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What to see and do in Cyprus – from Jan to Dec

Rowena skiing in Cyprus

Rowena, our guest blogger, tells us why there’s so much more to Cyprus outside of peak summer season.

Cyprus is popular summer holiday destination, especially as it’s only a four hour flight away from the UK, but what happens on this beautiful Mediterranean island outside of peak summer season?

As a holiday home owner in the village of Anarita, I’m lucky enough to be able to visit Cyprus at different times of the year. As such, I wanted to share with you ideas of where to go, what to see and what to do in Cyprus – no matter what the season.

January and February
Head to the mountains and go skiing

Yes, that’s right – you can go skiing in Cyprus. The Troodos Mountains are worth a visit at any time of year: the views are incredible and you can breathe in the fresh mountain air. In winter, the mountains are covered in snow and Troodos is transformed into a delightful skiing resort.

The Ski season normally runs from January to February. There are four ski lifts and a full day’s ski pass will cost you 23 euros. What’s more, it’s less than an hour and a half drive from our holiday home. If you’re lucky, you could be skiing in the mountains on day one and sunbathing by the pool back at the house on day two!

March and April
Discover Cyprus – walking and biking

This is the perfect time to discover Cyprus – be it walking, horse riding or by mountain bike, the weather is warm but not too hot to go and explore the wonders of the island. From coast, forest and mountains, the Island has a wealth of stunning scenery. Equipped with good footwear, plenty of water, sun lotion and a hat to protect you from the sun’s rays, discover the miles of wonderful paths of The Akamas Peninsular, Avakas Gorge and Troodos Mountains.

May and June
Explore Cyprus – enjoy the history and culture

The east of the island is rich in mythology with thousands of years of history and culture that has been influenced through the ages by Greek, Egyptian, Byzantine, Venetian, Roman, Ottoman and British rule. When staying at our holiday home, you can explore some fascinating places including some UNESCO World Heritage Sites, all just a short drive away.

The Tomb of the Kings in Paphos dates back to the 4th century BC and you can walk along the scenic coast discovering the ancient tombs.  Petra tou Romiou (Aphrodite’s Rock) is said to be the birthplace of the Goddess Aphrodite and is well worth a visit, particularly at sunset. Or visit the Sanctuary of Aphrodite in Kouklia (in the village next to Anarita). Here you can see the ancient ruins, some of which date back to the 12th century BC, and visit the museum.

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Aphrodite’s Rock

 

July, August and September
Fun in the sun

Temperatures soar and the air con in our home becomes essential! There’s nothing better than relaxing on the sun longer under the parasol and cooling down in the pool. No wait, that’s a lie: if you’re feeling more energetic, a trip to the nearby Aphrodites Water Park is a must or a trip to one of the many beaches, all just a short drive away.

There’s plenty to keep the family entertained, from boat trips at Paphos Harbour to snorkelling and diving. Also worth a visit is Lara Bay Turtle Conservation Station, a sandy beach which is home to loggerhead and green turtles. To get there a 4×4 is recommended or try a guided tour so you can learn more about these endangered species and their nesting environment.

October and November
Golfers paradise

This is a great time to visit Cyprus for any golfer. We are in a superb location for golf with Aphrodite Hills and Secret Valley just a 15 minute drive to the east, and the Nick Faldo designed Elea Golf course to the west, approximately 10 minutes drive away.

If you need a break from golfing, the courses resorts have plenty of other activities on offer. Aphrodite Hills has a village square with restaurants, shops and bars, sporting activities including tennis and segway hire, a luxury spa to relax and unwind, and a large children’s play area with activities.

December
Escape to the sun for Christmas and New Year celebrations

December can enjoy some sunny days so if you can’t face the hectic Christmas frenzy, why not escape to the sun. Relax and unwind on Christmas day and celebrate in style in Cyprus. You can also visit one of the regions many wineries where you can learn more about the production of wine in Cyprus, see the vineyards and taste the local wines.

A visit to Paphos Harbour is a must and you will find many restaurants, bars and tavernas open where you can celebrate the arrival of the New Year.

Our holiday home is in the beautiful village of Anarita on the resort of Anarita Chorio and is the ideal base to explore and enjoy the delights of Cyprus at any time of year. We have availability throughout the year and hope you have the opportunity to stay with us to discover the incredible Mediterranean island of Cyprus.

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Looking forward to 2015

Rowena, owner of Home 163206

Rowena, our guest blogger, tells us why she’s looking forward to 2015.

It’s the start of a brand new year and I’d like to make it the best yet for our holiday home.

Last year was a slower year for our rental in Cyprus, which left me wondering why. Was it generally a quieter year for my region or did my personal commitments distract me from promoting our lovely property? The latter, I suspect, as I got married in 2014 and had other obligations that got in the way.

So, now Christmas is over I’m looking for ways to make 2015 a fantastic year for our holiday home bookings.

Increase our online exposure

An article in Travel Weekly back in 2012 revealed that 80% of holiday bookings are made online. And with the popularity of booking from mobiles and tablets soaring, I need to ensure we have a strong online presence for our home.

I’m going to continue advertising on Holiday Lettings (which also means my reviews from past and future guests will appear on TripAdvisor) and increase our impact by running deal adverts at key times of the year. Deals are great: travellers love a bargain and I’d like to fill my empty weeks.

Keep our advert up to date

I’ve updated our advert with fresh content and new pictures from our recent trip to Cyprus. It’s easy to forget that your advert needs refreshing regularly, but it’s really important to make sure everything is accurate and relevant for current travellers.

Things like out of date prices, calendars and photos won’t sell our home to potential guests. Show your guests you’re on top of things, and they’re more likely to book.

Plan home improvements and maintenance

I’m always looking for ways to improve our holiday home. For inspiration I think about which features I like to see when I book a stay somewhere.

I’ve got some exciting ideas planned (more on that in a future blog post) and we’re off to Cyprus again in February to make some improvements and do essential maintenance on our home. This will make it even nicer for our guests and for us to enjoy.

Keep in touch

Many of our bookings are from repeat guests, but there are many more who have emailed us on their return to say how much they loved our house and would like to book again for future holidays.

In 2015, I’m going to improve my communication and contact these past guests to remind them of our lovely holiday home. This could be just the boost they need to plan their next break at our place.

So to everyone out there who is also working on attracting guests and increasing bookings for the year to come, I wish you a very happy new year. And here’s to a successful 2015!

 

 

EasyJet flights released – get ready for summer season 2015

Rowena, Cyprus holiday homeownerHoliday home owner Rowena tells us why it’s good to plan ahead as flights for 2015 are released.

The long awaited flights have been released for a few weeks now and the 2015 summer season is now a reality. This is really important for me as a holiday home owner because as soon as summer approaches, the price for seats creep higher and higher often making a self-catering holiday to Cyprus seem impossible because it become so expensive. If I don’t start our marketing early, it may be too late to secure many bookings, a fate that had sadly befallen me this year.

2014 has been a tough year for us to get rentals, most coming from return visitors. I’m partly to blame; it was a busy year for me as I was getting married and perhaps I should have spent more time focusing on promoting our holiday home. However, it’s also become tougher as more properties enter the market and are available to rent. I really need to ensure I’m on top of the game for 2015 and here’s how:

  • Let everyone know that the flights and our property are available to book by updating advert and emailing past guests.
  • Visit our property in November to give it an update and take some great new pictures to entice guests to stay.

I’ll keep you updated on how I get on – wish me luck and any tips or advice to share with me and other readers of the blog are as always very much appreciated.

All the best!

Rowena

Welcome to my diary of a homeowner!

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Holiday homeowner, Rowena, will be regularly sharing her experiences with us on managing and running a holiday let. Read on to find out more about her and why she decided to invest in a holiday home. 

As both a journalist and a holiday home owner I was absolutely delighted when the team at Holiday Lettings approached me to write a regular blog about my experiences of letting my holiday property in Cyprus. I’ll be writing about topics and issues that affect holiday home owners and I’ll also keep you up to date with our successes – and our trials and tribulations too! It’s good for us holiday homeowners to share tips and advice so please let me know what you think, if there is anything you would like me to write about in particular or if you wish to share any views and experiences.

A bit about me: back in 2007 when the economy was still thriving my other half and I took the plunge and bought an off-plan property in Cyprus. To say we had a few hiccups along the way is probably a bit of an understatement, but five years on we find ourselves the proud owners of our very own place in the sun. Although when I say our very own, that’s of course not strictly true – we share it with our guests too!

We bought the property with the idea of looking for a long-term investment, but if truth be known we really bought it because we fell in love with the area and the concept. And we haven’t been disappointed, it’s everything we had hoped it to be and although there are many times when I wonder why we did it, I just have to look at our photos and it instantly takes me back there – to our little slice of paradise.

We finally took ownership of our holiday home in August 2010 – a newly developed townhouse on a small resort called Anarita Chorio, set next to the beautiful Cypriot countryside and close to the Med. Our initial thoughts were to look for a long-term tenant but unfortunately we didn’t have much interest and the returns from long-term lets were unlikely to cover our costs, let alone our mortgage.

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So we had a rethink and as such we went back to Cyprus in March 2011 and set up our home for holiday lets. Our sole intention was to create an environment that would be friendly and welcoming to all our guests, we wanted them to feel that our home was their home and the perfect base for them to relax and enjoy their holiday. This is my ad – I hope you like it!

We’ve tried various ways of getting bookings – some more successful than others! We’ve found that holidaylettings.co.uk has delivered many enquiries and is our main source for rentals. 2012 was the first full year since we’ve marketed the property and we’ve managed to get quite a few bookings with guests telling us that they’re planning to return, which is always rewarding. With that in mind we’re very much looking forward to the new year ahead!

All the best,

Rowena