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Interview: Helmut Waldhuber – Warrior X Retreats

Helmut Waldhuber - Warrior X Retreats

Website: https://www.warriorx.fit

Our favourite fitness guru talks us through the benefits of healthy living:

Describe to us what it is that you do?
I am passionate about human wellbeing and I am the leading expert in creating transformational experiences through the Body&Soul  Detox Retreats. The beautiful scenery and the  luxurious accommodation here on Aphrodite Hills create a calming and inspiring background for the Body&Soul Detox Retreats, where
people can experience the combination of the most effective training methods and healthy and tasty food. They also learn strategies to continue this journey into a healthy lifestyle when they get home.

Why is a healthy body so important?
In my personal experience, working through lower back pain at the age of 23, through to experience working with my clients, I can say  that a healthy body is the basic requirement for almost any kind of
success.

After all, the body is truly the temple for your mind and your  spirit/soul: when your body is healthy you can concentrate much
easier on work, life, family. A healthy body is a very basic need – just consider Maslow’s hierarchy of human needs.

What other factors need to be considered to get into shape?
Nutrition is another important factor as are your behavioral patterns. How do you deal with stress? What are your thoughts  about your body, your health, your ambitions – what are your values towards life, work, love, health.

It is relatively easy to get motivated to do something and it is just as easy to fall back into old patterns. This is why I incorporate mind power training into my retreats and with my online and live clients. This combination of physical exercise and mind power training (combined with good nutrition) has given my clients fantastic and lasting results.

What can people do to get into a healthy lifestyle?
There are many ways to get healthy. You can join the gym, go to Yoga, hire a personal trainer, buy online programmes, make an effort to walk more, take the stairs instead of the elevator, etc. – as long as you make a point of using your body more often.

You don’t need a personal trainer, but it is easier for most of us, to have someone to be accountable to. Either a trainer, a gym buddy or a group of people (workshops, retreats, or fitness classes) will help  most people to achieve their fitness goals more efficiently.

Start now! Arrange a personal training session with Helmut during your stay. Contact: helmut@warriorx.fit / https://www.warriorx.fit

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Meet Teresa: My Cooking Box

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Teresa and Roberto, an expert gastronomic couple from Italy who live here on Aphrodite Hills, are bringing the finest Italian ingredients to Cyprus in the form of ‘My Cooking Box‘. We love the concept and the end results! A cooking experience that brings everyone together using recipes created by Italian chefs, with exquisite Italian ingredients conveniently boxed up; it’s fun, created with love and SO tasty!
Teresa tells us more:

Tell us about My Cooking Box
It’s a magic box with all you need to recreate an authentic Italian recipe at home. The recipes are simple, it saves you from shopping and it takes the stress out of cooking; making it easy to enjoy being
a chef. Open a bottle of wine, prepare the meal together and savour the true tastes of Italy. It is a treat, not an every day idea – an experience.

What makes it special?
Each box is from a different region of Italy, with ingredients sourced from the region, with a recipe prepared by a well known Italian chef. Personally I love preparing a selection of boxes, tasting a bit of each, as a family or with a group of friends.

What inspired My Cooking Box?
We just couldn’t find a true representation of our home country’s
flavours here in Cyprus!

Tell us about your passion for cooking
More than a passion for cooking, I love food! I really started to cook after I moved to Cyprus 14 years ago; I called my mother a lot, and made a lot of mistakes, but I am a perfectionist so I persisted. I’m now proud that my friends tell me they can’t eat any other pizza in
Cyprus apart from mine! I have learned that cooking is all about the details of each and every ingredient.

Why did you choose Aphrodite Hills?
We built our house here after we fell in love with Cyprus and the lifestyle it offers; it is a simple but good life, with good weather, the bluest skies, kind people and it is safe. We chose Aphrodite Hills for the golf, the lovely environment and it is a great location on the island.

Aside from healthy eating, how do you keep a healthy lifestyle?
Roberto and I golf 3 – 4 times a week and I exercise every day. We also travel a lot and have had many experiences abroad.

What is your favourite My Cooking Box?
The Sicilian Busiati; it is a special wholegrain pasta and the sauce is
fantastic, full of flavour with Sicilian tomatoes, capers and olives.

Try your My Cooking Box experience and order online now. A great gift option too! http://teresa-roberto.com.cy/

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Why Play Tennis – by Scott Wakefield

Scott Wakefield

Why play tennis? What are the benefits for your lifestyle and fitness? Scott Wakefield, the fantastic Head Coach at Aphrodite Hills Tennis Academy reveals all:

 

It’s a great workout: A combination of fun, aerobic and anaerobic workout. Tennis players are nearly always moving, and the combination of short sharp sprints during rallies with constant changes in direction build muscle and stamina. Tennis promotes bone strength and density: it strengthens bones of young players and helps to prevent osteoporosis in older players. Tennis also improves your hand-eye coordination, constantly watching the ball and timing your contact points.

Tennis through the ages: Tennis is a fantastic life sport from 4 years old to, if you are lucky enough, 100 years plus! Tennis is truly the sport for a lifetime, it has been proven!
Tennis is social: Tennis is a great way to meet and make new friends. It opens up a whole new social group and organised social tennis sessions are a great way to keep playing in fun and friendly matches; you don’t even need a partner. We run social tennis at Aphrodite Hills every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am – 12pm, year round.

Mental Tennis: Tennis keeps you sharp and mentally focused. It is great for problem solving and is a game based on angle geometry and physics where strategies and tactics can win you matches. Being mentally strong fortifies your mind and helps out in all other aspects of your life.

All year round: Tennis can be played all year round, even in winter months. Cyprus receives some of the best weather in Europe so indoor courts are not necessary and there is even a shaded tennis court at the academy so that tennis can even be enjoyed during the midday sun.

Stress Buster: What better way to relieve stress than by hitting a ball as hard as you can? It feels great, and when you hit a winner it is even better!

Other benefits: Tennis helps develop a good work ethic: improvements through lessons and practice reinforces the value of hard work. Tennis helps you to learn to win graciously and lose with honour. Tennis helps you manage mistakes, learn to play within your abilities, manage and minimise your mistakes in your game and in turn, in life.

Call the Aphrodite Hills Tennis Academy to find out how you can get started!

Check the Tennis Academy Schedules and Rates here.

Golf – Why Choose Elea Estate?

The golf course at Elea has been created to challenge golfers of every level. The par 71, 18-hole course, designed by Sir Nick Faldo, incorporates natural features to evoke a truly Mediterranean feel. Elea Estate Golf Club with its beautiful greens, manicured fairways and strategic bunkers is set to be not only the best golf course in Cyprus, but is already winning accolades as one of the leading golf destinations in Europe and beyond.

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Hole 9
The 9th hole at Elea provides the classic risk and reward hole! A good tee shot leaves you the option to play more aggressive with your second shot and have a chance for a birdie or par. A tee shot out of position however will require a testing lay up between a well placed bunker and the water hazard. Many cards have been broken on this inviting par 5.

Tranquility
The Elea clubhouse offers stunning views of the Mediterranean, a
welcoming atmosphere and fine dining food. It is the perfect way to relax and enjoy your day in Cyprus.

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Elea Golf Club, 2010:
Sir Nick Faldo, the course designer, opened Elea Golf Club on 18th October 2010 – the course is known as his ‘Mediterranean Masterpiece’. The course was subsequently ranked as one of the ‘Top 10 New International Golf Courses of 2010’ by one of the world’s biggest selling golf journals Golf Magazine in the USA. Faldo commented on Elea Golf Club ‘When we designed the golf course we decided to put the emphasis on thoughtful, rather than big hitting, golf and there are plenty of strategic riddles for the golfer to explore and unravel over all 18 holes’.
Visit Elea Estate to see what the hype is about – whether you play the course, make use of the practice facilities or dine in the Clubhouse, we are sure it will be one of your holiday highlights.

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Diving in Cyprus – Facts at a Glance (Steve Ford)

Steve FaceSteve Ford, owner of Cyprus Diving Adventures, shares his favourite scuba diving facts about Cyprus.  We bet some will be a real surprise!…

 

The coastline of Cyprus has been awarded more blue flag awards for the cleanliness of its sea and beaches per capita and coastline than anywhere else in the world.

turtle diving 2On average there are over 800 turtle nests on Cyprus beaches every year, with many more individual turtles visiting our waters every summer. Loggerhead turtles outnumber green turtles by four to one.

  • To date there are over 250 fish species in Cypriot waters, which is home to the greatest diversity of marine life in the Mediterranean.

mediterranean monk sealThe relative isolation of Cyprus in the Eastern Mediterranean has resulted in the evolution of several endemic species such as the rare Mediterranean Monk Seal.

  • The sea off Pissouri Bay is home to the largest reef in Cyprus, with the deepest known and largest cave for divers.
  • There are over 80 dive sites in Cyprus, from Paphos in the west to Cape Greko in the east.

MS ZenobiaCyprus is home to the ‘Titanic of the Mediterranean’ – the Zenobia wreck.  Apart from the Zenobia there are a further 13 wrecks around Cyprus for divers to explore.

  • Marine reserves on dive sites include St George’s Island, the 2 Limassol wrecks area and the Zenobia wreck.
  • Underwater visibility is typically 20 to 40 metres and the sea never gets lower than 17degreesC in the winter. Summer water temperatures can reach 30 degreesC.
  • There are 5 protected marine areas in coastal waters and a further number of reef marine reserves. These are in open water, or supported by artificial reefs.

Experience the magic of scuba diving in Cyprus with Cyprus Diving Adventures and enjoy special 8509 discounted prices and free pick up & drop off.

Visit Steve’s Website                                                                                                         Call Steve Now: 97 661 046

Pafos2017 and Paphos Old Town

2017 is a very special year for our charming city of Paphos – it is the year that it boasts the title as one of the two cities in Europe selected as ‘European Capital of Culture’. What exactly does this mean? It means that for the period of one calendar year, the city organises a series of cultural events with a strong European dimension, to highlight diversity of culture and a sense of belonging within the European community. Pafos2017 successfully kicked off the year with a wonderful opening ceremony which took place in Kennedy square (just outside the town hall) on 28th January 2017.

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“Chairman of the Organisation puts it perfectly: this title European Capital of Culture offers the city of Pafos a great opportunity to improve its economy through its publicity on an international level and its acknowledgment as a quality cultural and tourist destination, to attract new investments, create new positions of employment, develop an open dialogue with society, motivate its citizens, change its vibe and “freshen up” its ideas.”

The town itself has undergone a lot of improvements, as part of 10 major infrastructure and development projects, with a price tag of around €26.2 million. The roadworks that came in tow were begrudged by many, however they have been more than worthwhile and even the sceptics were surprised to see the completion deadlines met – and the aesthetic results are just fantastic!

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The works focused on Kennedy Square and the town’s traditional retail centre in Paphos Old Town, which have been pedestrianised and completely overhauled. There is a new plaza in front of the old police station as well as a new bus station and municipal, 200-space car park, located behind the old police station. The transformation of the Town Hall Square, Kennedy Square and the surrounding area really bring out the beauty of the existing old government buildings that are dotted around.

Since winning the bid in 2013 the city has already hosted a wide variety of cultural events and throughout this year 152 projects and more than 350 activities have been planned, with the participation of more than 1,500 artists.

Pafos2017’s motto is “Linking Continents – Bridging Cultures” and all events fall under their three main themes: Myth & Religion, World Travellers, and Stages of the Future. Open Air Factory is the main concept for the Pafos 2017 organisation, which means utilising a network of sections, units and workshops throughout the district (such as streets, school yards, archaeological sites) where people from all walks of life are invited to ‘create’, celebrating the outdoor living culture here.

Events throughout the year will include theatrical performances, dance performances, creative & group art and more – keep an eye on the official website for programme information and go along to experience some of the events for yourself: www.pafos2017.eu. We will also keep you updated on our Blog.

Paphos Old Town was already brimming with lots of trendy, arty cafes, restaurants and bars and the new upgrade to the area will only encourage more, as well as adding to the charm that it already boasts. It’s now a lovely area to wander around, to soak up the culture, enjoy a coffee whilst people watching or to dine and spend an evening. Head down there and check it out for yourself!

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Old Town Hot Spots: our pick of the best

Dining: Koutourou Ouzeri – for fresh, homemade goodness /
To Plato Sushi & More – for fantastic sushi platters / Fettas Tavern – for mezes and live Greek music / Palia Ilektriki – for cultural dining.

Coffee shop: Vintage Art House Espresso Bar– pure retro coolness / Ananas 8 bit coffee – jazzy, arty, friendly vibes / Let Them Eat Cake – homemade delights.

Drinks: Craft – laid back, arty & eclectic / Timothy’s – rough diamond / Boulevard – where the cool kids go / Muse – classy cocktails with a view.

Music/Art: Technopolis 20 – the epitome of Pafos2017; cultural, traditional, arty & charming.

WINES IN CYPRUS – PAPHOS BY GERRY AT PAPHOS WINE TOURS, 2015

Cyprus is rich with beautiful vineyards and offers an array of wineries to visit. The Cyprus Tourist Organisation has compiled six wine routes throughout the island. This year, Gerry from Paphos Wine Tours has described the highlights of the Paphos wine region and its grape varieties. Enjoy!

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Here you are in Cyprus, one of the oldest wine producing countries in the world with a history dating back as far as 3500BC. Its ancient capital, Paphos, is known as the birthplace of Aphrodite, Goddess of Love, but the town has an even tastier claim to fame, especially for wine lovers.  We start our tour on Paphos Harbour at the mosaics in the House of Dionysus, a UNESCO designated world heritage site, which celebrates this God of Wine and Protector of Vineyards, for one reason: Paphos alone sustains a staggering 43% of the island’s grapevines.

From there we go North to the village of Mesogi, where the Fikardos family have their winery which was founded in 1990 by Mr Theodoros Fikardos, renowned as one of the founding fathers of modern Cypriot wine production. The family produce wines from various grape varieties, a little information on which we’re happy to share with you:

The most important indigenous grape variety in Cyprus is Xynisteri (zini steri). Wines from this grape are recognisable for their distinctive green apple & peach aroma.

wine - xinistry grapessmallThe majority of Paphos vineyards are located at between 450 and 1200 metres where the soil is mostly limestone formations and gypsum-clay beds. The region enjoys unique weather conditions which, when combined with this soil, make it the perfect place to cultivate the Xynisteri variety – 50% of the island’s production grows in the Paphos region.

Two rarer varieties also grow at higher levels in the region, Maratheftiko and Spourtiko. The former produces a deep red, full bodied wine whose most common aromas are cherry, dark plums & wild flowers. These qualities appeal to many winemakers.  Wines from the latter are delicate, very light with an alcohol content that never exceeds 11%. Their common aromas are grapefruit, lemon zest, and white flowers. Only the Fikardos Winery and the Vouni Panayia Winery currently produce wine from this variety.  Top tipple: Spourtiko.

We then move on to the monastery of Chrysorogiatissa where the monks produce three basic wines. The monastery was founded in 1152 but the present building dates from the late 18th century.

Continuing North we turn right towards the village of Polemi to one of the largest wineries in Cyprus, Sodap Kamanterena. This co-operative, which has a large visitor centre, produces around three million bottles per year with about 100 local growers supplying their grapes. You can view the production process from the visitor centre, and enjoy the numerous wines and spirits on offer for tasting including the famous Commandaria wine. This is the oldest commercial wine in the world produced initially by the knights of St John. Top tipple: Commandaria.

Next stop is Panayia village (via the Kannaviou Dam which merits a visit for its scenery alone) to visit the Vouni Panayia winery, run by the Kyriakydes family. The wines produced here are mainly from indigenous grape varieties. In addition to the aforementioned varieties they have also reintroduced Promara (an elegant white) and Yannoudi (an oak aged red) There is an impressive new building with an abundant cellar & an educational facility. Top tipple: Barba Yiannis Maratheftiko.

The beautiful Kannaviou Dam

The beautiful Kannaviou Dam

 

The penultimate winery on this tour is the Kolios Winery which lies close to Statos village. On 24 hour’s notice they will serve you a meze meal in their restaurant which is attached to a tasting area with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Top tipple: Cornetto Rose.

Heading downhill past Statos Village we approach  Amargeti Village (which has a lovely cobbled street, church & museum) where we visit the Kalamos Winery, with palatable wines that are great value for money. Top tipple: the local oak-barrel aged spirit, Zivania.

We hope you enjoy your tour around the Paphos area and enjoy the great wine and scenery on offer – get your taste buds and your cameras at the ready.

Yia mas (to your health)                                                                                                     Gerry, Paphos Wine Tours.

Gerry (right) on a tour, at Fikardos winery

Gerry (right) on a tour, at Fikardos winery

Call Gerry – 99 158 312