Panorama Bungalows Resort El Gouna
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Don't go all inclusive
This is such a nice place, it's a shame that it's let down by such silly little things! The accomodation was very basic, but clean, we had a lovely little bungalow overlooking the lagoon, and it was very reasonably priced. The food however, was not up to much at all, it was the same every night, and not too well cooked, me and my other half had bad stomachs quite a lot!
The local spirits served in the hotel are definatly an aquired taste (aka disgusting!), whether you ask for vodka, gin, rum, it is all the same stuff, tastes like tequila, and served warm, in a glass the size of a thimble!! The beer is nice however. The pool area is great, and the attendants are so helpful!
Location wise, this hotel is excellent, a short walk to "Downtown" and a brief, but oh-so-exhilarating Tok Tok ride to the harbour, which is absolutely gorgeous, with some absolutely wonderful restaurants (La Spaggetoiria, yum!!) which are very reasonably priced. In Downtown, definatly try Hedra, and the Tamir food court, which is such good value, we paid about £5 for two of us for a meal and drink. Also the Indian in the harbour is just out of this world!!! Tok Toks are 5 Egyptian pounds per person (50 pence) to wherever in El Gouna you want to go - fantastic!! If you are craving good old English grub, Boxers Bar is the place to head to.
The nightlife is fantastic, we went out to eat and for drinks every night, and the locals are just wonderful, and so friendly, they don't hassle you, so you can always browse or simply explore at your leisure! If you are a couple looking for a romantic break or a family break, this is for you. If you want banging clubs and to be out boozing til dawn, get to Hurghada instead, cos this won't be your thing!!! La Palma in Downtown is a fantastic night spot, and the staff are wonderful. We went here almost every night, and always had a good time.
There are many souvaniers to be had but ALWAYS haggle, we were so ripped off until we learnt this, you can get stuff for a quarter of the original price they quote!
We are in our early twenties, but we met couples of all ages here (Hello Mark and Dawn!). With the exception of the food, and the theft of some of our clothes (why????) Panorama is great, but DEFINATLY go half board or B&B or it will money wasted. Likewise, if you want a luxury hotel, this isn't the one!
Just returned from a weeks last minute break to Panorama Bungalows.
We had a bungalow overlooking the lagoon which had steps going down into it.
First impression - really relaxing whilst sitting on our balcony on the rocking chairs. Rooms are big and bathroom had a walk in shower. We also had a fridge in our room which was needed!
Rooms were well cleaned every day.
Food, as with all inclusives were samey every day but we all eat very well.
The lagoons are man made- not many fish and not very deep. For snorkelling you need to catch the local taxi boat to the beach. Here you have to walk down a long jetty to reach the coral. The coral just off is OK,but if you follow the reef round to the right and swim out for about 1/2 hour you reach better reefs/big fish!
The only problem is that El Gouna has not crystal clear water like Hurghada- Giftun Island trip. Suggest you do these trips for excellent snorkelling.
It was very hot-late 30s early 40s every day and reached 51 when we went to Luxor on a very long trip! Well worth £55!
The breeze is very welcoming and is every day/night. Be careful you burn really easy with it! They do a lot of Kite surfing here and you realise why with the perfect conditions. Lessons readily available at beach/hotel.
Staff are brilliant. They love to talk to the english as they find us more polite than the rest of the Europeans. Please & Thank You go a long way!Tip them well throughout/end of hols - they don't get much. Abd on the beach & Sharief in the restaurant- brilliant. Even tought us abit of Arabic.
Downtown is OK. Nice walk with plenty of shops/restaurants/cafes/entertainment. Try a tuk-tuk -- experience not to be missed.
Went into Hurghada to Hard Rock Cafe - about 25 miles away. Taxi took us stayed 31/2 hours and brought us back for £20!!! Plus he showed us round Hurghada and took us to a local restaurant for a drink! HRC -cheap!!Great show lads - I am positive they loved my dancing when they all dragged me up(glad I'd had a few drinks bythen!±)
All in all. Cheap relaxing holiday - far away from hustle & bustle but not to far so you can't join in.
Take your own spirits
This was the first time we have visited Egypt, we picked Pamorama , El Gouna as it looked a relativley peaceful resort.
We booked a water bungalow, looking over the lagoon, which was nice, but you couldn't really enter the water, as it was maximum 6" deep at the steps, & the lagoon had a number of boats travelling up & down. The room was nice & clean, although the shower drain was a deep hole on the floor. We didn't have a big problem with noise from Downtown, it could be heard a couple of nights, but not excessive
The resort itself is gorgeous, no buildings over 3 storeys high. We stayed all inclusive, & due to the trips, didn't eat much at the hotel, which was no loss, as the food was very much the same each day. When we entered the dining room for an evening meal on the 1st night, no-one seemed to be interested, it seems that you can just sit wherever you want for each mealtime, & if you're lucky, a waiter will take a drinks order
The only problem for us was because we booked 4 day trips during our 1 week stay, El Gouna is 40 minutes from Hurgada, which meant we were always the 1st pick up & 3 times out of 4, the last drop off, which can be quite tiring after a long day sighseeing or snorkelling.
If you like a drink, our best tip would be to buy a bottle of your favourite tipple at the UK Airport. The spirits in the hotel are very limited, & are LOCAL i.e paint stripper, we looked in the supermarkets in downtown, & they only seemed to stock the same limited supply of Local spirits.
The supermarkets are well stocked if you forget any essentials, & are not expensive, we followed the advice of a previous review, & bought bottles water to take on trips, as the water at the hotel is served by the glass from water coolers.
We would certainly go back & stay there again
Liked the Panorama
We had a bungalow over the lagoon at this hotel. The room was quite OK, clean, tidy but not luxurious, but very acceptable. The other rooms are in the main, low building.
Had an overlarge balcony with own personal steps down into the lagoon if you wanted to swim in it. It is clean and tidal. It was very nice to sit there and watch the boats puttering by.
The pool area was a good size for lounging and enough sunbeds for a holiday in Feb/March, but may not be enough in high season, that is just a personal opinion as I have not been there in high season. The staff were friendly and helpful, ie. put your mattress and towel on your bed and most want to practise their English.
The hotel, although not very old did appear to be a bit tired in the decoration, but nothing that could not be easily remedied with a lick of paint and some ambient lighting.
The Foyer and bar area a bit sparse, some large plants would help.
El Gouna is a very neat and tidy place, quite small at the moment. It was nice to get boats everywhere, although you could get a bus or tuk tuk cheaply. You can get a weekly bus/boat ticket for very little. The marina is very nice. Beach is very good for windusrfing, kite surfing and other watersports.
There are plenty of beaches about, but not as good as we thought they would be, some were better than others.
You can go to a different beach each day by boat (about 5 minutes) if you wanted to. Each hotel has a space on a bit of beach with their own beach bar.
There is plenty to do if you take the various trips, ie. Luxor, Valley of the Kings, and various temples, which was the trip we chose - a long and tiring day, but so worthwhile. Amazing! There are plenty of other trips, Cairo by coach or plane. Diving is very popular and snorkelling. Boat trips are numerous and varied.
You can be bothered by people trying to sell you something if you go to Luxor and this can get a bit tedious. Beware fakes!
There are some very posh hotels in El Gouna if you want them. Everything is very pleasing to the eye and slow and gentle.
I think that later in the season things would be more lively. There was no entertainment at the Panorama apart from the Cave disco and the music was extremely loud. There could be a noise problem if all the places had their music going. But I cannot really comment on that as our holiday was early in the year and there was a lack of crowds.
The food at the hotel was samey, but as we were all inclusive it did not bother us too much and you can eat out very cheaply. There are plenty of places to eat if you wanted to do that.
The weather was from 26 deg - 30 deg every day, early sunrise, dark by 6pm. You must wear suncream or you will burn.
The local drinks are 'local' and a bit less alcoholic that we are used to, but that might be a good thing on an all inclusive!
I would recommend a holiday here at the resort and the hotel, it was peaceful (except for the disco) and relaxing at the time of year we went Feb/March and I think anyone would enjoy themselves.
Our holiday with a 11 month baby
my husband and I stayed at this hotel for a fortnight with our 11month baby. initially we were placed in bungalow by the pool over the lagoon and facing downtown, which was noisy at night and were moved quite happily the next day into the water bungalows on the sea. WE stayed from 2nd dec until the 16th and it was not very busy but nice.
we needed a kettle to boil water for my sons bottles but the hotel staff all said they would get us one the next day from town but we managed to buy one from the supermarket for £7. the room porter also got one for us the next day which he refused to take the money for but eventually we talked him into keeping the kettle and accepting payment for it.otherwise we would have ended up with two.
the supermarket sells everything from washing up powder to tea cups. a large bottle of water is really cheap from downtown 20pence or a pound in the restaurant. so its worth a visit.
the hotel staff were very friendly and helpful and on the hotel grounds there are several shops, a hairdressers and a gym (equipment very basic-treadmill wasnt working)
there is a wide variety of food although we had upset stomachs but bought medication from the local pharmacy which stocks everything, baby food available in jars is by company called gerber (available in asda)
breakfast in the hotel includes large variety of bread, pastries, croissants, you can make your own toast, chef makes omelette or fried eggs for you, also potatoes, sausages, tomatoes, soup, jam, various honey, pancakes, etc.
supper consists of more bread,some type of beef and chicken, veg,2 soups, loads of cakes and deserts, plus pasta one night, pizza another and fish-etc. you can also dine at the highlander for free( its across the lagoon and much more upmarket)
we went out everyday for lunch and tried out loads of restaurants. most places have service charge and taxes included on the bill. went to le tabasca on first day and food wasnt hot or cooked well plus waiter disappeared with our money and had no intention of coming back with our change.
jobos is fantastic, great food and atmosphere and you have to go if you like football. there is fast food place which does burgers and chips next door.
we went to the marina loads of times and it is a must if your in el gouna, it is beautiful and you are spoilt for choice with the many restaurants. we went to Tandoor on our last night and it is a fantastic indian restaurant. Highly recommended. it costs £1 to get "tuk tuk" from hotel.plus there is street party at the marina on fri night.
There is an aquarium downtown which we visited and was good, although you wont need to if you go to zeytuna beach and go snorkelling. hotel provides free shuttle boat to beach and downtown.
my husband went on quad bike safari and racing and loved it.
we went to Hurghada on bus for couple of pounds althoguh the rep does the trip for £16. (taxi costs £9 one way) we got taxi back as were exhausted, its very busy, be prepared to haggle with everyone inc taxi drivers, (mcdonalds, kfc there)
El gouna is perfect if you want a relaxing holiday or escape, its also great for water sport lovers and divers.
finally make sure you do the lagoon trip as its a tour of whole island on a boat. there are many classier hotels like the sheraton and movenpick, but overall the bungalows where ideal for us and very spacious.
El Gouna Holiday
This is the best hotel I have stayed in, in Egypt (9 visits), but it is not all good.
The party I went on holiday with had lagoon side bungalows, it was very nice to sit on the large balcony which juts out into the lagoon. The rooms were spacious, and kept clean and tidy by the housekeeping staff. The fridge worked but the safe didn't, fortunately we put our valuables in a friends working safe. One downside was the noise from a hotel over the other side of the lagoon, the music blared until at least 12.30 each night.
The food was fresh and well prepared, but very similar each day. We ate out most of the time as it is cheap DownTown with much more variety and only a 10 minute walk from the hotel. Abu Tig Marina has more restaurants and is only a bus ride away. The breakfast coffee was chicory based and not very nice, one day we were served mint tea instead of normal! We purchased bottles of water, beer and soft drinks for a fraction of the hotel prices at the local supermarket.
The restaurant staff were indifferent, probably because I wasn't throwing money at their feet every time they glanced in my direction! (I prefer to tip at the end of the week, which has been the usual practice on all my other trips to Egypt).
The pool bar attendent was very rude on the first day, we gave him 10 L.E. for bringing two coffees about 20 yards from the bar, this worked out at 50% of the bill if we had been paying rather than all inclusive. The comment we received was "this is only £1 in England". It was the last tip he got!
The staff were constantly trying to sell us food/drinks which were not "all inclusive", although they did get the message eventually that we weren't interested. There are restrictions to what is classed as "all inclusive" e.g. fresh orange juice.
The towel and poolside lounger assistant was very helpful and friendly. The pool was freezing but clean and well maintained.
I would go back to this hotel but next time I will take a travel kettle and just stay bed and breakfast (if available).
Two tips for outside of the hotel. When exchanging sterling for local currency, count the amount of sterling, to be changed, out in front of the teller, to avoid errors and ensure the luggage identification tag (the one printed at the check-in desk) is attached securely to your suitcase at Hurgharda airport.
Would go back
We travelled as a family of 4 on all inclusive for one week at October half term and had a good time at this hotel. We were in the main hotel and had very spacious rooms with clean well kept furniture and furnishings and a very large balcony overlooking the lagoon. There was a fridge in the rooms but you had to pay for water and drinks if you wanted it filled - not worth it as you could cross the lagoon in the curtesy boat and buy everything you needed at the supermarket for a fraction of the price.
The staff were all friendly, helpful and pleasant. Having agonised who to tip we found they pooled them anyway so you might as well leave a lump sum with the head waiter at the end. The rest of the hotel was very clean and well maintained. The pool was freezing though - the heating comes on in November and it really needed it. The food was OK but 1 week of it was enough as the bordom factor was setting in. At least non of us was ill so it must have been well cooked.
We took the boat down to the beach most days and paid the umbrella man to reserve us good sunbeds. He seemed happy with 10 Egyptian pounds (around £1). The trips were a little disappointing. Do Mahmya or Gifton Island but I don't recommend both, as you ended up snorkling in exactly the same place on both and sat 100 metres down the same beach on both. The snorkling equipement was very poor on the Gifton Island trip and there were no child life jackets so take your own if you can. My husband booked to fly on the Luxor trip and then at the last moment told it was cancelled so he ended up in a private taxi costing a good deal more than flying. Apparently flights are often cancelled so bare in mind if you are only on a one week holiday.
The hotel iteself was very quiet - no loud music or noisy entertainment. However, our rooms were opposite the Highlander disco which banged out music until 4am. Then the Russian and Czeck Republic guests crashed up and down the corridors for an hour on their return shouting and banging doors. This was the only downside to the holiday. Other guests in other blocks did not have this problem and we could have been moved to other rooms had we known earlier as the reception staff were sympathetic.
We visited Hurghada and decided that el Gouna was definitely a better choice of location for families.
One slight irritation was that the all inclusive finished at midday on the last day, although our flights weren't until evening. While you got a voucher for lunch you had to pay for drinks - just when you had spent all your money. However, that aside we would definitely consider going back.
My holiday in El Gouna
Having just returned from the Panorama Bungalow Resort in El Gouna I can honestly say I miss it! Despite the food being the same almost every night (monday- mexican chicken and mexican beef, tuesday- oriental chicken and oriental beef, wednesday- american chicken and american beef.. you get the picture) I cannot find fault in the hotel at all.
Set in the man-made resort of El Gouna, the hotel offers amazing views of the lagoon and the other hotels available. There are around 40 bungalows, 15 of which are "Garden Bungalows" and the rest are on stilts that rest over the lagoon. However there are also hotel like rooms which my friend assured me were just as nice as the bungalows.
Despite being a little busy during the day, the pool had a great atmosphere which was helped by the fact that, if you tipped enough, the pool man (Ahmed) would save you sunbeds at 5am to stop the Germans (who arrived at 5.30am) from taking them all. Also the bar is in close proximaty to the pool and serves food and drink until 5pm which is a great help if you dont like the food being served in the buffet that day. Luckily the pool stays open until 2am so if you're feeling a bit hot in the night you can take a dip!
The hotel has 3 bars, the pool one, the reception bar and "The Cave". However the reception bar only stays open until 10pm so after that all drinks must be purchased from "The Cave". Whilst this was great for the young people like myself at the hotel, some of the adults didnt want to sit outside what is technically a club with loud music.
Instead of this you can always take the boat to Downtown. This runs all day everyday until 12am from the hotel and only takes a few seconds. Downtown offers bars, restaurants and shops that are enough to keep anyone happy. It is recommended that you take a bag to Downtown so you can stock up on crisps and drinks whilst you are there as they are 90% cheaper in Downtown than they are at the hotel, however nothing in El Gouna was particularly expensive. At night you can take the bus to the Marina for 5 L.E (50p) which I would definatly recommend as it is very beautiful.
Also worth a try is a ride in a "TokTok", the Egyptian style taxies. These are very small and rickety but great fun and not expesive at all!
If you get chance, take the oppertunity to go to Cairo or Luxor, both are early mornings but if you are willing to pay extra you can always fly to Cairo which is much better and more relaxing. Remember to take a fan to the museum as it is not air conditioned and can get very hot and stuffy.
All in all I was incredibly impressed by the hotel. The staff were friendly but could sometimes be a little too attentive, everything was very clean and tidy and, if the cleaner liked you, you would receive certain animals made out of your beach towels. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city you get a real sense of paradise being in El Gouna making this the perfect holiday resort!
Its a shame
we have just returned from a holiday in the panorama bungalows resort el gouna. the hotel is clean and tidy and the rooms large, we had a few problems but the staff we quick to fix the problems. we were all inclusive the food was wlee cooked but there was no choice. every time time was the same the dish was the same with a different name. every meal time it was chicken, beef, potatoe in different forms, salad and the same cakes for sweet every day, we had to eat out. 99% of the staff were very nice and attentive but there was 1% who made it plain not enough tip or you were not quick enough with a tip and you were totally ignored. there is no bottled water in the rooms so you have to buy all water except with meals and in a glass from the bar. the only other thing was the amount of russians they over run the place and made other holiday makers very uneasy, the were rude abusive and antics in the pool was not accepable in a family hotel. my advise is to try and get a cheap deal to this hotel and accept you have to eat out 50% of the time. and yes i would go back but would be better prepared.
Loved El Gouna
Went to El Gouna in Eygpt and stayed at the Panorama Bungalows Resort also known as the Panorama Hotel in March 2005. I was a bit worried after booking the hotel as I couldn't find any reviews on this complex so we didn't know what to expect.
What can I say the resort is excellent it is built up of bungalows and apartment blocks. We were lucky enough to be placed in a bungalow on stilts in a man made lagoon it was beautiful. The hotel has two pools one is for kids but be warned if you visit early in march they turn the heating off for the pools and they are freezing.
We went all inclusive the food was average it consisted of rice, meat and potatoes which gets very boring just like all inclusive meuns. But it was cheap enough to eat out Downtown which is a five minute walk from the complex or two minutes by boat during the day we ate out four times and paid about £50 for three of us including drinks for the four nights. The drinks are very expensive on the complex if you only go half board so be warned. The resort has a disco which allows kids in which was great our little girl danced the night away it also has a very small play area but not much to write home about they didnt have a kids club while we where there but they may have in high season but if your kids are happy playing in the pool all day then they'll be fine. The hotel did supply towels round the pool and if you tip them then they will set your sunbeds up in the place for you every day. I would recommend tipping as you did get a better service. The hotel staff where brillant and excellent with the kids.
Downtown ( five minutes from resort ) has a number of shops, bars and restaurants and they seem to give free gifts to all the kids which made our daughter feel really special. The good thing with El gouna is that you dont get hassled they let you browse at your leisure but will talk for hours about the history of egypt and offer you a cup of tea while you listen.
While we where there we took the trip to Luxor be warned if you have small kids. The coach leaves from the resort 4.30am you will be the first pickup it then takes two hours to collect everyone else all in all it is a 19 hour round trip so either go for two days or fly there. The weather is also hotter in Luxor so make sure to take a sun hat, high factor sun lotion and you ladies try not to wear a low cut top as you do get stared at, and they make you feel very uncomfortable.
I would recommend El Gouna to anyone we have a brillant holiday and the standard of accomodation is out of this world.
One last tip make sure you take a jacket for the evening as it is very windy and chilly.
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