For the Arkin Group the last decade has provided the opportunity to consolidate and mature its leisure operations. The offshore and local betting operations have experienced dramatic development and growth assisted by imaginative software products and significantly increased information processing. As online betting has moved into mainstream leisure the maturing market has seen the benefits of sensible regulation by European authorities. Such oversight guarantees the provision of fair gaming management and capital strength to players worldwide. The Group has secured approval by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission for its sports-book and casino operations, and has operated its online poker room under the Malta Lotteries and Gaming Authority. Although an independent private corporation, the Arkin Group has previously considered approaches for joint ventures seeking to benefit from its experience in the leisure industry. In July 2011 the first such venture was launched in North Iraq in partnership with a local licence holding company. This is a green field opportunity to develop both high street and online sports betting based on its established models, with the prospect of negotiating with government for additional approvals for future development. The culture of the Arkin Group is to consider and evaluate ideas, to acknowledge and manage risk and to commit fully to development. As Chief Executive I am fortunate to have the support of an executive team of professionals with both experience and imagination, backed by the goodwill and commitment of an exceptional workforce. It is this unity of purpose that has built our corporation over two decades and I am confident that it will continue to keep us ahead of our international rivals.
David Hope Robertson, CEO, Arkin Group
Now a recognised brand in the international fields of hospitality and leisure activity, the Arkin Group has used the period of global economic slowdown to consolidate its achievements of the last decade. At the same time it has continued a measured programme of acquisition and development of complementary businesses to strengthen its market position in real estate assets. Taking the view that a strong balance sheet provides vital protection against inflationary forces, the Group has added a second hotel to its North Cyprus hospitality operations and extended the existing Colony Hotel in Kyrenia to include all day dining at The House, and event function facilities for up to a thousand guests at The Garden. The Arkin Palm Beach Resort Hotel in Famagusta is the ideal complement, offering magnificent beach side accommodation to the international tourist market. In the United Kingdom the purchase of an 18 hole golf course at Hersham in Surrey establishes the Group’s leisure offerings there and will be used to introduce its brand to one of the most important markets in Europe. Turkey continues to be a major market for the Arkin Group and the acquisition of the Arkin Pruva boatbuilding yard at Antalya, Turkey is proof of its confidence in the Arkin brand to attract high net worth customers. Pruva Argos Yachting has since built and launched the magnificent Daima, a Gulet style motor sailer and winner of the coveted Bodrum Cup in 2009 and 2011. The fundamental long term success of a major business can only be secured by a strong capital base. The Arkin Group meets this pre-requisite firstly in a strong combination of real estate, on-call liquidity and low gearing. Financial capital strength is reinforced by an experienced international management team and the loyalty of local staff committed to gaining skills and ambitious to progress. Together they look forward with optimism and confidence to the opportunities for managed expansion in the new era of global growth.
Erbil Arkın, Chairman, Arkin Group
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The Colony Hotel
In the heart of Kyrenia, the centuries’ old port on the north coast of Cyprus, stands the Colony Hotel, its name echoing the island’s past but its high standards of service and comfort very much of today. In keeping with the history of Kyrenia as a centre of power and trade the Colony Hotel has stayed true to the expectations of wealthy merchants and international travellers. The stone arches of the hotel’s reception and lounge timelessly reflect those of Bellapais Abbey, which has stood for a thousand years on the mountains overlooking the town. We invite you to cross the threshold from the bustling Kyrenia street and enter a place of calm and quiet order: the legacy of the Hotel’s founding chief executive whose philosophy was simple ‘exceptional customer service starts at the front door’. The Colony’s luxurious accommodation includes 90 guest rooms and 7 suites. Once checked in, take time to relax and consider all that the Hotel has to offer you. The ground floor Premier Restaurant is the ideal choice for the gourmet guest with full a la carte menu and extensive buffet selection. Nearby the Piazza Courtyard welcomes guests and visitors for lunch, to enjoy a quiet drink or simply relax within an opulent Ottoman atmosphere.
Situated on the rooftop the Vista Terrace Restaurant is the ideal location for 'al fresco' dining and live entertainment. Take in the breathtaking views sweeping from the deep blue Mediterranean to the rocky grandeur of the Besparmak mountain range. No holiday in Cyprus would be complete without time lazing by the pool, in the case of the Colony Hotel high on its rooftop and looking out across the Mediterranean: on a clear Spring day you can see the mountains in Turkey still topped with snow. Our poolside bar staff will keep you cool with a full range of international beers, wines and cocktails – but why not try the local vintage wines? Whatever your lifestyle choice we aim to meet your need. The massage and wellness centre will keep you toned up with a range of therapies, whilst hairdressing and beauty salons are there for that extra pampering you know you deserve. At the end of the evening you might like to round off the day with a bit of excitement at the in-house Colony Sporting Club Casino. From international table games to the latest slot machines, it’s time for fun!
The Colony Sporting Club
Walk into The Colony Sporting Club and you could easily believe that you had crossed the elegant threshold of one of London’s finer casinos. Indeed the design concept is that essential blend of the traditional European casino and the Las Vegas fast action games so successfully pioneered in the UK. It’s a policy whose popularity can be seen by the large numbers of Turkish and European international players who nightly crowd the tables. Open 7 days a week, 365 days a year, from 12.00 midday until 6.00 am, the Casino covers two floors within the Colony Hotel. On the ground floor slot enthusiasts will find a bright, comfortable environment offering 120 of the latest slots and video games, including reel machines and draw poker. The location also includes Touch Bet Roulette screens linked to a live table game on the gaming floor above. An elevator conveniently connects the ground floor to the first floor gaming area, which is also accessed by a sweeping marble staircase. Within the discreetly refined upper gaming area there are 23 tables including Roulette, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker and Punto-Banco.
Table limits offer options for the occasional fun punter up to the VIP major player. The atmosphere is one of lively elegance, with the more popular games attracting much attention. Plasma displays give recent numbers and sequences, and those who prefer a quieter experience can follow and bet on the games using the Touch Bet technology. Players who wish to take a break from the tables can find a number of areas where they can relax in comfort and enjoy a drink from the bar or a snack provided by our waiting staff. With customer service an article of faith within the Arkin Group our public relations personnel are always on hand to welcome and entertain our guests, certain that only their sister casino at the Arkin Palm Beach in Famagusta can rival their high standards of attention and care.
Arkin Palm Beach Hotel
All that the Eastern Mediterranean conjures in the mind may be found at the Arkin Palm Beach Hotel in Famagusta. From its rooms and terraces to its secluded beach it is impossible to escape the sense of history and the rich heritage of this Eurasian island. For those wanting to explore this fascinating region the Hotel is the ideal starting point for a trip into the Karpaz, the Cyprus pan-handle, a beautiful and un-spoilt area of hills and quiet beaches. On the way pass through, but be sure to visit, the Roman remains at Salamis whose amphitheatre still hosts plays and operas on summer evenings. Break for lunch at Bogaz or one of the other fishing villages on this delightful coast. For others staying closer to home the old walled city of Famagusta welcomes unhurried visitors wandering the streets and relaxing in its cafes. Opened in late 2011, the Arkin Palm Beach offers 102 rooms, ranging from de luxe doubles through family rooms to luxury suites. The hotel entrance and reception lead through to the long sea front lounge, with graceful signature stone arches echoing the walled city and the Othello Tower immortalised by Shakespeare. All our rooms have been individually furnished by our in-house design team, many with integral wet rooms.
Residents enjoy fine dining at the Cascata Restaurant, while the Beach Club and Surf Bar are open all day for beach and pool lovers.As one of North Cyprus’ leading hotels the Arkin Palm Beach welcomes group business guests for conferences and courses. With 500 square metres of function space, supported by full IT and communication services, companies can focus on solid business time management balanced with essential relaxation for their executives. The function centre also provides an ideal location for weddings and family celebrations, both for locals and overseas parties, and combines with our large gardens for outdoor events.For all the year round bathing the hotel offers guests a choice of indoor and outdoor swimming pools, with sauna and steam baths for complete relaxation. Mindful of managing environmental resources efficiently the hotel generates all its fresh water needs from its own desalination plant, ensuring there is minimal impact on local supplies. The Arkin casinos are there for those who want excitement and fun into the early hours and together the Group hotels guarantee the ideal Cyprus break for every visitor to this wonderful island.
Arkin Palm Beach Casino
The Arkin Palm Beach Casino, located minutes from the bustling centre of the historic port of Famagusta, is a thriving popular gaming destination. Set within the Arkin Palm Beach Hotel Resort on a single gaming floor, players enjoy American Roulette, Blackjack, Stud and 3 Card Poker, and Touch Bet Roulette. Our slot machines offer the latest games with multi–lines and progressive jackpots. All of this is within an elegant playing area that has spectacular views of the hotel's private Mediterranean beach.
The casino has a full bar with waiter service providing snacks and drinks throughout gaming hours.
The Arkin Palm Beach Casino's reputation for professionalism and integrity consistently attracts a large number of international players from all over Europe.
Cyprus Sporting Clubs
With decades of experience at senior management level, combining UK high street business standards with Cypriot hospitality and ambiance, Cyprus Sporting Clubs offers the finest walk-in sports betting service in Europe. All shops are fitted with wall to wall carpeting, fully integrated air conditioning and ventilation and individual upholstered seating. Refreshments are readily available throughout the day, served by uniformed waiters. The latest LCD large screens beam in live sporting and virtual events throughout the day. Individual international football matches from around the world are available for in running betting with up to 40 markets available on each event. To accommodate both local customers and overseas visitors bets may be transacted in several major currencies. Such has been the success of the CSC brand that the company was approached to operate high street betting in North Iraq in a joint venture with a local Iraqi company. Following an assessment of this pioneering development it was decided to invest in the partnership, leading to the first retail sports betting business opening in the regional capital Erbil in 2011.
Arkin Pruva Yachts
Arkin Pruva Yachts was established in 2007, in Antalya Free Zone, Turkey, to meet the needs of an increasing demand for custom-built yachts in an area which is fast becoming the new rising star of the yacht building industry.
The well-equipped, modern facilities and highly skilled workforce enable the Yard to build boats up to 50m in size in a comfortable environment for all in-house working teams, subcontractors, customers and their representatives. By employing traditional craftsmen with unparalleled skills, state-of-the-art modern equipment, and a highly trained and qualified team of designers, technicians and engineers, Arkin Pruva Argos is capable of combining the classic theme with the modern technology expected of today's yachts.
The company's mission is to build custom-made, unique, modern, highly-engineered sailing yachts of classic appearance. Arkin Pruva Argos is proving to be a leading force in a very short period of time.
Available for charter, Daima is a stylish custom-built, high performance 37m all weather motor sailer. She brings together the comfort of a classical Turkish Gulet, with a modern hull and superstructure, high specification equipment, rigging and sails, to stand in a class of her own – a prestige Gulet style yacht with enhanced powerful sailing capabilities.
Only the highest quality of both European and International equipment and materials were commissioned for use throughout the entire build. The air-conditioned interior is tastefully appointed to the exacting standards of the discerning owner with an eye on beauty, function and luxury, to allow for 'living aboard' rather than 'staying aboard'.
The comfortable accommodation includes a full-beam master suite, a VIP double guest suite, a double guest suite, and two twin guest suites. Each guest suite has its own mini-bar and each cabin is equipped with a flat screen TV and console to access the state-of-the-art entertainment and sound system or surf the internet.
Hersham Golf Course, Surrey
The village of Hersham, close to the famous Sandown Race Course in Surrey, may seem an unlikely spot for an Arkin Group leisure holding. Close to the busy A3 from London to the South West and connected to the capital by main line rail, Hersham offers village life and metropolitan leisure.
Built in acres of beautiful Surrey parkland, bordered by the River Mole, Hersham Golf Club is the perfect antidote to stressful 21st century living and a great place to meet friends or do business with golfing partners. In 2008 Arkin identified the property as an opportunity to establish the Arkin brand in one of Europe's biggest leisure markets and as a valuable real estate investment in South East England. With the investment supported by a successful business model, regular membership combined with pay and play, the property represents a sound capital asset as a hedge against inflationary risks.
The House and Garden
Arkin Messe Touristic
For a group dedicated to leisure and travel, especially when targeting the short haul European executive and family markets, the best guarantee of service quality must include the management of reservations and ticketing. Our dedicated travel agency, Arkin Messe Touristic, operates walk-in offices in Northern Cyprus and mainland Turkey and is committed to making life easy for both the regular and the occasional traveler. With full IATA membership Arkin Messe provides airline ticketing and hotel reservations worldwide to a rapidly growing customer base.
Every travel agency aims to create a comfortable and stress free journey, but surely no one does this with quite the same level of care and efficiency, especially when the destination is the Colony Hotel at Kyrenia or the Arkin Palm Beach at Famagusta. On arrival at Northern Cyprus' Ercan Airport our customer service representative provides a limousine journey to the hotel - naturally the same VIP treatment marks the return journey.
Whether for a weekend away or for the trip of a lifetime we never forget our clients have a number of travel providers to choose from - our aim is simply to ensure that our reputation makes that choice easy for them.
TheBetArena is Arkin Group's rapidly growing online betting and gaming arm. From call centre telephone betting in 1999 the sports-book operations have moved online, taking advantage of technological development and mainstream acceptance of interactive betting.
Centralised accounts allow access to all areas of The BetArena, be it sports betting, casino, games or virtual sports. Today almost all new registrations are made through The BetArena web site at www.thebetarena.com, nevertheless we have retained our full customer service team to provide the all important individual response to our players' enquiries. Customers may be online but that doesn't mean they don't deserve personal service.
The Betarena now streams over 8,000 live sporting events to its customers every year and bets in-running on over 1500 events per month including football, tennis, basketball, handball, and volleyball. Our statistics centre and live score site gives our clients access to the most comprehensive and up to date information the market has to offer, covering 21 sports from 72 countries around the world.
NewrozBet Arena is our online and retail betting business in the region of Kurdistan, Iraq.
After entering into partnership with a local company we were granted a licence to trade in February 2011, with our first premises opening in July 2011. Since then Newrozbet Arena has grown rapidly opening further shops in the capital Erbil and Dohuk, and are operating agencies throughout the region.
Step inside and you will find betting facilities that would grace any country in the world, with wall to wall carpeting, waiter service and scores of flat screen televisions beaming in global sporting events using the very latest technology.
Whether it is Royal Ascot, Crayford dogs, the Ryder Cup, ATP Tennis, Euro basketball, racing from Dubai or the European or Asian Champions League you will find it all inside our comfortable air conditioned, purpose built lounges.
Transactions are made in Iraqi Dinar and USD, and our multi lingual team speaking Kurdish, Arabic, English and Turkish are on hand to enhance the experience.