Aphrodite Hills, Cyprus
Whether you’re looking for fun-filled action or some gentle time to recharge as a family, Cyprus has everything you could possibly need for a luxury family holiday with children. Floating delicately in the Mediterranean sea between Turkey and Egypt, the Island of Cyprus offers fantastic beaches, (many loaded with water sports and activities,) ancient archaeological wonders, lengthy days of unerring sunshine and wonderful, authentic Cypriot cuisine that even the fussiest of children will adore. There’s also an ever-increasing selection of very high-end hotels, enabling your family to experience the best of Cyprus without having to compromise on style or luxury.
Intercontinental Aphrodite Hills
High in the Cyprus hills sits a family resort with 5-star style and service, the Intercontinental Aphrodite Hills.
Surrounded by a lush looking 18-hole championship golf course and boasting it’s own village square with shops and restaurants, the sprawling resort of the Intercontinental Aphrodite Hills is more holiday village than holiday hotel. If you don’t mind other people’s children in addition to your own - in...Baby-friendly / Family-friendly Spa / Pre-Teen friendly / See this Hotel & Book »
Anassa Hotel Cyprus
Anassa hotel boasts first class service on a very pretty stretch of Cypriot coastline.
The Anassa Hotel Cyprus is so sleek and stylish, it’s surprising children are allowed in at all. Luckily they‘re welcomed warmly and the resort makes a great base from which to spend a fabulous family holiday in Cyprus. Located away from the masses near to the sweet fishing village of Latchi on the island’s...Baby-friendly / Family-friendly Spa / Pre-Teen friendly / See this Hotel & Book »
Elysium Hotel Cyprus
Elysium is a Paphos-located delight for luxury-loving families
If your preferred hotel-style is grand and magnificent, look no further than the Byzantine-inspired Elysium Hotel Cyprus for your family holiday. It won't fail to deliver with it’s sweeping staircases and medieval-style archways. This exceptional resort and spa on Cyprus‘ south west coast is sandwiched between the...Baby-friendly / Family-friendly Spa / Pre-Teen friendly / See this Hotel & Book »
Le Meridien Spa and Resort Limassol
Le Meridien Spa and Resort in Cyprus is an international favourite that’s perfectly placed for exploring Limassol
The top-ranking Le Meridien Spa and Resort Limassol is a well-organised hotel, set back from a main street just along the coast from Limassol, and is ideally placed to enjoy the city (for ease, there’s a shuttle bus there twice a day). It’s all that you’d expect from a Le Meridien - an international mix of...Baby-friendly / Family-friendly Spa / Pre-Teen friendly / See this Hotel & Book »
Stou Kir Yianni
Linou 15, Omodhos.
A visit to Cyprus isn’t complete without taking in the Troodos Massif, the highest mountain range of the island. Not only is it an area of natural beauty, perfect for biking and hiking (although with young children a trip in the car is necessary,) but it’s also a great chance to escape unrelenting sunrays in the cool shade of tall pines, stopping by pretty villages as you ascend and descend. In the picturesque hamlet of Omodos you’ll find Stou Kir Yianni. Nestled in a narrow alleyway and away from the tourist-filled tavernas in the nearby cobbled square, it is small and quaint and serves fantastic traditional Cypriot food. There’s a mini fixed menu for the children, or a simple toastie can be rustled up for pickier eaters.
Pissouri Jetty, Pissouri
Visit Limanaki in Pissouri and you’ll think you’ve stumbled across a top local secret. It’s run by an ex-businessman, Sam, who followed his passion for food and retrained to be a chef. Sitting almost on Pissouri beach, Limanaki stands out from the usual seaside tavernas, offering an eclectic mix of Middle Eastern, Cypriot and International cuisine. The Sunday buffet brunch changes monthly and offers a great chance to sample different dishes. Limanaki also considers children, having created a delicious kids’ menu featuring juicy prawns, homemade chicken dippers and mouth-watering Oreo and Malteser desserts. Sam is always willing to pop out for a chat with you too, should you have any special dietary requests.
47 Tomb of King’s Road, Paphos
Fat Mamas offers neither traditional Cypriot cooking nor a fine dining experience – but then it’s not trying to. It is, however, a huge hit with the kids so, if you can endure the all-singing, all-dancing entertainment that breaks out during dinner, your children will absolutely love it. With sticky ribs, burgers, chicken wings and cheesy Cypriot mushrooms on the menu, it’s a naughty treat that you should allow yourself once during your holiday. The kids can choose mini steaks, ribs and pizzas off their own menu, which they can keep to colour in. When Fat Mama herself makes a grand appearance, it’s a prime photo opportunity that will leave the little ones grinning.
7 St. George’s Tavern
Anth. Georgiou M. Savva 37, Paphos
7 St George’s Tavern appears again and again in guidebooks for a reason – it’s the best place to enjoy a sprawling meze cooked just as it would be in a Cypriot home. The warm, family-style welcome means its perfect to enjoy with the children. There’s no set menu, but amongst the enormous range of dishes you’re guaranteed to find a few things the children will happily devour. Arrive hungry because the dishes will keep coming and coming until you ask them to stop. With little ones at the table it’s also advisable to eat as early as possible – meze is meant to be enjoyed at a lingering pace and you don’t want them nodding off mid-meal. It’s a popular place so book to avoid disappointment and don’t attempt a Monday visit because the restaurant is closed.
Although it’s best to avoid the loud party town of Agia Napa during the very height of summer, you might want to brave it for the Dinosaur Park. The creatures move, make frightful noises and always get a thumbs up from the kids. Also in Agia Napa is The Marine Park, which is well worth checking out for the dolphins and cute sea lions.
Vouni Donkey Sanctuary
Animal lovers will also enjoy the sweet donkey sanctuary in the village of Vouni, Limassol. Children can learn about Cyprus’ hardest working animals and even adopt one, should their tiny heartstrings tug strongly enough.
For an action-fuelled day out, take a 4×4 jeep trip to discover the untouched wilderness of nature reserve Akamas Peninsula. On the tour, children can walk through the dramatic rock formation of Avgas Gorge and visit Lara Bay, the green turtle breeding ground.
With temperatures rocketing to over 30°C in the summer months, a strong sunscreen and good sunhat is a must for the children. It’s also best to drink bottled water rather than from the tap. Keep the kids sipping regularly when out and about to avoid dehydration. Cover up little legs completely if walking in the countryside. Although rare, three kinds of poisonous snakes can be found in Cyprus and a bite can be fatal. In the event of an emergency, the police, ambulance or fire service can be reached by dialling 199 or 112. Call 192 should you need to locate a night pharmacy when on the island. Each of the major cities, Nicosia, Larnaca, Paphos and Limassol has a modern government hospital with good accident and emergency departments. For hospital information when in Cyprus dial 1400.
When to go
Cyprus is blessed with almost all-year round sunshine, making it perfect for out of season visits should you want to avoid the crowds and scorching sun of the summer. To see a totally different side of Cyprus, active families can visit in winter and ski. Up on Mount Olympus in the south, there’s snow and skiing between January and March.