After a well-earned break to the idyllic Anassa hotel in Cyprus, SL’s editor has summed up her top ten reasons why you too should think about a visit:
1. Anassa is hugely welcoming for families but isn’t a one trick pony
And that is a good thing when you are after a really spoiling holiday – as a family. There are several popular and well-known family destinations in Europe but Anassa delivers whatever your requirements are: from honeymoon to family holiday.
2. There is no such thing as no
We overlapped with some friends who were there on our recommendation…Always a risk. Having spied we’d arrived, they sent us over a drink and I breathed a sigh of relief. They were the ones who pointed out, that at no time is the answer to any request a ‘no’.
3. The setting takes your breath away
The view from the terrace out over the sea is relaxing in itself and one that has to be seen to be believed. But it is up there with the Amalfi Coast’s Palazzo Sasso in Ravello – and that is saying something.
4. Kids club is second to none
The Scott Dunn Kids Club does a faultless job when it comes to entertaining children. From babies through to teens; the facilities, care and attention is excellent. My little people had a ball and with half the day in kids club and half the day with us, everyone was happy.
5. At no point does dinner become routine
In eight nights we only ate in the same restaurant twice, once. An Asian buffet, a Cypriot evening in an authentic village square, a BBQ on the beach, a Greek Taverna… and so it goes on. The food at Anassa makes it worth a visit alone.
6. Every night feels like date night
Despite most of the restaurants being child-friendly, whether you are under olive trees listening to a harpist, in candlelight at the beach BBQ listening to a live singer nail Titanium, or in the white caves that Basilico has to offer, it is all too romantic for words.
7. Anassa is understated, not opulent
A holiday to Anassa is spoiling on many levels, but the hotel is actually pretty understated – in other words, your children running around does not stop you relaxing and your fellow guests are a ‘nice’ sort.
8. There is plenty to keep the most restless of sunbathers happy
From watersports and wine tasting to a first-class gym, Thalasso spa and complimentary tennis and yoga sessions...Not least speed boats you can hire to explore nearby turquoise lagoons along with a bottle of bubbles and a picnic packed for you by the hotel.
9. Perfect weather almost every day
Cyprus is warm from May until October so there is still plenty of time left to enjoy this wonderful destination this year…
10. Value for money
All things considered, for this kind of setting, facilities, food and service, the cost of a holiday here is not bad value at all. If there’s ever a reason to push the boat out, Anassa is it.