Friday, February 28, 2014

YOUR WEEKLY HEALTH TIP - The Retreat Spa


Always dreamed of having great abs? 
Follow these below tips from our Retreat Spa team and you will soon see the difference.



COLOURFUL CUPCAKES FOR THE KIDS !


An all time favourite with the Kids ! 
Who does not adore making Cupcakes ? 
Bringing you our Pirates Village Kids Club tip for this week. 


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Annabel Croft Tennis Academy welcomes Dan Lobb as our host for the week of 7th April

Looking Forward to Easter with our Celebrity Coach

The first of our Hosted Tennis Weeks starts at the Annabel Croft Tennis Academy from 7th April with the arrival of Dan Lobb as our host for the week. Dan is a former ATP tennis player hailing from the UK but is perhaps more famous for his work as a TV presenter on GMTV and as a contestant on the UK’s entertainment show, Strictly Come Dancing.
Dan will be hosting a week of tennis at the Academy with places available to participate in his coaching groups for both Adults and Juniors. The week features a chance to get Dan’s advice and views on your own tennis game and the ATP Tour and there are also special events and competitions that he will be hosting throughout the week.
Places for the Legends Hosted Week are €475.00 per person (Adults) and €300.00 per person (Juniors). The price includes tennis coaching from 9am - 11.30am (Adults) and 9am - 11am (Juniors) as well as entry into the week’s events.


For further information about the Annabel Croft Tennis Academy, including forthcoming coaching weeks, please log onto: www.annabelcrofttennisholidays.com 
or call directly on: +357 26 82 81 22 

The Retreat - Star Performers


Mother and Daughter Special Day


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

GREEN MONDAY HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEKEND !


Aphrodite Hills ‘Green Monday 2014’ Celebrations
The Highlights…



Monday 3rd March 2014 is an annual Cypriot national holiday referred to as Green Monday. It marks the beginning of the fifty day countdown to Easter and is the first day of the fasting period. Aphrodite Hills Resort celebrates this traditional Cypriot holiday in style, with a whole host of entertainment and activities for all!

Traditional Green Monday kite-flying, a live Dance Show, mini Olympics, face painting, bouncy castles, pottery painting, children’s stalls and a Family Scavenger Hunt are just a few of the many exciting events that take place at Aphrodite Hills’ Village Square. There is also a traditional Green Monday Lunch Buffet with live music, marking the beginning of this fasting period. Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse also join in the celebrations!

Throughout the year, the luxurious Aphrodite Hills Resort continuously hosts an extensive variety of unique and value-for-money offers to celebrate numerous special occasions in style… and Green Monday is certainly no exception.

See the great packages on offer for the coming weekend. 






Enjoy Sunday Lunch at Golf Clubhouse


INTERNATIONAL CARVERY BUFFET!

Enjoy our traditional Sunday Buffet at the Golf Clubhouse, located next to the Golf Course with extensive terraces offering spectacular views.


Package consists of an extensive variety of fresh salads, a succulent carvery prepared and served by our Chefs, a selection of hot and cold dishes and a variety of sweet delights. 
This beautifully prepared buffet is complemented by 
picture-perfect views of the Aphrodite Hills Golf Club greens.
€25.00 per person

50% discount for children under the age of 12. 
From 12.30pm to 3.30pm




EASTER HOLIDAYS 2014 - Program Highlights


EASTER PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS


Friday 18th April 2014

ADULT Golf Demonstration - The lesson is for Adult Beginners & Novices. Reservation required.

Easter Egg Hunt - Hunt around the Resort for special hidden clues! It’s a race against time!  

Family 5-a-Side Football - Test your football skills at our festive Five-a-Side Football Match.
                                                          
Saturday 19th April 2014 - Holy Saturday
          
Family Go-Fetch - Fun Scavengers Hunt for all the family!
                                                          
Junior Easter Tournament - Sign-up to become one of our Junior Easter Tennis Champions!
                                              
Cocktail Demonstration - Join our Head Barman for making cocktails.
                                                          
Bunny Trail - Follow the footprints to greet the Easter Bunny! Hot chocolate and marshmallows awaits you.
                                                                       
Sunday 20th April 2014 - Easter Sunday

Mighty Magic Tricks - Learn some card tricks and amaze your friends. The Magician holds the secret!!!
                                                          
Children’s Fun Chocolate Party - It’s party time for our little guests and no adults are allowed! Guests between the ages of 3 and 12 are invited to attend the coolest party in town, which includes a delicious special kid’s buffet, soft drinks, party games, an amazing Magic Show and of course lots and lots of fun!
                                              
Monday 21st April 2014 - Easter Monday

Introduction to ESPA   - Using the Skin Vision Lamp and specialist techniques, our Skincare Experts will recommend the perfect ESPA product and treatment solution to deliver visible skincare results. 10% discount on any prescribed products purchased this hour only.                                         

Greek Dancing - Don’t miss this opportunity to learn the traditional
dances of the locals, step-by-step instructions for all to enjoy.
             
Tennis Tournament - Are you the next Marcos Baghdatis? Join us for a
challenging game of tennis.
             
For more information on our Easter activities for this year, contact:
Tel: +357 26 828045 or Email: kidsclub2@aphroditehills.com




HYPNOTHERAPY DEMONSTRATION at The Retreat Spa




SPA OFFERS FOR THE COMING MONTHS - Fitness


WHAT IS YOGA?



The word ‘Yoga’ means to bind or ‘to yoke’. It comes from the Sanskrit word ‘yuj’ - so in Yoga we bind the spirit and the physical body together.

In the practice of Yoga, our body is linked to the movement of the mind and the breath to bring about a feeling of balance, harmony and relaxation.

Yoga has evolved over thousands of years to embrace a wide range of styles and disciplines. There are different schools of Yoga available, from Hatha Yoga, which is great for beginners - to a more vigorous and athletic style of Ashtanga Yoga. Bikram, which is consistent poses in a hot room (105 degrees). Iyengar is a focus on structure, using props such as blocks or straps, and then there is Yin Yoga, a slow class that will take you deeper than you have ever gone.

So there is a style of Yoga out there to suit each and every individual.

The practice of physical postures (Asana) helps to improve a variety of ailments, it strengthens and tones muscles and helps develop flexibility.

Various movements in the practice of Yoga help to nourish and cleanse the remotest parts of the body, helping to release toxins from our body. Psychologically, Yoga increases concentration, stills the mind and promotes an overall feeling of tranquillity and contentment.

The teaching of Yoga reminds us of who we aspire to be and what human beings are truly capable of becoming. Being a working mum teaching Yoga full time and taking care of my family has taught me to be patient, to have an open mind, to be kind and have compassion. Because Yoga is a way of life, it is here to remind of us of our true nature.

Everybody can practice Yoga, from the young to the old, children, people with minor complaints and various problems, both physical and mental.

When you begin on your Yoga path, your body and mind may feel stiff and unyielding, but you will walk out of the class feeling much more space in your body and a quiet mind, a slower and deeper breath, therefore radiating an inner peace and calmness.

It is best to practice Yoga on a regular basis, but we can have busy lifestyles and do not always make the time. Even if you were to practice for one hour a week, you will experience the benefits of the practice, but of course if you do more than once a week, you can expect to feel more benefits.

Once you begin your practice, your body will begin to crave it more and more, even doing just 20 minutes a day is just fine.

Many times people have asked me if Yoga is a religion. Yoga is not a religion; it is a philosophy that began in India some 5000 years ago. It is not necessary to surrender your own religious beliefs to practice Yoga.

Do not worry if you are not a naturally flexible ‘bendy’ person; your Yoga practice will help you become more flexible.

As you become more flexible, you will also be balanced by strength and coordination, enhanced cardiovascular health and overall well being.

To practice Yoga, you do not need fancy running shoes or expensive clothes. All you need is a mat, your mind, your body, a sense of curiosity and a smile.

My name is Vanessa and I have been teaching Yoga for 10 years and practicing for 15 years. My passion for Yoga deepens every time I step on my mat.

I began my teaching training in the USA with Baron Baptiste, in Power Vinyasa Flow and have also completed my 200-hour Ashtanga Teacher RYS in Rishikesh, India.

My love for Yoga shows through my teaching.

My classes run at the Retreat Spa on Fridays 10.30am to 12.00pm.
I am also available for private Yoga sessions to meet your needs.

"Namaste."


For further details please contact the Retreat Spa Reception on Tel: +357 26 82 81 00 or Email:  spareception@aphroditehills.com 

Annabel Croft Tennis Academy Newsletter - March 2014


With spring fast approaching, the Annabel Croft Tennis Academy is preparing for the season ahead and getting ready to welcome some familiar faces back to the courts - and of course meet some new players as well.
As always, our Academy welcomes players throughout the week (we operate a 7 days-a-week from 1st March) with tennis activities for local Juniors and Adults as well as memberships opportunities to join the Academy. Members enjoy all of the benefits of the Academy services at substantially reduced rates.



New Head Coach - Scott Wakefield

We are delighted to announce that the Annabel Croft Tennis Academy has hired a new Head Coach for 2014. Scott Wakefield will be flying out to Aphrodite Hills Resort and starting as our Head Tennis Professional from 18th March and will be guiding our players through the Academy’s programme throughout the year.
Scott hails from Hertfordshire in the UK and boasts over 20 years of coaching experience at some of the UK’s top tennis clubs. A former National Junior player and county No.1 player, Scott comes to Aphrodite Hills with a wealth of both coaching and playing experience.
“I am really looking forward to the opportunity to become the Head Coach at the Annabel Croft Tennis Academy at Aphrodite Hills,” Scott states. “The facility and Resort in general are amazing and there is a good team of Coaches already in place, who I am looking forward to working with. I also can’t wait to get players on court in the wonderful sunshine and using the Annabel Croft Tennis Academy teaching philosophy for the first time. It’s a really great method of making tennis enjoyable and understandable for players of all ages and abilities.”
Scott will be available for private lessons, groups and any coaching related activities at the Resort and looks forward to welcoming players for the new season ahead.


For further information about the Annabel Croft Tennis Academy, including forthcoming coaching weeks, please log onto: www.annabelcrofttennisholidays.com 
or call directly on: +357 26 82 81 22 

BEST SPENDER OF THE MONTH WINNER - January 2014



We are proud to announce that Mr. Alan Quinn was awarded with a voucher worth €100.00 as the winner of the Best Spender of the Month for January at Aphrodite Hills Pantopoleio Supermarket.

CONGRATULATIONS !!! 


For further information please contact us on:
+357 26 82 81 12 or +357 26 82 80 56 or email:
vsshops@aphroditehills.com

EXPLORE CYPRUS IN STYLE THIS SUMMER !


LANITIS DEVELOPMENT ANNOUNCES 2013 FIGURES


LANITIS DEVELOPMENT ANNOUNCES 2013 FIGURES
FOR THE TRANSFER OF TITLE DEEDS AT APHRODITE HILLS RESORT



Lanitis Development, owner and developer of the luxurious five-star Aphrodite Hills Resort is proud to announce excellent figures for the issue and transfer of property Title Deeds throughout 2013, for a large number of properties and plots on the Resort.

Up to 31st December 2013, Title Deeds for 406 plots and Villas, 21 for properties at Orpheus Village, 72 for Helios Heights have been issued and transferred to individual purchasers. 48 Title Deeds for properties at Zephyros Village have already been issued and transfers are commencing in February 2014. These Deeds relate to individual plots, individual properties and land parcels.

In cooperation with the Land Registry, Lanitis Development is working hard to deliver a timely and smooth transfer of each Title Deed to individual property buyers and owners, thereby adhering to its contractual obligations. From the outset, the Company has worked in accordance with planning permits and consistently maintains close cooperation with all relevant authorities.

For property and land owners, the possession of Title Deeds increases the commercial value of their individual properties and plots. Additionally, they also benefit financially from the Government’s abolition of transfer fees, which is now set in place until 31st December 2014. Previously, the transfer fees would have cost the individual buyer up to 8% of the property’s value and were payable upon the transfer of the Title Deed.



Aphrodite Hills is a low-density development of luxury Villas, Junior Villas and Apartments situated in 578 acres of spectacular, unspoilt countryside. Properties offer breathtaking views over the Mediterranean Sea, forested mountain tops or the lush green fairways of its own championship-standard 18-hole Golf Course. The Resort is also home to the five-star InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Resort Hotel, the award-winning Retreat Spa, a Golf Academy, the Annabel Croft Tennis Academy and the enchanting Village Square consisting of numerous shops, bars and restaurants.

Lanitis Development will continue to keep all purchasers and owners fully up to date with progress on the issuing and transferral of their Title Deeds.



For further information, please contact the Aphrodite Hills Real Estate Sales Team: 

Tel: +357 26 82 80 50 
Twitter: @AphroditeHillRE
Facebook Page: Aphrodite Hills Real Estate


Aphrodite Hills Golf take on their Members




Wednesday 29th January 2014 will go down in the history books of Aphrodite Hills Golf, as the first Members ‘v’ Golf Staff Match Play Challenge for the Masters Cup. The event was organised by staff member, Stewart McMahon and the Club Captain, John O’Neill, ably assisted by Tony Raphael.

The forecasted weather for the event was showery, but this could not dampen both teams’ enthusiasm. The Members carefully selected their team and due to the popularity of the event, they had to draw straws to select reserves. Tony Raphael drew a short straw and became marshal for the event; he had a posse of ‘marshalettes’ in Tina Raphael, Linda O’Neil and Carole O’Dowd, who, at times also seemed to be cheerleaders for their partners and fellow Members! The Members team was a closely guarded secret, the envelope was opened and the teams announced. The following players lined up:

Members                                                                  Staff
Yiannis Zographakis & Paris Panyides         Andrew Darker & Adam Collinson
David O’Dowd & Ray Smith                         David Hollows & Stephanos
Yiannis Demetriou & Matt Wake                Stewart McMahon & David Stone
John O’Neil & David Morris                        Robby Robinson & Mark Cole
Christine Smith & Irene Wake                     Yvonne Preene & Chryso Iasonos

The tone was set, morale high, expectations slightly lower, abilities to be proven and a lot of rustiness to be taken from many of our Staff’s golf swings!



The match produced some good golf and overall it was the game of Golf that was the real winner. The great game was played in good weather, good spirits and with a great sporting sense. It was followed by the traditional visit to the 19th for food and beverages, kindly donated by the Director of Golf, Andrew Darker. The Club Captain, John O’Neil then gave an excellent speech, in which he had the unenviable task in announcing the match score.


The first winners of the Masters Cup were the Staff, who gained a five-nil result, in the first game of 2014. We all look forward to the second game later this year! Many thanks to all who participated, organised, kept the Golf element open, and to all those who supported such a great day in the history books of Aphrodite Hills.

APHRODITE HILLS HOLIDAYS RESIDENCES - New Offers !


Now available… 
Holiday Residences Special Offer for bookings made between 1st and 31st March 2014…

FOR THE FIRST TIME AT APHRODITE HILLS…

UNLIMITED GOLF FOR 

ONLY €100!
 
WHEN YOU BOOK A VILLA THROUGH 
APHRODITE HILLS HOLIDAY RESIDENCES
FOR SUMMER 2014
  
This offer is applicable for stays between 1st June and 31st August 2014
in a Junior, Superior or Elite Villa, or in a property from the Mythos Collection.
  
 Pre-book 4 rounds of Golf at the time of booking your accommodation
and further rounds can be booked 24 hours in advance at the Pro Shop.
All rounds include a seat on the buggy.
  
Terms & Conditions:

  • This offer is per person, per 7 night’s stay.
  • This offer is valid only for bookings made from 1st to 31st March 2014.
  • Golf reservations must be made at the same time as booking accommodation.
  • This offer cannot be combined with any other offers.
  • This offer is for new bookings only and is subject to availability.
  • Call: +357 26 82 82 82 or email: reservations@aphroditehills.com for bookings.






DREAM TEAM Soccer School at Aphrodite Hills Resort



SPRING IS IN THE AIR !!


Spring is in the Air!
 Opening Season for all our F&B outlets

 

Pithari Tavern
Traditional Greek Cypriot Taverna offering authentic island dishes,
either as fresh customary mezes or delicious à la carte.
Also hosting regular meze evenings and live Greek music


Zimi Trattoria Pizza & Pasta                                                        An assorted medley of salads, pizzas, pasta and traditional local homemade Italian dishes are available, made with only the freshest of ingredients. 
All pizzas are cooked in a wood-fire oven.



Ifestos
All-day dining à la carte menu. Our Chef and his brigade prepare an assorted menu of snacks, homemade burgers, grill cuts and a rich variety of pastas.
A kid’s menu is also available.
 
Asian Corner
Exclusive dining experience offers superior quality sushi, sashimi
and Chinese cuisine.



Zias Beach Club
Located in Avdimou Bay (15km from the Hotel towards Limassol).
Relax at an amazing beach, in a quiet and serene environment.
Shuttle bus is available from the Hotel every hour
from 10.00am to 3.00pm (except 1.00pm)



 Ladi & Rigani
A casual and family friendly outdoor restaurant, offering traditional
Cypriot souvlaki and a selection of Doner kebabs,
giving the Village Square a real taste of Cyprus.

*opening in April


CHRISTENINGS AT APHRODITE HILLS RESORT


CHURCH OF ‘AGIA AIKATERINI’
AT APHRODITE HILLS RESORT


This small church dedicated to Agia Aikaterini (St. Catherine) is based on the architectural design of the Byzantine churches found in Troodos Mountains.

The Church of Agia Aikaterini has an area of 74m2 and is based on similar plans found in the village of Galata and Kakopetria. It is built of local stone and has a steep roof covered with flat tiles.

The most notable characteristics of churches such as this are the steep double-pitched timber roofs and the very few openings in the external walls. Doors are situated in the west and north walls and usually there are no windows. This type of plan, which probably dates back to the 11th century, is unique and no similar architecture can be located anywhere else around the world. 

The interior is beautifully decorated with handcrafted and painted Christian icons and religious artefacts.
St Catherine’s Chapel provides an exquisite setting for memorable weddings and christenings with its enchanting beauty and breathtaking views.

CHRISTENINGS AT APHRODITE HILLS RESORT
The christening of a child is one of the most significant moments in the lives of the parents. Make this day a special and unforgettable experience! Aphrodite Hills offers a very unique package…
On the veranda of Pithari Restaurant with panoramic sea views:

The package includes:
• Cyprus Buffet
• Unlimited local beverages (local beers and wines, soft drinks, juices, water and Zivania)
• St. Catherine’s Chapel
• Access to the Kids’ Playground
• 50% discount for children of 2-12 years old
• A Wedding or Christening Coordinator

For further information contact:
InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Resort 
Tel: +357 26 829611

Friday, February 21, 2014

YOUR WEEKLY HEALTH TIP - from The Retreat Spa



Regular dieting is old school...and boring. 

Eat the foods that puts your metabolism on high speed to burn loads of calories.



KITE MAKING TIPS - for Green Monday !!

With Green Monday approaching the preparations for Kite flying are underway. 
Kids can make their own kite designs with these creative tips from our Kids Club Team. 



COOKBOOK "Delicious Love" Cake Recipe


Exquisite "DELICIOUS LOVE" cake recipe from our Chef Patisserie  





Enjoy Green Monday Lunch at Aphrodite Hills Resort.
Monday 3rd March at the InterContinental Hotel or Pithari Tavern.



GREEN MONDAY CELEBRATIONS AT APHRODITE HILLS

Spend your Green Monday at Aphrodite Hills Resort. 
Lots of fun activities for the whole family ! 

Friday, February 14, 2014

GREEN MONDAY PACKAGES


Spend your Green Monday weekend at the award-winning Aphrodite Hills Resort and enjoy an array of unforgettable fun activities for the whole family.

For more information or bookings contact:
InterContinental Hotel: Tel. +357 26 829000 Email. ic.reservations@aphroditehills.com
Holiday Residences: Tel. +357 26 828282 Email. reservations@aphroditehills.com
Toll Free Cyprus. 8000 1210


ERRIKA PREZERAKOU - Special Guest at InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Resort Hotel



Errika Prezerakou, Greek national pole vaulter, visited the InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Resort Hotel this week as a special guest at the Central Eastern European Operations Team meeting of Coca Cola.

The annual team meeting was organised by Coca Cola Hellas, who invited Errika to host their team building dance and early morning stretching classes during their three day meeting program.

In attendance at the meeting were Directors, Managers, Marketing, Commercial and Administrative executives of Coca Cola from the Central Eastern European region.



Picture: (Left to Right) Rozalina Poursanidou (Group Sales Co-ordinator), Errika Prezerakou and Miltos Iacovou (Local Corporate Sales Manager).

HAPPY VALENTINE'S TO ALL OUR DEAR FRIENDS !

With love from Aphrodite Hills, the birthplace of the goddess of LOVE Aphrodite x