Our regular travel expert, Sue, from luxury travel agent Exsus (recently voted a Top  Specialist Tour Operator by Conde Nast Traveller), shares her favourite destinations for fabulous family escapes during the school holidays. This time, she suggests the perfect May Half Term break in Cyprus:

Where to stay:
Perfect for your little ones, but also big on style and relaxation, Anassa in Cyprus sits right above a lovely sandy beach and has some of the nicest family suites in the Mediterranean.

The beaches:
You’ll be right above the long stretch of sandy beach, so there’ll be tugs at your sleeve to be taken there the moment you arrive, and there’s also a huge pool to cool off in.

What to do and see:
This is really a place to totally unwind, but if you like to be a little more active there are loads of water sports, as well as yoga, tennis, squash, and golf nearby. You can also explore the rugged Akamas peninsula on a jeep safari.

Parents will love:
Indulging in Thalassa spa treatments, and enjoying outstanding organic cuisine in the four restaurants.

Kids will love:
An activity filled day at the Smiling Dolphin kid’s club, with the chance to do sports,  learn how to scuba-dive, and accumulate a tribe of buddies.

Don’t forget to pack:
You don’t have to worry about forgetting something thanks to Anassa’s ‘baby go lightly’ service; order all your essentials online in advance, and it’ll be there when you arrive. If you do forget something there’s a pharmacy on site.

To organise your escape to Cyprus, or any other holiday contact Sue, or any of the fabulous Exsus team.


Sue has over 15 years of experience, specialising in Latin America and the Indian Ocean. A Scot with a Latin soul, Sue grew up in Brazil and Chile and has racked up a chronicle of Central and South American adventures from riding across the Andes (at the age of 11) to watching the sunrise from the top of a Mayan temple in Tikal.

And her wanderlust hasn’t stopped there: Sue has also travelled extensively though the Indian Ocean and the Middle East and is the fount of all knowledge for clients seeking R&R in Mauritius, the Maldives, the Seychelles, Dubai and Oman. Meanwhile her son Dylan has been well and truly bitten by the travel bug; having clocked up eighteen countries by the time he was ten, he is our resident guinea-pig for child friendly travel.

If like Sue you want to swim with pink dolphins in the Amazon, fly across the Costa Rican rainforest on the world’s longest zip-wire, or just blot out the rest of the world in an Indian Ocean paradise, Sue’s Latin spirit and years of know-how are just the ingredients you need in planning the trip of a lifetime.