Cyprus beaches to offer massage to sun worshippers

Tue Apr 27, 2010 6:14am EDT
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NICOSIA (Reuters Life!) - Sun worshippers and beach goers in Cyprus will have an extra luxury on offer to them this summer in the form of a massage service.

The western coastal town of Paphos is toying with proposals made by a massage parlor in the capital Nicosia, to set up a kiosk on one of the municipal stretches of sandy beach, offering a relaxing massage, further enhancing the sun, sea and sand experience.

"If the municipality's governing council decides in favor of the proposal then we might give them a spot on one of the beaches this year to start with," said Savvas Vergas, the mayor of Paphos.

The massage service is set to open its doors for business on June 1, and prices will be closely monitored by the local municipality, just as they do with the rental of sun loungers and umbrellas.

Tourism accounts for almost 11 percent of the island's GDP, and British tourists make up the majority of holidaymakers to Cyprus annually.

And who best to try out the latest fad but the mayor himself. "Why not," he said.

(Writing by Sarah Ktisti; Editing by Paul Casciato)