Anassa – Cyprus
Hotel Type: 5* glamorous family friendly retreat. Anassa means ‘Queen’ in classical Greek.
Located: An undulating 20-acre hillside complex near the Akamas National Park, cascading through gardens, lawns and pools to the secluded beach and crystal waters of Chrysochou Bay; close to the Baths of Aphrodite and Blue Lagoon. It is a 45 minute drive from Paphos International airport.
Style: A stylish Greek hillside retreat, with incredible kids club and spa.
Rooms: 166 contemporary rooms, suites and villas.
Our Favourite Room: Holly’s favourite is the Interconnecting Studio Suite, it’s amazing for families and space!
Ideal for: A luxury escape for the whole family.
Swimming: Two outdoor freshwater swimming pools (one multi-level pool with waterfall; one with mosaic tiling), a Roman-style indoor pool and selected accommodation have their own private pools. There is also a private 150m beach with gentle waters for swimming in.
Dining: Local and international cuisine across 4 gourmet restaurants. Dine inside, poolside or outside admiring the view. There is also 3 bars and regular live music, barbecues and weekly folk nights.
Activities: A fabulous choice of watersports, including a 5* PADI dive centre, bespoke activities and experiences. We love that their activities embrace local Cypriot customs and traditions.
Spa: Voted one of the world’s best spa. It boasts a Roman-style pool, saunas, steam baths, saltwater exercise pool, 18 treatment rooms with a large menu covering everything from sea weed wraps and detox immersions to couples massage and pregnancy treatments, hair salon, relaxation room, gym, personal training and a squash court.
Children: Children are very welcome here.
Accessibility: Anassa’s public areas are all wheelchair accessible and, on request, rooms in the main building can be adapted for guests with mobility issues with ramps and handles.
Low Season Price From: €410 per night for a beautiful Garden View Room and includes breakfast.
High Season Price From: €510 per night for a beautiful Garden View Room and includes breakfast.
Open: March – November
We love this hotel for its long season of sunshine and beautiful gardens.
Anassa is one of our favourite places to go for a truly spoiling family holiday. With its majestic hillside setting on the west coast of the island, looking out over Chrysochou Bay, there’s every reason why you may not want to venture anywhere else for your entire stay. Designed as an exclusive Greek village, with a square and traditional chapel, it sits in 20 acres of gardens, lawns and pools that slope all the way down to the secluded private beach. Mediterranean living doesn’t get more appealing. Fabulous facilities, excellent childcare and activities for all ages mean you can have as active or inactive time as you like. The warm and inviting turquoise waters of the bay play host to sailing, diving, paddle boarding, kayaking and more, while the choice of land based activities is impressive. This unspoilt part of Cyprus has lots to discover, from dense forests to natural grottos, and excursions and experiences can easily be arranged by the concierge.
From sophisticated Greek villa style rooms to spacious suites with the option of their own pool and sumptuous residences for entire families, guests are spoilt for choice. Everywhere is beautifully furnished and decorated and filled with objects made by local artisans, with some rooms and suites being part of the main building and others dotted around the gardens. There are lots of family room and suite combinations, so we’re happy to chat through all the options with you. Garden View rooms are perfect for couples, with their balconies looking up to the hills behind, whilst the Garden Studio Suites with Sea View are airy and bright, sleeping up to three. Some of these Suites also come with a plunge pool. The Studio Suites with Sea View have an intimate feel, with some of them having larger terraces. Many of these suites can interconnect for families. Set in the landscaped gardens are the Junior Suites that are exceptionally spacious and can sleep up to six people interconnecting with Garden Studios, many of which come with a pool. The light filled Panorama Suite can also sleep three and looks out over the expansive bay. The One, Two and Three Bedroom Suites are all in the main building and extremely spacious. They are ideal for families, and can also come with a private pool and all have plenty of space for al fresco dining on the terrace. On the top floor, with mesmerizing views (even from the bathrooms), the elegant and romantic Adonis and Aprodite Suites are positively dreamy. The palatial two bedroom Anax Suite, with its domed ceiling and Cypriot antique filled rooms, is also up on the top, and even has a private lift. At the top end of the scale, the mythologically named two and three bedroom Private Residences guarantee privacy and total luxury. Each one has an infinity pool, sunny terraces and large day beds, topped with glorious views out to sea.
There are up to four restaurants and four bars at Anassa, celebrating Cypriot, Mediterranean and international fusion cuisine. From casual to fine dining and daily changing menus, there’s a dizzying array of local seafood, with the emphasis firmly on fresh produce and the pleasure of eating together. Cypriots love to dine outside, and sitting out on the taverna terraces looking out over the bay, sharing a plate of delicious meze is a must for a holiday here. The weekly events and barbecues in the village square are a particular highlight. Children’s menus and eating times are well catered for too!
A stay here is an adventure for children and a holiday for parents. The excellently designed kids’ club caters for babies and children up to 12 years of age, with trained and experienced nannies looking after little ones and teams of experts organising creative and sporting activities for the older ones. Guests can pre-order essential baby items, such as nappies and there are children’s menus in the restaurants. Anassa even has a resident photographer, who’ll arrange a family photo shoot for priceless holiday memories. Bookings for the kids club can be made by the half day, full day or for weekly packages. If
No visit to Anassa should be without a treatment in the Spa. Consistently ranked as one of the best resort Spas in the world by Condé Nast, this Roman style oasis uses marine derivatives in its treatments – therapeia being the Greek for healing. There are 18 treatment rooms, saunas, steam baths and a saltwater exercise pool, as well as a fitness room, squash court and yoga classes. And the girls in your family will definitely want to book a Twinkle Toe Fun – a pedicure, smoothie and cookies! There’s so much here for all the family. The dedicated water sports facilities are first rate, with an RYA sailing centre and PADI courses on offer. Guests can rent a motor boat, and the resort can arrange excursions with picnics and yacht charter. From pottery making to stargazing with an astronomer, from jeep safaris and local excursions, to a game of tennis, Anassa will easily fill your week full of activities.
Environmental sustainability is a key part of the ethos at Anassa. They aim wherever possible to reduce or mitigate their ecological footprint. The local community is engaged, both in sourcing produce and materials and in employing Cypriot staff, whilst also promoting local customs and traditions by sponsoring events. They donate food and services to local hospitals, churches, and schools, whilst also fostering an atmosphere of employee volunteerism by encouraging staff to participate in beach cleanings and charity events. Several energy management initiatives have been introduced, like LED lighting and motion detectors to reduce unnecessary expenditure. As much heating as possible is also provided by Pellet and EcoFuel boilers.