Friday, April 8, 2011

WE HAVE JUST BEEN TO CYPRUS, part 1, Anassa









Cyprus, land of Aphrodite, goddess of love…and Anassa the most beautiful hotel on the island. Built like a Mediterranean village among gardens and pools sloping down to a long sandy beach, but inside more like a palace. It is an astounding piece of art. Classical motifs are mixed with cloisters, fountains, domes and cupolas and even a real Byzantine church is part of the hotel. Here they have wedding ceremonies (multi-denominational)…



The beach is amazing. Cinnamon sands stretch up to the mountainous Akamas peninsula nature reserve. Sunbeds lie beside a wooden walkway on the beach, perfect spot for us to enjoy spring sun and beach service.





More sunbeds surround the outdoor pools – one heated and much loved by children as it is near the kids club. There is also a sizable indoor pool in the spa.






This was the Thanos family’s spring party weekend. Thanos owns three hotels on Cyprus. All delightful – but Anassa is their “queen”.

The grand hotel with its gleaming marble floors and bathrooms offers exquisite suites, many with private pools. We were given a tour of the top suites, including the popular Adonis and Aphrodite honeymoon suites with jacuzzi on the balcony overlooking the ocean and beach. In the images below you can see our very own Select Adonis (Max from marketing) in the Adonis suite.











Aphrodite suite is a mirror image of Adonis - but on the sunset side, with beautiful beach views.



We were also shown the celebrity villa Alexandros – a very private haven with its own entrance, a decent sized pool and two bedrooms upstairs. Some celebrities might choose to hide away there in solitary splendour, but other world names are happy to wander along the beach with their children. Anassa does give that kind of serene privacy.



High up on the same level as Adonis and Aphrodite we also saw the presidential Anax suite – with a long more formal dining table – and two bedrooms with balconies with perfect views.





Then still high up, but one level down, we saw a panoramic junior suite and a two-bedroom suite that you can occupy as a one bedroom suite or extend to a three bedroom suite. Connecting doors on the balcony are much appreciated by families who take adjoining suites – as the kids find it easy to play together.






This year we stayed in a garden studio suite - creamy white, light and Mediterranean in feel. Our balcony had morning sun, a pleasant place to be with a V-shaded view of the deep blue sea. By the time the sun gets too hot you are in the shade. The garden suites have a peaceful village style setting along winding paths – and all have at least a partial seaview. A few minutes’ walk to the main building – or a quick buggy ride.



Last year our studio suite in the main building had an extra large terrace with fabulous view of the sea, which saw the sun in the earlier part of the morning. In the high summer at 40 degrees, the shade on the terrace is divine. The suites facing the mountain, sea and infinity pool offer balconies perfect for sundowners.

We had a weekend of lavish meals. So much seafood, imaginative salads, Italian specialities, melt-in-mouth desserts in extraordinary displays of tempting food passion…and extensive breakfasts including champagne among olive trees.
After a sit-down dinner in the ballroom, we let hair loose at a disco, music pulsing under the cupola.



Polis Ioannou, the Director of Sales and Marketing was careful to point out this event was an exception.

Anassa is usually a place of supreme tranquility. Here you can get rid of energy and stress with squash, tennis, sailing, windsurfing, swimming, walking, hiking, mountain biking…or just dissolve it all at the Thalasso spa with saltwater jets and massages. Or dream on the terrace amid endless views, enfolded in soft arm chairs, float in the heated pool, or recline on the beach on a sunbed, served with whatever you wish to drink…

Snapshots below include various cocktail parties, gala dinner and the disco.







It was thumping under the dome at the spring launch...

But usually it is a place of utmost peace.



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