Super-swish luxury and being genuinely baby friendly aren’t often brought together so beautifully as they are at the 5-star Anassa resort on the Mediterranean coast of Cyprus. Anassa means ‘Queen’ in Cypriot and parents with tots to teens are spoiled like royalty in this opulent setting with superb family facilities. Even packing to come here is hassle free thanks to their Baby Go Lightly Service, which means parents can book all the baby items they could possibly need in advance, from car seats, carriers and buggies to bottle sterilisers, baby walkers, swimming aids, high chairs, toiletries and DVD’s.
Anassa has been designed in the style of a traditional Cypriot village, tumbling down a secluded hillside to a protected beach and glittering, blue sea. A classical, colonnaded hotel and Roman-style Thalassa Spa make a grand centrepiece and white-washed Mediterranean villas are clustered around a central village square, which springs into life with a weekly Cypriot Fair of food, music and dancing. New for 2015, Anassa also opened an ultra sophisticated, 300-square metre designer boutique, Kult, envisioned by the high fashion emporium expert, Paolo Giachi. The boutique features clothing and accessories from the hottest designer names, from Prada and Saint Laurent to Stella McCartney and Jimmy Choo.
The whole village is within landscaped Mediterranean gardens with manicured lawns and three stunning swimming pools, where families can flop into canopied day beds and loungers to utterly unwind. Ice creams, smoothies, snacks and cocktails are also a refreshing dip away at the Meltemi swim-up bar, which is a sure-fire winner with kids and grown ups alike.
Besides enjoying the pools, children from 4 months old to teenagers will have loads of fun at Anassa’s children’s clubs, with activities tailored to different age groups – giving mums and dads some quality chill out time! Experienced nannies in the Globetrotters Club have a really personal approach to ensuring babies and toddlers are completely happy and amused, plus milk, snacks, baby meals, nappies and toiletries are all included. The Adventurers Club is specially designed for busy 3-5 year olds while two more clubs have the 5-12 year olds covered and Escape is a dedicated ‘urban graffiti’ hang out for teenagers, featuring a pool table, Nintendo wii and big screen chill out area.
With the children having a whale of time, grown-ups can pamper, rejuvenate and revitalise themselves in the luxurious, 5-star Thalassa Spa. A range of Mediterranean massage treatments and therapies are on offer and the Spa also features a sky-lit Roman-style swimming pool, saunas, steam baths, a seawater exercise pool, squash court, fitness room and hair salon. The Spa even caters for children with young yoga sessions, funky junior manicures, twinkle toes pedicures and a fun, rainforest mud painting treatment.
For sporty, active families, Anassa has two flood-lit tennis courts and bikes available for hire plus a whole host of watersports are on offer on the beach, within the Akamas Marine Reserve. Besides lazing under the parasols there is fun for all ages, including pedalos, banana rides, jet-skiis, waterskiing and windsurfing, as well as PADI diving courses, sailing boats and powerboats for hire.
When it comes to mealtimes, Anassa has several lush eating options, so there’s no real need to leave the resort. These include sumptuous but casual breakfast and dinner buffets in the Amphoro dining room, Mediterranean mezzes in the al fresco Pelagos grill and romantic, candlelit dinners in the sophisticated, Basiliko restaurant, with the Anassa babysitters giving parents a precious night off. Children’s’ menus and early dining are available and the weekly beach barbecues are not to be missed, with chefs sizzling up meat, fish and seafood, while guitarists and bouzouki players provide the music, against the backdrop of a spectacular sunset. Other evening entertainment happens in the Armonia Terrace Bar, under the stars and overlooking the moonlit Med.
Accommodation Overview - Studio Suite
This option is a Studio Suite suitable for 2 adults and 1 child aged 0-11 years old. The Studios are located in the resort's main building with sea views and elegant interiors. They comprise of a spacious double room with king size bed, in room seating area, luxury bathroom and private balcony/terrace. This option is priced based on two adults and one child aged 0 - 11 years old. The max occupancy is 3 including infants. The rates are bed and breakfast.
Anassa resort has been designed as a totally relaxing and indulgent holiday destination, with everything families could wish for in the beachside village. Anassa occupies a secluded spot on the edge of the Akamas Peninsula, along the southern coast of a Cyprus, between the little town of Polis and the charming fishing village of Latchi.
With all the restaurants, bars, entertainment and leisure activities at Anassa, there is no need to leave the resort but for a change of scene, the pretty fishing village of Latchi is just over a mile away. Here there are tavernas around the quayside, glass bottom boat trips and boats for hire. A variety of excursions can also be arranged at the Anassa resort, including tours of cultural and historical sites, jeep safaris into the Troodos Mountains and trips to enjoy the scenic conservation area of the Akamas Peninsula. For golfers, there are 4 world class courses within 40 minutes drive of Anassa.
The vibrant city of Paphos makes a great day out, less than an hours’ drive from Anassa. There is the atmospheric old town to explore and plenty of archaeological sites which are steeped an ancient mythology but also a glittering modern marina lined with hip restaurants and bars. For some family fun, there are rides and attractions at the Luna Park and the Aphrodite Water Park includes the biggest family rafting ride in Europe.
Getting here: The nearest international airport is Paphos, 63 kms, and Larnaca International Airport is 186 kms.