15 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
KakoRama Hotel Meet The Flintstones
"This is an Italian 3 Star Hotel / Restaurant. The place was crowded with Italians.
The Rooms may do / It looks like you're in Bedrock, and you may feel Fred Flintstone or Barney Rubbles.
About the restaurant, mind, look at the door where personnel comes in and out of the kitchen, beware....of what is behind !!
When I got home after 1 week diving, I became Ill with temps up to 39Â°C, so I had to go see the Doc, also a Diver, he helped me back on my feet, a very worse case of "Curse of the Pharaoh" afterall it was All Inclusive. Good thing about it, I lost 4 Kgr !The food sucks in this place, Hygiene = very poor !
Finally to me, the diving at Pioneer Divers was good, very fine instructors !!But the management; they knew about billing !
1 time experience here ! "
- Travel date: Sat 13th of June 2009
Highly recommend this holiday. Went with...
"Highly recommend this holiday. Went with my daughter. The rooms (the beds were the most comfortable and the quilts were great) and resort are very clean (Bins for rubbish and ciggy's every 50 yards). Some uneven pathways in places. Beautiful beaches.
The staff were very friendly. The food was very good. Good variety. No upset stomaches all holiday. Great Italian restaurant on resort, which was cheap but great quality.
I think people forget that they may get upset stomaches from the money and you should make sure you take hand sanitiser.
I did get bitten to death by the mozzy's however. The wipes are no good but the spray worked a treat. Some people are lucky and dont get bit (like my daughter).
This is the only holiday I have been on, where you can watch English TV. There was internet access in the Tequila Bar and evening singer 6 days a week. You can play pool and cards and lots of books you can read.
The excursion to Cairo was amazing and I was told the Luxor trip was great too! Next time I go, we are doing the 7 day cruise and then 7 days at Kahramana or Habiba.
Can't wait to go back!!!!!"
- Travel date: Wed 27th of February 2008
One of my best holidays, beautiful resor...
"One of my best holidays, beautiful resort, my friend and me did not have any problem with the food although there could have been a bit more variety.
Snorkeling was excellent, even got to see a small shark. The trip to Luxor was fantastic, very well organised and really cheap for what it offers. I can only recommend this place, it was fabulous!
- Travel date: Thu 22nd of March 2007
Paradise on earth....
"This was simply the best experience ever. Myself and my husband went to this hotel on our honeymoon, we had a fab time, we enjoyed every moment of our 2 week trip. The people who worked in the hotel made our honeymoon extra special they showed us local culture at its best and gave us advice about entertainment.
Take shoes for going in the sea as it is very rocky, shoes are available there from the shop that sells the snorkelling equipment. The bedwin tent is a must see, they have an evening once a week that is a great occassion for all.
We will be returning to the Kahramana hotel in the rea sea resort again this summer, the experience exceeds any other holiday we have experienced!
The lizards in the room were a bit of a pain, but part of the experience. You don't need to take beach towels you can get fresh ones daily."
- Travel date: Thu 4th of January 2007
Great winter sun
"Stayed at the Kahramana Resort in early December for a week. On arriving the hotel and its staff were extremely helpful and professional from the word go.
Complementary drinks and a genuine smile as you arrived at reception set the tone for the stay, and my overall impression was that all the staff from barmen to reception to bedroom staff were extremely freindly and seemed reasonably well looked after and happy in their jobs.
We stayed on B&B basis on a very keenly priced Thomas Cook package... Would recommend this option as it meant that you are free to dine in any of the restaurants across the whole complex or order room service and dine on your balcony or in your room (Prices in the hotel for food and drinks etc. struck me as very reasonable , considering that the hotel complex is quite remote and you are a captive audience. We never paid more than Â£10 per head for any meal with drinks.. in some cases quite a bit less. Food is mainly western/middle eastern, Meat Fresh Fish dishes with large and ample salad selection, Italian- Pizza/Pasta, Sandwiches etc. Particularly good breakfasts I thought.
The facillities of this hotel are excellent, 2 lovely and pleasantly landscaped pools, all very clean and well attended to (one of these pools was heated- good if arriving over the winter months as the wind can make the air temperature a little cool from time to time). Two great beaches with a 3rd private beach a free minibus ride away, with convenient pier in between the 2 on site, allowing snorkelling etc. along the edge of the impressive coral reef.. One of the lifeguards said that they run snorkelling excursions for stronger swimmers along the edge of this reef, so that you can see even more sea life than there was there anyway.
The Kahramana also had nice gardens and a good selection of bars and restaurants all around the complex.
Rooms are very spacious, with everything you will need, all of them enjoying large balconies or terrace, and nearly all with great sea or pool views. We spoke to someone who had asked for their room to be changed as it was not quite what they had in mind and apparently the hotel staff were only too pleased to do this for them without any fuss.
The only drawback to this place is probably also its main selling point to some people- its remoteness and quiet atmosphere. Punctuated by the louder and well organised 'bedouin night' which is once a week and which featured a great selection of Egyptian entertainment (Whirling Dervishes were the star of the show) and good meal. Don't come here if you want to have the experience of a bustling local town (unless you visit Luxor/Cairo as part of your trip) as there simply aren't any around this remote area.. If however you want some tranquillity and relaxation, great snorkelling, good food and to chill out for a week in pleasant surroundings, I couldn't recommend this place highly enough.
- Travel date: Thu 28th of December 2006
"I work for a travel agent and was lucky enough to travel to Marsa on an educational.
I have to say i was a bit wary about Egypt but would go back in a heartbeat foe a proper holiday with my fiance.
We viewed lots of hotels but the Kahramana was by far my favourite. We stayed for two nights in a beautiful unique room that was only a stones throw from the gorgeous beach.
We has a great evening at the beach barbecue where we sat crossed legged on cushions in a massive tent. the food was exceptional.
As we were on a time schedule i got up early and walked along the beach and explored the gardens which were constantly preened to perferction.
the staff were wonderful.
I have never seen a hotel like it. very unique very beautiful and perfect for diving esp at dolphin house reef.
I will def go back"
- Travel date: Wed 13th of December 2006
We have been to this hotel twice and we...
"We have been to this hotel twice and we loved every minute of it. We don't dive, but the snorkelling was fabulous.
We never had any problem with the food here and the people were just great. We go to Egypt every year as an extra holiday because its very reasonable and the weather always perfect.
This is one of our favourite hotels."
- Travel date: Sun 26th of November 2006
"I stayed for a week in the nice resort (Kahramana Marsa Alam Beach)..
it is nice place with great view to the sea and natural scens (i liked that), decoration in the place are reminding the one with countryside somehow.(that is good to release the mind from polution and noise in big cities).
staff were not as professional as you may used to have in 5stars hotels and they are not good in speaking any foriegn language but they are so helpfull (they can just speak some english).
friendly atmosphere you can find everywhere you go here.
food was not as good as expected but it was ok (salad buffet is always full of varieties but the main dishes on the buffet were not as good as that).
sweats were a bit strange (it might be my personal openion cause i noticed around that people are satisfied with that).
my wife had good time on the sunbeds on the beach and around the swimming pool (heated one and natural one)
our balcony had a marvelous sea view with trees and gardens all around (it was so peaceful)
my wife had some trouble in long distances (1st day), then she liked walking but not on the paths (she used to move around that or taking long ways to avoid the hard solid uneven paths).
my daughter came with a friend and they enjoyed as never before.
she used to say : this place is the one i always saw in my dreams.
her friend felt happy and satisfied as well.
weather was great (i expected to have colder weather and more wind to be, but it was very warm weather "almost still hot in this place").
cleaning was ok for the rooms and utilities areas (restaurants and disco).
we had great time in a place called ciao Marsa (means as i think bye Marsa in italian), you may call it disco or pup as my daugher preferred to call it.
it is coozy place to drink and have some dance as well.
i did not go to the other disco place there, but my wife and daughter off course did that.
i enjoyed having a tatoo on my back shoulder (skull....hahaha)
all what i advise everyone while visiting the place there is to take care from the staff when they leer to my daughter's great white body with golden hair. (she noticed that but she told me about after we came back home)
she told me a strange story about that but i did'nt notice that myself, she said that when she was away from her friend once, one from the workers in the hotels waved to her on sneeky way with what i can call sexual harrasment (uses his mouth and eyes to flert in an impropper way to her), she dealt easily with the situation and got involved again with us till she told me that after we are back. (i would take different action if i would know that on time), i am sure that the hotel management would handle that to avoid scandles.
i enjoyed and my family enjoyed, we all had a great time there
i recommend everyone who would like to relax or to restart his life in different way to visit the place
our rate to whole accomodation exceeds 85%
thanks to Kahramana Marsa Alam (place and staff) cause i really started a new relaxed life after being there.
Y. A S.
Bermingham - UK
email: [email protected]"
- Travel date: Sun 12th of November 2006
"Stayed with a mate for 1 week in Oct with the intention of diving every day.
Hotel reef was great and snorkelling to die for although baby Black tip reef sharks in the shallows did put a few of the paddlers off LOL. Food was superb and we stayed on a half board basis which was ideal, got the feeling that they mainly catered for the Itilains guest which easily outnumbered all other nationalities put together. The hotel is very, very quiet and if you are looking for anything more than a night cap after dinner I'm affraid you'll be dissapointed. A lot of all inclusive italian guests stay here most of the bar tenders are corrupt, suggesting that you pay them a few quid and you can help yoursleves to local beers and spirits FOC (being very honest we politley declined their offers) 2 words of warning!!!! firstly if you sign for drinks or food, make sure you double check the bill and delete any open boxes as drinks were def added after we had signed, make sure you are signing for what you have had, for example we were charged for a cocktail's rather than a vodka and coke's (a diff of 50p) which all adds up?
The Thomas cooke rep was totally useless and rather rude when asked to actually do her job sorting out some amarouse local waiters who were pestering two young british girls day and night, dont expect anything useful from her!! (sorry got to be honest)
In summary, if you are looking for a lazy beach holiday, a romantic private holiday, a quiet holiday then this is for you any one else need not bother, Terrible for kids, terrible for anyone under 30, terrible for anyone even not remotley interested in the superb marine life of the area.
If you have done red sea resorts before, then you know what to expect, if not? brace yourself and def dont send your teenage daughters!!!!
Check back on this one in 10 yrs, maybe more to see and do?"
- Travel date: Wed 25th of October 2006
much windier than May
"Access to the reef from the hotel was closed all the week except our first day there. In consequence the other beach was very crowded with big coaches of people there & the mattresses for the beds have disappeared.
There were up to 9 dive boats parked in the bay and I once counted 26 divers within 2 metres of the dugong although there are notices not to harass it.
Hotel & staff fine as always although we arrived in the dark & someone is going to kill themselves on the very uneven stone paths. In May my wife hurt her ankle so much so that we had to get the doctor & 2 people fell over & hurt their arms while we were there. Be warned. Trips to the dolphines & 3 reefs vastly overpriced.
Harold. East Yorkshire"
- Travel date: Fri 13th of October 2006
Nice location. Hotel very clean and serv...
"Nice location. Hotel very clean and service good but eating is a problem. Of our party of 12no diver 5 were ill throughout the week with food poisoning problems.
The standard or food is very restricting and this is not the place to go if you like to eat.
The diving is brilliant so from that perspective it is definitely worth the visit "
- Travel date: Tue 10th of October 2006
Loved the Kahramana
"What can I say have just returned from the Kahramana after a two week holiday and it was great, resort is lovely good facilities very friendly staff , nice restuarant.
Any one thats wants good weather and good service should look at this resort, I am a diver but would recommend the resort to divers and non divers alike.
Everything is laid on there including beach towels and haridryers if you are watching you weight allowance, will definitely be going back next year"
- Travel date: Fri 6th of October 2006