The grande dame of European family hotels is back at the helm after a recent multi-million euro refurbishment. Setting the benchmark for luxurious resorts, Anassa Hotel overlooks the sparkling Mediterranean waters and has great food and beverage facilities, fantastic extracurricular offerings and endless activities for kids.
The property lies on the west coast of Cyprus in lush surroundings on the Akamas peninsula. Perched on the cliff’s edge and just a few steps away from the beautiful beach, a short boat ride takes you to the crystal clear waters of the blue lagoon.
There are two outdoor pools (one heated, the other fed by natural waterfalls) and one indoor pool, well-lit with natural light despite being subterranean and located adjacent to the spa. But whatever accolades and awards are attached to it, Anassa is surprisingly cool and relaxed. I wandered around in shorts and flip flops for the better part of four days, although I donned some pants and a polo for dinner, and no one cared.
Originally designed by an American architect, all of the rooms are super spacious. The recent renovation was the work of famous Parisian interior designer Joelle Pleot who was assisted by local artisans, the Charalambous brothers. The style is fresh, chic and Greek, flooded with light and sea views at every turn. Private, intimate and very spread out, Anassa always feels half empty even when it’s full.
Its reputation precedes it. Most guests rave about the stellar location, the beautiful flower filled gardens, the delightful suites, and the exceptional spa. And, as I discovered during my stay, for families, this is indeed a beautiful hideaway, with more activities than the kids could possibly undertake in a week. It is not, however, a romantic retreat for couples. In a nutshell, it’s a relaxed yet sophisticated environment for a luxury family vacation. Full stop.
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