Bedrooms very comfortable and kept spotlessly clean by the room boys. There are no fancy extras in the bathroom, however there are soap dispensers by the hand-basin and in the shower area, so ladies if you need shower caps, separate bars of soap, shampoos etc., bring your own along. We slept very well as there is absolutely no noise at all, mainly because there is no traffic anywhere!
Staff throughout the hotel are very helpful and friendly. Food well presented and of good quality. We mainly ate freshly cooked dishes at lunch (pasta) and dinner from the outside grill but had no stomach problems even after eating the salads, desserts or fruit (which we peeled) which are all kept in refrigerated displays.
No need to bring beach towels as these are provided by the hotel on production of the ticket you’re given on check- in. Some of the beach towels are looking a bit faded and worn but the guy in charge of handing them out was very happy, when asked, to change them for newer towels. Everything is done with a smile at this hotel.
Don’t bother buying Egyptian currency in UK, just take Sterling or Euros. There is a cash machine in the hotel opposite Sol Y Mar El Madina which converts Sterling/Euros etc to Egyptian currency if you require local money for the shops in the medina, but most prices quoted in Euros anyway, otherwise as it’s All Inclusive can’t think what you would need cash for.
Entertainment team work hard, speak good English and are very friendly without being pushy.
The snorkelling in the bay (just a couple of minutes out of the front of the hotel) is AMAZING.
Either walk into the sea within the roped off area (it’s very shallow for quite a long way out, and therefore safe for children) and you can paddle whilst the fishes swimming around your ankles. Alternatively enter the sea off the pier. It really is a paradise for divers and snorkelers.
There are several trips offered by Tour Operators, but quite frankly Marsa Alam is a long way from anywhere of cultural interest and it is probably best viewed as a resort based holiday, unless you want to go diving further along the coast. We researched the area before booking our holiday so were not disappointed at being so far from the sights - we'll visit them from somewhere more convenient in the fuure.
Weather was consistently hot whilst we were there in November, occasionally quite windy but there are wicker wind shields and parasols on the beach which you can move to block the draught if necessary.
Would have no hesitation in recommending the Sol Y Mar El Madina for a resort based holiday as cleanliness, quality of food and pleasant staff are high on our list of “must haves” for a holiday, and this hotel scored very highly on all these criteria.
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