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Wouldn’t it be nice to spend Easter on a beautiful Mediterranean island – while spending less to do it? While sunny Cyprus is known as the legendary birthplace of Aphrodite, it is also richly associated with early Christian history and many of its sights are fascinating for travelers of any faith. It was actually in Cyprus that St. Paul, traveling with St. Barnabas, succeeded in converting an ancient Roman proconsul to the Christian faith, in effect making him the first official in the Roman Empire to adopt Christianity.
Mediterranean terrain, toasty autumn sun, the slow rural rhythm: I have to admit, it was hard not to confuse Kalavasos with Calabasas, the once placid place where I grew up in Southern California. But, no relation: the former is a tiny village (population: 721) in Cyprus, conveniently located a 30-minute drive from both the frenetic capital, Nicosia, and sparkling Larnaca International Airport. And, while firmly within the boundaries of the Republic of Cyprus (the two-thirds of this prosperous European Union-member nation not occupied by Turkey), Kalavasos boasts an ages-old minaret decked out in crescent moons and Stars of David – as good an introduction as any to the surprises that await travelers to Cyprus.
The Luxury Refurbished in white marble and black wood by Milanese design firm Caruzzo Rancati, the 68 rooms at Londa Hotel overlook the Mediterranean Sea, the Troodos Mountains, and/or the port city of Limassol, a former medieval fishing village that’s home to a lively 11-day carnival in February and March. Throughout the year, scene-seeking Cypriots and resort guests alike flock to the Londa’s sea-view terrace (pictured) and outdoor poolside bar, with its DJ and dance floor; come wind-down time, hedonists of all stripes can choose from over 50 spa treatments. Read more
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