NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2011

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year! We would like to wish you and your loved ones all the very best for 2012 and hope that you all enjoyed the holiday season.

I would also like to thank you for all your kind messages regarding our amusing Christmas Card. In case you did not have the chance to see it, please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTmH89Vhqwc to see some familiar faces at the Resort all having fun! We have donated a wonderful €2000 to charity thanks to you all receiving this e-card, instead of a printed traditional card. Thank you again and I am sure that the United Nations World Food Programme is also very appreciative.

On Thursday the 22nd of December we had our staff's kids Christmas party where over 100 staff and children attended. The party started at 3.30pm and went on until nearly 7pm. Presents were given by Santa Claus who descended from the 'roof' in our panoramic elevators and the children were thrilled. We also organised a clown and a magician to amuse the little ones and great fun was had by all.

Our own staff party for the adults is coming up on Friday the 13th of January, which we are all looking forward to. Last year we had 250 attendees and we believe this year we will have the same. We would like to take the opportunity in this newsletter to publically thank all our staff for their hard work and tremendous efforts in 2011 and are sure they will keep up the good work for 2012. They are, after all, our greatest asset.

Plans are now well underway for more hotel renovations! Yesterday, we started our renovation of the Octagon Restaurant. Our current guests will in no way be disturbed by the restaurant's closure as all meals will be served in our stunning Palladium Restaurant and feedback has already shown that the guests are happy with this arrangement. The Octagon will be re-designed and enlarged in preparation for Summer 2012 and we expect this work to last no more than two months.

Furthermore, in December, we completed touch-ups (repainting the doors, walls, new fixtures, etc) of guest rooms on two floors in the main building and we are continuing at a steady pace with the other floors. There are some other great plans in store, and we will keep you all informed accordingly.

For our Russian clientelle, we are pleased to inform you that we are hosting a Russian Christmas Gala Dinner on Friday the 6th of January 2012. This is fun for everyone, whatever your nationality, and we will be serving a rich buffet dinner in the Palladium Restaurant with live DJ entertainment. The price for this is just €35 per person and we also have an amazing deal for all to enjoy over the long weekend of just €150 per double sea view room with late check out and lunch the next day. Do contact our reservations team for further details.

December was yet another month where various 'stars' frequented our property. We were pleased to welcome the staff and team behind Nikolas Metaxas who stayed in the hotel for 5 days and hosted their press conference in the Resort. The famous Greek band MPLE also enjoyed a one night stay at the Resort on the 30th of December and we are pleased to be welcoming the singers Thiveos and Mikroutsikos with their team for a one night stay later on this week. For more details of their performances, please visit our events section on our website.

Once again, we would like to wish you all a healthy, happy and prosperous 2012 and look forward to welcoming you all at our Resort over the coming year.

Best Regards,
Farah Shammas
Business Development Director

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EVENTS / NEWS
Trip to Lebanon

Above photo of our Sales Manager in Lebanon at the CTO workshop in December.

Christmas Eve with Guests

Our annual Management Cocktail with our in-house guests (including the little ones!) took place on Christmas Eve where we served canapés and local wine.

Children's Christmas Party

All the staff's children were over the moon with their gifts and the fun of Christmas entertainment. More pictures available here.

Agents Visits

We were happy to welcome many agents and journalists from the UK, Russia and Germany over the past month to show them our property and help give them a better insight into the life at St Raphael Resort.

Christmas at St Raphael Resort

Thinking of spending Christmas 2012 somewhere warmer and yet still with the Christmas Spirit? Contact us now to receive some amazing deals for Christmas 2012 and New Year 2013.

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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