Maritim Jolie Ville Resort & Casino Sharm El-Sheikh
33 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"We have just returned from a 2 week holiday at this lovely resort.
On arrival late on the 1st our party which consisted of 4 adults and 1 small child were initially put into adjoining first floor rooms. Bearing in mind that our child fell to sleep most evenings in a buggy it would have been a real hassle every night lifting him up the stairs. Upon our request the hotel moved us the next morning into a ground floor room and we also managed to keep the rooms adjoing which we were really pleased about.
As mentioned in other reviews the hotel is perfectly located although can be noisy if your room is situated next to the the main road/shopping area. The Hotel staff are extremely friendly and genuinely nice people. The pool was really well looked after with staff always cleaning around and polishing the marble floors which run all around the complex. The gardens were beautiful and I came away feeling inspired to crack on with my garden at home (if only we had the same amount of sun the encourage growth).
The only negative points I have to say was that the staff although friendly did not seam to work too well under preasure and on several occasions they got our drinks orders wrong. I'm sure that this was not helped by the fact that no one seamed to write anything down. Secondly, the alcohol prices are high. If you like to have a bottle of wine with your evening meal or the odd cocktail expect to pay a lot.
The Red Sea and Fish are awesome and this alone makes Sharm El Sheikh worth a visit.
Finally I walked the length of the Sharm water front and also visited the Hilton and Sharks Bay and without a doubt this hotel has the best site and the best beach."
- Travel date: Thu 20th of April 2006
Nothing to rave about
If you want a good nightâs sleep choose the Hilton Sharm Dreams. The Movenpick is to near the centre of all the night life. Unless you want to called to prayer at 4.30 in the morning. Thats after you have had 3 hours sleep.
Average. never had hot food or coffee and slow poor service
Average nothing special small bathrooms and showers.
"Nothing" for children above Eight.
Be prepared to do battle for a sun bed and space the area is just not big enough.
In conclusion we will not be going back to this hotel. We stayed at the Movenpick in El Gouna and it was âFantasticâ no comparison. One saving grace is the pool is heated, but so is the Hilton Sharm Dreams. Having stayed in Egypt 5 times in the last 2 years Just can't see why everyone raves about this average hotel."
- Travel date: Tue 18th of April 2006
Excellent hotel in perfect position
"We have just returned from spnding 7 nights at this hotel and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone. Initially we were allocated a ground floor room in block 26. Our room looked out onto a wall and we thought this would be perfect - quiet and private. Wrong!! Workmen were hammering at the neighbouring hotel and traffic along the adjoining minor road was frequent. In addition, this was a room with an interconnecting door (locked) but we could clearly hear the Russian conversation next door. A quick word with the very helpful receptionist meant that we were soon allocated a quiet ground floor room in the centre of the complex (block 17). As the hotel was allegedly fully booked, we could not move until the following lunchtime, but this was no great hardship. I'd recommend emailing the hotel with any requests a couple of weeks before arrival.
The breakfast buffet was extensive and of a high quality, although the beef bacon and sausages were not to my husband's taste and the cooked-to-order eggs were slid onto the plate along with the cooking oil UGH!! The breakfast buffet was in the centre of the room and there were 4 dining areas around the buffet which made it less like a vast dining room - very necessary as breakfast time was bustling and hectic. The waiters were extremely hardworking, not to say overworked. Tables were not always cleared immediately and there was sometimes a wait for hot water and coffee. More 4* than true international 5* standards of personal service, but it didn't have a negative effect on our enjoyment.
Another minor niggle which really does need to be addressed by the hotel is that of the saving of sunbeds - particularly noticeable as Easter approached and the hotel became busier. Some people were even reserving beds round the pool using their own towels and beds on the beach using the hotel towels. How selfish is that?! Nothing appeared to be done to remedy this, and eventually everybody appeared to do the same, so that if you weren't down by 8.30am there was no chance of a bed until mid-afternoon.
We were glad we'd chosen to stay on a B&B basis as the side door exit by the Italian restaurant led directly to the promenade, where there were many restaurants serving good quality meals at low cost. Our favourite was Onions in front of McDonalds.
The beach wasn't crowded - particularly if you could obtain a sunbed on the front line. The sand was thick, clean and soft, and it was possible to paddle along the sandy sea edge. I'd been looking forward to swimming in the Red Sea but was put off by jelly fish along the shore. I understand that they don't sting......but I'm a real wimp! I preferred to do my swimming in the clean temperature controlled (constant 209 degrees) swimming pool!
This really is an excellent hotel in a perfect position"
- Travel date: Tue 18th of April 2006
Great Hotel Great Location
"We stayed here on our first visit to Sharm in April 2006 and loved it! We booked through Thomson and flew with them. We expected a horrendous experience at the airport having heard some horror stories but both inward and outbound we were pleasantly suprised. The main issue is a lack of space and a new airport building is opening late 2006 which should combat this.
The location of the hotel is fantastic as it is right next to Naama Bay and all the restaurants and bars. Having said that some of the rooms can therefore have a bit of noise. We did not have any issues but some people did. Although I am sure the hotel would have moved them if they asked.
I would recommend b&b as their is a huge array of dining options on your doorstep. Having said that the hotel has some good restaurants, the beach BBQ is particularly worth a mention. We also ate at the Italian as well which was nice but slightly overpriced. In town we recommend the chinese Dragonera which is not on the street but overlooking it. Â£16 for an excellent meal with drinks!
There is a very good buffet breakfast at the hotel and you can turn up any time between 5.30am-10.30am which suited us!
The beach bar has 2 happy hours every day and drinks are half price.
Nice sized main pool which is heated and varying depths. Although sun loungers were always few and far between which is our only real gripe about the hotel. I don't think they should let people reserve them with their towels. There is also a salt water pool which is not heated in the annex area. Lots of loungers here and we sat here on a few occasions.
Fantastic private beach with lots of activities (Extra charge). The beach shelves gently and we found the snorkelling off the jettys brilliant. Even if you don't get in there is loads to see. Don't worry about the jelly fish - they do not sting at all. There were lion fish but tended to be only in one place and this was on the boat side not swimming side.
We stayed in block 29. Our room was very large and very clean. Huge king sized bed which was very comfy. Fruit and water waiting for us on arrival. One thing I would say is that they are not luxurious rooms, they are more of a 4* standard. Nothing wrong with them at all just don't expect exceptional quality.
So clean and so well kept. The gardens/fountains are all pristine. I dread to think how many gardeners alone they have on their staff. Every day at least 10 were about for the whole day.
The nicest most helpful people. Could not fault one of them. They will do anything for you and love to have a chat to you about your country and your life. They really do make the hotel special because they
We did half day Ras Mohammed through the hotel which was very good. Beware there are no shops, toilets or shade.
We also did quad biking at sunset in the desert through Thomson which was outstanding. Highly recommended, it was very safe and great fun if a little dusty!!
Go to this hotel if:
You want to be able to eat out at various places.
You want good snorkelling.
You want a secure and friendly and well kept hotel.
Don't go if:
You want 5* luxury.
You have severe walking difficulties (it is quite spread out)although you can always call a golf buggy."
- Travel date: Sun 16th of April 2006
Good choice, good position
"Just returned from a very enjoyable stay at the Movenpick Jolie Ville. Swiss owned, it is a large 396 room complex divided into 42 bungalows (or blocks) set on two floors with either a balcony or patio.The hotel is divided into three sections. The main complex contains reception, the large pool and restaurants and an annexe across a quiet side road. The second section is the private beach front reached by crossing the public walkway and the third: the conference centre/casino area reached by cossing a fairly busy dual carriageway (known as Peace Road)- although the traffic does stop, particularly when the hotel's front car park security man leaps out into the road to stop the traffic for you.Stay in this sports'section if you are looking for a quiet, calm rest with just a small swimming pool, tennis courts, a bar and a very pleasant breakfast room: La Petite Orangerie. Bear in mind Peace Road and a ten minute walk through the complex to the other end for the beach if you have children.The private beach was excellent and safe for children with never a problem to find free sunbeds. The area of beach just behind the Dive Centre was even quieter.The main complex has very attractive gardens surrounded by a two metre high wall. There are four main entrances all watched by a security guard. Our upstairs room was in block 32 (one of the few non-smoking blocks) and nearest to reception. It was large with two three foot beds pushed together, plenty of room for furniture, a TV, a useful free safe and wardrobe space out in the extended corridor. The room was kept spotless but we were visited most evenings by a few large ants in the bathroom,which were quickly despatched. Expect some noise. Traffic from Peace Road was acceptable but you are under the flightpath to the airport and the early morning call to prayer from the nearby mosque is broadcast at about 4.30am and can sound like a two minute alarm call. Also as most of the hotel is marble and concrete expect some noise from the occasional late-nighters returning home, if merry. We would suggest an ideal room would be overlooking the main fountains nearer the centre of the complex. Good choice of restaurants within the hotel but expect to pay five star prices. We ate out in the very nearby area of restaurants, bars, cafes and shops where our favourite was just across the road from the pool/middle hotel exit: The Dananeer where there was a great choice at reasonable prices. We had a starter, main course, a bottle of wine and a bottle of water and coffee where, with the obligatory 10% tax and 12% service charge (that's everywhere) we were paying about Â£28.It can get busy, especially Saturday nights. Buffet breakfast is in the Orangerie at the bottom of the complex. Good choice but it can get very hectic, particularly around 9am, where non-smoking tables are at a premium. We used to sneak across Peace Road to La Petite Orangerie - same choice of good food but much more civilized and made most welcome. All the hotel staff were very pleasant and helpful and all spoke some English.Electric cars, driven by staff, were available around the complex for free lifts for guests and luggage. A very relaxed hotel, perfectly placed to the beach and shops/restaurants with very comfortable rooms and excellent food. We would be very happy to stay there again."
- Travel date: Thu 6th of April 2006
Brilliant hotel in great location.
"Absolutely loved our week's stay here. Went for a relaxing holiday & that's what we got. I booked this hotel on the strength of other reviews and would highly recommend others to do so. It's location is perfect for a B&B holiday with plenty of choice for eating lunch & evening meals just minutes away. The hotel is spotless, the rooms are lovely, the gardens gorgeous, the service excellent, the beach & pool are both brill, breakfast is great, entertainment not good - but that didn't worry us at all. We stayed in adjoining rooms on the beach side from 13th - 20th March."
- Travel date: Fri 31st of March 2006
"Just returned fro JVM. I can't really add to what has been said before. The hotel and staff were all excellent. We will return again next winter without any hesitation. I just wish someone could sort out the chaos at the airport!!"
- Travel date: Thu 30th of March 2006
"We have just returned from a week at this hotel - and had a fantastic time. The whole resort was spotlessely clean, service was excellent - the staff couldn;t be more helpful, the food at the various restaurants was great and very good value, the most enromous breakfast buffet with freshly cooked omelettes!. We will definitely be going back! We went as a couple, but this hotel would be more than suitable for families. The private beach was beautiful, with very attentive staff and lots of facilities.
- Travel date: Thu 30th of March 2006
I'll be back; for longer next time!
"If you're looking for relaxed luxury this is it. 'have just returned from a week in sharm. Having been a bit disappointed with the chaotic nature of the arrivals hall in the airport, one step inside JVM wiped all negativity away. The staff cannot do enough for you; the landscaping is beautiful and meticulously maintained. The rooms are large and comfortable and bright. The breakfast buffet has such a choice that I can imagine you could easily stay 2 weeks and not have the same breakfast twice.
Due to its size, the JVM has accommodation on either side of the main road. While the short walk is hardly worth mentioning, the accommodation on the beach side is more appealing and this area seemed in general to have a better atmosphere. Plus the beach and restaurants etc are on this side, so I'd recommend trying to get a room there.
The whole security arrangements are a little offputting for the first 24 hrs, but soon you get used to them and appreciate them.
A regular shuttle runs between the Golf resort and JVM. It's only about 15 mins drive and the Golf resort is well-worth checking out - very impressive with an amazing pool area (especially good for kids).
I am not easily pleased. I usually find something to complain about. I can't with the JVM."
- Travel date: Mon 27th of March 2006
"We stayed here from Feb 19th to March 5th. I have stayed in many hotels throughtout my life and this hase got to be one of the best.The hotel was immaculately clean, the management, staff, security guards, gardeners, all very polite and pleasant people. do anything for you nothing was too much trouble.The hotel was run with precision, very well staffed, you never waited at all for anything, We ate in the hotel resturants, Seagulls, food was good, The Fleur restaurant was more expensive but worth it, the place itself was tastefully furnished and decorated, the food was excellent and again so were the staff.This is the place to go for a winter holiday without taking a long haul flight,The only downfall was nothing at all to do with the Movenpick, it was Sharm El Sheikh Airport, the place is totally chaotic and if you need to use the toilet make sure you either go on the plane or wait until you get to the Hotel, dont use the loos at the airport, they are absolutely disgusting. Apart from that we would go back to the Movenpick again next year for our winter holiday."
- Travel date: Sun 26th of March 2006
Jolie Good Hotel
"The Jolie Ville Resort & Casino was what we expected from previous visits central for our holiday to Naama Bay , staff very friendly and helpful, hotel very clean and tidy, a good choice for breakfast in the morning. Gardens kept to a good standard, the paths always clear from any rubbish.The pool staff could not do enough for you, if you want the parasol open just ask. The restaurant Zigaloni is worth a visit, food excellent and Gafer the waiter makes you very welcome.Hatem in the Seagulls bar is good for a laugh and joke.Although you may be hassled walking around the town don't be put off, the locals are only trying to make a living, be polite and say a firm no thank you.Can't wait till next year."
- Travel date: Mon 23rd of April 2012
"We stayed in Jolie Ville and we are just back.I have to say we had an absolutly fantastic time.The staff are great very friendly and would do anything for you.We were booked into the palm area we had to be moved as it was so noisy i suggest when booking you should ask for the preffered beach area it was so quiet just what you need for a peaceful holiday.Thomas Cook never gave us the option as the palm area is cheaper so wont be booking through them again.The food in hotel was fab we were B&B and the breakfast was best meal of the day we ate in the Seagulls restaraunt in the hotel and i have to say it was the best food it and Zigilinis best in Nama Bay we were there for two weeks and you wont get nicer or value for money anywhere else.We booked a few trips while we were there and we used a company called Kenouz Tour the opperators name was Angelo they are on the strip in nama bay do not use them he told us we had English speaking guides and we ended up on a buss full of Russians not tustworthy at all.When we contacted him about it he didnt want to no he had got paid so be careful.All in all we had a fantastic time in the Jolie Ville thanks to the great staff they have oh the weather wasnt to bad either. Sean and Joan Irish x "
- Travel date: Thu 28th of July 2011