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24/09/2018
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.
20/09/2018
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.
19/09/2018
Did you ever wish you had instantaneous, 24/7 access to information about restaurant seating availability? Almyra now offers this service through chatbot technology. A chatbot is an artificial intelligence programme that simulates human interaction. Text your query to the chatbot, and the programme will analyse it and answer you in a text message. The chatbot can advise on booking availability, answer customer service questions, book a table for you, or confirm or change a booked reservation. To initiate a booking, just type ‘BOOK’ in the restaurant’s chatbot and the process will begin. Almyra hosts chatbots for Japanese-Mediterranean fusion restaurant Notios, poolside lounge and bar Eauzone , and seaside taverna Ouzeri . You can also review menus and find additional information about a restaurant through its chatbot. Of course, the chatbot will refer you to a live agent if it cannot answer your question—and we continue to take reservations over the telephone and in person. But with the prevalence of smartphone and online technology today, the chatbot offers a speedy and convenient alternative to making your dining plans. Thanos Hotels, Almyra’s corporate parent, is the first hotel group in Cyprus to offer chatbot technology for restaurant reservations. Send us a text and see how it works!
11/09/2018
When he started as a cook for the Paphos Beach Hotel in 1978, there was only one other hotel on the harbour. ‘The harbour was mostly a fishing village then, and housing was very hard to find,’ executive chef Nikos Kimonos recalls. The hotel was smaller then—it had only two restaurants and its northern wing had not yet been built. As the town developed into a major tourist destination over the years, so too did the Paphos Beach Hotel grow. Kimonos was promoted to executive chef in 1987. Trained in the French culinary tradition, he oversaw menus that used its techniques to prepare locally sourced seafood, meat, and produce. Big changes came in 2003 with a major renovation and the rechristening of the hotel as Almyra. The renovation expanded the number of restaurants on site to four. The addition of Notios, with its distinctive Mediterranean-Japanese fusion cuisine, required training in Japanese techniques by experts from the famed restaurant Nobu; now the hotel has three sushi chefs on staff. The addition of Almyraspa in 2007 also brought another restaurant, Eauzone, with a menu focusing on wellness. After forty years on property, Kimonos continues to see growth opportunities ahead: ‘Now we are preparing more Cypriot cuisine, using fresh local herbs in the process.’ And despite the dramatic growth of Pafos, he appreciates that it retains some of the village charm that greeted him in 1978: ‘I have only a five-minute walk to work.’
11/09/2018
How can you make the best of a single day’s visit to Paphos? Recently Hermes Airports, the company that manages the airports in Larnaca and Paphos, posed that question to Natasha Michaelides, Corporate Affairs and Communications Director for Thanos Hotels. Her answer covers a full day, taking you from morning coffee to midnight cocktails and bringing you to cultural highlights and seaside delights along the way. She also makes recommendations for local dining spots. We invite you to check out the full programme in Hermes Airports' Welcome magazine.
05/09/2018
Sunday Vibezzz, our weekly summer music session at Eauzone pool bar and lounge, closes the 2018 season on 9 September. The finale is an extended session with three DJs spinning back to back. We start the groove at 15:00 with DJ Andrez P, who plays a mix of R & B tunes. Greek recording artist Harri Agnel takes over at 18:00 with his down tempo electronic music. At 21:00, resident DJ Aris finishes with a deep ethnic playlist. The party is for adults only (ages 16 and up) and closes at midnight. As usual, the Eauzone kitchen will be presenting a menu of mini burgers and sandwiches, light bites, sharing platters, and sweets and desserts. In addition to regular bar service, we offer our Gin O’Clock Menu: Order a bespoke gin and tonic by selecting from one of nine premium and four house-infused gins, one or more enhancers (nineteen kinds of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices), and one of four premium tonic waters. Our al fresco setting is perfect for enjoying a shisha session. The regular shisha lets you enjoy your choice of flavoured tobacco with our premium glass water pipe. Or, for a more complex seasoning, try a shisha cocktail: in the Citrus Gang, for example, we carefully fill the pipe with slices of orange, grapefruit, lemon, and lime and top it off with Bacardi rum. Put on your swimsuit, flip flops, and shades and toast the summer with a chill day by the pool and sea.