I went to the Resta Grand Resort with my husband and 5 yr old grandson in October 2011, On arriving, the entrance was amazing, spacious, bright and very clean. We were greeted by friendly staff and offered a complimentary cocktail which was very refreshing after a 6 1/2 hour flight. Check in was quick and efficient and our bags were taken to our room while we explored the delights of the hotel.
The grounds were amazing, lush green grass, trees and beautiful colourful flowers everywhere you looked. The pool looked amazing too, with easy access and a pool bar ( husband taught grandson to swim in 2 weeks )
Our room was spacious and clean with ample space. we had a double bed, a single bed, table and chairs, t.v and cabinets plus the usual wardrobe space and a clean spacious bathroom. The rooms were situated away from the pool and lobby but it was not a problem as the walk (2 minutes max) was pleasant. There are no toilets around the pool and you had to use the lobby or your room, but I did not see this as a problem.
On the second day of our holiday my grandson was sick, not due to the food or anything but due to dyhydration. The House keeper bless him brought the doctor and the situation was soon sorted. We had free bottles of water daily
The food was amazing and fresh. My grandson (5yrs old) is a picky eater and he spoke to one of the chef's himself and the pasta chef was more than happy to help him out.( we were very grateful and tipped him at the end of our holiday ) On one day we were offered White Tuna or Brown Tuna caught fresh that morning. I had never eaten fresh tuna before and this was a pleasant surprise for my husband and I. All the meals were freshly cooked and I can not see why people complain. There was also Plenty of Fresh Fruit and we often took some back to our room for my grandson to eat throughout the day.
The beach was just Amazing. Yes it is advised to wear beach shoes but that is because it is a CORAL BEACH and it not only protects your feet from getting cut but also preserves what coral there is. The Fish were Beautiful and literally swim up to you even in the shallows of the shoreline. There are many rock pools to swim in but be careful as the waves do tend to push you into the coral.
Yes as with all hotels the entertainment can be annoying but at the Resta it didn't last long and you can still enjoy a quiet drink of an evening. Waiter service does need to be addressed as it was a bit slow and this is my only gripe. They don't like you to go to the bar and would rather serve you at your table but the wait can be annoying. We tipped our waiter and that put an end to our waiting and I tried a variety of cocktails which were free.
Trips in Marsa Alam are few and far between as it is a new and up and coming resort but we did take a boat trip from Port Ghalib to swim with Giant Sea Turtles, an experience I came away with that I will never forget. My Grandson didn't like the open sea and so stayed on board the boat and was kept entertained by the captain and his men and I felt safe leaving him there for an hour. They then took us out on a speed boat ( not part of the trip) to make it up to my Grandson and we loved it and had a blast.
All in all I can not give this hotel a bad review as there is nothing to complain about. As with all of our visits to Egypt, we tipped the house keeper and waiters as they Do work hard and it doesn't cost the earth and they are grateful for tips and look after you well. I have travelled to Egypt for many years now and The Resta Grand Resort is by far the best hotel my family and I have stayed in.
- Also Known As:
- Resta Grand Hotel Marsa Alam
- Resta Grand Hotel
- Resta Grand Resort All Inclusive
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 700 spacious, comfortable guest rooms, fitted with modern amenities• Standard single room: 46 sqm• Twin room: 46 sqm• Family room: 52 sqm• Individually controlled air conditioning• 32 inch LCD flat screen TV• Satellite television• Hairdryer• Iron and ironing board upon request• Safety deposit box• Mini bar• Tea & Coffee making facilities• Sound system and telephone. ... more less
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