Some 5km west of Polis on the road to the Baths of Aphrodite, directly above the eastern end of the excellent Asprokremmos beach.
177 units divided into various grades of garden-view rooms, studios and suites, all with light-coloured soft furnishings. Garden studios, on a lawn with some private plunge pools, are preferable if budgets stretch to it. Bathrooms are big, with both shower stall and tub, WC and bidet, non-cheesy in their warm-tone marble counters and floor tiles. There’s abundant storage space, huge TVs and a choice of bed formats. Presidential Suites – only 3 in total across all the wings – are bigger than most UK 1-bedroom flats, with wraparound windows for 270° views, curtained bed, coffered ceiling and a jacuzzi on the terrace. The Anassa closed over the winter of 2010–11 for “soft” renovations.
The lobby-lounge, with its rotonda and wall-fountain, is designed to impress rather than overwhelm. There are plenty of terraces, four on-site restaurants (plus piano bar) and vast lawns leading down to the beach. On the inland side lies a “village plaza” used for weekly Cypriot nights, with a stuccoed wedding chapel plunked down in the middle.
Eating and drinking
The Amphora restaurant, family-friendly with some outdoor tables, is the venue for buffet breakfast and supper. Helios is more formal, purveying Med-fusion fare at supper only, adjoining a wine cellar. Adults-only Basiliko with its striking vaulted architecture is popular for weddings, with its private fountain courtyard and Asian-Med cuisine. Pelagos seafood restaurant overlooks the main pool. Unsurprisingly none are cheap – allow minimum 50 euros a la carte per person.
Outdoors, there’s a large, unheated infinity pool, nearby kiddie pool, tennis and squash courts. Latchi Water Sports has a seasonal franchise on the beach out front, and a kids’ club operates seasonally. The ground-floor Thalassa Spa has a colonnaded, glass-roofed pool with 17 treatment rooms; the fan-shaped seawater pressure-jet pond looks to a cycad courtyard. An adjoining gym, while small, is naturally lit.
Give this, like the hotel, four-and-a-half stars, from an impressively multinational staff – the current manager is Spanish. The grounds are well tended and room service is claimed 24 hours. A big plus for parents of infants is the baby-go-lightly service, where at (or near) cost you reserve all necessary supplies in advance to be sourced locally, sparing the bother of hauling nappies etc on the plane.
Who stays there
Mostly English, but substantial numbers of Germans, Italians, Belgians and Russians, plus Cypriot weekenders. Wedding parties; numerous families in summer and at half-term.
Rack rates begin at over 300 euros double for the lowest grade of room in April, the first month you’d consider sea-bathing. There’s little discount joy to be had from booking sites, though very occasionally you might find 3-nights-for-price-of-2 specials on the Leading Hotels of the World website.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- Great views / scenery
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Well maintained
- Excellent watersport franchise on beach
- Family friendly
- No complimentary drinking water in rooms
- Rumours of block-booking in summer
- Uneven restaurant fare