Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Summer Sun Tips !

PREPARE YOURSELF FOR THE BEACH BEFORE SUMMER ARRIVES



Preparing for the Beach

After a winter of wearing jumpers, long sleeves and jackets, summer is here and you’re ready to show off some skin! However, before you can do this you need to make sure your skin is ready for the harsh UV rays of the sun. Here’s what you’ll need to consider:

Take care of dry skin
Summer demands smooth radiant skin, but cold winter temperatures may have left your skin lacking. If you have normal skin, use a body scrub to exfoliate 3 times-a-week. If your skin is sensitive, try using a less abrasive exfoliant. However make sure, not to over-exfoliate; this could lead to uneven shedding and strip your skin of natural oils, leading to even drier results. For a gentle scrub try the ESPA ‘Invigorating Body Reviver’ with Lemongrass, Lime & Thyme - this scrub will not only smooth your skin but revive your senses.

Get rid of stubble
Have you ever found a strip of hair you missed while shaving in the shower? Getting rid of it is essential to smooth skin, but shaving outside of the shower isn’t ideal, as it could result in razor burn. To address this problem, apply natural oil to the strip of hair before using the razor. This will prevent razor burn and soften the hair you’re shaving.

Switch your soap
Did you know that some types of soap actually suck the moisture out of your skin? This isn’t something you want to worry about when you’re heading to the beach, so change your soap now! Try an all-natural soap free shower gel such as the ESPA ‘Nourishing Shower Cream’ with Rose, Patchouli and Shea Butter for deeply cleansed but soft and smooth skin.

Detoxify
Impurities in your body can make your skin look tired and worn. Luckily, this problem is easily taken care of by drinking more water. Drinking an extra glass or two during the summer can flush out impurities, moisturize your skin and boost your energy.

Slather on the sunscreen
And not just any sunscreen! You simply can’t trust your skin to the average off-the-shelf sunscreen. You need something that will block UVA and UVB rays so you can stay at the beach for as long as you want. Make sure you reapply after swimming even if it says it is waterproof.

Talk to our Experts
Before you head for the beach, talk to our experts at The Retreat Spa, they can arrange a consultation for you and advise you of the best regime for your skin.  As well as great advice on looking after your skin, they can also arrange massage, facial treatments and even advise you on improving your fitness when you are here.



Aphrodite Hills Golf News - May 2014


LATEST GOLF NEWS FOR THE MONTH OF MAY


11th May - For our Golf Members, the Cyprus Golf Federation are hosting the first of four Federation Member Days. Each will be hosted at an island club and the Federation starts at Secret Valley. If you are a member of the Cyprus Golf Federation then take advantage of the Special Member Day Offer - only €35. Contact the Golf Federation directly to book: Telephone +357 22 44 98 74 or email: cgf@cgf.org.cy

15th May - Aphrodite Hills Senior Team Cup. A new format for you all to try… teams of four players play an Irish Rumble over 18 holes. Play will start in the afternoon with an evening function included. Places are being booked up quickly so remember to book your team now! For further details please contact Kati at the Golf Reception: Proshop@aphroditehills.com

18th May - May Open Tournament. This year we are running an individual stableford tournament with morning tee times. Places are limited to 72 players and this will be the first event in the Cyprus Golf Federation’s National Order of Merit. The 2014 National Order of Merit consists of 6 events and points are awarded at each event, counting towards the Order of Merit.

23rd, 24th and 25th May - The Cyprus Men’s Amateur Open Tournament. The 2014 Tournament is to be held at Elea Golf Course. Format is 54-hole individual strokeplay tournament. For information and entries please contact the Cyprus Golf Federation directly: Telephone +357 22 44 98 74 or email: cgf@cgf.org.cy

24th May - Aphrodite Hills Junior Club Championships.  Our 50 strong Junior Academy Golfers will be battling it out to see who will become the 2014 Champion. In the past, our Members have kindly assisted with the event and helped to drive the young talents around the course. If you are able to assist it would be greatly appreciated - please contact Giles or Danny at the Golf Academy.

25th May - Continuing with the very successful Social Event series. Your Members’ Committee will be organizing the event for May. Please contact the Member Committee to enter and for further details.

For more information please contact:- Aphrodite Hills Golf - Tel: +357 26 828200 or Email: Proshop@aphroditehills.com 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Spring Fitness Classes at The Retreat Spa






The Retreat Spa at Aphrodite Hills Resort CyprusThe Retreat Spa at Aphrodite Hills Resort PaphosWe have treats for everyone this May, whether you love being pampered, need a pre-summer overhaul, or just love keeping fit.

For our budding fitness lovers, we have the new Spring Fitness Classes Schedule and an article on our very own Agnes Deckelmann, who’s now heading the Fitness Centre team and Spa Gym.

If you are interested in pursuing Hypnotherapy Sessions, then book in for our Hypno Happy Hour for an informative talk and find out more about the benefits of hypnosis.

For some spring pampering, book up for our cleansing Personalised Express Facial for only €45 or our relaxing Thai Tension Release for just €99, incorporating techniques which are unique to this ancient massage. Check out our advice on obtaining the ultimate Smooth Summer Skin and prepare yourself for the coming summer months!


Prima Vera Pasta ! from our Chef's CookBook


FETTUCINE ALFREDO

Straight from the kitchen of our Zimi Restaurant at the Aphrodite Hills Resort - why not try this delicious pasta recipe our Chef and his Team are delighted to share with you. 



Ingredients:
Tagliatelle Fresh pasta frozen 180g
Olive oil 30 ml 
Chopped onion 50g 
Garlic 1 head 
Chicken stripes 120g
Green asparagus tips Fresh, 15 Pieces 
White wine 20 ml 
Fresh cream 50 ml 
Parmesan flakes 10 grs
Salt & Pepper 

Procedure:
Heat a casserole with salted water and bring to boil. Add the pasta and cook for 4 minutes 
In a frying pan add the olive oil & heat. When hot enough add the onion, garlic & sauté to a light gold color, add the chicken strips and sauté for another minute.
Add the asparagus tips and deglaze with white wine.
When wine has reduced, add the fresh cream and simmer until it reaches a thick consistency. Season to taste 
Strain the pasta and add to the frying pan. 
Toss together and serve. 
Decorate with Parmesan flakes.


 Buon appetito !

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Spotlight on Elite Villas & Mythos Collection

We are delighted that the success of our Elite Villas and MythosCollection continues into 2014, indeed the demand for these truly exceptional Villas is stronger than ever.

Two unique Villas have recently been added to our portfolio… and both of them have to be seen to be believed!

One such property is the fabulous Villa 171. One simply cannot help but be impressed by the design, quality and location of this Elite Villa. Finished to an exceptionally high standard, it is located in one of the most desirable locations on the Resort’s Eastern Plateau, offering fantastic and breathtaking views. Of innovative design and with its high-spec finishes, it offers two spacious bedrooms and a magnificent infinity pool and is just perfect for couples or small families.


Our Mythos collection is our highest category of residence, and we are delighted to have a further recent addition. The newly built Villa 141 is luxury personified, with opulent furnishings and one of the largest swimming pools on the Resort - a vast 27 metres! Extensive outdoor terraces including a roof terrace, and top quality fixtures and fittings throughout make this an unbeatable prospect for the discerning traveller.

Teamed with a range of complimentary services including airport transfers, daily maid service and a deluxe food hamper upon arrival, it’s easy to see why our Elite and Mythos Villas are a popular choice.

For full details, availability and rates, please contact our Reservations Department on: +357 26 82 82 82, or email: reservations@aphroditehills.com

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Traditional Easter Bread Recipe - Tsoureki


From the InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Resort Hotel pastry team, we bring you their secret recipe for the traditional Easter Bread "Tsoureki" that they have been preparing this week in our kitchens


Ingredients:
125 grs Bread Flour
55 ml milk
10 grs yeast

625 grs bread flour
175 grs Icing Sugar
3 Eggs
125 grs butter in room temperature
60 ml warm milk
9 gr orange zest
7 grs salt
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 Tbsp soda
1 tbsp Mechlepi
1 tbsp Masticha
½ tbsp cardamom


Procedure:
1.    Mix the first 3 ingredients together to form a light dough and leave to rest for 2 hours in a warm place until it has doubled in size
2.    Mix all the rest of the ingredients together until a dough is formed. Add the first dough to the second dough and kneed till all mixed well
3.    Leave to rise for 1 hour and then kneed again and shape into the required shape and bake in the oven for approx. 35 minutes on 180 Degrees

Tsoureki is a type of braided bread which is traditionally served in Greece to celebrate Easter. Several neighboring nations also make a traditional Easter bread which is physically identical to tsoureki, such as choreg in Armenia and chorek in Turkey. This bread is traditionally served at the breaking of the Lenten fast, and loaves of tsoureki may also be exchanged on Easter Sunday as gifts of friendship and goodwill among Greeks. Godparents in particular tend to give tsoureki to their god-children.

Wishing you a Happy Easter ! Christos Anesti & Kalo Pascha ! From the whole team at Aphrodite Hills Resort.





Easter Egg Painting Fun for the Kids !


Have fun designing Easter Eggs with the kids before the holidays ! 


With Easter just around the corner, sponge-painting is a fantastic way to decorate Easter eggs that are perfect for Easter time! Our Pirates Village Kids Club team bring you this great kids activity for the holidays.




What we need:

* Hard-boiled eggs
* Acrylic craft paints in the colours of your choice
* Household sponge
* Paper plate
* Paper towels
* Small bowl of water
* Egg holder or empty egg carton


Directions:

1) Soak your sponge in water. Cut it into small pieces so that each piece can be used for a different colour of paint. 

2) Place several colours of paint onto a paper plate.

3) Hold an egg in one hand with your fingers and with your other hand dab a sponge into the desired paint colour. Dab the sponge onto the paper towel - the idea of this is to remove the excess paint, but not completely dry it out.

4) Now dab the sponge directly onto your egg using any type of random pattern you like. Paint as much of the egg as you can and place it down to dry in the egg holder or carton. Repeat this process using different colours.

5) When one side has dried, complete the other side and allow that to dry as well.



For more information on the world of activities at our Pirates Village Kids Club: Pirates Village Kids Club

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Skin Care tips for the Summer



Smooth Summer Skin
Prepare your skin for the summer season ! 
Exfoliation is the most important thing during the post-winter months. Our body’s metabolism slows during winter, so our skin doesn’t exfoliate as quickly as normal. You need to exfoliate gently, without scratching the skin, this will help your make-up go on much better. We recommend the ESPA Refining Skin Polish for all skin types.
Also, our liver naturally detoxifies during spring, so you may break out in more spots/blackheads. Regular cleansing from the inside out, along with a proper diet and drinking plenty of water and introducing a liquid pro-biotic each day can really help tremendously. Eat the right kind of foods. A mixture of fruit and vegetables with lean meats.
To treat breakouts, try steaming your pores over a bowl of hot water with a few drops of ESPA Balancing Face Treatment Oil which contains Rose Damascena and Rose Geranium to unlock your pores and promote a clear skin prior to using a face mask
Try to use a face mask once a week. The ESPA Essential Cleansing Mask can be left overnight to purify and balance your skin.
Follow with the ESPA 24-Hour Balancing Moisturizer with White Thyme & Lavender which is non oily yet a very effective hydrator.
 Try not to smoke. Smoke is such a hazard for blocked skin.
Try to live a stress free life, take regular breaks from work and family commitments.

Try to incorporate exercise during the day – try walking to the next bus stop or getting off one step earlier, use the stairs not the escalator or lifts.
 For more information visit: The Retreat Spa or bookings please contact:-Tel +357 26 828100 or Email: spa.reception@aphroditehills.com


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Resort Hotel - World Travel Awards 2014 nomination



With great pleasure we would like to announce that the InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Resort Hotel once again has received notification from Graham E. Cooke, President & Founder, World Travel Awards™ of our following nominations for 2014:

Europe's Leading Family Resort
Europe's Leading Resort
Cyprus' Leading Resort
Cyprus' Leading Spa Resort
Mediterranean's Leading Family Resort
Mediterranean's Leading Resort

World Travel Awards™ was founded in 1993 to recognise, acknowledge and reward excellence in the travel, tourism and hospitality industry worldwide. Now celebrating our 21st anniversary, World Travel Awards™ is recognised globally as the hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.
http://www.worldtravelawards.com/vote


The official online voting is now open at www.worldtravelawards.com/vote. Votes are cast by travel, tourism and hospitality professionals and the consumer travellers whether business or leisure. A vote cast by a registered travel professional carries a weighting of two votes.

We take this opportunity to thank all our esteemed travel partner, associates and valued guests for their great support over the years and at the same time kind request your assistance in promoting our hotel during the on-line voting period.

For more information on the InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Resort Hotel visit:
http://www.aphroditehills.com/Aphrodite-hills/intercontinental-hotel/


Friday, April 11, 2014

Easter Orthodox Church Services at Aphrodite Hills Resort



The picturesque St. Catherine’s Chapel at Aphrodite Hills Resort will be hosting the holy services over the Easter holidays




Friday 18th April 2014

Traditional Service - ‘Epitaphios’ - 7.00pm - 9.00pm
The Epitaphios depicts Christ after he has been removed from the cross, lying supine, as his body is being prepared for burial. The scene is taken from the Gospel of St. John. The bells of the church are tolled and in traditional Orthodox countries, flags are lowered to half-mast. Then the priest and faithful venerate the Epitaphios as the choir chants hymns. The procession takes place during the evening service, with the priests preceding and the young men carrying the litter of Christ. 
                                                                            
Saturday 19th April 2014 - Holy Saturday
           
Orthros & Liturgy on Holy Saturday morning - 7.00am - 9.30am
The Liturgy of Easter Saturday morning is the sermon where mourning turns into joy once the Resurrection of Jesus is first announced. All icons are covered with black vestments during Holy Week and these are now taken off. All believers bang the stools in the church from joy whilst the priest strews laurel leaves.
                               
Traditional Easter Church Service - 11.00pm - 2.30am   
The Sermon of Resurrection is held at midnight, when everyone attends church with a candle. When the priest proclaims that “Christ has risen”, all the candles are lit and everyone greets everyone else with “Christos Anesti” meaning “Christ has risen”, to which the others answer “Alithos Anesti” meaning “Indeed He has risen.” Traditionally, the candle is carried home and burns through the night to symbolize the light returned to the world. Celebrations then continue with the cracking of the eggs and the Resurrection table.

Sunday 20th April 2014 - Easter Sunday
                                     
Esperinos tis Agapis10.30am - 11.30am  
‘Esperinos tis Agapis’ is a short Liturgy which takes place every Easter Sunday morning when cheerful hymns are sung. The name ‘Esperinos tis Agapis’ means ‘Day of Love’ and comes from the tradition of hugging and kissing each other after the Liturgy.

For more information on our Easter activities over the holidays please visit website events calendar: Aphrodite Hills Events Calendar



Summer 2014 Dining Options


The doors to our dining establishments have re-opened for the 2014 season !

There’s something to suit every taste with our extensive and diverse range of restaurants and bars. 

Have a look at the endless delicious mouthwatering options and book your table now to experience a culinary masterpiece in breathtaking surroundings!   


For more information on our dining options visit: Aphrodite Hills Dining Options


Easter Kids Arts & Crafts


Easter Egg Collage 


This activity allows children to experience how different materials work with glue and paper. Children can learn many things about texture and thickness don’t limit yourself to tissue paper, use ribbon, rice, dried beans or pasta even. Older children can even make patterns!





  1. Gather your materials, glue tissue paper, use ribbon, rice, dried beans or pasta even.
  2. Cut out a large egg shape out of card stock, or cardboard.
  3. Spread on some white glue.
  4. Start the masterpiece!
  5. Glue the egg on a large piece of paper if you want for a more finished look.

For more information on the world of activities at our Pirates Village Kids Club: Pirates Village Kids Club

Monday, April 7, 2014

Healthy Eating Tips for Men



Healthy Eating for Men

Eating Right

A healthy diet for men includes:
·        Eating at least 2 cups of fruit and 2½ cups of vegetables per day and at least once a week eat tomatoes or something made from tomatoes like pasta sauce. The antioxidant lycopene found in tomato products is good for maintaining prostate health.
·        Whole-grains! Eat at least half of all grains as whole-grains each day. Replace refined grains with whole-grain bread, cereal, pasta, brown rice or oats.
·        Fish! Eat at least two to three servings of fish per week.
·        Use unsaturated fats like oils, nuts and oil-based salad dressings in place of saturated fats like full-fat dairy foods, butter and high-fat sweets.

Energy Foods

Since men have more muscle and are typically bigger than women, they require more calories throughout the day. Moderately active males should eat between 2,000 to 2,800 calories per day. Your energy needs depend on your height, weight and activity levels.
For energy, weight management and disease prevention, men should eat whole-grains like whole-grain bread, pasta, cereal, brown rice, oats, barley, fruits and vegetables. These foods are high in fibre, help manage hunger and fullness and help fend off certain cancers, such as prostate and colon.

Beyond Meat

Men are typically meat-eaters because of the perception that more protein equals more muscle mass. This is not the case unless exercise is involved. Men tend to view red meat as more masculine than other proteins; often this leads them to order steak! It’s not the steak that’s unhealthy; it’s skipping the whole grains and vegetables. In addition, excessive meat eating is linked to heart disease and colorectal cancer in men.
Eat red meat less frequently. Instead, focus on more fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products. This will not only help you keep weight off, but it can help keep blood pressure down. Cut down on saturated fat from meat, cheese and fried foods. Instead, opt for foods with unsaturated, heart-healthy fats such as olive oil, canola oil, nuts, seeds and avocadoes.

Weight and Disease Risk


More than women, men gain weight around the middle; that’s due to the male hormone testosterone. If your waist measures more than 40 inches, it’s time to shed some pounds! This fat around the waist is typically buried deep in the abdomen and increases your risk of diabetes, heart disease and dementia.

For more information on The Retreat Spa at Aphrodite Hills Resort: The Retreat Spa

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Kids in the Kitchen preparing Fruit Salad



Today we shall make an end of the RAINBOW fruit Salad !!


Mum and Dad will be taking us to the Pantopoleio Supermarket where we can choose delicious and colourful fruit to make our amazing Rainbow fruit Salad.

What you will need:

  • Pineapple,
  • Grapes,
  • Bananas,
  • Strawberries,
  • Papaya
  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Pears
  • Kiwi
  • Orange or Mixed Fruit Juice

It’s time to turn all that beautiful fruit into a fruit salad…

Mum and Dad will clean and cut the fruit, and then you will be allowed to use a plastic knife to cut the fruit into fruit into smaller, bite-sized pieces….

Once ready, pour some orange or mixed fruit juice into the fruit and get ready to taste this tempting fruit salad that looks so delicious.


For more information on the world of activities at our Pirates Village Kids Club: Pirates Village Kids Club

Introducing ESPA Optimal Skin ProSerum




Optimal Skin ProSerum has a beautiful, silky texture and is easily absorbed into the skin. The formulation, which uses the latest advanced techniques in natural skincare, is 99% natural and is suitable for all skin types and ages.

The light texture is perfect for use both day and night; the ultimate solution promotes healthy, youthful, radiant looking skin.

Optimal Skin ProSerum activates the skin’s own natural revitalisers - Collagen, Ceramide and Hyaluronic Acid - working in natural harmony with the skin to provide both instantly visible results plus long-term skin benefits. Enriched with nourishing Omega (3, 6, 9), Vitamins (A and E) plus ProActive natural extracts Turmeric, White Lupin and Sunflower, ESPA’s advanced Optimal Skin ProSerum helps brighten and even skin tone, enhance elasticity, firm and help protect against environmental aggressors that can lead to premature ageing.

Key ingredients and benefits include:
- Sunflower Seed Extract - to boost Ceramide production, helping strengthen the skin barrier, prevent moisture loss and protect against environmental damage.
- White Lupin Extract - to boost skin’s natural production of high quality collagen, to maintain youthful looking skin.
- Balloon Plant Extract (Love in a Puff) - to calm and comfort skin, evening the skin tone.
- Turmeric Root Extract - to boost skin radiance, helping to even skin tone, brighten and revitalise skin.
- Rose Hip and Echium Oil - rich sources of essential fatty acids (Omega, 3, 6, 9) vital for skin health, plus a natural source of Vitamin A to help prevent premature ageing.
- Vitamin E and Evening Primrose Oil - to help regenerate skin cells.
- Frangipani Essential Oil - an antioxidant to protect the skin.
- Rose Essential Oil - with anti-ageing properties, helping to calm and soothe the skin.
- Patchouli Essential Oil - helping to regenerate and balance the skin.       

30ml 65.00
For more information on The Retreat Spa, Treatments and ESPA products please contact: 
Tel: +357 26 828100, Email: spareception@aphroditehills.com or visit: The Retreat Spa



Retreat Spa - Latest Offers for Spring







For more information on The Retreat Spa, Treatments and ESPA products please contact: 
Tel: +357 26 828100, Email: spareception@aphroditehills.com or visit: The Retreat Spa