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This week’s blog is a guide to the four courses of Cyprus. In recent years, Cyprus has gained a brilliant reputation for being a superb golf break destination. Many players will return year after year to enjoy the luxurious hotels and great golf courses – make sure that you get a piece of that luxury by booking your next golf escape to Cyprus today.

 

Cyprus boasts a rich history, culture and a mild, year-round climate which makes it the ideal place for a golf escape. Whether you are travelling with golfers or non-golfers, everyone will find something enjoyable to do whether it is lying on one of the sandy beaches, visiting historical sites or taking part in the many leisure activities found within the different resorts. In Paphos, you can find a beautiful harbour situated to the south of the country, there is plenty to do here and some beautiful bars and restaurants to enjoy. There is no doubt that a golf escape to Cyprus would be an enjoyable one so take a look at these brilliant courses and the resorts associated with them – or you can just give us a call and we will sort you a great golf holiday.

 

First up, we have Aphrodite Hills, PGA National Cyprus which is situated in South Cyprus, the course opened for play in 2002 and was designed by the world-renowned golf architect, Cabell Robinson. The course is situated within the Aphrodite Hills Resort which is the largest golf resort in Cyprus and boasts a hotel, apartments and villas for guests. The course is a great mix of challenging pot bunkers, beautifully manicured fairways of Bermuda grass and generous, tiered greens. As you play, you wind your way through olive and carob trees, and you can enjoy stunning views over the Mediterranean Sea.

Whilst the trees add to the scenery, they can pose a threat to your game as they are lying in wait for any errant shots. There are some truly magnificent holes along the course including the 3rd hole which is the lengthiest and most challenging hole along the course. For most players, you can play this hole as an uphill par 4 but for those more experienced players, you can play the hole as a par 5 from the back tees.

 

The 7th hole is another outstanding hole, it is a stunning par 3 where the green is positioned so that you must make a long carry over the ravine. The signature hole of the course is the 8th which boasts a panoramic view of the ocean from the tee, this is a breath-taking hole and is not one to miss out on!

 

Of course, if you are looking to play this great course, you should take a look at some of the accommodation options for you. The Aphrodite Hills Hotel is a five-star hotel which boasts luxurious rooms, brilliant leisure facilities and world-class service. The hotel also boasts three fantastic restaurants where you can find delicious Asian cuisine, authentic Mediterranean cuisine and a buffet restaurant. Each of the rooms is beautifully decorated and boasts beautiful views of the neighbouring golf course, the sea, pool or the garden. You can choose to upgrade to a suite which are perfect for young families. There are many leisure activities that you can enjoy during your stay including the fitness centre, the tennis courts and a spacious pool area with sun beds. You can enjoy a range of health and beauty treatments within the Retreat Spa.

 

Alternatively, you can enjoy a stay within Aphrodite Hills Residences where you can choose from a range of accommodation from luxury apartments to five bedrooms villas. Each accommodation option comes with a fully-equipped kitchen as well as a private terrace or balcony. You can opt for villas that sleep up to 10 people, these five-bedroom villas boast their own private swimming pool. Whilst you are staying within the Residences, you can self-cater, but you can also enjoy all of the restaurants and bars within the Hotel and across the Resort. You can also make use of all of the leisure facilities that guests from the Hotel have access to, including the spa. One of the best things about Aphrodite Hills Resort, regardless of where you choose to stay, is that the resort provides frequent shuttle buses to and from the town of Paphos where you can find a range of superb bars and restaurants as well as a lovely harbour to walk around. For your next golf break to Cyprus – look no further than a stay at Aphrodite Hills Resort and a round on the PGA National.

 

Elea Golf Club is a brilliant par 71 golf course situated in an idyllic location above the Mediterranean Sea. The course boasts a stunning landscape and has been beautifully carved through a dramatic terrain which is full of character. The course was designed with input from Sir Nick Faldo and boasts many distinctive features typical of his designs. There is no doubt that this course poses a stern test of golf, there is an array of hazards situated along the course waiting to damage your scorecard. However, although the course is full of hazards, the more amateur golfer can enjoy this stunning course, too.

 

There is no doubt that this is a testing round of golf, every skill that you have developed as a golfer will be tested during this round. The course is considered to be an iconic parkland course in Cyprus but there is a links-feel to many of the holes due to their generous fairways and Arizona-style areas of wasteland.

The par 4 4th hole is perhaps the most outrageously bunkered hole in Europe, two irregularly shaped bunkers must be avoided from the tee in order to find sanctuary on the fairway, there is then the bridged green that slopes up at the front and then cants away towards the back – this green is heavily protected to the left and right by bunkers. The course’s signature hole is considered to be the par 4 17th hole. This hole has been nicknamed “Bobby Jones”, again, this is another hole which features lots of bunkers but also, a severely sloping fairway. You may be pleased to know that there are three bunker-less holes along the course! This is a superb golf course and one that you can enjoy whilst staying at the Aphrodite Hills Resort – either in the Hotel or in the Residences.

 

Next up, we have the par 71 18-hole championship course at Secret Valley which is uniquely situated at the base of a long valley that extends right out to the Mediterranean Sea. The course is situated just 18km from the lively resort of Paphos and opened for play in 1996.

 

Secret Valley is a two-time winner of the Best Golf Course in Cyprus and it isn’t hard to see why. The course winds its way through a spectacular valley consisting of distinctive coloured Sty Kingly rock formations. In the mornings and the evenings, you can enjoy some beautiful sights created by the shadows – another good thing about playing during the mornings and the evenings is that you can avoid the burning heat of the day.

The front nine holes of the course are quite forgiving, but you must bring your best game with you if you are to score well on the back nine. As they boast different layouts, and their own distinctive features, you are set to have an excellent round of golf filled with varied play. With an array of hazards set along the course in order to challenge your scorecard, a stunning location with a beautiful setting, it is no surprise that this course is so highly recommended for your next golf break to Cyprus. Enjoy a stay at the Aphrodite Hills Hotel or within the Aphrodite Hills Residences as you can easily venture out to play a round here or at the other golf courses in the area, including the PGA National onsite of the Aphrodite Hills Resort.

 

Last, but certainly not least, is Minthis Golf Club. Minthis Golf Club is situated on an elevated position of 550 metres above sea level which means that even during the summer months, you can enjoy a refreshing sea breeze. The course was designed by Donald Steel and it blends effortlessly into its beautiful surroundings, it is no surprise that this course is a favourite amongst golfers.

 

The course measures to just under 600 metres long and plays to a par 71. Due to the range of tee options, this course is suitable for golfers of all levels which makes it a perfect holiday course. However, this does not mean that you won’t find it a challenge. A unique feature of the club is the fact that it boasts captivating views over a 12th century monastery and the nearby Troodos Mountains. Of course, due to its position, there is the sea breeze coming into play which can make things difficult and may cause a few wayward shots! This is a fantastic course filled with a variety of holes, you can enjoy the short par 4 12th hole which boasts a steep, hazardous valley off on the left. This is followed by the signature 13th hole which is a challenging par 3, it is impossible to convey how brilliant this hole – it is one that you must try out for yourself – but it does include an island green surrounded by hazardous water.

If you are looking to play a round or two at Minthis Golf Club, we highly recommend you stay at the Dionysos Central. This three-star property is situated in the heart of the resort town of Paphos. It is a great value properly just a short walk from the beach and the harbour as well as range of great bars and restaurants. This is ideal if you are looking to stay in the midst of the action, you can enjoy the vibrant nightlife and attractions within the town, but you can also take a short walk to the lovely beaches. The rooms within the hotel offer the essential amenities for your stay including a mini fridge, a satellite TV, complimentary Wi-Fi and a safe as well as a private balcony. You can enjoy lounging around the hotel’s large outdoor pool and take advantage of the hotel’s evening entertainment. There are three restaurants and two bars within the hotel, and you can easily venture out of the hotel to the other restaurants and bars of Paphos.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you will take a further look at these outstanding golf courses and the resorts that you could have the pleasure of staying within. Give us a call if you have any questions or queries, we can always tailor make a golf break suited perfectly to you and whoever you are travelling with.

To keep your Golf Escape under the budget you desire can sometimes be a tricky job for the tour leader. Of course, everyone wants to play the best courses and stay in the nicest hotels possible, but often, it cannot be done for the set budget. If you can be flexible with your dates, then there are always some little periods in the year where there is a deal to be had. So here are our top tips of when to stay and play at certain hotels and courses for the 2019/20 season.


Our first visit is to Las Colinas golf course on the border of the Costa Blanca and Murcia regions. Voted Spain’s best course 3 years in a row at the World Golf Awards, this is one that should be on everyone’s list to play. Littered with bunkers and huge water hazards, it is a course that is very pleasant on the eye. With little else around the course too, it is a peaceful experience, which helps as you work your way around this challenging course. But when should you play it? September. Las Colinas class September as their ‘low season’, even though it is a lot of regions most popular month for golfers. They cut the prices by 25% and makes one of Europe’s best courses a very affordable round of golf. Coming in at below £80 per person with a buggy included too, you have to include it in your itinerary for anybody staying from La Manga right up to Benidorm. It is well worth the journey.


The next stop off is in the Eastern Algarve and we are going to talk luxury. Not just luxury accommodation, but a golf course to match it too. Monte Rei Golf & Country Club is one of Portugals finest golf resorts, perhaps even the best. Its huge Villas are traditional in design with modern touches throughout, making it the perfect place to relax before tackling the demanding
course on site. The Nicklaus course of Monte Rei is a Golf Escapes favourite and has to be considered a bucket list course that competes with some of the best courses in the world. Perfectly maintained all year, stunning surroundings and a level of service you can’t imagine is why this course is so superior to many others. Sounds expensive right? For a resort this good, it is worth paying for, but in the prime golfing period between 01st – 14th March, You could do 3 nights and 2 rounds (with buggies and range balls) from £359 per person! So, I bet we can guess where you will be going next March!

The Canary Islands. Known for its steady warm temperatures all year round, making it a fantastic winter golf destination where you can get away from the rain, wind and snow in the UK for some golf in the sun. The golf courses know this though and for that reason, their high seasons are from October through to April. So why don’t we go there in May or September? Same weather, same golf courses, but a fraction of the price. For example, Costa Adeje Golf in Tenerife. If you were to play this course on the 1 st of May or September, compared to the 1 st of November or February you would save over £35 per round!

The same for Salobre Old Course in Gran Canaria. You would save over £25 per round at this golf course. These are just two examples, but similar savings are to be had at all courses in Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura during the ‘summer’ months. It seems strange to think things would be cheaper at these times of the year, but it really is the case, we promise.


When you think of a good time of year to play golf abroad, most people would say April, May September give you the full package. Sun, but not too hot and also not paying the high hotel prices that June, July and August bring. Nestled right in the centre of Paphos new town is the Dionysos Hotel, this property offers an unbelievable price in April. Peak golf season and with average temperatures 21°, this has to be the perfect opportunity to visit such a fantastic golf destination. The 3-star hotel in a perfect location is £20 per person, per night cheaper in April that it is in September! This hotel paired with the fabulous courses the island has to offer such as Aphrodite Hills, Secret Valley, Elea and Minthis makes for the perfect golfing getaway for couples and groups alike. They very much look forward to welcoming you in the most wonderful Cypriot manor.

Next is an option for groups on a budget. Mar Menor Golf Resort in Murcia is a resort that continues to baffle everyone here at Golf Escapes, but for all the right reasons. The resort has a 5-star hotel, 4-star apartments, a good selection of bars and restaurants and a lovely Jack Nicklaus golf course all within a stone’s throw of each other. Yet the apartments, known as ‘The Residences at Mar Menor’ is one of the cheapest and best value packages available in Europe. The resort is cheap all year
round, but to make it even better, they class the golfing peak season of May as their ‘low season’. So let’s talk numbers. 3 nights 2 rounds from £159 & 7 nights 4 rounds from £309 in May, yes May! Not only is there a great course on-site, but there are also 6 other courses that you can play for no extra cost and use the free shuttle bus provided by the resort to take you there too. We hope to see you there in May, because we will be there.


Praia D’el Rey. I am sure most of you have heard of the resort north of Lisbon and most would think of it as a prestigious golf course. That’s because it is. It has recently had a rather good addition to the resort too. West Cliffs golf course opened 18 months ago and has quickly become one of the most sought- after courses in the country. These two courses mixed with Royal Obidos and Bom Sucesso (all within 15 minutes of each other) makes for one of the best selections of courses to play in Europe.
Back to the question of when to visit though… To be honest, we’ve cheated with this one. Go at any time. Any time from April until June and from September until the end of October is when we would recommend though. It can be a bit chillier here in the lower seasons, so nice to wait until the weather warms up, but when it does, it is a place of stunning natural beauty. Prices at either the 5 star Marriot Praia D’el Rey Hotel or the Praia D’el Rey Village (apartments and villas) are fantastic value for money during these periods. It is another resort that is hard to understand why it is so cheap considering the quality of golf courses. With 4 nights and 3 rounds staying in the village starting from £245 this package would be at least double the price if the resort was based in the Algarve. Golf Escapes really can’t applaud this resort highly enough as it is a truly unbelievable destination for the keenest of golfers.


Last but certainly not least… The Conrad Algarve. Voted in the top 5 hotels in the Algarve on TripAdvisor, a Michelin Star restaurant and awards under its belt such as having the best spa and the best hotel suite in Europe. The hotel is situated in the perfect location of the classy town, Quinta do Lago. Opposite bars and restaurants and 3 world class golf courses (Quinta do Lago North, South & Laranjal) within 5 minutes, this hotel has everything to offer. The hotel is luxury in every sense of the
word and is one of the most expensive hotels in the Algarve and rightly so. It is quite simply outstanding. Of course, though, it wouldn’t be in this article if it didn’t have a sneaky period where it becomes a place where anybody can visit. This period is from the beginning of March until the beginning of April, the perfect time of the year for golfers. It is literally half the price in March
compared to June & September. A Golf Escape of pure quality throughout is very possible and more than affordable in the month of March and if you wanted to treat yourself next year, get it booked sooner rather than later for even further discounts.
We hope this might have helped plan your holiday for this year and next. Be as flexible as possible with your dates and you never know what deals might just be a few days away from the dates you were first thinking.

This week’s blog is a guide to some of our resorts that boast a prime location just a stone’s throw from a stunning beach that you can relax on and soak up the sun. There is nothing nicer than enjoy a stroll along the beach and a few drinks at a beach bar in the late afternoon sun and these resorts give you the opportunity to enjoy that luxury as well as great golf…

The four-star suite accommodation retreat of Praia Verde Boutique Hotel is set within a lush green pine forest just five minutes’ drive from the centre of Monte Gordo and only 900 yards from the beautiful Praia Verde Beach. Not only is the location of the hotel stunning, but there are 40 spacious guest suites within the hotel which are all beautifully decorated in earthy tones and all boast the amenities and facilities that you would expect from a hotel of a hotel of this rating including Wi-Fi, a private balcony or terrace from which you can enjoy the views, a separate lounge and kitchenette area. Although the suites are equipped for self-catering, you can venture into Monte Gordo where you will find a variety of great restaurants and bars and if you so choose, you can stay within the hotel as their restaurant serves delicious Mediterranean-style food.

During the days, spend your time exploring nearby coves or relaxing on the beach or around the outdoor pool. You can also take a boat trip on the Guadiana River and of course, enjoy the brilliant golf at Quinta do Vale. Quinta do Vale is a course that only opened in 2008 but has already gained an excellent reputation for its open layout with wide fairways and plenty of doglegs. The course also boasts a very luxurious clubhouse which is the perfect place to end a round of golf here with a few drinks and a bite to eat. If you are looking for a hotel which allows you to escape the hustle and bustle of big towns and cities and just enjoy a beautiful beach, beautiful countryside and beautiful golf then look no further than the Praia Verde Boutique Hotel for your next golf escape…

Thanos Hotel Almyra is a brilliant five-star hotel which is the perfect place to base your next golf break to Cyprus for many reasons. Firstly, this beautiful property boasts a great location overlooking the Mediterranean Sea with a lovely beach and coves just 10 minutes away. This is another hotel which is perfect for you if you are looking to enjoy both towns as well as the tranquillity of a quiet resort as you can find great nightlife in Paphos as well as a range of good bars and restaurants but within the hotel, you feel as though you are much further than just a short walk away from the action.

There are several local golf courses that we recommend you take advantage of if you choose Thanos Hotel Almyra for your next golf break including Aphrodite Hills – PGA National Cyprus, Elea Golf Club, Minthis Golf Club and Secret Valley Golf Club. These are all excellent and varied courses sure to test golfers of all abilities. Besides golf, you can relax on the beach, relax around one of the four freshwater pools, workout in the gym or enjoy a massage within the spa. There are just under 200 guestrooms within the hotel and they are all beautifully decorated with contemporary furnishings and all boast either garden or sea views from which you can admire from the balconies and terraces.

With an excellent half-board option, a stunning location just a short walk into a bustling town where you can find everything from a relaxing bar to a club as well as several local golf courses in the area, it is no surprise that we recommend Thanos Hotel Almyra for your next golf holiday to Cyprus.

The Tivoli Carvoeiro is situated in a breathtaking position above a clifftop overlooking a stunning beach which is nestled in the bay below. This is a stunning five-star hotel which is the perfect destination for your next golf break as you can enjoy a stunning beach, the captivating town of Carvoeiro and some of the most prestigious golf courses in the Algarve.

There are 246 guest rooms within the hotel and they are all elegantly furnished and boast all of the amenities that you could want or need from a hotel including air-conditioning, a satellite TV, a safe, tea and coffee making facilities and a hairdryer. Of course, whilst you are here you won’t spend much time in your room as there are so many leisure activities and relaxing spots to enjoy around the hotel. You can relax around the outdoor swimming pool, workout in the fitness centre or play a game of tennis.

The main highlight of the Tivoli Carvoeiro is the brilliant local golf that you will get the opportunity to enjoy. You can find excellent courses like Alamos, Morgado and Salgados all situated within a short distance of the hotel. With excellent leisure facilities, a charming town within a short drive of the hotel where you can find an abundance of bars and restaurants as well as fantastic golf – what more could you want for your next golf escape to the Algarve?

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blogs and that one of these excellent properties will have caught your eye and that you will be planning your next golf break very very soon…

This week’s blog is a guide to some of the best adult properties that we have at Golf Escapes. Whether you are looking for a quiet golfing getaway with a partner or with a group of friends, these hotels offer everything that you could need or want in order to have a relaxing and enjoyable golf trip.

 

First up we have the five-star Iberostar Sabila which is situated on Fanabe Beach on Tenerife’s Costa Adeje. Within the hotel’s grounds, there are large gardens, an infinity pool, a chill-out area and you are situated just a short walk from the beautiful beach. Besides relaxing around the hotel, you can work out in the gym or visit the Spa Sensations which boasts a spa circuit and a range of different health and beauty treatments which is perfect for those who may not be playing as much golf.

For those who do enjoy a great round of golf, a holiday here will not disappoint you as you have easy access to some of the best courses in the region including Amarilla Golf, Golf Costa Adeje, Golf del Sur and Golf Las Americas. All of these courses are fantastic and access to these courses is one of the reasons that this hotel is so highly recommended by us. For food and drink, the hotel’s main restaurant serves delicious international cuisine and from Wednesday through to Sunday every week, there is a Gourmet Market where you can find seven different styles of cuisine as well as live music. With luxurious accommodation which includes all of the amenities and facilities that you may need as well as delicious food, activities within the hotel and brilliant golf courses nearby, there is no surprise that we recommend Iberostar Sabila for your next golf escape.

 

The five-star Thanos Hotel Annabelle is situated just eight minutes’ walk from the beach and overlooks the Port of Paphos. This luxurious resort boasts tropical landscaped gardens, a large swimming pool with swim-in caves as well as beautifully-appointed rooms and a brilliant location. The best thing about this hotel is that you can enjoy the best of both worlds; you are nearby to the vibrant and bustling resort of Paphos where you can find nightlife and great bars and restaurants, but you are also situated far enough from the town that you can enjoy peace and quiet and the beautiful scenery.

It is no surprise that the Thanos Hotel Annabelle is popular with golfers as the resort is so close to the four excellent golf courses which are situated within Paphos: Aphrodite Hills – PGA National Cyprus, Minthis Golf Club, Secret Valley and Elea Golf Club are all within 20 minutes’ drive of the hotel. Besides golfing, relaxing within the hotel and exploring Paphos, you can work out in the hotel’s gym or play squash or tennis. The hotel boasts 218 spacious guest rooms which all boast marble bathrooms, superb views from the balconies and all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including air conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi and a satellite TV. With everything that you could need for the perfect golf break to Paphos, look no further than the Thanos Hotel Annabelle.

 

Situated in Marrakech is the adults-only, five-star Be Live Collection Marrakech. The hotel is a brilliant all-inclusive resort which boasts a great position within close proximity of some of the great courses situated in Marrakech including The Montgomerie Marrakech, Royal Palm Golf and Country Club and Tony Jacklin Signature Course and it is also just four miles from the centre of the city where you can enjoy city tours or explore independently.

This is a new hotel and offers two outdoor swimming pools, one pool which has poolside activities and music and the other which boasts a swim-up bar and chill-out areas. Besides from playing golf, exploring Marrakech and relaxing around the pool, you can also enjoy the hotel’s extensive spa facilities.

 

There are three restaurants within the hotel, a traditional Moroccan a la carte restaurant which you have a complimentary meal at once during your stay, the buffet restaurant where you can find a variety of different dishes every night and the pool bar which serves light snacks and lunch food which you can enjoy out on the terrace by the main pool. If you are looking for a relaxing golf break where you can find exciting golf courses and wonderful culture within the city, then look no further than the brilliant Be Live Collection Marrakech for your next golf holiday.

 

Last, but certainly but not least is the Precise Resort El Rompido which is a fantastic five-star hotel located on-site to the two brilliant golf courses at El Rompido Golf Club. Not only does this hotel offer a prime golfing location but it is just a few minutes’ drive from the fishing town of El Rompido where you can find a few good bars and restaurants as well as beautiful scenery.

The hotel offers a range of different accommodation from double rooms to lavish apartments and suites so there is something to suit everyone and every type of golf escape! For food, the hotel features a great buffet breakfast and there are a lounge bar and restaurant where you can enjoy fresh, local dishes for lunch and dinner. Whilst you are not out enjoying a round of golf on one of the brilliant courses, you can relax within Rompido’s spa where there are an indoor swimming pool, Turkish baths and a sauna as well as a range of different health and beauty treatments available. Just an hour’s drive from both Faro and Seville Airports, with two spectacular courses on-site and brilliant facilities, look no further than Precise Resort El Rompido for your next golf break to Spain.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blogs and that one of these resorts has piqued your interest and inspired your next golf escape…

This week’s blog is a guide to some of our luxury golf holidays that you can choose from if luxury is the main thing that you are looking for from an excellent golf escape. Wherever you are looking to go, we have something brilliant on offer that is sure to catch your eye.

 

First up we have the Westin Resort in Costa Navarino which is a beautiful five-star resort situated within a lovely area of Greece. Within close proximity of the hotel, you can find not only two excellent golf courses but also many different leisure activities and facilities for you to enjoy during your time here. The hotel is set just five minutes’ walk from The Dunes Beach and boasts stunning views from the hotel of the Ionian Sea.

Within the hotel, there are 445 rooms and suites which are all fully fitted with all of the modern amenities and facilities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including jetted tubs in the bathrooms and stunning views from each of the rooms’ private balconies. During the day, spend time relaxing on one of the local beaches or around one of the pools or even in the Anazoe Spa which boasts extensive facilities. Of course, the highlight of your trip will be playing on the Dunes and Bay golf courses which both boast stunning coastline and fantastic reputations for being the best courses in the whole of Greece. For your next luxurious golf escape, look no further than Costa Navarino where you can find the most luxurious hotels, golf courses and beaches for you to enjoy to the full.

 

Next up, situated in Cyprus in the region of Paphos is the brilliant Thanos Hotel Annabelle which is a luxurious five-star hotel set amongst beautiful tropical gardens with palm trees and flowers and just a few minutes’ walk from the seafront. Paphos is well-known for its golden beaches and great harbour which boasts an array of great restaurants and bars. This harbour is just ten minutes’ walk from the hotel’s entrance!

Whilst you are here, you can enjoy Paphos’ nightlife but you can also enjoy the tranquillity of the local beaches and areas around the resort as you are far enough away to escape the hustle and bustle of the harbour.

 

The hotel boasts 218 spacious guestrooms which boast marble bathrooms, stunning views from the rooms’ private balconies as well as Wi-Fi, satellite television and air conditioning. Whilst you are staying within Thanos Hotel Annabelle, you can access the sister hotel’s (Almyra’s) spa and leisure facilities but you can also choose to remain within the hotel and enjoy soaking up the Greek sun! The best thing about a golf escape to Thanos Hotel Annabelle is that there are four brilliant championship golf courses within a short drive of the hotel including Aphrodite Hills, PGA National Cyprus, Elea Golf Club and Minthis Golf Club which means that you really can have the best of both here with a luxury hotel as well as excellent golfing opportunities…

 

Another luxurious hotel is the new Golf du Medoc which is situated within 200 acres of beautiful French countryside just outside of the city of Bordeaux and boasts two brilliant 18-hole golf courses onsite of the hotel. The two courses, Les Chateau and Les Vignes are both pristine and have both hosted a number of international tournaments and have both been consistently ranked as two of the top 100 courses in Europe and it isn’t hard to see why.

Not only is the golf extremely impressive here, but the hotel boasts modern spa facilities including an indoor heated swimming pool, a Hamman and a fully-equipped fitness centre as well as a range of health and beauty treatments for you to enjoy at your leisure. The hotel boasts 79 rooms and suites which are all beautifully decorated and boast all of the amenities and facilities that you could need or want in order to enjoy your stay including complimentary Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, a minibar and a safe as well as a hairdryer. This hotel is a must-visit for those looking for wonderful food, golf and wine as well as somewhere to truly relax and unwind. Look no further than Golf du Medoc for your next luxurious golf escape to France…

 

Last, but certainly not least, is Fancourt Hotel which is situated in Cape Provinces nestled between mountains and forests in the heart of the Garden Route. Not only does the hotel boast luxurious accommodation and extensive facilities but there are three Gary Player designed golf courses situated on-site of the hotel.

 

All of the guestrooms at The Fancourt boast elegant furnishings and private balconies from which you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Outeniqua Mountains. Within the rooms, there are minibars and a satellite TV as well as toiletries and spacious private bathrooms. During the day, when you are not enjoying one of the fantastic golf courses, you can relax within the hotel’s spa or the leisure centre or around the large outdoor swimming pool. There are many other activities to enjoy including walking trails, bird watching and fishing.

There are four restaurants within the hotel which means that you will be spoilt for choice during your stay. The restaurants serve international cuisine which is created using fresh, locally sourced ingredients and make sure to enjoy a few drinks within the hotel’s bar where you can find regional wines and a spacious garden terrace to relax on. With extensive facilities, three very impressive golf courses and luxury accommodation, it is no surprise that The Fancourt Hotel is recommended by us for your next golf escape…

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that next time you are thinking about booking a golf break if it is luxury that you are looking for, look no further than these fantastic resorts.

This week’s blog is a guide to the best properties and golf that is on offer in Cyprus. Whatever you are looking for from your next golf escape including stunning weather, beautiful resorts, great golf and interesting culture, you will be able to find it with a trip to Cyprus.

The Thanos Almyra Hotel is a stunning five-star resort which boasts a beautiful location overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and nearby to some excellent golf courses like Elea Golf Club, Minthis Golf Club and Secret Valley. There is so much for you to do and see whilst staying at the Thanos Almyra Hotel including enjoying the vibrant nightlife in the resort of Paphos, relaxing on the beach or around the four freshwater pools. There is also the chance to enjoy some watersports on the beach, some exercise in the well-equipped gym, play tennis or unwind with a treatment within the hotel’s spa. With so much to do and see, luxury rooms with stunning views, four different restaurants and excellent service, it is no surprise that we recommend Thanos Almyra for your next golf holiday to Cyprus.

The sister hotel to Thanos Almyra is the Thanos Annabelle Hotel which is another stunning five-star resort. Whilst you are staying at Thanos Annabelle, you can enjoy access to Almyra’s spa facilities but there are plenty of things to enjoy within Thanos Annabelle’s grounds including lush gardens, a lovely outdoor pool to relax around and lovely rooms to relax in as well as the beach. This is a very popular hotel and it isn’t hard to see why with its great local golf courses, superb location being so close to the harbour of Paphos, excellent service and brilliant facilities.

Minthis Golf Club is just one of the excellent golf courses within a close distance of the fantastic Thanos hotels. The course is situated on an elevated position of 550 metres above sea level which means that even in the height of summer, a breeze will still influence the difficulty of this course! The course blends effortlessly into its surroundings and is a firm favourite of golfers who come to Cyprus. Although the course isn’t especially long at just under 6,000 yards, its fairways are lined with many fruit trees and grape vines and boast slopes which can prove challenging to golfers with higher handicaps. This is a great course which will require golfers of all abilities to play their best game of golf if they hope to finish the round with a good scorecard!

The five-star Aphrodite Hills Hotel is situated in the heart of the Aphrodite Hills Resort and offers brilliant leisure facilities, great service and entertainment options as well as lovely accommodation. You can enjoy having easy access to the excellent Aphrodite Hills Golf course which is situated on-site of the resort and after a round, you can enjoy relaxing around the pool whilst soaking up some rays, you can also enjoy a signature massage or facial within the Retreat Spa. The hotel boasts three fantastic restaurants which serve different cuisines including Asian and authentic Mediterranean. You can enjoy relaxing in the Carob Lounge with a lovely cocktail enjoying the live entertainment in the evenings. With so much to do and see in the lovely town of Paphos, it is no surprise that we have recommended this hotel as the perfect base for you to enjoy Paphos and everything that it has to offer.

Last, but not least, we recommend the Aphrodite Hills Holiday Residences for your next golf break to Cyprus and it isn’t hard to see why. The Aphrodite Hills Holiday Residences are the perfect choice if you are looking for a more intimate golf break as you can enjoy either a small apartment or large private villa but still have all of the facilities and luxuries of the excellent Aphrodite Hills Resort. From the resort, you can explore the beautiful beaches of Paphos or enjoy relaxing around the pool whilst you are not challenging the Aphrodite Hills PGA National Cyprus Golf Club. The benefit of staying within the Holiday Residences is that you can use the self-catering facilities within your property or enjoy the three different restaurants on the Aphrodite Hills Resort.

The Aphrodite Hills, PGA National Cyprus was designed by the fantastic Cabell Robinson and was opened to the public in 2002. This course is a very impressive one and is the perfect mix of pot bunkers, stunning fairways or lush Bermuda grass and tiered greens. The course meanders through indigenous olive and carob trees and is separated by a breathtaking ravine making it a visually spectacular course. This is a truly stunning course but is a difficult one for those of all handicaps so make sure that you bring your best game to the first tee!

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that when you are considering your options for your next golf escape, look no further than the wonders that Cyprus and these fantastic resorts have to offer you…

This week’s blog is a guide to a few of the new properties we have at Golf Escapes. Whether you are looking for a great new resort or golf course, we have many for you to choose from and each one is sure to provide you with a unique and exciting golf escapes.

First up is the charming, four-star Il Picciolo Etna Golf Resort and Spa which is situated in the East of Sicily within the Mount Etna National Park with the fantastic Il Picciolo Golf Club situated right next-door to the property. The hotel boasts 98 luxurious guestrooms from which you can enjoy stunning views of the hotel’s surroundings with views of the local vineyards and orchards and although each of the rooms features stunning views, there are a variety of different room types so that you can tailor your stay here perfectly to your wants and needs. Whilst you are not enjoying an excellent round of golf at Il Picciolo Golf Club, which was the first 18-hole golf course built in Sicily, you can take advantage of the brilliant leisure facilities within the resort including an extensive spa, a gym and a large outdoor swimming pool. The hotel’s main restaurant, La Ghiandaia, serves a traditional Sicilian menu and at the Clubhouse, you can enjoy a great lunch menu followed by a beverage in the Lounge Bar. This is an excellent hotel which offers a great half board package and the opportunity for you to enjoy several rounds on the fantastic Il Picciolo Golf course.

Il Picciolo Golf Club is a spectacular golf club located within Mount Etna National Park boasting incredible views and unique landscape. As you play the course, you wind your way through ancient lava flows, oak trees, vineyards and hazelnut trees. With plenty of strategically placed hazards and breathtaking views, this is an exciting and interesting round of golf – a must-play.

Minthis Golf Club is a superb course situated on an elevated position 550 metres above sea level just 25 minutes from the town of Paphos. The course itself is located within the grounds of a twelfth-century monastery and was designed by the fantastic Donald Steel. There is no denying that this course blends effortlessly into its surroundings and is a superb round of golf. The fairways of the course are lined with many fruit trees and grape vines and feature many slopes which makes this course one that you must play strategically! Although the course is not particularly long at 5,843 metres, it is a tricky one with a constant breeze all year round because of its elevated location as well as many hazards featured on many of the holes including trees, water and bunkers. There are many notable holes including the short par-4 12th hole which features a hazardous steep valley on the left. The signature hole is considered to be the 13th hole which is a challenging par-3 on which the green is situated on an island surrounded by water which means that you will need to play with precision and accuracy in order to score well here! With great views, an interesting layout and a variety of exciting holes, there is no surprise that we recommend this as one of our best new properties for you to enjoy. If you are looking for an excellent hotel to accompany your rounds at Minthis Golf Club, look no further than Alexander The Great Beach Hotel with its unique seafront location, great new outdoor leisure facilities and an excellent range of brilliant golf courses within close vicinity!

Last, but certainly not least, is the charming four-star Parador de Lorca. This stunning hotel is located on the grounds of Lorca Castle in the area of Murcia and boasts a very special setting situated on the hilltop with incredible views of the Spanish town of Lorca. Whilst you are not soaking up the local scenery or enjoying a round of golf on the Lorca golf course, you can enjoy the hotel’s modern spa and indoor pool. Each of the guestrooms within the hotel is decorated with bright colours and features elegant décor and the facilities and amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including free Wi-Fi, stunning views, a minibar, a safe, a plasma satellite TV and a great ensuite bathroom. You can enjoy a buffet breakfast every morning and the hotel’s main restaurant serves traditional regional cuisine made from locally-sourced produce. With an excellent location, just 35 minutes’ drive from Aguilas and the beaches there as well as just 50 minutes’ drive from Murcia this hotel boasts an excellent location and is an ideal destination for your next golf break to Spain.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that when you are thinking about booking your next golf escape, you remember all of the great resorts and golf courses that we have on offer. Even if you are not sure of exactly what you are looking for, give us a call and we can use our knowledge of these great resorts and courses to provide you with your perfect golf holiday.

If you are looking for somewhere to venture to for your golf escape this year then look no further than the fantastic Aphrodite Hills Resort which is situated in Paphos, South Cyprus. In December, IAGTO named Aphrodite Hills Resort as the 2018 European Golf Resort of the Year in the prestigious annual IAGTO awards. Aphrodite Hills Resort was competing against hundreds of different brilliant golf resorts and it isn’t hard to see why they stole the crown for this award.

The Aphrodite Hills Resort is the only comprehensive golf, leisure and real estate development in Cyprus and has been developed over the last 10 years to produce this luxurious and unique resort. You can choose from staying at the luxurious five-star Aphrodite Hills Hotel or you can stay at The Residences in one of the fantastic apartments of villas which range from one bedroom to five bedrooms with their private swimming pools and fully equipped kitchens. The resort boasts a fantastic location nestled in the hills above Paphos and surrounded by the stunning multi award-winning golf course. There is a range of different luxurious amenities and activities for you to enjoy on the resort with the Tennis Academy, the Greco-Roman Retreat Spa, the exclusive Zias Beach Club, nature trails for jogging or horse-riding and many other activities await you at the resort. Not only is there so much to do and see, but there is also so much to eat and drink. The resort boasts 18 different restaurants and a wide array of different bars, so you are never far away from somewhere brilliant to unwind, relax and enjoy good food and drink.

The brilliant five-star Aphrodite Hills Hotel is situated at the heart of the Aphrodite Hills Resort and boasts luxurious and contemporary accommodation and facilities. Each of the rooms is beautifully decorated and boasts a private terrace from which you can either see out across the pool, gardens, the magnificent golf course or the sea. Just two minutes’ walk from the hotel will take you out to the brilliant Aphrodite Hills PGA National Cyprus sits. Most of our packages to the hotel are B&B and so for your other meals you can enjoy venturing out to one of the 18 different restaurants that sit within the Aphrodite Hills Resort. This is a beautiful, luxurious hotel with so much to do and see including relaxing in the Retreat Spa or on the private beach which includes a beach club and a kids’ club if you choose to come here as a family.

The Aphrodite Hills Holiday Residences are perfect if you are looking for a spacious place to stay with your own fully-fitted kitchen which means that you don’t have to eat out all the time and you can enjoy cooking and eating a meal out on your private terrace attached to whichever apartment or villa you choose to rent. From the Residences, you can enjoy sweeping views of the Mediterranean, the Aphrodite Hills golf course and the unspoilt natural landscape of Paphos. Just a short walk from the Residences is the Village Square and the clubhouse where you can find a great array of different bars and restaurants and enjoy what you find whilst soaking up your beautiful surroundings.

No matter whether you feel that the Hotel or the Residences are the perfect fit for you and whoever you are travelling with to the Aphrodite Hills Golf Resort, you will get to experience the same luxury experience with all of the amenities, facilities and surroundings to enjoy. Whether you want to spend your days hiking along the trails and enjoying the different sporting facilities including a gym, or if you prefer to relax on the golden sand or in the Retreat Spa where you can choose from a range of different massages and health and beauty treatments, Aphrodite Hills has you covered. The best thing that the Hotel and the Residences have in common is the outstanding Aphrodite Hills Golf Course which was designed by the acclaimed architect Cabell Robinson.

Re-opened in January 2018 after a full refurbishment, the newly appointed PGA National, Cyprus boasts a unique layout across over 6,289 metres and overlooking beautiful landscape. This magnificent 18-hole championship golf course officially opened in 2002 and it is the perfect challenge for golfers of all abilities. With difficult pot bunkers, manicured fairways or lush Bermuda grass and tiered greens, this is an enjoyable but tricky course. The course follows the contours of two plateaux with the fairways cut through olive groves, lakes and the villas of the Residences. As you play the course, you wind through indigenous olive and carob trees and experience some breath-taking scenery including a dramatic ravine along the course from which you can see across the Mediterranean Sea. This ravine can make play difficult, as during the 7th hole you must travel your ball across the 130-metre gorge. This is quite a hilly course but with our packages, a buggy is included to make your life easier and you can still see out across the stunning landscape.

This is a truly breath-taking course and many of the most memorable holes from the course run alongside or across the central ravine. After your round, enjoy some time in the extensive clubhouse which overlooks the 18th green and is somewhere which is perfect to enjoy a well-earned beverage and a bite to eat. This course is a spectacular one and one that tops off the luxurious and exclusive Aphrodite Hills Resort perfectly.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that when you are considering booking your next golf holiday, you think of Cyprus and this award-winning, fantastic resort which has everything that you could possibly need for the perfect Golf Escape.

We hope that you had a fantastic Christmas Day filled with food, festivities and of course, some great golfing gifts but there is no better way to see in 2018 by booking your next Golf Escape. We have some brilliant Boxing Day deals at a variety of different hotels in different locations so there is something for everyone!

The fantastic five-star Palacio Estoril is situated in the heart of the vibrant and sophisticated resort of Estoril. All of the rooms at the hotel are spacious and beautifully designed with warm colours. The rooms are fitted with all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a flat-screen TV and a marble bathroom with luxury amenities. Within the resort, there are four restaurants and an Asian-inspired spa. Here, you can sample many different cuisines including traditional Portuguese dishes and other international specialities. The spa boasts a sauna and Turkish bath and you can enjoy a range of different massage and beauty treatments. This is an ideal holiday destination with some great golfing available at Golf do Estoril and we have some brilliant offers right now including that if you book now you will get two nights free as well as free golf transfers!

The magnificent five-star Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort and Spa is a very impressive with fantastic facilities including eight different swimming pools and an aqua park. You also have direct access onto a private area of the stunning Iskele Mevkii beach. All of the rooms are trendy and spacious and you can enjoy 24-hour room service as well as many of the rooms feature private access out to the gardens or swimming pools. There is something for everyone to eat here with nine different restaurants and 10 bars and you can take part in a range of different leisure activities including football, bowling and of course, golf at the fantastic Cornelia Faldo golf course. If you are looking for an excellent all-inclusive hotel with everything that you could possibly need for an enjoyable golf escape as well as the highest levels of service then this is the perfect hotel for you. If you book now we can offer airport transfers, 1 free in 8, 15% off drinks AND free access to the driving range!

Aphrodite Hills Hotel is situated in the heart of the Aphrodite Hills Resort in Paphos. The beautiful hotel offers you the ultimate five-star experience with luxurious accommodation, facilities, services and entertainment throughout the duration of your stay. All of the spacious and beautifully decorated rooms boast private terraces with either a pool, garden or sea view. Just two minutes’ walk from the hotel is where the stunning Aphrodite Hills Golf Club sits which is a challenging but enjoyable round of golf. Make sure that this stunning hotel is on your radar for your next golf break in 2018 and if you book now we can offer you the brilliant deal of 1 free in 8 as well as a complimentary bottle of wine!

The stylish Magnolia Hotel is situated in Quinta do Lago and is a lovely 4* hotel, it was fully refurbished in 2014 and boasts a modern & contemporary feel. In a prime location, near some of the areas finest golf courses, shops and golden sandy beaches. The on-site restaurant offers traditional dishes from the Algarve and the hotel also features an excellent bar serving drinks and cocktails. With half board – be sure to indulge in the delights on offer! Our special offers include complimentary golf transfers to the glorious Quinta do Lago courses (North, South & Laranjal), free wine with meals & a beer in the clubhouse after your long round of golf. Make sure you don’t miss out on these while they last…

The three-star Heacham Manor is a Grade II listed Country House set in beautiful picturesque gardens just over a mile from Hunstanton. The hotel also boasts an 18-hole golf course on site as well as an award-winning restaurant. Each of the spacious rooms at Heacham Manor boasts a lovely en suite bathroom with either a bathtub or a shower and the rooms boast all of the amenities that you could need including a TV and tea and coffee making facilities. The award-winning Mulberry Restaurant serves a variety of different dishes which are predominantly made using delicious local produce! Our great Boxing Day deals mean that you can get 1 free in 12, a daily spa circuit free of charge for each person as well as 10% off drinks which you can enjoy in the hotel’s brilliant terrace bar and when you go golfing at the Heacham Manor Golf Course, you will receive 50% off buggies. This is a brilliant destination to choose for your next UK golf escape…

The stunning five-star Tivoli Carvoeiro is situated just 10 minutes’ walk from the beautiful town of Carvoeiro where you can find a wide range of different restaurants and bars as well as shops and other interesting things to do. At the hotel, you can spend time relaxing around the outdoor pool or playing tennis or simply relaxing in the hotel’s lovely terrace bar which overlooks the ocean. If you are looking for ultimate relaxation, enjoy the spa facilities where you can have access to a Jacuzzi, a sauna and massage rooms. All of the rooms are modern and boast all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including air conditioning, a satellite TV, a safe and a hairdryer as well as tea and coffee making facilities. Although you are within walking distance of many different bars and restaurants, the hotel offers three superb dining options on site including a Portuguese restaurant and an upscale bistro which serves the freshest catch of the day. There are three brilliant courses in the vicinity, Alamos, Morgado and Salgados. Make sure that you make the most of a holiday to the lovely Tivoli Carvoeiro and book now so that you can enjoy the brilliant complimentary upgrade to half board that we currently have on offer…

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and had a lovely Christmas! Make sure to book yourself a belated Christmas gift with one of these fantastic offers…

This week’s blog is on the joys of Cyprus and some of the best hotels and golf clubs that Cyprus has to offer you for your next golf break. Cyprus boasts brilliant long summers right through from mid-May to mid-October and even at other times of the year, the weather is still mild and mostly dry which makes it an ideal destination for your next golf escape. With beautiful beaches, luxurious hotels and fantastic golf courses you need to look no further than Cyprus when thinking about planning your next golf holiday…

The five-star Aphrodite Hills Hotel is situated right in the heart of the Aphrodite Hills Resort in Paphos. The hotel is a perfect example of how classic and contemporary styles can be combined in order to create a luxury hotel within stunning surroundings that boasts excellent facilities and accommodation. Each of the 290 opulent guest rooms each feature their own private terrace or balcony where you will either be able to see out across the Aphrodite Hills course, over the hotel’s gardens or out to sea. The rooms are all fitted with everything that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a spacious luxury bathroom, bathrobes and slippers, a mini bar and a satellite TV. Dining at the resort is excellent, there is a wide range of different restaurants and bars where you can find everything from evening fine dining to local casual daytime dining. Some of the most popular places include the Greek Cypriot tavern Pithari Tavern where you can eat out on the terrace that overlooks the Mediterranean Sea or the Gate to Indian Restaurant where you can enjoy innovative Indian cuisine within an elegant setting.

You can spend your time here relaxing by the large outdoor pool and if you prefer somewhere quieter you can even make use of either the indoor pool or the adult-only swimming pool. There is also a 24-hour gym and the Aphrodite Hills Tennis Academy as well as two brilliant golf courses to play on: Aphrodite Hills, PGA National Cyprus and Minthis Hills.

The five-star Thanos Almyra Hotel is set amongst beautifully landscaped tropical grounds just five minutes’ walk from Paphos Harbour. There are no fewer than four freshwater pools for you to swim in or relax around and if that isn’t enough relaxation for you then you can enjoy time in the fully-fitted spa where you can choose from a range of holistic treatments and massages as well as the sauna and the gym. Each of the rooms are spacious and either have floor-to-ceiling windows, balconies or terraces from which you can look out to the stunning views of the garden or the Mediterranean Sea. They also have a satellite TV, a minibar and a safe. There is plenty of choice when it comes to food and drink at the hotel as there are four different restaurants which serve different cuisines ranging from traditional Cypriot dishes to international dishes. As well as the hotel’s fantastic restaurants, you are within short walking distance of Paphos Harbour where you can find many different restaurants and bars as well as the Medieval Castle of Paphos which is the perfect place to explore. This is a beautiful hotel and one where you can spend your time relaxing, playing golf or exploring the local area…

Thanos Annabelle Hotel is another five-star luxury hotel which is set amongst tropical gardens which boast palm trees, flowers and the seafront. Once you have stepped out of the hotel, you are only eight minutes’ walk from the golden beach but right at the hotel you can enjoy relaxing around the large outdoor pool with its swim-in caves. Whilst you are not by the pool or on one of the great golf courses nearby, you can take a walk through the landscaped gardens to admire the waterfalls or even use the spa at Thanos Almyra Hotel. All of the hotel’s rooms are elegantly designed with marble features and fitted with the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including bathrobes and slippers as well as a minibar, a satellite TV and free Wi-Fi. The Annabelle’s on-site Mediterranean Restaurant serves delicious traditional Cypriot and Greek dishes as well as international dishes. Of course, as you are so close to Paphos Harbour whilst staying here, you can venture out for food and drink if you would prefer. Whilst you are out of the hotel, you can take a trip to the local shops or take advantage of the watersports and other activities that are available in the local area. This is the perfect destination for your next golf escape and it isn’t hard to see why…

Thanos Almyra Hotel and Thanos Annabelle Hotel are both beautifully designed and boast of all the facilities and qualities of five-star hotels but the best thing about staying in either of these lovely hotels is the fact that within a short distance of both hotels lie three brilliant golf courses: Elea Golf Club, Secret Valley and Minthis Hills.

Minthis Hills Golf Club is just 25 minutes’ drive outside of Paphos Town and sits 550 metres above sea level which means that from the course you can see stunning views across the surroundings which include the grounds of a 12th century monastery. This is a very scenic course as not only are there stunning views to see but the fairways are lined with fruit trees and grapevines. Although the course is not the longest at 5843 metres long, it is a tricky one which requires accuracy if you are to avoid the various hazards including water, trees and bunkers and not only are there hazards on the course, but due to the position of the course, there is a constant sea breeze which can sway your game off track! The signature hole of the game is arguably the 13th hole which is a difficult par 3 where the green is situated on an island which is surrounded by water. This is a seemingly straightforward course but one that must be approached strategically – a brilliant addition to your golf break to Cyprus.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you can appreciate all the brilliant hotels and golf courses that you could enjoy if you book your next golf escape to Cyprus