What we love
Escaping to Anassa is such a pleasure. Everything from the wild, coastal location to the sumptuous style induces relaxation, and we always look forward to world-class spa treatments and mouth-watering food. It really is the perfect balance of authentic character and unabashed pampering!
Setting the scene
Resting on the hillside that shelters Chrysochous Bay, overlooking the impossibly blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, Anassa is one of our favourite European retreats. The calm of the sea is echoed throughout the hotel, where classic Cypriot architecture and sweeping views invite you to relax into the rhythm of island life.
Though you'd never tell, there are 166 rooms and suites at Anassa, split between the main building and traditional style villas scattered throughout the grounds. Rooms in the main building have views of the sea or the lush gardens and Neo Chorio Mountains in the distance, while several of the suites dotted along the winding pathways have private plunge pools and sun terraces looking out over the unspoilt coastline. Suites have up to three bedrooms, and there are several interconnecting rooms for families.
Fresh, tasty food is one of the Mediterranean's highlights; and the restaurants at Anassa showcase it in all its glory - not least with the use of fresh herbs from Anassa's own sun-kissed gardens. There are options for any mood: you can make your way down to Amphora for a casual supper overlooking the sea, or enjoy a barbecue of fresh seafood and meats on the beach; for something a little more special, descend into the cavern of Baskilo and enjoy a candle-lit dinner of zingy Asian-Mediterranean fusion, or head to Helios for French a la carte. Local favourites can be enjoyed overlooking the sea at Pelagos, and there's always something happening in the village square - whether traditional dancing, a jovial barbecue or a one-off dining event. We love the ease of the swim-up bar, and the glorious sunsets which can be seen while enjoying a tipple on the terrace of Armonia. A focus on wellbeing also means that the staff at Anassa will be more than happy to cater to dietary needs and preferences.
The spotless, secluded beach is just down the hillside; and the Thalassa Spa is one of Europe's best, with plush treatment rooms and an array of treatments designed to pamper, perfect and rejuvenate - as well as an indoor pool, saunas, steam baths and fitness facilities. If you like to be more active, there are squash and tennis courts on site. Anassa offers various organised activities, including triathlon and biking camps, water-based fitness programmes, swimming and golf tuition (there are several world-class courses within a reasonably short drive of the hotel). Close proximity to vineyards and the Akamas Marine and Nature Reserves opens up wonderful opportunities for adventure, from wine tasting to diving, jeep safaris and rock climbing; if you prefer to explore at your own pace there's fantastic walking, cycling, shopping and ancient history on the doorstep.
Anassa understands travelling with a family, and offers a 'Baby go Lightly' service meaning you can buy all the necessities online before you travel - so packing will be a breeze! Children are welcomed with open arms, and childcare is split by age group meaning no-one will get bored or left behind. Activities on offer include everything from mosaic painting and dancing to various sports and adventure programmes; and teenagers can hang out and stay connected at Escape Club.
60km north of Paphos Airport, Anassa is reached by a direct road running north towards the Akamas Peninsula, followed by a short stretch of coastal road.
- £1610pp in low season
- £2085pp in high season
- 7 nights bed and breakfast in a Garden View Room