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The Aphrodite Hills Annabel Croft Tennis Academy is a new and prestigious addition to the resort. Annabel Croft is a well known British tennis star and former UK No. 1 and her new academy is a great addition to an already superb resort.

To find a better place in the Mediterranean to be coached and to spend days playing tennis would be difficult. The world class facilities are located at the heart of the resort and is close to restaurants, coffee shops and more. This world famous resort, continually growing in popularity with views over the hills toward the sea is well placed to see a lot of up and coming stars training at the resort in the coming years.

The super facilities include 4 red clay courts and 5 green-set hard courts. These are new top quality surfaces suitable for both professional players or amateurs alike!

The Annabel Croft Tennis Academy offers coaching sessions which run daily on the courts in combinations with competitions and tournaments. The coaching sessions can be organised in association with accommodation in some of the superb villas and apartments available on the this 500 acre landscaped resort. Staying in a rental will allow you a lot more flexibility with coaching times and relaxing by your very own pool after a hard workout can be the perfect way to recuperate and soothe sore muscles!

The following is an example of packages that are available:

The ultimate training package spaced over 5 days with 4-5 hours of coaching per day.

The holiday coaching package combines tennis coaching with other activities at Aphrodite Hills, with 2 -1/2 hours of coaching over 5 days plus choice of an additional private lesson or 2 sessions with the ball machine.

A “One on One” coaching Course developed for players who prefer singular lessons featuring 5 sessions with a professional

The junior coaching package is an intensive coaching package for junior players aged 10 yrs+, with an optional junior tournament with great prizes for the winners.

For more information on accommodation please please call us on +44 (0)1803 211116 or email us hello@discoveryholidayhomes.com

Aphrodite Hills - A great place to rent holiday homes in Cyprus.

Aphrodite Hills is a true 5 Star resort has captured the imagination of many visitors over the years and as it has become established has become one of the most respected resorts on the island. With over 500 acres of land, 17+ restaurants, an Intercontinental hotel, a famous tennis academy, a great golf course (and another being built), a training golf course and its own beach clubs, you need for nothing!  Set in what can only be described as a stunning setting with plateaus, ravines and exceptional views, Aphrodite Hills is very popular with both investors and visitors. There are  a large variety of villas in varying location through the resort and a lot of luxury apartments. The central area is close to the gated entrance, but as you can imagine on a resort of this scale, spread across miles of land, the distances can vary considerable, so knowledge of locations can be a primary concern for those without transport (bikes can be hired however). A snapshot of the resorts facilities is shown below:

  • Annabel Croft Tennis Academy with 9 floodlit tennis courts
  • Championship 18-hole golf course and driving range
  • Up to 17 restaurants and bars in situ (some are seasonal)
  • 2 beach clubs - short drive away
  • A substantial villa and hotel resort spread over 2 plateaus with stunning views overlooking the Mediterranean sea
  • Fully equipped gym & luxurious spa with sauna and lots of  treatment rooms
  • Children’s club (from 4 months - 13 years)

Choosing Accommodation: The main criteria here need to include three very important factors: 1. Location of the property, bearing in mind the size of the resort 2. Price.  There is a central resort management company, who provide discounts/loyalty cards for various facilities, but the savings are generally outweighed by top rental prices required to secure a rental. There are many home owners who use local companies to book their holidays.

These owners offer, via their agents, properties at a healthy discount, which more than compensates for the loyalty card.  All facilities and restaurants are open to all and can be paid for or booked at any time. 3. Choosing the right agent or company to co-ordinate it with.  You will need to book securely online or offline  (if you use your credit card, you have a fallback for problems). On site local management is helpful for advice and incase of any minor issues etc.

They can also “meet and greet”. Aphrodite Hills is located between Paphos Airport and Limassol, close the village of Pissouri. It is very easy to reach via car or taxi.  

To see a selection of accommodation at Aphrodite Hills please click here.

Originally posted on Discovery Holiday Homes

Livigno Ski Passes

Livigno is a ski resort on the border of Italy and Switzerland in the Rhaetian Alps. Well known as the little Tibet,  it is cold as well as sunny, almost the whole year around. The famous ski areas of Bormio, Sondalo, Valdidentro, Valdisotto and Valfurva are close by in the general region called Alta Valtelline.

The ski slopes of Livigno are divided into two separate areas, The Carollo slopes and the ski slopes at Mottolino. If you study the ski slope map you can see how this dissects the village. Livigno is also a very popular place for tax-free shopping!  Having a tax scheme that gives the area a separate status from the Italian and Swiss governments. 

You can be certain of some good shopping and some exotic visitors from the nearby St. Moritz slopes. The après-ski in Livigno is well know for its wide ranging choice of venues suitable for the whole age spectrum! To read more about Livigno and its wonderful ski slopes and summer activities please visit these two reference sites:

The 2012/2013 ski tariffs are shown  below:-

Livigni Ski Tariffs 2012/3


Esentepe is an “original” Northern Cyprus Village situated just to the East of Girne, in the Kyrenia region, with a wonderful eclectic mix of traditional Cypriot homes. As a complete self contained village it has everything a visitor may require except large shopping large malls and the humdrum of a working life in a rainy city!   With a local football team and good stadium, good local schooling, health facilities and lots of small shops, it could be a village that many people dream of living in. Add to this the climate and the great views from sea to mountains carpeted in pine forest and you can see why people are gravitating to this area now for second homes and holidays.

Esentepe is also recognised as having some  of the best beaches in Northern Cyprus, for example the well know Alagadi Turtle Beach is just a five minute drive away and has a beautiful sandy beach that stretches several miles. June and July is when the turtles nest and soon after hatch and risk their young lives reaching for the crystal clear waters of the sea ahead.

If you are a walker of hiker then a walk in the mountains is something worth experiencing.  Be sure to take lots of water and the correct gear of course. This mountain chain starts to the south of Girne and is composed of several peaks: Kayalar, Besparmak, Lapta, and Kantara. Between these peaks can be found three mountain passes and reached from the shoreline inland. Servili is the highest peak at 1023 meters, so as high as many countries highest mountains.

So what do the local people do for a living? Relax!  Plus tourism is important, increasingly so, but historically the region is well known for its Hellim cheese made from sheep milk and is a popular meal served hot from the grill. Part of this range of foods from sheep milk is the excellent yoghurt served with drizzled honey.  Homemade yoghurt is another favorite served with delicious local honey.

The region has an ideal climate for citrus fruits, olives and vegetables all of which are served fresh in the local restaurants. Add some seafood and wine, with a warm evening sunset and you won’t want to go home. The area has a local tradition of crafts with cane baskets, ceramics and beautiful hand carved wooden items made from the local olive wood. Being a Turkish region the hospitality of the locals is well known and is seen in all areas of their life.

You can expect a warm welcome at all times and help with any questions you may have. The Island of Cyprus The Island of Cyprus Where is esentepe North Cyprus, Esentepe and Girne towns in Kyrenia Esentepe Topographical map Topgraphical map with the mountain range.