The writer and model Sophie Dahl shares the delights of a family holiday at the Anassa in Cyprus – and some of her travel style secrets
I look for a sense of space in a holiday destination and the feeling of being properly away from home. At the Anassa I love the sea – and the stillness. The Anassa really caters to families with children and seems to genuinely like them. There’s a shallow pool, a fantastic kids’ club, they have changing tables and cots galore, all of the paraphernalia that comes with small children. The staff are incredibly sweet and thoughtful.
I guess the loveliest thing about a family holiday now is seeing my children excited by new things and places. Toddlers and holidays don’t really equate to relaxation – my husband and I took it in turns so the other could have a massage. A good children’s club is a godsend, and a really clever idea.
My childhood travel memories are of summer holidays with my grannies. One was by the coast in Sussex, the other in Cape Cod. Going to visit my mum’s mum in America involved a plane, a couple of buses, a ferry, and a taxi, and actually arriving was just the best feeling ever. Tropicana orange juice and Clorox washing detergent are forever the smells of summer to me.
Scott Dunn offers 7 nights at Anassa from £4,950 based on a family of four staying in interconnecting studio suites on a half board basis. Includes flights, private transfers and two places in the Explorers children’s club run by Scott Dunn. Call 020 8682 5040.
Portrait: Jamie Cullum
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