29/06/2018
Xynisteri is an indigenous variety of grape widely cultivated in Cyprus. Like sauvignon blanc, xynisteri yields a dry white wine with flavours of green grass, intense tropical fruits, herbs, and minerals. Though cultivated for generations on the island, the grape has recently been used to produce premium wines under the guidance of well-trained oenologists using modern technology. Aphrodite Constanti, who trained in Bordeaux, keeps a careful tab on each year’s harvest in the Kathikas region, where she is winemaker for Vasilikon Winery. She takes great care to treat the grapes gently, using traditional methods (harvesting by hand) and new technologies (cold maceration in stainless steel tanks, gentle pressing using pneumatic pumps). After fermenting in a stainless-steel tank for about two weeks, the wine goes through the process of bâtonnage—stirring and filtering for months—until the wine is ready for bottling. According to Annabelle’s sommelier George Kassianos, “xynisteri is a good match with local cuisine. It pairs well with halloumi and feta cheeses, meze, and Greek or village salad for lunch, and fish, calamari, and grilled lemon chicken for dinner.” As with most varieties, terroir makes a difference in taste, with the limestone and clay soil and low altitude in Kathikas giving a green minerality, and the volcanic soil and higher altitude of vineyards near Limassol yielding “complex flavours with notes of minerality and some very worthy wines,” Kassianos notes. Chill xynisteri to 9° C before serving in the same glasses you’d use for riesling or sauvignon blanc.
19/06/2018
Ever since Ouranos debuted its lunch menu in May, one question keeps forming on the lips of diners: What’s a poke bowl? It turns out to be a Hawaiian dish that is enjoying its moment in the sun! Invented by fishermen so they could enjoy scraps of raw fish as a light snack, the poke (pronounced POH-keh) bowl traditionally combines raw fish with grains, vegetables, fruits, and seasonings. Of the four on offer at Ouranos, the Tuna and Mango Poke Bowl is the most traditional: tuna tartare, served on a bed of jasmine rice alongside pickled ginger and sliced mango, is seasoned with ponzu sauce, scallions, and sesame seeds. The result is a light, healthful meal with a balance of sweet and sour flavourings. According to Laurent Brun, Annabelle’s executive chef, as the poke bowl’s popularity has grown, “the concept evolved to include other low-fat sources of protein, including cooked meat and seafood.” For example, Ouranos serves an Angus Beef Poke Bowl with butternut squash, lotus root, and pickled cucumber; other bowls feature honey chicken and grilled prawns. The poke bowl is a natural fit for the lunch menu of Ouranos, which complements the focus on health and wellness at the adjacent spa. In addition to poke bowls, the Ouranos lunch menu offers a selection of vegetarian dishes, grilled meats and seafood, and light desserts. Stop in soon to enjoy a nutritious lunch—and discover why the poke bowl is a hot culinary trend.
14/06/2018
As part of its extensive recent renovation, Annabelle has added five stunning new duplex suites to its room offerings. Perched high on top of the hotel, the suites boast panoramic views of the harbour. Enter your suite to find a 49-square-metre living room with space for lounging, watching television, and enjoying a beverage from the wet bar; the living room opens to an 8-square-metre balcony facing the sea. Upstairs, find a generous 31-square-metre bedroom with additional lounge space opening onto yet another 8-square-metre sea view balcony. The bath features a double wash basin, a deep bathtub, and a separate shower; the WC is separate, too. There is also a walk-in closet for storing luggage and your wardrobe. Parisian interior designer Joëlle Pleot has created a refined, breezy feeling to the suites, setting the background with bright white walls and sandy marble floors. Rolling wooden shutters, lightly finished, grace the balcony doors, adding a touch of colonial charm and a measure of light control. The furniture, custom made by Cypriot carpenters, offers clean lines, warm wood tones, and upholstery recalling the colours of the sea and sky. A Karyatis suite could be your personal aerie, a spacious private retreat where you can survey the sea’s endless horizon.
05/06/2018
Sunday is a day of rest for many, so why not spend it enjoying a relaxing lunch at Mediterraneo, Annabelle’s seaside taverna? Start off with a selection from our menu of light salads and appetisers: the ospriada salad, for example, presents a mix of local legumes and pulses along with sliced carrot, celery, and radish dressed with a herb vinaigrette and accompanied by olive bread crostini. Next comes the meze course, where you and your dining companions can create a unique shared dining experience by selecting from a menu of traditional Cypriot dips; grilled cheeses, meats, and sausages; a variety of croquets; and specialities from the sea. For the mains, our cooks offer market-fresh fish and seafood seasoned with citrus, a black olive and dill salsa, and a dried cherry tomato and basil vierge sauce. Meat and poultry mains include mprizola (pork steak) and lamb kebabs. If you’d like to keep up the spirit of sharing during the main course, try our gyros for two; we serve a grilled spiced spring chicken on the skewer at the table, where it can be sliced and enjoyed with traditional condiments, pita bread, and a Greek salad. Finish off with some seasonal fruit or a traditional Cypriot cake or pastry. Musicians Demetris Souroullas (vocals and guitar) and Efthivoulos Theocharous (piano) perform beloved Greek tunes from the 1990s and 2000s throughout the lunch (12:30-15:30). Gaze at the glistening sea as you reconnect with family and friends during our restful Sunday afternoon repast.
08/05/2018
The debut of Ouranos spa completes the opening of Annabelle’s new-build top floor retreat. Enter and your eyes will be drawn to the indoor pool with lounge area overlooking sparkling Pafos harbour. The spa includes changing rooms, a co-ed sauna, and a gym with a full range of exercise equipment. Four treatment rooms support our couple’s massage, facials, scrub and wrap procedures, manicures, pedicures, and hair styling. Ouranos is the Greek word for sky, and our therapists have some heavenly treatments on offer. The Gift from the Gods Facial is tailored to your skin’s needs and uses massage and anti-aging serums to create a tighter, lifted appearance. Ambrosia—a drink of milk and honey enjoyed by the gods—inspires our unique manicure/pedicure procedure, which uses milk- and honey-infused creams to rejuvenate the cuticles, nails, and skin. Adjacent Ouranos restaurant offers a healthful lunch menu of poke bowls, vegetarian dishes, and grilled meats and seafoods. Come by and discover all that Ouranos has to offer!
05/04/2018
Excitement is building for the opening of Ouranos, our top floor restaurant and bar. The new-build space offers a panoramic vista of Pafos harbour and its medieval castle. With floor-to-ceiling windows and a generous outdoor terrace, Ouranos invites you to enjoy the beauty of our seaside location; a subtle modern design and accents in the blue and white colourway complement the views of the sky and sea. The Mediterranean fusion cuisine takes a contemporary, international approach to preparing the freshest local ingredients. The lunch menu features a healthy selection of salads and grilled fish, while the dinner menu offers an array of elegant small dishes meant to be shared around the table. Our bartenders are concocting signature cocktails and a full range of relaxing beverages; we will also offer a contemporary take on afternoon tea. With live music, spectacular scenery, and a stylish ambience, Ouranos is destined to be the place in Pafos for a memorable occasion.