Annabelle is a family-run luxury family hotel and spa hidden amidst six acres of lush Mediterranean gardens on the seafront of Paphos, Cyprus. Great service, cool, unpretentious interiors and a choice of four restaurants (all with children's menus) make this luxury hotel in Cyprus a great all-year-round choice for couples and families. Annabelle is the grande dame of Cyprus and its sister family-friendly hotels Almyra and Anassa are just next door.
The seafront gardens, pool setting and outstanding dining experiences at Annabelle mean that you may want to just stay 'at home', unwind and soak up the sun. Golfers can head to one of the four championship courses just a short drive away and there are plenty of watersports available nearby.
Just 20 minutes east of Annabelle there is an idyllic bay where, legend has it, Aphrodite was born from the sea. Whoever swims around Aphrodite's rock there will find true love. Take a boat out and visit the nearby islands and crystal coves. Cape Arnaoutis is on the tip of the Akamas peninsula and is well worth a visit; far from the tourist trail and with pretty sheltered bays, this is a great spot for a picnic.
Childen from four months old right up to 17 years are catered for at Annabelle. There is a Teen Club in July and August and a variety of Explorers Clubs, based next door to Annabelle at her sister hotel Almyra. Sports and activities are organised both in and outdoors for all ages, keeping kids happy and busy whilst parent relax and unwind. The health centre at Annabelle has a squash court and at Almyra guests can be pampered at the award-winning Almyraspa, a holistic oasis which uses Lulu's favourite spa products- Ila Spa. Treatments are based on Yogic healing and marma therapy 'beyond organic'. Be prepared to blisfully float away smelling of rose and orange blossom. The spa is an adults-only space where health, beauty and wellness are the focus.
Guests at Annabelle can choose from four restaurants and five bars, showcasing traditional Cypriot dishes, local tipples and live music every night of the week. Asteras is for the romantic guests, who can dine at candlelit tables overlooking the shimmering water gardens. During the warmer months book a table on the terrace for dinner under the stars. For a fine dining experience head to Amorosa where sophisticated French dishes are served to the sound of a classical pianist. For a relaxed beach-chic lunch or dinner Mediterraneo is the place to be; fresh fish, healthy salads or chargrilled shashlik can be savoured with a glass of chilled wine.
Breakfast is taken by the half-olympic-size pool at the Fontana restaurant where a variety of themed nights (no shorts or flip-flops please!) are held during the summer months. Start off your evening with a glass of champagne at the Byzantine Bar or sip on a smoothie at the swim up bar. During the day choose between the Beach Bar and Grotto Bar which is by the pool.