Just returned from this wonderful 3 star hotel ! Sorry it's a 5 star isn't it? Nope it's Butlins in the sun.
First the goodies.....the staff are great best in many years of travelling.Special mention to Sasha the catering manager, Steve, Dimitri and Chris in the bar I really could go on but the staff are the only 5 star about this place.
Great gardens for lounging in, comfortable clean bedrooms with maid service every day, lounge bar air condioned with premium brands and great service.
Now the baddies.
Dont pay for a room upgrade unless you want a Marina view. We paid for a executive room and were upgraded ? to a sea view room which almost everyone gets automatically at no extra charge ( you can always grade on site if you are unhappy). Very small balcony which they have managed to squeeze a small table and two chairs.
Although advertising 5 restaurants be aware that only a buffet and a mediteranean, serving the same mezze and barbecued kebabs each night, are your only choice each evening.The buffet meals are poor, tepid and uninspiring.
The guests are 90% Russian and I completely agree with the previous views withe regard to their children's behaviour. The hotel offers a Spa experience to relax in a pleasant atmosphere, try using it with a hoard of unsupervised children in the whirlpool bath or playing with balls in the Spa pool and running in and out of the sauna and steam rooms.
With the huge number of children I would suggest that this hotel is not suitable for couples looking for a quiet relaxing holiday, hence the Butlins quote
The hotel prides itself on being Cyprus's premier resort sitting on a golden beach.....golden it ain't more a hard beige surface littered with left over rubbish from your fellow Russian holidaymakers. You should also be aware that if you want a beach lounger be early the Germans are amateurs compared to this lot. Only use the buffet at the beach snack bar you pay for the items on the menu.
- 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