Vibe: A rustic-chic hideaway with an unexpected dash of designer style, plus an excellent restaurant and a micro spa.

Setting: Tucked away in a sleepy stone-and-cobble village in the foothills of the Tröodos Mountains, midway between pine-forested summits and buzzy Limassol on the coast.

Why parents love it: The interiors – from Balinese fourposters to Rajasthani lamps and Cypriot rugs – are all take-mehome gorgeous, and superbly comfy too. Food at the Agrino restaurant is the classiest (and healthiest) of mezze cuisine. The village is a laidback timewarp gem, perfect for slow holidays.

Why kids love it: There’s a courtyard pool to play in, and occasional film screenings on the wall at one end. Children can roam safely around the village: most of the narrow lanes are pedestrian-only, and the locals could not be friendlier. You can drive half an hour downhill for sunkissed beaches, half an hour uphill for snow-dusted mountains with winter skiing.

Insider tip: Book early to get one of the two family-sized houses during school holidays. Don’t expect much in the way of laid-on entertainment (beyond DVDs and board games); but if you want to explore a hidden corner of a beautiful country together with your children, this is perfect.

Find out more: i-escape.com

READER OFFER: 7 nights for the price of 5; from £85 per room per night. Book through i-escape to get a bottle of wine and fruit basket at the time of your stay.