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Family Friendly Luxury At The Anassa, Cyprus

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Today we hand the reigns over to our jetsetting mum of three, Shruti.  She paid the luxurious Anassa a visit in April with her husband shares her review below. 

How did you book the trip?  

We flew with Easyjet to Paphos and booked the hotel directly with them.

What did the price include?

We upgraded to half-board half way through our stay.

What did you think of the hotel?

The hotel is absolutely gorgeous. Set in a secluded area, about 40 minutes from Paphos, it has a stunning vista. It is absolutely perfect for families.  

While we were there, it was the Easter holidays but as that isn’t their peak season, it was at about 65 percent capacity. There is a real sense of space so it felt like we met the same families at dinner but that there were also areas which were much quieter if you fancied having a bit of peace in the day. 

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How was your room?  

We booked a special deal whereby we only paid for the adults room and we were given the children’s room (exactly same style) which was an interconnecting room for free. That worked really well for us.

Each room was really spacious and having just been renovated, was clean and simply done up, with an emphasis on local materials and products. 

How were the facilities?

Facilities are great. As the weather was not too hot, we were allowed to use the indoor heated pool in the spa with the children every day until midday. That pool was large and the kids enjoyed that immensely. There was also a much smaller outdoor heated pool. The only downside is that the large outdoor pool is not heated and was far too cold – we did not see a single person dare to venture in the entire 10 days we were there.  

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The spa itself was lovely and I enjoyed the scrub that I had there. They were also on the verge of introducing some new treatments using the Anastasia Achilleos method which my husband had a sneak preview of from the lovely Anastasia herself.

There are a number of restaurants but slightly annoyingly, children of high chair age are only allowed in the buffet, so we were somewhat confined to that restaurant during our stay which was a shame.

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There is a beach club and the hotel kindly arranged a private boat trip for us during our stay (to the aptly names blue lagoon). That was one of the highlights of our holiday, as the boat was able to moor in a beautiful blue lagoon (no surprises there) in an area which was shallow enough for me to walk to the shore on, carrying the kids. I also had a little snorkel, although I didn’t see too many fish.

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We also took the boat on to the alleged spot where Aphrodite met Adonis.  The children also enjoyed playing tennis with the onsite tennis coach one morning.

Was there kids club and did you use it?

Yes. We took the children to a couple of activities that the kids club had organised (an Easter egg hunt and a disco) but didn’t use the kids club in any meaningful way. It looked OK – it’s fairly small and is attached to a small playground, but the staff all seemed quite friendly.

Was there a beach?  

Yes hit we barely went on it as it was quite pebbly and it was too cold while we were there.

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How was the food? 

The buffet was lovely. They had a different themed night each night so that kept it interesting. The breakfast was plentiful and delicious with a huge choice. They were extremely accommodating to me and my vegetarian requirements (although they did accidentally give me spaghetti Bolognese sauce instead of tomato soup one day for lunch, which was quite annoying….)

As mentioned, it is a real shame that they do not really allow small children into multiple restaurants as it does somewhat limit your choices. 

How was the staff?

Couldn’t have been sweeter. My daughter turned 4 while on holiday and they made a huge fuss of her – everyone from the waiters to the manager made sure they wished her a happy birthday, they decorated our room with helium balloons and brought her a breakfast cake and when she went to dinner, they had decorated our table with princess paraphernalia, balloons and some presents for her, which was extremely kind.

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How was your trip?

Generally fantastic. I would say the only negatives would be that the weather can be quite unpredictable at Easter (so be prepared for some cold weather) and don’t go expecting to eat in all of the restaurants.  Having said that, the hotel has a lovely feel to it (it is family-run and has a beautiful back story to it) and the staff are generally lovely and extremely helpful. 

We would love to return one day.

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