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Well i am going to take advantage of the fact that we actually have internet. We are floating at our night dive spot somewhere in the red sea and as I have opted out of the night dive. About half the group including Steve is down there looking for Spanish Dancers. You non divers will just have to google that! We had a ong drive from Aswan across the Eastern Desert to Port Ghalib where we boarded the Emperor Elite. The ride ...
Today we headed in a North-Westerly direction heading for the Gulf of Aqaba.
The Red Sea has a maximum depth of 2211 metres in the central median trench and an average depth of 490 metres .
There are shallows where it is noted for marine life and corals.
More than 1200 species of fish have been recorded in the Red Sea and around 10% of these are found nowhere else.
Today was a ...
We worked our way around some big coral heads until we were just off the reef, where we paused to listen - and to my massive excitement, I could hear some clicking noises, not dissimilar to those made by dolphins.
We all started looking out over the seagrass and as I turned around, I came face to face with the dugong, who was floating a couple of metres behind us and just watching us.
She didn't stay too long and we watched as she headed up to the surface ...
... The dive lasted for at least 75 minutes and was shallow so I was able to get a couple good pictures of the baby reef sharks we saw. We also saw about a million oysters! It was a great dive and a great place and we were considering staying for another night, but a couple of the guys needed to get back to work the next day and I felt that the hotel was too expensive to stay another night so we left that afternoon. There's nothing like starting the New Year's next to the ocean ...
After a day on the road we arrived at St Pauls monestary. We were lucky that the monestary was still open and the lovely monks showed us around after giving us hibuscus tea. The monestary dates to the fifth century and was founded in memory of one of Egypt's greatest saints and anchorites, who is said to have lived in a cave over which it was built for a period of some eighty years. ...
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Beautiful Brayka Bay-2nd time around
We had high expectations,as we had enjoyed our first stay so much,we weren't disappointed,the hotel was well kept,clean and the service from all areas was very good.we stayed in a beachfront room,which was well maintained by housekeeping and our evenings were spent watching entertainment by the in house entertainment team or relaxing at the pool bar,where Amir and Ramy would always make us smile.
We spent many hours snorkelling on the house reef which abounded with lots of reef fish as well as lionfish,squid(same time every day),resident reef shark,octopus and i was delighted to see a number of Green Turtles in and around the bay.Brayka Bay is one of the only sheltered sites along the Marsa Alam coast and thus makes it ideal for less confident swimmers/snorkellers as well as children.
Extra Divers have replaced Seafari as the dive school on site,i was pleased they made us do a check dive for safety and that in turn will have a positive effect on the preservation of the reef.My thanks go to Noemie and Boris from Extra,who were polite,professional and efficient.I was also delighted we got to dive with Bottlenose Dolpnins just 10 minutes from the bay!!
Dennis the Dugong was also present on a couple of occasions at Marsa Abu Dabab,just 15 minutes from the hotel for divers/snorkellers to enjoy time in the water with.
We did 2 trips,out one to the Hamata islands,with beautiful untouched coral reefs and nesting Sea Ospreys and the 2nd was a Camel safari into the Eastern Desert,where we met the local Beja tribespeople and enjoyed coffee,traditional singing and dancing and a beautiful nightsky,our thanks to Wael our rep for everything.
One word of warning and that is do not take Travellers Cheques as they are not accepted in the hotel.
All in all,another great stay at Brayka Bay,would we go again,Definitely Yes!!!
Conquer your fears
We have just come back from Brayka Bay Hotel, Marsa Alam.
Our family holiday was fantastic to say the least with only a few quibbles that i personally think they are too unimportaint to mention.
The hotel was of good standard and the food was varied and plentiful; for you `English meat and 2 veg people` there are a few days when you can have CHIPS! but on the whole the food was good.
The rooms were comfortable. We were in Room 2008 and our only complaint was that the beds were very hard and slightly uncomfortable but when we mentioned this to the Reception they were only to happy to help out by using sun bed sponges to soften the matress (my husband suffers with a bad back having said this so any hard bed is uncomftable for him) -so if you are a back sufferer then its best to menntion this when booking otherwise all ok.
Entertainment is all in Italian but very amusing and great fun to watch and trying to figure out what is going on. The Animation team was excellent and tried to explain in English as best as they could. We never had small children with us but other peoples children seemed to be enjoying the activities during the day that the Animation team supplied.
Get up early to put your towels on the sun beds as the Italians are a close second to the Germans for sunbed savings
Take shoes to use in the sea as you can get cut feet with the corals. SNORKELLING is a MUST, even if you`re unsure you will love it as i did.
HAMATTA ISLAND trip is a definate must. It ss worth every penny and you will definately have the time of your life (no need to take your video camera they produce one for£21). The Camel trip in the desert is good but can go on too long;have lunch before you go.
You dont use money there much as everything is put on your bill but you can pay at the Reception daily if wanted. They never have any chage either so be warned have plenty.
The staff are very friendly, no complaints about them whatsoever.
The only bad point about this place is that it is smack in the middle of nowhere and there is nothing to do but use the hotel at night for entertainment, can get a bit boring if you like to live it up every night but fantastic for a relaxing holiday.
we would go back again but for 1 week.
Enjoy your holiday. x
Booked on Saturday arrived Wednesday and all went smoothly.
This truly is a modern day "Wonder Of the World" showing that when man and his environment come together a 21st century paradise can be created.
Brayka Bay's house reef is to snorkelling as Gordon Ramsey is to cooking; colourful, prolific and diverse. Not a "jump in the deep end" style of reef but a gentle amble through clear waters and sandy sea-bed to a coral reef stretching into deeper waters. Making it ideal for newcomers to the sport or for those who don't like to be out of their depth. The variety of corals and fish will encourage you to be more adventurous and you'll discover sights that will remain with you for the rest of your life!
This may come as a surprise (especially if you've read other reviews) but we have never laughed so much as when we watched the Cabaret performed by the animation team. They are entertainment professionals and if you can drop your guard, lose your inhibitions and prejudices you'll add a truly international feel to your holiday experience.
The resort is of a very high standard and we found that if you go beyond a simple greeting then the staff become the warmest, most considerate and attentive individuals that you will come across throughout the tourism industry.
In summary, It's a gem! Don't spread the word too much as we'll find it hard to get a booking slot!
P.S. To our camel riding companions. Unable to send your photos as e-mail address is not responding. Please contact us: CandKWaring@aol.com
Zum Erholen ganz toll
Wir sind gerade erst von einer reizenden Woche im Brayka Bay Hotel zurück gekommen. Ich hatte zwar einen gebrochenen Knöchel aber ich bin trotzdem gut herum gekommen weil ich mir für 25 Euro pro Woche einen Rollstuhl mieten konnte. Wegen meiner Behinderung bekamen wir ein sehr zentral gelegenes Zimmer mit Blick auf den Strand und den Ppl.
Das Personal war mehr als hilfsbereit und als dann mein Rollstuhl festsaß (meine Tochter schob mich die Steigung zum Restaurant hinauf), da war man gleich zur Stelle und half. Das Personal war reizend und konnte nicht genug für einen tun. Im Brayka Bay Hotel herrscht eine reizende Atmosphäre und wir haben mit drei anderen Paaren gesprochen die schon zum zweiten Mal in diesem Jahr hier waren.
Das Essen war gut auch wenn es vielfältiger hätte sein können. Die Tagesaktivitäten waren gut aber wir waren der Meinung, dass das abendliche Unterhaltungsprogramm besser hätte sein können. Zwei Abende lang Karaoke war mehr, als wir ertragen konnten.
Das Hotel feierte während unseres Aufenthalts sein zweijähriges Bestehen und das wurde zu einem besonderen Tag erklärt, es gab abends eien ägyptische Show die uns sehr gut gefallen hat, danach gab es eine Strandparty. Die fing gut an aber dann landeten wir bei 'YMCA' und danach folgte dann Rave Musik und auch meine 23jährige Tochter fühlte, dass es Zeit zum Gehen war.
Wir hatten Halbpension gebucht, änderten das aber in all-inklusive um, wie andere auch, und das hat sich sehr gelohnt weil die Getränke recht teuer waren. Alles in allem ein reizender Aufenthalt im Brayka Bay und wir würden vielleicht wiederkommen.
Kann sich noch verbessern
War schon früher viele Male in Sharm, El Gouna und Hurghada, und so denke ich, dass ich dieses Hotel ganz gut mit anderen Hotels in Äqypten vergleichen kann. Das Hotel sieht so aus wie viele 4/5 Sterne Hotels in Äqypten und fühlt sich auch so an.
Zuerst einmal die positiven Aspekte: Wunderschönes Grundstück, toller Strand, zwei gute Riffe die zum Haus gehören, da kann man gut schnorcheln und tauchen, das Essen gehörte mit zum besten, dass ich in Äqypten je gehabt habe, das Zimmer war makellos. Man sollte auf jeden Fall all-inklusive machen.
Nun zu den negativen Aspekten: Die Poollandschaft wird tagsüber nicht regelmäßig gereinigt - leere Gläser und Müll werden einfach stehen gelassen - das Personal geht einfach daran vorbei und ignoriert das. Um den Pool herum gibt es viel zu wenig Sonnenliegen - alle schon um 7 Uhr morgens weg. Abends ist der Service an der Poolbar schlecht, und das ist die einzige Möglichkeit, außerhalb des Hotels einen Drink zu bekommen, es war dort immer nur ein Angestellter, die ganze Woche lang.
Das Personal am Empfang war unfreundlich und nicht hilfsbereit. Das Fitness-Center war einfach - keine Ausdauergeräte und keine Klimaanlage! Alles in allem ein super Hotel in großartiger Lage (zum Tauchen und Schnorcheln) aber der schlechte Service war eine Enttäuschung - ein 4-Sterne Hotel mit Service, der nur 2 Sterne verdient.
Great for chilling
We have just returned from a lovely week at Brayka Bay. Despite a broken ankle I was able to get around as I was able to hire a wheelchair for 25 euros for the week. Due to my disability we were given a very central room overlooking the beach and pool. The staff were more than helpful and when my wheelchair got stuck (when my daughter was pushing me up the slope to the restaurant), there always appeared help at the right moment. The staff were lovely and could not do enough for you. There is a lovely relaxed atmosphere at Brayka Bay and we spoke to at least 3 other couples who were on their second visit this year.
The food was good although it could be a bit more varied.
The daytime activities were good but we felt the evening entertainment could have been better - two nights of Karyoke was more than we could stand. While we were there it was the 2 year anniversary of the hotel's opening and they put on a special day with an Egyptian show in the evening which we enjoyed, followed by a party on the beach. This started well but when it got to YMCA, etc, and followed by rave music my 23 year old daughter felt it was time to leave.
We booked half board but changed to all inclusive which we, and others decided, was worth it as the drinks were quite expensive.
All in all we had a lovely stay at Brayka Bay and would consider going back again.
Must go back asap
Brayka Bay Marsa Alam Egypt.
Just returned from the lovely Brayka Bay Hotel. I am a 48 year old female,travelled with my 77 year old mother who walks with a stick. We would not have been looked after better anywhere in the world. (age groups varied from teenagers to the elderly).The staff were wonderful to the extent of almost embarrasment!My mother is terrified of water but sat in the wonderful pool at the bar.Never been in a swimming pool before. She even walked in the sea - aided by her stick! We had a bottom floor sea view room and could get up at 6.30 in the morning and walk in the sea along the Bay. The resident Reef Shark comes to play in the shallows around tea-time.About 2ft. long and harmless. Snorkelling around the Bay was excellent and easy, with access straight off the beach, about 100yds from our room.
I think I have seen better coral and fish elsewhere but it was still marvelous.
I went on two sea trips, the island hopper and the dolphin house both very enjoyable but becareful, We all found it very difficult getting on and off the smaller boats especially the Falukas, You must feel ok about it or it could ruin your trip. The Dolphin House - we had to snorkel out for 45 mins to the Dolphin area and didnt see any. Along hard day for £60. Think twice before you book. Camel rides and Arabian horses on the beach take you around the bay for an hour great fun and safe.
Food was excellent and varied. The entertainment in the Ampitheatre at night was very geared to the Italians but still enjoyable. Bedouin Tent on the beach at night for beach parties. If you smoke take a windproof lighter, impossible to light up without one! The gentle wind is needed to keep the trachorous sun bareable.Take lots of sun lotion as it is expensive there and you will need it. Take cash in Sterling, Dollars, Euros or Egyptian £.
No ATM machine in the Hotel, you can use credit cards but do need small cash for tipping.
Once again, the hotel staff were wonderful and I cannot wait to go back.
Room for Improvement
Having stayed previously in Sharm (many times), El Gouna and Hurghada, I feel in a position to compare this hotel with others in Egypt. The hotel looks and feels like any other 4/5 star in Eqypt. First the good points. Beautiful grounds, great beach, two good house reefs for snorkelling and diving, food was some of the best I've ever had in Egypt, rooms spotless. All inclusive is definitely the way to go in this hotel.
Now the bad points. Pool area not cleaned regularly enough during the day - empty glasses and rubbish just left - staff happy to walk past and ignore them. Far too few sunbeds around the pool - all gone by 7am. Poor service from the pool bar in the evening, which is your only option if you wish to have a drink outside - only ever one person serving all week. Reception staff rude and unhelpful. Gym facilities basic - no cariovascular equipment and no airconditioning!
All in all a great hotel in a great location (for diving and snorkelling) , but let down by poor service - a 4 star hotel with 2 star service.
Lovely Brayka Bay
We could not really fault the Brayka Bay. We had a superior room with 3 of us in there and there was bags of room left. Had all the mod cons, TV, fridge, safe, air con and hair drier in the bathroom. It was cleaned every day and we had a spacious patio with lovely sea view. The meals were good, with plenty of choice and some beautiful desserts. The hotel mainly caters for Italians so there was always pasta of some sort on the menu, but plenty of veg, bread, meat/fish and salads. The hotel staff were very friendly and always said hello with a cheery smile. The Italian reps always asked you to join in with daily activities such as beach yoga, aqua gym in the swimming pool, volleyball and football. There is a lovely little ampitheatre and the reps put on shows about 4 evenings per week, just ashame we couldn't understand most of it! There are about 8 small shops in the complex, prices are more steep than town prices. However there is no hassle to buy. The snorkelling is fantastic in the bay. Just be careful of the coral, it's extremely sharp if you manage to cut your leg on it like I did! There is a wide variety of colourful fish to observe and it truely is lovely. We didn't venture out on any trips, but you can go for boat trips, visit the desert by camel or to Cairo or Luxor (expensive and v. long day). The gardens are beautiful and great care and attention are paid to them. There is a tennis court which is currently being re-surfaced and hopefully a pitch and putt which should be ready soon. I would definitely recommend AI as there is nowhere at all to go for an evening meal etc and AI is excellent value for money. No need to pack towels for the beach or pool as these are provided daily. The airport on arrival is a bit of a nightmare. One man to issue the visas £10 per person. We tried to queue like us Brits do, but the Egyptians liked to heard us round into one large group so it ends up a bit like a rugby scrum! Buy your cigarettes at the airport as they are much cheaper. Approx £3.50 for 200. There is plenty of security at the hotel, a barrier as you drive into the hotel, security as you walk into the hotel and a guard at either side of the bay. All in all this is a lovely place to go if you want to rest for a week. We could have stayed a month!!
Brayka Bay Resort Marsa Alam Egypt
Returned 10th May 2006
Trip advisor from Clacton on Sea Essex England
All my wife and I wanted was a complete rest and chill out for a week. We selected this resort because it's in the middle of nowhere with no shops around. Great. Our first impressions were brilliant the Resort looked the part, beautifully laid out, wonderful gardens, right on the beach. Our room was spotlessly clean and was cleaned every day, the cleaner was great. The room was larger than normal the bathroom was well appointed with a shower built for two. Huge mirror, well lit for the ladies. So all in all we were delighted with our choice. The food was ok, but got to be a bit boring. Breakfast was weird with things like Chicken Nuggetts and chips on the menu! Now the bad news which directed at the staff. Slow, ignorant and dis-organised. We went the all inclusive option . At the bars you wait for service, one man serving, two looking on and one writing bills( even when your all inclusive). Apparantly this is for control, to control what I'm not sure. Anyway, you eventually get your beer which is in a half pint glass and served with 50% froth!! Two mouthfuls and your upto the bar again. The restaurant, your guided to your table which was used previously and only partly relaid and you had to lay the rest yourselves otherwise you'd be there all night! If you wanted to eat outside the head waiter would give his auto answer "no room, full". In other words find your own table and lay it because you have found the table he would ignore you. Please don't ask for your candle to be lit cos he will ask you if you can see! The reception, I went there at around 6pm to get some smaller notes for tips, sorry no change came back in the morning. I don't want to go on, suffice to say that this resort has the appearance of a beautiful 5* resort but only 1-2* service.