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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 ...
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Wunderschönes und entspannte Urlaubsanlage
Mein Mann und ich verbrachten eine Woche in dieser wunderschönen Anlage. Wir wussten, was uns erwartete, weil Freunde von uns schon hiergewesen waren. Man kann hier einen extrem ruhigen und entspannten Urlaub verbringen. Perfekt, wenn man - wie wir - sonst eine sehr hektisches Leben führt. Abends ist nicht viel lost und viele Gäste beschwerten sich, weil ihnen langweilig war - ich denke, dass das an den Erwartungen liegt - wenn man es nicht gewusst hatten, dann hätte man es wohl langweilig finden können - ich weiss nicht, wo ich lieber gewesen wäre.
Es war sehr ruhig weil es in die Nebensaison ging aber das bedeutete, dass wir den Pool und die ganzen Anlagen praktisch für uns alleine hatten. Ich fand, dass das Hotel modernisiert werden könnte. Wir waren in Ägypten schon in luxuriöseren Hotels (Regency Hyatt - Taba Heights). Das Schnorcheln war ausgezeichnet - vom Hotel aus nicht immer möglich - viel besser und sicherer vom anderen Strand aus, dort bringt einen der Bus hin. Die Meeresschildkröten waren sagenhaft. Die Tauchschule ist sehr gut. Ich kam sehr entspannt zu Hause an und wünschte, dass wir hier einen Monat lang geblieben wären.
We went to the Kahramana as a last minute deal having been to Taba and Sharm previously. A quite hotel with snorkelling are our priorities, the hotel proved to be an excellent choice for us with the bonus of a short transfer from the airport (compared to Taba and Sharm).
The snorkelling from the jetty (best to the right) was very good and we saw young green turtles, plenty of assorted fish and rays. The coral was also very good.
As previous comments this is probably not the best choice hotel if you have mobility problems, paths are uneven and there are a lot of steps.
The highlightof our stay was going to Abu Dabbab (a 10 minute free bus ride away to snorkel with the resident Dugong, amazing!!!), the large loggerhead turtle and guitar fish are a grreat sight as well. This beach has an area specifically for hotel guests with sun beds, parasols etc. The bar is functional but food is somewhat erratic (depending on the chef's interpretation of the menu and his command of english) but no complaints from us plus you don't need cash as you can charge everything to you room. The coral wall to the right of the beach is good but a must is to make the effort to go to the left of the beach and follow the coral wall it is stunning (and for the less experienced shallow).
We were half board and took advantage of the offered discounts in the other restaurants, 25% in the fish restaurant, 25% in the Lebanese restaurant and a huge 40% in the Italian restaurant (the bill for two main courses, two desserts two beers and a bottle of water less than £10.00 with the discount). Bottled water cost us 9.90 Egyptian Pounds (£1.00) nfor 1.75 litres, the only place to get ice cream is the italian restaurant. Soft drinks and local beer about the same price. The breakfast and dinner buffets can be a bit repetitive but lets remember this is only a personal observation. Many other guests were on B&B and we felt if we were to return then we would take this option as well, food and drinks are not expensive and works out cheaper than paying the extra for the half board.
We did the trip to Dolphin House, a day on a boat to a remote reef from Marsa Allam alas we didn't have the close encounter we hoped for but previous days trips did have so it's all about luck, but we had a great day anyway.
Would we go back? Yes. Better than Taba and better than Sharm? For us yes, definately. Want to contact us? Please do if you want to know more, I could go on for hours.
Beautiful Relaxing Holiday Resort
My husband and I went for a weeks holiday at this beautiful resort. We knew what to expect as friends have been there.
The type of holiday to expect here is extremely quiet and laid back. Perfect if you have a very hectic lifestyle like we both do.
There is not much to do during the evenings and some guests were complaining of being bored - again this is due to expectations I think - if you didn;t know what to expect you could consider it boring - I know where I would rather be however!
It was very quiet as is going into off-peak, but that meant we had the pool and facilities virtually to ourselves.
I thought the hotel could do with an overhaul. We have stayed in more luxury accommodation in Egypt (Regency Hyatt - Taba Heights).
Snorkeling was excellent - although not always possible from hotel jetty - better and SAFER from the other beach the shuttle takes you to. The Sea Turtles are amazing!
Diving school also very good.
I came home feeling really chilled and wishing I had stayed a month!
Super séjour au Kahramana
Nous avons séjourné une semaine en famille dans ce bel hotel. Avons apprécié une architecture intégrée au site et de bon goût, des chambres très spacieuses (55M2), face à la mer et bien équipées pour un séjour plongée-plage.
Les repas sous forme de buffet sont de bonne qualités et il y a le choix avec trois autres restaurants de bon niveau.
Malgré un hôtel complet, on se sent très à l'aise avec le sentiment qu'il y a beaucoup de place et d'équipements pour tous (pas de course au fauteuil de plage).
Accès au récif par un ponton, deux plages dont l'une est animée (musique !! = pas notre truc) et l'autre au calme, donc le choix.
Le personnel est très sympa et attentif, en particulier au restaurant (demander Aladino). Nous étions en famille et la reception s'était arrangée pour que les quatres chambres soient l'une à côté de l'autre 191-194 et au bord de la plage : super pour les enfants (demander Mahmoud au service réservation).
Deux autres hotels avec formule (all inclusives sont à côté) et permettent une balade et un changement d'environnement : sinon, à l'exterieur c'est le désert total.
Le club de plongé est très pro avec des encadrants sympas et de différentes nationalités dont un français (Julien), un Italien qui parle aussi le Français (Dino) et des Egyptiens super sympas (Mano).
Majorité des clients sont Italiens, avec le personnel qui s'adresse à vous dans cette langue.
Avantage : la qualité des restaurants (pâtes et pizzas), inconvénient : à vous de voir si vous supportez les animations en Italien (mais toujours le choix d'un endroit calme).
Deux belles piscines et hotel assez étendu, surtout quand le club de plongée est à l'autre bout et que l'on fait deux plongées par jour.
Pas encore de vol direct de France pour Marsa Alam donc c'est de l'Allemagne (ce que nous avons fait) ou via Hurguada, mais 3 heures de bus.
A recommander pour des plongées dans des sites encore préservés et amateurs de farniente dans un cadre authentique (hors blocs de béton).
A great place to chill
We stayed at the Kahramana Beach Resort in the first week of March 2006 and found it to be excellent. The hotel caters for about 800 people but the week we were there there were only 150 resident. The hotel is spotless and all the staff were welcoming, polite and helpful. There are three restaurants all of a good quality with very reasonably priced food. The dive centre on site (Pioneer divers) were professional and helpful albeit there were only a maximum of seven people diving on any day. It was really good to have the option of a single dive in the morning or afternoon and then relax by the pool the rest of the day. If you don't dive but snorkel then go by the courtesy bus to the hotel's other beach at Abou Dabbab where you can see turtles and the dugong (Egyptian Manatee). The only downsides to the hotel were the number of steps involved in getting around the place. We are all able bodied but if we hadn't been then the number of steps would definitely been an issue. The other downside is there is nowhere to walk out to - if you have an issue with the place you would be stuck with it - the desert surrounds the hotel and Marsa Alam village is not a place for tourists.
Would I stay there again? Yes.
Will I stay there again - probably.
If you wantt to chill out
My husband and I stayed for a week at the Kahramana resort. I wish it had been longer. The location is fabulous for a peaceful and relaxing holiday. Although my intention was to snorkel, unfortunately due to a throat virus (which started before my holiday),this was not possible. You can view the marine life from a pier viewpoint, and see some spectacular fish. The accommodation is very clean and comfortable. The staff are extremely friendly and obliging. I would not recommend it for anybody who has to push a buggy/wheelchair etc as the accommodation and restaurants are almost certainly going to be difficult to access. There is not much to do in the evenings,although they did put on entertainment for about 45 mins each evening, apart from that, the only option is one of the bars, or the disco. The evening meal was buffet style in the main restaurant, and very varied.We enjoyed every meal, which we signed for on a tab, and paid for at the end of the holiday. We did not find it too expensive, about £13.00 each per night including a drink. The breakfast was fabulous with so many choices, catering for all different tastes. It took us a few days before we got used to doing "nothing" but the weather and location were definitely worth waiting for. We would certainly go back again, but maybe when the temperature was a little higher, as the wind makes it a bit chilly in January. My husband even managed an afternoon game of football with the locals and other guests each day. Enjoy!
A comfortable relaxing divers paradise
Just came back from the Kaharmana over a week ago and had a fantastic holiday.
If you are interested in diving or snorkelling the reefs around marsa alam are beautiful and in pristine condition unlike sharm and hurgarda etc, there are some fantastic dive sites within easy reach by truck or boat (including the incredible elphinstone reef which is only 20 mins by speedboat)and conveniently the dive centre for Pioneer divers is right on the beach.
I you are not visiting for the sealife then the kaharamana will be a very quiet relaxing holiday as there is little to do here apart from some horseriding, walking, sunbathing, eating, reading and drinking. life exists almost soley around the hotel as there is no tourist area at all in the town of marsa alam. we met quite a few non divers who had a great time chilling but if you are in to shopping, seeing local architecture, nightclubs etc possibly marsa is not the destination for you.
There are a couple of pubs and one nightclub on site although the most popular of these is tequilas bar which consists of people chatting, playing poker or pool and having a few beers not by any way the kind of place you need to be dressed up for. (in fact ladies do not bother packing your high heels the place is covered in crazing paving and anything other than flats & you are going to break an ankle)
As far as eating there is the main buffet type restuaraunt which was really good, and a great reasonably priced italian, and one very classy fish reastarant. We had made the mistake of only travelling b&b which meant we had to pay for the buffet meals which were quite pricey, We would go half board if we went back as i think it would work out more cost effective in the long run.
The hotel itself is beatiful and is kept clean and tidy at all times with what must be an army of cleaners and gardeners etc. the beaches are lovely and uncrowded and the heated pool along with wicker beds are fantastic. the rooms are large and comfortable with each having a sea view and loungers on the balcony.
there will soon by three hotels on this site the karhamana which this review is about. the Amarya club which is a smaller hotel behind the karahmana (further away from the sea) and the new all inclusive hotel next door on the beach which is currently being built, (although there is no inconvienience/ noise/ dust etc to current guests as all the heavy machinery looks to have come and gone and they are just finishing off stuff manually.
All in all a place i would love to go back to and sometine soon before the place gets built up and touristy and the coral gets wrecked.
Kahramana and Amaraya Club
Be careful when you book the Kahramana resort as there are two hotels on this site, the Kahramana and the Amaraya Club. The Kahramana is beautiful, as other posts agree, but the Amaraya Club is like staying in a Travel Lodge.
Amaraya Club rooms are small, have tiny bathrooms and do not have minibars, so you cannot keep water cold in your room.
Both hotels are full of Italians on all inclusive beach holidays, who want to party until 2am in the morning. This is not good if you have to get up at 4.30am to go diving at Elphinstone. However, the Kahramana is much quieter with sea views.
A trip to Elphinstone with Pioneer from Marsa Shagra takes about 20 minutes. I understand that if you go with Emperor it is an all day trip. Please don't get me wrong, I'm not criticising Emperor, I've dived with them in Sharm and also think they are a good organisation too, just that in this location, Pioneer have got the goods for Elphinstone.
Pioneer divers are friendly, efficient and excellent guides. The shore diving is breathtaking.
If you have the option, stay at the Kahramana or somewhere else rather than the Amaraya.
Hotel is beautiful
We just returned from a week at the Kahramana, and I must say that the hotel is absolutely beautiful. They spared no expense in the external structure and the gardens. Even more amazing was the staff that meticulously attended to the grounds, the tennis courts, beach, pool etc.
The inside of the rooms have small little kinks that should be worked out (but probably won't be). Although a walk around the grounds at night, when you see how beautifully everything is lit, I think you'll forget about the room.
The buffet is ok, they could work in a little more variety if they wanted but overall not bad. I highly recommend the fresh fish restaurant, where you pick your own fish and they grill it. And I definitely wouldn't miss the Bedouin Dinner, which was my favorite part of the week. The pizza at the Italian restaurant is good as well.
I would love to comment on the snorkeling and reef but unfortunately the week we were there we caught some kind of wind spell and for 7 days the sea was so choppy that there was no swimming allowed...Some employees told us that this wind was unusual, others mentioned that it's often like this.
Also just a heads up...the red sea is an EXTREMELY popular place for Italians, and they often have tour clubs that organize vacations there, with animation teams, loud dance music at 10am and all. There is a section of the beach where you can go and not be disturbed, but just so there's no surprises.
Highly recommended for a diving holiday
Kahramana Beach Resort is the place to be if you want to dive or snorkel because it has it's own diving-center. Right in front of the hotel are gigantic coral reefs, so if you only have the intention to snorkel, you are also at the right spot.
The rooms (bungalows) are huge and very clean with a large bed and a beautiful bathroom. There is no bathtube, but that wasn't disapointing at all because it was a special shower.
Breakfast and dinner (both buffet) are excellent and variant. There is also a fish restaurant (with an amazing view above the sea) and an italian restaurant, both very nice. Be sure you have a good book for the evenings, because the entertainment is a little bit insignificant, but that is not a big problem if you are on a diving holiday (with early dives...).
A must is the 2-hour trip on a horse crossing out the dessert, provided by the hotel.
If you have questions about the hotel, you can email me.