NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2011

Dear Friends,

It is a pleasure to write to you once again, although I cannot beleive it is already November! We have been so busy this past month, with prestigious groups such as the 7th Interntional Conference on Terrorism and Electronic Media, AB Business Consulting, US Embassy and many more choosing the hotel for their important conferences. We have also had a record month in the Sailor's Rest Lounge Bar Restaurant with many individuals and small parties taking place there.

We have fantastic news in that we have been nominated for the Interantional Hotel Awards 2011 which is in association with Bloomberg Television. We have been selected for two categories - Best Resort Hotel 2011 and Best Hotel Marketing 2011. We feel very honoured that we have been nominated yet again in other prestigious award competition and while we hope to win, we would also like to wish other competing hotels the very best of luck.

For those of you who are in Cyprus today, we are pleased to be hosting yet another cocktail open day at our Serenity Spa where we will be offering free skin analysis with specialised equipment, discounts on all products bought that day and demonstrations of our Decleor and Neoderma products. This will take place today, Friday the 4th of November, until 8pm, do drop in for a glass of champagne. For more information please see our Facebook event page or http://www.raphael.com.cy/events/serenityspa-events/serenityspa-cocktail-party-november-2011 We will also be introducing our new Winter Chocolate Experience so keep an eye on the site or contact Steffi Umbreit for more details.

Our Marina has also had a busy month with the St Raphael Yacht Club organising a Gala Dinner in association with the Cyprus Shipping Chamber on Friday, 7th October where they gave prizes to the winner of the September Regatta. They also had a Flotilla on the 28th October to Zygi. This was an open event for all types of boats, sailing and motor, where the boats started from the St Raphael Marina and sailed to Zygi where they spent the night at the fishing harbour. At the same time, a sailing yacht race also took place in memory of Captain Andreas Ioannides, the Navy Commander who died in the Mari Tragedy last July. A dinner was organised at Marcos Fish Tavern and the boats departed the next day.

St Raphael Resort's holiday donation to the M&IT Online Charity Auction also helped to raise £360 sterling, which was donated to the 'Save The Children Fund' and help areas in the world such as Tanzania - Lindi Rural, Ruangwa and Kilwa - reaching 5,000 pregnant women and 15,000 children under five. Through the help of our generous guests, we have also donated €2,024.70 to the World Food Programme on the 17th October from donations collected from our €1 per stay campaign and our reception's donation box. Furthermore, we have received many foreign currency coins and notes from the donation box which we have given to support another UN charity, Unicef through the British Airways long-standing campaign.

As you can see from the above photo, we now have a new name and fantastic logo for our Kid's Club - Happy Bee! The little children at the kid's club have chosen this themselves after a lot of consideration and many little votes, so we are confident that the name has been chosen well. After our extensive renovations of the kid's club this year, including new flooring and the entire area being painted with a forest theme, we also look forward to many more additions to our children's facilities this winter including an area for teenagers.

Both myself and our Operations Director, Mr Andreas Gregoriou, will be in London next week for the World Travel Market and we would love to see those of you who are attending. We will be at the exhibition stand EM 1100 with the Cyprus Tourism Organisation so please do drop by or contact me to arrange a pre-scheduled appointment.

Wishing everyone all the best,

Farah Shammas
Business Development Director

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EVENTS / NEWS
Staff Trip on Sunday, 9th October

48 members of staff and their partners visited various areas of Cyprus to expand their knowledge of the island and enjoy a fun day out together in a relaxed atmosphere.

St Petersburg Exhibition

Our Sales and Marketing Manager, Prodromos Chamboulides, visited Russia for the Inwetex 2011 Exhibition in October.

Team Buidling Activity for the Spa

The whole team of the Serenity Spa enjoyed an evening out of bowling on the 28th October at My Mall in Limassol.

More Charity Donations

Foreign currency coins and notes donated by our guests was given to a Captain of British Airways to support their Unicef charity campaign.

Weddings at Sailor's Rest

Just one of the many parties, birthdays, gala dinners and small weddings that have taken place recently at our award winning Sailor's Rest. Contact sailors@raphael.com.cy for your tailor-made perfect meal.

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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