Our partnership with the Thanos Group hotels in Cyprus – the Anassa and Almyra – saw an exciting development this Easter with the opening of two new Explorers clubs. Judy Wong, our Childcare Projects Manager, has worked with her team all winter on setting the clubs up – making sure the facilities are spot on for children of all ages and researching local activities. Since joining Scott Dunn in 2005, Judy has worked as a nanny for several winter and summer seasons before taking on her current role, she’s seen our childcare offering grow and grow.
The Anassa in Polis, Cyprus
Tell us more about Cyprus and the hotels?
‘Cyprus has gorgeous weather from early Spring right through to late Fall, which is great for families with under 5’s who don’t necessarily want to travel during school vacations. I know the hotels inside out and I really love them both. I nannied at the Anassa for a while and can vouch for the amazing service and superb food. The Almyra is more contemporary and has a great spot in Paphos – it’s perfect for wandering into town.’
What’s new about the kids’ club?
‘Thanos really wanted to work with us on their childcare offering. They had a good kid’s clubs already and we’ve spent the winter with them improving the facilities, making sure all the play areas have fabulous equipment and looking at a teens club for later in the summer. I had a huge amount of help from an experienced team of Explorers managers and they’ve done a brilliant job.’
The Explorers club at the Anassa
What can parents and children expect?
‘We know from feedback from last year’s guests what worked and we’ve looked at making sure it’s a great vacation experience for all. The clubs are run by Scott Dunn managers and all staff have childcare qualifications and loads of experience. We’ve only been open a few weeks and we’ve had some very happy children already!’
How will children spend their days?
‘They can spend a morning and afternoon or both with us. And if they’re with us all day, the hotel chefs will make them a delicious lunch. Depending on the age groups, we take them out on cultural trips – the mosaics on Paphos maybe or on a glass bottom boat tour. We’ll play some tennis and we’ll even teach them Cypriot dancing! We’re looking at digital workshops for the slightly older ones and when we run the teens club later in the summer, we’ll be doing some scuba training in the pool.’
The mosaics in Polis
Did the banking problems in Cyprus give you any trouble?
For a few days in March some of the locals were worried but it soon settled down and by the time I got home I couldn’t believe all the fuss in the UK press – you would have thought the problems were over here! All the guests were having a great time and the resorts were a little quieter than usual.
You must be exhausted?!
‘Yep! But I’m so pleased with how it’s all gone and the clubs really are amazing. I spent two and a half years with Scott Dunn at Anahita in Mauritius, setting up the kids’ club there and running it, and before that as a seasonnaire in our resorts, so I’m used to it all!’