Choosing what to eat from a hotel restaurant menu is always the eagerly anticipated first act in a full performance of sensory delights as each course is served and consumed. Today, the role of the Head Chef in creating and preparing the kind of dishes in tune with the taste and ethics of hotel guests has never been more important.
Food and beverage
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.
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.
Christmas at Londa! “But where else?”, comes a chorus in unison – and a typical reply from the hotel’s ever-growing family of devoted guests. Returning year after year for that special boutique blend of modern lifestyle experience gently wrapped in a traditional Cyprus, festive glow. As ever, Executive chef, Michael Vassos of Londa’s Italian-styled Caprice Restaurant has put together another one of his fantastic Festive Christmas and New Year Menus. Every last detail is in place and an air of calm anticipation gently settles around the lobby area.
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.
The redefining of holiday luxury as boutique lifestyle experience and personal wellbeing. For some Londa guests it could mean choosing the vegetarian options on the Caprice menu or a visit to Londa Spa for a relaxing therapy session. The curious adventurer abroad in Limassol might be keen to gain knowledge and insight from some of the many nearby historical and cultural sites.
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.
Londa unleashes new Pool Bar menu of ‘healthy dishes and superfoods’ for vegetarians, flexitarians and vegans!
Healthy eating with ‘Super Foods’ is taking the Mediterranean diet to a new level in boutique hotel luxury. Poolside at Londa is where you’ll often find hotel guests continuing their journey of relaxation after a blissful Londa spa session in-house or yoga exercises on the beach. Now guests at the pool bar can delight their senses and heighten their spirits further by mindfully exploring an irresistible array of healthy eating snacks and dishes.
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”.
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.
Did you know that every time you type an email address in order to send a message you are using the Greek symbol for transportation? The keyboard character @ originates from the Latin word for “at, toward or to” and is the abbreviation for amphora, a measure of capacity. However, it also came to be more popularly known as the Greek “amphora” – a two-handled, terracotta vessel, such as a pitcher or vase. The amphora is also used in transportation, but in the ancient Mediterranean world, its purpose was for sending grains and liquids.
Cultural adventurers in Cyprus seeking insight and authentic experiences may not associate beer drinking with the island’s unique and individual Mediterranean character. In 2016, individual consumption was 55 litres or around 97 pints, compared to 67 litres (116 pints) in the UK or a whopping 104 litres (183 pints) in Germany, according to The Brewers of Europe Report, Dec 2017.
Liquid gold! The traditional Cyprus olive branch cold-pressed for visitors seeking health and long life!
Olive oil! Big business might describe it as liquid gold. Many believe that the health-giving properties contained within its glistening amber are the secret to a long and active life. Whenever chefs prepare ingredients for a varied menu of insalate (salad) at Londa Hotel’s Caprice Restaurant, every drizzle of locally produced extra virgin oil pays homage to an ancient island tradition.
“We hear that there is to be a big carnival in Limassol any day now?” An air of anticipation quietly builds up around the district as the second week of February draws closer. This is the traditional start of a fortnight of colourful Carnival mayhem, where ‘stinky’ cheese, meat and wine flows – a little over eight weeks before Orthodox Easter Sunday each year.
Best foot forward into 2018! It’s a time-honoured tradition in Cyprus that stepping over the threshold “right foot first” will bring you good luck in the New Year. And it’s happening right here, on the Londa Hotel dancefloor, on New Year’s Eve! After a sumptuous 6 course Gala Dinner at the Caprice, many of our guests will be definitely up for welcoming in the New Year.
Christmas Day is nearly here, and at Londa Hotel… all is calm, all is bright! There’s anticipation in the air – perhaps it’s the temperature of 20C outside! We feel sure that one of the reasons why visitors and guests love spending Christmas in Cyprus is so that they can enjoy all the fine seasonal trimmings in the “warmest” of traditional Mediterranean style – and no icy polar blasts.
Dionysus returns – the Limassol Wine Festival is here! Eleven days of celebrating the ancient Greek God’s favourite fruit of the vine. The Festival is a joyous island tradition, which has been held at this time every year for more than half a century – ever since Cyprus gained its independence in August 1961.