Ayia Napa Marina proudly raises the culinary bar in Cyprus, announcing the signing of an exclusive agreement between Ayia Napa Marina Hospitality Ltd and Joël Robuchon International. Late French chef Joël Robuchon is world-renowned for holding the highest record of Michelin Guide stars ever awarded in the world and was notoriously hailed as the ‘Chef of the Century’. A true visionary, he revolutionized the fine-dining universe, focusing on simplicity, consistency and excellence, while utilizing the highest quality ingredients, elevating hearty fare to a new level, always producing wonderful dishes consistently. 

The agreement signed in London includes the opening of two acclaimed dining outlets in the commercial heart of Ayia Napa Marina, giving foodies and gastronomes the opportunity to satiate their palate at the sophisticated fine dining venue L’Atelier Robuchon (https://jrobuchon.com/) an open-kitchen theatrical haute cuisine where award-winning dishes are sliced, diced and sautéed to perfection in front of the guests eyes; and the eclectic Le Deli Robuchon (www.ledelirobuchon.co.uk ), a casual, yet sophisticated all day dining delicatessen.

Joël Robuchon was the most decorated Chef in the history of the Michelin Guide, at one time holding 32 Michelin stars across his restaurants. He pioneered the ‘cuisine moderne’ style of cooking, placing emphasis on a handful of ingredients where flavour was paramount.  At the age of 50 he retired from the kitchen, allowing him the freedom to travel and garner new influences, particularly from Asia. His time in Japan proved to be highly influential on his cooking style and he credited it with a heightened awareness of texture in his dishes. On his return to Europe, he created a new restaurant concept, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, inspired by the experience of the sushi counter.

L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon is famed across the globe, revered by gourmands in the major cities in which it operates, from Paris, Dubai and New York to Hong Kong, Tokyo, Geneva and beyond. Notoriously serving chef Joël Robuchon’s signature tantalising and fresh take on French haute cuisine in a stylish black and red environment, the highly reputed restaurant has won numerous awards over the years. Notably, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon was awarded ‘Best Restaurant in the World’ in 1994 by the International Herald Tribune, while the Paris restaurant was voted 12th best in the world in Restaurant magazine’s Top 50 in 2012.

Le Deli Robuchon offers a casual yet sophisticated all-day dining space, eat in or takeaway, serving coffee, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks with eat-in or take-away options and a patisserie. Le Deli will also offer a carefully selected range of wines, teas, cheeses, pastries and breads all handmade with quality ingredients. Many of the products in the deli are those which Joël Robuchon chose and championed. The on-site boulangerie will offer freshly baked pastries from banana bread with mascarpone and caramelised almonds, porridge with dry fruits and chia seeds to the traditional handmade croissant. A selection of hot and cold sandwiches will be available to enjoy throughout the day including the famous Jambon-Beurre baguette with Robuchon’s signature butter or Le Croque à la truffe, Saint-Nectaire and truffle. There will also be a selection of salads, an afternoon tea, cheese and charcuterie boards, as well as a specialty gourmet coffee bar and central retail hub. The Deli will be complemented by a Sundeck where guests could enjoy the finest of food and drinks under the Mediterranean sunshine or have their cocktails and delicate finger food from the outside bar until the late-night hours.

With the highly anticipated establishment of two such world class eateries in Cyprus, Ayia Napa Marina aims to become the new dining hot spot and the ultimate destination for epicureans, significantly upgrading Cyprus’ gastronomy map and providing an entirely novel delectable restaurant experience. The two new venues aim to attract visitors from across the island and around the world to delight in dishes served upon a star in the finest ambiance.

Both L’Atelier Robuchon and Le Deli Robuchon will be opening their doors within 2022 in the Commercial Area and hub of the marina, boasting scenic waterfront views. Shops, cafés, restaurants and recreational activities will create a bustling harbour-side atmosphere, making the Commercial Area the heart of entertainment for optimal shopping, dining and leisure enjoyment.

“We are exceptionally proud that the Ayia Napa Marina has earned a reputation as one of the most significant developments in this key area of the Famagusta district, while standing as the most ambitious development project in Cyprus as a whole. And now, we are delighted to further enhance our world-class offering, with such prestigious and esteemed brands, like Joel Robuchon” emphasizes Mr. Naguib Sawiris, Chairman.

“Working with the Ayia Napa Marina team has proven to be an enjoyable, enriching and efficient experience. The team’s professionalism, diligence and attention to details is giving us full comfort in entrusting our brand to a rightful operator. We passed through hard times together, developing the projects through Covid-hard conditions and we prevailed. We are proud and excited to be part of this ambitious project and are looking forward to be embraced by the island’s warm hospitality; we hope that we will meet their expectations and win their hearts”, Ziad Joumblat, President Managing Director of Joël Robuchon International.

An official ceremony and cocktail reception will be held later this year, when the epidemiological picture allows it, offering guests the opportunity to indulge in the ultimate culinary experience.

Information about the project

Ayia Napa Marina is ideally located in the southeast coast of Cyprus, in Ayia Napa, between the beaches of Ayia Thekla and Makronisos.  The exclusive integrated development offers luxurious residences, world-class yachting facilities, a variety of retail boutiques, waterfront dining options, recreational and nightlife experiences. Its unique location, crystal clear seas, stunning beaches and incredible views are enticing to boaters, visitors and residents who appreciate a lifestyle of class and elegance. With complete privacy and round-the-clock security for homes and yachts, Ayia Napa Marina is the ideal yachting, social and residential destination, offering everything one needs to relax and enjoy the exciting lifestyle of the Mediterranean.