St. Raphael Resort
Recommended mostly to guests on All-Inclusive!
I spent three nights at St. Raphael a few days ago. It is very impressive as you enter the public areas on the ground floor. I loved the colours, the amazing paintings that are matching with the rest of the décor, and loved the private sitting areas at the lounge decorated with artificial palm trees. The Swarovski Chandelier centre piece is surely very impressive, the two glass elevators and all public areas are very comfortable and cozy.
Before coming here I had read several reviews from guests as I wanted to get a rough idea of what to expect. Of course I found some of the reviews exaggerating and probably because these people are not familiar with travelling or hotels and they really expect miracles to happen. During winter for instance the beach bar restaurants are mostly closed in all hotels. The most exaggerating comment was on the cats. Well, I came to the premises and smiled when I came across 5 or 6 cats in the whole area. By the way the cats here are adorable and guests keep talking to them and feeding them. Guests should also know that during the months of July and August there would be more families coming in along with children. It is up to the parents to discipline their kids and it is not a problem that the hotel has to be blamed of.
Location: Personally I find the location of the hotel excellent. It is near the historic Amathus Area east of the Limassol town centre away from the noisy city and at the same time it is surrounded by a number of restaurants and bars which are located close to the resort. Just a few metres outside the hotel there is a bus that runs every 10 minutes and can take anyone interested to the city centre by just a euro. If you pay 3 euros you can use the same ticket the whole day long for as many rides you wish. Get off at the Old Harbour and turn right to the popular city centre neighbourhoods. When you are back, the bus will drop you a few metres from the hotel on the opposite side of the road. So, why pick a taxi to drive you to the city when you can do it with just a euro? To get to the airport use the Intercity Bus (www.intercity-buses.com) You will be driven to Larnaca with just 3 euros and from the Phinikoudes take a taxi and pay 14 euros to be dropped to the airport. Another alternative is to take the bus that goes directly to the airport and costs 8 euros. Ask at the reception.
The beach area is one of the largest, sandy blue flag accredited beaches in Limassol and it is very popular to both locals and tourists as well.
A guest is welcomed by a fresh orange juice upon arrival and I found the management and most of the reception people very helpful and always on hand to assist with any requests to ensure that the guest’s stay is comfortable. This shows professionalism. However I cannot say the same for the staff I saw in the restaurant at breakfast. Starting from the very top who is supposed to be experienced. I can tell it is obvious that they are unprofessional but I can excuse the youngsters who might have been practising because they seemed very amateur indeed. They have to have some lessons for sure. I had seen a few incidents when the head one would scold youngsters loudly in front of the guests and make them feel embarrassed. I was ready to interfere but decided not to. I have never seen this happening in other hotels.
ROOM: I had a sea-view suite #303 overlooking the beautiful gardens and the Yacht marina. The highlight of my room was its panoramic view. The room was spacious and spotlessly clean, the marble bathroom was ok, and the towels were bright white and soft. The parquet flooring seemed new and much appreciated. Of course the suite included all the amenities a suite should include, with pieces of furniture in simple lines and style. I met however a couple who were staying in the new wing and indeed the difference is huge out there. Each had a private large balcony and the pieces of furniture were very different to those of the old building.
BREAKFAST: It was ample and it had everything one would want. I eat light though so I cannot say much on different things which I try to avoid. For guests who come to eat and enjoy all inclusive here is their paradise. Personally I am on the ala carte but still the dinner buffet was interesting. The Palladium restaurant at theme nights serves a rich buffet menu. There was much and a variety of things to choose from and at least the food that I tasted was ok. There was a variety of desserts and I could see people coming back to refill their plates. It is ridiculous how some people consider food as their priority when they are on holidays!!
IWi FI: Internet is free in the lounge and there are times when it was very fast and times when really slow depending on the demand.
SPA: Steffi Umbreit the Spa Manager was very polite and she was the person I would see more. It was too early for me to get to the beach so the Serenity Spa attracted me more than anything else and I was often out there using the indoor pool, the Jacuzzi and Steam room. One of the three days I had the Water jet Massage which I highly recommend. The best moment for me though was the relaxation room where I spent at least one hour every afternoon out there, relaxing and listening to soft and pleasing to the ears Asian Music. The Decleor and Neoderma products are used for the Spa treatments.
I guess people should not get confused when they read that it is a 5* hotel, because it is a fact that it is and it offers a great value for money ONLY to those guests who book on an All inclusive stay. You see, the winning award is on the Cyprus’ Leading All Inclusive Resort that the hotel got the last 4 consecutive years. The rating comes for the (All inclusive state) and this is the reason the hotel has still on the 5* rating. It is not because it is luxurious in all aspects. People who book B/B will surely find it very expensive if they decide to dine here later on and I don’t recommend that you book otherwise unless you want to skip lunch and book H/B.
Have in mind that the All- inclusive packages in summer include a choice of 5 restaurants, 3 bars, wind surfing, canoes, sauna, steam-bath, Jacuzzi, a modern gym, tennis courts, imported alcohol and a few more. People coming here should know that most of the guests are Russian and you can scarcely hear somebody speaking English. A small majority is Germans and even smaller come from other parts of Europe.
Really nice hotel on the beach
Very nice five star (*****) hotel, with excellent location, comfort and service.
The St. Raphael is situated about 15 kms from Limassol in an area called Amathus.
There was an archaelogical find here about ten or so years ago, which put a halt to all building on this stretch. Therefore it is rather quiet and not as commercialised as when you get closer to Limassol itself. There are another few similar hotels along here with similar setups, which are also quite nice, but I cant speak for them as I didnt stay there!
This hotel was willing to give me cuttings from a plant they had in their hotel after I had arrived back to Ireland....I thought that this was nice "after service".
Arriving at 6am in the morning, a lovely welcome was received, this place knows how to make you feel special!!
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Unique Quality: The setup is like this: hotel, swimming pool, gardens, residents beach (owned by Hotel, as they can do in Cyprus), private marina. So if you're looking for a relaxing time with everything within reach, this is the place to be.
The staff are very friendly, with a pleasant 24 hour room service (very handy), dry cleaning, laundry, swimming pool with a water bar where you can get both drinks and snacks, choice of four restaurants, buffet breakfast, cocktails, beer, mini bar in room, beauty parlour, gymnasium, indoor pool, beauty rooms, organised scuba diving, etc etc etc...
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St. Raphael Resort
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Address: Amathus Ave, Limassol, 3594, Cyprus
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Amenities at St. Raphael Resort
- Swimming Pool
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Room Service
- Fitness Center
- Free Parking
- Business Services
- Kids Activities
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High Speed Internet
- Bar / Lounge
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