St Raphael Resort, Limassol, Cyprus
St Raphael Resort is a five star hotel and marina, situated on one of the largest Blue Flag accredited beaches on the outskirts of the lively cosmopolitan town of Limassol. The clear blue sea water and sandy beach ensure that all guests can enjoy a dip in the Mediterranean Sea and relax by the calm waves. For those guests who prefer fresh water, the hotel features two outdoor free-form swimming pools and one indoor pool. One of the outdoor leisure pools features the Amphibion Wet/Dry Pool Bar while the second outdoor pool in the new Executive Wing has its own water slide and separate shaded children's pool.
The sun, sea and sand aspect of Limassol has long attracted visitors from all over the globe to this sunny resort, but there are many more valuable attractions awaiting visitors of this town. Being the second largest town on the island, and largest sea-side resort consisting of a population of nearly 180,000 people, Limassol has so much to offer visitors as an all year round destination.
The city stretches between two of the most spectacular archaeological sites in Cyprus which are built on cliff tops offering spectacular views over the sea - the ancient city-kingdoms of Amathous to the east and Kourion to the west. Excavations from these sites have been held in such high accord that they are exhibited in museums such as the Louvre Museum in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Limassol is also situated in an ideal location between the two international airports of the island. Larnaca airport is approximately half an hour from the hotel while transfer time from Pafos airport is approximately 45 minutes. Flights into either of these airports from many destinations are easily attained and having the choice of both arrival airports makes it easier to find a flight that suits you.
Limassol is the island's main port as well as being the centre of the wine industry. A wide spectrum of activities and a great number of museums and archaeological sites are available to the interested visitor. The ancient Amathus ruins, the first perfume factory in the world, Curium Amphitheatre, Kolossi Castle, the Medieval Limassol Castle, traditional Cypriot villages, to name but a few, are all to be seen in this vibrant and cosmopolitan town.