Palm Royale Soma Bay
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Today we came to Safaga,our Port in Egypt,on the Red Sea, for our visit to Luxor,and the Valley Of The Kings.
A stunning sight on a warm, sunny morning, our first views of the barren ,rocky mountains,a backdrop to the Port ,which is not huge ,but of great importance for grain imports from all over the world,and exporting much to Saudi Arabia and other places near and far. The surrounds do not grow a thing,its a barren wasteland just ...
... than a little freaked out that when we would all swim off in different directions… after our "guided snorkel" we had a little free time, and the inner child in us had us jumping, bombing and flipping off the boat. In the afternoon we were back on the Bus, heading to Luxor for the night.
... time, our driver stopped at the first of many security checkpoints. This one was on the edge of town. An armed guard came up to the car and spoke with the driver. Their conversation become more heated to the point where the driver sounded like he was arguing with the guard. He then got out of the car and stomped off. Achmed turned to us and said, "No problem," with a somewhat reassuring grin. Then we waited. The driver eventually got back into the car, turned it around, ...
... roller skate through them.
We finally came up for air and water, then back to the bus. We were off to lunch and I have to say I was very impressed with the way Cunard handled 900 people having lunch together. They split us up in various restaurants in the hotel and buffets were set up everywhere. Of course wanting to see more than just eat, I told David I would meet him in the lobby of the hotel, but was side tracked by ...
Safaga Fri 18 Mar 2011
Temp: Mid 90's
Quite searing heat
The Port of Safaga has a small but thriving tourist industry based mainly on diving. It is also the gateway to the land of ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Palm Royale Soma Bay Hurghada
My boyfriend and I stayed with Mark Warner at the above hotel. It was amazing and worth every penny.
I went with my girlfriend to the hotel with Mark Warner. The Mark Warner staff were good with the transfer and welcome meeting. The dinghies and windsurf equipment exceeded my expectations, there are better dinghies than in the brochure (including a high performance Laser Vago which I wasnt expecting) and the windsurf kit is far better than stated in the brochure.
I wouldn't stay here again
My boyfriend and i stayed at the intercontinental in Hurghada last autumn. I have to say that it did not live up to its 5 star claim.
Firstly the room allocated was below average. The bathroom was not clean, and the there were split floor tiles. We originally requested a sea front room and paid extra for it... but when they gave us another room, it was facing the car park. We finally settled reluctantly on the 4th room given - and we are not picky by nature!!!
The hotel facilities was fine, but the staff were not efficient. Room service took almost an hour for some drinks. The food menus were very basic, and expensive for what they were.
We had a fantastic holiday overall, but the hotel itself was little more than 3 star quality.
Let me begin by thanking Mark Warner for a lovely time in Abu Soma. At the same time however I must confess that I would probably not go again. Why is this?
Like other reviewers we were at the Abu Soma with Mark Warner ( two adults and two children). As usual the Mark Warner staff and facilties were excellent , However , much of the Club atmosphere and intimacy of traditional MarkWarner holidays was absent from this resort.
Although I fully believe that Mark Warner is a great company to travel with I would strongly recommend anyone thinking of travelling with them to select one of their other resorts. Most of the problems seem to be out of Mark Warner's control and in support of them I can honestly say that the staff tried their best to make the experience a pleasant one. However there are a number of problems with the resort, hotel and it's staff:
My friend and I have just returned from one week at Abu Soma with Mark Warner. Upon arrival in Egypt, and again at the resort, we were greeted by numerous Egyptian and English staff, all eager to make us feel welcome, and explain where things were - great when you're feeling disorientated after a long flight (and, for us, a four hour delay).
We stayed at the Abu Soma Intercontinental with Mark Warner holidays (an activities based holiday company mostly catering for people from the UK) from 22 to 29 April 2005.
we was stayiing 14 days in abu soma in april with 2 children. the hotel is very excellent and have a magnific pool and beach. food in the à la Carte Restaurants was good and a really good standart for egypt! breaktfast and buffet only standart for 5 star restaurant. sometimes the quality could be better.