Stayed there over last week of Oct into November. Loved it! It was only about 40% full, whereas the staff said up until the previous week it had been packed. This meant we never had to wait for anything at all. At the pool there were maybe three or four other people, and on the beach there were plenty of loungers. We could take out pedalos/kayaks whenever we wanted (parted of all inclusive deal). It was totally stress free!
The all inclusive deal is excellent - it genuinely is all inclusive - cocktails, good wine, soft drinks, ice cream - the kids loved the milk shakes. - and all food between 7am and midnight.
The main restuarant - the Palladium - you could see at peak times might get a little overcrowded with tables close together. The food there was OK. The food in the Octagon resturant is Italian themed - but basically a buffet just like in the Palladium. The food in the Phoenician though was fantastic - a full Lebanese mezze - and again part of the all inclusive deal. You are supposed to book in advance for Octagon and Phoenician but it was so quiet there was no need.
The staff were brilliant - could not have been more friendly. There was an almost tangible relief from them though that the season was finally over. Some of the faciltiies were closing during the week for maintencance etc, but this didn't spoil anything.
Weather very good - 28/29, occasionally breezy, although staff said previous year October was a wash-out so i guess we were lucky.
Originally booked in an Executive Wing Family Rooms inland facing but looked out over a car park so we negotiated a reasonable upgrade to sea view connecting rooms in the main building - a very good move. Rooms very comfortable, beds excellent.
Place very popular with Russians - big, big Russians with tattoos, huge muscles and shaven heads. And the guys were big too... boom boom!
But seriously there were loads of scary looking Russian guys with small over bejewelled, often surgically enhanced girlfriends...
And a Greek first division football team with accompanying security guards.
And lots of adopted stray cats
Limassol is about 12 km away so get a taxi or hire a car. Drove into the mountains which were pleasant without being spectacular. Again out of season lots of places were closed.
Would we go back - yes, definitely, but not at peak time - the pool might be too small, and we could see how the restaurants might get a bit more stressful. The all inclusive deal is a must.
The hotel is definitely NOT 5 star (certainly when compared with the Meridien about 500 yards away), but its a worthy 4 star and we had a really lovely, relaxed, easy time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- St Raphael Resort, Cyprus' leading all inclusive resort, offering it's unique Ultra All Inclusive package, as well as other terms of stay, made to suit each individual requirement whether for a holiday, wedding, business trip or group event.LocationLocated on the South Coast of Cyprus on the outskirts of Limassol, on one of the largest blue flag accredited sandy beaches, the St. Raphael combines all the advantages of a carefully chosen, tranquil location: the calm sea at our doorstep and the colourful liveliness of Limassol just a few miles away.Accommodation272 rooms and suites. 90% of our rooms have magnificient views over the Mediterranean Sea with a balcony. Every room is equipped with air-conditioning, safety deposit boxes, colour plasma 26 inch tv, radio, direct dial telephone, internet access, mini-bar, coffee and tea making facilities and hairdryer. To add to the luxurious tone 6 Admiral Suites with a private Jacuzzi are also available.RestaurantsThere are six excellent choices of restaurants to suit all moods and occasions, including our recently built Sea Shells Beach Tavern on St Raphael Beach and the Sailor's Rest Lounge Bar Restaurant for exquisite fine dining experiences by the St Raphael Marina.BarsThree magnificent bars are available in the resort. These include the Captain's Bar and Terrace with breathtaking views over the Mediterranean Sea and Marina. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- St Raphael Hotel Limassol
- St Raphael Limassol
- St Raphael Cyprus