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“Simple and relaxing” 4 of 5 stars
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Blue Reef Red Sea Resort
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   20 km North of Marsa Alam City | 40 KM South of RMF, Marsa Alam, Egypt   |  
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Ranked #32 of 65 Hotels in Marsa Alam
Bologna, Italy
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Simple and relaxing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

This is no huge structure, packed with fancy attractions, outstanding buildings and fully furnished high-tech rooms. It's simple, almost essential, but very well kept and mantained, despite these hard times for egyptian tourism.
It offers a good access to the reef for snorkelers and divers and some beach, not very wide or impressive. It's perfect for relaxing and enjoying marine life, not advisable for night life lovers.
The food is good and vegetables are fresh,the choice of dishes is rather limited, but still acceptable. Expectations of an exclusive luxury resort will probably be disappointed as those of a gourmet cuisine, but it's perfect for relaxing at the sea.
Wi-fi connection is available, at a cost per hour, in the lobby.

Room Tip: I've felt comfortable in the rooms with number 4000 and further, first floor at the end of the c...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Lancashire
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

A two week stay, over looking the relax pool and i have to say it was relaxed. The bar staff again pleasant and accommodating.
The Reps were superb Hatam & Ahmed, both very professional and again very knowledgeable. Nothing was too much trouble for these reps, a credit to themselves.

Room Tip: Pick a room over looking the Relax pool
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

Hotel typically for the diving group, or people who love pleace and quiet places (I was in mid October)...
Hotel has a beautiful reef to which, unfortunately, is around 500m on the shallow water (there is no pier, which could help).
70% of visitors are Italians, who had his own local crew to take care of the artisitc part, and even a special bracelet, which distinguished them from the rest of the guests. this is definitely the BIG minus

Poor infrastructure for children, there was one playground in full sun.
On the plus side you can save good food (by the standards of the Egyptian), a no crowd on the beach and by the pool ... and the beautiful reef near the hotel.

Room Tip: buliding A is close to swiming pool and to the beach
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Warsaw, Poland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

I have just been there (Aug'12), and I spent there very nice holidays. HOTEL is quite new, very clean, have very nice style and beautiful flora. Hotel is located on the desert, but on the second side of the street you have pharmacy and 2 small shops (drinks, some food, postcards, etc). There are also 2 small SHOPS with souvenirs located on the beach (have smaller prices than shops near the street). You can pay for everything in USD or EUR (but of course seller are rounding local prices) Bottle of water cost 1 USD, Cola 1-2 USD (depends from the shop). 2 postcards with 1 stamp (2+1 it`s a local tradition :) cost 1 USD.
SERVICE in the hotel is very nice and helpful. Everyone can speak English even a little, so there is no problem to ask for something. Everybody are very friendly.
BEACH is a part of the hotel. Sunbeds with umbrellas are available there. You have there also mini bar with soft drinks, and 2 playing fields to volleyball. Entrance to the Sea in shallow - good place to play with children, later you have about 300m of flat surface of reef (water to the knees) - good place for snoorking. Hotel prepared also 'water road' through the reef to deeper sea for divers. If you go about 10min along the beach, you can sight-seeing pier (15 USD).
There was also available SWIMMING POOL in the hotel with different level of depth. Big pool had from 1.00 to 1.30m, small pool (for children) had about 0.30cm. Italian gays had there aqua-aerobic, children can play water-polo. Sunbeds, umbrellas and minibar on place.
FOOD could be more varied :) 2 types of pasta and rice were a standard on every lunch and dinner. Very impressive salad bar, also cooked vegetables. Deserts were very OK. I can recommend red wine (available during lunch and dinners) - was very good. Everything served in very nice way.
TRIPS - I had decided only on one trip "Super Safari" (1pm - 11pm), but in the offer was few nice more (f.ex. sight-seeing of Kair, 2 days trip). I can recommend Safari - it was really nice. First you go by jeeps on the desert, than you visit Bedouins village, have a ride on camels and quads. The evening is finished by night show of fakir and dervish. Really, really nice! (65 USD)
TOURISTS - only Italian and Polish guys, no Russian and German people!
SMALL MINUS - hotel do not organize any animations or evening entertainment. Only Italian animators have organized mini disco for Italian children. On one day (for 8 I have been there) had been organized evening show (dervish, belly dance) but by Italian team.
AIRPORT is located about 45min from the hotel.

I can recommend that place to families or a people who just want to rest.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

I spent nearly 7 days last month with my family in this wonderful place - service more than excellent - the rooms are clean and tidy and is characterized by simplicity and stylish- Restaurant is very organized and the food varied and delicious and the quantities Too many - and also the beach's cafeteria offers a wide varaity of drinks throughout the day - the village also has two restaurants, one for Fish and the other is for pizza - beach is fun, but the diving area somewhat distant , the stuff is very helpful and well trained,the weather is very good - location is very close to the airport
Despite all these advantages, the all inclusive cost is very suitable and affordable

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2012

*RESTAURANT/FOOD*
- Little selection, poor quality -- probably the worst restaurant ever I've been on the red sea.
- One reason might also have been that only about 35 rooms were occupied out of 150 -- so very few people
- They have some food they put out at the beach bar .. like 4 small squares of focaccia at crazy times
- The crepes are horrible
- All-inclusive is not worth 10EUR for a week
- No diet drinks at the dispenser -- very poor selection of drinks
- They use throw-away cups which is very frustrating environmentally

*BEACH*
- deep enough area just in front of beach (during high tides especially)
- Access to the reef is very hard - 200m walk on a live reef is quite annoying

*GOOD TO KNOW*
- Cheaper shops are at the back of the hotel crossing the road. If you need water, food, beach stuff (snorkels,fins), pharmacy, sim cards, etc.
- Nice "bedouin tent" -- but no prices displayed .. i.e. 2EUR for a cup of tea.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Malvern, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2012

We were the only Brits there, most of the guests being Italian, French or Polish. The location is perfect - picture perfect beach, big pool (only part of it heated) and nice and green. The rooms are large and clean, but don't expect five-star quality. Unlike larger resorts e.g. sharm, the rooms are all within 3 minutes walk from the beach/pool.

The food: there is a large buffet restaurant with outdoor and indoor seating. The food was very repetitive but edible, and no-one in our family got ill. Every day there is a pasta station offering the same 2 sauces, a buffet with a rice dish, very chewy meat and overcooked chicken, and sometimes a lasagne (with added food colouring to look like the italian flag(!)). The salads are great, and there is a soft drinks vending machine that you can help yourself to. Lunch and supper were basically the same (except thursday evening is egyptian food night, but don't expect anything authentic or particularly tasty). Breakfast is bread and sweet cakes, and eggs cooked as you want. This got very tedious.

The one thing that drove us crazy, though, was the noise. The animation teams (there seemed to be one for each nationality) were constantly playing loud pop music by the pool and by the beach. It was so loud that the two different tracks could be heard at the same time, and even in the room with the door closed! If you want a peaceful trip, look elsewhere.

We didn't snorkel off the beach but we did wade out a long way. The sea is very shallow until the drop off, which can only really be reached at high tide, unless you are extremely thin or don't care about destroying the coral (i.e. don't). I dive but I didn't use the on-site centre because if you're not italian it would not be much fun. Instead a short and nice walk left along the beach will take you to marsa shagra, an 'eco-diving resort' which has a large and very organised diving centre, and where i would stay if i came back to marsa alam, which i would definitely want to. The house reef is great there and they offer excursions by boat or bus. I don't know anything about the food, but the emphasis is on diving and accommodation is very clean and comfortable, but basic if you're on a tight budget.

In conclusion, if you like loud music and are not fussy about food, blue reef may be for you (especially if you are italian, as the resort is clearly set-up almost exclusively for italians, with all the signs is the language etc.). If you want a quiet break with some beautiful diving or snorkelling, go next door.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 20 km North of Marsa Alam City | 40 KM South of RMF, Marsa Alam, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > Marsa Alam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#13 Spa Hotel in Marsa Alam
#16 Top resorts Hotel in Marsa Alam
#26 Family Hotel in Marsa Alam
#27 On the Beach Hotel in Marsa Alam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Blue Reef Red Sea Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 170
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