Five of our favourites places to stay in the sunshine island of Cyprus:
Tucked away in the hills behind the town of Pissouri, Aphrodite Hills (pictured) is a completely self-contained resort with everything from luxury villa and hotel accommodation to a ‘village square’ surrounded by restaurants. The spa is simply heaven on earth and there’s an excellent children’s club. The resort’s raison d’être is really its golf and tennis but there is a lot for families to do together, too, including guided nature walks through the ravine that divides the front nine from the back on the golf course. There’s also a luxurious beach club with a shuttle bus service. Expect to pay around £2,625 for a week in September, for a family of four, staying at the Intercontinental Aphrodite Hills Hotel, including B&B, transfers and flights with Easyjet. Book with W&O Travel Kids in the Med, tel. 0845 277 3300.
This chic boutique hotel in Paphos, part of the Thanos Hotels group, is very popular with stylish families, and has a black slate-tiled pool surrounded by sumptuous double sun-loungers, a fantastic Japanese restaurant, Notios, and really romantic dining right on the beach. Splash out on a Kyma Suite (sleeping two adults, one child and a baby in a cot) – the private roof terraces are a real treat. From £721 per person for a week’s B&B (suites cost more), including flights, with Carrier, tel. 0161 491 7650.
Sister hotel to Almyra, Anassa, near Latchi on the quiet north-west coast, is a real retreat. The whole hotel is built around a ‘village square’ in the style of an old Byzantine village, in lush gardens sloping down to a spotless sandy beach. There’s a children’s club, a beautiful thalassotherapy spa, tennis, squash, loads of watersports and the hotel has its own yacht, which you can charter for the day for cruises around the Akamas peninsula. From €245 per person per night, staying in October 2010. Tel. (+ 357) 26 888 000.
A sprawling resort hotel in the Amathus area of Limassol, Le Meridien has vast amounts of space, including an entire children’s village, a vast, lagoon-like pool set in acres of grassy gardens leading down to a sandy beach, and one of the finest thalassotherapy spas on the island.
The Penguin Village has a mini football pitch, bouncy castle, swimming pool, mini amphitheatre, climbing frames, and crèche facility for one month to three-year olds (there’s a fee for the crèche). A week’s B&B in September or October 2010 costs £2,755 for a family of four (excludes flights). Book by May 31 for free half board (full board for under fours, 50% off half board for over fours). Tots Too, tel. 020 7284 3344.
Columbia Beach Resort
Situated in a get-away-from-it-all location on the beach at Pissouri Bay between Paphos and Limassol, this all-suites hotel is a perfect place to come for peace and quiet – but proximity to all the sights. All the suites overlook a magnificent infinity pool, one of the largest on the island. There’s a taverna by the beach, a smart restaurant, magnificent spa with Molton Brown products, children’s club in the gardens, tennis, squash, gym and watersports. A week in September with ITC Classics, including flights, costs from £4,100 for a family of four, B&B, including flights with Cyprus Airways and transfers. Tel. 01244 355527.
Cyprus Tourism Organisation: www.visitcyprus.com, tel. 0207 569 8800.
Fly with Monarch (www.monarch.co.uk) to Larnaca, Easyjet (www.easyjet.com) to Paphos and Larnaca or Cyprus Airways (www.cyprusair.com) to Paphos and Larnaca.
Reading: Cyprus With Your Family by Sue Bryant (Frommers, £7.79 from www.amazon.co.uk).