When Tina Green was looking for somewhere to hold Sir Philip’s £5 million, 50th birthday bash, she picked the Anassa, taking over the 177-room Cyprus property and flying in a slew of celebrity guests to entertain the Topshop boss.
You can see why. Designed as a kind of faux Provencal village (though not many of those have £15 million lavished on them for renovation and refitting), it has a main building and a series of whitewashed, pastel-shuttered villas set amid luxuriant gardens.
Regular rooms, and a few junior suites, are in the main building, while the big, plush suites of the kind Sir Philip and the celebs stayed in, are in the villas. In summer, families are kept to one side of the hotel, leaving the swisher side largely child free.
The hotel fields four restaurants, all with fish and vegetarian dishes on their menu, including Amphora, where the breakfast buffet is served. Breakfast is a blow-out. You could eat enough to keep you going till dinner the next day. Then there's a gourmet Basiliko and a Mediterranean eaterie specialising in pasta, pizz a and fish, which has an outdoor terrace.
For the active, there is beach yoga, water sports, tennis, squash and three, 18-hole golf courses nearby, while for the sybarites, the Thelassa Spa, has treatments ranging from a 30-minute “body-balance” massage (68¤ or £61) to an 80-minute candle-lit massage in your suite at 290¤ (£258 but that includes a half-bottle of Champagne).
RATES: 215¤ (£190)
CONTACT: www.thanoshotels.com; 00357 26 888 000