The ancient necropolis situated on the coast of Pafos is known as the Tombs of the Kings. This is something of a misnomer, however, as there were no kings in Cyprus at the time of its establishment. Students of history will recall that the island had been divided into politically independent kingdoms prior to its liberation from Persian influence by Alexander the Great. After his untimely demise in 323 BCE, two of his generals vied for control of Cyprus. Ptolemy I Soter, the king of Egypt, prevailed, and he abolished the kingdoms and established Nea Pafos as his administrative capital. The necropolis was carved from soft sandstone just north and east of the city wall. During this, the Hellenistic era (323 to 31 BCE), Greek language, culture, and thought unified elites across the Middle East. Though the idea of a necropolis—a collection of homes for the dead—had a long tradition in Egypt, the Greek influence is seen in the presence of atriums lined with Doric columns in monumental tombs laid out like Hellenistic houses. Indeed, it could be said that these tombs are fit for a king, and it is this impression that led to the naming of the complex. Historians believe that the tombs held the remains of the families of high-ranking officials and prominent citizens from Ptolemy’s Nea Pafos. Burials continued into the early Roman era (3rd century CE). The site is now open for your exploration as part of the Kato Pafos Archaeological site.
About a year ago, the team at Mosaics noticed a rather unusual guest showing up for the daily breakfast and dinner buffets: a small parrot. A fledgling at the time, he enjoyed sitting in the lush greenery over the Mosaics terrace, hoping to catch a delicious morsel of food. Studying his plumage, beak colour, claws, and size, team members identified him as a rose-winged parakeet: he is mostly green, has an orange beak, and sports a rose ring around his neck. Soon it would be time to greet our regular guest on a first name basis, so we named him Filippas (our international guests call him Philip). Filippas makes his nest in the wooded area near Almyra’s playground and tennis courts. He regularly flies over for breakfast and dinner. Ever sociable, Filippas also enjoys the cocktail hour—he takes a 6 pm snack on the terrace of the Lobby bar every day. In case you’d like to bring him something from the buffet (don’t worry—he gets complimentary full board), you should know that he likes nuts (especially cashews), fruit (watermelon seeds, please!), leafy greens, vegetables, eggs, and pork sausage. And a refreshing sip of orange juice. The story of Filippas’s past is not known, but we are hoping he will learn to speak soon and enlighten us. Also on the horizon may be a female feathered companion. In the meantime, he remains a reliable and affable team member. Please stop by the Mosaics terrace and introduce yourself to Filippas!
The addition of a volleyball court to Almyra’s grounds has precipitated a new event: the first-ever staff volleyball tournament for Thanos Hotels and Resorts! The company owns and operates four hotels in Cyprus—Almyra, Aloe, Anassa, and Annabelle. Each hotel fielded two or more ragtag teams, usually centred around employees from a hotel department (e.g. maintenance). Gathering on a steamy Friday afternoon, the twelve teams faced off in an initial round of six matches as a squad of three costumed cheerleaders rooted them on (and shook their pompoms to ‘Thriller’ and—inevitably—Eurovision winner ‘Toy’). Hotel pride was vividly on display, as onlookers chanted their hotel’s name in exuberant solidarity. Some teams were aptly named (the Expendables exited in the first round), others less so (the Latchi Warriors did not claim any victories on the battlefield). A round of semi-finals eventually yielded two finalists: Almyra Kitchen and Fitness Kitchen (from Annabelle). Perhaps years of coordinated work in the tight space of a hot kitchen prepared these two culinary teams for volleyball glory? Both teams were adept at setting the ball for attack—and the competition was fierce, with both sets in the final match going into extra points. In the end, though, Fitness Kitchen prevailed, though the unexpected participation of a tree on match point called for a controversial do-over. With the tournament planned as an annual event, participants are already focused on the fitness and teamwork needed to claim the championship: ‘Next year,’ said one Latchi Warrior, ‘we must practice.’
A triathlon is a three-stage race that usually includes three sports—swimming, cycling, and running. While many people have some ability in each of these sports, they may not know how to perform them efficiently or in combination with the others. That’s where specialised triathlon training comes in. At Almyraspa, we offer a complete training regimen. You can start with a review of your swimming technique: Swim a few laps in our pool while the trainer makes an underwater video of you. As you review the video together, the trainer will advise on your stroke. Then you will train in the pool and the sea, where you can learn techniques to swim with the current, maintaining endurance and reducing effort. Similarly, you can examine your cycling strategy and then do interval training in the Pafos region, which includes flat coastal roadways as well as steep mountain climbs. A review of your running technique examines your stride and pace. Throughout the training, you will discuss how to transition your body between the different race stages. Triathlon training at Almyraspa is customised and can be done individually or in groups. Contact our trainer to discuss your level of experience, age, and equipment needs (you can rent a bicycle or bring your own). Common is a 6- or 7-day regimen with cross training on two sports per day. Another popular option is a 3-day swimming clinic. You’ll emerge with a workout routine that will take you all the way to the finish line.
Omakase is a Japanese phrase that means ‘I’ll leave it up to you’ or, in the context of ordering food at a restaurant, ‘I’ll trust the chef.’ Instead of choosing items from the à la carte menu, diners invite the chef to prepare a multi-course meal of his or her own choosing. At Notios, Almyra’s al fresco restaurant offering a fusion of Japanese and Mediterranean cuisines, there are several ways to enjoy the Omakase concept. The most elaborate requires consultation among the chef and the diners at least twenty-four hours in advance. In the consultation, the chef asks about culinary likes and dislikes as well as food allergies and dietary restrictions. Then the chef creates a tasting menu—it could be for five, seven, or nine courses—especially tailored to the diners’ wishes. If you wish, the chef can arrange a wine pairing for each course. It is also possible to enjoy Omakase menus without advance consultation. Order the Zen Meze menu, for example, and your servers will bring the table a succession of six to twelve small dishes in the sharing tradition of Mediterranean cuisine—you may enjoy sushi, starters, steak, and sauces as part of the meal. The Sushi and Sashimi Set offers a selection of the day’s sushi along with a soup. Other multi-course Omakase menus draw on the à la carte menu. So just utter the magic phrase ‘Omakase’and you’ll unleash the chef’s creativity to create a memorable meal suited to your culinary desires.
The island of Cyprus, the legendary birthplace of Aphrodite, is a beautiful and romantic location for celebrating your marriage vows. The Almyra team is ready to help you add some local touches that promise to make your Cyprus wedding memorable. Here are five ways to bring Cypriot culture into your celebration:

 1. Use local foliage, such as leafy olive branches, in floral decorations. Clusters of rosemary and lavender branches make fragrant additions to table-top arrangements.
 2. In Cyprus, the shaving of the groom’s beard is a rite of passage prior to the ceremony—and it is becoming increasingly popular with guests from abroad. Let us arrange a barber for you.
 3. Include some Cypriot dishes in your wedding feast. Grilled chicken and pork souvalaki make for festive appetizers. Fresh fish from the sea is as local as it gets!
 4. When it comes to toasting the bridal couple, why not set aside the sparkling wine and enjoy shots of ouzo, mastic, or Commandaria liqueur instead?
5. Sugared almond sweets are a must for every Cypriot wedding. These treats can be offered as favours or used as table decorations. We can help you source them from a nearby village.

Almyra offers a host of options for planning your wedding celebration, whether it be an intimate affair or a big bash. You will find the right setting for your ceremony among our rooftop terraces and seaside lawns, while our culinary venues are available for cocktail receptions and wedding banquets. Contact our wedding manager (+357 26 888 716 or fbsec.almyra@thanoshotels.com) for help with all the details.