Need To Know
166, including 40 suites.
12 noon, but flexible (subject to availability and additional cost). Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from £375.61 (€434), including tax at 9 per cent.
Rates include a generous international buffet breakfast, including freshly cooked temptations such as omelettes and pancakes. Under-12s stay free in cots or extra beds in parents' rooms.
Anassa's public areas are all wheelchair accessible and, on request, rooms in the main building can be adapted for guests with mobility issues with ramps and handles.
Annually from mid November until April.
At the hotel
Thalassotherapy spa, swimming pools, beach with watersports, restaurants, bar, crèche, kids club, playground, tennis courts, landscaped gardens and chapel, boutique, DVD library, free WiFi throughout.
In your room
Flatscreen TV, DVD player, mini hifi, espresso machine, minibar, Acqua di Parma toiletries, slippers, bathrobes.
Our favourite rooms
There's a huge choice of room and suite types, some with their private outdoor plunge pools, but don't fret: they're all nice. Garden Studio Suites can take one extra bed or cot, and are located in the landscaped gardens – handy for quick access to play and pool. The Family Suite in the main building is most practical for family with two or three children (or even four, if you add a cot to your bedroom); it has a separate living room, three balcony terraces, one with a picnic-style table for four; a twin (or double) bedroom and master bedroom with kingsize bed, both ensuite. Two Bedroom Suites or Interconnecting Studio Suites are another option. Junior Panorama suites (201 and 207) have lovely soothing decor, fantastic views, and private balconies with room for two big chairs and two sunbeds, little table and parasol: perfect for sundowners, stargazing or private sunbathing. 201 looks over the pool towards the mountains, so it gets the sunset sea views; 207 is at the opposite end of the building, with sunrise views. They can be interconnected with the larger bedroom of Two Bedroom Suite 206, which would also be a great choice for families. The best-looking rooms are the honeymoon-worthy presidential suites, Aphrodite and Adonis; wonderful for a babymoon.
In the gently terraced grounds, the main split-level freshwater pool has Roman steps and shallow areas for little ones; from the small top section, water cascades into a larger infinity pool. It's surrounded on all levels by wooden sunbeds, and grounds also feature towel cabanas, the Pelagos taverna, a little pool bar (Meltemi) and ice-cream/granita stand. The indoor spa pool is for grown-ups only.
Voted one of world’s best spas, Thalassa has a lovely indoor Roman-style pool; a tranquil chill-out area; thalassotherapy pool; and a serious menu of detox and anti-ageing programmes, aromatherapy, theraupeutic massage, couples' and pregnancy treatments – book well ahead if you can't endure a holiday without pampering. The gym provides personal training, including group or private yoga sessions (with children's sessions for your mini yogis).
Don't worry if you forgot to pack your favourite garment: Anassa's boutique stocks Miu Miu, Etro and Prada, among others – you'll soon find a fashionable NBF.
If you've a serious spa programme in mind, get it booked in a fortnight ahead. The Basiliko restaurant is a big draw on the island: make reservations (and get a babysitter if you need one) at least two weeks ahead in high season. Also book your crèche and kids' clubs times well ahead, especially during half-term holidays.