Tuesday, 25 October 2016

EXPLORING CYPRUS WITH ON THE BEACH

Cyprus with On The Beach Holidays

All the way back in June I attended my very first blogger event in London. Bloggers Ball, hosted by Scarlett London it was something completely new to me and upon arrival with my blogging bestie, Ashton, we spotted the crew from On The Beach and snapped a photo with the fab beach-themed props before wandering around the rest of the stalls mingling with other bloggers.

It wasn't until a couple of weeks after that I received a phone call from a very excitable Ashton all the way from Alicante airport telling me that On The Beach had chosen to work with her and send her to Cyprus to review two of their hotels, even better, they wanted me to tag along too!
I'm lucky enough to have been to Cyprus a few times before and without a doubt it's my favourite beach/relaxation destination so I couldn't wait to go back.

The countdown begun and I literally couldn't wait to get away and have a nice break from work and everyday life.


Paphos Bound

After a long day at work I headed home to finish packing and have a mini power nap before our early morning trip to East Midlands airport where we were greeted by a VIP experience with World Duty Free which included cocktails, chocolates a makeover a goodies to take the usual airport stress away from this trip. After what felt like a short 30 minutes it was time to board the plane and around five hours after that we were greeted by our private transfer to our first hotel. The heat and the incredible scenery on the drive only got me more excited for the next few days we had ahead at our first stop.


Ayii Anargyri Natural Healing Spa Resort

A half-hour car journey took us up in the hills towards Miliou, a small village area nestled in the endless amount of trees and nature trails was the Ayii Anargyri Natural Healing Spa Resort, a paradise and a break from reality.


With nothing within a 15 minute walk away, we opted to stay on the resort for the full three days which to me was complete bliss. Nothing other than our fantastic room, scrumptious food, fantastic staff and a perfectly place sun lounger by the pool.

The accommodation we were given at the resort was nothing short of beautiful. We were situated in a spacious bungalow at the highest point of the resort allowing us to wake up and go to bed with incredible views of the greenery filled hills. Not only did we have incredible views, we were only a 30 second walk to the pool, restaurant and bar facilities - what more could you want?!




The atmosphere around the hotel was just that of total relaxation, it wasn't overly busy, you could get a sun lounger every day with ease and everyone was in the same, calming mindset. It was a form of paradise which made it easy to forget the outside world.

An important part of any day and holiday is food. If you're anything like me I love holiday food and being in Cyprus I was expecting some good cuisine. When I've been abroad in the past I've always been self-catering or the food in the resort has been buffet based. Ayii Anargyri however, was on another level of class.



Each morning (and evening!) we were greeted by the fantastic staff at the resort, all of which were friendly and made efforts to talk to us day in, day out. In terms of the food, breakfast consisted of a continental buffet as well as a hot meal of choice from the morning menu - I opted for eggs, salmon and halloumi most days. In fact, I was pretty obsessed with halloumi all holiday. It's my favourite!

The evening dinner cuisine was the differentiating factor with this resort. Each night there was a three-course set menu. Something at first I was genuinely scared about - I'm a really faddy eater and I've only just started eating fruit and veg (yes, naughty I know). Despite this, each meal was completely delicious and I gave into my fear and tried something new every night - to my surprise I liked everything! Enough talking about food though, it's making me hungry!



We made the most of staying in a spa resort by actually booking in for a treatment. I'd never been to a spa before, even back at home so this was a totally new thing for me. On our final full day we headed to the outer building at the front of the resort to indulge in a deep tissue massage and wow, it was incredible. When booking, we presumed it was only a back massage but for €70 each we had an hour long, full body treatment - legs, bums and all! 100% worth every penny, or cent being in Europe!


It felt like two minutes had passed before it came to moving day (and Ashton's birthday!) and before we knew it we were in a taxi down to the coast for our next stop.

Capital Coast Resort

Hotel number two was your typical holiday resort - it was coastal, three outdoor pools, a louder atmosphere and lots of toddlers making me all broody! 


I fell in love with the Capital Coast Resort and Spa the second I walked through the main entrance with it's grand lobby and instant view of the pools and endless sea through the ceiling to floor glass windows of the restaurant.  


We were even more excitable when we headed to our room which was absolutely insane! On the top floor of the hotel we opened the door and was welcomed by a spacious area complete with a dining table with a birthday gift of fruit and wine for Ashton - we felt so welcomed from the moment we stepped through the doors! 

I practically fell head over heels running to the balcony to see the view and wow, it was beyond breathtaking! The balcony was a very good size complete with a table and chairs with an incredible view of the pools and the ocean. Even better was that we saw sunset every night. This was my idea of paradise. 







Once we'd found and caught our jaws from the floor we quickly got changed and headed down to the pool to check out the facilities and more importantly, the food. Settled nicely in the shade was a pool bar which served incredible food (and pretty darn cheap), so we sipped on cocktails before heading back up to the room to get ready for our night. 

The food at the restaurant changed on a nightly basis but each night was a different style of buffet. With a large serving area the options for food and dessert were endless. Which was exactly the same in the mornings for breakfast. Everything from cereals to pancakes, antipasti to a full English. I couldn't fault any of the food in the slightest. 

The facilities of the hotel and the general accommodation was perfect for me. The beds were comfortable, the rooms were clean and spacious and the facilities were spot on. We even made use of the gym which held cardio and strength equipment. The pools on the resort catered for each and every visitor of the hotel, from tiny tots learning to swim all the way to the adults wanting to do lengths up and down the 'big' pool. There was even a very good-priced mini-market within the hotel stocking everything from water to gifts. 



The hotel itself was in a perfect location, with an Lidl at the top of the road as well as a few bars there were things in the close vicinity to do at night. Even better, there was a very good bus service outside of the Lidl store. With a daytime pass for only €5, we were able to get down to the port, the water park, the beach and the busier areas of the resort very easily. 


We made the most of the days in Paphos by heading out as much as we could and this included trips to water park, archaeological park and to the stunning beach.


Paphos Archaeological Park + Tombs of the Kings

One thing I love about Cyprus is the history and the culture so when I found out that On The Beach had arranged a trip to the archaeological park I was extremely excited. The park itself was about a 40 minute walk away from the hotel (before we actually found out how easy it was to get the bus!), despite it being super hot we took a leisurely walk down and traveled via the Tombs of the Kings, another fantastic history lesson which was only 10 minutes down the road from the hotel. 


If history and architecture is your thing then you'd love these two parks. It is quite a bit of walking inside both parks so please wear sensible footwear, take lots of water and keep covered in sun cream!

After a long day walking in the heat we decided to settle down by the port for some nice cold drinks, minutes turned into hours as we watched the world go by around us while we chatted away enjoying the sun and the atmosphere. 



Aphrodite Water Park + Coral Bay Beach

Now, this was the attraction that I was most excited for - I'd already been to the Aphrodite Water Park many moons ago with my parents and I couldn't wait to return! Again, this was easily accessible by bus which stopped right outside of the entrance.

The second I walked into the park I just wanted to go jump down the slides but we decided to be sensible and to grab a drink, take some snaps and get ourselves a good spot on the sun loungers by the wave pool before grabbing ourselves a rubber ring and enjoying the waves. 

When we entered the park we were both given wristbands which was a fantastic way of being able to purchase food and drink - the second our possessions were locked away we no longer needed to go back for cash thanks to this fantastic system which meant that everything needed to be paid when exiting the park! 



We headed onto a few of the slides before finishing off in the lazy river - even if it was a struggle staying on the inflatables! Not long after we decided to chill out on the sun loungers where I managed to have a little nap in the sun. I genuinely felt like a kid again and this water park is perfect for anyone whether you have children with you or not! 

Being on the perfect bus route we left the water park and headed straight to Coral Bay Beach and being a sucker for the sea I couldn't wait to go for a proper swim in the ocean. 

As soon as we were off the bus we could see the bay and my goodness, it looked beautiful. After a quick trek down the hill we were on the sandy beach where I left Ashton with her book while I dived into the sea in my mermaid swimming costume - I was literally in my element. Surprisingly, being October the sea water was pretty warm! I'd certainly return at this time of year again.


Why does a week pass so quickly?!

So, after having the best time in Cyprus we found ourselves looking at the holiday prices before we'd even checked out. I was genuinely heartbroken to leave the Capital Coast Resort (even if we did have late check out). With a late flight home we managed to make the most of our final day by the pool and visiting Kings Avenue Mall. 

All in all, I couldn't fault any part of my On The Beach Holiday, I had the best time with the best company. The hotels, food, activities and climate was perfect and I couldn't have asked for any more. I would 100% return in October with temperatures reaching around 30 degrees everyday - I even came home with an unexpected tan!

I normally like to try new places to visit but I will certainly be returning to Cyrpus and Paphos in the near future - it allowed me to unwind and enjoy more than just a beach holiday. 

I'd like to say a mahoosive thank you to On The Beach and to both Ayii Anargyri Natural Healing Resort and the Capital Coast Spa Resort for making our stay so amazing - until next time! 

All photo credit goes to Ashton with her incredible camera - which has now conveniently been added to my pintrest wishlist!

*Our stay at both hotels were complimentary, as were the trips to the waterpark and archaeological park, but all extra food, drink and activities along with flights and transfers were paid for by ourselves.










2 comments :

  1. You had such an amazing holiday! Thanks for sharing your moments of pure joy with us! From your post I see that most of all you enjoyed swimming as well as relaxing on the Cypriot beaches. To be honest, Mediterranean Sea is my biggest love as well. I advise you to check this article in order to learn more about the quietest beaches you've ever been to. All of them are worth visiting!

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