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Anassa, Cyprus

Overlook, fora minute, the family-friendly fanfare surrounding this Mediterranean pile on the north-west coast of Cyprus: Anassa is so much more than somewhere to keep children happy. There are grown-up suppers to eat beneath lantern-lit olive trees, phenomenally firm massages in the comprehensive spa, clouds of heavily-scented lavender and jasmine in the gardens and thick rolled towels on the day beds. A perennial favourite for spring and autumn sunshine, the hotel recently underwent a gentle nip-and-tuck to the tune of seven figures, resulting in a smartening of the bedrooms, a refreshing of the communal areas and an opening of a boutique that gives Matches a run for its money.

Anassa, Cyprus
Anassa, Cyprus

Now the whole place is glowing. Sunlight bounces off the polished marble floors and bougainvillaea erupts from terracotta urns. Fling open the pale-blue shutters for stellar sea views of the gin-clear waters of the Aka mas National Park on one side and the bobbing marina of nearby Latchi on the other. Make no mistake, Anassa is big – the rolling lawns, the different levels of the pools, the winding path down to the wide scoop of pebbly beach – but it is well considered. Everything is muted and understated – a nautical striped chaise longue is as wild as the design gets – but a rotation of visiting artists means there is always something engaging on the walls.

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