Monday, 19 December 2011

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from St Raphael Resort

 Dear Valued Customers, Partners & Friends,
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your loyalty, contribution , continued business and friendship throughout the year.
We wish you, your family and your staff all the best for the upcoming season and hope that you have a  happy, healthy and prosperous 2012.
By receiving this unique Christmas card, you have helped contribute to many in need  as we are donating to charity the money previously set aside to produce traditional Christmas cards. We hope that you will enjoy the funny video attached and see many familiar faces! For more information or further details on how to donate a little more, please see the World Food Programme. Your contribution means a lot to us and more importantly to the many hungry children of this world at this special time of year.
MERRY CHRISTMAS from the whole team at St Raphael Resort!
We look forward to welcoming you back at our award winning resort in 2012.

St Raphael Yacht Club presents - Epiphany Day Flotilla - 6th - 7th January 2012

Cancelled due to bad weather forecast. New Date to be advised!

On the occasion of Epiphany Day celebration on Friday 6th January 2012 you are invited to participate in a flotilla sail with St Raphael Yacht Club.
Event will start from St Raphael Marina 08:30 hrs in order to arrive at Zygi harbour by 1030hrs. The ceremony of baptising the Holly Cross into the sea will take place at 11:00hrs. The participants will stay overnight at Zygi and a dinner will be organised at one of the local restaurants.
The following day, Saturday 7th of January, a sailing yacht race will start from Zygi and finish at the St Raphael Marina.
In order for the St Raphael Yacht Club committee to be able to organise this event we need all those who wish to participate to contact marina@raphael.com.cy. Please state in your reply, your Boat name and the number of participants.
This event is for St Raphael Yacht Club Members. Participation for none members is open, please contact St Raphael Yacht Club to become a member. marina@raphael.com.cy

Monday, 5 December 2011

St Raphael Resort gets 'Hotel of the Month' on cyplon.co.uk


We are proud to be listed as Cyplon 's Hotel of the Month and are also thrilled to be informed that we are one of their best selling hotels on the island. On the 29th November, our UK based PR representative, Mrs Lena Georgiou, also attended a special event celebrating Cyplon's 40th Year Anniversary with many agents and friends in Stanmore.

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St Raphael Resort Limassol Cyprus Supports the 'Dancing Queen Foundation'

Six members of our staff walked 10km across Limassol for this worthwhile charity effort and raised a fantastic €600 to help children with learning difficulties and mental health issues.

To donate to this great cause, please visit http://www.dancingqueenfoundation.com/


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St Raphael Resort sponsors 'Mple in Cyprus' @ the 7Seas


We are proud to be the main sponsors of the famous Greek Band MPLE who will be perfroming in Cyprus on the 30th of December at the 7Seas and will also be staying at St Raphael Resort.

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St Raphael Resort @ EIBTM 2011

We enjoyed a wonderful evening in Barcelona organised by Expert Avis Marketing. Above photo with Klea, Olesya, Olga, Ms Farah Shammas (St Raphael Resort Business Development Director) and Elena.
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St Raphael Resort @ WTM 2011

WTM, held at Excel in the Docklands, London, United Kingdom.

Photo of Operations Director Mr. Andreas Gregoriou, Business Development Director Ms. Farah Shammas. Taken at WTM, held at Excel in the Docklands, London, with our friend and associate Mr Photis Lambrianides, Olympic Holidays.

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Friday, 4 November 2011

Cyprus Winter Sun Holidays at St Raphael Resort

All that Glitters in the Winter Sun.


By Bernice E. Gregoriou

Cyprus has long been a popular tourist destination, best known for its mild climate – not too hot in summer and not too cold in winter – its sandy beaches and the azure waters of the Mediterranean.

The island of Cyprus can be compared to a multi-faceted diamond – a jewel in the Eastern Mediterranean with numerous sides, each one revealing something different and exciting. The St. Raphael Resort is one of the sparkling facets of this precious jewel. The resort hotel is ideally located on the south coast of Cyprus with easy access to all free parts of the island Limassol town – served by the local bus service – is just 12kms to the west while a short drive of 40 minutes is all that is required to reach the summit of the Troodos Mountains, the town of Paphos or the capital, Nicosia.

The St. Raphael Resort offers such a wide variety of facilities and services that it would be quite possible for guests to spend all their time within the complex from the start to the end of their holiday without setting foot outside. There is an indoor heated pool besides the two outdoor pools, plus sauna, steam bath, Jacuzzi, gym and tennis courts for those wishing to burn off a few calories. Alternatively, there is a temptation of a good book on a sun lounger in the beautifully landscaped gardens for those wishing to soak up the winter sunshine.

Throughout the winter months, the Resort maintains a busy calendar of activities with the various festivals being celebrated in style. The Christmas and New Year period features a packed programme culminating in the Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve Reveillon. February 14th is always a very special day of romantic events for all Valentines at the St. Raphael Resort.

Easter in Cyprus is a highly important festival and the weeks leading up to this holiday are very exciting. Guests at the St. Raphael will have the opportunity to take part in the traditional Cyprus Easter events. Easter Sunday is a day of feasting on souvla, delicious barbecued meats; flaounes – pastry packed with a savoury mixture of eggs and cheese; tsoureki – a sweet bread made with eggs; in fact, an indulgence in all the delicacies not permitted during the long 40-day fast.

The first day of Lent in Cyprus is also a day of celebration marked by the Resort. Locally called Green Monday due to the custom of eating only salads and vegetables on this day, the beginning of Lent is a time of picnics, games and flying kites!

Prior to lent, Cyprus throws itself with enthusiasm into Carnival time – ten days of fancy dress disguises, dancing, singing, eating, drinking and parades. Limassolians are well known for this merry-making and at this time of the year the St. Raphael is positively bubbling with excitement and alive with colour, costumes and carnival events.

Those wishing to venture outside the resort during their stay to see further afield have the option of hiring a car or taking part in an organised excursion. The island is a paradise of stark contrasts. At this time of year, the winter sport enthusiast could ski or snow board in the mountains while just a 30-minute drive away someone could be skiing or windsurfing in the sea!

Others, with a spirit of adventure in their hearts, may prefer to explore the area around the St. Raphael on foot or by bicycle. During the winter months the landscape is fresh and green, abounding in local flora and fauna. The area is a delight for bird watchers, entomologists, botanists and herbalists. What nicer way to spend a few hours than roaming the countryside with the assurance that one can never get lost as the sea is always visible, a permanent market by which one can get one’s bearings!

The outdoor lover is spoilt with the choice of activities available. From autumn to spring, the ultimate golfing paradise is found in Cyprus with its 18-hole championship clubs all offering practice facilities, gold clinics and individual lessons. The golf enthusiast can feel at home here amidst the well tended, challenging courses.

Cyprus is also an important stopover for motorised and sailing yachts cruising the Mediterranean. The St Raphael Marina provides berths for many of these luxury craft. Naturally, sailing and water sports are an integral part of life on the island. At the beginning of January the Cyprus Yachting Association holds the five-day New Year Regatta at its headquarters a short distance along the coast.

Those wishing for slightly more rigorous exercise can join in the annual Amathounta Half Marathon taking place mid-November; or the Limassol Marathon in February. They could perhaps, get in some extra practice at the Internet Shooting Range at the nearby village of Parekklisia.

From cultural to sporting events, from village festivals to town parades, from architectural sites to contemporary shopping malls, from scintillating night life to nature walks, Cyprus has it all. The jewel of Cyprus glitters in the sunshine of the winter season and there is a never a dull moment with the countless interests and activities available for those with time to relax and enjoy.

To keep up to date with the latest news and events see http://www.raphael.com.cy/events

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Christmas at St Raphael Resort 2011

Christmas and New Year is a traditional time to celebrate all the good things in life. It is an opportunity to retreat from day to day routine and worries and to enjoy life’s pleasures with good food, laughter and genuine relaxation. We, at the  St. Raphael Resort, pride ourselves in our culinary expertise and friendly service, and invite you to celebrate this wonderful time of year with us.
Celebrate Christmas at the St Raphael Resort hotel in Limassol Cyprus and enjoy our festivities programme in 5 star luxury.

Book accommodation, book a table at Sailor's Rest Lounge Bar Restaurant

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

St Raphael Yacht Club - Flotilla 28th October 2011


The St. Raphael Yacht Club is organising a Flotilla on 28th of October 2011 to Zygi. The event is open for all type of boats, sailing and motor.
The boats will start from St. Raphael Marina at 1200 hrs and sail to Zygi where we will spent the night at the fishing harbour.
A dinner is organised at Marcos Fish Tavern and the price is €30.00 per person including local drinks.
The departure will be on 29st of October around mid day.
For more information or if you are interested in taking part, then please visit http://www.raphael.com.cy/events/straphaelyachtclub-events/flotilla-october-2011/
or email marina@raphael.com.cy

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Limassol Wine Festival 08.09.2011 - 18.09.2011 - 5 star accommodation in Limassol

The Wine Festival of Cyprus is an annual festival in Limassol, Cyprus that celebrates wine and winemaking. The festival was first organized in 1961 and since then it has become an established annual event of merrymaking and fun, in which the citizens of Limassol are not the only participants; visitors come also from every part of Cyprus. Its reputation is spread beyond the geographic boundaries of the island. In September of each year, Limassol becomes the attraction of thousands of locals and tourists who visit the Municipal Garden to enjoy the Wine Festival with the motto 'Drink wine, it gives you life!' (Πίνε κρασί, νάσιεις ζωή). They become the protagonists of the Festival banishing from their minds all concerns and worries, free from social conventions or protocols, in an atmosphere of unconditional fraternization, generated by the effects of free wine provided by local wineries ETKO[1], KEO[2], SODAP[3] and LOEL[4]. The Wine Festival can be regarded as a variant and a revival of ancient festive manifestations of worship in honour of Dionysus, the god of wine, and Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty and love. During these feasts people worshiped their gods, but primarily enjoyed themselves. For 5 star hotel accommodation during this festival, book limassol hotels, book cyprus resorts