Pilates in Cyprus

Code: CPKHP

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Activity types:

  • Hotel plus
  • Indoors

Holiday overview

Suitable for all, the Pilates method was developed by Joseph Pilates nearly 100 years ago. In Pilates we practice slow, controlled and flowing movements, all performed with awareness. Benefits include improved flexibility, greater core strength, and muscle tone. It also helps to improve posture, body alignment, and mobility and creates a feeling of wellbeing.

Holiday highlights

  • Pilates concentrates on core stability exercises that can protect and strengthen the spine and alleviate chronic back pain
  • Experienced tutor to offer advice, answer your questions and take you through the key principles
  • Demonstrations and instruction in the morning is followed by a free afternoon and some optional late afternoon sessions

Price includes

  • Good quality en-suite accommodation in one of our European partner hotels
  • Half Board – continental breakfast and evening meal
  • Guidance and tuition from a qualified leader, to ensure you get the most from your holiday
  • Sightseeing day trip, including meze lunch, admission costs and transport for the day

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Accommodation

Athena Beach Hotel in Cyprus

The 4-star Athena Beach hotel enjoys an enviable beachfront location in a quiet part of Paphos.

The hotel is also renowned for its warm and friendly staff. This accommodation has been branded 'Hotel Plus' as this hotel is close to the shops and local services and has a good range of facilities that add the "Plus" to your holiday.




Your room

There are 327 en-suite bedrooms, which are spacious, very well equipped and have been recently refurbished.

The hotel has comfortable en-suite bedrooms with private balconies and breathtaking sea or land views.

All rooms have flat screen LCD satellite TV and radio, direct dial telephone, WiFi (small charge), safe deposit boxes (small charge), tea and coffee making facilities, a mini-bar, hairdryer, bathrobe and slippers, complimentary toiletries and air conditioning/heating.
Athena Beach Hotel bedroom

Facilities

Athena Beach Hotel swimming pools Hotel facilities
  • Bar with a large comfortable terrace
  • Beautiful views of the Mediterranean and the hotel's tranquil gardens.
  • 3 freshwater swimming pools
  • Indoor pool (heated November to March)
  • Indoor and outdoor jacuzzis
  • Floodlit tennis courts
  • 24-rink indoor and outdoor bowls green facilities
  • Mini-golf
  • Mini market/souvenir shop
  • Jewellery shop
  • Free parking
  • Laundry and dry cleaning facilities
  • Currency exchange
Hotel's Elixir Spa
  • Heated pool
  • Sauna
  • Steam bath
  • Gym
  • Hairdressing salon
  • Professional massages
  • Facial and body therapies
  • Aromatherapy and other treatments to help relax and rejuvenate

Dining

Holidays on Cyprus are Half Board with an extensive breakfast selection and 3-course evening buffet.

Breakfast
This an extensive self-service continental buffet selection and hot options are also available.

Evening meal
Dinner is a 3-course meal with the entré and dessert served from the buffet. The main course is served to your table. There will be a vegetarian menu option but if you have any special dietary requirements we recommend that you discuss your preferences with the hotel management.
Drinks
The hotel has a well-stocked bar serving beer, wine and spirits.

Lunch (payable locally)
A picnic lunch can be ordered in advance from the hotel or purchased from the shop on the lower ground floor which is open Monday to Sunday 7.30am until 10pm.
Athena Beach dining

Your evenings

In Europe, our walking holidays continue into the evening.  Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer whilst listening to your leaders outlining the next day's walks.  After a relaxed evening meal take advantage of the warm evenings and  chat with your fellow guests drinking a cocktail in the hotel gardens or just listen to live music one evening at your hotel.

The hotel's location is ideal for a leisurely stroll into the old town, where you can watch the world go by and soak up the atmosphere with a relaxing drink at one of the pavement café bars around Paphos harbour front; just follow the path from the beach front. Or you may like to relax on the terrace or in the bar, with a drink and chat.

Itinerary

Daily programme

The laid-back charm of this Mediterranean island is a perfect setting for a Pilates holiday. Enjoy Pilates sessions every morning and a further optional late afternoon session, leaving the rest of the day free to explore the local area including the historic town of Paphos.

Sightseeing day

We include this sightseeing day (admission costs as well as a meze lunch) in your holiday:

Today we’ll all travel along the most scenic stretch of coastline on the island, where we stop to see Ancient Curium. Here we’ll discover the infamous House of Eustolios, which proudly boasts its intricate mosaics and magnificent amphitheatre overlooking the sea. We will then drive through beautiful mountain areas to reach the charming village of Omodhos, built around one of the oldest monasteries in Cyprus, the Holy Cross. This is also one of the best wine producing villages where traditional white stone buildings line the narrow cobbled streets.

We visit the old wine press of the village and then enjoy a traditional meze lunch. On our way back we will stop at the island’s most famous landmark, Aphrodite’s rock, the legendary birthplace of the goddess of love.

Free day

Relax in the hotel using their facilities, or independently visit local places of interest. You can discuss other options for your free day with your holiday leader. There are no planned Pilates sessions on this day.

What to bring

No special clothing is required for your Pilates holiday, but it is recommended that you wear loose-fitting clothes to facilitate easy movement. Please bring your Pilates mat and a small towel. Please note, a non-slip yoga mat is not suitable.

Local area

Cyprus has always been fought over, from the Phoenicians, Egyptians, Romans, Venetians, Ottoman Empire to the Arabians during the Crusades, the British and the civil struggles with Greeks and Turkish. Its easy to see why, throughout history, this Mediterranean gem has been so sought after. Modern day Cyprus is no different and the island is a popular holiday destination. It offers visitors an ancient history to marvel and explore with the Greco-Roman sites on the island, one of the largest within walking distance of our hotel. 

Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean and dominated by a vast mountain range, The Troodos Massif. The diversity of the flora and fauna is amazing; the best time to see this is early Spring when we visit the island and again in Autumn.

Paphos and Nea Paphos

Paphos has an interesting history, dating back to Neolithic times, the current city of Paphos was not a particularly important centre until the 1970s, when tourism flourished in the area. Until this time, the city was in decline, as the Capital City, Nicosia, grew in importance on the island. Paphos airport is now the second largest on the island, and the city became the European Capital of Culture in 2017.

You can enjoy the beach of Paphos in the sun or hire bikes from the tour office to see the sites in the city.

On the fringe of Paphos is the ancient city of Nea Paphos (New Paphos) is steeped in mythology, with strong ancient links to the Greek goddesses Aphrodite and Artemis, the city was built next to a natural harbor. Nowadays, the site is open to visitors, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This archaeological site boasts outstanding archaeological park features extensive Greco-Roman ruins and incredibly well-preserved mosaics depicting ancient mythology.

Did you know?

Cyprus was once the wealthiest nation in the known world. It was during the Copper and Bronze Ages when the island's rich natural copper resources were exported to other countries.

Travel

We recognise that everyone’s travel arrangements are unique, so all our holidays to Europe can be booked ‘with flight’ or ‘without flight’, giving you more flexibility and choice.

 

Travel by plane

Bus

‘With flight’ holidays – the hassle-free option

Book your holiday ‘with flight’ and choose between Gatwick and Manchester flights to Paphos airport. For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.

If you choose this option we automatically include return transfers between the airport and the hotel. The short coach transfer takes approx 30 minutes to the Anthena Beach Hotel.

easyJet flight

 

 

Bus

Driving to us

‘Without flight’ holidays – the flexible travel option

Alternatively, tailor your journey to suit you by booking your holiday ‘without flight’ allowing you the freedom to book your own flights from your local airport.

If you choose this option, transfers are not included in the price. However, below are some suggestions to help you reach your destination:

  • We can book you a seat on the HF Holidays’ transfer coach from Paphos airport. This short transfer is timed to meet the HF Holidays’ flights* (provisional flight times can be found on the dates and prices tab or you can call us on 020 8732 1220 for more information). Cost per single journey is £10.
  • Why not let us book you a private taxi transfer at a cost of £40 per single taxi journey?

Transfers must be pre-booked.  Please call 020 8732 1220 for more details

* Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach

 Coach heading to Glen Coe

Leaders

Molly Melhuish

Molly is a qualified and experienced Yoga and Pilates teacher with her own studio based in Cardiff. She holds a BA Hons degree in Human Movement. She teaches Hatha yoga to include physical postures, breathwork, relaxation and visualisation and meditation exercises. Her Pilates classes focus on the original exercises since she was trained individually before any of the big Pilates schools were formed. Molly is very passionate about the human body; what it can do and seeking out its limits.

Hatha yoga is not suitable for those with disabilities although spine and other joint problems can be catered for.

She was very knowledgeable about her subject and was very good at getting us to do the exercises and showing us how we could do them better using her techniques of energy lines and points. She listened to questions and comments and incorporated them into her sessions very well.

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Dates & Prices

We're sorry, there are no dates available for this holiday at the moment. Please check out our other tours and breaks or call our team on 0345 470 8558 to be notified of new dates as soon as they become available.

Prices are per person

Information

  • Double room for sole occupancy: £16 per night
  • Sea view: £7 per person per night
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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