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... Everything is so barren. The sun's heat is very intense and I long to be cooled by the turquoise waters. As I enter the sea, it's waters actually make me shiver but it is quickly forgotten and how refreshing it feels! My son and I put on our snorkeling gear and swim out to the outer coral reef. We are in total awe at what we see! The life under the waters is ...
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 Dreams Beach Marsa Alam
Best oliday ever!!
Me, my partner and my two children stayed at dreams beach for two weeks and reading the reviews we were looking forward to it .......but nothing could have prepared us what is was like.
Our first impression of driving through the security gates was WOW!! Staff came out to greet us and take our bags, as we entered into reception which was spectacular a waiter came round offering welcome drinks. After recieving our room key we went to collect our bags and were told to put our room number on them and then to go to the restaurant as the bell boys would take them to our room.
We entered the restaurant which was buffet style also brilliant and there was a chef cooking pasta with anything you want from all the bowls situated front of him. This was fantastic as there was always something we liked. The food was one of the things we were worried about but i couldn't believe people moaned. There was always at least 2 different meats in sauces and fish, also there was always rice or chips and potatoes(quite a few times there wasn't chips so i dont know why people moaned about that). I thought this was a good idea because there was always something to have with the meats and it kept the kids happy! Outside the restaurant there was a chef on a BBQ grilling some kind of meat which was brill! I couldn't fault the food and thought it was all delicious!!
Our room was very spacious and had 2 big single beds and a double bed. It was always kept very tidy and the maids were fantastic aways making wonderful shapes and objects with the towels!
The hotel had 9 pools, 1 big main pool which had lots of sunbeds around all under big umbrellas and palm trees. There was a kind of carpet around the pool so it didnt burn your feet when you got out which was a nice touch. Getting our towels out in the morning was what we thought going to be hard but we didnt need to. You get towel cards from reception and you just givethem to the pool staff when you go down and they gve you towels and at the end of the day just go and get your cards back which also was a good idea so you always had clean dry towels . We also tipped the pool boy and from then on he pt our towels out first thing so we always had ur seat when we came down. Apart from sunbeds there was hammacks and even four poster beds around the main pool. The other pools were all small and just in front of the rooms on the ground floor. One of the pools was an indoor pool which was heated but didnt need to be as the temperature was always in the high 90's!! The indoor pool had water polo nets and that was played once a day which we all enjoyed (getting a massage from poolside in the indoor pool is a must!) Also there is a slide for the kids and for that adult as well!!
Unfortunately my kids got an ear infection on the days near to the end of our holiday. We went to the chemist and got some ear drops which after a sleepless night didnt work. There was a doctor on sight who was more than helpful and even went as far as ringing our room to see if the were ok. He didnt charge us and seemed genuinely concerned he told us what we needed to clear it up and by the flight home they were fine.
The staff here were second to none they were very very nice and extremely helpful they knew the drinks we ordered and always had them ready before we even spoke!! They were very nice to the kids teaching them how to say it in Arabic and the chef even showed them a magic trick! They were fantastic. The entertainment team lead by MIDO were absolutely brilliant they worked so hard and kept everyone entertained whether in the day or at night i felt sorry for them though because the hotel wasnt full when we were there show because its still quite new they were doing the show for no more than 20 people but they still did it all and well (though it was slightly random) it was top! MIDO BEPO and the rest were very good during the day getting people to join in but they didnt bug you none stop if you didnt want to join in which i nice.
We went on two trips booked through our nthomson rep (who was very nice and helpful). The first was Luxor overday....WOW what an experience (although its a long trip and an early start its worth it) we went straight to the valley of the kings and went into 3 tombs which were magnificent, after that we wnt to the temple of Queen hachepsut also that was great after that we went on a boat trip across the nile.
the second trip was a cruise around the virgin islands where you were able to try out snorkelling, this was a fantastic experience where you had the chance to see turtles, sting rays, puffa fish etc etc, extremely worth while day out. highly recommended.
all in all this was the best holiday we have ever had and we will definately re visit.
10/10 and thanks to everyone who worked there!!!!!
Wir hatten einen tollen Urlaub
Dieses ist ein fabelhaftes Hotel. Sehr hilfsbereites Personal. Es standen uns immer genug Wasser und alkoholfreie Getränke zur Verfügung. Das gesamte Personal im Restaurant war sehr aufmerksam und freundlich.
Der Poolbereich war makellos mit vielen Sonnenligen. Die Angestellten am Pool haben den ganzen Tag Drinks serviert und waren sehr nett. Nicht so toll war nur die Lage des Hotels. Es liegt auf einem Kliff und es gibt dort keinen richtigen Strand. Man kann nur über Treppen ins Wasser kommen. Es waren ganz schön viele Treppenstufen, das hat mir nicht gefallen.
Wir haben die meiste Zeit in der Pergola gegessen, das Essen dort war sehr gut. Das Essen im Hauptrestaurant war okay, aber nicht super.
Wir haben den Hotelkomplex nur verlassen, wenn wir an organisierten Touren teilgenommen haben, die auch sehr gut waren. Wir waren in Kairo und haben uns die Pyramiden angesehen. Wir haben auch an einer Beduinennacht in der Wüste teilgenommen. Man konnte dort auch mit Kamelen reisten, was wir aber nicht gemacht haben. Vom Boot mit dem Glasboden konnte man herrlich die tollen Fische dort beobachten, da wir nicht geschnorchelt haben. Insgesamt ein toller Urlaub und wir würden wieder zurückkehren.
Schönes Hotel, wunderschöne Anlage und aufmerksames, hilfsbereites Personal. Ein Problem hatten wir nur mit dem Essen. Anderen Leuten hat es dort geschmeckt, aber wir hatten mehr erwartet. Wenn Sie Pommes zu jedem Gericht mögen, nur europäische und keine lokalen Speisen, dann werden Sie begeistert sein. Wir waren es nicht.
Aber es war billig, lustig und All Inclusive (das erste und das letzte Mal). Wir können uns also nicht richtig beschweren. Haben auch an einem Beduinen-Kamel-Trip teilgenommen, der fantastisch und sein Geld wert war. Wir haben die ruhige Woche dort genossen. Ich muss aber sagen, dass das Hotel sehr gut Familien mit Kindern geeignet ist, da der Kids Club dort super war. Sehr heiß, im Februar war es ideal, später im Jahr ist es wahrscheinlich zu heiß. Es gibt dort aber 9 Pools, also genug Möglichkeiten, um sich abzukühlen.
Relaxing, peaceful...just what the doctor ordered!!!!
Myself and girlfriend had a week holiday at Dreams (Marsa Alam)towards the end of April....not knowing what to expect!!!!
On arival the hotel reception was extremely clean and the staff were so so friendly and helpful......I've been to many resorts all around the world, but this was A1 service!!!
The weather for the whole week was superb, in the mid 80's throughout, although it was quite windy for most of the days causing many people to burn!! OOPS.
Due to the wind, the snorkelling/diving was extremely limited due to the red flags being out for 6 of the 7 days - meaning no entry to the sea. The one day the wind had dropped, we snorkelled at the end of the hotel's jetty...which was breath taking, so many fish of all colours and sizes!!
The food at the hotel was ok...you could predict what the food would be on the buffet...beef, chicken with either rice or chips!! The bread and salad was fresh. Most people complained of upset stomachs from other hotels, but at Dreams there wasn't one person who we spoke to with this problem.
Outside the hotel there is nothing for miles. We visited the town of Marsa Alam...if you could call it a town.....there was nothing there......still being built!
All in all....this place is great for relaxing, guaranteed superb weather (only rained twice last year), friendly staff, clean hotel, plenty of activities for the kids and superb pools.
We had an absolutely amazing time here, we have been all over - (Caribbean, America etc) always all inclusive and we couldn't fault it here at all. One of the best holidays we have had.
The hotel itself is beautifully designed (unfortunately no lift to the 3rd floor though!) the pool is massive with plenty of beds and umbrellas, and even if they did run out the pool staff were straight there to bring you another one out. The main pool to be fair was cool but very refreshing, the indoor pool was lovely though as it was heated which is necessary at this time of year even though it was warm in day.
The rooms were nice, huge beds and the housekeeping staff were excellent and kept us entertained for the fortnight with different designs with our towels!
The food was nice, good choice, main restaurant was buffet style and there was a chef inside every night cooking something different and also another BBQ outside the restaurant - also some of the nicest, freshest bread we have ever had! Seafood restaurant was nice with lovely atmosphere although we are not fish lovers we tried it anyway. Also the Italian is excellent, food in here was lovely.
Cannot fault the staff at all, very attentive, the bar man used to have our drinks ready as we approached the bar! All very friendly. The Food and Beverage Manager who was also acting General Manager when we visited was seen regaularly making sure everything was ok and making contact with guests which we have never seen before on holiday. Very nice touch.
The area around the resort is very quiet and there is no where to go unless you go on an organised trip but the resort is fantastic and if you are looking for a nice getaway this is excellent.
The animation team are excellent, they work so hard and you can do as much or as little as you like, but they are so nice even I joined in and I have never done that before!
We did two trips the Desert Discovery to the Bedouin Camp with the Star Gazing experience where we saw the sunset and then saw Saturn through a telescope, this was a real experience and also quad biking in the desert which we booked through our Thomas Cook Rep - we would recommend that you did the quad biking through the guys on the beach - they offer a much more fun dare devil experience than thomas cook do and its cheaper!!
We had the most amazing send off when the coach came to take us home! The general manager, barmen, chefs, housekeepers and reception staff were stood with a sign say "we will miss you, have a safe trip" and they waved us off. It was a lovely touch and they did genuinely want to know if we had had a good holiday which we definitely did!!
Highly recommended, can' t praise enough!
We hd a fab holiday
this is a fab hotel very helpful pleasant staff the house keeper kept us well stocked with water and soft drinks
all the resaurant staff were very attentive and friendly
the pool area was spotless with plenty of sunbeds the pool attendants served your drinks all day and were very nice the only downside was the location
the hotel is on top of a cliff with no actual beach just levels cut out in the rock there are loads of steps down to the bottom which i found a real problem
we ate mainly at the pergola or my place where the food was lovely
the food in the main resteraunt was ok but not the best
we did not leave the hotel complex except to go on organised trips which we really enjoyed
we went to cairo to see the pyramids we also went to a bedowin night in the dessert with a camel ride which we declined
and a trip on the glass bottom boat to see the amazing fish as we dont snorkel
all in all it was a truly great holiday and we will go back again
Un hotel incantevole, ben strutturato e con un personale attento e ospitale. L'unico problema è stato il cibo, altri ospiti non sembravano curarsene, ma noi ci aspettavamo molto di più. Se vi piacciono le patatine fritte come contorno a tutti i piatti, niente cibo locale e solo cibo europeo...vi piacerà...ma noi siamo rimasti insoddisfatti. MA l'hotel non costava molto ed era un "tutto compreso" (sarà la prima ed ultima volta). Non possiamo dunque lamentarci troppo. Abbiamo fatto un'escursione sui cammelli, ne è valsa davvero la pena, è stato fantastico! Il soggiorno è stato gradevole, una settimana di relax per tutti e due ma direi che questo è un ottimo posto anche per i bambini, c'è un super club tutto per loro. Faceva molto caldo ed era solo febbraio. Credo diventi troppo caldo nei mesi successivi. Ci sono 9 piscine, dunque un sacco di opportunità di rinfrescarsi.
Probabilmente questa è la prima recensione dell'hotel
Ho trovato un'offerta last minute per una settimana con mio padre. Non sono riuscito a trovare alcuna recensione, solo persone che ne richiedevano. Dal momento che l'hotel era nuovo di zecca e che vi avremmo soggiornato per una sola settimana abbiamo deciso di prenotare. Abbiamo fatto un errore. Il volo, i trasferimenti, la camera, il tempo, ecc erano decisamente come ci aspettavamo. La piscina era favolosa. I problemi sono la qualità di cibo e bevande e il fatto che l'hotel fosse mezzo chiuso. C'erano solo circa 100 ospiti quando l'hotel avrebbe potuto ospitarne 800 e dunque molte strutture venivano chiuse, ad esempio il bar della spiaggia, la tenda dei beduini (che è stata spostata all'interno), il ristorante "à la carte", l'anfiteatro. Il bar della piscina era aperto durante il giorno per bevande e snack, il servizio era impeccabile, ma serviva solo pizza e patatine ogni giorno! Il bar della lobby, il maggior punto d'incontro serale, faceva paura. Ho avuto l'impressione che il personale facesse apposta a rompere le bottiglie per poi chiedere agli ospiti di rimborsare, pagando fino a cento sterline. Non c'erano cose normalissime come acqua tonica, succo di pomodoro, parmigiano...Non c'erano né frutta né succhi di frutta, solo cordiali che si coagulavano nelle bevande. Ogni giorno eravamo infastiditi da qualcuno che cercava di scoprire da dove venissimo, come ci chiamassimo e che tentava di proporci diving, biciclette, cammelli, massaggi, giornali vecchi di tre giorni per quasi 5 sterline. Non c'è nulla nelle vicinanze, si è letteralmente nel mezzo del nulla. Fortunatamente ci siamo stati per una sola settimana, non vedevamo l'ora di tornare a casa.
Probably its First Review
This was a last minute break for a week with my father. I could not find any reviews but quite a few people asking for them. As it was brand new and only for a week, we thought it would be okay. Wrong!
Flight, transfers, accommodation, weather, etc all as much as you would expect.
The pool was fabulous.
The problems lay in the quality of food and drink and the fact that it was half shut. There were only approx 100 guests staying out of a possible, lets say 800. So they shut most things. ie the beach bar, beduin tent (they moved it indoors), al a carte restaurants, ampitheater.
The pool bar that was opened for drinks and snacks daily, although you could not fault the service, was pizza and chips every day!
The lobby bar that was the hub of the evening was intimidating. I felt that there was a scam going on re staff breaking bottles and trying to get guests to pay up one hundred English pounds to replace!
They didn't have usual things like, tonic water, tomato juice juice, parmesan cheese. There was no such thing as fruit or fruit juices. Just cordials. These tended to split and curdle in the drinks. Every day you were pestered by somebody wanting to know where you were from and your name and trying to sell you diving, quad bikes, camels, massage, three day old newspapers for nearly 5 uk quid.
There is nothing else around. You are literally in the middle of nowhere. Thank goodness we only went for a week. We couldn't wait to come home.
Lovely Hotel, beautifully designed and attentive and helpful staff. The only problem for us was the food, other folk there were not too bothered but we expected much more. If you like chips with everything and no local food , European food all the way you'll love it, we did not. BUT we went cheap and cheerful and all inclusive (first and last time) So we can not really complain. Went on Bedouin camel trip, fantastic, well worth the money.
Enjoyed the break as it was a quiet week for two, although would say it is a great place for kids as super kids club.
Very hot, just right in Feb think may be too hot later in the year. 9 pools though plenty of space to cool down.