Our second favourite five star hotel for 2016 - On account of the excellent service, good value and great location just a short stroll from the centre of Port Ghalib marina. Currently booking sites are still marketing the hotel both as Siva Port Ghalib and Port Ghalib Beach Resort although the latter is the new name.
Rooms: 347 rooms including six suites.
Room facilities: Private balcony or terrace. All rooms have either a king size or twin beds, shower, WC, hairdryer, bathrobe, air conditioning, safe, tea/coffee facilities and satellite TV. Telephone and mini-bar are at an extra charge.
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 a short stroll from the Corniche (waterfront) shopping area and the marina.
Hotel facilities: The main buffet restaurant serves a mix of international foods and has Oriental, Asian, Indian and Italian themed live cooking stations. There are three bars located by the pool, at the beach and in the lobby. You can also find two (at extra charge) a la carte restaurants serving Mediterranean/Indian and Italian menus. A room service is also available.
An impressive range of activities are offered including a tennis court, billiards, table tennis, diving, snorkeling, horse riding, mini golf, sauna, fitness centre, spa managed by Six Senses Spa and Wellness Centre, massage, hammam, private beach area, library, children's playground, entertainment staff and evening entertainment. The hotel internet connection covers the rooms and common areas and the hotel offers a free connection in the lobby area only.
Other services offered include limousine services, a 24 hour front desk, express check-in/check-out, currency exchange, luggage storage, ATM/cash machine on site, babysitting/child services, laundry, dry cleaning, ironing service, meeting/banquet facilities, a business centre and gift shop.
You can book a room at Port Ghalib Beach Resort/ Siva Resort by emailing email@example.com - You don't need to pay a deposit as payment can be made on arrival.
Our second favourite five star hotel for 2016 - On TripAdvisor.com Siva Port Ghalib has a good ranking at 22nd out of 75 hotels as of 26th November 2016, placing comfortably in the top third of reviewed hotels where the competition is very intense. Over 85% of reviewers rated it as either "good" or "excellent" and less than 5% of reviewers as "poor" or "terrible".
On HolidayCheck.de its ranking is equally impressive at an average of 5.2 out of six stars as of 26th November 2016 which is only fractionally lower than the 5.3 stars obtained by the flagship the Palace - so really an excellent achievement. It scores top marks for rooms at 5.4, service at 5.3 and location at 5.0 with only marginally lower scores for sports at 4.9 and gastronomy at 4.8.
Guest reviews on TripAdvisor.com and HolidayCheck.com have been mostly very favourable -
"If you want to come to Marsa Alam, choose this hotel, you will not regret it. From the first day, from arriving at the hotel....we had only the best impressions. We received our rooms immediately and went to eat. Dishes are different and tasty every day ( meat, fish, grill, crabs, sweets etc ) - amazing. Respect and best regards to the chef. Also thanks to the staff, they really care for their guests."
( TripAdvisor.com Makysm November 2016 )
"Amazing surroundings, close to the beach, beautiful sea, good food, nice place for children, very close to Port Ghalib. I am pretty sure that I'll come back very soon. Siva is very close to the beach, which is great. The sea is just behind the door."
( TripAdvisor.com 785jiric 11 October 2016 )
"Love Siva Port Ghalib hotel. Love the rooms that have there own little garden then straight on to the beach. Love the staff - they make you feel most welcome. Love the food. Reception and guest relations are happy to help. I'm in love. Snorkeling is amazing. We have been six times to this hotel."
( TripAdvisor.com Lisa 7 October 2016 )
"When I go diving at Port Ghalib I want a comfortable hotel, a great bed and good food. On these points the Siva delivers, the food and service is good, the rooms comfortable with good a/c and the bed is not as hard as some Egyptian hotels."
( TripAdvisor.com Bob 6 October 2016 )
"The place is designed and made with love. I stayed the most amazing ten days in my life. Everything is super clean and comfortable. The staff are very friendly, kind and smiley."
( TripAdvisor.com Inna 3 October 2016 )
"Again another wonderful stay at this hotel. We (first) visited in March 2016 and had a wonderful time. We decided to go back in September. Great service, food and accommodation. Staff go out of their way to give you a great experience ! Port Ghalib is the Caribbean must see in Egypt. Beautiful diving, nice marina area."
( TripAdvisor.com Nathalie 14 September 2016 )
"We stayed in Siva for 15 days and enjoyed it so much. It is close to Port Ghalib Harbour/Marina and also situated near the airport so we got to the hotel in a few minutes. The staff here were so nice and kind. Whatever we asked them about they were able and willing to do that for us. Food was very good."
( TripAdvisor.com Patricia 10 August 2016 )
"This is the best place I've ever stayed at. The rooms are amazing and very cozy. The service .... the best service I've ever experienced. The buildings are amazing with a very unique style inside and out. I really do recommend this hotel."
( TripAdvisor.com Nouran 5 August 2016 )
"Myself and my wife have just returned from Siva and it was a truly relaxing experiene. The hotel was very clean, with great attention to the standard of the room every day. All the staff were friendly, approachable and would always look after you whether in the various bars or restaurant."
( TripAdvisor.com Dean 8 July 2016 )
ON THE STAFF
"The waiters and the entire staff are most friendly and try to spoil the guests. It was my 37th vacation in Egypt and I can therefore make some comparisons. The waiters bring the drinks to the lounger only moments after placing the order. The service is in my opinion praiseworthy."
( HolidayCheck.de Translated from the original review in German - Walter October 2016 )
"The service is very friendly and the helpful receptionist, ever so lovely, a great first impression of the hotel. Special thanks to Mrs. Heidi Essam, GM assistant. She was always making sure that we receive the best service and she has provided us with all the information we needed to enjoy our trip to the maximum."
( TripAdvisor.com Hassan 30 September 2016 )
"Couldn't fault the staff - anywhere. They were always helpful and most willing. I would like to mention the Animation team, who worked tirelessly all day and never failed to stop and talk to us when they went by the pool. Well done all of you. Must also mention Ahmed El-Raay from security...... I didn't notice that my purse with our Egyptian money fell out of my bag and dropped between the cushions. He went out of his way to find it for me and I was very grateful....."
( TripAdvisor.com Karin 29 September 2016 )
"All of the animation were so friendly and they were one of the best animation teams I've ever met. Every single one of them is so nice and they're so interactive with the guests. I had so much fun with the animation and I loved all of the games and activities they made."
( TripAdvisor.com Tayam 13 September 2016 )
"A bit thanks to the whole staff and I mean the whole staff. From receptionist to cleaner to waiter, all these people did their very best to make guests happy. All this without giving any signs of "making efforts". A naturally friendly atmosphere with lots of extras ( including an early morning breakfast when we arrived at 4 am ) so there is absolutely no "but" here."
( TripAdvisor.com Laszio 25 August 2016 )
"Staff were helpful and did everything to take the stress away from picking you up at the airport to providing beach bag and towels fresh everyday... truly showing that the little touches matter."
( TripAdvisor.com Brendon 3 August 2016 )
ON THE BEACH AND SEA
"The perfect snorkeling place. I saw many turtles, even barracudas, morays and huge coral fish. If you are not a good swimmer the hotel will provide you with life jacket and all the equipment to assure your safety."
( TripAdvisor.com Hassan 30 September 2016 )
"Went to Siva Port Ghalib as I wanted to snorkel on a coral reef and see marine life. Have returned from an exceptional week. Superb fringing reef with two jetties for access.... Marine life was superb: turtles, eagle rays, morays, pufferfish, porcupine fish and a beautiful reef. Most impressed."
( TripAdvisor.com Kim 28 July 2016 )
ON THE ROOMS
"Spacious room, bright with roofed balcony overlooking the pool. TV, refrigerator, safe, hairdryer. Great bathroom with large shower area."
( HolidayCheck.de translation Michaela November 2016 )
"Furniture a bit old but very clean and very friendly room boys. The coffee maker is an additional device which can be used often. The lighting could be slightly stronger. You can sleep well on the bed and there is no creaking."
( HolidayCheck.de - translation - Walter October 2016 )
"Double room with garden view: The room was large, beds comfortable. I have slept well. The bathroom with toilet and shower was generously built, also small walk-in closet, couch, mini fridge, kettle, TV but with only two German-speaking channels."
( HolidayCheck.de - translation - Claudia October 2016 )
"Our room (no 3222) - a nice big bedroom, a comfortable and pretty bathroom and a very large terrace with a view to both the seafront and the inner garden/lagoon. I'm sure ours was one of the best but I am also convinced that the others were nice too."
( TripAdvisor.com Laszio 25 August 2016 )
"Large, great AC; fresh hand, shower and beach towels every day.... 1 litre of water per day. Leave a tip each day. We always left 1 dollar on bed."
( TripAdvisor.com Cris 19 August 2016 )
ON THE FOOD
"Food always sufficient, delicious and very good - specially the fresh food - only a pit that some dishes were lukewarm - otherwise it would have been perfect."
( HolidayCheck.de - translated from the German - Manfred - November 2016 )
"Food was good esepcially the chips and hotdog/burger at the beach bar. Drinks were served cold (we hate warm drinks) with ice if you wanted."
( TripAdvisor.com Sheedy 2 August 2016 )
"There is a large selection of food.... We always found something good to eat at every meal..... For breakfast there is always an omelette station which is nice. Dinner always has at least two stations, plus a barbecue. The extra station changed every day, from crepes to shwarma. They have a baker/pastry chef resident I think, as there is always fresh bread of many types, and many different desserts."
( TripAdvisor.com David 8 July 2016 ).
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