Palm Royale Soma Bay
Travel Blogs from Hurghada
... is now much hotter and will take a bit of getting used to, especially after two days in the air conditioned cabin. Will venture out to some of the parts of the ship that we have not yet visited this trip, while things are quiet and most people are off on ...
... we were on our way. The driver alternated from driving very slowly through the many villages we passed to laying on the gas pedal as soon as we'd cleared town. In the clear stretches, he drove fast enough that the vehicle's alarm system would let loose with an unremitting beeping, warning him to slow down. He ignored it, and we learned to do the same. One other thing of note is that the driver didn't wear his seatbelt except when we were coming to a security checkpoint, ...
... stations and the simple life. Of course we commented on how hard it must be for them and a few words about Maburak having all their money and they suffer. I doublt though that if they did have money, they would still choose to live in this style, with family and neighbors right there, along with their goats, and no stress as we know it.
We arrived in Luxor to find almost a ghost town of tourists. At least a hundred of the ...
What a night. At about 21:00 the wind came up. my tent started shaking so I got up just in shorts, (about 11 degrees) peged down my guys and usedother pegs as my rock pegs because they just pulled out. left my tent door open which was on the wind side, clever John. Desert + wind=sandstorm. Sandstorm + open tent = gritty bed, toothbrush, carry on thinking for yourself. I had just got into my tent tinking that everything would be OK when another goust ...
... I get a text from Nick, some good news about Tracey there are signs of a slight improvement. Christina who is married to Alaa's friend Mohamed, has just told me that I don’t actually need to go to Cairo to get my visa extension I can get it done in Luxor (wish she‘d told me earlier, save all the worrying). So we will try and do that tomorrow but I still want to take Alaa to Cairo to see the Pyramids so we may still go next week I think.
We ate in Africa Garden, ...
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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.