Sunday, August 31, 2014

Retreat Spa Fitness Focus

Retreat Spa Fitness Focus
"How to achieve the perfect Abs"

Do Aerobic exercises daily
Doing 100 crunches a day will tone your abdominals, but if you've got a layer of belly fat covering up your ab work then what's the point? You need to burn the top layer of stomach fat to see the changes. Cardio exercises will heat up your core temperature and improve circulation, both of which will aid in acquiring a flat stomach. Strive for at least 30 minutes a day minimum, but include 1-2 days of rest each week.
Activities such as zumba, running, swimming, cycling, Muay Thai Boxing and walking at a good pace will all provide a great aerobic workout. In fact, anything that brings your heart rate up will do the trick! Boxing provides an excellent cardio workout, while the muscles involved in throwing punches will help to flatten your stomach.
Try Interval cardio training, such as alternating between sprinting and power walking. You can try sprinting for as long as you can. When you become too tired, you should walk. When you feel that you've caught your breath, sprint again. Do these alterations for a total of 15-20 minutes at a time.

Include Plyometrics
Plyometrics are exercises that require "explosive power". They combine cardio with strength training. Some great plyometric exercises you can do at home include:
Jumping jacks: Start standing, then jump up with hands and feet spread apart, creating an "X" in the air with your body, then land back in standing. Repeat as many times as you can.
Burpee: Start in push-up position, do one push-up, then push off with your feet and pull your knees up to your chest so your feet land between your hands, then jump as high as you can, arms over head. Squat back down with your hands on the floor, then jump back to push-up position again. Do as many as you can do well with good form.

Incorporate strength training to build muscle
Having more muscle will increase your metabolism, so you'll burn calories faster over time. Try compound exercises, they work the best. You burn tons of calories performing such exercises, building your muscles at the same time. Compound exercise is when you work several muscle groups at the same time, such as dead lift, clean and press, or simply just combine a lower body exercise with an upper body (biceps curl with lunge, squat to shoulder press etc.)
Note: Doing crunches will only tone muscle underneath your existing belly fat, but will not burn that fat directly.

Be patient!
You cannot expect immediate results in a healthy way. Any method that sees fat just "melting off" is also likely to be extremely bad for your body. The best way to preserve your health and keep the fat off long-term is to take the steps we discuss above.
Also, keep in mind: some people find it harder to obtain a flat stomach than others. Natural body shape and your own personal fitness level play a role. What works quickly for some might not work quickly for you.

Get enough sleep so that you won't feel tired all the time.
Having adequate rest helps you to relieve stress. You will feel less likely to go on an eating binge. Develop healthy sleeping habits. Studies have also shown that inadequate sleep can inherently cause weight gain.

For more information on what is happening at The Retreat Spa Gym call: +357 26 828100 or visit Fitness Centre.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Retreat Spa Specials for September

Indian Indulgence Ritual
Indian Indulgence Ritual
A sublime ancient ritual to take you on an
exotic journey of the senses…

90 minutes
A warm Foot Bath will soak away tension followed by a
Skin-Smoothing Foot Exfoliation with warming Indian spices.

The journey continues with a decadent Massage with specially blended oils to relieve deep-seated stress from the tips of your toes to the ends of your hair!

The treatment is concluded with a soothing and nourishing Hair Mask and grounding Shirodara Warm Oil Flow. The exotic mix of warmth, aroma and an indulgent Scalp Massage will allow you to drift into blissful relaxation…

Personalized Express Facial
Includes a consultation with Skin Vision analysis, cleanse, exfoliation and the choice of either a personalised face mask or face massage and finishes with an application of a booster serum to suit your skin.

Special Offer €45
Normal Value €55

Purchase 4 ESPA Facial Products and your Express Facial will be fully redeemed!
ESPA facial products must consist of 4 different products

Add a Healthy 2 course Lunch plus Smoothie
ONLY €15 per person

September Special - Mood for Massage

Choose from a choice of the following 55 minute Body Massages:

Aromatherapy Full BodyMassage
Soothing & Indulgent

Swedish Full Body Massage
Traditional Tension Relief

Deep Tissue Massage
For Muscle Aches & Stiffness

Pre-Natal Treatment
Specifically designed to target areas prone to stress and tension during or after Pregnancy 
(following 1st trimester)

Special Offer €79
Normal Price €95
·       Use of Infinity Pool & Sundeck
·       Sauna
·       Use of Gym

Add a Healthy 2 course Lunch plus Smoothie
ONLY €15 per person

All offers are available until end of September 2014

For further information or reservations please contact the Retreat Spa on Tel: +357 26 828100
** Please note Sauna is contraindicated if pregnant.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Awards all round for Aphrodite Hills Resort, Cyprus

SPA TRAVELLER AWARD 2014 - Retreat Spa
With great pleasure we would like to announce that TheRetreat Spa at Aphrodite Hills Resort, has received one again The SPA Travellers Awards for 2014, for “Best Resort for Golf &Spa in Europe”
The SPA Traveller Awards are a benchmark for excellence within the spa industry, giving loyal customers the opportunity to vote for their favourite Wellness Retreat, Day Spa, Hotel and Resort Spa, their preferred hotel and spa brand and the most results driven wellness programs and products throughout the world.

WORLD TRAVEL AWARD 2014 – InterContinental Hotel
The award winning, five-star and first-ever leisure, golf and real estate development in Cyprus which combines the five-star InterContinental Hotel with an indulgent spa, championship golf course and a first class tennis academy, announces that the InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Resort Hotel has won for World Travel Award 2014 for “Cyprus Leading Suite, Presidential “Enalia” making it the 9th award title since the opening of the hotel in 2005.

WORLD TRAVEL AWARD 2014 – Holiday Residences
The award winning, five-star and first-ever leisure, golf and real estate development in Cyprus which combines the luxurious Holidays Residences with an indulgent spa, championship golf course and a first class tennis academy, announces that the Aphrodite Hills Holidays Residences has won for World Travel Award 2014 for “Cyprus’s Leading Hotel Residences”.

For more details of Aphrodite Hills Resort awards and accolades visit : Aphrodite Hills Resort Awards

Thursday, August 14, 2014


 Rebranding of the InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Resort Hotel 
to Sensatori Aphrodite Hills Resort Hotel Cyprus

It is with great pleasure that we would like to announce that after a constructive period of negotiations the hotel at Aphrodite Hills Resort, known as the InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Resort Hotel, will be rebranded into the Sensatori Aphrodite Hills Resort Hotel Cyprus, as of 1st May 2015.
The Sensatori Aphrodite Hills Resort Hotel Cyprus will be managed by Atlantica Hotels & Resorts, a TUI Partner established in 1981, and who are synonymous with personal service, attention to detail and a friendly atmosphere in their hotels. They currently operate 33 hotels in Cyprus, Greece and Egypt, including Sensatori in Crete and Sharm El Sheikh.
The Sensatori Aphrodite Hills Resort Hotel Cyprus will abide to the high quality and sophisticated standards of the Sensatori brand and will add to their existing luxury collection. Sensatori is a luxury hotel brand which belongs to TUI Travel Plc. The Hotel will undergo an impressive renovation schedule during the winter months, with the addition of swim-up rooms and suites, an adult pool area, purpose-built family rooms and many other facilities making the holiday of our guests even more enjoyable.
The franchise contract with InterContinental will be discontinued at the end of 2014, to which we would like to take this opportunity to thank the InterContinental Hotel Group for their 10 year positive contribution towards the success of the InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Resort Hotel.
We are all looking forward to the beginning of a new era for the Hotel, consisting of exciting challenges and fresh opportunities that will arise, as we exclusively become the first location in Cyprus for a Sensatori Hotel. Further announcements will be made as the development of this fabulous new Hotel progresses.
We would like to inform all of our current partners that the Hotel will be closed for operation from 7th December 2014 until 31st March 2015. All other Elements at the Resort i.e. Aphrodite Hills Holiday Residences, Aphrodite Hills Golf, The Retreat Spa, the Annabel Croft Tennis Academy, as well as all Restaurant and Bars situated at the Village Square will continue with their normal operation as usual under the existing management of Aphrodite Hills Resort Ltd, albeit the Hotel rebranding.


TELEPHONE: +357 26 828000, FACSIMILE: +357 26 828001

Monday, August 11, 2014

Summer Happenings at the Annabel Croft Tennis Academy

We are pleased to notify all tennis lovers that there are a variety of fantastic events happening during the summer at the Annabel Croft Tennis Academy, Aphrodite Hills Resort.

The Academy is running a Tennis Programme packed full of fun, with a selection of classes and packages specifically designed to cater for all age groups and abilities! Tennispackages run from Monday to Friday for both children and adults, with the most popular proving to be the Junior Slam and the Mini Slam.

The Junior Slam hosts children aged 10 years plus and the Mini Slam is for the younger kids. Both courses run from 9.00am to 11.00am and offer children the chance to meet the Tennis Coaches, learn basic match play and most importantly have fun playing tennis with other children their age. During weekends the Academy hosts ‘Tennis Olympics’, where children from both Slams play in a fun-filled tournament.

Every Saturday the Academy hosts a Junior Fitness Class from 10.00am to 1.00pm, inviting children of all age groups to have fun on the courts playing tennis related games, as well as learning basic level match play.

Daily Adult Courses run by the Academy’s Head Professional - Scott Wakefield, are also offered from 9.00am to 11.30am. These courses give adult players the opportunity to work on match play and to gain more experience and skills on the court.

Finally Club Night and Advanced Junior Training nights are also on offer, aimed for people with a higher level of play and are packed full of fun for all those joining in!

For information on what is happening this summer take a look at the Summer Tennis Programme or contact the Annabel Croft Tennis Academy to speak to a member of the Tennis Team - Tel: +357 26 828 122.

Perfect for this summer the Tennis Team have introduced new ‘Cardio Tennis’ sessions, involving a high intensity workout using the court as a playground! These new ‘high energy’ sessions are packed full of drills, movement and tennis. No previous tennis experience is necessary and it doesn’t even matter if the balls don’t stay on the court!

Cardio Tennis is a healthy workout that generates amazing results. It’s a great way for players to enjoy the game. During a one hour session you’ll get an amazing workout, socialize and enjoy tennis… all at once!

For more information visit:

Friday, August 8, 2014

July Open Greensomes 2014 at Aphrodite Hills Golf

A massive, thank you to all the participants, who took part in our Greensomes event on Saturday 26th July 2014. 

This event was arranged by the Aphrodite Hills Golf team, as there was no event scheduled for July, plus they wanted to give the players a different format of the game to play, one that some of the players may have never played before. In fact the only time this format has been played at Aphrodite Hills, is during the very popular Glenfiddich 4-day tournament held during the first week of October. This is a team event, and for any golfers wishing to create a four man team to enter, please feel free to contact David Stone on Tel. +357 99445985 or Andrew Darker on Tel. +357 99536777 to find out more information.

The players teed off at the earlier time of 08.30hrs and some players had traveled distances from as far Nicosia, CMC Club and even Ayia Napa.

The players that won the individual prizes were, Nearest the Pins were:- 
Christine Cowin Ladies on 17th ,  Demetris Spyradakis Mens Winner on 15th.

The overall Runner up positions were the pairing of Walter Wekenborg and Jamie Bell both of whom were looking for partners at 19.00hrs yesterday, who amassed 42 pts.
However, the overall July Open winners for the event were Zenon Papaloizou and Philios Christodoulides also with 42 points but scored better on the count back system.

Sincere congratulations to all our prize winners!

From all of the team here at Aphrodite Hills Golf, we would like to thank all our valued entrants, from all parts of this fantastic island, and beyond, for their participation and joining us for this event. 

As a kind reminder, the August Open will take place on Sat 16th August 2014 as a 07.30hrs start Betterball competition; we hope to see you there.

May all your drives be long and may your all your putts drop in!

For more information on Aphrodite Hills Golf and Tournaments please visit:- Aphrodite Hills Golf & Tournaments 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Dream Team Soccer School at Aphrodite Hills Resort

We are delighted to offer children the opportunity to develop their soccer skills as part of their holiday at Aphrodite HillsResort.

In association with the Dream Team Soccer School, a UK based professional Soccer & Sports Coaching Organisation; we are offering professional training for boys and girls of all ages and abilities.

All of our Coaches are fully qualified and trained to work with children. We understand their hopes, fears and needs and always work enthusiastically to help make sport fun, whilst at the same time develop their performance.

Safe, Enjoyable & Fun

The DreamTeam have been successfully operating at the Aphrodite Hills Pirates Village since 2013 and our daily sessions have proven to be extremely popular with children of all ages and abilities. The Dream Team Soccer School operates all-year-round at Aphrodite Hills Resort.

Summer Schedule

  • 7 days-a-week:
    10.00am - 1.00pm and 5.00pm - 7.00pm.

Spring & Autumn Schedule

  • Monday - Saturday:
    10.00am - 12.00pm and 5.00pm - 7.00pm (April to October)

Winter Schedule

  • Monday - Friday:
    10.00am – 12.00pm and 3.00pm - 4.00pm (November to March)

Dream Team Soccer School Pricing

  • Price: €10.00 per child, per hour
  • Book 10 hours and get a FREE Dream Team Medal
  • Book 20 hours and get a FREE Dream Team Trophy
  • Everyone gets a Dream Team Certificate
  • Personal Sessions are €25.00 for 1 hour when available

Dream Team Soccer School Birthday Party

Is your child soccer crazy? What better Birthday Party can you organise for them, than a Football Party?
We offer Football Birthday Parties from as little as €100 for up to 12 children, including a FREE Dream Team Certificate for every child and a FREE Trophy for the Birthday Boy/Girl. Medals are €4.00 extra if required.

Dream Team Official Football Shirt

We also offer Dream Team Soccer School Official Football Shirts for only €25.00.

For further information please contact the Leisure Events Manager - Tel: +357 26 82 80 45.