Our holiday at the St Raphael was billed as "Ultra AI" 5*. It is a lovely hotel in beautiful grounds and has very good staff. The room was more than adequate in size and the furniture is reasonable but not what I expect of 5*. The major disappointment came at dinner in the main restaurant. A staff member should greet the guest and show them to a table. The sign at the entrance stated "please wait to be seated". Unfortunately many of the Russian guests did not think it applied to them and they could be seen getting there buffet style meal before finding a seat. Perhaps this is why the staff seemed not to care where they placed people. There were rows of tables for 2 with only 5cm between them that made them look like a works canteen at xmas (there were table cloths on). The food was not very inspirational and bore no resemblance to the stated themed fare. There was a different theme each evening and the menu did change but it was never what we expected. I was suprised at the lack of fish dishes,the ones being served were mainly from frozen as were all of the vegatables. We did not try the other 2 restaurants but these were available under AI at no extra cost but must be booked before 2pm. We had a look around the Italian restaurant and found it to be buffet style with much the same food as in the main restaurant. The Lebonese restaurant was also buffet style. Breakfast and lunch were ok. The 2 pools are very good and no shortage of sunbeds. The beach is not private but has su beds for hotel guests. The Russians seem to prefer the beach and there was a shortage of beds here. The hotel is 15Km east of Limassol and there is very little in the way of entertainment in or around it. The hotel put on some entertainment for about 1 hour each evening. We had a car, so got around the island ok. There seemed to be plenty of public transport, buses and taxis but I don't know the cost. All in all, we did not think the holiday was good value for money and will not be booking here again. We would recomend Cyprus though. The people are very friendly and there is plenty to see and do. We will be going back soon, probably to Larnaca, as we didn't get there this time. A word of advise would be to not travel to or from Paphos airport on Wednesdays. The locals call it manic Wednesday. There are too many flights going out in too short a time, all of them to Britain. We queued for almost 2hours to get through the security checks. All flights were delayed by at least 30 minutes because of this. See my photo's of the queue.
- 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