I have just returned from a stay at the Movenpick and can honestly say that it’s the best resort hotel I’ve ever stayed in. I have stayed in the Hyatt Regency at Sharm el Sheikh (Regency Club room) on 3 occasions and thought that was a great hotel but this beats it by a mile! Not only are the rooms (even the standard ones) much nicer and more luxurious, but the prices in the hotel for food and drink are much more reasonably priced than the Hyatt, where prices seemed excessive.
Yes, there is a refurbishment programme at the Movenpick but I think that most of it is finished and only clusters 6 and 7 have work currently ongoing (July 2010). It really didn’t impact our holiday at all. Occasionally you’d hear some drilling but it never lasted more than a couple of minutes. The resort is big enough to avoid it, although we never felt the need to do so.
We initially had a room in cluster 7 and although this room hadn’t been refurbished it was in a lovely area directly overlooking the lagoon and was spacious, very clean and comfortable, and certainly wouldn’t have warranted the negative comments elsewhere on this site regarding the ‘older’ rooms. After a slight mix-up on check-in (our booking got confused with another family of the same name) the reservations staff went to great lengths to rectify things and, without prompting, offered us one of their refurbished rooms. We moved to cluster 6 and a beautiful room with sea view, fabulous (big) bathroom, flat screen TV, seating area, and really comfortable bed and with huge pillows! I have only one minor criticism of the room – they have hairdryers where you need to keep your finger pressed on the button to switch it on and for us ladies it’s not easy to dry your hair like this, and also when the cord to the dryer is so short that you have to sit almost on top of the dryer to use it.
The resort itself has everything you could possibly want and is large enough that it never feels crowded. It is spread over a 2km stretch of beach and although I believe the hotel was full when we stayed there, none of it felt crowded or busy. The rooms are built in clusters and most of these have either their own pools or lagoon and I think this is one of the benefits of the resort , ie. space! If you don’t want to sit in the main pool area, it is easy to find a quiet place to sit and there are many places you can go where it is virtually deserted if you want total peace and relaxation. There are numerous sun beds throughout the resort – on the beach or lagoons or by the pools – and plenty of opportunities to be active – tennis, squash, gym, wind surfing, kite surfing, diving, bikes, table tennis, spa, hairdresser, and even a library where guests can borrow books and leave theirs for the benefit of others who follow. The grounds are clean and well tended and, for once, even the mosquitoes weren’t a problem .
The food in the main buffet was good – plenty of choice and open long enough that you didn’t have to go in when crowded. We had one breakfast in the main restaurant on our first morning there which did seem a bit crazy as it was packed (around 10am) but after that we found the excellent Il Limone restaurant (cluster 8) and ate there every morning instead. Same food but smaller and much quieter, and a pleasant 5 minute walk along the beach to get there.
The hotel’s best asset though is its staff! Without exception, EVERY member of staff I met was polite, helpful, friendly and all seemed to go ‘that extra mile’. This includes not just restaurant/bar staff, but reception, activity, and housekeeping staff also. Every member of staff took the trouble to say hello whenever you walked past them and what a nice feel it gives to the place!
El Gouna itself is a nice resort with good restaurants in the downtown area and marina where prices are very reasonable. Getting around the resort is easy via either the local tuk tuks (50p per person) or via the hotel’s own bus shuttle which goes to downtown and the marina. This costs 2 UK pounds for the whole week and the ticket can also be used on the boat shuttle which goes from the dive centre at the hotel into the town.
When the refurbishment is completed and all the rooms are to their new standard I defy anyone to complain about this hotel. Rooms, resort, activities, food, staff............. faultless! Loved the place and I'll be going back!
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- Nestled on a peninsula with an exclusive beachfront presenting a spectacular view of the Red Sea, the resort offers the ideal surroundings for a perfect stay. The relaxing atmosphere combined with extensive facilities invites you to enjoy your holiday. ... more less
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- Moevenpick Resort & Spa El Gouna Hotel El Gouna
- Moevenpick Resort And Spa El Gouna
- mövenpick El Gouna
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