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21/12/2018
Sometimes when you’re onto a good thing, you just have to run with it. Consider the Mimosa, that staple of the brunch menu. Its recipe is simple: mix equal measures of champagne and orange juice and garnish with an orange twist. The fizzy buoyancy of the champagne and the tangy sweetness of the orange juice combine for a light and refreshing midday drink. This winning formula prompted our mixologists to experiment with other complements for the champagne. The simplest variations use other fruits—champagne and fresh mango purée, champagne and homemade tangerine sorbet, or champagne with pineapple purée and fresh lime juice. And then there are options for mixing in berries, nuts, and herbs (blackberry purée, mint, and fresh blackberries; combined purée of pineapple and coconut). The use of other spirits can produce a Mimosa with a distinctive kick. The Paloma Mimosa, for example, includes tequila and grenadine along with lime and grapefruit juices. The Mediterranean liqueur mastiha makes an appearance with fresh mint leaves in the Mastihosa. And for a distinctly autumnal sensation, try the Apple Caramel Mimosa: We combine the bubbly with caramel vodka and apple cider and coat the rim with cinnamon and caramel. All of these combinations are found on the Mimosas Cocktail Menu offered at Almyra’s brunch. Listen to chill music from DJ Aris, let the kids have fun in the adjoining playroom, and enjoy a relaxing meal. It all happens from 10:00 to 14:00 on Sundays.
20/12/2018
During the busy festive season, it’s important to keep kids engaged with holiday activities organised especially for them. Almyra’s Kids’ Club shares its top recommendations for getting kids into the holiday spirit:

1. Christmas Crafts: Kids can unleash their creativity using crayons, scissors, paste, paper, and fabric. Make any number of objects, from holiday cards to Christmas stockings to tree ornaments.
2. A Visit with Santa: Nothing captivates a child’s imagination like a visit with Santa Claus. A chance to sit on Santa’s lap and share Christmas wishes is a cherished opportunity. And Santa’s vibrant ‘Ho Ho Ho’ is bound to make any kid merry.
3. Fireside Fun: During the chilly winter season, there is nothing like a roaring fire in the fireplace to warm both body and spirit. Kids can participate by roasting marshmallows and chestnuts at the hearth.
4. Storytelling: Listening to a grown-up read Christmas stories or ‘A Visit from St. Nicholas’ can be an enchanting experience. Similarly, holiday movies like ‘Elf’ provide fun entertainment for all the family.
5. Christmas Biscuit Decoration: Once the biscuits have cooled from the oven’s heat, it is time to decorate them. Kids can add coloured icing and sprinkles to make each biscuit one of a kind.

The Kids’ Club offers a daily kids’ activity throughout the festive season—including variations on the top five and more! Click here [link to holiday brochure] to see the full schedule of events.
14/12/2018
One way to enjoy the holidays is to enhance your favourite cocktails with seasonal ingredients. A shot of peppermint schnapps, for example, adds holiday flare to a mug of hot chocolate. The inclusion of winter berries also gives a nod to the season. The Sea Breeze, for example, is typically thought of as a summer concoction of vodka, cranberry juice, and grapefruit juice served over ice with a lime wedge for garnish. Almyra’s Winter Sea Breeze substitutes tonic water for cranberry juice, yet it includes fresh cranberries as well as pomegranate seeds and mint: the result is a slightly more astringent taste suitable to cooler climes. The classic Martini cocktail is a mixture of gin with vermouth garnished with olives or a lemon twist. Mixologists have developed endless variations on the drink in recent years—so why not try one specifically invented for the holidays? Almyra offers the Santa Hat Martini. It evokes holiday biscuits with a base of Absolut Vanilla Vodka (which gives hints of butterscotch and dark chocolate in addition to its distinctive vanilla flavouring); Malibu Rum adds a warm, buttery taste with tropical coconut overtones. Santa’s hat receives its red colouring from cranberry juice, while its fringe is suggested by a garnish of grated coconut on the rim. Try it and you’ll be tipping your hat to the bartender! Are you looking for more inspiration? Stop by the bar in Almyra’s Lobby and sample these and other offerings from our Festive Cocktail Menu.
14/12/2018
The festive season is full of them: gala dinners, office parties, and other celebratory events. In this hectic time of the year, how do you arrive for that big event feeling unstressed and looking your best? Ingrid Price, manager of Almyraspa, offers some words of advice: ‘Start by considering your outfit. The cut of the garments or their colourways will shape your approach.’ A woman wearing a strapless gown, for example, may want to have a purifying exfoliation of the neck and shoulders. A good first step is a gentle, moisturising facial: the QMS Pure Oxygen Facial, for example, tightens and revitalises the skin with a collagen-based product and a boost of oxygen. Similarly, the Men’s Restorative Face and Back Treatment invigorates and destresses. Raise your glass and toast in confidence with beautifully manicured nails! Women’s shoes are often shaped to expose the beauty of the feet; a pedicure lets you put your best foot forward with a smooth heel and impeccably red nails. A simple shampoo and blow dry can be augmented with a nourishing hair mask that adds lustre to your hair’s appearance. A spa beautician can also apply bespoke make-up attuned to your complexion and outfit. Undergoing a treatment not only enhances your appearance—it relaxes and refreshes you, setting you on course for a joyous celebration with friends and family.
14/12/2018
‘Kundalini’ is a term from the Sanskrit language that refers to latent energy thought to be coiled at the base of the spine. Practitioners of yoga seek to release this energy, moving it through energy points they call chakras, to provoke a sense of enlightenment and wellbeing. At Almyraspa, we have partnered with cosmetics company Ila to offer the Kundalini Massage by Ila. Ila spa products are sourced with the finest plant and mineral ingredients, which are culled from remote wildlands by artisan producers dedicated to traditional, sustainable practices. The sixty-minute massage treatment focuses on the back of the torso and legs. It is a multi-sensual experience that features aromatic essential oils to stimulate the sense of smell and recorded musical chants to relax the mind. The therapist gently massages the back, making movements parallel to the spine with the aims of activating the nerve centre between brain and spine and releasing energy. Then the therapist applies warm poultices—muslin bags filled with Himalayan salt, marigold petals, and lemon peels—to the chakras on the back. You will then rest in a meditative state as you listen to chants, take in the scent of essential oils, and enjoy the warmth of the poultices. The treatment is meant to nurture and re-balance your sense of wellbeing; it is especially welcome during times of emotional distress. Those who hold their tension in their back or whose shoulders are tight from too much time in front of a computer stand to benefit as well.
30/11/2018
While much of Pafos can be explored on foot, those wanting to go a bit farther afield should consider a tour by bicycle. Almyra can arrange a bicycle rental for you: just give us your height and weight and specify your preferred type of equipment (trekking or road) and we’ll provide the bicycle, helmet, chain, lock, and pedal clips. We’ll also give you a map showing the bike routes in the Pafos region. A popular journey starts just in front of the hotel on the promenade. Head in a south-easterly direction down the promenade, passing the many resorts lining the shore. When the promenade ends, continue on the paved road next to the beach whilst enjoying the view of the surf and the breezes off the sea. Eventually you will reach Geroskipou Tourist Beach. Turn left and head inland a short bit until you reach the main road, which has a bicycle path running parallel to it. Now you are connected to a network of routes running through Pafos and beyond. If you don’t mind cycling in heavy traffic, you might consider heading further down the coast to Petra tou Romiou—the rock formation fabled to be the birthplace of Aphrodite. Some of our more experienced guests have ventured as far as the Troodos Mountains! If you’re up for a special adventure, we can arrange for a cycling guide or a cycling camp with our supplier. That way you can chart a journey that includes all you want to see.