CLUB CALIMERA Habiba Beach
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... at work, this is what I will be dreaming of. When I worship and praise God, this will be a constant reminder of His beauty. "The seas have lifted up, O Lord, the seas have lifted up their voice; the seas have lifted up their pounding waves. Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea-the Lord on high is mighty." Psalm ...
Moved to Little Brother at about 05:00 in the morning! Briefing at around 06:30 then off in a Rib for our first dive along the East side of the island. Saw a couple of Threshers, a small White Tipped Reef and a Grey Reef Shark. All managed to get back to the boat quite ...
Arrive at Big Brother in the early hours of the morning and were woken at 05:30!! Our first dive was on the SE Plateau, a very mild current running south along the reef to plateau, dropped down to about 34M, hung around in the blue and we're rewarded with a beautiful Thresher shark gracefully swimming by. After a few minutes hanging around we started back along the reef wall and we're escorted by a very friendly Napoleon ...
After breakfast and a dive briefing, our check dive was at Abu Dabab 3; pleasant first dive, all OK. Second was at Elphinstone; nothing much to report, not what it used to be like. Early dinner, then an 8hr rather bumpy cruise to the ...
... uninteresting. The most eventful part was when the driver and guide tried to find a place to allow us to have a much needed washroom break. There was a purpise built facility another hour down the road but some of us could not wait and many place were not keen to allow non Egyptians in there business. He finally found one that would allow the women but not the men. The locals had their entertainment of the day when they ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews CLUB CALIMERA Habiba Beach Marsa Alam
Friendly Staff - Great Hotel
Stayed at this Hotel for 2 weeks 22 June - 06 July 2006. The hotel is located about 30 - 45 mins away from the airport so one of the things that you will notice is the lack of noise from aircraft and vehicles. We stayed in a twin bedded room en suite the standard of cleanliness and fitting were very good and the air conditioning was very effective and easy to use. One of the things i liked about this hotel was that the food was the best I have had on an all inclusive hoiday with a good variety of dishes each day. They cater for the European visitor so you wont get bacon and eggs for breakfast, but we did have roast beef !!!!! The staff are very friendly from the General Manager down all make a point of talking to you and are very polite and helpful, you can if you are so inclined go on a tour of the kitchens to check how clean they are. I should also mention the the Thomas Cook Rep Andrea who lives at the hotel is otstanding and goes out of her way to look after her guests (wicked).
2 Pools one for Animation (water polo, aerobics etc) and the other for relaxing no problem with getting sun loungers at either pool. The hotel is by the beach where we spent most of our time, the water is shallow but you can snorkel and see the fish, but you you will be better off using the jetty from the adjacent hotel which allows you to snorkel in deep water onto the reef. Be aware the sea can get a bit rough so make sure you obey the red flags. There is a life guard on duty during the day.
They do have rooms for disabled visitors and the the staff will go out of their way to accommodate you. The only downside to the hotel was that the diniing area was very hot, yes i know its the desert and its summer but there is very limited air condioning in the dining room and beleive me it gets hot and if there is no breeze sitting outside does not help.
Ther are very few shops in the resort area just a pharmacy and gift shops and night life is limited to the hotel entertainment which i cant comment as i was watching the world cup on the television in my room. A nice touch provided by the hotel is that they showed the world cup games on a large screen in the theater.
This the second hotel/resort we have stayed in, last year it was the Movenpick in EL Gouna and of the two I prefer the Calimera Habiba, very friendly, quiet and relaxing. If thats what you are looking for in your holiday then I would certainly recommend staying there.
Ein tolles Hotel
Wir kamen am 21. April im Calimbra Habiba an und sind dann für zwei Wochen, bis zum 4. Mai 2006, geblieben. Das Hotel ist der perfekte zum entspannen und relaxen. Die Unterkunft war sauber und hatte alle nötigen Einrichtungen. Einzig auszusetzen war, dass die Dusche nicht immer heiß war, was aber nach einem harten Faulenzertag nicht so schlimm war. Die Pools, es gab zwei, waren exzellent und hatten beide eine Bar, man musste also nicht groß rumlaufen. Das Personal war sehr aufmerksam und das Essen sehr gut. Wenn Sie All Inclusive buchen, so wie wir, dann können Sie von morgens bis abends so viel und so oft Sie wollen essen und trinken. Der Strand besteht aus 400 Meter sauberen Sand und das Schwimmen dort ist sicher. Wir verbrachten zwei wunderbare Wochen dort, ich kann dieses Hotel nur jedem empfehlen, der einmal so richtig abschalten und sonst gar nichts will. Wir hoffen, noch dieses Jahr wieder dort hin zu fahren. Es gibt aber dort im Moment keine Möglichkeit, Travellers Cheques zu tauschen, Sie müssen also Bargeld dabei haben. Es gibt aber auch im Moment dort nur wenige Läden, wo Sie ihr Geld auch ausgeben könnten. Es werden aber welche gebaut, die in ein paar Monaten auch aufmachen sollen.
Ich hatte mir vorher ein wenig Sorgen gemacht, denn das Hotel hatte es vor kurzem aufgemacht und ich wusste nicht allzu viel darüber. Es hat eine schöne Lage, ist in die Landschaft sehr schön eingebettet und sieht sehr gut aus, wenn man bedenkt, dass es erst seit ein paar Monaten auf hat. Das Personal war sehr hilfsbereit und sehr freundlich. Die Mahlzeiten werden in einem Büfettrestaurant eingenommen. Die Qualität des Essens war sehr gut. Es gibt auch libanesische, italienische und Fischrestaurants, wo man ein Rabatt auf eine Mahlzeit bekommt. Ich kann den Libanesen empfehlen. Dort bekam man ein exzellentes 3-Gänge-Menü mit Getränken für zwei Personen für 40 Euro. Im Vergleich zu anderen ägyptischen Hotels sind die Getränke von guter Qualität, die alkoholischen Getränke und der Wein sind alle trinkbar und auch das Bier war gut. Im Hotel findet man viele Freizeitaktivitäten vor, man kann dort zum Beispiel mit sehr guten Pioneer-Tauchern Tauchen gehen. Ich war bereits zum siebten Mal in Ägypten und dieses war wahrscheinlich das beste Hotel. Wir haben unseren Urlaub sehr genossen und hoffen in diesem Jahr noch einmal dort hin zu fahren.
Went to the Camilera Habiba with my wife and teenage daughter.
Firstly, The Thomas Cook rep, Andrea is the best rep you will ever meet. She lives at the hotel, knows all her guests names and even has the time to have a drink with you in the evenings.
The Animation team, Anis, Abdul and Coco, were on the go the whole time, but never tried to bully guests into taking part in any activities.
Every member of staff we met always had a smile and time to say hello. The rooms were kept very clean with a different towel sculpture every day.
Only downside to this holiday was a trip to the hotel doctor. My wife and daughter had some small bites on their legs, which the doctor prescribed some creams and tried to charge £170. Only use the doctor as a last resort. The rep will point you in the direction of the pharmacy.
This is a brilliant hotel and we would highly recomend it.
If anybody is making a trip here, can you take Andrea some english sweets !!!.
Initially I was a bit worried as the hotel was late opening and I knew little about it. However there was no need for any concern as the hotel is fantastic. It is nicely laid out and very attractive considering it has only been open a couple of months. The staff are extremely helpful and very friendly. The meals are taken in the buffet restaurant where the food is a very good standard. There are also Lebanese, Italian and Fish Restaurants where you receive discounts off the price of the meal. I can recommend teh lebanese where we had a excellent three course meal and drinks for two which cost £25. Compared to other Egyptian hotels the drinks are very good the spirits and wine are all quite drinkable and the beer is good. There are plenty of facilities at the hotel and you can dive with pioneer divers who are excellent. Overall after seven trips to Egypt i think this is the best hotel I have stayed at in Egypt. We had a very enjoyable holiday and hope to go back later this year.
Those of you going to the Calimera Habiba will have a great time, every thing is V good.
Give the Wed night Beach night at the sister hotel a miss though, we have never seen a guy in a tight suit on roller blades shaking his butt before and I wouldnt like to see it again!!
That is the only thing in a two week stay we found we didnt like, say hello to Mohammed at the pool bar for us, just watch out for his handshakes.
We wish we didnt have to leave, however we will book to go back next year.
Stayed at Calimera Habiba Beach Marsa Alam for 1 week 4-11 May 2006, flying with Excel from Gatwick. Booked through Crusader Travel, who beat Thomas Cook's price by quite a long way, and didn't try to con us an extra £10 each for the in flight meal (which everyone gets anyway).
Marsa Alam airport is quite modern but small, and only opens when a flight is coming in or out! Thus they whiz you through pretty fast - it took just 1 hour from landing to arrival at the hotel. Visas can be bought on arrival you pay either 20 Euros or 13 STG. Egyptian pounds and Euros are the most useful currencies to take.
We had booked a week HB at Kahramana Hotel, but then told that it was full, so we were offered 2 choices - 1 night All Inclusive (AI) at Calimera Habiba plus 6 nights HB at Kahramana, OR 7 nights AI at Calimera Habiba.
Kahramana Hotel seemed to be full of Italians, and rather noisy! whereas Calimera Habiba was quieter and had mainly German and English guests... not many Russians at all in either hotel. In the end, we decided to stay on at Calimera, a good choice we decided in the final analysis.
There are about 300 rooms at Calimera and only about a third were occupied so the hotel was not crowded. The Calimera and Kahramana hotels are right next door to each other, and so are the beaches, with Pioneer Divers Centre in the middle.
The rooms at both hotels are basically the same, but the gardens at Kahramana look much nicer, because they are fully established.
The Calimera hotel is a sort of higgledy piggledy ethnic Bedouin village design. From outside the rooms don't look too promising, the finish is rough, nothing looks quite straight, and the paintwork is rather hit and miss..... BUT inside the rooms, it's a different story. Very large well lit bedrooms with domed ceiling, nice wooden furniture, sofa, Satellite TV, fridge with bottled water, aircon, mosquito screen door, large bathroom with shower, loo, plenty of sockets, hairdryer, tiled floors, modern fittings, all very clean. Outside each room has a shaded terrace with table and chairs or sunbeds. If you leave late at night (as we did), you can keep your room until 7pm, but they charge USD 30 for that on a rather 'unofficial basis' (it wont be on your bill, put it that way!)
The rooms are spread out over a large area, and arranged in groups of two, or max four. There are numerous paths from each room linking to all areas, but some paths are a bit rough and a bit dark at night. Just be careful to look where you are walking! Paths at Calimera might be a challenge for the disabled or those with walking difficulties, but it would be 'do-able' - the paths at Kahramana are much more ankle breaking!
They are still planting gardens and turfing some garden areas at Calimera, and the palm tree leaves are still 'wrapped' up whilst they establish their roots, so at the moment it looks bare and unfinished and abit like a building site. But only in places. The gardens are in their infancy, but growing fast and I think they'll be fully planted within a month or so - they are working fast.
The All Inclusive package contained breakfast (until 10am), 'long sleep breakfast' (10-11am), lunch, and dinner 6.30-9.30pm, plus soup and snacks by the pool at most times in the day and night, and all drinks (spirits and cocktails on all inclusive were based on 'local' brands only-not very alcoholic!), but beer and white/red wines were fine - the rose wine was horrible but maybe we just had a bad batch!
There are 2 swimming pools both with life guards and pool bars (one 'active' pool and one 'relaxing' pool). The ''Animation Team'' organised its activities at the 'Active Pool' and did volleyball on the beach daily if they coul scare up enough 'volunteers'. They also did shows EVERY night! which was too much, but they were a great bunch of people, very friendly, and mixed well with the guests. Their ''Abba Night'' was great fun, and was combined with a manager's cocktail party by the pool. There are 2 tennis courts, a long sandy beach with beach bar, loads of sunbeds both by the pool and on the beach, also sunshades and wind breaks. Free beach towels. Quad biking into the desert was available. Horse and camel riding based at Kahramana hotel. Both hotels has shops, but we found no bottled drinks available to buy, so take your own if you want mixers for your duty frees.
The beach has a wide swimming zone with a channel leading out to the reef, but it's a long way to swim (or walk-it's not very deep!) You need beach shoes to wade in, as the shoreline is quite stony/rocky. Alternatively you can snorkel off the jetty at Kahramana direct onto the reef, via a ladder. The water is very clean and clear. The hotel offered a free shuttle to Abu Dabboud beach for snorkellers, turtles and sea cow can usually be found there.
The dining room was huge with ceiling fans, and outdoor tables overlooking the sea. There was a separate air-conditioned room for the buffet/food - the food was really nice and well presented. A big choice of salads, and usually three of four different meat dishes, vegetables, rice and pastas. The bread and pastries were to die for (especially the rye bread-fantastic!).One tip - avoid 'diet corner' unless you particularly like peas!
The hotel also has a gym, sauna, steam, and massage service. Aromatherapy massage cost Euros 30 for 50 minutes, and the ''Cleopatra'' massage (sort of the 'full monty' for women) cost 50 Euros for 90 minutes. Good masseurs, but environment not too relaxing, a bit noisy.
Pioneer Divers were excellent, and very friendly. Diving cost basically :- 25 Euros 1 dive, 110 Euros for 3 days / 6 dives, 185 Euros for 5 days / 10 dives (all these cover shore dives or short zodiac trips).
Full equipment hire was 25 Euros per day. Nitrox available at 6 Euros per tank extra. 10% sales tax added to all packages purchased on site.
There were also extras to pay for boat dive trips, 55 Euros for boat/lunch/park fees to Dolphin House (1 day 2 dives), and 20 Euros for boat to Elphinstone reef (not far, a zodiac ride). Hammerhead sharks, huge sea turtles, dugong (sea cow) and spinner dolphins all sighted. Elphinstone is very spectacular if the weather is good, but you need over 50 dives to qualify to do it, and it's deep - 40 metres.
VERDICT we really enjoyed it there, it's a good hotel by Egyptian standards, the food was excellent, the staff were a real asset to the hotel -all very friendly. The diving is great and so are Pioneer Divers. The only hotel I've stayed at in Egypt that I liked better was the Sheraton Miramar in El Gouna, but this is my 2nd favourite now! Go and try it before everyone else discovers it ! If you like Egypt I think you'll like this place.
A great hotel
We went to the Calimera Habiba on the 21 April for two weeks, returning on 4 May 2006.
The hotel is the prefect place to unwind and relax. The accom was clean with all facilities,
The only fault was the shower was'nt always hot, which after a hard day relaxing did'nt really matter, the buildings resembled Bedrock and there were some strange round and square shapes scattered about. The pools, we used 2, were excellent with bar facilities at both, so no walking involved. The staff were very attentive and the food very good. On the all inclusive which we were you can eat and drink from early morning until midnight.
The beach is 400metres of clean sand with access to the sea so is safe to swim. We had an excellent two weeks there, and I would recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to just get away and do nothing, we hope to return later in the year.
On the down side thre are no facilities at the moment to change Travellers Cheques so it is advisable to take either Sterling or Eygptian currency.
Thre is very little to spend your money on as there are very few shops at the moment,
although more are being built and are due to open in the next few months.
Why not give it a try, you won't be sorry.
Loved the Calimera Habiba
Spent 2 weeks at the Calimera from April 7th with teenage daughter. Hotel exceeded our expectations in every respect. Hotel has only been open for 3 weeks but did not encounter any negative feedback. Great location on its own private beach. 3 pools, each with an abundance of sunbeds and 6 bars on site. Highly personal and friendly service and high staff/client ratio. Rooms well-equipped and comfortable with remote-controlled AC,TV with mix of British,American,Arabic,German and Italian channels,fridge stocked with water daily,plenty sockets(round 2 pin) and lighting.Great shower(no bath) and quality bed linen,towels and mattresses.Beach very attractive with numerous palms,bar and no shortage of parasols or sunbeds.Reef approx 500m offshore so beach very safe butdifficult for swimming at low tide.Food quality very high- always beef/chicken/fish/rice/pasta and salads available and great range of bakery and patisserie items. No concessions to fast food here but snacks available at the main pool. Range of fresf fruit limited (mostly citrus fruits and melon) but not surprising given the location.Some shops on site selling toiletries,souvenirs etc and a clinic but this is not the place for retail therapy.Some stunning design in public areas featuring brick vaulting,glass and wood and landscaping generally very attractive.Some features more Bedrock than Bauhaus but complex obviously developing. Some nightlife at adjacent hotels within the same complex but general ambience relaxed and no problems with noise at night.Clientele mostly German and English. All in all a great destination to chill out and relax and you can be as active or as comatose as you chose.Staff and management are superb-professional,friendly and no culture of tipping.