At a glance

  • You'll love

    Award-winning spa

    Beautiful location

    Trappings of luxury

  • Kids will love

    Swimming in the sea

    Excellent crèche

    Being spoilt rotten

  • Don’t expect

    Trendy decor

    A soft sand beach

    Inexpensive extras


Cradled by hills and fronted by ocean, Anassa's lap-of-luxury location isn't even the best thing about it: this impeccably groomed family-friendly hotel in Cyprus is a regular nominee for World's Best Spa, has inspiring childcare facilities and delivers deliciously grown-up dining, too.

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Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Anassa

Summer Early Bird


‘Grown-up diversions from the slothful to the gluttonous make this an almost sinfully indulgent escape for families, and the hotel's huge inventory of kit for kids means you're less stressed before you've even arrived’

Smith & Family


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Need To Know


166, including 40 suites.


12 noon, but flexible (subject to availability and additional cost). Earliest check-in, 2pm.


Double rooms from £384.07 (€436), excluding tax at 9 per cent.

More details

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.

Hotel closed

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.

Book ahead

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.

Food and drink

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Amphora is the relaxed main restaurant (though it still has marble floors and tabletops), for hearty buffet breakfasts and all-day dining; get your fresh omelettes and pan-fried fish from the cooking stations, or pick from the (mostly) Mediterranean à la carte menu. Tables spill out onto an olive-shaded terrace looking out to sea. Accessed either by a walled courtyard in the chapel square or a candlelit stone spiral staircase, Basiliko is the hotel's intimate, romantic (and always fully booked) Med-fusion restaurant; its low vaulted ceilings, whitewashed walls and soft lemon accents make it feel like a traditional wine cellar. For formal fine-dining, Helios has a grown-up menu and serious wine list. Open in summer, jaunty little taverna Pelagos flanks the pool terrace.

Family fare

In high season, younger ones are encouraged to join Amphora's 6pm dinner sitting (there's an à la carte menu as well as a huge buffet), or to eat alfresco at the beach BBQ or taverna, so that couples can enjoy quiet evenings together. Junior Smiths are even allowed in fine-dining Helios in the evening, but no highchairs are provided, so it’s at parents’ discretion (and probably best avoided unless your children are saints). You'll probably want to keep Basiliko to yourselves, too, as it's only for over-12s.

Hotel Bar

Cosy and lounge-like inside, and with sunset-spot banquette booths outside, Armonia is the main bar, with late live jazz sessions in season: mocktails and bar snacks make it laid-back enough for children until early evening, and there's an all-day menu on offer 10am–11pm. During the day, pool bar Meltemi offers drinks, ice-cream and a granita stand in high season; and of course you can have a tipple in the lobby lounge or wherever takes your fancy.

Last orders

Drinks are poured until the last guest leaves the bar. Amphora is open for breakfast 7am–10am; lunch 12.30pm–3pm; and dinner from 6pm (on Friday and Saturday nights only in low season). Meltemi operates 12 noon–5pm; Helios serves dinner only, 7pm–10.30pm; Pelagos taverna offers lunch and occasionally supper; and Basiliko is open for dinner from 7pm, five nights a week.

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    Amphora's terrace for grown-up lunch with the kids; Pelagos for between-dips meals and alfresco suppers; sit on white-cushioned bench seats in Basiliko's brazier-lit walled courtyard for romantic aperitifs.

  • Room service

    The 24-hour service offers hits from the à la carte menus; milk and cookies can be brought for your little ones (you can also request a kettle for your room if you want to make up formula/sterilise bottles).


    In summer, beach barbecues at sundown let you imagine you're at an ancient feast, with bouzouki players to serenade you, and torches throwing their flickering light onto linen-draped couches and low tables. Once a week, a Cypriot-style 'village fête' is held outside the chapel.


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Parent approved

‘Grown-up diversions from the slothful to the gluttonous make this an almost sinfully indulgent escape for families, and the hotel's huge inventory of kit for kids means you're less stressed before you've even arrived’

Smith & Family


Anassa's exemplary crèche occupies a colourful, soothing space with pale-wood parquet floors, separate cosy nooks for sleeping babies/toddlers and an infant soft-play area. There's access to little outside playground shaded by trees with swings and a climbing frame that would keep under-6s happily occupied for a while. Qualified English-speaking nursery nurses look after kids aged from 4 months to 4 years (in two age groups) 9.30am–5.30pm every day except Wednesdays. The full-day fee for babies and toddlers (€60) includes all nappies (and swim nappies), milk, freshly made meals or purées, and snacks. Staff try to follow your normal routine as closely as possible, including naps. Half-days (3.5 hours; €30 excluding lunch) are also available.

Kids Club

Children aged 5–11 can sign up for one of Anassa's kids' club sessions: Voyagers Club for 5–7 year olds focuses on outdoors games and entertainment; there are also games and toys for quieter playtime; the Pioneers Club (for 8–12s) is led by Rangers. Full or half-days cost €50 (including meals) and €25 respectively. Teenagers are not left out: in high season there are sessions for them too, kicking off in the main building.


Available with a day's notice, from €16 an hour (€18 for two children; €21 for three).


The hotel doesn't lend out baby monitors, but it's worth bringing your own (or using an app) for rooms near the pool or with outside space.

Other Services

Extra black-out blinds or curtains can be added to any rooms on request.

What's there already?

For babies

• Highchairs • Steriliser • Weaning spoons • Bibs • Travel cot • Cot bedlinen • Black-out blinds • Changing mat • Baby bath • Nappies, wipes and toiletries • Pushchair • Infant car seat • Baby carrier • Soft toys • Baby gym • Crayons • Board books

For toddlers

• Highchairs • Cutlery • Cot beds • Cot bedlinen • Nappies, wipes and toiletries • Potties • Toddler toilet seat • Bathroom step • Buggy • Stair gates • Play area • Toddler-proof toys • Swimming aids • Picture books • Crayons/pens • Craft materials • U-rated DVDs • Swings • Climbing frame

For older children

• DVD library • Bikes to rent • Board games • Games consoles • Craft materials • Swimming aids • Wetsuits • Climbing frame • See-saw • Table tennis • Tennis racquets


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Things to do

Chill on the beach or around the pools; ride bikes, hire catamarans or go hiking; retreat to the award-winning spa; play tennis or squash; go scuba diving off St George's island to spot turtles and sea sponges – there's never a dull moment at Anassa (unless you want one).

Hotel activities

Lawn-lined pathways dotted with succulents, citrus trees and aromatic shrubs lead down to the beach. Technically it's a public beach, but we'd fall off our sunlounger if we ever saw a non-guest along its pretty stretch of coarse sand and shingle. There’s a pretty steep drop-off, so paddling with tiny ones is tricky as it’s deep almost immediately, but it's safe to swim in and fantastic for older kids – there's miles of room and they're unlikely to get up to much mischief since the bay’s naturally contained by rocks on either end. The independently-run watersports centre offers sailing, windsurfing, waterskiing and the like. Anassa's 5-star PADI dive centre offers everything from dives off St George’s rock to see sponge beds, wrecks and lagoons to beginner’s courses and even ‘Bubblemaker’ taster sessions for kids aged 8 and above. Anassa also has a squash court and two tennis courts, with coaches who can help improve your forehand.

And there's more…

Rent bikes (from €20 a day) and cycle to the Baths of Aphrodite; charter Anassa's private yacht to explore hidden coves; join the sommelier for private wine-tasting sessions; or go fishing on a father-and-son bonding day followed by a mocktail-mixing masterclass.

Local Guide

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Smith tip

There's nowhere local to eat bar a handful of basic tavernas in the fishing village Latchi, just along the coast, the most appealing of which is Porto Latchi (+357 26321530) for its seafood and mezze menus.

Don't miss…

… Lara Beach: this unspoilt stretch of sand is home to nesting loggerhead and green turtles, as well as the occasional monk seal. It's only accessible by four-wheel drive, and to protect the nesting sites, beach paraphernalia is not allowed.

This rugged patch of western Cyprus has natural beauty and cultural wonders in spades; the isolated location does however mean there's not much in the way of walkable places to eat, so don't plan on eating outside Anassa unless you're happy to drive or take a taxi. The Akamas Peninsula is a national park harbouring sea caves, spectacular wild-flower carpets (especially in spring), plunging gorges and the pools Aphrodite herself is said to have bathed in; explore on foot or by mountain bike to find your own perfect picnic spot.

The Archaeological Museum of Marion-Arsinoe (+357 (0)26 322955) is only a 10-minute drive away in the town of Polis – pop in for some impressive pottery, statuettes and funerary stele.

To the south-east, you can potter around the traditional villages of Loufou, Lania and Omodhos in the foothills of the Troodos mountains; spot Byzantine rarities at the monastery of Ayios Neofytos or sip monk-made wine at Chrysoroyiatissa. And about 45 minutes' drive from Latchi, the Unesco-protected archaeological site at Paphos includes remarkably well-preserved Roman mosaics and underground tombs hewn from solid rock.

Golfers can tee off at a brace of championship golf courses: the Minthis Hills Golf Club (+357 (0)26 642774) is about half an hour's drive away; the Secret Valley Golf Club (+357 (0)26 274000) is an hour.

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40 Rigenas Road, Neo Chorio, Latchi, Polis, 8852
Hotel setting

Remote crescent bay

Getting There

Anassa's isolated location on the westernmost tip of Cyprus near the fishing village of Latchi is beautiful: at the edge of the verdant Akamas Peninsula, it's cradled by rugged hills, Mediterranean forest and overlooks a wide arc of coarse-sand beach.


Paphos airport is the most convenient, less than 50km (about 40 minutes' drive) from Anassa. Larnaca is further – 185km away (add an hour).


Driving's a doddle in Cyprus, and a hire car is handy if you prefer to explore independently and avoid paying for taxis whenever you want to escape the hotel. There's free on-site parking at Anassa. From Paphos airport, take the A6 to Paphos (Pafos) A6. Follow the signs for Polis as you through Paphos town. After about 30 minutes, as you approach Polis you will see an EKO petrol station on your left; 150m further up the road, take the first left, following the signs to Latchi (beware the unmarked speed humps just outside Latchi). Follow the road signposted for the Baths of Aphrodite – you will see the hotel appear on your right-hand side. The entrance (look for the Anassa sign) is to your left; when you get to the hotel entrance barrier on your right, buzz the intercom for access.

Parent travel tip

A flight into Paphos will give you shorter transfer times, but it usually involves a very early flight from the UK. Flying to Larnaca will spare you the pre-dawn start, but you'll pay for your lie in with a longer car journey on arrival – although if you're hiring a car, the drive is very pleasant, so it's not a bad way to start your holiday.


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Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Anassa – has been selected and approved by parents.

Aphrodite was onto something when she picked the Akamas Peninsula for her trysting and time out: this is a spectacular location justly deserving of its place in legends of love. Today, were the goddess looking for a modern-day palace of repose, we imagine she'd make straight for Anassa: its marble-columned thalassotherapy spa steal headlines, its secluded arc of coast is a sanctuary from tourists, and its grounds are planted with elegant trees and aromatic shrubs. Whether your idea of heaven is underwater adventure or a quiet afternoon by the pool while your babies snooze in the crèche, Anassa has a five-star solution. Grown-up diversions from the slothful to the gluttonous make this an almost sinfully indulgent escape for families, and the hotel's huge inventory of kit for kids means you're less stressed before you've even arrived. Luxury family holidays don't get more relaxing than this.

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