Thursday, September 27, 2012

Aphrodite Hills Real Estate - Otello Opera

On Saturday 8th September, Lanitis Development accompanied a small number of potential clients, associates and journalists from Cyprus and the UK to the OTELLO OPERA by Giuseppe Verdi, Opera of the Slovak National Theatre, which took place at Paphos Medieval Castle. The play was based on the Othello drama - and the combination of the performing actors together with the classic scenery of the old harbour, transcended the audience to another time in Famagusta, where Othello’s story took place.

Lanitis Development created a package which included the following: 
  • 3 days complimentary accommodation at the five-star InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Resort Hotel
  • Ticket for the spectacular open-air performance of the Opera
  • Pre-Opera Champagne Cocktail at the Sunset Bar, overlooking the breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea
The package also included a Property Tour in Theseus Village and to the eastern plateau, to view the Villas available for sale. The Tour continued with a visit to Alexander Heights, the new Real Estate development currently under construction until summer 2013.

Those who participated in this event were treated exclusively and have been left with the greatest impressions of both the Opera and the entire Aphrodite Hills experience.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Annabel Croft Tennis Academy tennis exercise tips!



Fitness has become an integral part of all sports these days and none more so than tennis. Tennis being the high energy game that it is, requires a certain amount of core fitness, so we have carefully chosen 7 exercises which will get you into the shape you need in no time at all. 

These exercises do not require the use of a gym and can be easily done in the comfort of your own home. These exercises can be done by children too. 3 times-a-week is more than enough to see rapid improvements in your tennis fitness levels.

LET’S DO IT!

Use these 7 tennis exercises to improve your tennis fitness:
#1 Tennis Exercise - Suicides (Lateral Shuffle Drill)

  • Shuffle two steps to the right
  • Touch the ground with your right hand
  • Shuffle two steps to the left
  • Touch the ground with your left hand
  • Do this exercise for 1 minute
#2 Tennis Exercise - Lunges
  • Step forward with your right leg
  • Your left leg should be 1-2 inches off the ground and bent at 90 degrees
  • Your right knee should be behind your right toe and at 90 degrees
  • Do 10-15 reps per side
#3 Tennis Exercise - Squat Jumps
  • Squat back until your knees are at 90 degrees
  • Then hop up 3 inches off of the ground
  • Do for 30 seconds or 10-15 reps, depending on your tennis exercise goals
#4 Tennis Exercise - High Plank
  • Go into a push-up position
  • Keep your back flat and your core engaged
  • Hold for 30-60 seconds
#5 Tennis Exercise - Squat Thrusts
  • Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your arms at your sides
  • Push your hips back, bend your knees and squat down as you place your hands on the floor in front of you, shifting your weight onto them
  • Kick your legs backward so that you're now in a push-up position, with your arms straight
  • Quickly bring your legs back to the squat position 
  • Stand up
  • Repeat the entire movement
#6 Tennis Exercise - Push Ups

  • Place your arms slightly wider than your shoulders
  • Rise up on your toes and engage your core
  • Bend your elbows until you are 2 inches from the floor, and then push your body off until your arms are straight
  • If needed, do the exercise from your knees
  • Do for 30 seconds, or do as many reps as possible until exhaustion
#7 Tennis Exercise - Mountain Climbers
  • Begin in a push-up position on the hands and toes
  • Bring the right knee in towards the chest, resting the foot on the floor
  • Jump up and switch feet in the air, bringing the left foot in and the right foot back
  • Continue alternating the feet as fast as you safely can for 30-60 seconds
  • You should have worked up a real sweat if you did these tennis exercises properly!


KEEP HYDRATED!
How’s it going with your tennis training programme? Could complacency be your greatest opponent? Tweak your tennis strategy by including these Top 5 Tennis Tips for Hydration. All of the tennis training tactics are not going to help if your body is suffering from poor hydration management.

When it comes to hydration tips for tennis tournaments or even a fun game with friends, a smart hydration plan is vital before, during and after. Tennis is, in general, a warmer weather sport, and sun-drenched tennis court surfaces coupled with an intense heat index create dehydration pitfalls.


Top 5 Tennis Tips for Hydration
  1. Avoid or limit intake of caffeinated drinks (such as coffee, teas, soft drinks) before and immediately after tennis training and match games. They are potent dehydrates, plus trigger fluid loss via sweat and urine. It’s a misnomer that caffeine creates extra energy. A vitamin B tablet helps promote extra energy without an increase in loss of fluids. Definitely avoid alcohol at these times… but you already knew that, right?
  2. Be prepared. Fill up and chill your bottles or sports drink containers beforehand and park them courtside for handy, regular intake of fluids.  Plan enough for over 2 hours.
  3. Consume sufficient fluids before, during and after your tennis training programme and match performances. In general: Drink 17 to 20 ounces within the 2 hours before; 300ml every 15 to 20 minutes during; and within the 2 hours afterwards drink a minimum of 600ml per pound of weight loss.
  4. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty. Maintain a deliberate drinking discipline today and every day. Light-coloured or clear urine is a good sign you’re on target. At 2% loss of body water we feel thirsty, but by then our endurance is compromised. At 3% dry mouth     sets in. By 5% we have problems concentrating, coupled with pulse and breathing increase. With the possibility of death occurring at 11%, you can see why it’s essential to be well hydrated.
  5. Electrolytes, whether from water or sports drinks, are important for an overall health and stability. These electrically-charged substances, naturally found in urine, blood and other body fluids, are released through sweat and must be replenished through drinks and foods that contain them. Follow a balanced intake - not too high or too low. Either extreme can cause nausea, fatigue, diarrhea, vomiting and kidney malfunction.
What to do for dehydration? Rehydrate as soon as possible. Stop physical activity, go to a cool place, put your feet up and slowly drink, drink, drink. In a few hours you’ll feel better, but keep chilling out. It can take up to 1½ days to make up for your fluid loss.
Re-hydrating is not just about drinking water and juice; it’s about getting re-balanced via electrolytes. The sodium and chloride components in electrolytes (along with potassium and bicarbonate) are key to staving off muscle cramps. Potassium via bananas is not as effective as a liquid electrolytes intake.
Keep striving to stay at the top of your game with these Top 5 Tennis Tips for Hydration. They’re so easy to do, but so easy to overlook until you’re dying of thirst! Hydrate now, hydrate often, as the intake of fluids keeps your body in top form by providing it with the liquids it needs for optimum performance.

Monday, September 24, 2012

The Retreat Salon Cocktails Evening went with a bang…

It was a great night for the new Hair Stylists from The Retreat Spa Salon!

Guests, Owners and Local Clients gathered together to introduce themselves and discover what new techniques and treatments would be available.

Our Visitors all relaxed in the wonderful atmosphere of the improved Salon;  enjoying a glass of bubbly whilst letting their hair down, discussing their personal ‘Spa’ needs and having their questions answered regarding that ‘just left the Salon’ glamorous look.
 
Clients are said to be so impressed by the new Stylists, they are tweeting some fantastic reviews.

Thank you for your support for our re-launch!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Informal Meeting of Foreign Affairs Ministers (Gymnich) at Aphrodite Hills

On the 7th and 8th September 2012, Aphrodite Hills played host to the Informal Meeting of the EU Foreign Ministers. This high profile two-day meeting usually takes place once every six months in the Member State which holds the Presidency of the EU Council. It is also known as the ‘Gymnich’, named after the castle in Germany where the first meeting was held during the German Presidency of the EU Council in 1974.
The Gymnich Meeting, chaired by the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Baroness Catherine Ashton, enables the EU Foreign Ministers to freely discuss current EU foreign policy issues. Other participants of the meeting include the European Correspondents from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of each of the 27 EU Member States, who accompany the Ministers and Representatives of the European Commission.
The Gymnich Meeting enabled the Ministers to work on the following issues:
  • The situation in Syria: the Ministers discussed the latest developments of the situation and explored options to allow the EU to play a more active role, both during the crisis and immediately following the crisis;
  • The situation in Iran: Ms. Ashton shared with the Ministers her analysis of the most recent meetings with the Iranians. The question of strengthening the sanctions was also raised;
  • Issues relating to access to water and the relationship between water and international security: the Ministers reflected on what measures the European Union could take in this area;
  • Education in post-crisis situations: the Ministers exchanged views on the priority of education in the countries undergoing transition and reconstruction. The discussions notably focused on the proposals that could be made by the EU, particularly within the framework of its crisis response policy.
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Foreign Secretary, William Hague with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus, Dr. Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis and Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union (EU) at the Informal Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs (Gymnich) at the InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Resort Hotel.

Friday, September 14, 2012

The Wonderful World of Jazz


Aphrodite Hills Resort would like to invite you to an experience you will never forget. Join us for our pleasure-packed Jazz Festival, to be held on Saturday 6th October 2012, from 5.00pm till late at Aphrodite Hills’ Village Square.
The Jazz Festival returns to Aphrodite Hills with a host of world-class artistes and emerging stars, offering a music programme of back-to-back concerts, set in the most exquisite and luxurious 5-star surroundings.
This year’s event presents a much larger programme than previously, featuring a variety of internationally acclaimed bands and solo artistes.
Leading the ‘Sarah Fenwick Trio’, Sarah Fenwick was born in Kenya in 1966 and grew up in the West Indies, Cyprus and the UK. Her great passion in life is singing jazz and for 16 years she has performed with the best jazz and blues musicians in Cyprus, the USA, Italy, Kuwait and Israel.
Heading up the ‘Haig Yazdjian Trio’, musician and composer Haig Yazdjian hails from Syria; the homeland from where he draws his musical inspiration. He has collaborated with some of the greatest artistes in Greece and beyond, succeeding in all stages of musical production, whilst his live performances always constitute a special event.
From Limassol, Cyprus, our very own double bass player, Irenaeos Koulouras performs in the awe-inspiring ‘Koulouras Quintet’. Irenaeos studied in New York and his music is renowned all over Cyprus. He was the highlight of our 2011 Jazz Festival.
Spanish drummer and percussionist, Marc Miralta started playing drums at the age of just 7 and began taking lessons at 11. Marc plays a variety of percussion instruments including the vibraphone, marimba and ‘tables’ and has performed with numerous internationally recognised musicians. For the Jazz Festival, he performs in an impressive quartet of distinguished musicians.
The Festival also features saxophonist Asaf Yuria from New York, who brings the soothing tones of the sax to the stage. He has performed internationally and also in collaboration with another of our guest artistes, Amos Hoffman.

Tel Aviv-based guitarist and oudist, Amos Hoffman attended the
prestigious Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem. His search for new musical experiences took him to New York City, where he has played jazz with many established musicians.



Created and produced by the Aphrodite Hills Events Team, the Jazz Festival promises by far, to be a stirring experience with its magnificent blend of Jazz styles complemented by an intoxicating festival spirit. Many styles of music are represented, including Blues/Rock, Modern Jazz, Traditional Jazz, Funk/World/Afro and Latino/World.
As this is an event for all the family, there’s a variety of local finger foods, with wine, beers and beverages available. Kids’ Corner offers numerous activities to keep your children happy and entertained.
Entrance is free to all and special accommodation rates are available at the InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Resort Hotel

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