Flamenco Beach and Resort
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Fantastic value! Superb dive center!
We visited El Flamenco for a week in July and were pleasantly surprised by the value. I agree with most of the previous reviews so won't repeat.
Bottom line - the rooms were spacious and immaculately clean; the staff were courteous and professional; the desert/sea setting was lovely; the food and activities available were all well above average. *I agree with the other reviewers - the ice cream is incredible!
We want to make special mention of the dive center. We dive all over the world and were blown away by the warmth and friendliness of the staff at Marina Divers. Run with the highest standards of client service, safety and FUN by Ingrid and Joerg Bareuther (a lovely German couple), we would return again anytime! Ingrid and Joerg have an international staff (many of whom have been working with them for a number of years - that says a lot in that industry!). They are attentive and safety-concious (but not intrusive) and bend over backwards to serve their clients, plus they really seem to enjoy what they do and working together. We especially loved diving with Nikki. The high-quality rental equipment is all in great shape and they have a beautiful dive store in town with unbelievable prices on gear (worth stocking up and carrying home). Marina Divers also offers many different courses, so whether you are an experienced diver or just getting started, you will be in great hands with this crew. Even if you aren't diving, go by the center and say hello. You'll be welcomed like old friends - and maybe make some new ones too!
The hotel is in two parts try to stay in the part over looking the sea the hotel is great very clean and the staff could not do enough for you. We have just stayed for two weeks the last week of june and the first week of july and it is hot the temp at 8am in the morning is 38 and over 40 by 10am but their is a wind witch does help alot with the heat more on the wind later. We were told that the transfer time from Marsa Alam airport was 20min we had a shock when we found that it is 1hour 30min to the resort, the hotel operates on a no cash system you sign for everything eg drinks ice cream etc and you have the choice to pay this off at the end of your stay on a card euro egyption dollers etc or you can check your account anytime and pay it off. The food was good it is of course buffet style and does get repeated but it has a itialin resturant witch is very good we ate their every night the last week remember the drink is expencive the cheapest bottle of wine is £10.00 and most shots are £4.00 a can of soft drink was about £1.20 you could go to the town and buy big bottles of squash but you cannot buy wine etc anywhere a large bottle of water at the hotel is about 65p.
Now for the down side in my view first their is no mini market on site as stated and you cannot go in to the sea from the beach except the small area the hotel has set out witch is very rocky please take a pair of beach shoes or your feet will be cut the coral is sharp the reason you cannot go in the sea is the coral is protected the only place is the end of the jetty as stated this is good and plenty of fish to sea but the hotel has a flag system green it is safe to swim of the jetty yellow only if you are a strong swimmer and red no swimming and 11days out of 14 the red flag was flying the hotel operates a cursty bus every hour to a little beach further up the coast you can swim in of the beach and the snorkling is great but their is nothing their a few deckchaires and brolleys
Green oasis in middle of desert
Just returned from Flamenco Beach/Resort . visa at marsa alam airport was £13.00 sterling.There are two parts, beach hotel and a resort hotel extension across the road , both have beautiful gardens, worth crossing road as there is a big hexagonal pool and bar over there. Upsides, spacious well cleaned rooms, mini fridge in room which you order what you want from bar list and they deliver. staff always ready with hello and a friendly smile and beautiful manners. cashless hotel bill system,we left every thing of value in free room safe, so we didnt have to carry handbag or wallet any where which was great.food in flamenco was mainly european buffet so there is something for every one. meal times, brekkie 6.30 till 10.30 evening meal 7.30 till 10.00pm. pools on beach side clean. loads of sunbeds both pool and beach all with free toewls and thick matterass,s and windbreakers. beach grill open to get snacks from up till at least six of an evening. ice cream corner fab ices. drinks reasonable there own beer was bout £1.80p for large bottle, coke £1.10p for bottle. large water 60p. they have a hotel bus which charges £3.60p return to elquesier. or you can go on a guided tour through rep for around £9.00. horse riding which goes from movepick can be booked at flamenco reception starting at £8.00 an hour with free transport to movenpick
cashless system can go wrong, make sure you only sign when you get what you ordered.
no mini market on site you have to go into elqueseir. no where to go outside complex except up to next hotel 15min walk up beach, not open as such to non residents, although we did walk around it and through the beach, you cant really order a drink.flamenco beach is sandy/gravel and you are unable to get in to sea from it , there is a small cordoned area which when the tides in its deep enough to see some fish in.to snorkel properly you have go down jetty which is not for the faint hearted as its quite deep
all in all a lovely week of rest and recuperation in beautiful settings, lying in a hammock slung between to palm trees with a cold beer in hand in sunshine overlooking the red sea you cant beat it
Just returned from this hotel and had a lovely time. The hotel itself was a litle remote, with only 2 other hotels nearby, so with regards to going out of the complex in the evening there was no where to go. Saying that , it was OK to stay around the hotel and have dinner and a drink. The hotel did provide entertainment but not the best especially the egyptian history show! The food was excellent and loads of choice although after a week you could do with a bit more variety, however it was still excellent. Drinks were reasonable too. The rooms were so clean it was the best I have ever seen. The staff were helpful and friendly. The complex itself was lovely, very clean with wonderful gardens. The jetty is good if you fancy snorkelling off it however this is the only place where you can swim in the sea from the hotel, and maybe not ideal for scared swimmers, but there are lots of pools to cool off in. Day trips worth doing are to see the dugongs (sea cows), also the dive school have good trips and dives available. All in all really nice place to stay.
Ich bin von diesem Hotel gerade zurückgekommen und hatte eine sehr schöne Zeit. Das Hotel an sich ist ein bisschen abgelegen, mit nur zwei anderen Hotels in der Nähe - also wenn man abends raus gehen will, gibt es nirgendwo hinzugehen. Andererseits war es ganz OK im Hotel zu bleiben und Abendessen und einen Drink zu haben. Das Hotel hat für Unterhaltung gesorgt, aber es war nicht das Beste - vor allem die ägyptische Geschichtsvorstellung! Das Essen war exzellent und es gab eine extensive Auswahl, aber nach einer Woche wünschte man sich ein bisschen mehr Abwechslung. Drinkpreise waren angemessen. Die Zimmer waren extrem sauber - sogar die sauberste die ich jemals gesehen habe. Das Personal war hilfreich und Freundlich. Die Anlage war herrlich, sehr sauber und verfügt über wunderschöne Gärten. Falls du gerne Schnorcheln gehst, ist der Anleger ganz OK, aber zählt als einziger Ort wo man vom Hotel aus schwimmen gehen kann. Der Anleger ist aber vielleicht nicht ideell für diejenigen die Angst vor Schwimmen haben. Es gibt jedoch genügend Schwimmbäder wo man sich abkühlen kann. Einige Tagesausflüge lohnen sich - z.B. ein Besuch zu den Dugongs (Seekühe). Die Tauchschulen bieten gute Ausflüge und Tauchgänge an. Insgesamt eine wirklich schöne Unterkunft!
i travelled to the flamenco beach resort in marsa alam very cautiously after having already been to el ghouna and having a boring holiday. to say i was pleasantly surprised is an under statement and i have already made enquiries for re-booking for next year. although the hotel is situated in the middle of nowhere you have plenty of different things to occupy your time whether it be the hotel entertainment which is on every night to a quiet drink in the bar ,pool, table football, tennis ,health club and of course the snorkling or diving which were all great . i went in a family group of seven which included a three year old and he loved it, the swimming pools were great for him as well as us, the beach was lovely not too crowded, the staff very helpful, the weather couldnt have been better although it was very hot you didnt feel it due to the sea breeze . one or two improvements could be made as in a mini-market and of course the food , breakfast was fine but i found the evening meal a bit boring in choice but you get that anywhere,prices were very reasonable for drinks and ice creams and also to fill up your fridge.we flew from manchester in may and surprised there was no in-flight movie so this made it seem a long flight.upon arrival everything was very organised from filling in your registration forms to room allocation. cant think of anything else to mention had a great time cant wait to go back. will answer any questions if you ask
We couldn't find much info about this hotel before going, so we weren't sure what to expect - however I think we were pleasantly surprised and pleased with our choice!
The hotel itself is in quite a remote location, so if you are looking for wild nightlife, this is probably not the right place! It is about 5 km from El Quseir, which is an historic port town with a few shops, restaurants etc. The hotel offers a shuttle bus service to El Quseir, which is quite flexible on times, costing about 36 Egyptian pounds.
The rooms are of a good standard, we were actually in a suite which had a huge terrace with sunbeds, although I think the standard rooms also had a small balcony/terrace with chairs, etc. Very clean and neat, the only problem we found was that there was not an awful lot of storage space for clothes etc. only a wardrobe.
As previous reviewers have mentioned, although the pools are very nice, it is hard to believe that one of them is heated in winter! Just a little bit cool! The pool area is nice though, there is a bar serving drinks and plenty of sunbeds.
Food is OK, it does get a bit repetitive at the buffet, but there is also an a la carte restaurant. If you are half board, you can use your vouchers there. I think you are allowed about 45 Egyptian pounds each, anything above that is charged to your room. We found that if you just wanted a main course, the vouchers easily covered the cost. They do pasta dishes mainly, and a few seafood dishes.
Breakfasts were fine, the usual mix of Continental-style breakfast and cooked breakfast if you wanted it.
The hotel works on a 'cashless' system, so any drinks, facilities, etc. are charged to your room and then you pay at reception. We thought this was quite a good idea, until we went to pay our bill after a few days and realised how much we had spent! It is quite easy to just charge things to your room whereas perhaps if you had to pay for them, you would think about it a bit more! However it is quite handy not to have to keep taking money down to the beach with you and whatever.
The beach itself is very nice, loads of sunbeds, brollies. The only problem is that if you want to go into the water, you have to access the sea from quite a long jetty, which some people perhaps wouldn't be comfortable with. However the reef is superb for snorkelling, and there is a lifeguard there as well. There is another beach which the hotel runs a bus to, but although it is very scenic, there are absolutely no facilities there, other than a guy with some deckchairs and water - the day we went it was very windy so we couldn't access the sea anyway.
The ice creams from Ice Cream Corner are absolutely gorgeous!
The hotel runs a limited entertainment programme, which was good some nights, but other nights were pretty dire, eg. bingo, but it is nice to sit in the Ali Baba tent with a drink and a shisha pipe!
We thought that this was a very nice hotel and the staff were friendly and pleasant, which is always a bonus. Can't think of anything else to mention, but please email me if you have any questions!
You can't go wrong really !!
Stayed for a week in Feb 06 paying around £350 half board. As previous reviews mention, Al-Quseir has little to offer but is good for a few lazy hours in the (few) shops or walking on the back streets, all very safe. The town has no nightlife and is completely alcohol free so your hotel will be the hub for your stay.
The Flamenco Beach is excellent for the price that you pay. My opinion:
Food and drink - 'reasonable' but depends what's on the menu. I'm a fussy eater but didn't struggle at all. Everything is cooked and/or washed with mineral water so there are no problems with stomach upsets. Eggs for breakfast and pasta for dinner are cooked to order. Large variety of salads, two soups, 3-4 main meal choices and plenty of deserts .... all buffet. Drinks are pricey considering where you are but we actually had a price reduction while we were there. Beer is around £1.60 a bottle and wine around £1.90 a glass. Spirits are expensive.
Rooms - clean and quite spacious, most with decent views of the sea and pool. Cleaners are very efficient, friendly and unobtrusive.
Facilities - the 3 pools are well maintained, sunbeds are free and plenty of people are on hand to assist with beds, matresses, towels, etc. Daily activity programmes keep everyone happy but the entertainment staff are happy to leave you alone if you're not the sort who likes to participate in aquagym, volleyball, table tennis tournaments, etc.
Service - all staff are very friendly and couteous. This is the only hotel that I've ever stayed in (or even heard of for that matter) where the general manager and food & beverage manager introduce themselves at the welcome meeting and offer an open invitation to call them at any time. Tips are all managed through boxes beside Reception so there are no embarassing moments while you search for small notes to offer into an outstretched hand.
Trips - most trips are long distance to Cairo, Luxor, Hurgarda, etc but there are a few local trips to see Bedouins, ride 4x4's in the desert, boat trips with a chance to see dolphins, etc. Trips are cheaper if booked through hotel rather than rep but if you're willing to venture into town then they're a fraction of the price.
Scuba / Snorkelling - a dive centre is available on site offering trial pool lessons before proper dives if you like it. The hotel has a jetty with a dive site straight off the end and also has a seperate private beach with a second dive site. Others are available. Snorkelling can be done by all (young, old, swimmers, non-swimmers) in a coned off area by the front of the hotel or from the end of the jetty when sea conditions allow.
General - definately a good all round hotel that you can't really go wrong with. It's a good choice all round for families, couples, divers, non-divers, sun worshippers, etc. It's friendly, safe, clean, unobtrusive and in fantastic surroundings. Recommended !!
Lack of nightlife - town has none, no nightclub on site, after 10:00 is limited to karaoke or occasional egyptian music).
Cost of drinks - beer and wine are at the top of what you'd expect to pay and spirits are too pricey to just let your hair down.
Flamenco beach resort is such a nice hotel, you are best staying in the part which overloks the sea though as the other half of the hotel is a bit out of the way and across the road from it. food wasn't great there but edible! They cook everything in mineral water so its all safe. The staff were amazing, especially entertainment staff, very funny and attractive! The hotel is in the middle of no-where so you cant really go out of the resort unless you book a trip somewhere. Lovely place, any questions welcome.
Flamenco Beach - El Qusier, Red Sea
We are a couple who spent two weeks here for New Year and we stayed at the Flamenco Beach part of the complex (there are actual two parts, the other being the Resort which is across the road and slightly out of the way).
It was warm and sunny every day except one with temperatures between 22 and 25 degrees. The water is very clear at the beach, so practising snorkelling was great there. The sea was ok to get into too, which is one of the good things about the warm weather. You can also do other activities such as horseback or camel riding and quad biking - these are done in the desert nearby to the resort and were great fun.
The activities ranged in price from about £8 pp per hour for horseback riding and £23 pp for about 2 hours of quad biking in the desert. The camels rides were very cheap and good fun.
There is a separate beach which is outside of the complex that the hotel has exclusive access to. This is also good for snorkelling, but you need to get access by free hotel minibus which is every hour.
We went on HB, so drinks and food were not all inclusive but relatively cheap (about £1.20 for a coffee/coke and £4 each for lunch).
Entertainment left a bit to be desired of in the evenings. It can be difficult to get cash from the cash machines in El Qusier - we tried several times both in town and at the nearby Movenpick hotel to find the cash machines regularly out of order there. We did manage to get money out in the end, but only after waiting around with about seven or eight others for almost half an hour at the bank in El Qusier. The hotel charged everything to Visa and MC in Dollars not in Egyptian Pounds, for some reason.
The resort is a long way from anywhere and the hotel charged 18 LE pp to take you into El Qusier and back. This is ok if you need to buy something or want to do some shopping, as the few bazaar shops in the resort do try to rip you off on the price of essential items, but you will still have to haggle. There is not much to see in the town itself but they have a lot of cheap T shirt shops and an optician/pharmacy if you need these.
Hotel staff were very friendly but did not have much english, so communicating was not always easy. The management team are mostly europeans and the other people staying were mainly italians or germans - there were also organised activities like aquaerobics and volleyball during the day for anyone to join in.
The food was good on the whole but a bit repetetive after a while - for New Years Eve they put on a good night.
Overall they it was a really good holiday and we would like to go back again, especially for the snorkelling and sun.
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