Elements of citrus fruit have long played a role in spa treatments—and therapists continue to innovate to maximize their benefits. Orange blossom oil, for example, features in the Almyra Retreat by Ila, a two-hour neroli immersion. In the treatment, the orange blossom deeply relaxes and rejuvenates the mind and body; combined with jasmine, orange blossom oil has a restorative effect on the nervous system as well. This experience begins with a warm olive oil application to the spine and continues with an exfoliating scrub with salt and poppy seeds. You will then soak in a tuberose milk bath before enjoying a healing marma massage with more orange blossom and jasmine. Now, in further recognition of the healing powers of citrus, Almyraspa introduces the Cyprus Lemon Ritual. This 75-minute experience begins with a back of the body massage. The therapist uses warmed organic olive oil and heated Cyprus lemons to give a firm massage that releases body tension. Warming the lemons releases their juice, which is rich in vitamin C that can be absorbed by the skin, aiding in collagen synthesis and preventing or reducing damage from ultraviolet light. The treatment continues with a gentle exfoliating scrub using carob syrup and raw sugar. A final rinse leaves you feeling cleansed and renewed.
To enjoy one of these citrus-based treatments, contact Almyraspa on 26 88 87 20 for an appointment.
The classic Bloody Mary cocktail consists of 3 parts vodka, 6 parts tomato juice, and 1 part lemon juice and is seasoned with Worcestershire sauce, celery salt, tabasco, and pepper; typically, the drink is garnished with a celery stalk. Its invention is the stuff of legend, with the credit usually going to bartender Fernand Petiot of the New York Bar in Paris, where he served a cocktail of tomato juice and vodka in 1921; in 1934, when he was bartender at the King Cole Bar at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City, he would add the seasonings that make up the cocktail familiar to us today. (Competing claims to the Bloody Mary’s invention belong to a Vaudevillian seeking an early dawn hangover cure in Palm Beach and a bartender at New York’s 21 Club.) At Almyra’s Eauzone, the evolution of the world’s favourite brunch cocktail continues with our Bloody Mary Bar. Create a bespoke concoction by choosing the base (tomato or V8 juice) and one of six premium vodkas. Continue your creation with the addition of one or more savoury flavourings (among the eleven options are horseradish and wasabi). Then choose from ten garnishes (spicy boiled shrimp, anyone?) and a selection of salts and seasonings for the rim. Join us on Sundays (19:00-23:00) at Eauzone and make your contribution to the history of the Bloody Mary.
With the addition of a state of the art dog park and a suite of amenities, Almyra has officially declared itself dog-friendly! When you and your canine companion check in, your pooch will receive a tag, treats, and waste bags for use during the stay. In the room, expect a comfortable dog bed and a placemat set with food and water bowls so that your pet has all the comforts of home. Need a little pampering? Our concierge can arrange for grooming, and even an in-room massage for your four-legged friend. At feeding time, why not indulge in something special? Our room service menu just for dogs offers several nutritious main courses and a selection of desserts, too. When it’s time for a walk, head over to our dog park for some off-leash fun. The fenced space sports a pathway and lawn with three mobility trainers, a watering station, a waste station, and benches for human companions. On leash, your dog can join you for a long promenade on the Pafos harbour. And after a busy day enjoying resort living, what dog wouldn’t enjoy a special turndown treat? Dogs may be no larger than 10 kilograms; a nightly fee of €25 applies. Contact us on 26 888 700 for reservations and to plan the details of your canine’s adventure.
The theme of this year’s World Environment Day is beating plastic pollution, and Almyra is honouring the day with a special participatory art event meant to draw attention to the threat posed by plastics to the sea. Plastic pollution harms marine life, as sea creatures face entanglement, strangulation, or contamination from ingesting it. Local artists Arsenty Lysenkov and Katerina Foukara of Art Studio have been working with students at their studio to craft representations of fish from recycled materials, and small groups of Almyra team-members are creating bigger ones at the hotel. Guests of all ages are invited to gather at Almyra’s seaside taverna, Ouzeri, on Saturday, 9 June, at 11:00 to participate in the Fish Mob—our special take on the flash mob. Participants will carry the fish art in a parade through Pafos harbour to the medieval castle, drawing the attention of diners in the restaurants lining the shore. At the castle, we will create one giant fish with the Almyra logo on top. Back at the hotel, we are opening an exhibition of eco-art sculptures made with cardboard boxes. And we’re already planning the 2019 World Environment Day, as we will start collecting plastic bottles to use in next year’s art installation. The day’s events conclude at 14:00; the eco-art exhibition continues through 24 June.
All eyes are on Russia this summer as the country hosts the 2018 FIFA World Cup. At Almyra, we’re following every football match live via English language broadcast. The excitement builds over the course of a month as 32 national teams are winnowed down to the final champion (14 June to 15 July). On match days, the initial games will air in our television room just off the Lobby. The main and final game of the day will be featured in an evening viewing party at Eauzone Pool Bar and Lounge, where the broadcast will be projected on the wall. You can take in the match al fresco whilst enjoying a full bar and a range of delicious snacks. Settle in at kick-off and root for your favourite team. You can find a full schedule of the broadcasts here.
Almyra’s popular Sunday brunch returns to its summer home, Eauzone, on 15 April. This special opening event is a Sundown Brunch, with extended dining hours allowing guests to enjoy the spectacular sunset over the Mediterranean Sea (12:00 to sundown). Our menu includes all your brunch favourites, such as omelettes, eggs benedict, pancakes, muesli, yogurt, salads, and a range of sandwich offerings. Complement your meal with a bespoke cocktail from our Bloody Mary Bar: you choose one of six premium vodkas, a base of tomato or V-8 juice, a seasoning for the rim, your preferred combination of savoury flavourings like Sriracha hot chili sauce or lime juice, and any combination from a menu of ten garnishes. Resident DJ Aris Droushiotis creates a laidback lounge vibe; he’ll be joined this Sunday by a surprise VIP DJ. And our inflatable flamingo makes its season debut in our heated outdoor pool! Stop by Eauzone and enjoy a sizzling start to the summer season.