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.
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Guests staying at Londa Hotel are often from countries where January is traditionally a time for putting the festive season indulgences firmly behind them. A new year begins with a sense of a new beginning, renewal and re-energising. Many might make a straightforward new year’s “resolution” to lose a few pounds around the waistline or tone up abs, biceps and posterior.
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.
Six weeks to go and preparations for Christmas at Londa are already well underway! Once again, hotel guests can relax and celebrate all the way from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day in true Mediterranean luxury style with one of our exclusive Christmas and New Year Gala Dinner Packages featuring a special 5 course or a La Carte menu.
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.
Leto, Greek goddess of motherhood who gave birth to Apollo the sun god and Artemis, goddess of hunting – also known as the Roman ‘Diana’ – is returning to Londa Hotel. In loving spirit anyway! Following the success of last year’s Mums2Be & Baby Day Expo at Londa, the 6th annual one-day event of all things maternal is once again to be held in the bright, friendly space of the AΩ Conference Room on Sunday 21st October (10am to 6pm).
The “environment” is as high on the agenda in Cyprus as the Troodos Mountains, which rise 1,952 metres (6,404 ft) up into the fresh, sunlit Mediterranean air. Among a number of sustainability initiatives, the island has 57 ‘Blue Flag’ beaches, officially recognised as the “Cleanest Bathing Waters in Europe”. Since 2016, Limassol and five other city districts have also embarked upon a 4-year plan “dedicated to cleaner, better transport”.
August turns into September and Limassol still basks in 12 hours of glorious Mediterranean sunlight at a sizzling 32C everyday! Music to the ears of late holidaymakers and other visitors to Cyprus, of course! Even during the autumn and winter months, both the average air and sea temperatures in Limassol tend to hover around 24C.
“What’s the national animal of Cyprus?”, a guest unexpectedly asked while recently checking in at Reception. We think they had spotted a leaflet for Limassol Zoo! This year more visitors than ever have arrived on Cyprus – up by more than 38,000 in June 2018 compared to June 2017 – and many are keen to add to their knowledge and on the trail of authentic cultural experiences.
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.
The annual “International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama” kicks off its 2018 season with “Trojan Women” on Tuesday 3rd July at Limassol’s Curium Ancient Theatre, just a short drive west along the coast from Londa Hotel. The staging of the historic play in 2018 is sure to resonate with hotel guests and visitors to Limassol who seek cultural luxury experience during their stay.
Average Limassol temperatures during May have been hitting 25C and above with around 10 hours of sunshine every day. As the eternal glowing jewel in the Mediterranean – where the sea water can gently simmer at a luxurious 20C – it’s no surprise that the name of Apollo, the mythic Greek god of sun and light, has long been used as a centre of worship on Cyprus.
Londa Hotel is the official Hospitality Sponsor, and several festival performers will be staying at the hotel during the event. The 13th Cyprus Russian Festival is expected to attract up to 15,000 visitors for 2 days of music, dance, art and sporting displays across Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd June.
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.
Easter is just days away now! Not only a major religious celebration in Cyprus but it also tends to mark the start of the tourist season. Together, they could also be seen as an appropriate time for the culturally curious Londa Hotel guest to take the opportunity and visit one or two of the island’s historic and truly impressive monasteries.
Londa Hotel Jazz Nights – Cypriot and Russian players trading rhythms a popular draw on the Limassol music scene!
“If music be the food of love, play on…”, says Orsino in Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’. The words are well-known and have been regularly quoted – but the meaning is very much alive today in Cyprus. And where could be more fitting to follow the bard’s lyrical advice than in Londa Hotel’s very own Caprice Restaurant.