Thursday, July 31, 2014

Retreat Spa Specials for August



 ESPA LIFESTAGE Facial

A highly effective age defying facial to deliver immediate visible results.
Reduce the first signs of ageing by firming sagging skin

SPECIAL OFFER €110

Normal Price €140
PLUS
Take home a complimentary set of
ESPA ‘LOVE YOUR SKIN’ travel size products worth €23




Lift & Firm Hip & Thigh Treatment
Reveal a smoother and firmer skin.
A highly effective treatment to target cellulite and fluid retention

**
Book 1 Lift & Firm Hip & Thigh Treatment only €79
(normal treatment price €99)
**
Book 2 Lift & Firm Hip & Thigh Treatments only €150
& receive an exclusive complimentary gift
** 
Smooth & Firm Body Butter 100ml worth €39
Rich melting hydration to refine skin texture, soften & restore suppleness. 
Enhances elasticity of skin and helps diminish the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite.



For further information please contact the Retreat Spa Reception on
T:+ 357 26 828100 or



Monday, July 28, 2014

Retreat Spa Health & Fitness Focus Summer Special


10 TIPS TO A FLAT TUMMY

It’s summertime, the beaches beckon and we all want be in swimsuit shape.
If you're feeling a little flabby around the middle or just want to do a little toning up, let these tips be your guide.


1. Avoid eating anything 2-3 hours before sleeping.
Your body slows down when you sleep, which will prevent your body from digesting the food in your stomach properly.
You are also much less active in the evenings and at night, which means that your body is more likely to store the calories you consume late at night as fat, rather than burning them as energy.

2. Eat healthier.
There's no real secret when it comes to having a flat-tummy friendly diet, you simply need to eat more healthy foods like fruit, vegetable and whole grains, and cut down on junk food, like chocolate, chips and fast food. Just by making this simple switch, you'll see a world of difference to your stomach. Try to ease into a healthy diet by slowly, but consistently replacing the bad with the good. Here are some simple examples:

Eat lots of lean protein. Avoid fatty meats and remove the skin from Chicken. Eat lean proteins such as beans, nuts chicken breast and fish.
Eat whole grains. Look for labels that say "100% whole grain" or "100% whole wheat" and not just "wheat flour." They keep you fuller longer, which helps with weight loss and getting a flat tummy.
Eat healthy fats. Not all fat is bad! The monounsaturated fats found in avocados, nuts and fish are actually very good for you and can help you to lose weight. Just stay away from the trans fats found in processed foods and baked goods.
Lower your sodium intake. Sodium causes your body to retain water, which causes you to look bloated—especially around your abdominal region. Whenever possible, try replacing high-sodium foods with healthier options. Switch regular table salt for kosher or sea salt, or Himalayan salt , which are low in sodium, and stay away from soy sauce as it's full of it.

3. Check your portion sizes.
Many people just eat too much of the right foods. If you're eating regular, healthy snacks throughout the day, this shouldn't leave you feeling hungry.
A simple way to determine portion size is:
Your protein portion should be the size of your palm (without fingers)
(Complete protein includes: Lean chicken breast, white fish, tuna, egg whites, lean pork, turkey, beef tenderloins, etc)
A serving of complete carbohydrates (grains) is a cupped handful.
(Complete carbohydrates includes: fresh fruit, grains, vegetables, etc.)
A serving of vegetables you can hold in two cupped hands together.
Also try to eat slower, so that the extra time will give your stomach a chance to realize that it's full, thus preventing you from over-eating.

4. Eat low-glycemic index foods.
These items take longer to digest, so you feel full longer. Your body will slowly absorb the nutrients so you'll avoid any spikes or drops in your blood sugar until your next meal. Some of the best low-GI foods are:
Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumbers, Zucchini, Dark leaf lettuce, Onions, Pears, Tomatoes, Watercress, Broccoli, Bananas, Apples, Berries.

5. Cut down on sugary food and drinks.
Besides being full of empty calories, having less sugar in your system will help to lower your insulin levels.
Lower insulin levels equate to greater production of a hormone known as glucagon in your system. Glucagon is a substance that allows glucose to be burned as energy, thus contributing to a fabulously flat stomach!

6. Eat protein-rich snacks.
According to experts, eating a protein-rich snack at the magic hour between three and four in the afternoon will boost your metabolism and balance your blood sugar.
A protein bar or shake, a handful of almonds or pumpkin seeds are all good options.
Having balanced blood sugars lowers the amount of insulin in your system, which is good because insulin can cause you to store fat around your middle.

7. Eat small, frequent meals.
Replace your usual system of eating three large meals a day, with eating smaller, more regular meals. Many people make the mistake of eating nothing at all between breakfast, lunch and dinner, especially when they are trying to lose weight.
However, this type of diet will negatively effect blood sugar levels and cause you to eat more due to hunger, thus making it harder to loose weight.
Having a small, healthy snack every three to four hours and not letting yourself go hungry is a much healthier and more effective system.

8. Cut down on alcohol.
Alcohol, particularly wine and beer, is full of calories (one bottle of wine contains approximately 600 calories).
Alcohol consumption also releases estrogen into the system, which is undesirable, as excess estrogen causes the body to retain weight.
In addition, alcohol stimulates appetite and causes will power to melt away, making you much more likely to binge on all the things you've been depriving yourself of, like burgers, fries, pizza, chocolate and potato chips.

9. Drink plenty of water.
You should replace all your regular beverages with water, especially soda and sugared drinks which are full of empty calories and will cause your stomach to bloat.
Drinking lots of water will help to flush toxins out of your system and keep your bowels moving, both of which are essential for a flat stomach.
If you find regular water too boring, consider making sassy water instead. Sassy water is simply regular water infused with a number of refreshing and energizing natural ingredients, which help to speed up the metabolism and cut down on belly fat. Recipes vary, but many include some combination of ingredients such as orange slices, lemon slices, grated ginger, cucumber, fresh spearmint and fresh basil. The water is left to infuse overnight - making it refreshingly "sassy" by the next morning!
Pay attention to your body's signs. Your urine should be a light yellow or clear color; dark yellow with an odor could be a sign that you are dehydrated.

10. Exercise
Lie flat on your back placing your feet on the floor with your knees hip distance apart. Place your hands at your temples, with your shoulders and elbows back. Take a deep breath in and lift in an upward direction. Hold for 5 seconds breathing outwards and expelling all your air whilst making sure that you focus on the core muscles of the abdominals. To increase the intensity, place the soles of your feet together and open your knees so that your hips turn outwards. This removes the hip flexors from the exercise and further isolates the abdominals strengthening and toning them. Do 30 repetitions of each exercise.

Good luck and wishing you all a great summer ! 
From The Retreat Spa Team 





Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Prestigious Star Awards 2014 nominations for the InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Resort Hotel





Nominations for the Prestigious Star Awards 2014 began in London on 1st July to find the world’s best venues for events. Among the 10 top venue categories this year is the InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Resort Hotel.

Open to luxury venues across the globe, the Prestigious Star Awards celebrate the quality, performance and reputation of venues qualified to host the most memorable corporate and private events.


Distinguished venues are nominated in this worldwide annual awards program, which opened this month. The program puts the nominated venues in front of the public as well as venues and events experts – leading up to the awards evening. As the only global luxury venue industry event of its kind, every year the awards ceremony gathers the top 100 most innovative thinkers in the venues and events industry to inspire and be inspired in one of London’s prestigious venues. The award of a ‘Prestigious Star’ is presented to one venue in each of the 10 awards categories. 

Our hotel's 2014 awarded categories are:

·                  Most Prestigious Conference Venue
·                  Most Prestigious Wedding Venue

Click here to VOTE FOR US ! -  Prestigious Star Awards 2014
NOTE: All venues are carefully reviewed by Prestigious Venues ambassadors before being granted inclusion in the awards.




Friday, July 18, 2014

Asian Corner at Leander nominated for a TIME OUT Eating Award 2014


We are delighted to announced that the AsianCorner at Leander, at the InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Resort Hotel, for has been nominated for among the TIME OUT Eating Awards 2014 in the category “HotelRestaurant”.


The TIME OUT Eating Awards, the largest culinary institution in Cyprus, celebrates 10 years of existence, so it is celebrating the most delicious decade! Once again it will be awarding the top restaurants on the island to improve the quality of domestic gastronomy and to reward the valuable efforts made in the culinary industry.  

The TIME OUT Eating Awards is an international institution and has a great responsibility to its readers and to the restaurateurs, chefs and restaurant owners seeking to distinguish the highly competitive gastronomic market.

This year there are 9 categories:
  • ·        New Arrival (restaurants opened from April 2013 to April 2014)
  • ·        Fish Restaurant
  • ·        International Cuisine
  • ·        Mediterranean Cuisine
  • ·        Hotel Restaurant (i.e. operating within the hotel unit and are excluded from other categories)  
  • ·        Bar / Café / Restaurant
  • ·        Tavern,
  • ·        Souvlaki
  • ·        Nice Price


Like every year, TIME OUT will be awarding those restaurants gathering the most "readers’ favourite votes" from the audience of TIME OUT magazine.

You can vote for the Asian Corner too by completing the voters form on the TIME OUT website using this link : http://www.timeouteatingawards2014.com/


Monday, July 14, 2014

Gate to India - the latest addition to your culinary experience



We are delighted to announce the opening of the latest addition to our variety of restaurants, situated in the Village Square at the heart of Aphrodite Hills Resort.

The Gate to India Restaurant offers a unique dining experience, serving innovative Indian cuisine in an elegant and stylish setting.

Our food is sourced from superior quality ingredients and ensures the highest level of freshness. Mouthwatering Indian dishes are made precisely to your taste, whether you are looking to experience a delicious curry or Tandoori-roasted culinary delights straight from the clay oven.

We consider Gate to India to be a truly ‘Indian’ Restaurant, honouring a diverse range of authentic cooking traditions, whilst interpreting each with our unique creative vision. The warm and courteous hospitality of our staff, coupled with the stylish and elegant décor of the restaurant contribute to a memorable dining experience for our guests enjoy. We guarantee we’ll leave each guest with the desire to try more of our delectable menu options!

Joining us for the opening of Gate to India Restaurant is Sherin Alexander-Mody, Executive Director of the Blue Elephant Group, which includes Blue Elephant and La Porte des Indes Restaurants worldwide. Under her professional guidance, this new addition to the diverse culinary choice available at the Resort opened its doors on the 28th June.

As a youngster, Indian-born Sherin had no ambition other than to become a lawyer. Yet, having travelled to Singapore where some of her family lived, she was so influenced by her cousins who had studied Le Cordon Bleu that she decided to change course.

After winning a gold medal as ‘Best All-Round Student’ of her year at the Mumbai Catering College, everyone who knew Sherin realised that she would go on to accomplish many feats.
Sherin excelled in her field and having spent time overseas working with the Taj Group - India's most prestigious hotel group - and gaining priceless work experience, the opportunity arose to launch ‘La Porte des Indes’ in Brussels, London and recently at the Address Hotel Dubai Mall, in the capacity of General Manager and Executive Director.

Sherin's hard work at maintaining the highest standard of service on the restaurant floor is just one of the reasons why so many high-profile celebrities have dined there in recent times.
Sherin is also co-author of the cookbook ‘La Porte des Indes’.



Embark on an exciting culinary journey and experience the best of India's regional cuisine, presented in a refreshingly modern style at the Gate to India Restaurant, in the heart of Aphrodite HillsResort.

For further information on dining at Aphrodite Hills Resort, please visit: http://bit.ly/1ozP7zN  

For Restaurant reservations, please contact: ic.f&b@aphroditehills.com or call: +357 26 82 96 21 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Jade & Andy's Dream Wedding Story at Aphrodite Hills Resort



The gorgeous Jade and Andy tied the knot in June this year at the beautiful chapel on the grounds of Aphrodite Hills Intercontinental Hotel in Paphos, Cyprus.

Having met 3 and a half years previously through mutual friends, the newlyweds spent their first holiday together in Cyprus, and after getting engaged in Marrakech, Morocco 2 years ago,  knew that sunny Cyprus was where they wanted to spend their special day.  


Jade says “It’s such a stunning spot for a wedding and we could not wait to show it to all our guests”, and the couple were lucky enough to share their day with 75 of their family and friends, who flew out to Cyprus for the occasion.
Read more of this story on their :- Jade & Andy Dream Wedding 


For more information on Weddings at Aphrodite Hills Resort :- Aphrodite Hills Weddings
Email: ic.weddings@aphroditehills.com or Tel: +357 26 829702

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Retreat Spa - Latest Offers of July



Lift & Firm Eye Treatment
Enjoy a complimentary 25-minute worth €45 
When you book any of the ESPA Facials below: 

Skin Radiance - Skin Purifying - De-Sensitiser - Rehydration

 Our Expert Therapists will consult & prescribe the most suitable
 Facial for your skin using Skin Vision ™ Analysis.

ONLY €95
Normal Price €140




Full Hammam Ritual
 The ultimate Hammam Experience combining the benefits of Hammam steam-bathing, 
the Retreat Spa’s cleansing
‘Signature Loofah Soap Scrub’ and a vigorous Full Body Massage performed on a heated marble plinth, 
all guaranteed to make your skin glow and provide deep muscle relaxation.

ONLY €89
Normal Price €130
  
* Please note swimwear is required for the above treatment


Renew & Unwind
  Smooth and soothe your skin with a
Salt & Oil Full Body Polish
followed by a deeply relaxing
Aromatherapy Back Massage

Only €89
Normal Price €135

PLUS
Welcome Fresh Fruit Smoothie
Use of Sauna
Use of Infinity Pool & Sundeck
Use of Relaxation Gardens & Tepidarium


For more information or bookings please contact the Retreat Spa Reception -
Tel: +357 26 82 81 00 or email: spareception@aphroditehills.com