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FAMILY


ABOVE: Sunloungers at Almyra RIGHT: Almyra's One-Bedroom Deluxe Suite


relaxed, there’s sister hotel Almyra. It’s a design hotel, and is as stylish as it is baby-friendly. Staying in one of its signature ocean-front Kyma Suites meant we could leave Dex napping in his cot and creep outside to sunbathe on our private deck, or even take the baby monitor – reserve one through the Baby Go Lightly service – and head up to the chic, Ibiza- style terrace on the suite’s roof, to watch this west-facing hotel’s stunning sunsets. The comfy daybeds around the main pool had canopies so Dex could play on his baby gym – provided free of charge – in the shade, in between dips. The hotel offers a crèche similar to the one at Anassa within the large kids’ club centre, open from Easter through to mid-November. The childcare professionals are English- speaking and many of them have worked in the club for more than a decade, meaning that returning children are excited to find their favourites ready to


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play with them year after year. Set on the seafront in Paphos, Almyra suits parents who like to wander. We trundled Dex back and forth from the restaurants of Paphos in his buggy, but it was hard to beat lunch at Ouzeri, the seaside taverna at the hotel. Early evening buffets at the Mosaics restaurant were incredibly child-friendly affairs, with a separate section of food for young diners. During the first few days, while Dex got used to the two-hour time difference, we could eat early with him before bedtime, and he loved being spoiled with attention by the staff. Once he’d reverted to his usual bedtime, we sampled the hotel’s good and extensive room service menu, and I took advantage of the evening opening spa to have a late-night swim. The property relaunches in April following a multimillion-euro revamp where a new infinity pool was added, as well as a pool house and new terrace areas.


FAMILY-FRIENDLY ALL YEAR ROUND


Cyprus has a long season, but for year- round family-friendly temperatures just four hours away, and with no time difference, the Canary Islands are just the ticket. And for parents with babies – or for that matter, older kids – few hotels can match the facilities at Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel in Playa Blanca, Lanzarote. The hotel is vast, with five à la carte restaurants and three buffets, a gym, a spa and multiple pools. (These aren’t heated, so we were glad we’d taken a warm wetsuit for Dex.) We quickly fell into a pattern, with swimming in the afternoon and a visit in the morning to the baby section of the hotel’s huge soft play centre, with its ball pool, crawl tunnel and fairground mirrors. And that was just the start of the facilities. Right next to the hotel is its own 10,000sq m private children’s play park, Kikoland, where the main pool and


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