At ZENING nearly 50% of our guests return – often several times a year. They are enamoured by the change at ZENING. Good feeling is a constant at ZENING. We have made several improvements.
ZENING is change, constant change and improvement. As the name suggests, we are a present continuous verb – always in motion. We ask our guests to know the changes and improvements, activity and care we are engaged in through the years.
As a background, it is important to note that ZENING is itself is a big change in fundamentals of how hospitality business ( industry) works. We care deeply and compassionately about our guests.
Our staff are good people – simple, caring, compassionate people. We do not pretend to luxury of materials and we do not pretend that we have the the most driven or ambitious , competitive people. We are not in the rat race and we are not racing. We make errors – and we always work very hard to fix them. We are human, we err. But we are always kind, truthful, honest, benevolent and caring. Our values and ethos are not competitiveness, ambition, profit and as such we are not selling. We are caring and being hospitable.
It is also the culture of Cyprus and our people – Tsiga Tsiga – slowly slowly is the lifestyle here. The smile is true and genuine. Care for guests and their happiness is true. Service comes from the heart.
Unlike many businesses – ZENING focus is on providing deep inner wellness, nature immersion, sustainability, mindfulness and nutrition – a true zen lifestyle. Our guests are adults – there are rules but they are, in the worlds of Pirates of the Caribbean – guidelines. The rules are stringent in healthy and safety – but in smaller things, they are often, well, ignored. Why not, our guests are adults and they know what is right for them. We do ask guests to not use mobile phones on pools – they mostly do not – some do. We see no reason to go nuclear over it. We ask guests that a healthy lifestyle means no smoking and moderate or no drinking. But our guests are adults and they know what is good for them and we are here to server. Alcohol is available at bar – though not pushed, and smoking is permitted in designated smoking areas.
A fundamental tenet of ZENING is digital=detox. We aim to provide a complete getaway from constant zombification of news and nonsense flowing through the internet. As we are in a remote location – internet is either absent or not fast enough. We have turned this disadvantage into a triumph. We cannot and do not give internet in rooms or vast areas of resort. For those who need to do essential communication and work – there are hot spots.
We used to have rooms with private jacuzzi – they have been removed as frequent change of water was a problem due to draught conditions of Cyprus. We are for preservation of water. We now have shared whirlpools and mineral and herb soaks at adult pool.
When we started in 2013, we were an adults only resort. Since 2014 we welcome families and children. This makes our resort joyful. There are adults only zones but we love the laughter of kids.
Vehicles are not permitted in the resort and we do experience rage of many Cypriot clients over this – but we insist that guests park outside and respect safety of our other guests.
We ask guests to be mindful and not through cigarettes and trash, nor talk loud.
In 2013, many daily yoga classes and sessions were offered free. We offer wellness vacations with yoga, meditation, spa, detox, weight loss and they include several coaching sessions and yoga classes with highly qualified instructors. As many guests pay for packages, classes for individual attendance are also payable. If guests only wish to join a few sessions, the cost is 20 Euros, unless specified. Our offering is valuable and we offer excellent value.
Many guests write about constant works – refurb. It is true that we are constantly planting flowers, herbs, trimming pruning trees, collecting fruits and olives, repairing damages from storms or rains of winter, painting wood.. Nearly 110 staff work on this vast village property. And they have a job to do. Hum of life and sound of activity is normal. We have more than 150 apartments built individually in village style 25 years ago which have been refurbished in 2013-14, hundreds of air conditioners, thousands of pieces of furniture outdoors to paint, hundreds of water pumps, solar water heaters.. and our staff always keep them ship-shape.
We follow highest standards of industry and thus operate with Grade A holiday village license but out practices are green- spiritual-artistic and oriented toward preservation, conservation, deep relaxation. This requires an extraordinary effort and we cannot begrudge our team for making it.
More than before, the green policies of ZENING attract migratory birds and there are many birds nesting in our sanctuary. bird song is constant and helps us relax and connect with nature. Some guests have complained about “noise” of birds in mornings while 99.99999 % guests love it. We are not going to do anything about it.
Food includes meats, fish and vegetarian options. It can be table service or buffet style. It is always fresh – homemade and never from frozen industrial products. As much as possible, all ingredients are local.
We used to have 75 bikes which were for free use of guests in 2013. Not any more – they are all broken and it is not possible to find service technicians for bikes easily in Cyprus as all Cypriots drive and have several vehicles. Biking is a new sport and mostly for tourists. We could find bike rentals for you but no longer have free bikes.
We continue to ask our guests to not expect luxury- we are loathe to use this word. Luxury of materials is fleeting and frivolous. Our goal is luxury as a comfort for the soul and spirit. This requires a very sincere effort and a culture of dedication. We are a unique experiment in the world of hospitality and we welcome guests who value their own inner harmony and peace. For all else, there is plenty to go for in Cyprus and elsewhere. We can recommend several luxurious hotels and villas in Cyprus to guests who seek golden plated toilet handles, wall to wall carpeting, high priced dinners and wines and have a need to show off and be seen. For those who do not care for outward -skin deep pretensions or luxury and are on a journey of self discovery, peace, inner joy and love – welcome to ZENING.