Steigenberger Coraya Beach
About Steigenberger Coraya Beach
- high speed internet in room
- swimming pool
- shuttle bus service
- free internet
- bar lounge
- fitness center
- free parking
- business services
- wheelchair access
- air conditioning
- room service
- dry cleaning
- meeting room
- laundry service
- flatscreen tv
- concierge desk
- banquet room
- multilingual staff
- airport transportation
- breakfast buffet
- outdoor pool
- conference facilities
- free breakfast
- rooftop bar
- rooftop terrace
- private balcony
- breakfast available
- reduced mobility rooms
- free airport transportation
- heated pool
- facilities for disabled guests
- paid internet
- tennis court
- swimup bar
- poolside bar
- adult pool
13 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Just had a wonderful holiday at Coraya B...
"Just had a wonderful holiday at Coraya Beach, the hotel is like an oasis in the desert with beautiful bedrooms and public rooms and I loved the Nubian village atmosphere with it's little cobbled streets and archways, food was fantastic and very varied and being a retired chef I am fussy about quality, hygiene standards and presentation but no problems here. Now to the staff where can I start, our room was spotlessly clean as where all the areas in the hotel the gardens were a joy to see and they were kept in pristine condition, reception staff were very efficient and courteous, animation team did their best under difficult conditions as most of the guests had chosen that hotel because it was quiet and they just wanted to chill out, now we come to the waiters and chefs etc we had so much fun with these people no matter which restaurant or bar we were in and the service was excellent the one thing we remarked on was that not once during the holiday did we feel that anyone was hanging around waiting to be tipped, I must mention the deputy manager who was always around quite often eating in the buffet restaurant like the rest of us and he actually waved us off when we were leaving which you don't often see, last but not least our rep Mark who did a very good welcome meeting not too long but very informative didn't push his trips although we did go on the one to Luxor and he was always visible around the hotel in the mornings.Had two weeks at this hotel and could definately have done a third, we have travelled all over the world but have always been a little hesitant about Egypt not anymore can't wait to go back!"
- Travel date: Fri 4th of July 2008
Went away for New Year - departing on 26...
"Went away for New Year - departing on 26th Dec 07 and we can not wait to go back!
Great location for a relaxing, chill out holiday. 10 mins from the airport - which is a private and small airport so very stress free travelling wise - we were the only flight out of there on the way back.
Food is great - no upset tums etc. A mixture of Egyptian style food and more familiar fish, chicken, veal, beef, salads, pasta etc. Excellent omelettes in the morning and everything is beautifully presented. The gala dinner on new years eve was amazing - you need to see it to believe it - they put on an excellent show and first class service/food. The local spirits are an acquired taste - need a double measure to taste. If you like your spirits I would recommend taking a bottle with you so you can have a couple in your room. Also no champagne available on normal days - only champagne available was on new years eve - moet at Â£180 a bottle - yes that's english pounds!! If you like your wine we found the white the best and if you are a lager drinker then you have no worries - local beer is excellent and comes in half litre bottles - freshly opened in front of you.
The service was brilliant all holiday through - nothing was too much trouble - I was travelling with my partner, my parents and grandmother - so there was a range of ages to please and none of us were disappointed - make sure you have plenty of coins for tipping - it is not compulsory, but for the excellent service we received they deserved it. We took a combination of euros and english money - these were eagerly accepted, along with us dollars and of course the egyptian pound.
One thing to mention - the pool at the swim up bar is lovely and warm - great for a winter holiday - like getting in the bath!
The weather was fantastic - temps in the day around 25oc to 28oc - a bit chilly on some evenings and you will need a jumper/light jacket if sitting outside. The sun goes down about 4.30pm too at this time of year so an early start in the morning is recommended to make the best of the weather.
Hotel has a private beach and coral - snorkelling is fab!! Went 3-4 times and it was breath taking.
If you are not bothered about going on any excursions do not go to the welcome meeting - a waste of an hour and a half, with the classic line 'I'm not into the big sell.....' but then proceeds to go on and on and ON about fabulous trips such as a 6 hour coach journey to Luxor to look at tombs etc etc - if I wanted to do that I would have booked to go to Luxor - not go to Marsa Alam and struggle for 6 hours on a coach to Luxor!
If you want peace, tranquillity, rest, great food, lovely views and excellent service this is the holiday for you - it really is a fantastic place. We will be booking to return shortly."
- Travel date: Mon 21st of January 2008
Coraya Beach - a fantastic introduction to Egypt
"Just returned from the most fantastic week at the Coraya Beach. There were 9 of us travelling, ages ranging from 9 to 70 and it was the first time to Egypt for all of us. Some were a little concerned about Egyptian tummy but none of us suffered from any illness whatsoever. The hotel was immaculate and every bottle of water we were given (and we drank a lot!) was sealed. Staff were extremely attentive and very friendly without being overpowering. 2 of our party were scuba divers and rated Coraya Divers as the most professional centre they had ever used - they have both dived in the Caribbean and Europe as well as the UK and have over 200 dives between them. Evening entertainment was low key but the other hotels in the bay are easily accessible via a promenade and guests are able to use their facilities although the all inclusive only applies to the Coraya. For our party, the all inclusive upgrade was very good value for money - the cocktails we drank would have cost us 6.50 per drink! The food was good in the buffet but even better in the a la carte. Saied, the restaurant manager, provided us with excellent service and was very accomodating if we needed any help - 2 of our party were diabetics and so the desserts could be a bit limited on occassions. The sand on the beach was very coarse and shoes are really needed all of the time but the walk around the bay is lovely and the fishlife that can be seen from the jetty outside the Lamaya Hotel is amazing - no need to snorkel if you don't want to. None of us had any criticisms with the hotel whatsoever but some of the party found the flight with Thomsons to be very cramped and uncomfortable. Unfortunately they are the only UK airline to fly at this time of year to Marsa Alam. Overall a fantastic time was enjoyed by all and we are looking forward to going back. This hotel is highly recommended."
- Travel date: Fri 13th of April 2007
You WONT be disapointed
"This is one of the most relaxing holidays ever!!! the hotel is excellent, you wont be disapointed
We flew from gatwick with thomsonfly we paid Â£50 each for extra leg room seats, this is well worth it as otherwise you are cramed in. the flight was 5 1/2 hours out and 6 hours back.
THE TRANSFER on the coach you are given hotel forms to fillin, upon arrival you are greeted in reception with a cold towel and a drink and given your room keys. the htel staff give you a quick talk on the hotel and show you to your rooms.
We were in ROOM 1918, we paid an extra Â£70 for a sea view room. Our room had a fantstic sea view and as it was away from the pool area was very quiet in the evenings. in the room on arrival there was a fruit basket and lots of info for our stay. the room was fairly large and very well decorated. you had all the little extra that you would expect in a quliaty hotel, eg robe and slippers, shaving kits ect. there was a tv in the room which had 4 english channels, 2 were news and 1 was a movie channel and the other showed american sitcomes ect and movies.
A MUST for this hotel is to go all in-inclusive. we paid and extra Â£14 per person per day. for this you got lunch, all your drinks, and ice creams and a chance to dine in the ala cart restaurant. you also get beach towels delivered to your room every night. complimentary internet, a free half hour massage per person. if you are half board be ware that the drinks are very expensive Â£13 for a bottle of wine Â£3.50 for a beer Â£6 for coctails and spirtits and Â£1.50 for coke ect. so all you have to do is drink a bottle of wine each per day and you have paid for your all inc!!!!
THE FOOD in the hotel was very good, the main restaurant is buffet style, breakfast was the usual, lunch had fersh pastas salads ect. the food in the evening was excellent realy high standards, and the desserts were amazing. and they have lots of lovely fresh bread!!! the only bad evening we had was the gala dinner night it was very over rated.
the ala cart rest was very good we ate there twice, the steak was brilliant!! if you are half board you have to pay staters aprx Â£4 mains Â£10 desert Â£3. but it is free for all inc. you can pay an extra 35 euros for sea food dinner, we didnt try this but the couple next to us did and it looked amazing.
THE BEACH is very nice and the bay is beautiful. the sea was a bit chilly!!! but the snorkaling was brilliant the coral is breathtaking!!! BEWARE when we were there there was thousands of little puprle jelly fish!!!! and the sea broings in lots of gunky seaweed. you need to get to the beach earky if you want a sunlounger on the seafront.
THE POOLS are nice , 3 in total. 2 are not heated and are colder than the sea!!! and the heated pool was way to hot at 32!! after a days sunbathing it burnt your skin!!!
THE STAFF work very hard 15 hour days 7 days a week, most of them a very nice but a few were miserable and rude and needed some cust service training!!! the pool bar guys were the best. the miserable ones seem to work in the restaurant.
ENTERTAINMENT in the hotel is veryt low key, most of the quests are italians anout 80 % then 15 % german and 5% brits. they have a kids disco every night and a show after. the day and night bar has singing in the evening.
THE WEATHER at the end of feb was fab!!! not a cloud in the sky high 70s low 80s ive got a lovely tan!!!! it would be unberable there in the august ect with temps in the 40s. on e of the guys told us that they had only had 2 days of rain in the past 2 years!!!
the other hotels areound the bay are not as good as this one woith loads of kids ect, they have to walk around the bay to be able to get into the sea. and whenit was windy our hotel seemed to bve shaded from the wind on the beach where as the others were a bit to windy.
A MUST is that you walk around the bay and go along the jetty opposite the iberotel lamafaya, you will get to see all the amazing coral and the fish. if you dont fancy snorkaling then you get to see it all and stay dry!!!
OVERALL if you want a quiet relaxing break, with nothing to do outside the hotel then go. i would def go back!!!
if you want any ore info then please feel free to emial [email protected]"
- Travel date: Sat 3rd of March 2007
wonderful hotel !
"We travelled to the Coraya in January 2007 as a party of 4 having booked with Portland, and upgraded to All Inclusive which you really must do, as there is nowhere to eat other than the hotel.
Where shall we start?
The hotel as others before have stated, it is in an excellent position in the bay, the only one which has direct access to the sea over coral beach and coarse sand, not really suitable for childrens sandcastles !
The reason we chose this hotel was because 2 of the party were diving and we had heard good reports of Coraya divers and were not disappointed with their service.
The snorkelling just in the bay was fantastic and yes after seeing how Naama Bay's corals has been slowly destroyed by ignorant tourists, here was absolutely superb just 2 minutes from the shore. From the jetty you can clearly see the corals totally untouched or damaged. Yes we saw Dennis the Dugong, a school of Dolphins and Turtles excellent diving but seriously cold needing 2 suits and a strong stomach - many of the divers were sea sick ! Sea was a bit rough but then it was the winter and we did see rain the first since the previous April but as we headed into the Bar this did not matter in the slightest !
The all inclusive consisted of all meals in the main restaurant, which catered for mixed nationalities.if you only eat burgers & chips then this is not the hotel for you! If however you like pasta cooked with whatever meat/ fish you like, varied salads, loads of fish and egyptian food, plus sweets to die for, then you'll be fine. On the all inclusive you can eat at the a la carte free of charge as many times as you wish and we had fillet pepper steak and chips at least 3 times ! They do an excellent fish menu which was 5 courses including crab/lobster and fillet of seabass in lemon sauce, kebabs of squid etc. which was an extra 20 euros but very worth it. The drinks on the all inclusive too are on a special menu but you can have the cocktail of the day with your evening meal for free ( normally 70LE) a half decent red/rose or white wine plus all the normal egyptian beers and as one bottle of wine is around Â£12 it made the upgrade at Â£14 per day- well worth while ! We also got all our laundry laundered for free, a massage and 30 minutes internet access plus cocktail party.
Rooms are really lovely as you would expect from an iberotel with loads of space. We overlooked the sea whereas my daughters room overlooked the pool which she felt was a bit noisy but we had no complaints.Also of course all towles provided and changed twice daily if needed plus your turn down service at night .
The staff at this hotel were absolutely superb and really made the holiday for us. Please say hello to Sayed the restaurant manager he is excellent and if you want cheddar cheese with your lunch just ask and they will fetch you whatever you want !
On a plus point the staff who had worked in the Lido at Sharm recognised us, and made us feel very special., but everyone is treated like royalty and a msall ti[p here and there goes a long way plus politeness ! This is what the Egyptians told us they like about the English !
The management team give out a questionnaire at each weekly gala night (which is not to be missed) and you are encouraged to tell them your every complaint which they obviously act on as we had none at all.
We can honestly say that this was about our 16th holiday to Egypt in the last 12 years and although we like to try different places, we would go back because of the staff.They were absolutely excellent and really made the holiday for us !
It is great for relaxing , there is limited nightlife, ( a resident lawyer Waleed and his keyboard who encouraged karaoke singers) but that is about it downstairs.
The entertainment team try so very hard to get you involved all day in sports and at night they have a 'disco' inside. I would imagine in the summer it is a lot busier and all evening enertainment would be outside whilst we had a log fire to snuggle up to !
The pools are massive but unfortunately only a small one was heated in january.For myself this was disappointing as you could not really swim in the shallow pool.
We would recommend this hotel to adults (there were no children there at all)there is no music around the swimming pool or beach which was great and for chilling out it was absolutely right. The Lamaya around the bay was much noisier and children orientated with shallow pools.This hotel had quite a few steps around it.
if you go here upgrade to all inclusive, do not expect only English food but go to enjoy wonderful staff, fabulous food and drinks and have a relaxing time! By the way no rush for sun beds there were hundreds on the beach !
If you would like any info please email us [email protected]"
- Travel date: Tue 27th of February 2007
Great time at The Coraya Beach
"I went to the Coraya Beach with my husband my 18year old son and 3 year old grandaughter. We all had a fantastic holiday. the overall location of the hotel, set in a bay was beautiful. The hotel was lovely and the staff went out of their way to be helpful and were very friendly. The food was good quality with plenty of choice. No fighting for a sun bed with towels plentiful. the animation team were really good with a show and live music every evening. Not too much to do for teenagers but my son was happy to go horse riding or out on the quads through the day and chill out in the evening. We are returning with our grandaughter for two weeks in March."
- Travel date: Thu 14th of December 2006
Nothing too much trouble
"A great hotel with exceptionally friendly staff, nothing was too much trouble for them. we went with our daughter and son-in-law and three grandchildren one of the children was a fussy eater but the chef asked her what she really liked, then made sure she had it to eat.
The only drawback is that its a long way from anywhere so you have to travel at least a couple of hours for the trips, but well worth it if you do. We went on a Camel trip in the desert at a Nature Reserve, the sky at night coming back on the camels was absolutely fantastic I felt I could just touch the stars.
No real tummy troubles just a odd day for myself and son-in -law, children were all fine. We went to Luxor but its a early start and late arrival back but if you are going for a fortnight well worth it as you can chill out the next couple of days.
Even paddling in the sea you can see many different fish, so for snorkelling it is great, my grandaughter of 8 really took to snorkelling although it was her first time ever she was like a little fish herself.
I would say for teenagers there probably is not a lot to do, but if children are under 13 it will be great."
- Travel date: Fri 1st of December 2006
"I use Trip Advisor all the time before booking a holiday, so I thought it only fair to write a review about this hotel we have just returned from.
Well, where do I start, the location is excellent, the best hotel on the Coraya Bay, it is sheltered from the wind and has excellent access from the beach directly into the water, which his great for swimmers who arenât confident enough to enter via the jetty (me). I was so impressed by how protected the marine life was, buoys are placed to stop anyone standing on it or touching it directly, it certainly works, we had a holiday a couple of years ago in Sharm el Sheikh and that snorkelling didnât match up to this. Early morning before breakfast is ideal, less snorkellers, the water is much clearer and there seemed to be more fish, we saw manta rays, an octopus and lots of tropical fish we havenât seen anywhere before.
We stayed on an all inclusive basis, we didnât have much expectations for the food after a bad experience in Sharm a couple of years ago, but Iâm please to report the food here is excellent, and we are a couple very hard to please believe me, the cleanliness, the variety, excellent service, efficient but not obtrusive, you certainly wont go hungry!
The extra touches the management make, like gifts in the room every evening, (only other place we have experienced this is in Mauritius). The service in general was brilliant, excellent staff, no sexist comments whatsoever, which after our last experience in Sharm was a relief.
We booked the holiday with Thomsons, the flights could have been better, we few with Thomas Cook and the airlines were very dated, but this is hardly a problem when we had such a good time.
If you go all inclusive make sure you have the free massage, they really are to die for, we ended up booking another and would have booked more if we had the time.
Nightlife is low key, the entertainment is ok, but to be honest we didnât really go for this, it is very much a daytime hotel, and with the marine life itâs not surprising why. If you want a relaxing week with excellent scenery, marine life, food and service then this is the place for you!
Itâs worth paying the supplement for a sea view room, the views are fantastic!"
- Travel date: Tue 28th of November 2006
Half term at Coraya beach
"Just returned from a week at Coraya Beach. We have stayed at the Iberotel Fanara in Sharm for the last 4 years and fancied a change. We chose another Iberotel as we have found their standards in accommodation and food very good in the past. Hotel was very good, the rooms were kept very clean and the food was varied (although catered for quite a germanic taste). We had a mixed group of divers and snorkellers and varied in ages from 7 to 67!
The house reef is okay - not as good as at Fanara and visibility was a bit churned by the afternoon. If you can, snorkel early morning (around 6 am local time) for best variety of fish. We used tiger dives at the hotel for our snorkelling only trips and went to Blue Lagoon (Abu Dahab). Saw the sea turtles and Dennis the dugong but was quite a rough swim from the shore. Also used Emperor for boat trip. Excellent boat, good diver/snorkeller advice and visited some great reefs - well worth it.
Took the day trip to Luxor. Had visited Cairo from Sharm and felt we needed to see Luxor. Trip was v long but not that bad. Had v funny and informative Egypologist. Valley of Kings and Hatshepsut temple v interesting but v hot. Best of all was Carnac temple which was just amazing. All the kids and OAPs loved it and coped fine with the journey.
Overall a great trip. Only downside might be if you are not in a big group or weren't into diving/snorkelling it might be a bit on the quiet side!"
- Travel date: Thu 26th of October 2006
Fantastic escape but a bit quiet
"My friend and I have just returned from a week's stay at the Iberotel Coraya Beach and I have to say I was impressed. The hotel is designed in an authentic moorish style and occupies the total left hand side of the bay that forms the Madinat Coraya. Within the Madinat Coraya there are three other hotels,2 x Sol Y Mars (The Solaya and Somaya) and the Iberotel Lamaya which all occupy the right hand side of the bay. These hotels are rather more your conventionally designed 5 star properties and are of an equally high standard to the Coraya Beach (they are all of course part of the same German chain after all). Whilst these three hotels seem to concentrate more on the family market the Coraya Beach seems to be for couples and offers a more relaxed and peaceful environment.
The grounds are perfectly manicured with Jasmine and Hibiscus climbing the walls of most of the complex and the swimming pools are cool and clean offering welcome relief from the beach heat and warm sea. The rooms are large with walk in shower, dressing area, safe, minibar, satellite TV (only 2 English channels) and terrace or balcony. The grounds are attractively lit at night adding to the Medina style atmosphere and I can imagine quite romantic.
It is important to note that the Coraya Beach is the ONLY hotel in the Madinat Coraya that has direct beach access. The ringing off of the coral reef for protection does mean that guests in the other three hotels do have to walk around to the centre of the bay (couple of hundred metres) to access the sea. Therefore, if you want to walk straight from your sun lounger into the sea this hotel is your only option.
The food is generous and varied and, even as a fussy eater, there was always something on the menu I could eat. I would suggest however upgrading from half board to all inclusive as the drinks and snacks at the complex are not cheap and the costs do overtake the differential in the first few days.
The downside of this holiday is the lack of any nightlife and restaurants. You are encapsulated in your hotel pretty much and cannot even get a drink in any of the others as they are all all inclusive only. There are some shops adjacent to the Solaya but they are pretty uninspiring.
So in summary, great hotel, great facilities, great views, good food, go all inclusive, take a few books, relax and chill out. Great for couples and families but possibly not for those seeking anything vaguely lively."
- Travel date: Thu 21st of September 2006
hot hot hot!
"My friends and I stayed at this this resort for one week. The hotel was spotless, the rooms large and airy.
The hotel did feel like it was rather in a compound! The three hotels around the bay, were within a large walled area (seemingly miles from anywhere), with 'check points' to get in to the hotels - this had advantages in terms of safety, but unless you made the effort to go on trips out of the area, you could have been in any hotel, anywhere in the world!!!
The staff at the hotel were extemely friendly and helpful - there seemed to be lots going on behind the scene that ensured things ran smoothly.
The food was generally good - although interesting mixes at times.
I would recommend going to this hotel all inclusive rather than half board as we did - as the local supermarket is a walk away, buying basics from the hotel such as water prrved to be quite expensive. The alcoholic drinks weren't cheap - about Â£3.50 for a glass of wine, Â£2.50 for a beer, and there were not many light snack options for lunch, so i think it pays the extra to go all inclusive.
The resort is good for a week away in the sun, and if you are into sorkelling/diving - if you are looking for a more lively resort based holiday, this is not the place to go - but for a relaxing break away from it all in a clean and friendlt environment, this is a top place!"
- Travel date: Fri 16th of June 2006
"We stayed at Iberotel Coraya Beach in Marsa Alam for a week in May. I would recommend this holiday for anyone looking for a relaxing break (not nightlife) in lovely surroundings, particularly those who are interested in snorkelling, diving and water based activities.
The hotel is a 10 minute drive from Marsa Alam airport. The surrounding scenery is just desert and mountains, striking but barren. The hotel is situated on one side of a bay, the Lamaya is on the opposite side.
On arrival we were greeted with a welcome drink and shown to our rooms. The hotel is laid out well, although there are around 300 rooms it never felt crowded or like you were in a 'complex'.
As already stated the staff are a real credit to this hotel, so friendly and charming, always a smile and warm greeting - we wanted to bring them back with us! And yes they seem to like the English a lot.
Everything is kept immaculately clean, including the 3 attractive pools and surrounding areas. They do amazing things with your towels, we loved going back to our room and seeing what that day's 'creation' was.
Rooms are spacious and pleasant, it was lovely to relax on our balcony with a glass of wine looking out to sea. Showers are powerful, taps in bathroom less so as they have water conservers attached.
After reading some reviews about the Egyptian wine we smuggled in a case of our own (can't go without good wine for a week!). However the Egyptian wine served in El Maha - the main buffet restaurant - was perfectly drinkable. The Obelisk wine is also quite nice. However when we tried the wine in a couple of the bars it was a different story! My boyfriend said the Egyptian beer was perfectly pleasant.
The food was absolutely delicious, we found ourselves having 3 course breakfasts every day. All manner of pastries, fresh fruit, salad and yes eggs eggs and eggs. Lovely to have a leisurely breakfast on the veranda looking out to sea and contemplate the day ahead.
In the evening as well as a range of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes there is fresh pasta etc. There is also a barbeque each evening with all manner of meat and fish. There are local dishes, themed evenings and each Friday there is a gala dinner where they really push the boat out.
There is an ala carte restaurant which does a stunning 5 course seafood menu for 35 euros - it was magnificent, but dont eat the bread as you wont be able to finish the meal!Also does nice lunches if you are half board like us. No tummy troubles at all during our trip thankfully!
The sea was lovely in May (wetsuits advised for longer spells in deeper water - can be hired locally), the pools were kept at a nice cool temperature, and the weather was sunshine every day and around 35 degrees at midday. Wouldn't have liked it any hotter, but there are plenty of shady areas to retreat to. It was a dry, as opposed to humid heat, which never got uncomfortable.
Snorkelling in the hotel bay is good but get out early as by midday the visibility is a bit poorer. However if snorkelling is your thing you must go on some of the excursions - we saw the dugong and sea turtles at Abu Dabab where there is also a stunning reef and the beach is much nicer than the hotel beach. We also went to the Dolphin House (you will need to find your sea legs for this journey!) and swam with dolphins (although there were a few too many doing the same thing for my liking!) and also snorkelled another fantastic reef. The coral isjust stunning.
I would advise you to book your excursions with Tiger Dives - the hotel's own company which is situated on the beach near the beach snack hut. This is about half the price of Thompson and the local guides are fantastic.
By the way there were lots of jellyfish in the bay but only moon jellies so won't do you any harm. We saw moray eels, pufferfish, cuttlefish, stingrays, triggerfish and much more in the bay too. There is a raft you can swim out to and practice your diving if so inclined!
There is a health club and gym in the hotel as well as floodlit tennis courts and squash courts. You can have massages (the Egyptian Loufah massage with fresh coconuts was lovely but not for the shy!) and there is also a beauty salon. Extra charges apply for these.
Evening entertainment was not great but the kids seemed to like the mini disco (but really, I did not travel to Egypt to hear Aga Doo every evening!). You can play billiards and drink in the Night and Day Bar. There is a lovely bar in a courtyard where you can smoke the Hookah pipes and sit on cushions gazing at the stars. Very relaxing. Saw lots of shooting stars - the sky's were amazingly clear.
You can buy guides to the various reef fish in the shops in the hotel. There isn't much to buy, tshirts, jewellry and glass. If you make the 15 minute walk to the small row of shops near the hotel you'll find it all cheaper.
A big plus for me was that there were no mosquitos! So much easier to relax on the veranda, balcony etc without having to worry. Only nice creatures such as geckos! I even saw a beautiful white owl.
Would definitely climb up to the tower to watch the sunset.
The less said about Excel Airways the better, but at 5 hours the flight was just bearable.
All in all we totally fell in love with Egypt and the people, the hotel was lovely and the holiday offered great value for money. Get to Marsa Alam quick while it's still relatively undiscovered - I lost count of the number of hotels in construction along the coast. Would love to go back for longer and maybe take in the Pyramids and Luxor along the way.
Feel free to ask any questions."
- Travel date: Sat 27th of May 2006