Tuesday, December 2, 2014

HOTEL CHECK CYPRUS, Anassa

Lars Ohlsén returns to one of Select Collection’s European favourites, built like a Cypriot village around a classical marble palace. In Mediterranean gardens along a lovely beach – a destination in itself.

Like a palace - marble and crystal, with classical patterns and contemporary flair.

Anassa is the perfect place to retreat. The resort is an excellent size (166 rooms and suites) and layout. Villas and suites are spread out and everything is within easy reach, just a short walk through the lush gardens; and it is never too crowded. You can walk or be driven by golf carts around the resort if you prefer.

The resort is immaculate. There is almost no sign of wear and tear here. All is kept in top condition by a big staff of workers.

A Byzantine dome adds exotic ambience and distinction. 

Accommodations


Suites to die for - the Aphrodite Suite


On a walk around the resort I was shown some of the outstanding accommodations including the glamourous Aphrodite and Adonis suites for couples and honeymooners, each offering a terrace with big outdoor Jacuzzi and stunning views over the bay. The rooms in the main building are very private, some with plunge pools.


Living room for Aphrodite


My garden suite is part of a Villa with four apartments situated near the pool area with perfect view over the sea and the whole resort, main building and the villas. The Garden Suite is a lovely room category and it has a nice roomy balcony.


Garden suite with ocean view

The room interiors are very easy on the eye;  marble floors and beige walls apart from some bamboo furniture, which will be replaced during the winter closure November to March. My only remark is the  32 inch TVs reception and variety of entertainment and a slow Wi-Fi need updates.

Anassa has a mix of guests - some families with kids and older couples. They are here for relaxation, the sea, beautiful views and of course the food and the service. There are a lot of facilities and entertainment programs for kids of different ages, but in low season there are only a few families, all with well behaved kids.

The main building contains lobby, three restaurants, a bar and meeting rooms. Spa is on the ground floor nearby.




Nearby

This secluded spot lies on the edge of the Akamas peninsula offering beaches, fishing villages, turtle sanctuary and the Baths of Aphrodite where the goddess is said to have bathed. That is alright, but I see no reason to leave this resort. Everything at Anassa is so perfect you don’t want to miss a minute here.

Restaurants

Amphora where you have the breakfast buffet has a stunning outside view. Also Lunch and Dinner buffets here are of very high standard, I especially appreciated the sea food buffet – great variety and super fresh.

Helios is fine dining with international menu and a nice garden for outdoor dining under the olive trees.


Pile of seafood delicacies from Pelagos

Basiliko, romantic stylish dining in a crypt, but it is light and very beautiful in white colours. Food here is Asian-Mediterranean fusion. Top quality of food and perfect, very attentive service. Loved their Miso black cod and Saganaki prawns.


Basiliko Prawn Saganaki

Desserts from Basiliko

Pelagos, near the main pool serves lunch with lighter meals as burgers, pasta and a fantastic seafood platter. Same top quality, but the fine sea food was too wet from the melting bed of ice it was served on. Pool bar nearby below has the same menu as served on the beach.

Since I was on full board I had the great opportunity to try as many of the restaurants as possible during my short stay. And I did! I only missed Helios because I joined the BBQ on the beach that special night. I do not regret this; it was a unique and very romantic experience. A lovely setting right on the sand, very close to the water with waves coming in almost under your table. Candlelit all the way down to the beach and the large grill where chefs prepared delicious seafood and meat to guests who, apart from the lovely setting, could enjoy a troubadour playing acoustic guitar. On other nights there is a traditional village feast with decorations and dancing in Anassa’s own little village square.


Beach BBQ - desserts

Beach

In a beautiful bay lies a very clean lovely beach so secluded that it is almost private to Anassa’s guests. The water is very clear and the beach has large grained volcanic sand (very hard to jog or exercise on).

On the beach service is provided by Anassa -  sunbeds, towels, drinks, lighter meals served at your sunbed.



Meal on the beach

Thalassa Spa

Large renowned top spa that is very beautiful with large open areas with a lot of sunlight coming in. Wide variety of treatments and consultations, large indoor pool, and a special jet stream massage pool. Treatments is 100 € for 60 min.

There are daily yoga and pilates classes. There is a small gym, tennis courts and even one squash court. I joined Pilates classes and had one combination treatment salt scrubbing/massage. The experience was very good in a quiet and relaxing atmosphere.


How to get to Anassa

185 km and 2 hrs from Larnaca by car, 45 km and 40 mins from Pafos/Paphos.


In a nutshell

This hotel is in a remote place but it is well worth the trip – to experience this stunning resort and what happens on it. Excellent service and immaculate buildings in a lovely location. A week or a long weekend at Anassa is a perfect vacation. The hotel is a worthy destination itself.


The stylish entrance



View from our room - heated pool by the Kids Club
Water features, arches and impressive architecture


Built like a village
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