We had a lovely break at the Cyprus Glamping Park, just over an hour drive from Pafos and 30 minutes to Larnaka airport. The owner Persa is a lovely person and her personal touch continues inside the cottages and outside in the surrounding garden areas.
The Park consists of just 5 air conditioned cottages, 3 studios and 2 with 2 bedrooms. Outside they all have a little verandah but there is a bigger shared shaded sitting area next to the shared gas BBQ. The houses are very cozy and comfortable with a small kitchen with fridge which works like a minibar, kettle, toaster, microwave and a little cooker. In the studios there is a big and very comfortable double bed and a sleeping sofa so that a family of 4 can easily stay in there. The 2-bedroom Cottage has two separate bedrooms. The bathroom has shower, toilet and washing basin. You can pre-order breakfast with the owner and choose between English or Cyprus Breakfast but as well the pancakes with either fruit or Nutella are highly recommended, and a great start to the day.
Near the Park about 5 minutes’ drive there are some lovely fish taverns and beaches. The Camel Park is 10 minutes away from there.
I believe this is a nice recommendation for our clients travelling to or from Larnaka Airport, who have a late arrival or early departure, or where the arrival day at the villa and flight day do not match.
Green Monday is a bank holiday in Cyprus and one the Cypriots all celebrate in a unique way, by going outside and having a picnic on the beach or in the fields.
If I am in the office in London on Green Monday, I always look forward to hearing what our Representative Nicole and Manager Neoptolemos are up to on this day. So instead of giving them a day off, I pester them to find out where they are, and what they are eating.
Nicole in Paphos has kindly told us here what Green Monday means to her:
Kathara Devtera in Greek or Green Monday has been my favourite day in Cyprus for many years. Getting out to the fields with friends and family, having a vegetarian picnic and flying kites is really something special. Already on the way to “our” place at St. George beach we can see people from early morning putting their BBQ, table and chairs up, and the whole sky is already full of kites! Kites have been promoted for sale for many weeks in the shops.
As Green Monday is the first day of Lent only vegetables, fruit, octopus or shellfish together with a special sesame bread called “Lagana” only available on this day in the bakery, is served, together with some dips and obviously a glass of beer or wine.
My favourite on this day is the beetroot salad with spring onion, garlic and coriander which I usually only do on this occasion together with some calamari, prawns and avocado dip. For desert we have fruit or semolina pudding with honey, nuts, raisins or as well daktila, syrupy, crunchy finger shaped cookies.
On bigger beaches the municipalities usually organize music and dance and some games to entertain the people.
I personally prefer though the area around St. George (without any itinerary) as my sons enjoy fishing on that day and the area there is suitable to do this. After finishing the BBQ, the men in the party may play some cards or Backgammon, and the ladies are off for a walk and a catch up chat.
According to weather conditions we may spend the whole day outside and only return in the evening, or we may get together at someones house, as we did this year, to finish the day off with a glass of wine. I really like this wine, look out for it when you visit Cyprus!
And from Neoptolemos in Lysos village: Green Monday, the first day of Lent, the day that all Cypriots are looking forward to, to spend in the nature at the countryside and wishing to have sunny weather to enjoy it at the maximum.
It’s the Monday that Cypriots and Greeks abstain from eating meat.
When I think back to my childhood the more I realise that those years were more genuine, using only the products we had available, to prepare the picnic in the countryside in a vegetarian way.
I remember sometimes we used to go to the playground of the school in Lysos, as more people were there for the children to have more options to play with other children.
The fresh broadbeans were my favourite together with fresh artichokes. Most of the times we were eating them raw uncooked! Sometimes we put them in aluminium paper in charcoal and served them with oil and lemon.
Playing football or volley ball without having any net was a must! Sometimes while we were at playground we were organising competitions of running and fighting.
Nowadays more products are available as well more seafood, and a picnic could include olives, legumes, fruits, kalamari, octopus, shrimps, oysters, cuttlefish, mussels, the traditional Green Monday bread called “Lagana” and “Halvas” a sweet made with tahini sesame paste).
How to book/provisionally book/check changeover days:
Changeover days apply. Please emailrequested dates to me to check that they fit with bookings and are therefore available to book. I can then provisionally reserve a villa for you for up to 48 hours, with no payment or obligation. I will email a reply to you.
After this, to proceed with a Request, click on the link above/Sundance Villas webpage and select the turquoise link toPrices, Availability and Booking.Select your dates/complete the Booking Request.
Under and over occupancy adjustments: Ignore the webrate, I will adjust the Costing.
Reasons why renting a villa is better for you than staying in a hotel?
Well, you do not have to get up at the crack of dawn to put towels on your sun loungers for starters!
Seriously though, it is so much more relaxing having a pool to yourselves. This swan came all the way from Stafford in order that my daughter and friend could try and copy a photo of Calvin Harris and Taylor Swift. It was much more difficult than they thought as the impact of the second woman landing on the swan meant the other one shot off. So they decided to film it and after about 70 attempts they got this screenshot! I can tell you they would not have even attempted this in a hotel pool with people watching…
Turn off the alarm clock. Eat what you like whenever you like, and enjoy lay-ins knowing you have not missed breakfast! It has simply changed to brunch!
Free Wi-Fi! All our villas have free Wi-Fi, whereas Hotels usually charge for it or it is only available in the lobby or bar.
Free TV streaming via a media box or Satellite TV at most of our villas. We also have a DVD or CD player at many villas
Your pool is open 24 hours at a villa whereas hotel pools have opening and closing times. Enjoy a cooling midnight swim under the stars at your villa or an early pre breakfast wake up swim! With the pool all to yourself!
Quality time! Why make chit chat with strangers in a hotel, when you could be spending precious quality time with your family in a villa: spending time outdoors and at your own private pool, reading a book undisturbed, (my favourite), cooking on the BBQ, (Cyprus is perfect for this), trying new foods together, playing games, walking on the beach or taking a stroll around the villa lanes, trying the local tavernas for delicious Cyprus food and local Cypriot wines, (my favourite again)
More Space: No comparison, a villa rental wins hands down. There is a fair amount of “down time” on a holiday and a hotel room can feel like a box, so where do you go, the bar? The poolside? If the poolside, are there any spare sun loungers?
Privacy: As you may know, privacy is high on my list when selecting villas for my Portfolio. It is something I always look for on my holidays too. Find our “Romantic and Secluded” villas here.
Many villas are “all over tan” locations, and also perfect for those of us who prefer poolside privacy.
Choose a villa to suit the needs of your party. There are times when you may like to bring the family, so you may choose to be close to the sea, or in the Coral Bay area with lots going on. Other times it may be just the 2 of you, and you can have a 2 person discount
Choose the flights from the airport you prefer, and the dates. Here at Sundance Villas we provisionally reserve the dates whilst you book your own flights from your local airport. Often the Hotels can only be booked as packages via the main airports. With a villa holiday you CAN fly from Bournemouth, Exeter, Cardiff, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Aberdeen etc.
Villa rentals are great value for money! For example our 4 bed 4 bath Vineyard Villas in Kathikas are only £78 per person per week in October, based on 8 sharing, and the rate includes a hamper and Wi-Fi! Find them in our Budget Villas
Feeling of being at home. Wear what you like, no dress code at the villas. (I have stayed at a hotel where they even “dressed” for breakfast.)
Pack light and save money on luggage! Our villas all have washing machines, so you have the freedom to do your own laundry. This means you can pack lighter. Some clients just bring a small carry on case
Happy children: Children love to say in villas as it often means they can have their own room. You can also request toys, as many of our clients leave their inflatables behind for later guests. We really appreciate this. If you book a secluded villa like Villa Ampelitis,Villa Aurora,Villa Zephirine or Villa Quardia, then you have no immediate neighbours, so the children can make lots of noise, ask me
Local tavern will collect you and take you back free of charge, when you go there for a meal. This happens at Gerania taverna in the next village to Villa Ampelitis. The food is good and you will be eating with the locals. Not having to drive means you can really enjoy the evening with some drinks. This is unique, ask me for more info
Villa rentals put you in a better location than a hotel, to enjoy the local culture.
Of course Hotels are touristy, but our villa rentals are not located in the touristy parts of Cyprus, so you can really experience true Cyprus. Find our Rural and Villages villas here
No plastic wrist bands… do they still exist?
And I shall end on this saying: “A Cypriot will treat a stranger with the same warmth that he treats a friend.”
I have found this to be true.
So if you have never stayed in a villa with a private pool, give it a try, you won’t regret it!
Find more information about how to provisionally book a villa and changeover days here
Don’t leave it until later! Get Travel Insurance as soon as you book any part of a holiday.
Travel Insurance is vital, and yet many people do not take it out when booking a holiday, which means they are not covered if they need to cancel, or if an airline goes bust.
They leave it until later, something unexpected happens, and they have no travel insurance cover, so cannot claim anything back. Unfortunately this is quite common.
If you are reading this, please ensure you and other members of your party have taken out Travel Insurance for your holiday.
March 2018. Hot Press update. After I sent the Newsletter prompting people to ensure they have got Travel Insurance, client Mr C., who I know has pre-existing medical conditions and is 81 years old, called me to confirm that he had almost given up getting affordable travel insurance, (quotes between £2000 & £4000), but followed the nudges below and has just got an Annual Insurance for £205 with Insure and Go.He said Insure and Go phoned him to ensure the medical history was accurate, he was impressed and can now enjoy his Cyprus holiday, almost his 50th in Paphos!!!!
Der Sparti Kletterpark im Troodosgebirge – ein besonderer Ausflug für sportlich begeisterte Familien
Im vergangenen Monat habe ich zusammen mit meiner Familie den Sparti Kletterpark besucht. Einmal um der Augusthitze zu entkommen, zum anderen aber auch, weil ich schon so viel Gutes über diesen Park gehört habe. Meine beiden Söhne 13 und 16 Jahre alt und meine Neffen (7 und 11 Jahre) waren natürlich sofort Feuer und Flamme als sie von unseren Ausflugsplänen erfuhren. Der Park liegt nahe Platres im Troodosgebirge, ca. 1.5 Stunden Fahrtzeit von Pafos entfernt. Sobald wir angekommen waren, wurden die Kinder mit der nötigen Ausstattung versorgt und bekamen eine Einführung, wie man das “Click System” das im kompletten Park genutzt wird, benutzt. Ein sehr sicheres System was verhindert, komplett den Kontakt zum Sicherheitskabel zu verlieren. So habe ich die Kinder dann auch ohne Bedenken in den Wipfeln des Waldes klettern lassen. Auf Grund des Alters der Kinder und da es ihr erster Besuch im Kletterpark war, entschieden wir uns für das zweite Paket (6-10 Jahre) und das dritte Paket für Kinder ab 10 Jahren.
Alle Kletterbahnen starten zunächst recht einfach, um ein Gefühl für die Ausstattung, Anwendung der Klick-Systeme und die sich dann immer weiter steigernde Höhe zu bekommen. Während der ganzen Zeit ist das Personal vor Ort um Anweisungen zu geben bzw. helfend einzugreifen, falls dies notwendig ist. Mir hat besonders gut gefallen, dass wir als Eltern direkt neben den Kindern wandern, ihnen zusehen und auch entsprechend Fotos und Videos machen konnten, da wir bei diesem ersten Besuch unsere Kletterkünste doch nicht unter Beweis stellen wollten. Beim nächsten Mal sind wir aber sicher auch mit dabei!! Zwischendurch waren die Cafeteria und Waschräume eine willkommene Anlaufstelle.
Der Parkbesuch war ein voller Erfolg, vor allen Dingen da sich unsere 4 Fussballspieler gerade an den letzten Bahnen ordentlich anstrengen mussten. Sich in schwindelnder Höhe zu bewegen war auch eine ganz neue Erfahrung für alle 4. Alle waren sich einig, dass das Angebot im Park das Eintrittsgeld auf jeden Fall wert ist und der 3-stündige Aufenthalt reicht auf jeden Fall aus, um in Ruhe alle Bahnen zu erklettern und sogar einige ein zweites Mal zu erkunden.
Wenn ich Interesse geweckt haben, fragen Sie mich gern nach weiteren Informationen oder besuchen die Internetseite des Klettersparks unter: http://www.spartipark.com/
The Sparti Rope Park in Troodos Mountains – a new recommendation for our active lively families. By Nicole Rohling, Representative for Sundance Villas
I visited the Park last weekend to escape the Summer Heat to keep the children in our family entertained. The Park is located near Platres about a 1.5 hour drive from Paphos. Once we arrived the children were dressed by the staff with a climbing harness and a helmet, followed by an introductory lesson. In the park they are connected to a “click-it” system which makes it impossible to completely disconnect from the safety cable. All games and courses are united by a special cable. So I felt very safe letting them climb up in the trees.
Sparti Rope Park Review
Due to the differing ages of our children we choose the second package for 6-10 years and the third one from 10 years and up.
The various lines start from “easy” to get a feel for climbing, and get more difficult and move up higher in the trees with every new line.
There is staff nearby to help and assist, and it was reassuring to all that they were constantly checking that all participants remain properly connected and clicked on. I personally liked that parents can walk next to the children, take pictures, encourage and watch what they are doing. Particularly important in case they do not want to join in as well. Furthermore there is a cafeteria and WC in the park.
We had a great time in the park and the children enjoyed some fantastic exhilarating physical training, and at the same time had to cope with elevation. All three agreed that it was well worth the money and the 3 hours you are allowed to spend once you have entered the park are long enough to do all lines, and we still had time to do some favourites for a second time! If you are fancy going ask me Nicole for more information or visit their webpage: http://www.spartipark.com/
My contact details are in your villa and on your Booking Form, or just reply to my welcome message
Sundance Villas Manager Neoptolemos Michael was able to see the rescue and release of this loggerhead turtle, which had got caught up in a fisherman’s nets at Lara Bay.
It is estimated to be 4 years old. All turtles are protected in Cyprus, and this one was back in the sea shortly after this photo was taken. You may be lucky enough to see the baby turtles hatching and scampering to the sea, when you are in Cyprus. The turtles lay their eggs in the soft sand, and conservationists then place a metal protector over them.
Here it is again en route to the sea. And below, a typical shot of a protected nest on the beautiful undeveloped Argaka beach at Polis.
Sundance Villas Review of the 2 small water parks attached to Paphos hotels, Laura Beach and King Evelthon
Watch our fun packed video of our time at the water parks!
The 2 small water parks are open to non-hotel residents from €15 Euro per adult. These may be useful to accustom your children to the noise, slides and splashing, before taking them to the larger Aphrodite water park. They are also ideal for villa guests who have a late return flight, with some time to kill.
Both Laura Beach and King Evelthon hotels are on the sea front in the Tombs of Kings/Kissonerga area of Paphos, between Paphos and Coral Bay. You can easily take a look inside to assess how busy they are, before you pay to go in.
The Aqua Splash Water Park is located at the 5* brand new luxurious King Evelthon Beach Hotel & Resort in Paphos.
Sundance Villas Review of the King Evelthon Hotel Aqua Splash Park, Paphos
We visited this new waterpark in early October 2016.
Having just come from the busy and noisy Laura Beach Hotel splash park, we found that it was wonderfully peaceful as it is totally separate to the grounds of the Hotel, and, as the hotel residents have to pay to use these facilities, it was almost empty. It is also situated on a massive plot so there is lots of space, providing a more calm introduction for younger or nervous children, to the water park atmosphere.
The first thing that impressed us was its cleanliness. The pools were all very clean, the water sparkled. Everything from the toilet/changing facilities, to the sun loungers and umbrellas, was clean and well maintained.
The facilities here include 7 slides: (Black Hole, Compact, Multi, Free Fall, Rafting and Space Hole) as well as a Splash Pool featuring an Octopus slide, Mini private slide, Rabbit & Frog slide, Dolphin Water Jet, Giraffe shower and water gun. There is also a Lazy River, a Jacuzzi and a beautiful large fresh water swimming pool with steps access and handrails. Cafeteria with shade. WC and showers with lockable storage at no extra charge. Free parking.
We felt there are water experiences here suitable for all ages. Single and double rings are available, the double rings (figure of 8 style) are fantastic if your child is nervous and would rather experience the slide alongside a parent.
There were lots of lifeguards around, even though it was not busy, ensuring that all of the pools were being well observed at all times.
This water park would be fantastic for young/nervous children because of the relaxed atmosphere and open spaces, especially when visiting from the seclusion of a villa rental. The open layout and space makes it much easier to keep an eye on your children.
Accessibility: One step to the entrance and then level access, suitable for wheelchair or buggy. Separate wheelchair accessible toilets and showers.
Entrance – €15.00 for adults & €10.00 for children up to 12 years.
Babies up to 3 years old are free.
Important: Clients can go in and out the park as many times you want during the day, as long as you keep your wristband on.
Water park in main grounds of Laura Beach Hotel, Paphos
Sundance Villas Review of the Laura Beach Hotel Waterpark
This water park feels a lot more condensed than the one at King Evelthon, and as we walked in, the chutes were above our heads immediately. This made us instantly aware of the participants squeals and the general splash park atmosphere. It has very similar slides and chutes as King Evelthon with the bonus of a wave pool, but no large swimming pool like King Evelthon. There are a wide variety of slides, multi-level spray areas and pools which offer something for the whole family.
When we were there it was fairly busy and this is probably because it is within the hotel grounds, on view to all the guests, so a constant lure. (We understand, as with King Evelthon, the hotel residents have to pay a supplement to use the splash park.)
Facilities include these slides: Crusader with Typhoon tunnel, Kamikaze Free Fall (see video), Multi-lane Mat Race, Float Slide, Tornado Bowl (for 16 year olds and over) and a wave pool. For smaller children there is an activity pool with slides and a toddlers pool. Snack bar. WC and showers. Free parking.
Height restriction: minimum 1.20m
Weight restriction: maximum 100kg (15.75 stone)
Single and double rings are available, the double rings (figure of 8 style) are fantastic if your child is nervous and would rather experience the slide alongside a parent.
You can buy snacks and drinks (local alcoholic and non-alcoholic), and you can also take your own food.
There were lots of lifeguards maintaining good safety at the various pools and slides.
In our opinion a big draw back is that there aren’t any lockers available here, unlike at King Evelthon.
This park is open from May to October, 7 days a week from 10am to 6pm.
Entrance May, June and October €15 adults, €10 for children (under 13 years old)
July, August and September €20 for adults, €15 for children (under 13 years old)