It is easy to see why the Anassa is held in such high regard, both locally and internationally.
Meaning ‘queen’ in ancient Greek, the ultra-luxurious Anassa is set within some of the most pristine countryside in the Mediterranean. Situated between Polis and the fishing village of Latchi, the hotel sits above the shore of Asprokremnos beach, overlooking the beautiful Chrysochou Bay with the mountainous Akamas Peninsula as a backdrop.
Part of Thanos Hotels, a family-run company which also includes the five-star Almyra and Annabelle hotels in Paphos, the Anassa has been open since 1998.
The resort itself exudes the charm of an ancient Byzantine village and features classical low-rise buildings, white-washed wall, clay roof tiles, local stone and wooden doors and shutters. A central square and traditional church complete the feel of a Cypriot village.
A member of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World, the Anassa is referred to as the ‘grand dame’ of Cyprus. Known as a celebrity-magnet, the hotel is popular with the rich and famous, with guests having included the Beckhams, Gordon Ramsey and Prince Rainier of Monaco. Top Shop supremo Sir Philip Green famously took over the hotel as part of his 50th birthday celebrations, splashing out £5 million.
The Anassa is also renowned for its newly-designed Thalassa Spa, a Roman-style health retreat that covers the full spectrum of wellbeing. The spa includes a sky-lit columned indoor pool, 18 treatment rooms, saunas, steam baths, a seawater exercise pool, fitness room and hair salon.
All that pampering will make you hungry and when it comes to dining there is something for all tastes in the hotel’s four restaurants; from the signature gourmet Basiliko, romantically set in a stone cavern, to the speciality fish and Mediterranean restaurants.
The Anassa’s interior design reflects Cyprus’ rich cultural heritage and features Roman mosaics, Greek motifs and Venetian frescoes. The resort comprises 176 rooms and suites, all of which offer spacious, luxurious accommodation with balconies with sea views, some with private plunge pools and whirlpools on sea-facing terraces.
We checked into a one-bedroom suite which had plenty of the ‘wow factor’. Expect parquet or marble floors, cream timbered ceilings with fans, louvred shutters and opulence everywhere.
Our suite featured a huge living area, complete with dining table, armchairs and sofas, which led onto my favourite place – the large outdoor terrace. This featured a private plunge pool, sun loungers and tables, with a sea view and set in beautiful gardens.
As I walked around the grounds, the gardens were a sight to behold. Vivid bougainvillea and silvery olive trees are everywhere along with numerous flowers, plants and trees.
No trip to the Anassa is complete without a cocktail at sunset and upon arrival at the hotel’s designated Sunset Terrace, I was greeted by the barman with the words ‘welcome to paradise’. How right he was. Watching the sun go down was a highlight of a truly memorable stay, in which it was all too easy to lose yourself in this rarefied world.
40, Regenas Road, 8852 Neo Chorio. Tel: 26 888000, www.anassa.com.cy