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5 incredible wedding venues in Cyprus


Cyprus, although well known as a beach paradise, is a destination that is so much more. From the countrys mind-blowing historical ruins and pretty mountain villages to the foodie hotspots of the capital, this place has so much to offer. But most of all, its a wonderful place reserved for old school romantics. Weddings dont get any more indulgent than a Cyprus wedding, and with those magical Cypriot sunsets, your wedding guests will be swept off their feet by the views.

Inspired? Here are 5 incredible Cyprus wedding venues that will have you falling head over heels in love all over again.

The Annabelle, Paphos

Its known as one of the romantic cities in the world and with several sites dedicated to Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, its easy to see why Paphos is definitely a destination for lovebirds. Located along the seafront, the 5 star Annabelle is the perfect venue for relaxation, a great place for the wedding party (and guests) to wind down and enjoy the gorgeous beaches. Further along the coast in Old Paphos (Kouklia) is the famous Aphrodites Rock, an ancient landmark worth visiting. The Annabelle is lavishly decorated throughout and weddings can be catered for all group sizes, from 20 people to 200.

Almyra, Paphos

Another spectacular venue along the stunning coast of Paphos is Almyra. Situated on Alykes Beach with beautiful landscaped gardens and views of the fishing harbour, this hotel provides an unbelievable backdrop for the perfect Cyprus wedding. The expert wedding team promise to help you channel your inner Greek goddess, Aphrodite-style and can take over all the planning to make your wedding abroad as stress-free as possible.

Amathus Beach Hotel, Limassol

Limassol is a coastal city known for its incredible history and beautiful ruins. Some of its best-known sights include Limassol Castle and its tombstones, Limassol Archaeological Museum, and the Amathus Ruins. Its also a great wedding destination for couples who love the beach; one of our favourite places to stay is the Amathus Beach Hotel. This 5 star luxury oasis is set within colourful gardens and boasts amazing panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea.

Olympic Lagoon Resort, Ayia Napa

For an ultra-modern setting with all the luxurious touches, the Olympic Lagoon in Ayia Napa is a highly recommended venue. Located close to Nissi Beach, youll be close to the areas famously buzzing nightlife and there will be a fabulous choice of bars, restaurants and nightclubs for a weeklong wedding celebration. Wedding packages include a choice of settings, such as the indoor function halls, outdoor banqueting areas, amidst the landscaped gardens, or a custom designed area to the bride and grooms liking.

Grecian Park Hotel, Protaras

Set in Eastern Cyprus in the pretty resort town of Protaras, the Grecian Park Hotel offers peace, quiet and relaxation, but guests will find popular hotspots such as Ayia Napa easily accessible by taxi. So the bride, groom and guests can really get the best of both worlds; whether you love the hustle and bustle of a party resort or you prefer a quaint destination with excellent amenities, you will definitely fall in love with the views. Ceremonies here will overlook Cape Greco and theres also a spa for the bridal party to pamper the night before.

Wherever you choose to have your special day, the friendly Cypriot hospitality and guaranteed sunshine will ensure that you have an incredible wedding that you will fondly remember forever.

Christos Hajipapas is Head of Business Development & Strategy at Cyplon Holidays.

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Special feature Hazel Brow, Swaledale, Yorkshire Dales, UK


Situated in the village of Low Row in Swaledale, Hazel Brow - seen here in the centre of the photograph - is a beautiful property with period features and lots of character. It was built by a local landowner in 1860 andtoday sleeps up to 15 people on a self-catering basis, making it perfect for family re-unions, birthday celebrations, special anniversaries and trips away with friends, whether it be for a short break or something longer.

Perched halfway up the north-western side of the valley, the property enjoys fabulous views across picture-postcard Yorkshire Dales scenery.

Inside, on the ground floor, there is a lounge to the right with comfy sofas, a TV and an open fire (kindling and firewood is provided)...

...and an elegant dining room to the left. Both of these rooms enjoy the same great view across Swaledale.

Also on the ground floor is a well-equipped kitchen with an Aga, stove, coffee maker and more...

...and, just off from that, is a small pantry where we found a thoughtful welcome basket with a variety of complimentary local goodies, from Yorkshire tea and Taylors of Harrogate coffee to Swaledale cheese and homemade loganberry and rhubarb jam.

Downstairs there is also a snug with a piano, fireplace and another TV, and beyond it a boot room (equipped with awashing machineand tumble dryer) and shower which is perfect for hosing down your dog after a muddy walk. Pets are welcome at Hazel Brow but are kindly asked to stay on the east side of the ground floor.

Upstairs there are two further floors where a variety of bedrooms and bathrooms can be found, including one four poster...

...and a bath with a view!

A great deal of thought has clearly been put into the dcor and all the bedrooms are furnished in keeping with the various period details of the property.

 

There are 8 bedrooms in total - there is just one single room on the top floor but all the others are doubles or twins.

Outside, a lockable garage is available should you wish to store anything such as bicycles securely.

The owner, Cath Calvert, has clearly put a lot of work into ensuringthe property is kept beautifully presented and, despite its various nooks and crannies, meticulously cleaned. Not only is it inviting, but Cath also lives locally which can be re-assuring should you find you ever need anything. She also keeps three alpacas (Larch, Apollo and Aramis) in the field overlooked by the property- for a walk with a difference, we recommend that you ask her if you can go on an alpaca trek... you will not regret the experience with these lovely creatures!

 

A patio and barbecue area offers an ideal space to contemplate and take in the local area.

On top of the other side of the valley are three trees known locally as ‘The Three Sisters'.

The River Swale - England's fastest flowing river - is on the vallely bottom a short stroll away, and our boys enjoyed trying out their remote-controlled boat in gentler-flowing eddies.

There are lots of walks you can enjoy directly from the property or from the villages nearby. On one occasion we headed up Gunnerside Gill which would have been frequented by hundreds of workers from the lead mines in years gone by.

For those who prefer to get around on two wheels rather than by foot, the Dales Bike Centre at Reeth is worth a visit (if only for the cake!).And for local pubs, we'd recommend the Punchbowl Inn at Low Row, within walking distance of the accommodation, for its food.

Itis excellent by pub grub standards -the specials at the time of our visit included braised beef tenderloin with herb dumpling, celeriac and kale; cornfed chicken with butternut squash, spinach and chorizo (pictured); and local shank of lamb with dauphinoise potato, kale and lamb jus.

Other - perhaps more traditional - pubs can be found at Gunnerside (The Kings Head) and Reeth (various). We found the Kings Arms in Reeth to be particularly dog friendly, with our Springer enjoying all manner of treats, including biscuits and even some left-over ham from the kitchen.

For those wishing to go further afield, the likes of Leyburn and Hawes are both less than 15 miles away. Also within easy reach is England's highest pub (Tan Hill Inn), highest railway station (Dent) and highest waterfall (Hawdraw).In short, there is no shortage of things to do but, at the same time, this is alsoa place where it isvery easy to simply relax and do very little. The charm of thelandscape and location is such that it has probably changed very little over the years and will probably remain much the same for many years to come. If you are getting away to unwind and do nothing, just bring a good book, curl up by the fire and enjoy the fact that you are out of mobile signal!

Disclosure: Our stay was courtesy of Hazel Brow.

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