Legend has it that Aphrodite, the goddess of love, was born out of the sea’s waves just off the coast of Cyprus. Perching elegantly on a shell, she was blown closer to the island by the winds, where she came ashore by a rock known as Petra tou Romiou – known today as Aphrodite’s Rock. Cyprus’ culture, its beautiful clear blue turquoise waters, intimate chapels and deep historical roots offer the perfect romantic setting to start married life and celebrate a lifelong commitment. Just a short drive from Aphrodite’s Rock, is one of the island’s most exclusive Resorts and its stunning location on the 2km Blue Flag beach of Pissouri Bay, makes Columbia Beach Resort the perfect choice for romance.
With a warm Mediterranean climate, sweeping lawns, spacious terraces, access to the beach and unrivalled views of Pissouri Bay, Columbia Beach Resort guarantees your dream outdoor wedding. A ceremony in the gorgeous Cypriot sunshine, against the stunning backdrop of the ocean makes for a truly special day with photography opportunities that will bring memories to life. The ultimate outdoor venue choice at Columbia Beach Resort is the onsite All Saints Chapel, which offers a styled ceremony on the lush green lawns of the resort.
Sitting at the heart of the resort, the unique and intimate All Saints Chapel is a vision of harmonious dichotomy, thanks to its rustic, traditional exterior, and vibrantly decorated Byzantine interior courtesy of the late revered artist John Corbidge. The chapel is undeniably stunning and has become extremely popular with couples worldwide seeking a graceful and romantic setting.
A ceremony at the Chapel offers outdoor seating for up to 50 guests on the Resort’s lush green lawns. The happy couple will have panoramic views of the horizon and mesmerising ocean, and with evening ceremonies starting from 6pm, the stunning sun set will also feature.
To continue the outdoor wedding theme, couples can have their cocktail reception at a choice of venues including Eros Cocktail Bar Terrace, Oval Terrace and the Poseidon Beach Bar. Post ceremony, the Gala dinner can also take in the evening air with outdoor options including the traditional Apollo Tavern Pergola, Poseidon Beach Bar and the Resort’s gourmet Italian restaurant, Bacchus. All of these options offer views of the bay from the white Cape Aspro cliffs and out towards the horizon.
All of this choice, combined with exquisite food, artful décor and unique flower arrangements will make for a wedding experience the bride and groom have dreamed of. And all of the finer details will be taken care of by Columbia Beach Resorts expert wedding planners – no detail is too small, and the team are there to take the stress and worry out of the big day.
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Columbia Beach Resort’s intimate, quaint and personal experience offers a truly authentic taste of Cyprus and has long served as a serene space for couples to tailor make their dream wedding with friends and family. Couples can enjoy gourmet Italian fayre available at Bacchus; the stunning Hebe Spa, which offers to restore vitality with Elemis treatments; or they can even learn a skill together and take home an authentic recipe from the cooking lessons filled with Cypriot tastes. Weddings guests are encouraged to make the most of their stay with pre and post-holiday packages available allowing them to explore and experience as much of the resort and wider island as possible.
Cyprus’ historical and cultural roots mean that there is also a plethora of once-in-a-lifetime sites to see, spanning Aphrodite’s Baths in Polis Chrysochous, the UNESCO world heritage Byzantine churches in Troodos, and the mosaic archaeological park in Paphos. With historical landmarks and beautiful sites, Cyprus makes an exciting, adventurous, culture-infused, relaxing, paradisiacal wedding and honeymoon destination.
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