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.
Just two weeks to go until the annual Limassol Wine Festival (30 Aug – 8 Sep) when an ever increasing number of Londa’s long-time guests return once more to celebrate mythic Dionysus, Greek god of “Wine and Merriment”. The joy is all the more sweeter as the festival wine is usually free of charge.
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.
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.
The “Mediterranean Diet” is definitely established as the go-to recipe for anyone seeking the ingredients for an authentic healthy-eating lifestyle. It’s perhaps a view shared by many of the 3.6 million visitors from around the world who visit Cyprus every year.
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.
It’s Limassol Carnival time once again – when just about anything goes! Since the 8th February, the streets have been filled with a non-stop, eye-popping parade of riotous colour, costume, music and dance that reaches its dazzling climax at the Grand Carnival on Sunday 18th.
“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.
Some Londa Hotel guests say they can see the top of Mount Olympus from their bedroom window. At a height of 1,952 metres (6,403 ft), the mythic dwelling place of the ancient Greek Gods is actually one of the highest peaks in Europe, and lies around 54 kms (34 miles) north west of the hotel.
Easter at Londa has finally arrived. So too, the guests and visitors who are enjoying a welcome spring break with us here in Limassol. Many might also be looking forward to taking part in some of the cultural traditions of celebrating Easter week in Cyprus.
We’re all feeling a bit starry-eyed and living in La La Land at the moment! We may not have reached the almost record breaking 14 nominations that the Hollywood blockbuster received but Londa Beach Hotel management and staff are still bowled over that once again, we are up for five World Travel Award categories.