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Akassia Swiss Resort

Last year rated as our top five star and this year still as our number two for sheer indulgence and buffets which would have pleased even King Farouk.

Rooms: 380

Room facilities: Air conditioning, telephone, satellite television, non-smoking rooms, wheel chair accessible rooms, daily maid service, safe, balcony/terrace, mini bar, 24 hour room service.

Location: 40km /30 minute drive north of Marsa Alam airport towards El Quseir.

Hotel facilities:2 floors, restaurant, coffee shop, babysitting or child care, laundy/dry cleaning service, concierge services, currency exchange, business centre, secreterial service, beauty salon, sauna, gift shop, travel desk, game room,
three swimming pools (outdoor), swimming pool (for children), tennis, night club
and 500 metres of private beach.

Telephone:   + 20 12 7455 049  or  + 012 2307 718  or  + 012 2307 745
Fax: + 20 12 7429731 or + 20 65 3334749

Guest reviews -

On the food
- most guests more than happy

"What we most enjoyed was the theme food : it was always excellent and really deserved 5 stars !!!"
( TripAdvisor 4 August 2008 )

"We had no bad tummy's and the food was fantastic even the children
ate, ate and ate all day long. There is always something to eat and
( Yahoo Travel 25 January 2007 )
On the rooms - mixed

"The room was nice, clean and the fridge was filled with softdrinks
( but the ) beds were so hard you could better sleep on the floor. The airconditioning unit was built in the time that Cleopatra was still alive. What a noise it made. Turning off was no option cause of the heat. "
( TripAdvisor 28 July 2008 )

On the Health Club -  A scathing guest review on one masseur's technique is probably not representative of most guests' experiences as several made more favourable comments.

"He put so much oil on my back that I thought that his hands would land on the other side of the Red Sea. He ran like the TGV with his hands over my back while I came for a Relaxing-massage."
( TripAdvisor 28 July 2008 )

Another much happier guest, describing the hotel as "heaven", raved  that  "the
massages are out of this world."                                                                
( TripAdvisor 30 December 2007 )

On the pool and beach - mixed

" The hotel has two jetty's which run either side of a coral reef which was fantastic for snorkelling. The amount of different types of fish was incredible."
( TripAdvisor 3 May 2008 )

"We had every single day an early rise (5.45 Egyptian time) to reserve beds at the pool otherwise you were not able to get the ones you prefered."
( TripAdvisor 20 July 2008 )

On the staff -  Most guests very appreciative

"We've just got back from one of the best holidays we've ever had,
and that says alot when your taking 4 boys aged from 2 to 10!! Our   
youngest son has Coeliacs disease and the hotel staff we fantastic..........they accomodated his every need, they even cooked him his own food if the buffet selection wasn't to his liking."
( TripAdvisor 3 July 2008 )

"The staff were so friendly and nearly all of them spoke fluent English and they really made the holiday. One of our waiter's Ahmed the Assistant Captain was exceptional, he had a table waiting for us and our drinks ready almost every night and was always smiling even though he and all of them worked really hard. "
( TripAdvisor 3 May 2008 )

"As you come down to the gorgeous beach there are men waiting for you to set up your sunbeds for you... they place your towels on your beds for you and move the windbreaks to relieve (you) from the winds that this part of Egypt are quite susceptible to, but in the summer
months this would be most welcomed."
( TripAdvisor 13 January 2008 )

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Brayka Bay Resort

Rooms: 483 rooms inc 1 royal suite, 15 senior suites     
and 2 junior suites

Room facilities: Air conditioning or heating, terrace or balcony, safe, mini-bar, direct dial telephone, bathroom with shower and hairdryer. Wheelchair accessible rooms available.

Location: 45km south of Marsa Alam airport
and 17km north of the town of Marsa Alam.

Facilities: Health spa, gym, massage, sunbathing sauna, parasols, snack /pool bar, sun loungers, children's pool, swimming pool (heated in winter), children's playground, medical service, room dervice, overnight laundry , cafe,  shops, bars, 24h reception and check-in, internet, mobile phone network,  restaurant (s) - high chairs, restaurant smoking area and non-smoking area, TV room, game room, conference room, theatre, disco, money exchange, two tennis courts, table
tennis, horse and camel riding, mini golf, baby sitting services, daily animation 

Telephone: Tel.: +20 12 1004401-3 or +20 65 3380065

Fax: +20 65 3380070

Guest Reviews: on Trip Advisor and Holiday Watchdog -

On the Beach - guests praise sandy beach

"My family and i have just come back from two fantastic weeks in brayka bay. The hotel was excellent and fullfiled all our expectations. We loved the location of the hotel as some of the hotels in marsa alam have jetties that you have to walk along to get into the sea. In Brayka bay you can just walk into the sea as it is situated in a lovely sheltered bay."
( TripAdvisor 17 August 2008 )
"Private sandy beach with access to the coral reefs very safe for children as the sea is shallow, clean beach towels every day."
( HolidayWatchdog May 2008 )

On the Sea - equally upbeat

"I saw so many things in the bay like stingrays, turtles, clown fish, crocodile fish, i could go on and on, everyday i saw something different. It was like swimming in a giant fish tank. "
( TripAdvisor 17 August 2008 )

On the Pool - one complaint about lack of sun beds during peak periods.

"The only down-side I can think of is that if you want a bed by the pool you have to be putting your towel out by 6.30am!! "
( TripAdvisor 12 August 2008 )
On  the Staff - also positive           
"The Staff were fantastic, so helpful, friendly and always smiling and greeting you with a hello, opening doors for you, getting you drinks etc and no hint of them wanting a tip. Bar Staff, Reception Staff, Room Boy, Gardeners, Chief's, Waiters, Cleaners all work very hard, they all helped make this a lovely hoilday."
( TripAdvisor 7 July 2008 )

"All hotel staff are friendly and helpful, especially Ali at the pool bar, he could run the bar with his eyes closed!"
( TripAdvisor 12 August 2008 )
"Many resorts in Europe could learn a thing or two about hospitality, and how to make your guests feel welcome by spending a little time here. "
( TripAdvisor 23 January 2008 )

On the food - generally favourable
"Some nights are themed e.g. Chinese food and Egyptian but on remaining nights there is always a good choice and you do not have to eat the same thing every night! The pasta stations are very good and if you enjoy cakes and pastries be prepared to put a few pounds on because they are excellent!"
( TripAdvisor 9 August 2008 )

"We went all inclusive and had a wonderful choice of food. The staff were smiling,helpful and attentive. Food was always kept well covered and dirty plates etc were never allowed to remain on a table for more than a few seconds."
( TripAdvisor 6 March 2008 )

But one customer not happy with overcrowding at peak times -

"The restaurant very over crowded and noisey at peak times a job to get a table many people walked round with their meals trying to find seats, very poor lay out of food area and long queues at times."
( HolidayWatchdog May 2008 )
On the rooms - mixed reviews.

"The rooms are very spacious if there are just a couple of you. You probably will find that the beds are hard and rooms are generally in need of refurbing but is not likely to ruin a holiday if you are already aware of this."
( TripAdvisor 6 August 2008 )

"The rooms are okay but could do with tea and coffee making facilities and they definately need to invest in some decent mattresses. But they are very clean and Wael who cleaned our room was lovely and very helpful. "
( TripAdvisor 9 May 2008 )

"(The room) did not have a safety depost box but these were available behind reception. The shower was very good and there was always plenty of hot water. Only concern was the shower rail was at a very dodgy angle and looked like it might fall off !.......... Plenty of storage space, and the extra pillow we requested from
reception was duly delivered to the room."
( TripAdvisor 22 January 2008 )                                                                                                     

On the desert safaris - guests seemed to love camel and horse excursions into the Sahara

"My daughter and i have horses at home so rode two beautiful Arabian horses in the desert to meet a Bedouwin family and drank tea with them. My husband and son followed behind on Camels.  We watched the sun setting before riding home...Heaven."
( TripAdvisor 23 June 2008 )

On the health club - guests seemed very satisfied here too.

"The health Spa was brilliant and I never indulge at home so this was a good opportunity to spoil myself. "
( HolidayWatchdog June 2008 )

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Ten minute video of diving around the coral reefs at Brayka Bay
showing sting rays, tortoises and many interesting fish.
YouTube 14 February 2007 (10:00)

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Calimera Habiba Beach Resort 

Rooms: 300

Room facilities: Airconditioning, private balcony or terrace, direct dial telephone, television, kitchen, iron, ironing board, in-room safe, refrigerator and mini bar. Tea or coffee served at any time in room.

Location: 37km south of Marsa Alam airport
and 25km north of the town of Marsa Alam

Hotel facilities: Main restaurant serving continental and Egyptian cuisine and a Lebanese à-la-carte restaurant as well as a beach restaurant and a pool bar. For business users there's a business centre and conference rooms and fax and internet facilities. Guests will also find two swimming pools, a kid's pool, a playground, children's club, baby sitting, gift shop, car rental, car parking, a tennis court, beach volleyball, open-air theatre, gym, sauna and massage.

Guest Reviews - on Holiday-Truth and Trip Advisor.

On the staff - top notch. Very few complaints and many compliments.                            

"All the staff were very helpful and friendly . They responded quickly to any requests . For example, our fridge was not working when we arrived but within a couple minutes a new one was fitted. "
( 28 August 2008 )

"The one thing that really struck us more than anything else was how happy the staff were to help - I'd read the reviews that said this but I really was amazed, nothing is too much trouble for them."
( TripAdvisor 28 June 2008 )

"The cleaning staff were amazing, my husband told them i owned my own cleaning company back home and they went into overdrive, the displays we had every day on the bed of towels in the shape of peacocks swans crocs and even a model of me reading my book on the balcony! were amazing i would certainly give them a job with me if they lived over here, if only you could find staff over here as conscientious Britain would be in a better shape."
( 25 July 2008 )                                               

"The Animation Team worked very long hours but were always smiling and their knowledge of the various languages was first class. "
( TripAdvisor 31 May 2008 )

On the beach - mixed

"The most disappointing aspect of this hotel was probably the beach.  The water was very very shallow and we were not allowed to go further into the deeper area.  Hotel workers whistled to come back in.  The sand was also not great, muddy feeling in the wet area and stoney in patches.  There was a ten minute bus ride to a good beach with deeper water and sea turtles and a good reef."
( June 2007 )

On the rooms - generally favourable

"The rooms are spacious and spotlessly clean, each with their own balcony and mosquito net across the window so you can sleep with the patio door open.......We regularly got towel sculptures left on the bed created by the cleaner but they were so good we didn't want to move them to go to bed."                                  
( April 2007 )    

On the food
- mixed

"The food is very poor, and I will pretty much eat anything and like to try food from all over the world. The food at the Calimera is tepid at best, over cooked and dry...."
( 14 September 2008 )

"The food in the restaurant was very good. Always a huge variety. We always went about seven and you could sit where you liked with no problems. The restaurant staff all seemed friendly. You could sit outside if you wanted."
( 1 September 2008 )

"The food at breakfast was good but in the whole week we never found a cleared table to sit at and became quite expert at finding our own cutlery!   As a result of the chaos in the restaurant,we ate mainly in the a la carte restaurants which were excellent and very cheap."
( 18 July 2008 )

Diving Excursions - Highly appreciated

"We did the trip to Dolphin House with Thomas cook. We saw dolphins,lots of dolphins. Unfortunately they were in deep water so we were unable to swim with them.Other people we spoke to at the hotel did swim wiyh them. Seems to be the luck of the draw. Dolphin House reef was very good anyway. You do get fed on the boat."
( 1 September 2008 )

"We also went to the Dolphin House which was the most amazing experience of my life - we were lucky and swam with about 30 spinner dolphins! "
( 28 June 2008 ) 

Desert Safari -  Also highly rated

"Then on the last evening we went quad-biking - probably best we did this on the last night or we would have gone every day, it was fantastic, but don't wear any clothes you don't want to get filthy, you will end up wearing half the desert, and it's worth the £5 for the headscarf!"      
( 28 June 2008 )

Overall - Well liked even in comparison to other top Marsa Alam hotels.

On TripAdvisor the hotel is ranked (as of September 2008 ) seventh out of 45 hotels based on 114 reviews.

The consensus of reviews on
awards the hotel top grades for room quality (5.1 out of a possible 6 stars) and service ( 4.6 ) but scores less highly for location (4.3) and food (4.2).

Read the reviews on the Calimera Habiba Beach Resort at

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Domina Marsa Alam     

ooms: 218. Standard 134, Suites 2, Superior 32, Family 30,
Connecting 20.

Room facilities: air conditioning,  direct line telephone, hair dryer, 10 channel satellite TV,  minibar, safety deposit box and terrace or balcony with view of pool, garden or sea.

Location: Just 4km from Marsa Alam airport and approximately half way between the towns of Marsa Alam (60km)  and El Quseir (65km).

Hotel facilities: Terrassina Restaurant serves both buffets and a la carte with both International and local cooking. There is the usual wide choice of bars including a snack bar, lobby bar, swimming pool bar, bedouin cafe, terrace pub,  Swimming Pool For Adults and Children, Room-Service, Fitness Center, Health-Club With Sauna, Massages, Steam Bath, Excursions -Desert Quad Runners Safari Trips and Desert Dinner-, Diving Center -Soon-, Professional Instructors For Diving and Snorkeling Courses, Medical Services 24 Hours, Value Exchange, Car Rent, Laundry Service, Gift Shops, Children Play Area.  Beach, volley, archery, billiards, multi-sports court, tennis courts, pinp-pong, diving centre, day and night animation programmes, pub and disco.

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Reviews: - As this is a new hotel we could only find one review by a customer who had a mixed opinion - appreciating the hotel itself but not liking the beach.   See the reviews on Yahoo Travel link above.

Dreams Beach Resort 

This year our number one five star choice.  Great restaurants,  nice beach, competitive room prices and  friendly and helpful staff.   Vigilant housekeeping employees keep everything spotless. Hotel shops also cheapest in the five star category.   Perfume shop has amazing collection of bottles and glasses and probably the most knowledgeable perfumer in Egypt.   Only very high internet connection prices disappoint.    An hour here will cost you more than some Egyptian internet cafes would charge for eight hours a day for an entire week !

250 including 56 connecting and
has some handicapped accessible rooms.

Room facilities:  Modern, comfortable and spacious and all with sea views, air conditioning, minibar, bathroom with bath tub, shower, bath robes, hair dryer and complimentary shampoos,  in room safes and a balcony.

Opened: 2005.

Location: About 30 minutes (45km) north of Marsa Alam airport.
and about 26km south of El Quseir.

Hotel Facilities:  A mind boggling nine swimming pools including one in the health
club which is heated from November through March.  Plenty of places to chill out including a pool bar, a beach bar, a lobby bar and an oriental cafe called "Shisha Corner".   There's also plenty of choice when it comes to food, especially if you like seafood or pasta.  Besides the main restaurant which serves the usual range of international cuisine there's a beach-side  restaurant called "The Love Boat"  with fantastic views and freshly cooked seafood dishes while there's also an Italian restaurant and a pool side pizzeria.   And for the sporting types there's aerobics, aqua aerobics, billiards, darts, football,  table tennis, volleyball and water polo. 

Direct  + 20 65 339 5000 - 5004   or via the Cairo corporate office on + 20 22 690 4040.

Fax: Direct + 20 65 339 5009 or via the Cairo corporate office on + 20 22 690 4720.

Reviews: on and have been mostly positive -

On the beach and sea: - mostly very positive                                               

"The corals are in pristine condition and you can spot turtles, eagle rays, barracuda if you venture a bit further from the pier  (Watch the current though)"
( 10 August 2008 )

We went swimming with snorkels in the sea 4 days out of seven. The fish are very impressive. There is a lifeguard on the jetty to make sure all are safe, and he does a good job by being vigilant and telling people if they are going too deep ."
( June 2008 )

"The beaches are wicked, definitely our favourite part. They have sun loungers, hammocks and little wicker tent things which you can get out of the sun in."
( 3 May 2008 )

On the staff: -  also generally favourable.    

"Special thanks go to my new friend Hassan who works in the main dining area and made us feel like we were his special guests. Also all the guys at the pool bar who were not only always cheery, but would bring drinks/fruit/cooling towels out to us at our sun loungers around the pool. "
( June 2008 )

"The staff are very polite and helpful and will do everything they can to make your stay perfect. We were shown to are room and all luggage was brought for us, the porter even showed us how the aircon and all the appliances worked."
( 26 June 2008 )

Staff are so nice and bend over all ways to help you."
( May 2008 )

"This is one of the hotels strongest pluses - the guys are wicked and will do
anything for you. "
( TripAdvisor .com  3 May 2008 )  

"The staff are fantastic they cant do enough for you as soon as you have got an inch left in your drink a new one is brought and same with you plates as soon as you have finished your meal your plates are cleared"
(  30 March 2008 )

On the rooms: - mostly appreciative.

"The room were very spacious and of an excellent standard."
(  13 June 2008 )

On the food: -  very few complaints.

"We pleased to find the food fantactic ...fresh breads....soups...salads....pasta
dishes made to your liking right in frount of you...and a vast selection of  
desserts...the meals each night were different theams for example: Mexican, Italian, oriental etc."
(  30 March 2008 )

"Breakfast Fab, eggs any way you want them cooked fresh by your own Chef lots of bits to go with them plus Pastries to die for etc."
(  14 February 2008 )

"I've been to Egypt twice before and I thought that the food at Dreams Beach was the best so far. The selection was good, the standard was good, in all honesty, if you can't eat well here everyday, you must be a very fussy eater."
( 23 August 2007 )
















 But there was one note of dissent from a British guest from Liverpool who was
not entirely happy -

"(Although) the food was lovely....... I did miss my bacon sandwiches of a morning."  

Read the reviews on Dreams Beach Resort at

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Iberotel Coraya Beach Resort  

Opened: 2001.

Rooms: 364 including 7 suites and 132 family rooms.   Standard rooms are 34 sq metres, family rooms are 37 sq metres and suites are 41 sq metres.  

Room facilities: individually controlled air conditioning, direct dile telephone, non-smoking rooms, television, shower, w.c.,  daily maid service, safe (in room), balcony/terrace, mini-bar, shaver plug.

Location: Approximately 10km from Marsa Alam airport.

Hotel facilities: 2 floors, laundry/ dry cleaning service, car rental, common/public areas accessible to wheelchairs, currency exchange, gift shop, room service, restaurant in hotel, beach with free towells and sun lounges, scuba diving, health club,
spa/massage, snorkeling, swimming pool (outdoor), swimming pool (children),
boating/sailing, tennis (outdoor), shopping mall.   One swimming pool is heated during winter.    Limousine service available 24/7 as well as internet and fax services.   In the unlikely event of any illness there is an in-house doctor. 

Restaurants: At the main restaurant,  Al Maha, you can eat inside or on the spacious terrace overlooking Coraya Bay.  Breakfast lasts for four hours from 6.30 to 10.30 - which should please both the early risers and the lie-ins.  Lunches are from 12.30 to 14.30 and dinners from 19.00 to 21.30.   However you can catch later lunches and dinners at the Fayruz Restaurant which specializes in Mediterranean cuisine with lunch from 12.00 to 1700 and dinner from 19.30 to 22.00.   Finally there's also the Night and Day coffee shop open daily from 14.00. 

Bars: There are four bars, two opening from 10.00 until sunset and three opening later including Zuzu's bar which has a magnificent terrace overlooking the pool and bay and two billiards tables.

Telephone: + 20 65 3750000

Fax: + 20 65 3750009


Check out the hotel's own website where you can book online.

Short video of the pool and beach
at Iberotel Coraya Beach.
YouTube 9 June 2007 (02:17)

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Iberotel Lamaya Resort 

Opened: 2005

Rooms: 389 comprising 52 Superior rooms, 134 Superior family rooms, 201 Deluxe family rooms, and 2 Junior suites.  32 rooms are connecting.
Room sizes are as follows. 

               Superior 37 sq.m
               Superior family 45 sq.m
               Deluxe family 45 sq.m
               Junior Suite    75 sq.m

Room facilities: Sea or garden view, individually controlled air conditioning, direct
dial telephone, satellite television, mini fridge, safe, hairdryer, private bathroom with shower and a spacious balcony with two arm chairs and a table.

Location: at Coraya bay 5km from Marsa Alam airport and 73km from the town of Marsa Alam.

Hotel facilities: Main restaurant, The Al Diwan,  with a terrace overlooking the bay and a beach bar and restaurant, The Morgana, with daytime snacks and a la carte seafood in the evening. There are also two other bars in the lobby and by the swimming pool.  The latter, unfotunately for those on  a diet, serves great ice-cream.

There are also three swimming pools (two heated during winter), a laundry, room service, complimentary sauna, steam bath, jacuzzi, gym and massage at extra cost; archery, darts, tennis courts, table tennis, basketball and beach volleyball; animation activities, a kid's club and a separate children's swimming pool and a diving centre.

There's also a fully equipped conference hall which can fit 150 guests for a cocktail, or seat 100 people threatre style or 50 to eat.  Please contact the hotel regarding the cost of renting an overhead projector, screen etc. 

Telephone: + 20 65 3750030

Fax: + 20 65 3750039


Guest Reviews on have been excellent with the hotel achieving a ranking of 2nd out of 57 rooms as of February 2009.   The hotel also scored well on with an average of 5.2 out of 6 stars as of February 2009,
scoring highest for rooms with an average of 5.6 stars and with location being the
poorest scoring attribute with an average of just 4.6 stars. 

Here are some short extracts from reviews from TripAdvisor.

On the staff:

"The waiters and the chefs who patrol the dining room are really friendly and love to chat if they have the time. Look out for a chef called Tareq, who loves to chat and takes pleasure in explaining what the different foods are. A waiter, named Abu, does a neat trick with a cup and saucer, and caught me on four or five occasions."
                      TripAdvisor 15 February 2009

" if a leaf falls there is somebody to sweep it up straightaway! one day a gardener saw me smelling some flowers and he brought me the same flower every day leaving it on
my balcony for the rest of the holiday."                    
                      TripAdvisor 1 January 2009

On the food:

"The food was good, i recommend the freshly cooked meat on the bbq outside, there's a different meat every night.  The lamb was top banana!  There's always something you fancy if not just pop over to kids corner for chicken and chips!"
        TripAdvisor 27 December 2008

On the sea:

"The variety of fish in the sea is simply amazing. We snorkelled nearly every day and never got bored with it. "
        TripAdvisor 22 December 2008  

Though not everyone was happy with the beach           

"The beach is fairly coarse sand, and we would recommend taking some beach shoes as it was uncomfortable underfoot."
                     TripAdvisor 30 January 2009

Check out the hotel's own website where you can book online.

Read the reviews on the Iberotel Lamaya Resort at

Read the reviews on the Iberotel Lamaya Resort at


Jannah Beach and Spa Resort  

Opened: October 2007 

Rooms: 280 including

    230 double or twin bedded rooms at 45 m2
      24 family rooms at  110 m2
        2 purpose built disabled rooms.

Room facilities: Ensuite bathroom with shower, shaver point and hair dryer,
satellite television, mini-bar, safe deposit box, kettle, seating area and air conditioning.

Location: At Port Ghalib about 5 minutes drive from Marsa Alam airport and
about half way between the towns of Marsa Alam and El Quseir.   For those
who like an exact map reference - 25° 34' 56" North, 34° 37' 43" East

Hotel Facilities: All the usual five star including including restaurants, bars, a large swimming
pool (1700 sqm) and a separate pool for children.   There's also, as its' name
suggests, a spa offering the usual choice of massages, hair salon, manicure and
pedicure, sauna and a gym for those who need to work of the calories easily put on
from the hotel buffets.  You'll also find the typical beach sporting activities including
volleyball and para sailing, as well as games such as billiards and darts and one
or two more unusual hotel activities offered such as a cycle track.   

The hotel has it's own 150 metre stretch of  sandy beach.

One of the most handy facilities is a bank - not available at many hotels - and you'll
also find several shops as well as medical services and internet.  Some of the above
facilities may, as is the usual case in Marsa Alam, be at an extra charge.

Check rates and book a room at

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When we last checked the website
(presumably the hotel's own) carried an "under construction" notice.

Kahramana Beach Resort   

Rooms: 179

Room facilities: Air conditioning or heating, desk, television, direct dial telephone, hair dryer, room service, mini-bar, safe, sofa bed and private balcony with deck chairs.

Location:38km south of Marsa Alam airport
and 26km north of the town of Marsa Alam.

Hotel facilities: include include mini pub and discotheque, main restaurant and two other restaurants- Cliff fish bar and Arrabbiate, lobby bar, car parking, laundry, Health Club with sauna, massage and gym; two swimming pools with separate pool for children; kid's club; tennis court; horse riding; private beach; water sports, desert safaris, spacious meeting/function rooms.

Telephone: + 20 19 5100261/3 or + 20 12 7454105/6/7

Fax: + 20 19 5100259


Book Reviews: Lonely Planet says "attractive beach, a good Italian restaurant and diving centre."

Guest Reviews: on more positive than negative with the hotel achieving a ranking of 11 out of 57 in February 2009.  Meanwhile on the hotel scored an average of 4.0 out of 6 stars in February 2009, scoring highest for the hotel, room and sport categories (4.4 stars) but significantly lower in the service category (3.7 stars).

On Diving: "This is a great place for diving. Unspoilt place, fantastic corals, sealife, etc. Dives are also cheap compared to the average costs. Did the Open Water PADI and
was most pleased with the instructor."
              TripAdvisor 31 July 2008     

On Rooms: "We had our suitcases brought to our room, which was the most comfortable I have experienced. The beds are to die for. A lovely thick quilt for the cold nights and there was also additional heating and cooling unit if it was needed."
              TripAdvisor 6 February 2008

" Our room is spacious and clean, with a great view of the swimming pools and the Red Sea. There are no mosquitoes here, and since we were on the upper floor, we left the balcony door open every night so we were lulled to sleep by the sound of waves rushing to shore."
               TripAdvisor 6 January 2008

On Food: "There was a very good variety of food at breakfast and evening meal. It was excellent quality, variety and the staff were so friendly. They made omelette and pancakes for you and we did not have one dodgy stomach all holiday."
              TripAdvisor 6 February 2008  

But not everyone was happy with the staff -   

"The service in the main restaurant at evening meal was atrocious apart from one guy who we tipped the first night and if he was around would always serve us. Most of the waitors would watch you walk in and sit at a table and would not come over and clear your table or ask you for a partner had to ask every night for clean cutlery and a drink."
            TripAdvisor 31 July 2008.

Check out the hotel's own webiste.

Book online at the B and G Hotels Group to which the Kahramana Resort belongs

Nine minute video taken around the hotel grounds,
the beach and an evening cabaret performance.
YouTube 6 April 2006 (09:59)

Read the reviews on the Kahramana Beach Resort at

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Lahami Bay Beach Resort 

Rooms: 220

Room facilities: The usual - in other words each has a balcony or terrace
"facing the sea" (presumably meaning a sea view), a sitting area  and a
bathroom with a bath tub and separate toilet cubicle.   As you'd expect 
there's also air conditioning, satellite television, a mini-bar, a safe and a
hair dryer.  However each room  is at least a little different as each has a
set of original paintings portraying traditional themes from the Sahara.

Location: currently the southernmost hotel of any size on Egypt's Red
Sea coast near the small town of Berenice and 123km south of Marsa Alam.
It's a 2.5 hour drive (185km) south of Marsa Alam airport.

Hotel Facilities: suprisingly for a hotel of its' size, there are three restaurants. 
As usual there's a separate children's pool and play area and a games room
(for all ages) as well as billiards on offer, but less usual for this area there's
also a library with a collection of books in different languages for anyone
seeking a quiet refuge.  A windsurfing centre is located just to the south of the
resort where there is a wide range of equipment available and instruction
offered for beginners.   Divers will be happy too as several first class dive sites
and popular shipwrecks lie a short boat journey away off shore.  There is also
a diving centre to give advice, offer trips and also internationally recognised
courses (PADI and CMAS).  

Telephone: + 20 22 7537100 or + 20 22 7537200

Fax: + 20 22 7537300     

Email: (info) or (booking)

Guest Reviews: Generally favourable with the hotel attaining a TripAdvisor ranking
in February 2009 of 17th out of 57 hotels based on seven reviews.   At the same
time there was only one review on giving the hotel a rather
mediocre rating of 6 out of 10. 

On the Food:

"We were on half board. Breakfasts were excellent, with an egg chef on
hand and lots of varieties of bread, cheeses, fruit, fresh yogurt etc. The buffet in the
evening had lots of choice. I loved the first courses - lots of different Middle
Eastern style salads. I was less enthusisatic about the 'International' cuisine main
courses. However the standby was an excellent cook-on-the-spot Pasta Bar. For
lunch there were good quality pizzas and a stunning mezze platter."
                                            TripAdvisor 1 September 2007


On the Sea and Diving:

"Snorkelling on the house reef was like entering a scene from the film "Finding
Nemo". We have snorkelled in many parts of the world but have never seen the
variety and abundance of marine life that we witnessed here so close to the shore.
The fish, coral and marine plants have to be seen to be believed."   
                                           TripAdvisor 5 December 2007

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The Palace at Port Ghalib   

Rooms: 309 rooms including 13 royal suites and a three bedroomed presidential suite.

Room facilities: Private balcony or terrace. Cable television, safe, hairdryer, mini-bar and butler station, direct-dial telephone, radio, electric razor plug, air conditioning, ceiling fan and 24-hour Room Service.   The bathrooms have a large bath and a walk-in shower. Wheelchair accessible rooms are available and  premium butler and valet services are available on request.    According to one newspaper report  the hotel also "boasts a £2,500-a-night three-bedroomed presidential suite, which has already attracted several top names in politics and business." ( Sunday Mercury  7 August 2008 ) .

Location: at Port Ghalib less than ten minutes drive (5km/3m) from Marsa Alam airport and about half way between the towns of Marsa Alam and El Quseir.   The town of
Marsa Alam lies 67km or 41 miles to the south.    The hotel lies close to many faciliites
within the Port Ghalib Marina development and is just 500 metres from the Corniche (waterfront) shopping area and 700 metres from the marina.    

Hotel facilities: No fewer than three restaurants with menus in the main Olive Restaurant said to be created by Michelin star chef, Conrad Gallagher. Two bars including the Pool Bar which serves light snacks, sandwiches and ice creams and the Look Out Bar, also outdoors, for pre- and after-dinner drinks. Also gym, health club, parking, swimming pool, business centre, ATM, car rental, casino, doctor, florist, gift shop, pharmacy, beauty centre, camel riding, scuba diving, quad biking, deep sea fishing, tennis, mini golf, babysitter, playground, kid's meals and kid's programme.

Telephone: (Cairo Sun International office) +(20)22 735 1962

Fax: (Cairo Sun International office) +(20)22 735 1964


Newspaper Review on the food: "(The) personal touch of Michelin-starred executive chef Conrad Gallagher....(meant)... my seared scallops on prawn risotto, and my husband’s prime steak, was one of the best meals we’ve tasted." ( Sunday Mercury 7 August 2008 )

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Radisson SAS Resort

Rooms: 250
Location: Just five minutes drive north from the town of El Quseir ~
about a 45 minute drive north from Marsa Alam airport.
Telephone: +20 65 3350260
Fax: +20 65 3350280

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Sahara Sun Oasis at Port Ghalib

Rooms: 292 - including twin, king, family, disabled and suites.
Room facilities: Cable television, safe, mini-bar, direct-dial telephone, hairdryer, radio, electric razor plug, air conditioning, ceiling fan and room service 0700 to 2300.
Location: at Port Ghalib less than ten minutes drive from Marsa Alam airport
and about half way between the towns of Marsa Alam and El Quseir.
Hotel facilities: Three restaurants including one fast food. Two bars - lobby and pool. Gym, health spa, swimming pool, business centre, concierge, money exchange, car rental, casino, doctor, florist, gift shop, beauty salon, pharmacy, theatre, travel agent, archery, camel and horse riding, go carting, scuba diving, quad biking, deep sea fishing, water sports, snorkelling, kiting, tennis, babysitter, kid's programme, playground, mini golf, kid's meals.
Telephone: (Sun International Cairo Office) +20 22 735 1962
Fax: (Sun International Cairo Office) + 20 22 735 1964

Sahara Sun Sands at Port Ghalib

Rooms: 347 including twin, king and family rooms and suites.
Room facilities: Cable television, safe, mini-bar, a direct-dial telephone, radio, electric razor plug, air conditioning, ceiling fan and room service 0700 to 2300 hrs.
Location: at Port Ghalib less than ten minutes drive from Marsa Alam airport
and about half way between the towns of Marsa Alam and El Quseir.
Hotel facilities:There are three restaurants. The Souq Al hana Restaurant with Arabian, Mediterranean and other dishes, the Cardamom Restaurant situated on the beach and open all day and Shamlula’s Fast Food Restaurant for grabbing a quick bite at lunch. Two bars including The Lobby Bar serving snacks, sandwiches and ice creams and the Pool Bar also offering light food. Also gym, health spa, parking, ATM, car rental, casino, clinic, doctor, florist, gift shop, camel riding, go-carting, scuba diving, quad biking, deep sea fishing, water sports, kiting, tennis, mini golf, babysitting, playground, kid's programme and kids' meals.
Telephone: (Sun International Cairo Office) +20 22 735 1962
Fax: (Sun International Cairo Office) +20 22 735 1964

Sol Y Mar Solaya Resort

Rooms: 209 inc superior rooms (34sq mtrs) and family rooms (41sq mtrs).
Location: About 5km from the Airport
and 70km north of Marsa Alam Town.
Reviews: Lonely Planet says "vast, plush place at Coraya Bay."
Telelphone: +20-65-3750015/23
Fax: +20-65-3750024

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The Three Corners Fayrouz Plaza Beach Resort

Opened: 2007.

Rooms: 296 including 285 standard "superior" rooms, 14 (2X7) connecting rooms and 1 suite.

Room facilities: private balcony with a full or partial sea view. Ensuite bathroom, hairdryer, desk, air conditioning, mini-fridge, safe, satellite TV, wireless internet, direct dial telephone, sitting area and laundry service.

Location: Just 6km from Marsa Alam airport and 70 km from Marsa Alam and 67 km from El Quseir.  It lies just outside the Port Ghalib Marina complex of hotels, restaurants and shops, which is a 30 minute walk away.  There may also be a free water taxi available.   

Hotel facilities: Three restaurants - a main buffet restaurant with several themed nights, the Chez Pascal offering a la carte Belgian cuisine,  the Lagoona Beach Restaurant offering snacks.  Three bars (lobby bar, pool bar and beach bar), two swimming pools encircled by sub beds and sun shades (free of charge), a kid's pool nearby, an 800 metre long sandy beach and access to a coral reef. A diving centre, quad biking, horse and camel riding, table tennis, aerobics, beach volleyball, billiards, darts, an open-air whirlpool, baby cots and chairs, laundry, shopping, medical service, massage.  Wireless internet connections are available around the swimming pool and in the lobby while there is an "internet corner" with desktops for those travelling without a laptop.  A beauty and fitness centre is scheduled to open late in 2009 but until then there is a massage tent available at the pool deck.   

Fax: + 20 10 0090213


Guest Reviews:  It has a good rating on and was ranked 7th out of 57 hotels in February 2009.  

On the staff and cleaning:

"Staff could not have been more friendly always trying to be as helpful as possible. Rooms were cleaned well and the whole hotel was always spotless."
            TripAdvisor 4 February 2009

On the beach:

"The beach was nice apart from we had to play sports on there and the sand was very shelly so i had alot of cuts in my feet by the end on my holiday."
            TripAdvisor 30 January 2009

On the grounds:

"This is a newish hotel with a nice layout but the grounds are far from finished. They are working very hard to establish trees, plants and grass but it will take time........There is no rainfall, no soil and a burning sun - conditions that would have any UK gardener throwing himself on the point of his trowel by lunchtime."
           TripAdvisor 18 January 2009  

On extra charges:

"Pool table (billiards) cost 5 euros for 1 hour, an absolutely ridiculously high price especially when there really wasn't much else for teenagers to do in the evening. my bill at the end of my holiday was a funominal £190. You also have to pay for all contents in the mini bar including the small bottles of water, for 1 coke 1 sprite and 1 small bottle of water on the night we arrived cost 38 Egyptian pound, approx £5. if you wanted to eat down at the beach restaurant on an evening, that was extra and Chez Pascal was just ridiculously priced...."
            TripAdvisor 9 January 2009

On the food:

"The food was good - very high attention to hygiene and presentation - enough selection for AI (All Inclusive) not to get boring. The AI drinks very good - once again Cocktails served with pride in nice glasses - during the day they are served in plastic cups - buy hey that is for your safety round the pool."
           TripAdvisor 31 December 2008

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