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Filed Under: Luxury Family Hotel Review

Posted on 31st Jul 2013

James tells us about his tour of the Tots Too hotels in Cyprus:

“I arrived in Larnaca at 5am – rather bleary eyed after my Aegean Airlines flight. I was actually rather impressed with this carrier as all drinks are complimentary and they even show movies. The transfer to the Almyra was a little over an hour so it is more convenient to fly to Paphos for this hotel.

The Almyra was in fact the first hotel to be built on this part of the island and has since been transformed into a gorgeous boutique property. The decor is rather contemporary and minimalist or to put it simply… white! I stayed in a sea-front Kyma suite with roof terrace and would recommend either this or an Aethon room in the adults-only wing for a couple. The interconnecting sea-view rooms would be my pick for a family. This is a great place to come as a young couple with a baby as it is small, romantic, quiet and offers a ‘Baby Go Lightly’ service which allows you to request items such as a steriliser in advance.

We enjoyed dinner at the Annabelle – Almyra’s sister hotel – which has a classical style and is certainly more geared towards families with older children as the Teen Club is here. The hotels are a five minute walk apart and guests are welcome to use the facilities at either property. Unfortunately, the Anassa in Polis was closed during my visit and it was a shame that we were unable to visit this hotel as it is known as the ‘star’ of the Thanos group.

On the second day I had a look around the Intercontinental Aphrodite Hills. For me, this resort is the complete package. The hotel has a large selection of suites and interconnecting family rooms which are beautifully finished and very spacious. Or you can hire a villa – most of which have private pools. The Junior Villas are a short walk from the hotel facilities but car hire is required if you opt for a Superior Villa. There is a real sense of community as you walk through the grounds and The Village Square provides an array of dining options. The standout feature of this resort is its leisure facilities. Many solo travellers go there for the spa alone. Furthermore, the golf course is spectacular, there is a professionally run Tennis Academy and the gym is state-of-the-art. It is easy to see why this is a choice destination for footballers!

I also stayed at Le Meridien in Limassol for a night. This has a similar feel to the Aphrodite Hills and is essentially a large, very family friendly resort. The Penguin Village is a huge outdoor space dedicated to entertaining the kids with great facilities such as a separate pool and mini football pitch. The Pirate Village at the Aphrodite Hills offers a comparable setup with a multi-use sports court and a range of supervised activities. On balance, I felt that there was a little more on offer for teens at Le Meridien with their comprehensive Leisure Land but it will be hard to tear them away from either Kids Club. The main advantage of Le Meridien is that this is truly a beach resort whereas you are a short shuttle ride away from the beach at the Aphrodite Hills.

It was fantastic to see the variety of hotels that we feature in Cyprus and my suggestions will certainly depend on the ages of your children. Overall, it is an island brimming with culture and is a great destination for taking day trips. There are many archaeological sites although realistically it will be the water parks and zoos that you are more likely to visit! What a superb experience – I am very grateful to my hosts.”

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