MY SECRET PAPHOS
Experienced cabaret singer and entertainer, Matthew Edmondson, used to work performing for travel companies and on cruise ships. Together with his wife, Kate, they set up a performance company in Paphos in 2009, and have been supplying entertainment to hotels and coastal cruises ever since. They also own an “Escape Games” business, called Lockdown Paphos. Matthew lives with Kate, their two children, two dogs and two cats.
YOUR FAVOURITE BEACH?
I love going with the family to Timi Beach near the airport. It’s less crowded than some other beaches, and has colder currents, which are nice and refreshing in the heat of the summer.
YOUR BEST RESTAURANT?
On a rare evening off in the summer, we will often go to the beach and then stop, for dinner, at KENTROIKON in Mandria. This informal pub and grill does the best Jack Daniels ribs and also offers a Chinese menu. My children love the desserts. On a date night with Kate, we enjoy Namaste Indian Street Food in Kato Paphos.
YOUR BEST PLACE FOR A COFFEE?
During the winter, I am looking forward to trying some more of the great coffee shops and tea rooms popping up in Paphos Old Town. I love sitting and people-watching at Second Cup on Kennedy Square.
YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE FOR A COCKTAIL?
I’m not a cocktail drinker. I’m more of a spirits man. For a night out, I always head to Craft Bar in Paphos Old Town. They always have the gin I drink, and serve it alongside great tunes, together with a warm and friendly service.
YOUR FAVOURITE WALK?
As a family, one of our favourite walks is the nature trail in Miliou village, between Paphos and Polis. I always make sure that I’ve got good waterproof boots on, as it can get a little muddy.
YOUR PERFECT DAY OFF?
I love to go on a boat ride from Latchi to the Blue Lagoon. The prices are very reasonable. Afterwards, we always stop off and visit our friends in Koilli village. On other days, we go and play an escape game in another part of the Island. Even though we own an Escape Games business, we love experiencing other people’s take on them.
YOUR FAVOURITE CHARITY?
There are so many great charities locally, but for me, I have to say Animal Rescue Cyprus. I used to host the “Hot Dog Show” at Paphos Harbour, for several years. The hardworking team at Animal Rescue Cyprus work tirelessly on the animal’s behalf. I was in talks with them recently, on how I can be better involved again.
YOUR FAVOURITE WINERY?
Tsangarides Winery in Lemona Village is, by far, our favourite. Kate and I will take a ride up there several times a year. I’m always the designated driver!
YOUR FAVOURITE SPA?
If only there was time for a spa treatment. I will plan that for some time next year!
YOUR FAVOURITE WEEKEND AWAY?
We went on a really good weekend away with the kids to a cottage in the Troodos Mountains last winter. If we manage to get away as a couple, Kate and I enjoy a city break.
Article by Cyprus in Style Magazine: Dec 2019