Need to know
166, including 40 suites.
12 noon, but flexible (subject to availability and additional cost). Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $428.84 (€349), excluding tax at 9 per cent.
Rates include a generous international buffet breakfast, including freshly cooked temptations such as omelettes and pancakes.
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 at least two weeks ahead in high season.
Annually from mid November until April.
At the hotel
Thalassotherapy spa, beach with watersports, restaurants, bar, crèche, kids club, playground, tennis courts, landscaped gardens and chapel, boutique, DVD library, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, mini sound-system, 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 are located in the landscaped gardens – handy for quick access to the pool. The Family Suite in the main building is most practical for a family with two or three children; 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 a king-size 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: perfect for sundowners, stargazing or sunbathing. Room 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. The best-looking rooms are the honeymoon-worthy presidential suites, Aphrodite and Adonis. Extra black-out blinds or curtains can be added to any rooms on request.
There's a lovely indoor spa pool. The main split-level freshwater pool has Roman steps and shallow areas; 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.
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, therapeutic 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.
All the usual hot-holiday fare will be useful at Anassa, where the family vibe is informal. 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.
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.
Anassa is very child-friendly and has lots on offer for kids. Under-12s staying with parents on a half- and full-board basis are free (over-12s pay a daily supplement of €64 for half-board and €120 for full-board).
Families with children of any age.
Under-12s stay free in cots or extra beds in parents' rooms.
Book your crèche and kids' clubs times well ahead, especially during half-term holidays. 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.
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.
Children are allowed in the main outdoor pool all day and the indoor spa pool until noon. There's also a separate outdoor pool for tiny Smiths.
Children are allowed in most of Anassa's restaurants, although you may not want to take them to smarter Helios or Basiliko (the latter only allows over-12s).
Available with a day's notice, from €16 an hour (€18 for two children; €21 for three).
No need to pack
The hotel's well-equipped with a steriliser, bibs, changing mats, baby baths, nappies, wipes and toiletries, pushchairs, infant car seats, baby carriers, stair gates, toys, games consoles, craft materials and swimming aids.
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.
Anassa's Baby Go-Lightly service makes packing a doddle: preorder essentials before you leave – from nappies and toiletries to pushchairs (including items listed above) – and they'll be ready and waiting in your room.
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.