How to do a holiday in Cyprus – with £4.30 cocktails

CRUISING gradually along the stunning Akamas shoreline of south-west Cyprus, we passed a huge milky rock climbing up out of the ocean.

This is where the legendary Aphrodite was substantiated of the sea foam, our boat guide informs us.

The laidback atmosphere is helped along by free drinks and wonderfully warm weather


The laidback environment is assisted along by totally free beverages and incredibly warm weather condition

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The family-friendly Royal Apollonia hotel has a friendly and easygoing feel

Meanwhile, the adults-only Ivi Mare has glitz and glamour


Meanwhile, the adults-only Ivi Mare has glamour and glamour

The goddess of love, enjoyment and appeal is revered here and we were definitely all feeling her love on a journey to this island that is so popular with Brits.

I was on my method to heaven Lagoon in the Paphos area, cruising aboard the Nafsika II along with other sunseekers who were indulging in the music and the laidback environment– assisted along by totally free beverages and incredibly warm weather condition.

With waters so clear and welcoming, the lagoon is a must-see for anybody visiting this location. And a boat journey with Cyprus Mini Cruises is the method to do it.

Back on board, and with more alcohol contributing to our mellow state of mind, we set sail for Latchi harbour where an incredible lunch at the Y&P Fish Tavern awaited us.

Everything there is fresh and yummy, with spreads of salads, fish and meat meals that simply keep coming.

It’s the traditional meze-style menu you’ll discover throughout the island and, much better still, all at a really sensible cost.

A journey to heaven Lagoon was simply one experience on my two-centre break.

I was splitting my time in between the family-friendly Royal Apollonia hotel in Limassol and adults-only Ivi Mare, a little further west in Paphos.

Both hotels remain in prime positions, right on the edge of the Med

But if you can tear yourself far from the thrills of the high-end health clubs, premium dining establishments and mixed drink bars, you’ll discover countless years of rough history on your doorstep.

In simply half a day we had the ability to check out a few of the island’s most well known cultural sights– starting with the ruins of royal city, Amathus, 6 miles east of Limassol.

Simply roaming around in the ruins will carry you to life prior to 300 BC, with high stone pillars still standing happy and ancient masonry spread throughout the meadow.

For another action back in time, further along the seaside roadway is 13 th-century Kolossi Castle, a previous Crusader fortress.

Or there is Kourion, a Greco-Roman amphitheatre neglecting the sensational Episkopi Bay.

It’s spectacular to witness and still utilized today for musical and theatrical efficiencies.

Art fans may choose the excavations of Eustolios House, however, with its remarkable mosaics which go back to the 10 th century BC.

Kourion is a Greco-Roman amphitheatre overlooking the stunning Episkopi Bay


Kourion is a Greco-Roman amphitheatre ignoring the sensational Episkopi Bay

When you’re feeling peckish, head into the mountains to Lofou town, where the captivating household- run Agrovino Lofou Tavern serves genuine food in a relaxing setting.

Competing for a put on our table were common meze meals such as taramasalata, tzatziki, potato salad, grilled halloumi, pita bread and olives– teamed with sausages and bacon ribs blistered on an open grill.

And what about the beverages? Not far from here, and likewise in the Troodos Mountains, is the Vassiliades vineyard in Omodos– embeded in a sensational place ignoring Mount Olympus, the greatest peak on the island.

Packed a punch

Its dry reds and fruity whites decreased all too quickly on a warm afternoon in the hills– although if it’s alcohol you’re after, you will not lack it at either of the hotels.

The Royal Apollonia, among Louis Hotels’ Elegant Collection of luxury offerings, has a friendly and easygoing feel.

And having my own personal Jacuzzi and even a 1970 s-style hanging basket seat on the big veranda made bright nights with a glass of red wine just more tranquil.

On days when you’re not checking out the neighboring historical towns, endeavor to the Royal Spa which has a Dead Sea Climatological Room with a natural salt and mud bath that smoothes the skin.

It’s not simply the medical spa that’s superior, either. The acclaimed breakfast, lunch and supper buffet is among the very best I’ve ever experienced.

Try the pork carvery, readily available every day, coupled with among the numerous salad choices.

But it was Japanese dining establishment, Akakiko, at the sibling hotel, that actually won us over.

One night, we delighted in an outside presentation by the sushi chef, who developed specials in front of our eyes while a saxophonist serenaded us.

The Ivi Mare, which opened in 2019, is more glamour and glamour– believe white leather couches and lovely art work.

The hotel’s Mirrors Bar is the location to opt for mixed drinks, with a long list of both traditional and speciality beverages– and at 6 or 7 euros each they are extremely affordable.

For something a little various, attempt heaven Horizon mixed drink, with rum, coconut, blue curacao liqueur, apple juice and cream.

Or there’s the Limassol Sunset, made with gin, triple sec, orange and grenadine– our preferred option.

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As we drank, we appreciated the incredible Limassol sundown, which bathed the surrounding trees and ocean in a deep, orange radiance.

The only thing that might make it much better was seeing it with a mixed drink in hand– and we had plenty to choose from.


GETTING/STAYING THERE: Seven nights’ B&B at the 5H Ivi Mare ( is from ₤937 pp, consisting of flights from Gatwick and transfers on September 23,2023

Seven nights’ half-board at the 5H Royal Apollonia ( is from ₤ 1,015 pp, consisting of flights from Gatwick and transfers on September 11,2023

See or call 0330 365 5005.

BEFORE YOU FLY: Gatwick’s North Terminal Plaza Premium Lounge is readily available from ₤32 pp. See or call 0800 316 5678.

OUT & & ABOUT: A half-day (2 to 3 hour) mini-cruise to heaven Lagoon is from ₤1750 per grownup. See



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