We stayed at the resort the first week of June, which is off season, but apparently normally has 300 to 400 guests (capacity is 1200) however due to recent events in Egypt, they had a total of 90 guests staying there. It is unfortunate how much the tourism industry is currently suffering in the country, but the lack of tourists made for an amazing experience for us.
First off, this property is amazing. It is a private, 10 acre island with some 32 small buildings for guests on it and perfectly manicured grounds in between them all. There is mature vegetation near the older buildings which makes them, in my opinion, far superior to the new buildings. I did not see the interior of the new buildings as most were unoccupied (they appear to be putting most guests in the older buildings while things are so slow there) but our room in the older section was very nice. It is smaller inside, but very modern, very comfortable beds, nice shower and enough room to put all your belongings. Stepping out of your room into the perfectly manicured gardens is amazing. You feel like you are staying in a magnificent park. There is every kind of tree outside including 6 or 8 different kinds of fruit trees. All the walkways in the older section have walkway shelters over them designed for the vegetation to grow up and over them. The pool in this area has mature and very healthy palm trees in an island in the center of it and other mature trees around the sides, if you want some shade. The whole area is absolutely beautiful and it really enhanced the experience to be right in the middle of that.
The newer buildings, in contrast, have very immature vegetation and are two storeys high, giving more of an appearance of a cheap resort. They have no coverings over the walkways and the pool in that area has some half dead looking palms poking out of it. I would definitely choose the older part of the resort. Not sure if the interior of the rooms makes up for a much more bland exterior, where you spend most of your time.
Having so few guests made us feel like we had this whole giant resort practically to ourselves. There were probably more staff than guests. You can tell they are still working hard to maintain a 5 star ambience despite the lack of tourists, as there has been no drop whatsoever in service or maintenance. In fact, the service is impeccable. On some days, at breakfast, you feel you have one staff member for each table. Anything you need is brought to you immediately. They will even carry your food from the breakfast buffet to your table on the patio unless you insist otherwise. We could wander the trails and roads around the resort and just soak in the ambience and it was very relaxing. The pool in the oldest section of the resort is an infinity pool overlooking the Nile, which provides stunning and very relaxing views. There was never more than about 6 people in this huge pool at a time, again making us feel we had the whole place to ourselves. An awesome experience.
The breakfast buffet is very good and again, despite the low number of guests, they work hard to ensure the selection of dishes does not suffer. There is always a huge variety to choose from. Some dishes they just have a small portion of the item presented, but if it runs out, they immediately fill it with more.
The hotel is excellent at advising what a fair rate is for cabs should you want one for either of the Temples, heading to town or going to the Valley of the Kings. The cabs that come in seem to accept the hotel suggested pricing without arguing, saving you the normal negotiation process you go through in many countries.
There is food served by the pool which is reasonably priced and reasonably good (try the shish kebabs - our favorite). One downside is the food for dinner, which, while decent quality, is very expensive for Egypt. Several nights we were too lazy to trek into town so we ate there but swallowed hard on the bill. The pub has a little cheaper food, though more basic.
Definitely check out Karnak Temple (we spent a good 3 or 4 hours as it is an amazing site) and the Valley of the Kings. One tip when heading to the Valley - some drivers will stop at a roadside spot to buy tickets to ADDITIONAL temples and sites. If you want an orgy of ruins sites for the day then go for it, but otherwise you can skip this and go straight to the Valley and to Hatshepsuts Mortuary Temple. Luxor Temple is small and can be done in an hour or less.
Overall an excellent stay and definitely recommend, especially at today's pricing! Amazing value and one of the rare places in the world you can get 5 star accommodation at 2 star prices.
Definitely stay in the older buildings. Modern rooms, comfy beds and you get to step out your door...
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July 29, 2013
Dear stevein van couver from Canada,
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Thank you very much for having chosen the Maritim Jolie Ville Kings Island to be your home in Luxor during your Upper Egypt holiday and for publishing your very positive comments regarding the Resort on Tripadvisor.
I am utmost pleased to read that you have fully enjoyed your stay at our Resort and that you recommend us to the ww traveler community.
The entire Jolie Ville Team is thanking you for your visit and we are all looking very much forward to welcome you back home on Kings Island in the near future
I remain with,
Sunny regards from unique, always sunny & spectacular Luxor.
Maritim Jolie Ville Kings Island Luxor
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