Movenpick Resort & Spa El Gouna
25 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Enjoyed our stay apart from very tired room
"The standard rooms at the Movenpick although large need serious upgrading especially the bathrooms. Poor fittings and moldy shower is not what you expect from a hotel of this standard. The outlook was not the best but position wise was good. Food in all the restaurants was excellent as was the service. The gardens were beautiful and the pool areas excellent, especialy for young families.We chose all inclusive but would not opt for this if we returned to El Gouna. The harbour is lively and there are lots of good restaurants to chose from. Getting around the area is easy you can catch a shuttle bus from the hotel which is fantastic value for money or you can catch a tuc tuc which are great fun and very cheap. "
- Travel date: Wed 15th of December 2010
not good enough sorry!!
"definately not 5 star as advertised would struggle for 3 stars if I was rating it.
Needed a quiet rest and definately quiet!! room needed upgrading ttiling in bathroom especially shabby!!
Staff in the main were very pleasant and halpful which helped with the relaxation but the enetertainment was virtually non existant or poor to say the least.
Could I recommend--def not sorry would suggest looking elsewhere especially if want nice food and tidy clean rooms without having to walk miles to get there"
- Travel date: Sat 13th of November 2010
Utterly bowled over
"Have just stayed at the best holiday location I have ever visited. Utterly bowled over. The hotel and its leafy grounds are so vast that, even when near-full, the place is spacious, laid-back and calm. The rooms are in little clusters, with balconies looking out on lagoons or canals or the Red Sea (or all three, like mine).
Thank you Ahmed and co. at the Fishermanâs restaurant on the waterfront for some of the best seafood Iâve ever tasted. And thanks to you guys at the Emperor Dive Tribe alongside. They said I might see dolphins and I ended up snorkelling among 25 or 30, some of them babies. That was worth the holiday alone.
And compared with downtown Sharm, Dahab and Hurghada (other places Iâve stayed) El Gouna is in a different league. Itâs so neat and CLEAN! You travel around the town by three-wheeler touk-touk or open-sided bus or by canal boat (for next-to-nothing). If you use them to drift out of the hotel for a lively evening, head for the super-smart marina (and a bar called Papaâs Island, run by a genial Liverpuddlian).
My brief hol was really a dive trip. But Iâm returning to the Movenpick next year and am taking my kids. It costs less to stay there than an average tourist hotel in Euro-land but is twice as good.
- Travel date: Tue 29th of June 2010
Movenpick El Gouna
"Just back from a 2wk stay at the Movenpick and enjoyed every single minute. You can do as much or as little as you want. Although the hotel is huge, we never felt that it was crowded. Always able to get a sunbed whether it was round the pool, lagoons or on the beach (which is huge), and no matter where we ended up never felt 'overlook'. They have a shuttle bus service which cost 5LE per trip or 20LE for the week. We found the week the better option because we went 'downtown' or the Marina most nights. You should try the tok toks as they are fun and cost 10LE.
There are many watersports on offer Kite surfing, windsurfing, canoeing, sailing etc also snorkling and diving.
One trip I would recommend is Mahmaya Island, it is absolutely beautiful a real paradise island, white sand beach and blue blue water, my other half went snorkling whilst i just lazed on the beach.
We also did speed devils - not my cup of tea - but if your spirited give it a go. You wont see much but its quite a hair-raising experience.
The hotel says it is 5* - I would dispute this possibly 3+ maybe 4 at a push just for its beach position, but it is one of the older hotels and is looking a little tired in places. Though i would not let that put me off. The rooms are spacious, and most have an exquisite view. The wine is very very expensive so if you are a wine drinker take a few bottles from home. The exchange rate is better over there, so just take English and change it there. Entertainment wasn't brilliant but we ventured out most nights. People are extremely friendly but not pushy. No dragging into shops and no pestering when you did enter them, one or two exceptions. Food was very good from restaurants - no dodgy tummies."
- Travel date: Sat 25th of April 2009
Lovely hotel with beautiful views
"This is the second time we have stopped at the Movenpick - the first was in 2001 and we always said we would return. The hotel is a little more 'tired' than we remember and looks exactly the same apart from the additional Angasana.
We stopped in Cluster 7 and have a wonderful view of the lagoon in a very peaceful setting. Breakfast was exactly the same each day and a little cluttered. The staff were vert attentive and cleared away plates quickly.
The pool areas are very clean, but unfortunately the largest of the pools had a leak so was not in use, making the Oasis Pool at Cluster 7 very busy. Cannot understand why they did not allow people to sunbathe around the pool and explain they would not be allowed to swim.
Some of the beach areas of quite stoney so we found it difficult for our 4 year old, but the lagoon area is perfect for sandcastle making, even if it is a bit gritty.
The kids club was a great bonus and for 2 hours in the morning it gave us a little rest time whilst our Daughter played with other children under supervision. They made cakes, sang songs, made sandcastles on the beach - all in all very good and free.
We did have a great holiday in a lovely setting, but we will try a different hotel next time.
- Travel date: Mon 9th of March 2009
Very, very nice place!
"One weeks total chill-out at the MÃ¶venpick, El Gouna. You can tell by my nickname that this holiday probably wouldn't appeal to me but the fact that it was December 1st, 30Â°C in El Gouna and 0Â°C in England was quite nice! We didn't see a cloud all week. Super hotel - paid a little extra for a nice sea view room with a king-size bed in 'cluster 8', a short walk from the main hotel complex. The hotel wasn't very busy and there were loads of sun-loungers to choose from both on the beach and around the numerous pools - no tutonic style 'dawn raids' required to reserve the best' spot!
The MÃ¶venpick was a great find and many of the locals rated it the best hotel in the resort because of it's position and facilities. Excellent staff and service and only a short walk or shuttle bus ride into El Gouna town which was very clean and relatively quiet - no hassle and perfectly pleasant - not recommended for crazy Ibiza type party animals but you can still eat and drink until well into the wee hours. Lovely shallow, warm sea for swimming and snorkelling (the resort is also a mecca for scuba-diving and and kite-surfing)
Quite a lot of the bars and restaurants still haven't got the hang of credit cards yet but cash is VERY easy to exchange in the resort with a much better rate than the UK. Excellent value versus European holidays at the moment 'cos of the strong euro.
- Travel date: Thu 18th of December 2008
El Gouna - Egypt
"I absolutely loved my holiday, its the second time ive been to the same location and the same hotel. There is so much to do, during the day and the night life is excellent for anyone in their early 20's. I will definately be going back! "
- Travel date: Wed 3rd of December 2008
Our stay at the Movenpick was not the be...
"Our stay at the Movenpick was not the best hotel choice, we've had much better in Egypt. I would rate the hotel 3* it certainly is not 5*. We booked 2 rooms for 2 adults and 2 teenage children. They gave us 1 room on the 2nd floor and the other on the 3rd floor on opposite sides. This was not ideal and the hotel made no attempt to change this. The First Choice rep. (Tina) was useless! The location and externals of the hotel are lovely with great views. We didn't spend any time at the main pool as it is very noisy with music going all day, plus all of the sunbeds were taken very quickly. As we were in cluster 7, which is furthest away from the reception and facilities, we used the lagoon pool, quiet and relaxing with plenty of sunbeds. This hotel is very expensive, you will pay Â£1.50 (15LE) for a can of coke and Â£3 (30LE) for a can of Heineken (Sakara is Â£2.70 a bottle). Lunch at the pool bar starts at around Â£4.50 (45 LE) upwards. We did lunch there most days out of necessity rather than choice, until we sat in the pool watching the chef cooking and saw all the little flies landing on the food with no attempt to cover it! A waiter blew his nose in to a tissue, didn't wash his hands and put the tissue in to an ice bucket. Cups and glasses only get rinsed under a running cold tap and are not washed! A cheaper and more hygenic option is to buy drinks, crisps and snacks from the supermarket opposite the bus station in El Gouna downtown (50p for a 2 litre bottle of coke). Downtown and Marina are easily accessible using the shuttle bus which comes every 20 minutes and costs just Â£2 (20LE) for an unlimited weekly ticket which can be purchased from the bus driver. Both are still expensive but a little cheaper than the hotel prices. It is a cosmopolitan area for Egypt, but I do think the prices are over inflated. For the first two weeks of school holidays in UK it was very quiet. We didn't eat at the hotel in the evening and the entertainment did not entice us to stay in the hotel for a drink or three! A taxi to Hurghada new downtown from the hotel costs Â£10 (100LE). Although the centre of Hurghada is not to my taste, it's like Blackpool on a busy Saturday, it is a lot cheaper and you will find lots of bazaar's and McDonalds, KFC etc. A large Sakara costs around Â£1.50 (15 LE). As we are purchasing an apartment in the Al Ahayaa district, which is between El Gouna and Hurghada old town, we will be visiting Egypt more over the next few years, but El Gouna will be for Sunday evenings when my friend is working in Smugglers english pub and for occasional shopping trips. It is just too expensive. We will not stay at the Movenpick again."
- Travel date: Mon 11th of August 2008
The flights with BA were great, all conn...
"The flights with BA were great, all connections were on time and we had no problems at the airports. The Movenpick was clean and the rooms were comfortable with good airconditioning. However, the food was very second rate, we wished we hadn't bothered to pay for half board . We only ate dinner there twice in the end. The hotel pool was tiny and the only entertainment was a duo, one man, one woman, who couldn't sing!!
The hotel had no atmosphere and it was not a good place to spend the evening. This was quite important as it is so far from the centre of Cairo. The staff were polite and efficient and at no time did we feeled hassled by anyone. Overall,not really value for money as the holiday was quite expensive.It was not the best place to spend a week, we wouldn't stay there again, it might be better to stay somewhere with more character.
- Travel date: Sun 20th of July 2008
We have just returned from a week in thi...
"We have just returned from a week in this beautiful hotel. The whole resort itself is purpose built on islands and lagoons - and owned by one very rich man who owns Mobinil - Egypts biggest mobile phone network. You can see his villa from the hotel beach...and although the hotel is nice - his villa puts it to shame! His intention apparently, was to build a luxury resort for absolutely everyone to experience a high quality experience - which he has basically done extremely well! The resort is flooded with restaurants, bars, amazing beaches and fantastic diving facilities.
The Movenpick hotel overlooks turquoise waters and beautiful beaches. The hotel has some lovely restaurants (fairly well priced - please note the wine and spirits can be a little pricy) - and fantastic service in each of them.
There is a house reef right in front of the hotel, you can stroll for about 20 mins before you start to go above knee deep! Take snorkels and masks with you - hiring can be pricy. We saw rays, squid, crabs, reef fish, sea cucumbers - and had an amazing experience. There is a company called Dive Tribe who can also arrange snorkelling trips - very good so we hear!
All of the pools are lovely, lots of sunbeds and also with a swim up bar. The purpose built lagoons are there for you to try snorkelling, sailing, windsurfing etc and are great fun to splash about in.
We went B&B and on average lunch cost between 100 - 150 Egyptian - approx Â£10 - Â£15 - ranging from soups, sandwiches, swiss cuisine, burgers, pasta, pizza - a little of everything. The buffet in the hotel was fairly good - but could get a little repetitive - costing 150 Egyptian per person - Â£15 - plus approx Â£13 for a bottle of wine and Â£3 for a bottle of water. On site - the Thai restaurant is fantastic - food, wine and service all perfect - we had 2 courses, a bottle of wine and some water - total of Â£28. Al Sayadin - the fish restaurant, leaves a lot to be desired...bad service and under cooked fish - not a good combination! So leave that one alone...or ignore this and try it for yourself! One persons bad experience cannot account for the overall reputation...
In addition, the restaurants in down town El Gouna / Abu Tig Marina can be reached via a luxury taxi for Â£1.50 per car or in a Tuk Tuk (motorised bike type thing!) for 50p per person. Bargain - and a very exciting ride! You can eat in one of many, many restaurants - Italian, Tandoori, Lebanese, Vietnamese, Egyptian, Med and French food. Abu Tig Marina is a haven for the rich - with huge yachts...very interesting people watching in the evening after a nice meal! Meals cost between Â£20 - Â£35 for 2 people. Again, 2 courses with wine and water - and always very good service.
We have visited Egypt many times and although this isnt the hottest resort - clocking in between 32 - 38 degrees in April - the wind is very deceiving. Being situated right by the sea, the breeze (which isnt apparent all of the time) can cool you down enough to make you feel cooler - we saw alot of very burnt blistered people. So bring a high factor and reapply every 2 hours - you then cant go wrong!
If possible, learn a little bit of arabic - the locals really appreciate this as most of the tourists dont even try. Say Good Morning - "Saba El Kir" - and watch the smile creep across the face - say thank you - "Shukran" - and maybe "El Hissab Minfadlak" - can we have the bill please - and experience an even higher customer service. Thats not to say you have bad service if you dont speak it, but try it out...and see what happens!
Lastly, you may find airport staff, loading the baggage onto the xray machines/coaches etc - and the toilet attendants asking for "baksheesh" - tips - please do not feel obligated to give them anything - as tipping is not actually allowed. They will try though - and if you feel they have helped you, then maybe give them something. But do not feel you have to - everyone will always try their luck! We base the tipping on good service only. A good phrase to know is "La Shukran" - no thank you - especially when coming out of the airport upon arrival - you may find strange men trying to take your bag to carry it for you. Just be firm and polite and you will be fine. But please do not worry or think they are rude - the average wage out there is approx 50 egyptian per month - approx Â£5. Makes you think...
Im happy to offer advice on hotels, activities and historial tours in Luxor, El Gouna and Cairo, so if you want more info, just drop me a line!"
- Travel date: Sat 26th of April 2008
Having paid extra for some de-luxe accom...
"Having paid extra for some de-luxe accommodation over and above the standard hotel included in our package, I was disapointed with this Hotel. If your idea of luxury is stone floors and really naff iron furniture, then you will love it. For my money I expect something better, and would not rate it any higher than two stars. It also took us a couple of days to find our way around the labyrinthine grounds, mainly due to poor signposting. On the plus side the the facilities and location are excellent. The breakfast buffet was excellent, but way too much food for that time of day. The evening buffet was OK but expensive and you didn't even get a cup of coffee."
- Travel date: Wed 13th of February 2008
Just got back from a week at the Movenpi...
"Just got back from a week at the Movenpick, El Gouna. It was great! the hotel is very clean and all the staff were friendly and helpful. Be aware some of the rooms like ours was a long way away from reception and the restaurant where breakfast is served. It takes a little while to orientate yourself around the hotel and the pools and the lagoons.
Weather wise it was low 70's during the day and then UK temperature at night i.e.cold you need a jumper and even a coat. There is a wind everyday which is why its cold at night. We tried the fish restaurant at the hotel El Seyadin and it was lovely not cheap but good food.
Make sure you go 'downtown' you can walk there from the hotel or take the bus from the hotel it costs about Â£1.50 for a weekly ticket. Try a 'tok tok' they are fun the drivers are bit mad.
Go to the Marina its lovely and the boats have to be seen to be believed they are huge. Make sure you go the english pub 'smugglers' and say hi to Franco the barman! The restaurants are pretty good standard although not that cheap. We ate well and no dodgy stomachs, be aware that alcohol is not that cheap and the measures are small. The beer is best value its about Â£2 for a large bottle of sakara gold which is drinkable.
Try quad biking in the desert its great fun !! My friend went scuba diving and said it was brilliant!
If you want to go to El Gouna and not feel crowded then this time of year is best although its not that warm.
The hotel is not 5 star in my opinion but 4 star and breakfast is excellent! I will def be going back and the Movenpick is where I'll stay every time!"
- Travel date: Sun 20th of January 2008