An ultra-luxe 5* beachside spa resort, which is also truly family-friendly: a place which - if you can afford it - warrants the trip alone”
As you'd expect in a resort of this size, there's a wealth of facilities, from an all-ages kids' club to an award-winning 'Thalassotherapy' spa, not to mention 3 pools, 4 restaurants and a purpose-built Orthodox chapel for private weddings. Best of all, the service is genuinely 5*, with a 1:1 staff-guest ratio, and concierges who can magic up a speedboat or an elusive medicine at a moment's notice. If you can stir yourself, there are cruises to turtle beaches, jeep tours to cedar-shaded monasteries, catamarans to sail, wines to taste, waters to ski, even floodlit tennis courts. But chances are you'll do as we did: laze on the beach, pop a mask on to spot swarms of silvery fish, stir yourself for grilled sea bream at lunch, and again for raspberry cocktails at sunset, before tucking into exquisite French cuisine, or Cypriot mezes.
- Seven days of this and you'll be truly decompressed; 14, and the real world may as well cease to exist
- Bedrooms and suites are big and airy, with pampering marbled bathrooms and (in some cases) lofty sea views, plunge pools or both
- You need feel no guilt at leaving your children in the kids club: besides an Aladdin's cave of toys, there's beach walks, stone painting, watersports and much more
- The beach, just a few paces away, is long, safe and secluded, with warm clear waters and all manner of sailing craft (though the sand is rather coarse - definitely not sandcastle material!)
- We loved all the little touches on our latest revisit: child slippers at turndown, copious beach towels, a box of floats and toys by the Mosaics pool, an ice cream cart, the excellent drinks service
- There's no getting away from it: it's expensive, especially the meals and extras - but sometimes the best is simply worth paying for
- At 166 rooms and villas it's bigger than most i-escape places, but it is cleverly spread around the hillside so you only see a slice of it at any time
- Cyprus is extremely hot in summer: come at Easter, May half-term or October if you can (there are lots of shady areas to escape to)
- Couples in search of a quiet romantic break should try and avoid school holidays; even with a separate pool and family restaurant, it feels really busy with families
- At busy times, beach sunloungers are in high demand
Best time to go
Our top tips
- Luxury Resort
- 166 rooms, suites and villas
- 4 restaurants (some seasonal) + bars
- All ages welcome
- Closed: Closed mid-November-March
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Concierge Service
- Tennis Court
- Bicycles Available
- Gardens, lawns and guest lounges
- Powerboats + sailboats
- Squash court
In accommodation as in everything, Anassa offers choice: tranquil Garden-View Rooms (the only ones without sea views), Junior Suites (where we stayed on our most recent revisit), Studio Suites with private plunge pool, 2-bedroom family Suites, opulent 1-bedroom Suites with stunning views from Jacuzzi balconies and four-poster beds. Residences come with private pools, original art and antiques, for larger parties (and deep pockets).
Rooms are found in the main 3-storey hotel building, some smaller annexes, and a ‘village’ of 1- and 2-storey residences spread across the 85,000 sq.m. campus, linked by paved lanes (wide enough for the golf cart to deliver your bags). All are well screened by rampant foliage: vivid bougainvillea, yellow-and-purple latana bushes, silvery olive trees. Eastward buildings enjoy the most seclusion (as well as morning sun); westward rooms are closest to the pools and beach (better for families).
All share the same classic Med-meets-colonial elegance: parquet or marble floors, cream-timbered ceilings (with fan), louvred shutters, voile curtains wafting in the breeze. Some have a marble fireplace, vast mirror or hand-painted dowry chest, with high quality materials and generosity of space, especially in the marble-lined bathrooms (all with a tub and separate walk-in shower).
In the main building, we liked the higher Studio Suites for couples; while in the Residences, the One-Bedroom Suite 73/74 has panoramic views from its plunge pool and dining terrace, and room for 1 or 2 children in its sitting room. If money is no object, Presidential Suite Adonis wowed us with great ocean views from its balcony Jacuzzi and indoor bathtub! Aphrodite is similar but faces the sunset instead of the sunrise.
- Air conditioning
- Central heating
- DVD player
- Extra beds
- Family friendly
- Fruit on arrival
- Internet access
- Safe box
- Satellite TV
From Cypriot mezes to French haute cuisine, by way of Mediterranean seafood grills, BBQs and a swim-up cocktail bar, Anassa has its dining options covered.
Amphora is the family-friendly option, where sumptuous buffet breakfasts are served. Sit at marble tables on a sea-facing patio fringed by geraniums, with silvery olive trees overhead and plaintive cats at your feet. Banquet tables are piled with plump fruits, thick yoghurts with syrupy figs and nuts, cold cuts, squeaky halloumi and leaky brie. There are pots of jam, real honeycomb and all manner of breads and pastries, and a sideboard of hot items, from pancakes with maple honey to omelettes cooked to order.
If you’re around for lunch, grab a table at taverna-style Pelagos for fresh fish straight from the lava stone grill: sea bream or bass perhaps, topped up with salads and mezes, washed down with white xynisteri. Or enjoy light snacks at Meltemi bar beside the main pool.
Admire the sunset from the Amorosa Lounge and Terrace with a cocktail before heading to dinner. Either opt for the lavish Amphora buffet - themed each night (we enjoyed the seafood buffet on our stay) - or book a table at Helios for more upscale French Riviera cuisine. Expect exciting flavours (John Dory with barley fennel ratatouille, poached pineapple carpaccio with lychee and pepper sorbet) among Gallic flagships (duck breast, foie gras, bouillabaisse, shellfish risotto). But if you want to woo someone in style adults-only Basiliko offers world-class Asian-Med fusion in a gorgeous candlelit vault, with just 12 tables and a wine list to make your eyes water.
- Children's meals
- Family friendly
- Room service
- Vegetarian menu
- The pools and clear sea are the twin focuses of attention. Youngsters splash and make friends in the Mosaics pool, while grown-ups cool off in a 2-tier affair linked by spouting waterfalls. Down at the coarse-sand/fine-shingled beach, sunloungers, swims and snorkelling are the order of the day
- The watersports centre (run by an outside company), offers kayaks, lasers, catamarans, windsurfers, banana rides and water-skiing lessons/RYA courses. 300hp speedboats can whisk you in 10 mins to the astonishing translucent waters of the Blue Lagoon, or to drop-offs and reefs for PADI-5* diving sessions
- The stupendous Thalassa Spa has a large indoor pool, plus gym, sauna, steam room, half-moon-shaped jet pool, a hair salon, and offers signature thalassotherapy treatments and massages in rooms which pleasingly have natural daylight. Entry and many classes are free
- Hiking trails criss-cross the rugged, juniper-dotted Akamas peninsula, passing a ruined Byzantine monastery; falcons wheel over sea-washed rocks, lizards scamper through prickly undergrowth, and goats stare down from crags
- There are 2 tennis courts (coaching and racquets are available) and 2 squash courts
- Staff can arrange bespoke experiences, golf, jeep safaris into the Troodos Mountains, wine-tasting tours and anything else humanly possible on Cyprus; but, as the owner told us wistfully, hardly anyone does. Frankly, we can’t really blame them
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Boat trips
- Historical sites
- Mountain biking
- Private guided tours
- Scuba diving
- Shopping / markets
- Table tennis
- Tennis coaching
- Wine tasting
- Yacht cruises
Children are actively welcomed. The heated Mosaics pool is a favourite, and the kids' club offers superlative child care from 4 months up to 11 years, divided into 4 age groups. Staff - all English speaking, all NVQ level 3 qualified - are kind and confidence-inspiring, with a ratio of 1:2 (infants) to 1:12 (older children). Charges are reasonable, but you must pre-book and pre-pay; please request on enquiry. There's even a family photographer! Note that during school holidays it can become a little busy in the buffet restaurant.
Family friendly accommodation:
All the Studio Suites can take one extra bed or cot (free for under 14s). Otherwise Junior Suites, where we stayed on our visit can take an extra bed, while pricier Two-bedroom Suites give you separate bedrooms and an extra bathroom to play with - plus some have a private plunge pool. Some interconnect for extended families
Babysitting with English-speaking staff is available day and night - though additional charges may apply after 10pm, or for 2 or more children
- High chairs
- Baby cots
- Baby Go Lightly service allows parents to pre-book potties, buggies, car seats, bottles/teats, sterilisers, baby walkers, baby bathtubs, nappies/swimming nappies, swimming aids, wipes, crayons, colouring books and DVDs in various languages
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Kids Club is divided into 4 age groups, from 4 months up to 11 years. The "Globetrotters" creche has a proper sleeping room, as well as all manner of books, toys, Brio train tracks, big Lego, dolls' houses and play kitchens. For older children, the "Adventurers", "Voyagers" and "Pioneers" clubs have a daily changing schedule of activities such as beach walks, stone painting, monkey football, pottery lessons, water polo, origami, and shell and sand pictures. There's also a small playground, with its swings, slide and climbing frame
There are kids' menus and themed buffet evenings at the family restaurant (Amphora , which offers early sittings, and a lavish breakfast buffet with options for all). Poolside snacks are available at Pelagos during the day. And there's a fun barbecue under the stars every week in season. Room service is available 24 hours.
Note that if you book half board (or full board) for yourselves, your children will get upgraded to the same meal plan at no extra cost.
Kids Activities on site:
- All manner of watersports: banana boat rides, stand up paddle-boarding, waterski lessons, sailing/windsurfing lessons, boat trips
- Heated Mosaics pool with box of pool toys and floats
- Ping pong tables beside the Kids Club
- Beach baskets with toys to borrow
- Full-size tennis courts (with tuition if required), 2 squash courts
- 14 acres grounds to explore
- During school holidays a bouncy castle is placed in the conference room next to Amphora so kids can let off steam during dinner
- Junior Treats - children's spa treatments
Families Should Know:
- It can get very hot (up to 40 celsius) in midsummer
- Kids' clubs are closed on Wednesdays
- Children receiving spa treatments are expected to preserve the tranquil atmosphere
- Parents must supervise children at the Mosaics pool at all times
- Airport: 1 hour
- Hospital: 10 minutes
- Shops: 5 minutes' drive
Anassa is on the northwest coast of Cyprus (officially the Republic of Cyprus, or Greek-speaking Cyprus), near the town of Polis and the Akamas peninsula.
Both Paphos (Pafos) and Larnaca (Larnaka) have scheduled and charter flights from UK and Europe. Pafos is nearer, Larnaca has a slightly wider range of flights. Click on the links below for a list of airlines serving these airports.
From the Airport:
You can take a taxi, book a transfer, or hire a car - see our car rental recommendations.
Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.
More on getting to Cyprus and getting around
- Paphos 50.0 km PFO
- Larnaca 170.0 km LCA
- Beach 0.1 km
- Shops 0.2 km
- Restaurant 0.5 km