Radis­son Blu is chang­ing the way peo­ple rest, work and play

Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - PROPERTY - By Char­lie Char­alam­bous

The 5-star Radis­son Blu seeks to change the tourist map of Lar­naca while up­grad­ing the is­land’s leisure in­dus­try with Cyprus’ first pur­pose-built busi­ness ho­tel.

Lo­cated next to Lar­naca port, the ho­tel cost EUR 50 mln to build and em­ploys 200 staff. It is said to be the first lux­ury ho­tel built in the town since 1978.

The 16-floor ho­tel boasts 106 rooms, all with a sea view and spa­cio9us bal­cony – they count among the largest ho­tel rooms in Cyprus in­clud­ing 16 suites of 56 sq.m, while the small rooms are 35 sq.m.

There is also a gym, sauna, out­door pool with a bar, an all­day restau­rant, Gin Bar and a Sky­bar claim­ing pride of place at the high­est point in the town. Non-guests want­ing to use the pool need to make a reser­va­tion first.

It also boasts the QBlu Plaza with seven ex­clu­sive bou­tiques, art gallery, a Cuban cigar lounge, fu­sion grill, a gourmet restau­rant serv­ing Ja­pa­nese-Pe­ru­vian food and a cafe. There is also park­ing for 240 cars.

Blu also of­fers mul­ti­ple venues for busi­ness meet­ings and con­fer­ence halls equipped with state-of-the-art tech­nol­ogy with a ca­pac­ity of up to 300 peo­ple.

The Radis­son Blu Ho­tel is part of the Radis­son Ho­tel Group one of the most well-known ho­tel fran­chises in the world, with more than 1,400 ho­tels op­er­at­ing across the globe.

The prop­erty is owned by Lar­naca-based Qual­ity Group - one of the largest in­vest­ments and land de­vel­op­ment com­pa­nies in Cyprus - and man­aged by a lead­ing com­pany in ho­tel man­age­ment and op­er­a­tions, Sun­nySeeker Ho­tels, with seven ho­tels in Lar­naca and Ayia Napa un­der its belt.

Radis­son Blu Ho­tel con­sti­tutes one of the largest in­vest­ments in Lar­naca’s his­tory and aims to at­tract busi­ness and con­fer­ence tourism plus Cypri­ots want­ing to dine out.

Qual­ity Group CEO Sav­vas Kakos said dur­ing Wed­nes­day’s of­fi­cial open­ing: “Radis­son Blu is un­doubt­edly a mile­stone project for Lar­naca and it has come to change the tourist map of the area.”

He added: “It con­sti­tutes one of the big­gest in­vest­ments in the his­tory of Lar­naca, it is the tallest build­ing in the town, the first busi­ness ho­tel in Cyprus and the first lux­ury ho­tel built in the town since 1978.”

“There is no doubt that Lar­naca is the next big thing in Cyprus and Qual­ity Group could not be an ac­tive com­po­nent in this ef­fort.”

Mar­ios Polyviou, CEO of Sun­nySeeker Ho­tels, said Lar­naca host­ing a world brand ho­tel chain is an achieve­ment in it­self and bodes well for the fu­ture.

He said Radis­son Blu would help in el­e­vat­ing Lar­naca tourism in a re­sort town that has come bot­tom in Cyprus for the num­ber of overnight stays and avail­able beds.

“It also opens the way for more Radis­son ho­tels else­where in Cyprus, this can only be a pos­i­tive,” said Polyviou.

The ho­tel is also bank­ing on the fact that 80% of the pop­u­la­tion live within a 45-minute drive from Lar­naca.

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