Cyprus; an Entirely Different Holiday

As I'm sure you've gathered over the past couple of months, I like to travel. Mostly when I travel I go away for a few days, or I'll go to 5 countries in just over a week, or if I stay in the same country I'll visit several different cities, and I'll stay almost entirely in hostels. So it was a bit of a shock to the system when in November I went to Paphos, Cyprus for a week all inclusive.

The church we could see from our balcony




All Inclusive is a bit of a taboo with me. For a start, I lived in Fuerteventura, an island that relies almost entirely on tourism to keep it alive. Yet all inclusive hotels are taking away trade from the bars and restaurants in town and destroying people's livelihoods, I saw all that happen first hand just a few years ago. Yet, despite my misgivings I was packing my suitcase (yup, I took a suitcase with me) and staying in an All Inclusive hotel. Not only that, I wasn't going for a few days, I was going for a week. To the same place, as in the same town. For a whole week.

What made me take this sort of holiday when usually I backpack and budget everywhere? My beautiful cousin was getting married! She had decided that she wanted to do it somewhere sunny, so off we went to Cyprus. There were 15 of us in total, Roxy (my cousin), her now husband (Craig) and her parents all flew out a week before. The rest of us made our way to Gatwick to join them the following week.

The view from Roxy and Craig's balcony

The Hotel's beach


And we had cocktails on beach. 


And beautiful sunsets in the evening



The bride and her bridesmaids 

Cyprus is still sunny and warm in November, I'd say the temperature was around 15-20C during the day. We found that most days as long as you were up and out in the sun by 9-9,30 you could get a good morning in the sunshine and then use the afternoons for something else. As we took full advantage of being all inclusive, we mostly used the afternoons for napping before dinner. It was definitely a very relaxing holiday.

Did I enjoy my all inclusive trip? Yeah, of course, it was my cousin's wedding after all! I think it was a really lovely way to celebrate such a special occasion and would do it again for a similar occasion. I think it's nice to keep some things as a treat, and to realise how special it is.





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  1. What a great place to get married, it looks gorgeous! :)

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    1. It was definitely an experience, for all of us!

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  2. I didn't know you went to Cyprus! Must have been nice to get some sunshine in November :)

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    1. Yeah, it was lovely to see the sunshine- especially when the weather here is so miserable.

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  3. What a great place to get married, and I love how you loved the sun at 15-20 degrees! You British people are very funny when it comes to the sun:) It does sounds like my kind of holiday with all of that relaxing too. Thanks loads for linking up with us for #SundayTraveler again!

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    1. Ha! Yes, we get excited about good weather- I know I say in comments here all the time but the weather here is so miserable. I find it particularly hard, even now, after living in the Canary Islands and having sunshine all the time. I just can't get my head around the winters here, I don't think I'll ever fully adjust to it.

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  4. I'm not normally into the idea of all inclusive vacations - but I think it could be a great way to take some of the stress and planning that go along with coordinating everything for a wedding! I'm glad you enjoyed it,

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    1. No, me either, and I was quite nervous about it too! Thankfully it all went well and we had a good time. And the wedding day was great, too!

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  5. I think it's important to try different ways of traveling. Although, I personally don't like the idea of All Inclusive, I've never been on such a holiday. So at the end what do I know?! And it sure is a gorgeous place to get married. Grey weather and rain make me depressed, and I totally understand you pointing out the weather in Cyprus.

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    1. No, I'm not massively a fan of all inclusive, but it was a one off and for the wedding it was the best idea, really, to get everyone there and in one place. It's such an English thing, but the weather here- the little weather that we have- is always grey! So we're always happy once the sun is shining. :)

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  6. I have only been to the Turkish side of Cyprus and absolutely love it!! I didn´t stay in an all-inclusive, I really don´t like that! I stayed at a small hotel, runned by a local. It was fantastic =)

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    1. I didn't go that way- though I hear it's pretty difficult to cross from the Greek side to the Turkish side? No, it was an entirely different experience doing All Inclusive (I'm not the biggest fan of it, I'd rather be in a hostel) but it definitely served a purpose for my cousin's wedding and it was a lovely place to stay, too.

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  7. I've never been to an all inclusive for the same reasons as you. But I'm sort of interested just to see what it is like. It definitely looks luxurious and relaxing! Cocktails on the beach - my kind of holiday :)

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    1. Yeah, that was definitely awesome. The staff would come around and clear up and then come back with another cocktail! Amazing!

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  8. I've never done an all inclusive vacation (mostly because I'm cheap, and partly because I think I'd get bored), but I can see it as being an ideal choice for a destination wedding. And you had some lovely views from the hotel!

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    1. Hear, hear. That's precisely why I haven't done it before. I think because it was a huge family get together vacay & my cousin's wedding it wasn't too bad, but otherwise I would've got bored for sure!

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  9. Gorgeous place to get married! And a pretty good reason to go all inclusive I would say :)

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  10. I've always stayed away from all inclusive places as well, but wouldn't be opposed to trying it! Thanks for linking up to the #SundayTraveler!

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    1. I don't think it would have been something I would have tried without it being organised for me. Tho' it did make life a lot easier when each evening 15 of us turned up for dinner, and the such like :)

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