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... nearly cleared out all the lunch but we were able to get a few scraps. Dan kept looking for some non-existent dessert. We drove on to another spot - this one was more exposed but looked much deeper for the divers. Dan and I got carried out by the current along the reef. There were even more crazy coloured and shaped fish. It took ages to swim back to the boat as it was against the current but we finally made it. It was a short 30 min boat ride back and another walk ...
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... their way out each day, all doing the same thing! Our boat had about 30 people on it. The boat guide went around asking everyone where they were from (he could speak Russian and English as well, so did his talk in 3 languages). When we said NZ, he had no idea where that was and then asked us if we spoke English! Not sure what language he thought we were communicating in while we had this conversation, maybe our accents ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Moevenpick Resort & Spa El Gouna
We did a lot of research before we chose Movenpick hotel in El Gouna and it exceeded our expectations.
We got a good late deal and stayed on a B&B basis.
The choice at breakfast was tremendous and a good choice for evening meal too. Drinks in the hotel were quite expensive and the evening meal was a buffet format costing 150 Egyptian pounds. We tended to eat in the marina or downtown which was quite a lot cheaper. Although the hotel was quite spread out, (our room was about 4 mins walk to reception) others could be twice this, although with walking on three levels (lifts available) no problem. Our room overlooked a lagoon and the sea. It is possible to wade/swim out about 100 metres to a coral reef to do some snorkelling. We also went on a 2 hour snorkelling trip from the on site dive centre which took us out just a little further and for about 12 Euros each was well worth it.
All in all a great resort and super hotel.
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My Partner and I stayed at the Movenpick at the end of November to begining of December and had a lovely time.
We had been to Taba earlier in the year and had a great time so were a bit worried that this holiday would match up and have to say it did. The hotel complex itself is vast but once you work out your barings it is easy to navigate. We stayed down by the lagoon pool which was wonderful as we had the option of a heated swimming pool , lagoons or the Red Sea to swim in and all only seconds away.
Useful tips for those planning on staying there.
1. You will need a visa upon arrival which can be purchased at the Hurgada airport cost £12 sterling or pay whatever the equivalent in EL or $'s.
2. If you are staying on B&B basis don't miss out on the wonderful breakfast selection , you will not be disappointed.
3. Buy a shuttle bus ticket for the week at a cost of EL 10 pounds which is £1 sterling. You can get the shuttle bus from outside the reception every 15 mins and purchase your ticket from the drive.The shuttle bus will take you into the town centre which is only minutes away.
4. If you want to go to the marina then change shuttle bus in the town bus terminal ( if you can call it that ) and grab one to the Marina using the same ticket.
5. Tok tok's are available also and fun for a cost of 10 EL again only a pound sterling but if you have your bus ticket then you don't need to use one.
The bus ticket can also be used on the shuttle boats which again go along the lagoons into town etc.
5.Eating out is cheap and so is having drinks , average price for a 500ml bottle of beer in town is 20EL (£2) but if you like a nice glass of wine keep away from the local Oblisque brand .. not good. If you like a decent bit of plonk then you will have to buy it by the bottle and can be a bit more expensive so maybe an idea to buy some on the way out !?
6. Do get out of the hotel at night when you can and eat in town or Marina , really peacefully with some lovely boats.
7. Hotel gets very quiet as far as entertainment later in the evening which is nice if you want peace and quite but if you want a late drink make sure you have some in your room or stay in town.
8. Do go out on a boat and go snorkling , well worth it , fish amazing and also say a big turtle which was so cool.
Back to the hotel and the staff , the rooms were immaculate and cleaned everyday and the bar and pool staff were friendly and funny so if you get the same service please dont forget to give them a nice little tip as they earn very little.
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More like a little city than a hotel
It was mid november 2005 and we were on an Egyptian sightseeing tour, the pyramids, nile, lots of amazingly old temples, then we were put on a bus to Hurghada for a three night stay at a movenpick resort in a new development called El Gouna, about 30 mins north of Hurghada on the red sea.
Well what a breath of fresh air! the whole place is brand new and luxury plus. there's 4 pools, restaurants all over and all water sports even glass bottomed boats to view the coral. Five minutes away is a little village with shops, cafes, bars and a casino. Also a golf course nearby.Inside the hotel also has a nightly live show in it's outdoor stage theatre set in a courtyard. A great place to take a break from all the hustle and bustle of city life
Top Hotel at a good price ! Will go again!
Just stayed at the Movenpick for a week whilst we were diving with Dive Connection(top dive company) in El Gouna. We had the basic level room which was faultless, great view of the lagoon, beautiful gardens and sea view too !
Stunning raked clean and flat lagoon beach (when do they do that ???)
Great breakfast in main restaurant (better than the one on the North side although that was very good)Never seen so much choice ...anywhere.
Hotel restaurants very good and we ate downtown too... 5 mins by regular bus. Prices from £3-10 each for very good food and so safe you could take the kids, honestly.
Staff really helpful and great attitude too.
Won't bore you with the diving (dolphins, morays, eagle rays, wrecks) but will absolutely definitely come back again with the kids !
Went to Barbados (Tamarind Cove) in April and wasted our money... this is much better...I mean much, much better at a fraction of the price. We paid £650 each including flights and a weeks boat diving and air/nitrox (probably about £200 each for the diving bit)
Avoid Hurgada its twinned with Baghdad !
My partner (21 years old) and I (18 years old) went to the Movenpick in July, it has to be said it is the most fantastic hotel I have ever stayed in.
The staff were always extremely helpful and very friendly. Unlike I've seen on other reviews about egyptian hotels the staff at the movenpick do not 'hang around' your room waiting for a tip and they work extremely hard, we saw one man in several different restaurants, they work out there for 3 months and then get a weekend off because competition for jobs is so fierce. We did have an excellent room attendant who did a fantastic job and we did tip him quite generously (at the end of our stay).
The hotel itself was always impeccably clean and the staff even raked the grounds everyday to remove dead leaves!! We went bed and breakfast and were glad we did as although the restaurant food was very good it was highly priced and quite similar in each restaurant. The breakfast buffet was very impressive, I would recommend the crepes as they were very nice!!The mini bar was expensive but a can of coke could be bought downtown for 20p and we just 'rotated' these through the fridge, our room attendent didn't seem to mind at all. We did the same with mineral water, we bought 6 large bottles downtown and took them back to the hotel on the bus. Noone stopped us even when we walked right through the middle of reception with them!
Do not go to this hotel for the evening entertainment, if it is nightlife you want go elsewhere. My partner and I wanted a holiday to explore Egypt and relax so we were very pleased. The belly dancing and cultural shows were good at the hotel and they all took place within the Piazza (an enclosed square) which served to keep the noise away from the rest of the hotel. The Spa, the main feature of the hotel is excellent we both had full thai body massages the day before we left and felt throughly relaxed on our journey home.
The trips offered by our tour operater MyTravel were good if a little overpriced. I would recommend the desert safari, Cairo tailor made and DEFINITELY the diving, it really is beautiful under the water around the coral.
As has been previously pointed out Abu Tig Marina is absolutely beautiful definitely preferable to downtown as there is a light breeze which is very welcome in July! I would wholly recommend Cafe Maritime. We ate there for about £13 in total including drinks most nights. I have to admit my partner and I did become addicted to the ice cream and by the end of our stay we had eaten there most nights if not only for dessert!
If anyone has any concerns about the heat I would definitely say it is not half as uncomfortable as expected. I am fair and blond and in July thought that I would get burnt wearing factor 50 however I was using factor 10 by the end of the two weeks and didn't burn once! It is obviously hot but not unbearable even for me in the desert!
On the whole I would say the Movenpick has everything for couples looking for a romantic getaway, the sunsets, good food, excellent trip options and a wonderful atmosphere. A must see place before the secret of El Gouna is uncovered!!
What a fantastic place
Hi we have just returned yesterday from staying in El Gouna at the Moevenpick. I have 3 children 10 8 and 6 and stayed in a superior room which was fantastic. My Husband and I shared the double bed and the children shared the other bed and a camp bed. The hotel is situated on a beach surrounded by water inlets. The Kids club was great suitable for my kids they did a show disco most nights camel rides lots of art and crafts etc and all free.DO NOT have Dinner there only Breakfast as it is very expensive for the meals .You must eat out we spent about £40.00 in total each night which includes a bottle of wine £12.00 and soft drinks 3 adults and 3 children.
The town is called Downtown and is about 10 mins from the hotel it has great shops Restaurants, Aquarium muesum etc,the Marina which is about another 10 mins from Downtown is so beautiful and has lovely shops and restaurants which are so reasonible.
The Sheraton and Moevenpick have the pick up facility of these lovely little buses which you hop on and of that take you to downtown or the marina they cost £1.00 a week and are fantastic.
I CANNOT RAVE ABOUT EL GOUNA ENOUGH AS I HAVE BEEN TO SHARM SEVEN TIMES AND EL GOUNA BEATS SHARM BY MILES.
please ask me any questions and I hope I can help you as I did want to know lots before we went.
I dont think El GOUNA Is advertised well enough in the Uk and i really hope that this changes we are booking tomorrow for February.
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El Gouna and the Movenpick
I've never posted on trip adviser before, but have now used it to select my last two accomodations/ Both choices have proved so good that I feel it only fair to give some feedback.
The Movenpick was original my 2nd choice behind the Sheraton Miramir, but I could only get availability at the MP. What a stroke of luck. The MP hotel is superb IMHO. I've been lucky enough to stay in some great hotels and this ranks highly againt most. The room was superb, sat adjacent to a lagoon. A fair walk to reception, but not a big deal. The hotel has everything I can think a person would need for a relaxing holiday...3 main restaurants (plus 1 more in high season) plus snacks bars etc, bar, a central area where the evening singers perform (they're ok'ish), kids areas, 3 pools, right on the beach front, 5* dive shop on site, etc, etc. I even think the wheelchair access is good. The staff are above and beyound friendly & helpful. Housekeeping was first rate, although on occassion it did get to mid-afternoon before our room was done.
Tipping is the culture in Egypt, so expect it and you won't be frustrated. Having said that, a fair tip over there is 2/3 LE, which is around 20/30 £pence, with a tip for a meal maxing at 10/20 LE (1/2 £pound).
My only negatives are the on site buffet restaurant. We ate there on the first night, after a late evening arrival and felt it was average food, but a high price (£36 including 2 beers). Also the drinks can be expensive in the hotel (£4.50 for a glass of wine, beer is £2.50)
We booked B&B though so didnt need to eat on site again. We did chose to dine at the on-site Thai, which was excellent (£30 including 2 beers).
All other nites we ventures either into the downtown area or the marina. Both areas have many bars / restaurants to choose from, ranging IMHO from ok to excellent. Obviously is depends on personal taste, but we really enjoyed the Tandoori & the Maritim, both on the marina. Food prices in the restaurants are very reasonable. If you wish, 2 can eat 1 course and a drink easily for £10. Typically a 2 course meal for 2,with a bottle of wine in one of the nicer places with cost around £25.
Travel in and around town is simple with the shuttle bus running every 25 minutes (7am until 2am) and the tok toks never far away.
As a final comment, my wife used the on-site Angsana spa and rated it very highly.
Overall a great holiday in a little hidden gem on the Red Sea.
The people who reviewed this hotel badly are unjust to do so. Yes its a big place and thats why you have to walk a little further to get places but the scenery is beautiful so if you cant enjoy that when your walking around, maybe you should try bognor next time!!!
We only went for a week and this was a huge mistake. The pools were great and the beaches were stunning. I thoroughly recommend the diving as there is coral very close by and the fish are beautiful. The weather is very hot and I am happy to say that i tanned for the first time in my life!!!!
The food was lovely though the pool restaurant only really provides pizza, chips etc so is great for the kids. There is lots for the little ones to do during the day. The kids club takes the younger children away for things like cooking classes etc while the older children can do water polo, water volley, beach volley, table tennis and they also hold tournaments every day.
The staff are very friendly but sometimes are a bit forward in trying to get a tip. Also a lot of them had a disconcerting interest in my 10 year old sister. She has blonde hair and this is a big thing over there, i had to keep my eye on her as they do sometimes cross the line that we are a bit sensitive to in Britain. I might be overeacting but its best to be careful.
The evening singer is terrible but hes so bad its funny. We all had a great laugh. We didnt stay in the hotel every night. We took the local bus to the marina which was stunning. Beautiful yachts everywhere and a diverse selection of restaurants. Downtown is also great for shopping and eating.
El Gouna is closed off and has different areas to it which you can travel to with the minibus which costs about a £1 a week. Journeys are only about 10 mins. Everything is secure and guarded so if youre worried, dont be. I went 2 weeks after the Sharm El Sheik bombings and i was a nervous wreck but it was so secure. Enjoy yourseld!!!!
Just returned from movenpick, with my wife and we were very dissapointed with the Hotel, we would give it a rating of 3star+. great friendly service- some daytime activities-but if you like evening entertainment "go elsewhere" it took us 7 mins to get to reception, ...
Amazing place, you must go!
Where can I start? I'm a manager in a 4* hotel in England so I'm not surprisingly very difficult to please, but I really couldn't fault the Moevenpick. My boyfriend and I stayed for a week early July and had the most relaxing holiday ever! The hotel appeared deserted as it is so large and spread out, even when full it never feels over crowded. No matter what time you crawl out of bed there was always a deserted stretch of the beach and sun loungers galore to choose from. Even at midday on the beach it felt like your own desert island. The sea is perfect for children as it is shallow for miles and beautifully warm. There were four pools, the main one used mostly by children with football and netball posts. There are swim up bars in each pool. The hotel even has a health spa. Definately venture out to the spa which is right at one end of the resort. It's about a ten minute walk but definately worth it as their pool was deserted, not a soul in sight! All of the restaurants were fantastic. At breakfast you're spoilt for choice with a huge buffet that keeps you going until evening! Make sure you try the Thai and Seafood restaurants, and the pizzas at the main pool bar are to die for. One not to miss is their own ice cream shop, open until 11pm and surprisingly reasonable for gourmet swiss ice-cream. Each evening the hotel puts on entertainment, dancers and singers at the main Piazza, and even a nightly children's disco, all free of charge.
The rooms were immaculate with huge showers and comfy beds. Ours was practically on the beach and had a beautiful view.
They even have a guy who fumigates the entire resort at sunset each day which kills off all the mosquitos. I got bitten once in the entire week, and I'm usually eaten alive!
I would recommend this hotel to anyone. There is nothing they haven't thought of. I will definately be returning next year!