JANUARY 2013 NEWSLETTER

Dear Friends,

Welcome February and what a happy first month of the year January has been!

We began the year with nothing else than our wonderful Staff Christmas Party, an annual event that this year we were proud to be celebrating the Silver Anniversary of the hotel for 2012. Our prestigious resort opened its doors officially in November 1987 and as we saw throughout 2012, many of our current staff have been with us since. The party was a huge success, with nearly all our staff being able to attend (over 200 guests with their partners) and everyone was put into a great mood seeing a slide show of highlights from a 25 year rich hotel history (click above for link), fantastic dancing duet, Greek and English hits played by one of the islands most popular DJ's, a beautiful speech from Mr Andreas Gregoriou, staff prizes, raffle prizes and more.

We were extremely proud to award our 'Employees of the Year' awards to Mr. Sasha Stankovic (Front of house) and Mrs Despo Telemachou (Back of house). These two members of our team have worked extremely hard, not only during 2012, but for many years of loyal service to St Raphael Resort and we were happy to be able to give them something in return. They both won money for their efforts which, in the Front of House case, was voted on the guest questionnaires throughout the year, and in the case of the back of house, was voted by the Heads of Departments in a meeting before the party. Certificates of Achievement were also given to Niki Savva, Zacharias Zachariou, Emelda Petrou, Richard Bedenham and Athina Myridaki and we would like to congratulate all of these members of our valued team for their efforts. Mr Thrasos Mikellides, our Food and Beverage Manager, also won top 'Head of Department', voted that night by the employees at the party!

Still on the subject of prizes, we are pleased to announce that St Raphael Resort won a 2013 Travellers' Choice Award, 'Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Cyprus' based on reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travellers. We take great pride in this recognition from our guests and thank every guest who has contributed to this award by posting their valued experiences.

St. Valentine's Day is coming up and we have some lovely menus designed for those of you wishing to celebrate this romantic day. The Sailor's Rest Lounge Bar Restaurant will be featuring two specially designed menus at varying prices of EUR60pp for a gourmet six course menu or EUR45pp for a lavish four course menu. A la carte will also be available for those who prefer to choose from the regular menu. Also for those wishing to enjoy a stay in 5 star luxury, we have a special package of EUR100pp (EUR200 per couple) for one night's accommodation in a sea view room on bed and breakfast basis, including the luxury 6 course set menu at Sailor's Rest. For bookings please do not hesitate to contact us.

We also have some wonderful spa packages available to celebrate the occasion and enjoy a day out at any time of the year with those close to you. Our signature special Chocolate Treatments have proved very popular for couples and friends with the Cocoa Rasul becoming a Winter Favourite. On Wednesday the 13th of February, we will be having a promotional 'Chocolate Day' in the Serenity Spa and everyone is welcome to buy some products at special prices and if you buy a 'Fantastic Chocolate Facial' on that day (worth EUR85), get a 'Taste of Chocolate' firming peeling massage and chocolate mask body treatment for free (worth EUR60)! A chocolate facial demonstration will also be taking place to demonstrate the benefits of cocoa products.

Lastly, we are pleased to let everyone know that our Captain's Bar has been reopened and is in the final stages of its revamp as we are now only waiting for the new custom made furniture and soft fittings to arrive. The new bar area, complete with starlights, new flooring, modern fittings and a completely new layout and feel, will be ready in March and we hope that all our guests will love the new ambiance.

Work has also began on the Founders Suite, Room 103, which will be a new highlight for wedding couples and honeymooners for this year, and we have plans for other areas of the hotel too. Any work being done has not and will not cause any disturbances to our guests.

Do let us know if any of you are interested in Valentine's, Carnival, Easter, or Spa packages as we have some amazing offers available at present.

Wishing you all a wonderful February and be in touch soon!

Our warmest regards,
Farah Shammas
Business Development Director

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Beijing Guo An F.C.

We are proud to have the Beijing Guo An Football Club stay with us for their football training in Cyprus and wish them the best of luck for their future competitions.

Festive Parties

What great months December and January have been for Corporate Christmas, Political, Family and Wedding Parties and Events. For more information on our prices and menus, please contact us for a quotation.

Sailor's Rest Winter Specials

Don't miss some great new additions to the menu for this winter period which include scallops, valrhona chocolate and flavours from Asia.

Proud Winners of our in house staff awards

Congratulations to all the above for their hard work, efforts and loyalty.

Bronze medalist from Russia

We would like to congratulate one of our repeat guests, Mr. Vasily Mosin photographed above with our Sales Executive and Groups Coordinator over the festive period, for winning a Bronze Medal in the 2012 Olympics Games. Mr Mosin finished third in double trap, the shooting competition, after training in Cyprus for the games. A Big Congratulations from all our staff and team!

Amathus Avenue,
P.O. Box 51064,
3594 Limassol,
Cyprus
Tel: +357 25 834 200
Fax: +357 25 636 394
E-mail: reservations@raphael.com.cy
Website: www.raphael.com.cy

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