Cyprus continues to be a popular destination for travellers of all ages wanting to enjoy sunshine-filled days, mouth-watering cuisine, stunning scenery and some of the Mediterranean’s cleanest waters – all just over a four-hour flight from London.

There is much for visitors to Cyprus to look forward to next year, following a number of exciting developments in 2013:

Limassol Marina – ongoing developments

Earlier in the year the world looked on as the new Limassol Marina welcomed its first berths. Located on the fringes of the Old Town, the development is Cyprus’ first full service super yacht marina with capacity for crafts as long as 115m. The project is not exclusive to those of a nautical persuasion however – the area will shortly become home to a new shopping district, as well as a public garden designed to unite old and new. (www.limassolmarina.com).

Droushia Heights Soars to New Levels

Droushia Heights, which enjoys a stunning setting with panoramic views over the Akamas region, has re-opened following comprehensive refurbishment and renovation. Now boasting 20 double rooms and 28 suites, the hotel features a state-of-the-art Health Centre, free WiFi throughout and is surrounded by a lavish green garden set with aromatic plants and trees. A highlight of a stay at the hotel, however, is the chance to fully experience Cypriot village life – and support local communities at the same time; Droushia Heights is located at the heart of a thriving village complete with ancient houses, narrow streets, tavernas offering local dishes and coffee houses for picking up the latest gossip. Rooms from €45 per night b&b (www.droushiaheightshotel.com)

Opening of Antara Spa & Resort adds to the island’s health and wellbeing offering

Located on the island’s south-west shore in Polis, the Antara Spa & Resort offers a luxurious experience alongside a comprehensive wellness programme. The resort combines its opulent interiors – along with its seven royal suites - with a menu of treatments that are designed to produce real results, focusing on digestive health, stress management, fertility balance and emotional wellbeing. This latest opening adds to Cyprus’ burgeoning wellness tourism offering, complementing the wide range of holistic retreats that visitors to the island continue to enjoy year-on-year. www.antara-spa.com

New Tony Jacklin-designed course opens at Secret Valley, Paphos

Cyprus welcomed its second celebrity-designed golf course in late 2013 with the opening of the Tony Jacklin-redesigned 18-hole course at Secret Valley, part of the new Venus Rock Development, in September. Measuring 5,700 meters the new course is set in a beautiful scenic valley by Petra tou Romiou, the place where legend says Aphrodite the Goddess of love rose fully formed from the sea, and offers six sets of tees to accommodate all levels of play (three men and three ladies), rolling Bermuda fairways and bent grass greens. To add more golfing excitement, a floodlight 3-hole loop for evening play is due to be incorporated in the course where the beach development links with the golf course. Secret Valley’s own PGA Golf Professional is available to give tuition for all ages and abilities. For more information email secretvalley@spidernet.com.cy.

New scuba diving sites now sunk

The foundations for the first of Cyprus’ new dive site developments have now been sunk, with a mixture of craft – bringing the total number of wreck sites on the island to 16 - and reef poles laid at three sites along the island’s coast.

The sites will be accessible from early 2014 and will reach maturity within the next two years. Already home to more than 200 acknowledged dive sites, Cyprus offers one of the longest diving seasons in the Mediterranean with year-round sunshine, warm sea temperatures ranging from 27 to 16 ºC, as well as excellent visibility thanks to the absence of plankton. Over 160,000 international divers visit the island every year. The developments are part of a €1.5 million project that will create five new marine parks, encouraging the growth and protection of marine line in Cyprus’ waters.

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About Cyprus
Cyprus – the third largest island in the Mediterranean – attracts over 2m tourists annually –lured by its legendary hospitality, glorious coastline and stunning mountain villages. There is something to suit every traveller  – family resorts, world class spas, golf courses, marinas, agro-tourism, food and wine trails. For the active; the warm waters of Cyprus are perfect for diving and waterskiing. Adventure seekers can explore the beauty of Cyprus with trekking or bird-watching tours, while golfing enthusiasts play on award winning courses.