Parents have it so easy these days. Family holidays used to be tricky, but now there are places that have got it down to a fine art. Cyprus is one such a place: with a great climate (more than 300 days of sunshine a year) and tons to do on land and water, it is ideal for a family beach holiday.

Cyprus is home to some of Europe's best hotels, a couple of which even seem to have cracked that most difficult of conundrums - how to create a properly family-friendly hotel that is also sophisticated enough to remind parents of a time before toddlers. Indeed, the family angle is one that works particularly well on Cyprus, with its relatively short flight times and good weather, even in Spring and Autumn when the UK is, at best, a bit chilly.

What makes it a particularly hassle-free destination are superb beach resorts which are 'child-friendly' without being adult-unfriendly.

As well as the many activities on hand at our featured hotels, there's plenty more to see and do nearby. A good option is to hire a boat, take a pack lunch and spend the day exploring the bays and beaches of the Akamas peninsula, stopping off to swim or snorkel whenever you feel like it. For divers, there's also the underwater world of the Akamas marine reserve. Alternatively, the peninsula offers great terrain for mountain biking.

And if a little cultural activity wouldn't disrupt the familial harmony, the classical mosaics in old Paphos are well worth seeing. Near Polis are the 'Baths of Aphrodite'. Legend has it that splashing some water onto your face from the waterfall here will make you look ten years younger (good for mum & dad perhaps, but not advisable for teenagers).

Should parents want a little time out, kids can be left in the capable hands of the Anassa and Almyra to have waterskiing lessons or go horse riding while dad enjoys a round of golf and mum indulges herself at the Anassa's thalasso-therapy spa.

In the unlikely event the weather is bad, head to the Paphos Aquarium which houses several hundred species (including crocodiles) and overlooks the harbour and castle.

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Where to go

Cyprus beach

Cyprus

Sandy beaches, sparkling blue sea, excellent hotels for couples and families, and delicious food - we love Cyprus.

Where to stay

Anassa

Anassa

The Anassa is a luxurious resort located on a wide, secluded bay on the west coast of Cyprus, between the fishing village of Latchi and the mountains of the Akamas Peninsula.

Almyra

Almyra

The Almyra is a contemporary resort situated on the Paphos seafront, on the west coast of Cyprus. Owned by the same group as the renowned Anassa, just along the coast, the Almyra offers stylish accommodation and a full range of facilities.

Columbia Beach Resort

Columbia Beach Resort

Columbia Beach Resort is a five star hotel located in an enviable position - in the sheltered bay of Pissouri on Cyprus’s south coast.

I just want you to know how pleased we were with the organization of our trip. It really was seamless from start to finish and exactly what I was looking for: no stress, no worry, perfect execution, wonderfully beautiful hotels and exotic locales.

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