26 February 2015

Best-value holiday destinations of 2015 revealed

According to a British Press release, Paphos, Cyprus has been named one of the Worlds best value holiday destinations of 2015. The report focuses on the average cost of various holiday standard purchases including drinks and dining. 
Prague tops the best-value place to visit on holiday this year, according to the latest Post Office Holiday Money Report. The capital of the Czech Republic topped a list of popular destinations.
The Post Office Travel Money survey looks at currency trends over the past 12 months and makes predictions for the year ahead.
To find the best and worst value places to visit for UK holidaymakers, the Post Office analyses the cost of eight typical holiday purchases across 46 destinations and resorts.
These include:
  • a cup of coffee;
  • a bottle of local beer/lager;
  • a bottle/can of Coca-Cola/Pepsi;
  • a glass of wine;
  • a 1.5l bottle of mineral water;
  • suncream (200ml SPF 15);
  • a pack of 20 Marlboro Lights cigarettes; and
  • a three-course evening meal for two, with a bottle of house wine.
The typical holiday basket for a UK holidaymaker cost the least in Prague, coming in at a grand total of £35.29.

17 February 2015

A Cyprus to soothe the soul (especially if you are travelling with the family in tow and have managed to leave the pram at home)

  • The five-star Anassa Hotel Resort sits on the beautiful north-west coast of Cyprus. This luxury hideaway caters to families and young couples alike !

Travelling with toddlers can be hellish. Especially if you leave before dawn and realise en route to the airport that you've forgotten to bring your pram. Oh dear.
It was too late for us to turn back and, no, you can't buy a buggy at Gatwick because nobody is stupid enough to leave theirs at home.
Happily, Anassa, a Thanos family hotel in North-west Cyprus, is acutely geared up for children.

A fine spot on the shoreline: Anassa occupies a pristine position on the north-west coast of Cyprus
A fine spot on the shoreline: Anassa occupies a pristine position on the north-west coast of Cyprus

Friends had told us it was the best hotel for children that they had ever stayed in, so our expectations were high. After a four-and-a-half-hour flight, and a 45-minute drive from Paphos airport, my wife and I and our two children (aged three and one) were greeted with cold flannels and glasses of cool bitter lemon.
A buggy materialised on request and our anxieties melted away with our ice cubes.
Anassa, meaning 'queen' in ancient Greek, lives up to its regal name.
It's all marble floors, water features and amphora pots. The service is miraculous and there is even a 24-hour (complimentary) infant menu.
Perched on a hilltop overlooking a Mediterranean bay, the hotel is within walking distance of its own sheltered beach, a boat ride away from ravishingly beautiful blue sea lagoons and a five-minute drive from Aphrodite's bathplace, where the goddess disported herself. (Legend has it your beauty can be restored with a drop of its spring water, but annoyingly, it has yet to work for me.)

There is no denying it is an expensive hotel. If you need to ask how much the villas with infinity pools cost, you won't be able to afford them. But this is a superb hotel. There are of course private rented villas available in the area. 
Anassa Hotel has all the creature comforts - two spectacular outdoor swimming pools, an indoor pool, spa, four restaurants - but its USP is its design: it resembles a traditional Cypriot village. The gardens and white-washed villas are arranged around a square with its own Byzantine chapel.
Yes, it's a little Disneyfied, but it works.
The hotel is cleverly laid out on different levels so it never feels full. Directly above the spa is the chapel, so you can worship your body and soul in quick succession.
The clientele is intriguingly Euroeclectic.
There was a handsome, septuagenarian, Italian gentleman with a beautiful young wife and three daughters dressed in identical couture; David Cameron's Eton contemporary Octavius Black and his Cameron-Cutie wife Joanne Cash; and the odd tattooed Eastern European with a body-builder's physique, gold chains around his neck and a golden woman on his arm.
We knew Cyprus from previous trips and its extraordinary range of Roman amphitheatres and mythological sites. But you can be forgiven for not wanting to leave the hotel grounds. We made a point every day of walking through its fragrant gardens lined with jasmine and bougainvillea.
When we found we didn't have appropriate footwear for our one-year-old son, the staff offered to fetch us Crocs from the capital 80 miles away. We bravely walked out to buy a €3 pair from the local market; a transaction felt positively subversive.
There is no better way to stress-test a hotel than with toddlers. Every request was met instantly.
Please can you erect netting on our terrace to prevent our tearaways from escaping into the garden? Done, sir. Please can you put a latch on the front door to prevent them letting themselves out? No problem.

Making a splash: Anassa is ideal for family holidays (even if you've gone and forgotten the pram)
Making a splash: Anassa is ideal for family holidays (even if you've gone and forgotten the pram)

In the afternoon, we tended to drop the children off at the kids' club, which they loved. It was air-conditioned and manned by calm and kind polyglot staff.
Almost all of the 166 rooms have sea views. We had two interconnecting rooms with terraces. The decor was bland, but quality bland. Breakfast was served on an outside terrace under almond trees. There were fresh bowls of fruit salad, date truffles and raw honey served on the comb.
In the evenings, we dined with the children al fresco in the square, serenaded by local musicians. On offer was a traditional Cypriot buffet, a smorgasbord of Greek salads and roast suckling pig on a spit.
Anassa is a second generation family-run hotel, and it prides itself on repeat visitors.
We left with indelible memories of swimming in the pellucid waters of the blue lagoon, dancing with our children under the moonlight to violinists and passing a school of dolphins in our motorboat. It was like going on honeymoon - but with your children in tow. 

16 February 2015

Long Term Rental Properties - Simila Cyprus Property Services

Are you looking for a quality Long Term Rental Villa or Apartment in Cyprus ? Simila Cyprus Property Services have a superb selection available , from under €500 euros to over €4700 euros per month. Whether it is a 1 bedroom apartment in Paphos , or a 2 bedroom sea view Penthouse in Limassol , or even a superb Luxury 5 bedroom Exclusive Villa in Aphrodite Hills , Simila Cyprus have the ideal property for you. Here are just 2 examples. 

''We have been specialising in rentals for over 15 years , said Ludmila , the owner of Simila, "we know that customer service is paramount to a successful business and we do our best to supply the best quality''
 "We have this wonderful executive 5 bedroom villa in the award winning Aphrodite Hills Resort , it is one of the nicest long term rental villas on the resort" said Ludmila. 
There are 2 swimming pools , central heating , climate control air conditioning , 5 bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms, study and so much more. 

 This is an excellent 2 bedroom apartment in Paphos, in a great complex just minutes from all the facilities. It has 2 good sized bedrooms and it is fully furnished.  
 The balcony over looks the 2 swimming pools. There are showers and toilets next to the pools so no need to come back home. 
The complex is protected with 24 hour security and there are on site management. 

For details of current Villas & Apartments available for Long Term Rent please email us at ; info@simila-cyprus.com                  

15 February 2015


If you're visiting Cyprus this week, make sure to take in the island's most breath taking views with the Troodos Mountains covered in snow ! The Troodos mountains in Cyprus are unique in their geology and one of the only few places in the world where scientists can examine oceanic crust without needing to go to the sea. An underwater volcano that erupted 90 million years ago, and the reason the island was formed, has given rise to pillow lava which is observable throughout the mountains. The area of Troodos is also home to one of the 5 most copper rich areas in the world !

13 February 2015

Fresh Snow Falls on Mt Olympus in Cyprus

Up to 1 metre of snow has fallen on the top of Mt Olympus in the Troodos region of Cyprus and the skiing is superb today !
A heavy fall of snow, heaviest during Fri morning. Temperatures will be below freezing (max -1°C on Sat night, min -3°C on Fri morning). Wind will be generally light.


11 February 2015

More British are coming to Cyprus

Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) estimates there will be an increase in air travel from the United Kingdom, adding about 33,000 additional seats compared to last year.

Cyprus Tourism Organisation's optimism is based on high attendance at a recent ‘Destinations Holiday and Travel Show’ which was held in both London and Manchester.
CTO announced on Wednesday that there was plenty of visitors at their booth during the expo, where visitors showed strong interest in getting information and brochures for summer 2015 holidays in Cyprus.
Travel agents and holiday organisers in the UK are hinting at a 10-15% increase compared to reservations from last year, according to CTO.
CTO says it is “satisfied with the positive developments and it will intensify its efforts in the UK market”, adding that it is the biggest lifeline for the Cypriot tourist industry.
Total arrivals in 2014 were 871,00 from the United Kingdom, which translates into 36% of total arrivals, according to CTO.
For further details on holidays in Cyprus visit ; www.simila-cyprus.com

10 February 2015

Snow falling on Troodos

Police are warning motorists to be especially careful as bad weather began blanketing Cyprus on Tuesday morning.
According to a police announcement, heavy snowfall is being recorded on Troodos and that roads leading up there are only open for vehicles with chains on the wheels or vehicles with four-wheel drive. “Motorists using those roads are warned to be especially careful”, said the police announcement.
Some of the lower mountain plains are seeing a combination of snow, sleet and rain making the roads even more treacherous.
Meteorologists were yesterday warning members of the public to start dressing warm again with temperatures expected to drop and storms and snow showers set to lash the island once again this week.
Speaking to state radio, Meteorological Services official Michalis Mouskos said Cyprus was experiencing “strange weather conditions” and that bad weather is set to hit the island this week.
According to predictions by weather forecasters, temperatures are expected to drop by two to three degrees across the island for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and possibly even Friday. All during the week, Cyprus is predicted to be hit by rain showers and storms.

2 February 2015

New Flights Start between Amsterdam & Cyprus 

Transavia Airlines will start operating four flights per week starting this coming summer, connecting Larnaca to Amsterdam.
Initial prices will be set at €79 for a single fare, with a €5 reservation fee.
The flights, which will include stops at Paphos airport twice a week, will be cross listed with KLM. This allows passengers to fly around the world through Amsterdam.

In addition to Larnaca-Amsterdam flights, Transavia planes will also start flying from Tel Aviv and Malta heading to Amsterdam.
Transavia will also offer direct flights from Larnaca to Paris-Orly this summer.
Transavia has branches in France and Holland, providing regular and chartered flights to 160 destinations in Europe and the Mediterranean, for business and pleasure.
Simila Cyprus Managing Director , Simon Gale , said "These new flights will bring added new markets from both Holland and all the connecting flights from Amsterdam. This is great news for both Holland and Cyprus with the added bonus of additional flights from Cyprus as well. 
Transavia Airlines C.V., styled as transavia.com and known as Transavia, is a Dutch based low-cost airline operating as an independent part of the Air France-KLM group
For further details visit ; Adwww.transavia.com

1 February 2015

Cyprus sees opportunities of EU 'Blue Growth'
For sailing centres and tourist officials alike, this week’s announcement that construction on a new marina in Ayia Napa is scheduled to start in mid-2015 was welcome news indeed.
Coastal and marine tourism, including sailing, are all part of what the EU calls ‘blue growth’ and the blue economy represents around 5.4 million jobs in the EU, almost €500 billion a year. Not surprisingly, Cyprus is eager to boost its slice of this profitable market and is seeking to do so with the help of private investors and EU funds.

Last year saw the official opening of the Limassol marina with berths for 650 boats. The complex includes apartments, villas, restaurants and shops.
The €220 million Ayia Napa project announced this week is a 30/70 split between Caramondani Bros and Egyptian billionaire businessman Naguib Sawiris’ construction company. Work is expected to get underway in a few months, once the tender process is complete and building permits have been issued, and will take three years to complete.