I set off on my first ever holiday with my baby son...

Anassa Beach

Feeling like total travel beginners on our first family holiday!

It was with trepidation that we set off on our recent, and first ever family holiday with our baby son. Was our little lad going to inflict screaming hell on our fellow passengers? How would he cope with the heat? Would he take to the sea? Would the hire car have a baby seat as requested? Would the hotel be equipped for a baby? Would we enjoy a resort-style holiday more accustomed to adventure and boutique? Not a bit of it, like a native, absolutely, of course, more than enough and pleasantly surprised were the answers. In short, our family holiday to Cyprus was fantastic and the Anassa hotel couldn't have been better.

Anassa Room

Perfect after all

The Anassa sits on the stunning and totally un-spoilt Akamas Peninsula, has its own private beach and every imaginable bell and whistle, while at the same time maintaining a very discrete feel. There were activities aplenty. Diving the reefs and drop-offs from the hotel's own PADI centre couldn't have been more convenient. Likewise water-skiing on the morning glass was just a stroll away. We hired a boat for the day and were amazed to be handed a speed-boat to explore the coves of the Akamas Peninsula and swim in its stunning Indian Oceanesque water.

Anassa room

Faultless service

But it was the hotel's service which really set it apart. We couldn't have felt more welcome. When we arrived in our room, cot, high-chair, changing table, bottle steriliser and all manner of baby toys were waiting for us. We used the hotel's baby sitting service for a couple of evenings - again exceptional. The food (although expensive) was delicious and the award-winning spa superb. Anassa was a fantastic choice for a holiday with a baby but I also feel totally confident that couples of all ages and families with older children would love it. Best times to visit are between March and November (we went in June which was lovely) but definitely worth avoiding the heat and crowds of August.