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Marsa Alam, The Sinai Peninsula and the Red Sea
El Quesir, Movenpick Resort - Linda Beavan. Date of travel: Nov 2007
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We booked through Longwood with whom we now feel very aggrieved and they are not interested! We had a 5 hour transfer from Luxor that we were not informed about. I was travelling with my elderly mother, 80 yrs. We arrived and were courteously greeted but then shown to a double bedded room and told the hotel was full, no apologies. We had booked far enough in advance and they subsequently were offering discounts for this period so I felt this was quite unfair. We lost a further half day whilst I pursued a room change. The complex is spotless but requires a lot of walking (about which I had enquired and was incorrectly assured of its suitability for our circumstances from Longwood), the walkways are also very poorly lit! Mood lighting I was told but frankly with the steps etc it would not be allowed here. 10 minutes to reach the beach from our room and we were not the furthest! (we were told we could walk straight onto the beach). There is also a long flight of steps down to the beach (loos at the top) or a 10 min walk on sand to the other side where loos are more accessible. However to go swimming there is only a 5 mtr wide area in the middle of the bay where it is possible due to the coral. We seemed to be the only British! It is mainly German and Swiss visitors. Forget the advertising of a sea view, it is not worth the money from most of the rooms, and the majority are no where near the beach. The rooms are set around the rocky shore, inaccessible, very few actually facing the sea. Food - main restaurant offers a variety of choice, buffet style, but we found the food unappetising, luke warm and in many cases inedible. We were on half board and eventually discovered 2 other evening restaurants we could book for and pay supplements. This was preferable. Day time snacks were good and available from the swimming pool areas. the main pool is heated but what they don't tell you is the other is not! (eco reasons) This is the 'quiet' relaxing pool area and the water is freezing so very few actually used it! The cleaning staff were excellent and helpful, reception a little surly and enough disappointment due to our expectations of a much higher standard we were led to expect given by Longwood. The trip to the town of El Quesir is led by the in house activities chap and sweet though he was just consisted of a drive into the town and please read the information on the wall plaques!! Amusing. Camel and jeep excursions also offered. Overall the resort was spotless, a sprawling complex, a sterile environment though with no atmosphere, rooms adequate, beds very comfortable. Be warned a 7 hour return journey to Luxor, not advised of in advance by Longwood of course. I now understand that most travel companies won't tell you for fear of putting you off!! But with an 80 year old I am sure you can appreciate some circumstances require truth. Tour Operator: Longwood
Marsa Alam - Irene & Stephen Pointon. Date of travel: Feb 2006
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The hotel is new and is beautifully designed. Our room was good and kept clean at all times. A pity about everything else at the hotel. The food was nearly always cold in the heated silver salvers. There was no variety to the hot(?) food. Everything was in the same place each meal time. You didn't have to lift the lid to know that rice was in the first followed by vegetables and then chicken. Drinks were constantly running out in the restaurant and at the bars. If you weren't first in the restaurant at 6.30 p.m. then you woudn't get a drink of red wine. Tonic water, beer and spirits were constantly not available at bars during the daytime. I think the hotel catered for 1200 guests. There were only 250 there at the time and they couldn't cope. We had to pay for a decent meal at one of the A La Carte restaurants even though we were all inclusive. I don't know if these are teething problems but when you have paid a lot of money and worked hard to go on holiday, then you expect everything to be perfect.
 
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