We stayed at the Abi Baba Palace from 8 - 22 August our family consists of 2 adults and 2 children 6 yrs and 2 years.
Our criteria was as follows;
1 Must be close to the beech
2 Good all inclusive options - dining etc
3 Child animation during the evenings
Much has been made in the press of the current situation in Egypt that aside in our 15 days there, we saw no demonstrations in the area and the local retailers, waiters and management alike are very concerned about the future, so please make up your own minds about that.
First impressions upon entering a very large lobby area were very good, you will find a large selection of shops, bowling and an ice rink - I have no idea why they have this - as it was always empty, they would be better of turning it into a cinema for kids etc.
The grounds of the hotel are really well kept - they spend a lot of time on the upkeep of them and if you like cats there are plenty of them to feed.
We stayed in a standard room which accommodated the four of us, we had a fridge which was stocked up with water daily - if you tip your room attendant you get more water and sculptures from towels etc.
I would describe the rooms as tired looking - they need a revamp but suited our purpose.
The hotel has 3 themed restaurants, Italian, Oriental and African I have no idea what the food cost per person they are working on but overall we were satisfied - if you find a good waiter they will bring you drinks - I did find one and he brought kiddy cocktails a wine for a small tip.
The beech bar opens for business at 9 am for drinks, coffee and then at 12 for lunch.
The dining area is open air and shaded for salads, burgers and hot dogs until 1600, we opted for this quite frequently as we didn't have to drag the kids back to the main hotel.
The staff were friendly - but the onus just like with any service industry is tipping.
We took our kids there to get out of the sun on one day and that was our last, very dirty, broken toys and urinated mattresses, steer clear of that place.
The children have a mini disco at 1900 daily except Sundays when that have a day off, which for the life of me I do not understand, the disco is presented by one animator and is focused for Russian children and there is no variation at all - in short rubbish - if the expect to take your kids to this hotel for them to have the time of their lives - choose another hotel.
Pretty much the same - the lead animator should be fired - again they have a day off on Sunday - enough said.
The pool is pretty impressive as it winds throughout the resort with a kiddy pools at the bottom which is shaded - plenty of loungers.
For the adults they have a swim up bar.
The loungers are comp - the beech is a little rocky to the left leading to more sandy to the right.
If you want a front row umbrella get there for 0600 am as the Russians get up early!!
We enjoyed our stay at the Ali Baba, would I go back? yes I would, just bear in mind that the majority of the guests are Russian and sometimes lack social skills - make your own entertainment for the kids - tip some key service personnel and you will have a nice time.
For such a big resort 600 plus rooms you don't feel overcrowded.
The staff do try their best and they pull it off.
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