Dear Friends,

Happy Greek Orthodox Easter to you all!

Summer has arrived in full force in Cyprus, with temperatures soaring well into the 30's...a beautiful time to enjoy the refreshing sea, soak up some sun, and still be able to enjoy cooler evenings sitting out by the sea with a cocktail.

On that note, we are pleased to advise that our Summer outlets have been opened. Seashells Beach Tavern is serving some appetising new dishes at very reasonable prices and there is a wide selection of fresh fruit juices, smoothies, ice creams and cocktails to be enjoyed. Watch this space also for the entertainment line up in store for this season.

Splash Restaurant and the Amphibion Bar are also open for those who love the pool, and the Phoenician Restaurant is also available for guests, in house and non-residents, who wish to enjoy a meze with a twist for just EUR24 per person.

Our Sailor's Rest Summer Specials are also now available. These specials include some tantalising treats such as Melon and Prosciutto starters, Lobster served warm in a curried sauce and traditional Lebanese Mahalebi. Don't miss out on these great dishes as well as the summer ambiance in our award winning restaurant. Call 25 834 242 for reservations or e-mail sailors@raphael.com.cy now.

Our new animation team has arrived and is set up for the summer months with activities for children and adults alike. The programme varies daily but we can assure all our guests that there is something for everyone. The activity board is situated outside the Octagon Restaurant which details the day to day fun programme but if you would like to know in advance what could be in store for you and your family before you arrive, please do e-mail us for some more information.

Likewise we have some new musicians in house with great repertoires. The tunes can be enjoyed in both our Palladium Restaurant and our newly renovated Captain's Bar.

April brought with it some excellent news of more awards for our resort. We were delighted to accept an award from Expedia on Tuesday, 9th of April for 'Best Hotel Partner', an award for the proactive approach, outstanding partnership and continuous efforts making the most out of our mutual cooperation. We thank Expedia Travel sincerely for this prestigious award and look forward to our continued relationship.

Furthermore, we are delighted to inform you of our resort's nomination in the 20th annual World Travel Awards for the following two categories:

Cyprus' Leading Resort: St Raphael Resort Cyprus
Mediterranean's Leading Resort: St Raphael Resort Cyprus

Your votes and time mean a lot to us, so please please do log-on and take a couple of minutes to vote for us and help us to secure these awards. The official online voting for Europe is now open at www.worldtravelawards.com/vote and will conclude on 16th of June 2013.

The Serenity Spa will have its next promotion day on 24th of May and is pleased to introduce the new Summer Specials which focus mainly on local products. There are some amazing treatments such as Cleopatra's Milk Bath, Mud and seaweed wraps and facials, olive oil therapies and much more. Don't miss out on these unique treatments available over the next few months.

Finally, just to explain the 'out of office' that some of you may have seen from my email account, it is with great pleasure that I write this newsletter from home, having recently become a mother, a new title that I am very proud of! Therefore please bare with me and my tardiness at answering emails at this time as I am in between nappy changes, feeds and enjoying my little girl.

We look forward to welcoming you all soon and don't forget to check out our websites for some great packages and offers available throughout the year.

Our warmest regards,
Farah Shammas
Business Development Director

Stay Connected!
Expedia Award

Richard Bedenham (Internet Sales Executive) collecting 'Best Partner Hotel' award at the Expedia Summit on Tuesday the 9th April.

DIGI Pro E-Tourism Seminar - with Professor Demetrios Buhalis.

Christiana Hadjimanoli (Sales Executive), Krystina Tatsyy (Guest Relations) and Richard Bedenham (Internet Sales Executive) attended this two day seminar for social networking strategy on the 8th and 9th April which was packed with the latest social media trends. Photo above with Professor Dimitrios Buhalis.

Limassol Aid Concert

Thanks to the generosity of our staff and the Welfare Fund, EUR100 was collected and put towards food and donated at the Limassol Solidarity Concert, which took place in Enaerios on the 24th of April 2013.

Financial Director's Birthday

Financial Directors birthday celebration, Mr. Said Chammas celebrated his birthday on the 16th of April.

Educational Visits

We have been pleased to host educational visits from Europe, Russia and the CIS countries. Photo of our Sales Executive Christiana Hadjimanoli with a group in the hotel lobby.

Amathus Avenue,
P.O. Box 51064,
3594 Limassol,
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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