With immediate beach access, timeless Mediterranean views and beautiful gardens surrounding two delightful swimming pools, there is a lot to love at the five-star, boutique Anassa Hotel, all before even entering your suite or villa. The Anassa has long been a Leading Hotel of the World, and certainly one of the best in Cyprus, thanks to both its location – home is a stretch of verdant coastline on the Akamas peninsula – and what lies within. There’s a sense of authenticity here, akin to a palatial mansion of old where decorative pools, ornate stone balconies and white drapes set an immediately enticing tone. Further nods toward ancient Mediterranean history can be seen in the grand columns – both inside and out – mosaic floor tiles, occasional olive trees and plenty of marble.
When planning your trip to the Anassa Hotel, one word to have in mind is elegance, and lots of it. The guestrooms, suites and villas are bedecked in white, cream and light wood tones which immediately cools everything down, each space full of light from multiple windows and balcony doors, all overlooking the ocean. The in-room amenities come thick and fast too, from nice touches such as champagne on arrival to a long list of mod-cons, Miller Harris toiletries and marble-clad bathrooms. Then, importantly, as you shift through the various room, suite and villa categories, you are rewarded with an ever-expansive sun terrace and private pool or Jacuzzi, some with wraparound balconies and an outdoor dining area; perfect for families.
Indeed, The Anassa is in fact one of the most family-friendly luxury hotels you will find, with its designated splash pool, babysitting and excellent kids’ club, meaning adults can indulge themselves either enjoying sea views and swimming pools, or visiting the multi-award-winning Thalassa Spa. It is often considered to be one of the best spa retreats in the world, which becomes evident as soon as you experience it for yourself. Much of this is down to the spa’s euphoric appearance, all white columns lining a brilliantly-blue pool, light pouring in through a glass rooftop and multiple private treatment rooms, though also the sheer range of what’s on offer. You’ll be treated to unique saltwater spray massages, algae body wraps, detox and cleansing therapies, steam baths, a sauna, yoga, a pressure jet pond and gym, not to mention multiple massages and beauty treatments. The Anassa Hotel knows how to look after its lucky guests, that is for sure.
From the Thalassa Spa, having worked up an appetite on the squash court, maybe after a private boat tour or trying your hand at the various watersports on offer, the only natural conclusion to each magnificent day is to dine in one of the five stunning restaurants. Though each is individually themed, from cosy, cave-like seclusion in Basiliko to the al fresco terraces of Helios, a laidback and breezy ambience in Amphora or the poolside taverna, Pelagos, two things are consistent: the food is divine and the flavour combinations truly global. Breakfast is a gourmet buffet affair, you’ll find fresh seafood with zingy Mediterranean flavours, Asian dishes cooked to perfection, mezze platters, organic salad locally grown, honey from nearby hives – the list goes on. The Anassa even puts on a fun beach BBQ once a week which is not to be missed, though prime cuts from a charcoal grill can be found in the regular restaurants too. What’s more, even the slightly formal eating spaces are open to children, so the kids don’t need to miss out on this world-class cuisine either.
So, whether you’re enamoured by the sea views, opulent villas, award-winning spa or fine dining dishes, perhaps the instant beach access and secluded Cyprus setting, you may just find yourself coming back to the Anassa Hotel time and time again.
166 suites and studios, some with private plunge pools and whirlpools on sea-facing terraces. In addition there are four private residences with 2 or 3 bedrooms.
Polis , 45 minutes transfer from Paphos International Airport.