Oh…those summer nights

Summer nights at Secret Retreat Polytimo
Summer nights at Secret Retreat Polytimo
Summer nights at Secret Retreat Polytimo

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I don’t know about you, but one of my favourite things about summer is being able to sit outside at night without the need for multiple layers of knitwear! Whilst we in northern Europe certainly benefit from the longer days, balmy nights have been in pretty short supply this year. Watching in vain for a glimpse of the Perseid meteor shower through a layer of cloud last night I had a sudden longing for those Mediterranean summer nights. The warm breeze after a long day in the sun, the smell of exotic flowers and the familiar hum of cicadas while enjoying an ice cold glass of something…heaven!

It’s no wonder really that our Mediterranean cousins spend their summer nights wining and dining on the terraces of cafes and restaurants, sipping cocktails in chic beach bars or relaxing on their balconies or in their gardens over dinner with family and friends.

If you feel the need for a few balmy nights of your own, here are our suggestions for the best properties, bars and restaurants for your summer evenings…

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Cyprus in summer time is hot, hot hot so you’re going to want to be outside as much as possible. Choose a property by the coast for the sea breezes or in a village in the foothills where temperatures are more moderate. A pool is a plus if you are not near the sea but most important is plenty of outdoor space.

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Secret Retreat- al fresco dining by candlelight
Secret Retreat- al fresco dining by candlelight

Secret Retreat Polytimo and Village Hideaway Monadiko are located in Lefkara Village, at 500m altitude in the foothills of the Troodos Mountains, the village has cooler temperatures and less humidity than coastal areas. The houses have air-conditioned bedrooms (a huge plus!) and a gorgeous scented garden, the perfect setting for summer evenings.

 

 

 

Casa Indy- nights by the pool side

Casa Indy really does have it all…this gorgeous stone house is located in Fasoula village, just 10 minutes from Limassol the village enjoys cooler temperatures at night. Casa Indy has a divine pool in a stylish courtyard garden that just begs you to relax and unwind

 

 

 

 

Carmencita- watch the sun sink slowly into the sea
Carmencita- watch the sun sink slowly into the sea

Carmencita is a true gem, located right next to the beach in Limassol in an exclusive complex with large pool and spa. Just a hop and a skip from the beach path for evening strolls and within easy reach of some of Limassol’s best restaurants and bars

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Yacht Club
Yacht Club

The Yacht Club at Limassol Marina is the place to go if you feel like living the high life. OK so you might not own your own luxury yacht just yet but you can always pretend! Open to the water on two sides this is a great place for a light bite, cocktail or glass of wine and a night of people spotting. Top Tip: share a platter and a shisha pipe for a relaxing evening. Find out more

Noa located right on Dasoudi Beach at the Famagusta Nautical Club this is a popular spot for a late coffee, early drink and fresh sea food. Sit in the garden next to the beach and enjoy the sea breeze as it ripples the eucalptus trees. Top Tip: the grilled calamari are my personal favourite but you must try the sea food meze- lots of delicious goodies! Find out more

La Isla
La Isla

La Isla is one of Limassols’ in bars, located in the Ayios Tychonas area of the city, right on the beach this is a great choice for food or drinks. It is open all day until late at night and does get pretty busy so book ahead or get their early. Listen to the sound of the waves on the shore and check out the walkers and cyclists on the beach path. Top Tip: the salads are epic and portions are generous, share a village salad with a selection of spicy calamari, prawns and feta filo parcels! Find out more

Sailor’s Rest at St Raphael Marina is a great choice for a summer dinner. The restaurant is built on a jetty so surrounded by the sea on three sides, there is always a pleasant breeze. The service is friendly and efficient and there is lots of choice; treat yourself to lobster or steak from the fine dining menu, share a gourmet platter or just order from their range of cocktails, enjoy some dips and choose from the extensive shisha menu. Find out more

Proti Stagona is set right in front of the Timou Stavrou Church in Lefkara Village, this tiny bar is popular with young people visiting from Limassol and Nicosia and a great option if you fancy a change of scene. The menu is not vast but they do a great platter with local cheeses and charcuterie and some funky fresh cocktails served in jam jars! Find out more

Place Rossetti
Place Rossetti

In Nice, the historic buildings were designed to keep the sun out so balconies are worth their weight in gold in the old town! While most visitors dream of sitting out on their own private balcony and watching the world go by, the locals can be found out and about enjoying the city’s cafe culture. There is a restaurant, bar or cafe literally on every street corner and the gorgeous squares such as Place Rossetti and Place Garibaldi or the market area at Cours Saleya are packed from early evening onwards. Live like the locals and move away from your air-conditioned apartment and get out into the streets to enjoy the summer Riviera vibe!

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brigitteBrigitte has all you could wish for- air-conditioning, a lovely balcony overlooking a quiet courtyard and is located at the heart of the lively old town. Enjoy a quiet apero on your private balcony and then head off down to Place Rossetti or Cours Saleya to soak up the atmosphere

Dolce Acqua in Villefranche-sur-Mer offers a touch of genuine Riviera luxury. This contemporary 1 bedroom apartment is air-conditioned throughout the stylish interior and boasts a spacious terrace and garden area with views of the nearby harbour

Fresco is a great choice if you really want to experience French life. This stylish apartment is airy and full of light and the traditional balcony enjoys the sun all day. Catch the last rays of the evening and then enjoy a stroll in the nearby Jardin Albert I

Wine time at Sienna
Wine time at Sienna

Sienna enjoys a great location in the popular port area, two generous-sized bedrooms and a spacious balcony, this is a perfect choice for a break with family or friends. Enjoy the chilled bottle of Rosé from your welcome basket in the early evening and then head of for a stroll around the port or dinner along fashionable rue Bonaparte

Rossetti is the place for you if you want to be right at the heart of the action! This 2 bedroom apartment in a period building looks out over Place Rossetti and the cathedral. Although there is no balcony, you really won’t miss it as the lure of the cafes down below will be too strong! You can enjoy your apéritif or nightcap literally on your doorstep and dine on the Cours Saleya or at one of the old towns many fabulous restaurants. You also have the overwhelming temptation of Finocchio’s ice cream stall within your line of vision!

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Distilleries Idéales
Distilleries Idéales

Distilleries Idéales is one of our top choices for an early-evening tipple. At the top of Rue de la Préfecture it is a great spot to stop off at the end of a busy day and enjoy the first rosé of the night, their tasty platters of local chaurcuterie are also worth trying….Find out more

 

 

 

 

Le plongeoir -Nice
Le plongeoir -Nice

Le Plongeoir is certainly unique! Hovering above the sea on a rocky pillar that supports the old diving boards! The restaurant is open for lunch and serves snacks and platters in the afternoon. Dinner is served between 7:30 and 9:30 pm with fine dining options. Imagine tucking into fresh sea bream as you inhale the sea air? Find out more

La Civette du Cours on the famous Cours Saleya is perhaps the most authentic option in this very popular tourist spot. It is a great spot for an apéro as you sit and watch the world go by over a glass of pastis and a bowl of olives. They also serve food all day so if that pastis turns into several and you start feeling peckish fear not, they offer a small selection of snacks and local dishes. Why not try the petits farcis? Find out more

La Terrasse
La Terrasse

Nice is literally just jam-packed with amazing eateries, there is so much to choose from. Avoid the touristy restaurants and ask your local manager for their top tips to really experience the best eats in Nice. We like La Terrasse on the rooftop of Le Meridien, it has amazing views and is a good choice if you want to treat yourself. How about a start of Petrossian caviar followed by organic black Angus steak and then a trio of eclairs to finish? I am getting hungry just writing about it…find out more

 

Have we whet your appetite yet? To plan your own sumptuous summer nights check out our current offers

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For one week…and one week only…

Summer holidays
Summer holidays

Summer holidays are well and truly upon us, the schools have broken up, the kids are probably starting to get bored at home….time to plan that summer break!

For one week only we are taking £30 off stays of 3 nights or more in ANY of our Nice apartments…so if your thoughts are turning towards holidays, check out your dates on our live calendar and use promo code ETE30 to get your discounted stay today!

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Nice a week on

Promenade

When the news broke of the dreadful attack on Nice last Thursday night, like the rest of the world, we watched in shock and horror. Following every news bulletin to try to understand what had happened. As the reports flooded in, our first concern of course was our local team and guests and our first priority making contact with them. The relief as our managers checked in throughout the night and following morning and confirmed that all guests were accounted for and safe was palpable. It was also a great comfort to receive messages from past and future guests, expressing their sorrow and reaffirming their love for Nice and determination to return.

One family who were on the Promenade watching the fireworks, decided to leave early, they missed the attack but were caught up in the panic on the streets and told us how they were affected, their feelings of relief to be safe and how they spent the following day laying tributes, lighting candles and talking though the unbelievable events

We mourn with Nice and all those affected, this wonderfully beautiful, welcoming city. Even during the days after the attack was it was friendly and beautiful albeit with the feeling of grief and despair. We will be happy to come back to Nice

Mrs SC- guest in Nice on 14th July

It is still impossible to comprehend such a tragedy and we have been talking to locals and visitors to find out how people are feeling one week on and what this means for one of the most popular tourist destinations in France. The Nice Convention and Tourism Bureau* posted the following statement shortly after the event, their website and social media pages have been flooded with comments from well-wishers and visitors confirming that this atrocity will not stop them from travelling to the city:

Since this tragedy, we have received thousands of messages of affection and support from all over the world, some anonymous, others from professionals telling us the special place Nice holds for them in their hearts….

In spite of the pain, anger and sorrow, we are determined, more than ever, to show that Nice remains one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Nice Convention and Visitors Bureau

As a destination, Nice is second only to Paris in popularity with around 5 million visitors every year. Tourism is crucial to the local economy and of course local businesses are concerned about the long term impact this event will have. Vangelis Panayiotis, Managing Director of MKG Tourism Consulting told Reuters* that he estimated a decline in visitor numbers this year. Others are more optimistic feeling that unlike some package holiday destinations, there is no identical substitute for Nice, it is a unique city. There is also a feeling among professionals and tourists that this kind of attack could happen anywhere and there is the sense of determination not to let the terrorists “win” by changing plans and altering our lifestyles. Key tourism stakeholders in the UK and Germany have stated that cancellations have been minimal and mostly from guests due to travel out in the first days after the attack.

We won’t allow ourselves to be frightened by these senseless acts of violence. Like the French we will keep on living our lives!

Mr K.H- due to travel to Nice this summer

In the days immediately following the attack a number of large events such as concerts and the jazz festival were cancelled. Whilst there is currently no official advice against travel to France, people are warned to be extra vigilant in public places. The extension by President Hollande of the State of Emergency for another 3 months has also reassured some visitors; meaning a much more visible security presence on the streets.

As in the UK where the terrorism threat is severe, travellers should remain alert and vigilant, especially in places where there is a high concentration of people

ABTA

The attack was followed by three days of official mourning with many businesses choosing to remain closed both as a mark of respect for the victims but also as a time to reflect and come to terms with all that had happened. Guests that were in Nice during these first days found the city much quieter than usual but many of them took the time to pay their own respects and commented on the continuing kindness of the local people.

We have had a lovely time in Nice. Sad due to the atrocity last week but also an experience to see and feel the atmosphere. Moving to walk along the promenade and see the tributes…

Mr. PK- travelled to Nice on 15th July

A week on, Nice is slowly readjusting to “normal” life, the Promenade des Anglais was reopened to traffic on Monday and people are going to the beach. Some local people do feel uncomfortable with signs of enjoyment so close to the scene of tragedy, it is very early days after all but others feel that this is how it has to be, life must continue.
A lot of people are coming every day to the scene of the tragedy to show their respect, to try to understand what happened and to try to “claim back” the Promenade des Anglais…Solidarity, reconstruction and mourning are the three words that come to mind at this time
Mrs IM- local resident

This horrific attack will leave a permanent scar on our beautiful city, people will never forget the events of 14th July 2016. But amidst the sadness, the grief and the anger, there are so many stories of kindness, friendship and bravery from that night and of course so many memories of happier times before and the hope for better times ahead.

 

*Sources: Nice Convention and Tourism Bureau, Reuters, Association of British Travel Agents

Jazz it up

Nice Jazz Festival

jazz musician

Nice offers a great range of cultural and sporting events throughout the year but arguably one of the best gigs in town is the annual jazz festival, this year taking place 16th to 20th July.

The first ever jazz event in Nice was way back in 1948 when no-less personage than the legendary Louis Armstrong headed the bill in the Opera. It would be another 23 years before the next event with a huge reunion in 1971 featuring big names such as Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzy Gillespie. The festival has evolved over the years from the Grande Parade du Jazz into the world-renowned Nice Jazz Festival, and many illustrious musicians have taken part from Fats Domino to Chuck Berry, Carlos Santana to Lauryn Hill. Last year’s event attracted over 60,000 fans and we’re sure that this year is going to be even better.

Nice Jazz Festival
Nice Jazz Festival

Taking place in the open-air on the Promenade du Paillon, the 2016 edition will offer music from a wide range of genres, performers will include Robert Plant, Youssou N’Dour and Massive Attack so plenty to enjoy even if you are not a jazz purist. The festival will host events on 6 stages over 5 days with 31 acts! Tickets cost Euro 39 for adults, Euro 17 for children aged 10-16 and the under-tens go free, serious music lovers can also purchase a 5 days pass for Euro 130. Tickets are on sale now daily at Place Massena and can also be booked online at http://www.nicejazzfestival.fr/en/

 

We have limited availability remaining for the Jazz Festival period. Plan your stay now

 

Tradition meets contemporary chic

Relax and enjoy the view
Outdoor dining in the beautiful garden
Outdoor dining in the beautiful garden

The picturesque village of Lefkara in the Larnaca district has been a popular destination for visitors since Venetian times and it’s not hard to see why. Winding cobbled streets, honey-coloured stone, great views of the surrounding valleys and plenty to see and do. In the past many of the traditional houses had sadly fallen into disrepair but recent years have seen an increase in people restoring their family homes to their former glory.

 

 

Master bedroom with original furniture
Master bedroom with original furniture

One such project was undertaken by the Loizides family who have restored their grandmother’s former home in the village retaining its original charm and making it a comfortable space for holidays.  Parts of the building actually date back as far as the 12th century with later 18th century additions. In its time it as been a residence, a stables, olive press, cellar and bank! The property can be rented as a whole comprising 3 bedrooms and ample living space set around a lush courtyard garden or as two separate residences sharing areas of the garden.

 

Open plan kitchen Monadiko
Open plan kitchen Monadiko

Inside the house is full of treasures from the past; a framed copy of the grandparent’s wedding invitation has pride of place in the living room. Upstairs in the master bedroom, the carved and embellished walnut wood wardrobe contained the grandmother’s dowry and was given to her on her marriage. There are other original items too reflecting the history of the house and the family that have lived there for generations, telling a tale of Cyprus village life. These fascinating items have been enhanced with the modern conveniences you would expect from a holiday rental; all the bedrooms now have air-conditioning and there are two fully fitted kitchens and two modern bathrooms.

Eat and enjoy, Cyprus style
Eat and enjoy, Cyprus style

Outside, the secluded courtyard garden is a real haven of tranquility, the perfect space to relax and escape the pressures of fast-paced modern life. There are facilities for outdoor dining and comfortable armchairs on the first floor veranda, the perfect spot for an evening aperitif while the sun goes down!

 

 

 

Relax and enjoy the view
Relax and enjoy the view

Polytimo, meaning “precious” is the larger property and has a double and twin room on the first floor with a kitchen, dining room and living room with fireplace on the ground floor. Monadiko, meaning “unique” has an open plan living space downstairs with a loft room at the top of the sweeping modern staircase which is ideal for families travelling with young children. Both houses open directly onto the garden and if booked separately have defined areas to ensure privacy for all guests.

 

Summer savings

Summer secret discount code

Offer of the week

In addition to our super secret summer code, this week we are featuring some special properties ideal  for larger parties.

Villa Estelle
Villa Estelle

Villa Estelle in the historic village of Cagnes-sur-Mer is a gorgeous period property, perfect for groups of friends and family. With 8 double suites each with their own bathroom, a spacious sitting room, stylish kitchen and gorgeous central courtyard. The villa can accommodate up to 16 adults and 2 children and there is also a separate 1 bedroom apartment for extra guests.

The villa is located at the heart of the picturesque medieval village with views down to the sea. A shuttle bus service runs from the village down to the beach every 15 minutes.

Fill the gaps in June and July and stay for a week for just £4,000

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Wild Atlantic View
Wild Atlantic View

Wild Atlantic View sits at the most westerly point of the Dingle Peninsula with stunning views of the rugged coast and the Blasket Islands. This spacious home boasts 4 double bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms, a mezzanine room and family bathroom for additional guests, spacious open-plan living area and a private hot tub with views to die for. For larger groups, the house can be rented along with neighbouring Wild Atlantic Rest which accommodates 6 people

Due to a cancellation we have availability between 17/07-26/07/2016! A 7 night stay in peak season costs £1925

Book your stay today

Villa Avgoustis
Villa Avgoustis

Villa Avgoustis is a traditional stone-built house located in the picturesque wine-producing village of Pachna between Limassol and Paphos. This spacious property has been carefully restored combining period features with contemporary comfort. Built around a secluded courtyard with private pool this is the ultimate choice for a family holiday. There are three bedrooms and two bathrooms in the main house with an additional double room with en-suite bathroom in the annexe to accommodate up to 8 people.

This is a new property so we currently have availability in July. A 7 night stay between 16/06 and 12/07/2016 costs just £999

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Football, football, football!

Nice prepares for Euro 2016

OFFER OF THE WEEK…

Book 3 nights or more in one of our select Nice apartments for available dates in June 2016 and save up to £75!

Book your Eurotastic experience today!

Let’s face it there is very little point in talking about anything else this week, when half the continent is revving up for the football fest of the year!

Nice Fan Zone
Nice Fan Zone

All eyes are on France with the hosts kicking off tomorrow against Romania and two of our home nations playing their first matches on Saturday. Northern Ireland and Poland will do battle on 12th July in the first match held in Nice’s Allianz stadium. The city has been preparing for the event for months with the finishing touches being made to the Fan Village complete with huge screens in Place Massena, it’s sure to be the party of the year with thousands of visitors expected to enjoy the atmosphere Riviera style!

There are matches in Nice on 12th, 17th and 19th June with the runners up in Groups B & F playing in their round of 16 match on 27th June. Shuttles are being organised to transport fans to the Allianz stadium.

If you want to join the fun, its not too late! We’ve got some limited availability for 1 and 2 bedroom apartments with great savings on select dates

Book your Eurotastic experience today!

Don’t wait for summer…

June deals
Don’t wait for summer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OFFER OF THE WEEK!

Up to £75 off 3 nights in Nice    Up to £75 off 2 nights in Dingle    Pay 6 Stay 7 in Cyprus

Did you know that 1st June is, meteorologically speaking the first day of summer? (at least for those of us in the Northern hemisphere), which of course means that meteorologically speaking the weather has taken a complete nose-dive…storms all across central Europe and here in the UK we are basking in a seasonal 11C with grey skies and general sogginess. All in all not very inspiring.

In Dingle meanwhile, they are enjoying a heatwave and people are out and about enjoying the countryside and the sea. Temperatures in Nice are in the 20’s and as for Cyprus, well the mercury has passed 30C today, not that I am at all jealous of course…

On the bright side, the school holidays have not yet started which means there are bargains to be had on flights to warmer climes. If you are looking for a last minute getaway, then we have some great deals on select dates and properties with savings of up to £75 on a two day break!

June is also a great month to travel to any of our destinations with loads going on; the Dingle Adventure Race is taking place on 11th June, the annual Shakespeare at Curium festival takes place in Limassol from 17-19th and I think there is something happening in France too….what was it again? Ah yes, FOOTBALL!

So, don’t wait for summer to come to you, get packing and head off to enjoy summer!

Up to £75 off 3 nights in Nice    Up to £75 off 2 nights in Dingle    Pay 6 Stay 7 in Cyprus