We had stayed in Intercontinental Port Ghalib over May bank holiday 2013 and it was fabulous. Firstly the hotel itself is less than 10 minutes drive from the airport so as soon as you get there you can enjoy the beach&sun straight away without prior spending an hour in transfer. The same applies to departure and check out; literally on our last day we enjoyed the beach time till last minute (there is not much to do in Marsa Alam airport with handful of duty free shops after immigration). Secondly the hotel is nicely located between two Crown Plazas in large complex of Port Ghalib and offers not only 5* luxury but foremost very individual tailored approach towards its clients. The service was first class and if I would like to name those who assisted us and made our stay so enjoyable I had to put long list of names. Instead it would be suffice to say than all staff were great but those who excel was our housekeeper Mr Karem (whom on last day I gave my snorkeling fins as a gift), Mr Hatem Kamal who organized our airport pick up and Mr Ibrahim Ahmed who professionally managed our reservations and prepared everything prior to arrival. Thank you all and also big thanks to F&B manager Mr Mohammed for his customer service and also our favorite waiter Mr Mohammed Fahry for his spot on daily service. Overall the fact that we memorized names of all these people in my opinion speak itself for the high level of individual service they provided.
1/ If you could get an upgrade to superior room. We enjoyed standard but next time we'll try get the suite overlooking the sea.
2/ During dinner the drinks are served from the menu-please ask waiter on first day about it. The size of glasses are impressive however not the amount of wine they pour into it (in my opinion it was about 175ml) for the price of LE50 (about £5). The local bottle of red or white (both very good) were price over LE200 (£20). For the privilege of being served in 'al fresco' restaurant under the star night and surrounded with palm trees it was worth it. BTW water is also charged during dinner (LE19) which is little odd as you get the same water FOC during the day.
3/ It's good to have a bunch of small USD notes for tipping the staff. Euro coins are worthless.
4/ Invest in good quality snorkeling set. There is no point of going to such a marine paradise with mask worth £10 and fins from prep school (and yet most of guests used this sort of kits). If you could afford get free diving set and save money on diving with full equipment (not worth the hassle to dive on 5-7 meters).
Have a good time in Egypt.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located deep in the southern reaches of Egypt, between the Sahara Desert and the Red Sea, lies the amazing destination of Port Ghalib. InterContinental The Palace Port Ghalib Resort is ideally located at the heart of this exciting destination, overlooking Port Ghalib International Marina, Corniche & Khan and the reserved coral reef of the Red Sea. InterContinental The Palace Port Ghalib Resort features 308 premier rooms. All beautifully appointed rooms offer the ultimate in luxury and comfort; the resort offers a choice of three restaurants, The Olive offering International cuisine, Budour's Court offering Lebanese cuisine, and the Pool Deck offering a selection of snacks and seafood delicacies, one bar and a club with superb views over the Red Sea, swimming pool or Port Ghalib International Marina. The resort comprises as well Port Ghalib International Convention Centre, Six Senses Spa, Lulee Kids Club. The resort lies within walking distance from Port Ghalib International Convention Centre offering a meeting space of 1,950 square meters, capable of hosting all types of events from full scale conventions of 2,000 delegates to informal small size meetings, 16 breakout rooms. For shopping lovers, the resort offers an exceptional shopping experience at the International Marina, with a half kilometer stretch of a traditional Egyptian Khan bazaar. InterContinental The Palace Port Ghalib Resort is 2 kilometers drive from Marsa Alam International Airport, 210 km from Hurghada and 370 km from Luxor. ... more less
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- Intercontinental The Palace Port Ghalib Hotel Marsa Alam