It’s mid February and love is in the air – followed by ten days of colourful party-time mayhem… from celebrating St Valentine’s Day on Friday 14th to the annual Limassol Carnival starting on Thursday 20th. A traditional Cyprus twosome that says spring is nearly here, which means Limassol’s summer visitor season will soon be in full swing.
The first of many annual Cyprus festivals dedicated to celebrating the fruit of the vine arrives in Limassol. Wine lovers, connoisseurs, the culturally curious, and lifestyle hotel guest, alike, should expect a ‘vintage’ experience exploring authentic heritage wines from a Mediterranean vineyard terroir. The Peloponnese Wine Festival 2020 – now in it’s fourth year – will showcase the biggest ever collection of its finest quality, native and international wine varieties grown in ancient vineyards across the Greek peninsula, from Nemea and Patra to Mantinia, Monemvasia and Kalamata.
2020 – not just new year but a new decade. And it’s “in with the new” at Londa too! We start 2020 with a new-look website. We hope you like the fresh, bold, hi-definition photography. Booking a room at Londa is a more immersive experience than ever before. Even Aphrodite herself would have simply loved to glide from the Deluxe Sea View Room to the Honeymoon Suite.
New Year’s Eve traditions and classics – from a Londa Gala Dinner and Cats in Limassol to naughty sprites and lucky cake!
New Years Eve through to New Year’s Day in Limassol, as throughout Cyprus, is the traditional time for giving presents, receiving money and making a wish for love. Popular folklore also tells of dealing with troublesome sprights. This year the only mythic creatures likely to be found are performing in the classic musical, ‘Cats’, on onstage at Limassol’s Pattihio Theatre. For many couples, it could be the perfect, delightful way to celebrate New Year – theatre followed by dinner… especially if it’s the 6 course Gala Dinner at the Londa’s own Caprice Restaurant.
Nothing says “Christmas is coming” more than the tinsel and glitter, hustle and bustle of the traditional Christmas Fairs, Christmas Lands and Festive concerts that magically appear in and around Limassol at the start of December. Londa too, is once again busy preparing her special Festive Christmas and New Year Packages, which include an overnight stay with breakfast, Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve dinners, and Afternoon Tea by the fireplace in the Caprice Lounge Bar.
Spirit of Aphrodite: Unique Handmade Crafts Show at Londa & Maserati Blu Diamond Fashion Day at Limassol Marina
Beauty and the pleasure of creativity are always at the cultural heart of Cyprus, the mythic birthplace of Aphrodite. The 3rd Maserati Blu Diamond Fashion Day is to be held at the Limassol Marina on Sunday 17th November. Over the same weekend, Londa plays host to her latest community event – “Wintery Crafts” – a wonderful opportunity to purchase beautiful, uniquely handcrafted gifts created by local artists and craftsmen – organised by AllHandHomeMade.
Autumn in Limassol can be a slightly surreal – or possibly, spooky experience! Visitors on a mini-break are often from countries where a chill in the misty air and damp, curling leaves underfoot more than set the scene for Halloween celebrations. With typical temperatures currently at 27C in Limassol, it feels more like high noon at midsummer than the bewitching hour for tricking and treating.
Seven is traditionally believed to be a lucky number! So, maternal blessings from mythic Greek goddesses, Hera and Leto, are sure to shower down once again over the 7th Mums 2 Be & Baby Day at Londa on Sunday October 13, 2019 (10:00 – 18:00). As in previous years, this special one day event for pregnant women and new parents – hosted by the online social network, Mums in Cyprus – will be held in Londa’s AΩ Conference Room.
As summer holidaymakers check out, the autumn season brings conference and exhibition delegates striding through Londa’s reception doors. Limassol is host to a full calendar of events including, leisure, entertainment, hospitality sport, art, culture, media, education, finance, business, industry and trade.
Today we start a new informal series of posts where, in true personalised boutique style, visitors and guests are offered a little peak behind the scenes here at Londa. We will be interviewing various key staff, from the Caprice Restaurant to the Londa Spa and others who are sure to have fascinating stories to tell! We hope this little series will offer a worthwhile snapshot. Our exclusive ‘insider’ interviews kick off with Londa General Manager, Jochen Niemann.
Movement and expression unlimited! Throughout June, the 22nd Cyprus Contemporary Dance Festival unleashes energy and innovation with an international flavour in all things terpsichorean! Whether a guest at boutique hotel Londa or staying at another luxury property in Limassol, the culturally curious have a unique opportunity to step out and experience new ventures in dance choreography from across Europe.
There’s always a drama being played out nearby to Londa! Just 5.6 kms (3.5 miles) west from the hotel is Limassol’s Rialto Theatre – the city’s enduring home of the performing arts. It may not have been around as long as say, the Curium Theatre (built in the 2nd century AD) but 2019 sees the Rialto celebrating the 20th anniversary of its re-opening, which kicks off with a spectacular open-air party at Heroes’ Square on Friday May 17th.
“Limassol” and “Festival” – they not only sound almost the same but are definitely made for each other! Throughout the year, Limassol is never without its bustling schedule of annual carnivals, religious and cultural events, wine, beer and grape festivals. It‘s not too hard to see why Limassol attracts many visitors in search of authentic cultural experiences.
Easter Week in Limassol is fast approaching. In the spirit of spring’s ritual renewal, average local temperatures rise to a glorious 21–26C. It’s no coincidence that visitors to Cyprus, including of course Londa hotel guests, may be keen to take a mini-break. Chilly winter blasts mixed with April showers continue to sweep across several home countries at northern latitudes. The desire to relax and re-energise in Limassol’s warming Mediterranean air over Easter is always a popular choice.
It’s voting time in the annual World Travel Awards™ – now in it’s 26th year – and Londa Beach Hotel is nominated in five categories, including Cyprus Leading Boutique Hotel 2019. Voting in the Europe section runs from 11th March to 28th April. The World Travel Awards™ was established in 1993 to “acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all key sectors of the travel, tourism and hospitality industries”.
New York, Paris, Chicago, London, Tokyo, Berlin, Boston… are all celebrated as the traditional top cities for staging major marathons where hundreds of thousands of runners take part every year. Globally, there are an estimated 4,400 official marathons, at least. The annual OPAP Limassol Marathon GSO – which this year takes place on Sat 23rd and Sun 24th March – is highly regarded and attracts runners from around the world.
Limassol Carnival returns on 28th February… which this exuberant and colourful celebration of music and dance has done around this time every year since 1890! In an unexpected break from tradition, there will be two queens riding in regal chariots, as they lead a fabulous carnival procession from Makarios Avenue right through the town centre on the 10th of March.
“Early check-in, late check-out” – the ultimate way to celebrate Valentine’s Day at Londa Hotel! It’s all part of Londa’s exclusive Valentines Day Packages designed for couples with traditional “eidýllio” – i.e. romance – firmly in mind! Sensual luxury of the boutique kind is the order of the day, of course! From Valentine cocktails and Dinner for Two followed by Late Breakfast in our Italian-style Caprice Restaurant.
Londa guests and Limassol visitors seeking authentic cultural experiences have a palate-tingling opportunity on February 8th to taste the latest examples from Oenou Yi – Ktima Vassiliades, one of the island’s longstanding fine winemaking families. Londa hotel teams up with the Oenou Yi vineyard to present an “eclectic wine-pairing” dinner at the Caprice restaurant.
Mostly sunny at 17C – 20C! That’s the forecast for Limassol on New Year’s Eve. Perfect for traditional “first footing”, Mediterranean-style, into 2019. And for raising a special sparkling glass of bubbly wishes for the year ahead at Londa’s New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner on the Caprice veranda. The celebrations continue into the night and the next day with Londa’s special New Years Day Breakfast, Buffet Lunch and A La Carte Dinner…
Storytelling, magic and spectacle are always on the menu in Limassol’s annual line-up of festive events for visitors in search of traditional cultural delights. And 2018 is no different! Top performers from Cyprus, Greece and Russia will present a number of stunning shows in music, dance, theatre, and on ice!
First day of December. Excitement’s in the air, anticipation building… The winter months may be a warm Mediterranean 20C in Limassol but you know the festive season is here when the annual Christmas Wonderland arrives at the Old Port. And this year, visitors may behold a further twinkling of starry lights against the ancient night sky with the arrival of Limassol Christmas Land. Both are located just a short distance from Londa Hotel.