomplishments. As do we all….