I went to Jungle Aqua Park for the last 2 weeks in November. There was a party of 3 adults.
Flights- We flew with Thomson Airways from Birmingham. Both outbound and return flights were to schedule. The outwards flight was 5hrs and return 6hrs. The only thing I would suggest is Thomson may want to consider adding entertainment to the flight service and consider their onboard bar prices.
On arrival to Hurghada airport, the best thing to do for your visa is to go into the arrivals hall, and turn directly left. There is a bank with 3 cashiers who sell your visas. The Egyptian Embassy advised me before I travelled the visa was $20 US. On arrival we paid the equivalent of $15 US in Egyptian Pounds which worked out at approx £13pp. They accept all currencies and will quote on the rate of the day. You save £2-3pp if you go to the bank.
Once we cleared customs (20 minutes), our cases were already next to the baggage carousel waiting for us. Very quick and we were on our way to the hotel which is approx 20-30 minutes.
As soon as we arrived we were greeted and took to the Indigo Bar to complete forms and hand passports over. Within 10-15 minutes we received our room card and we found our own room. The hotel staff are keen to take your luggage to the room for you, but we were keen to get unpacked and have a look around the hotel.
We were allocated room 1008, this was in front of the Aqua Park and we were allocated a ground floor which had its own pool and was in a very good location. There was very little noise from any of the bungalows close to us. Our room slept up to 4. The safe is electronic and free of charge and our room boy provided clean beach towel, water and soft drinks on request. We also asked for mosquito spray and a plug in as mosquitoes at night were out in their element.
The hotel has a number of restaurants ranging from English, German, Italian, Asian (currently being renovated but Asian was available just outside the restaurant) and a cake shop (Again being renovated). There is also an ice cream shop. Restaurants are open at different times of the day due to hotel occupancy. In the morning it was continental type breakfast and eggs cooked to your liking as well as limited meat products.
The pizzas that are made on request in the Mediterranean and in Italian for lunch/dinner are a must.
There is a wide selection of soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, coffees and teas available. Service in all of the bars is good and we spent each night in the Jazz bar and we were very well looked after. The staff get to know you and your usual drinks and get these for you on arrival.
Aqua Park/Pool Areas-
Open from 10am-5pm daily. As we went in November there were never any queues. Beware around the pool areas; as much as the attendants mop up the pool water, it is VERY slippery. The pool outside the Mediterranean restaurant was the only pool that was heated during our stay as well as the pools in the Aqua Park.
Things To Consider/Beware of-
1. The locals will do what they can to gain money/backhanders. On our return we weighed our cases before checking in and they were underweight. When we went to our check in desk, the gent checking us in informed us our cases were overweight. In fact a holdall belonging to the previous customers was still on the belt which made our cases seem like they were heavier, we argued this and he held his hand open as a gesture to pay him and he would let us off! We politely said no and walked away.
2. Mosquitoes are rife, ensure you take plenty of repellent and remember to ask the room attendant for spray/plug ins regularly. They seem to bite at night when you are out and come up blotchy in the morning. Some guests were paying £150+ a time for injections/antibiotics, so be prepared.
3. When dining in the evenings, have a good look round all of the restaurants, you won’t be disappointed, then decide what you want. Most nights we took a plate round them all and had a bit of most things. Also talk to Cliff the British head waiter who kindly kept roast duck for me one evening. He is very keen to hear your feedback and works very hard with his chefs.
4. The shops on the complex can be a nightmare. The picture shop in particular. Prices for all of the goods are less than half at the airport or locally in Hurghada, I suggest going to the Senzo Mall which is a 10 minute walk or offering at least half price. They are VERY persistent.
5. Again another thing that got our back ups was the sellers that came round the poolside when you are relaxing. This was to sell spa treatments, excursions or to take your ear phones out to get you to join in the entertainment. This was consistent for 2 weeks.
6. All in all we had a great 2 weeks and I am already looking to book for 2014. Enjoy!
Please feel free to message me with any questions you have.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Jungle Aqua Park offers the largest water theme park in Hurghada. It is an amazing resort of endless choices at Red Sea coast. Being an Aqua Park, it is popular for its water slides, varied swimming pools, besides a multiple range of sports and social activities for people of all ages. You will find something for everyone at the Jungle Aqua Park, whether you are planning an active holiday or a family vacation combined with a most exquisite theme of water sports and leisure. ... more less
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