Cyprus is a dreamy European summer holiday spot, with top standard luxury hotels catering for both families and couples with equal panache. Europe expert Natalie visits a selection of Original Travel favourites...

Aerial shot of Cyprus Coast

For families...

I couldn't help but feel slightly smug taking off from Gatwick last Wednesday for Paphos, Cyprus. The island is only a four and a half hour flight from London, 25 degrees and sunny in November, and the sea still swim-able (just!). Plus, I had a glorious selection of hotels to experience - all in the name of research, of course.

It's no secret that Cyprus is a great choice for family holidays, and they really do cater for families well. My first choice of hotel with little ones in tow would be the Almyra, along Poseidonos Avenue, right on Paphos' seafront. It's quite large with 189 rooms, but the buildings are spread out, so it feels spacious, and the service personal. Their signature Kyma suites are my favourite; Kyma in Greek means waves and they have prime position in the gardens overlooking the seafront. They can accommodate two adults, one child and an infant in a cot, and some interconnecting Kyma suites are available for larger families. The hotel has lovely views, is contemporary and sleek in style, has three pools, and is only a short coastal walk from bars and restaurants. There's a great kids club that takes children from six months, and their unique 'baby-go-lightly' service allows parents to just bring their baby, the hotel provide everything else.

Sailing marina in Kyrenia, Cyprus

Sail away...

There is a lot to do on the island to keep the little ones entertained, namely water sports, which are available along most of the coast line. I'd definitely recommend hiring a boat for the day from the fishing village of Latchi, and sailing along the Akamas peninsula. A national park on the western tip of the island, it's full of caves and lagoons where Aphrodite is believed to have swum. If you're staying at the Anassa, they'll arrange a picnic for you, and you can drop anchor for snorkelling wherever you fancy.

Moutoullas Village, Cyprus

Take your friends...

I love discovering something I didn't know about a place, and this time, I found that Cyprus also has a lot to offer for adult travellers, for couples or groups of friends travelling together looking for a relaxing break. An increasing focus of many of the hotels is wellness, namely yoga, pilates, healthy food and relaxation in extremely luxurious spas.

Zening Resort, Cyprus

Adults only...

Say hello to Zening, a new adults only retreat on Latchi's coast, where the attitude is 'do as little or as much as you please'. There are daily yoga and pilates sessions, as well as workshops like jewellery making and massage, and guests can pick and choose what they attend. The food is delicious and healthy and the menu consists of offerings such as halloumi and rocket salad and fresh sea bream. I had the best desert here of the trip, chocolate cake, made without milk or eggs, it tasted divine, who knew! No hard liquor or red meat is served, although wine and beer are readily available (phew). By 2015, they want to be self-sufficient, with their own farm and herb garden. There are no TVs and mobiles are discouraged - if you want to completely relax and go home feeling revitalised inside and out, this new resort is the place to go.

Anassa Spa and Hotel, Cyprus

Relaxation...

The spa and the rooms at the Anassa were so luxurious I never wanted to leave. The spa has 18 treatment rooms, a large heated indoor pool, a sea water hydrotherapy pool, and an extremely inviting relaxation room to name just a few of its features. The treatment list is extensive, and they offer yoga and Tai Chi classes on the terrace overlooking the sea which is such a beautiful setting. The hotel is great for families but in November, there wasn't a child in sight. Outside the school holidays, the Anassa was dreamily quiet, and for a couples 5-star retreat it's a must. I can't wait to go back.

Columbia Beach Resort swimming pool, Cyprus

Private Pissouri...

My last stop was Colombia Beach Resort in the sheltered bay of Pissouri. This hotel has a stunning location, on the most private beach you'll find in Cyprus. Private beaches are not actually permitted by law, but I doubt you would find many non-hotel guests settling here for the day. The sea is perfect for swimming, and sailing in and around the bay is some of the best on the island. There's a water-sports centre on site to hire boats from and they'll teach you how to sail, too. The suite-only resort has 94 of them, all large and with balconies. Guests return year after year to relax by the pool, enjoy the great food and use the lovely spa. I would have no qualms recommending this hotel for children or adults as it has something to offer for everyone. The same goes for the island itself.

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