Dreams Beach Marsa Alam

18 km North of Marsa Alam Airport, Marsa Alam 1111 Egypt
4 star hotel

Reviews summary

4
Good
( 793 reviews)
Brilliant
305
Good
234
Average
122
Poor
68
Awful
64
  • 5 room
  • 4 pool
  • 4 beach
  • 5 service
  • 5 dining
  • 4 amenities
  • 5 food
 

32 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog

A great way to spend two weeks

5
Brilliant
by
Reviewed Fri 19th of October 2012

"Just got back from 2 weeks at Dreams Beach with my wife and 12 year old son. Before I went, I was concerned about the lack of feedback for this hotel so here is my honest opinion.
HOTEL. Very nice, location but it is pretty isolated, (nearest town is 20 mins away in a taxi) but we didn't find that a problem. Taxi is 5 euro's per person from the taxi woman in reception. We took the taxi to Hurghada for a day out shopping. The trip is less than two hours and the taxi driver waits for you for three hours then you come back. That will cost you about 60 Euro's for 4 people.
ROOMS. Clean, tidy and comfortable. 2 small double beds, (3rd bed if requested is only a camp bed, not a full size single bed.) All rooms have a safe and a fridge. Bathroom is a good size with shower, bath, WC, washbasin and bidet, big mirror and proper hairdryer. The lads who clean the room are very good and always looked after us. (A £1 a day tip ensures excellent service)
MEALS. 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. The food varies from pizza and chips, (available everyday after 12:30 from the pool snackbar,) to beef, chicken, turkey, duck with veg in the dining room.The pasta chef in the dining room, (lunchtime & evening) makes a lovely pasta that even the Italians enjoyed. Breakfast had cereal, toast, omelettes, fried or scarambled eggs, tea, coffee etc.
DIVING. I was really concerned before I went because I didn't know if there was a diving school in the hotel. Don't worry, there is. Grand Blue Diving is a PADI dive centre www.grandblue.it The dive school is in the hotel, all the staff speak really good English and are really helpful. 2 dives a day will cost about 55 Euro's depending on what you need to hire. The diving is excellent, mostly shore dives but boat dives are available if required. There are so many reefs around the hotel that I was normally back in the hotel by 3 having done 2 dives. My 12 year old son dived as well and the staff were lovely with him. Don't dive with Thomsons because they will try and charge you 20 Euro's per day for a long taxi ride to get to their dive company (Emporer).
POOLS. Clean, big and lots of them. (nine I think)
GYM. Well equiped and very friendly staff.
ENTERTAINMENT. The animation team were always busy with something going on everynight if you wanted, but they didn't hassle you if you just wanted to chill.
BEACH. Not a real beach, you can't just paddle out because its a reef, but you can always get a sunbed to chill out on. The jetty goes out into the sea and you can snorkle or dive. Like all this coastline, it can be windy and a bit rough.
We spent most evenings in the company of friends we met there, drinking the Sakara Gold beer and having a wonderful holiday so thanks Pete, Claire, Josh, Gemma and Mike.
If you are going to Dreams Beach, you should have a wonderful time, but remenber this is Egypt not Blackpool. If you do have a tummy problem, go to the Pharmacy straight away and the tablets will cost you about 9 Euro's and should sort you out within 24 hours. My one complaint about this hotel would be the fact that in 2007, they are unable to change travellers cheques of any description. So remember this when you are sorting out currency. They will change Sterling, Euro's, Dollars, Egyptian pounds, credit cards etc."

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  • Travel date: Wed 22nd of August 2007

Fantastic

5
Brilliant
by
Reviewed Wed 24th of October 2012

"Stayed here for a week with friends, fantastic. Nice quiet location, rooms were excellant. Food was top notch. Every one of the staff went out of their way to please you and were very friendly and helpful. The manager was always around to check everything was ok. Entertainment was good.

The entertainment team were a great laugh. Could not fault this hotel at all, it is just getting going but I would highly recommend it.

I would also recommend the horse or camel riding trip."

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  • Travel date: Mon 6th of August 2007

you cant please everybody

5
Brilliant
by
Reviewed Mon 10th of December 2012

"Having just returned from Dreams Beach after an idyllic fortnight I felt that I had to rally round to this hotels defence.Before we went we read the reviews and wondered what we were letting ourselves in for but Im pleased to say that we had an absolutley brilliant holiday! From when you arrive to the moment you leave you are looked after nothing is too much trouble for the staff and we were treated with courtesy and respect.The food is a bit repetative but you can always find something to your liking,if not ask for what you want and if they can oblige they will afterall if you dont ask then they dont know,as for the salads,well we had quite a few and found them delicious we had no problem with the food at all and the first time Ive been abroad and not had a dickey tummy!The swimming pools were clean and well maintained and the pool bar staff were very good at bringing us beers! The lobby bar was small but well run and if your drink wasnt strong enough all you had to do was ask for a double the boys didnt mind and after a few doubles even the singer sounded good ( ok not good but passable).Our overall opinion of this hotel is wonderful and the staff are superb we will not hesitate to go back .So if its a relaxing holiday your after this is the one for you and all I say is go with an open mind."

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  • Travel date: Fri 27th of July 2007

Middle of nowhere

4
Good
by
Reviewed Thu 6th of December 2012

"My friend and I stayed at the Dreams Beach Marsa Alam for 2 weeks from 27 June and overall, we found that the hotel was very good value. Maybe not 5* but certainly 4*. However, a week would have been better because the resort is totally isolated. You can go to Luxor if you want to spend 6hrs across the desert on a bus to get there and another 6hrs getting back. Apparently, Luxor was 55 degrees with no breeze. Not for us I'm afraid.

The hotel decor was kinda funky with warm rustic colours that already looked a bit tired after 15 months but the rooms were large and clean and the air conditioning was fab!

Food was OK but a bit bland after 2 weeks. The drinks were the usual strange variety that you get with AI bookings. Emad singing in the bar every night was a joy - he's a lovely man and a great musician. He got me up singing most nights, so apologies for that.

The animation team worked very hard and were so friendly and lovely that I joined in everything (thanks to Mido) - belly dancing (thanks to Katya) and stretch class (thanks to Ira) . Unfortunately, the evening 'entertainment' was dire. If you want a wonderful experience, have a massage or 10 with Ahmed (with the glasses). Yesss..... I am relaxed even now and can still feel his thumb prints on my person!

Not much beach to speak of and please do not walk on the coral reef - we are supposed to be an environmentally enlightened country!

The pools are great and so are the pool staff. Bar staff a bit lecherous but generally very helpful, especially if you tip them at the beginning of the holiday. It makes sense.

It was fun, but apart from poolside antics, there is nothing to do. Nothing.

Jenny (London)"

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  • Travel date: Thu 12th of July 2007

Sweet Dreams? The Way It Is

3
Average
by
Reviewed Tue 30th of October 2012

"This is our independent, unbiased, view of the hotel; we’ve broken it down into sections and, hopefully, covered all aspects!

General Overview
Please note - we didn’t involve ourselves in the evening entertainment so cannot and will not comment, please see other people’s reviews.

On the whole you feel safe in the hotel and there are security guards patrolling the perimeter and guards at the main entrance gate.

There are 5 places to eat (main restaurant, Italian Restaurant [this must be pre-booked the day before and is included if you are staying All Inclusive], Noah’s Ark Fish Restaurant [also requires pre-booking and is NOT part of the All Inclusive], Pool Bar – lunchtime pizzas, burgers [not every day], chicken wings [not every day], salads, chips and afternoon tea cheese & cucumber rolls, cake, chips, Grill Bar – have no idea what they serve here as it never opened while we were there!).

There is one main swimming pool, a central pool (not suitable for swimming as there are pedalo’s and fountains), a kiddies pool and a water slide, a deep plunge pool and 4 or 5 small plunge pools around the sides of the garden area outside the ground floor accommodations.

A spa has very recently opened and this has a heated swimming pool, a fully equipped gym and massages, steam room, sauna, jacuzzi.

There is one disco (rarely open) and an amphitheatre for evening entertainment.

There are 3 bars – the Pool Bar is only open during the day, the reception bar is open 24 hours and has two tables with umbrellas outside, the other bar is the ‘Tent’ near the beach and this is open in the evenings.

The beach is split into two with a jetty in between.

There is a diving centre based at the hotel which is run by Grand Blu - they can be found through search engines - [--]

Reception
Very impressively decorated and the reception staff are very helpful but only one or two of them are fluent enough in English. This, however, does not stop all queries and requests for assistance being dealt with fairly efficiently. There is Internet available via reception and, at the time of writing, the cost was $6 (or LE30) for 30 minutes and we had no problems with connection.

Restaurants
The Main Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is buffet-style with a different theme each night. Breakfast consists of cereals, continental-style buffet and the egg station where you can have fried eggs or omelette, yoghurts, fresh fruit and lots of sticky cakes! The waiter will bring fresh tea and coffee to your table but the rest is self-service. For lunch and evening there is a pasta bar where you can choose your own ingredients and these are then cooked in front of you and on the Oriental Night there is stir fry available at the same counter. We would recommend caution with the food, whilst we, ourselves, were unaffected we heard various stories of illness. The Rep blamed this on excess sun but we are not convinced it was. Advice, if you want to take it – avoid the salad bar (unless it’s been peeled), definitely avoid the rice (a great breeding ground for bacteria!), any shellfish and we’d be inclined to give the fish a wide berth. Best recommendations for the meals would be pasta or eat in the Italian Restaurant where there is full waiter service and a set menu of ‘better than the restaurant food’ and it appears to be cooked to order. Desserts are to die for – plenty of them, very attractive and very tasty! The waiters are friendly enough but lack communication and language skills so this makes for an interesting time! Also, they are very quick to clear the empty plates from your table, you’ll find yourselves timing how long you can manage keep the plate before it’s whisked away!

Rooms
Comfortable but a bigger lounge area would be nice. Beds are a bit on the hard side and the balcony is a bit narrow so no room to sunbathe. The general décor is tidy but felt a bit like a Travelodge and could do with being decorated more in the Egyptian style. The rooms are cleaned every day but not thoroughly and clean towels were often brought late in the afternoon so you could find yourself drying after a shower with a flannel! Occasionally, the towels would be left on the bed in an arty design but if you don’t leave the room boy a tip when he’s done the first one you don’t get any more, they just put them on the bathroom shelf! There are no tea and coffee making facilities in the rooms so a travel kettle and supplies are a good idea. The fridge was stocked with 4 bottles of water a day, which we found adequate. These bottles could be refilled at the bars but if you wanted a fresh bottle of water you had to pay for it. The TV has one total UK channel – BBC World, the rest are a mix of European and Arabic speaking channels with some American programming. There is a safety deposit box in each room and it is recommended you lock all valuables away when not in your room.


Money
The hotel will not change traveller’s cheques but they accept credit cards and most currencies but we would suggest you take Euros as these appear to be the preferred currency. The Dive Centre does not accept electronic cards but you can pay with Euros, Egyptian Pounds, credit and debit cards.

Pools
The pool is the centre of the activities with plenty of sunloungers, umbrellas and hammocks around. There didn’t seem to be a need to go down at 6am to claim a bed! You are provided with towel cards (one per person) and the towel bar is between the pool and the beach. The entertainment/motivation team (they are called the ‘Animation Team’) were based around the pool and occupied you with various organised games, salsa dancing, pool aerobics and a sort of kids club. The downside to the pool area (which we didn’t use at all during our stay) was the DJ and his choice and volume of music – the first week of our stay was very loud music but seemed to tone down during the second week and we were told he had been replaced, so we tended to spend our days on the beach where you are well away from the music.

Beach
There are 2 beaches but only one appears to be in use at the moment. Both have windbreaks, umbrellas, hammocks and sunloungers and someone will bring the mattresses to you when you’ve decided which beds you want for the day. There is a bar on the beach that opens at 10am and, if it’s not too busy, the barman will wait on you all day. There is also a small kiosk on the beach, which sells chocolate, and cigarettes.

The beach is set between two rocky outcrops, on which are situated the flags advising whether it is safe to swim or not. You cannot access the sea from the beach at all as it drops off onto the reef and is a 35 metre sheer drop. If you paddle out too far the lifeguards and beachbed boy call you back. There is a jetty from which you can access the sea for swimming, snorkelling or diving but you need to be a confident swimmer as there is a strong current and, at the access point, it is 55 metres deep. The house reef is also accessed from this jetty and is covered under the ‘diving’ section of this review.

Diving
Currently, there is no boat so it’s all shore dives but this doesn’t mean the diving is substandard. We did 11 dives and each dive was a superb experience, spending 10 minutes on the bottom with a Sea Cow is an amazing experience (we did this at Marsa Abu Dabbab). The dive team are relaxed and friendly; the main guide, Hassani, genuinely wants every guest to totally enjoy each dive they do. The house reef has 2 sides (the North side being spectacular), it is a genuine virgin dive site having been dived on for only 7 months. Equipment is brand new and available to rent at reasonable costs and dive packages are available along with snorkelling trips.

Bars
The reception bar is open 24 hours but the All Inclusive stops at midnight. There is a singer in the bar most evenings who is a hoot! (Watch him preen himself in the windows when he’s singing!!). The Pool Bar is open from early morning until about 6pm and serves alcohol, tea, coffee, ice cream and lunches (12:30 until 2pm) and afternoon tea (4pm to 5pm). The Tent Bar is open in the evenings and shisha pipes are available for a small cost (about £1).

Shops
There is a jewellery shop, a perfume shop, a tacky gift shop with cigarettes, ice cream, chocolate and canned soft drinks, a shop selling sarongs, water shoes, masks, snorkels etc., one selling wooden and marble ornaments, etc. These shops are within the reception area. If you go outside the reception, near the Dive Centre, there are a few more shops (pharmacy, spices, clothes, etc) with scope for more to be built and stocked in the future.

Spa
This only opened during the first week of our stay and I tried the Cleopatra Treatment (a wonderful relaxing time including steam room, sauna, coconut body scrub and a full body massage). There is also a physiotherapist based at the spa and many aches and pains can be cured during your stay. The are too many treatments to list but there is a ‘menu’ available at the spa and the girls are very helpful and speak good English, as well as German and Italian."

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  • Travel date: Sat 30th of June 2007

relaxing holiday

4
Good
by
Reviewed Fri 9th of November 2012

"just returned from a week in dreams beach resort marsa alam. if you want a nice peaceful and relaxing holiday with nothing to do this is the place for you. Staff very friendly and helpful.Beach superb( didnt have to get of the sunbed for drinks as barman came round often).The food was good, lots of variety and hot.Pools were very clean and were inviting.If you want entertainment this is not the place for you. Showtime started at 10 pm and was done by the animation team!!! At 11pm the disco started with the animation team. The weather was 40 deg with a nice stiff breeze this would drop in the evening .The downside with the breeze is that you couldnt go snorkling until 4pm when the sea was much calmer.Would definately go back."

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  • Travel date: Sat 23rd of June 2007

Mixed feelings

3
Average
by
Reviewed Fri 9th of November 2012

"My partner, mum, two children under five and I stayed at Dreams Beach in Marsa Alam on the 30th May for one week.
Like the other reviews we were greeted with a welcome drink and our bags were taken to our rooms. Check in was quick and efficient and staff polite.
Our request for two rooms next to one another was met and rooms were of good size, clean and both had good views of the sea and pools. First impressions were good, the hotel is a horse shoe shape with rooms with balcony's on both sides surrounding the central complex of pools. In the middle is the reception, lobby and bar next to this was the main buffet style restaurant.
Restaurant staff were very attentive particularly one fellow who whenever he saw us made a huge effort to accommodate us by moving tables to fit five rather than four, carrying our plates to the table, getting drinks and removing dirty plates promptly.
The melon guy was great pleasing both my children when he carved both there names and a bird of paradise onto a huge water melon this was then displayed on the entrance to the buffet restaurant much to their delight.
During the day the kids were occupied by a kids club that ran from 10am to 12pm then again at 3pm to 5pm, although time keeping seemed to be a problem for the staff that ran it, arriving half an hour late on one occasion. Although the lady was very nice and great with the children I wouldn't have felt safe leaving them completely under her supervision as the kids were allowed to wonder in and out as they pleased unsupervised.
Lucky the kiddie’s pool with slide was right next to kids club so we were able to sunbathe and relax whilst keeping an eye on the children.
The animation team were a laugh but I could understand people getting annoyed with them as they seem to bombard you everyday to rope you into some sort of activity. I found the salsa and belly dancing fun and very tongue in cheek but not for all tastes.
Camel riding and quad biking a must! cheaper to book on beach than with reps however we did camel riding with Thomson and quad biking with the guys on beach and had two very different experiences. Thomson’s seemed very polished but the authenticity seemed questionable (was that Bedouin boy carrying a mobile phone??) Whereas quads was very rough and ready but seemed more real.
Marsa alam is very windy and the whole time we were there was a red flag in water this made swimming off the falling down jetty a huge risk. Some did take the risk and one German guy ended up battering his ribs against the wooden jetty stairs you couldn't miss him walking round the hotel with a huge bandage strapped to his chest. Waves were very strong for an unsure swimmer like me however even my much more experienced swimmer partner wouldn't climb in.
Unfortunately I have to agree with the other reviews with relation to the food. It was terrible. Puddings were lovely and well presented but main meals bland, tasteless and uninspiring. I found this unacceptable as no other restaurants nearby so you had no choice but to eat it or go hungry all of us had upset stomachs and diarrhea. What made matters worse was when we went on the Hamata island hopper (boat cruise) this was by the way a fantastic trip made even better by Ash and Mustafa the two guides who made it really fun and enjoyable. On this little yacht they were able to churn out about 15 different dishes that looked lovely and tasted wonderful this highlighted to us how awful the food at the hotel really was if this small boat could produce better food.
All in all our experience of this hotel was really good couldn't fault anything apart from the food but sadly for this reason we probably wouldn't go back also with a name like dreams beach you'd imagine the beach would be nice, a key feature even, but really u couldn't walk on it without shoes and it was frustrating not being able to snorkel in the water. In future we'd probably stay at the coroya 25 mins down the road as it has its own calm shallow bay with a beautiful coral reef we were told."

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  • Travel date: Wed 6th of June 2007

Dreams? More like nightmare

1
Awful
by
Reviewed Thu 6th of December 2012

"We booked this holiday quite a few months ago. We were very concerned about the lack of information available about this new hotel. We did see one favourable review before we went and had a few emails from the person concerned, this helped to calm our fears.

We arrived on the 9th May and the first impression of the hotel was not to bad. We had a few problems with rooms, we had requested a ground floor room with double bed, they showed us to a ground floor room with twin beds. We asked to be moved and they put us in a second floor room with double bed. Since the hotel looked like it only had 40 guests I do not know why they could not have found a ground floor room to suit.

We decided to take a look around the resort before the evening meal. Now we had the opportunity to take a closer look at the hotel and grounds. They say that this is a new hotel and 5 star? To be honest I would feel dishonest if I rated it anymore than a 3. The central feature of the grounds was a pond like set up with pedaloes. It had creepers of some sort dropping down into the water. The water level was low and the pond edges very discoloured. To me it just looked like a trap for picking up an infection.

The other pools are for swimming. The majority are shallow short pools just off the ground floor room seating areas, ok for a fast dip to cool off in. The main pools was surrounded with some kind of fake grass effect matting. This would have been fine but it already looked as if it should have been taken up and replaced.

The hotel itself on the web site looks very bright on the outside, the reality is that is looks very drab.

The beach area is small not very welcoming, the jetty looks like it is about to fall down, in fact part of it had done. The rails all looked very rusty and poorly maintained.

On returning to our room we could not get back in. The reception staff tried to make me feel like an idiot saying that I had double locked the door on leaving the room, how you do that with a card entry system is beyond me! In the end it turned out that the battery in the lock was flat so would not operate the bolt.

We attended 3 meals at the hotel, evening meal, breakfast and lunch. The selection was poor, most of it was cold.

We spent the first evening in the lobby bar, we started to see even more signs of a hotel that had just been knocked together on the cheap. Wooden panels in the railings did not match, not just colour but also the sizes. Looked like a year 9 school woodwork project. Tiles were cracked and the whole place just looked run down.

We spent the next morning by the pool. If you want a relaxing break forget it. If one more of the animation team had come round shouting about pool “VOLLEYBALL” I would have throttled them. If you told them that you did not want to take part then they started muttering about the lazy English.

By lunchtime we had had enough. Made a call to Thompson and asked to be moved to the Lamaya where we had stayed last year. We paid the extra, got a taxi and left.

Dreams? More like nightmare, this is a resort to avoid."

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  • Travel date: Thu 24th of May 2007

Excellent Resort, but.......

4
Good
by
Reviewed Sat 1st of December 2012

"Just come home from a two week all inclusive stay at Dreams Beach with my wife. I gotta say, excellent resort, very clean, staff very friendly, pools and beach were great, weather was excellent, really hot 35-40's, and entertainment, although not the best in the world, the animation team gave it their best. My only problem, was how repetetive the food is. Although not bad quality, there was not a great selection of food, and almost the same every day. Chicken, beef, fish, pasta. The odd day, there was a grill done, but again, chicken of beef, just done differently. Towards the end of our stay, myself was getting fed up with what was on offer, I didn't really want to eat it any more. But apart from this, hotel is really good, all inclusive drinks are great, beer, cocktails, soft drinks etc, Thomson rep Chris was excellent, very friendly and willing to help any time. Trips to Luxor, Stars and Dinner, and Hamata well worth the money. Be reminded though, there is not much to do apart from the excursions, outside of the hotel. Will visit again, but maybe in a few years, hopefully food selection may have improved a bit."

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  • Travel date: Fri 18th of May 2007

Warning, Sleazy Theme Park!

2
Poor
by
Reviewed Sat 1st of December 2012

"My girlfriend and I stayed here at the end of April 2007 and upon arrival we were greeted with drinks which was welcoming and we had our suitcases taken to our rooms for us!

The hotel was generally very clean, everyday we had new towels and on some days they arranged them into designs which was quite cool! Now for the bad parts...

1. Food & Drink- was atrocious, it was bland, with no taste and did not look very appealing when you lifted those metal lids. Often it was lukewarm and congealed with manky cheese. However the sweets and desserts were well presented. There plenty of variety of breads, but for cooked breakfasts, well what can I say, the choice was very limited.
The drinks in the restaurant and the bar were poor, they would often fill up half of a small glass, with either a soft drink or alcohol. The beer seemed watered down, the cocktails were warm and bland (using concentrate fruit drink for flavour!), whilst the coke was a poor imitation of the real thing (advertised as such).

2. Staff - The waiters were helpful but we were left with the overriding impression that they were extremely leacherous. For example when my girlfriend went to get a drink from the bar, they would stop what they were doing and stare and make unsubtle comments and gestures. This made my girlfriend and I feel uncomfortable a lot of the time.

3. Relaxation - Was poor at the hotel. There was a lobby bar which felt like a cafe, with no comfortable seats and an annoying cabaret singer wannabee in the background, blasting out such a bad voice over a tracking tape. There was The Arabesque bar and the staff were at least more courteous and we were able to relax and smoke a sheesha!!

4.Aqua Aerobics - This happened three times a day, which was loud and annoying! We felt pestered into joining in and had to justify why we wanted to relax! There was a bad DJ pumping out the same dance tunes over and over again. Also the DJ would shout over the microphone and seemed obsessed with Italians?!

Overall we were left with the impression that the hotel was a theme park, and the staff there seemed very new to their jobs (I know that the hotel opened in 2006) and hence did not conduct themselves in a very professional manner.

We would advise other travellers to take Euros or US dollars rather than Egyptian pound. The staff would panic when we presented money and therefore we were put off buying bottles of water and other drinks.

Also, all this was compounded by the fact that the hotel was 20km from anywhere and so you felt very isolated as there was nothing around apart from desert!"

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  • Travel date: Fri 18th of May 2007

best relaxing holiday for years

5
Brilliant
by
Reviewed Mon 28th of December 2009

"We were apprehensive about Dream's Beach after reading reviews but found the holiday suited our family perfectly. I went with my daughter, son in law and grandson, 3 generations. Quick passage through Marsa Alam airport on arrival, welcome drink and facecloth on arrival at Dreams Beach, fast check in and we were soon in our rooms, nice surprise. Then straight down to dinner where we couldn't decide what to eat there was so much choice, which set the tone for the entire holiday.Beautiful weather all 14 days, just 2 quite windy but we still sat on the beach and around the pool. Great snorkelling from a jetty near by with a good lifegaurd on hand to help. All staff extremely kind and willing to help, not just out for tips. We went on the Thomson trip to Luxor, while expensive, no competition, worth it for the experience but it was a long day, 5.30am until 10.30pm. I'd go again tomorrow if I could. "

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  • Travel date: Mon 28th of December 2009

Rating breakdown

  • 4 Beach
  • 5 Room
  • 4 Pool
  • 5 Service
  • 5 Dining
  • 4 Amenities
  • 5 Food

Cant recommend highly enough!

5
Brilliant
by
Reviewed Fri 10th of April 2009

"Got back on the 6th April from Dreams Beach, and as I use this website to guide my future choice of holidays, I thought I'd put a bit about our experience.
Went with my boyfriend, we are both in our late 20s. Chose marsa Alam knowing it was in the middle of nowhere, as we just wanted a week lying in the sun, relaxing and being romantic. Fulfilled our needs perfectly! Plus I came back 6 lb heavier (despite using the gym and running on the beach) as the food and drinks were so good.
It was my 2nd time in Egypt and all my expectations of good sized room (though we did pay a £20 upgrade each as the basic were all gone), spotlessly clean inside and out etc were fulfilled. Howwever there were a few nice surprises: 1) No drunk, pushy Russians, which I had expected; 2) no argy-bargy needed to secure a table at dinner-time, or the best food. Both tables and food were more than plentiful; 3) more than enough sunloungers. This hotel has double the normal amount of sea-front as it has nothing either side of it, so getting a parasol and sun-longer right by the sea (or pool if that is your preference) was never a problem; 4) I found tipping was not as expected as it was when I went to Sharm last year. Pleople didnt stand and wait for a tip if it was not proferred. However, after we left the cleaners a modest tip, we came back the next day to find out towels made into heart shapes, and petals decorating the bed :-)
Did find trips and activities quite dear, this is probably a side-effect of being in the middole of nowhere, there simply isnt any competition, but it was made up for by the perfect service, high 20s-30C temp, and peace and quiet. We couldnt even hear the animation team once we were on the beach.
Am planning on going back to this resort in the Easter hols next year with my daughter, if you are considering this resort, go ahead and book with no reservations. Just done expect to be served 'traditionsl' English fare like burgers and chips. Go with an open mind about trying new cuisines and you won't be disappointed."

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  • Travel date: Fri 10th of April 2009

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