(Posting, sorry Assignment Order arrived today! - I am so gutted!)
Actually it depends on the unit you are going to mate. Most of the troops work 0700 - 1645 Mon and then 0700 - 1330 Tue - Fri. Unless you are on duty then weekends are normally free, bear in mind that Ayia Napa is still out of bounds as well as certain areas in Limassol. Saying that though, socially the place is excellent, loads of things to do when off duty that are not just laying on the beach.
Are you going on a garrison or UN posting or just an OTX? If you're there for a proper posting, you'll find that Ayia Napa and some of the other hotspots are OOB and heavily patrolled by RMP and Cypriot CIVPOL. Outside of those places, there are still plenty of good places for a night out.
Life can be busy with guards and duties, OTX and deployments. As with all overseas postings, if you make the most of it, you can have fun. Good for watersports, paragliding etc if you get the time and can be bothered to get involved.
So is there no plans for the British army to withdraw from Cyprus in the next few years (HOPE NOT)? If only we set up a base on the canary islands, Ibiza and maybe magaluf aka shag a slut the Army would see an increase in recruitment? Any more possible destinations?
Head off into Limmasol, good for the bars there. Rumours and step in are a good haunt. Also they have parties boats then head out from the tourist harbour on a Saturday night, from 11pm til 5am, good for the drinks, parties and ladies!
Ayia Napa, yes but staying out of the square. Paphos is a better tag to go on, Protaras is a crack but full of families peak season. Head down to Nissi beach if you want a beach party!
Groveners beach (by Larnaka) holds a lot of beach parties during the summer, big named D.J's and celebs are known to turn up.