Firstly the real positives, the beach area and the sea is possibly one of the best in Cyprus this together with the garden area make it a very good hotel for relaxing in certainly in Oct/Nov. There were plenty of sunbeds in both areas so this wasnt a problem.
There are two swimming pools the one in front of the Exclusive suits is by far the best as it is also deep enough to swim in. However maintenance of the pools is very poor and the larger one had both green and black algae growing in the grouting were it is not cleaned properly(see photo) this flaked of when rubbed.
The Hotel is the last but one coming out of Limassol and therefore you are restricted in were you can go without catching a bus. Chesters bar is opposite nearly, but if you go up the road and turn right at the Post Box there is a small bar and Restaurant which is considerably cheaper. Opposite is a very good general store were the owners will do all they can to help .
All meals are buffet style, for a five star hotel the choices are fairly limited this can be seen by how many people take food from the childrens selection. Mid day lunch is a very poor selection.
Yes the two people you meet on arrival are by far the most friendly and many of the staff could take a leaf out of their book especialy the beach attendants.
Rooms are of a good size though the balcony is on the small size
Would I go again most probably but only if I couldnt get our usual hotel
- 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