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“Most enjoyable ... with minor niggles” 4 of 5 stars
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Royal Brayka Beach Resort
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   18 KM north of Marsa Alam, Marsa Alam 11311 , Egypt   |  
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Ranked #23 of 65 Hotels in Marsa Alam
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“Most enjoyable ... with minor niggles”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

Spent two weeks 14 to 28 November. The 2nd week cost me €146 extra pp = €20 per day!!! Given this cost the value is astonishing. The resort has many plus points; Food is good to excellent (could have had a "Middle East corner every day and not once per week); anyone who cannot find something good to eat at each meal has a serious problem. I heard rave reviews about the pasta. Staff were friendly without being pushy. No "baksheesh" begging. Room quality/service was impeccable, after some initial equipment problems.

There was a mix with Russian, Italian (not on the dives though) and Germans dominating, but with a good representation by Dutch and British. A mega-plus is access to the best house reef in my 20 years of diving; superb snorkelling; close to Elphinstone; professional dive centre with competitive prices. Weather was perfect; sea temperatures excellent. Warm and fresh swimming pools. Easy beach access. Gym, chemist, hairdresser, massage and clinic on site. Pretty gardens. Alcohol quality was remarkably good, even the white wine, but the red was dreadful. Beer was cold and pleasant. Brilliant pool bar.

Cons: One case of 'Gippo' tummy, sorted out by the pharmacist in 24 hours. Wonky room equipment - speedily repaired. Decorations and ambiance of the dining room and lobby bar reminded me of old railway stations. Bring repellent for the mozzies for pool bar sundowners. Very limited english TV

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

After a pleasant flight and journey to the Royal Brayka, it was made even more pleasant by a cold drink and hot towel on arrival. A quick check in with a smile and explanation of services. Mohamed Yahia is the best member of staff on reception, though reception staff are extremely kind and helpful.
The room was average size, with comfortable twin beds, the satellite reception on the TV was not wonderful but we only had BBC World News on now and then. Only a shower in the bathroom, would have been nice to have a bath but shower was powerful and there was always very hot water available. We were on ground floor and in a good position for beach / pool / restaurant / reception.
We used the heated pool, which at times was like getting into a bath! Whether or not it was the time of year (First 2 weeks in December) but the hotel was practically empty, always sun beds by pool and on the beach. Not many guests, most of which were European (thankfully not many Russians either!)
The beach was quiet, and relaxing - it would have been nice to have a pier/pontoon too enter the sea, but as there is a bay you walk into the sea and the fish are amazing - lion fish / blue spotted stingray among others. Also egrets and eagles, buzzards and bats of an evening if your lucky to see the fly at dusk. There is a bar on the beach and towel desk.
The pool area was again quiet, with a bar, and towel desk. The heated pool area is low down and sheltered and is a sun trap.
The weather is definitely warmer than Sharm El Sheikh. If you want a trip in the desert its right outside the front of the hotel. It was worth a trip on a quad bike, this desert is different to the Sinai desert.
The food in the restaurant was different every day, though nothing exciting it was hot and there was variety, the bread was decent enough. We never got ill with the food! The waiters were exceptionally good.
A lot of the entertainment catered for the Europeans, and where the hotel is situated, you are relatively stuck where you are, but if you want a holiday where you do absolutely nothing just stay at hotel this is ideal. We were there for 2 weeks and wern't bored, we were thoroughly relaxed.
If you get chance to use the Wellness Centre then do. It was clean, very good deals and rates and the staff polite, I had Wael massage me, I recommend him.
All in all I had a great time, and I think those who are couples and older in years will enjoy this hotel, but, I would say give it a try and see for yourself, you maybe pleasantly surprised... I will certainly come back here

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

Arrived at Royal Brayka to an easy check in process and a welcome drink. We had a brief explanation of services etc before being taken to our room. I marked the room as average because it was a simple room - standard twin room with the appropriate amenities. However, I think there are various room types around the resort which range from standard to a bit more high spec (i.e. beach front).
We stayed in Block 3 which was protected from any noise pollution from the nightly entertainment which was great as we had to have a few early nights for our diving trips.

Staff are great - Hany (Thomson's Rep) very friendly, informative and helpful and is at the hotel everyday. Reception staff are great - especially as we had to order take away breakfast and lunch 4 days running they made sure this was ready for us early every morning.
Room was cleaned very well, everyday by Mustafa who was very nice and got us some nice plump pillows and made some nice towel art for us. Pool bar staff are friendly too.


Food was varied every day and we had no problems with any of it - there was always something nice to eat. The BBQ outside had some AMAZING food, and the pasta station was lovely too. Plenty of desserts to try - some better than others. There was always a nice selection of food and it was not repetitive despite it being the only restaurant - the other two restaurants were not included in the all inclusive deal.

Pros about the resort are;
1. Lack of British tourists which is a plus for us
2. Good time of year to go - half the resort was empty so it was very quiet - only busy during breakfast, lunch and dinner
3. Nice, relaxing atmosphere in the resort
4. Options to use the Brayka Bay bars and entertainment, including the Bedouin tent for shisha
5. Beach and snorkelling was good, plenty of fish, reef wasn't amazing compared to diving locations - watch out for the lion fish when the current is weak they chill out in the shallow waters

Cons;
1. Definitely wouldn't stay here in high season - think it would be too busy around the pool and beach and certainly the restaurant
2.Good diving location for a couple of days but if diving for more than 3 days the journey to Port Ghalib is a bit too far - used Emperor Divers (approx 45mins-1 hour) from Port Ghalib

Overall, had a great holiday - I tend not to holiday in the same place twice but would return to other parts of Egypt for more Red Sea diving. I would 100% recommend Emperor Divers - who were extremely organised, professional and have fantastic boats. I booked my advanced open water diving course in the UK before I left and saved around £100 - Madida (my instructor) was amazing!!

Room Tip: Block 3 - to reduce any noise from late entertainment if you have early starts the next day!
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

We stayed one week in this resort in a beachfront room. What we liked the most was the food which was simply superb. A lot of choice and excellent quality. The room was also good large with basic furniture. The view was directly on the sea which was great. Take good earplugs if you don't want to be bothered by the evening parties.

The beach itself is quite well maintained, you need to be an early bed to get the first row places.
What we didn't like was the fact that, despite being a new structure, it is not very well taken care of.
Rusty umbrella's and chairs on the beach. Many places where it was clear that they did not clean, broken tiles, unfinished or dirty walls. We saw how they clean the tables and it was really very disappointing. Also other aspects like the table tennis tables and billiard were basically abandoned and barely usable. The staff didn't seem motivated, for some of them it was like they were kept in prison.
Every day or two the beach and front beach rooms were "smoked" with some antimosquito treatment which was a bit weird; so we had to be careful to close the doors to avoid to be intoxicated.

The reef can be easily accessible by the sandy beach making it very easy also for children; despite the large variety of species, the snorkeling was not particularly good due to the often limited visibility and pollution (in the sea and the shore there was a lot of plastic bags).
The resort nearby offer diving and snorkeling trips which were not really advertised and we discovered only during the last day.

In conclusion I would recommend this place if you are looking for a relaxing holiday without many frills and requirements; if you want a higher standard holiday go somewhere else.

Room Tip: Front beach
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

Royal Brayka Marsa Alam
We stayed from the 10-10-2012 until the 24-10-2012 and had a fabulous time the hotel is a new build and is well laid out rooms large and well equipped the beach is lovely and the underwater world is in my opinion better than the Maldives coral and fish life excellent we saw two dolphin’s swim past use about 4 Mt’s away on the north reef moray eels lion fish and a turtle as well as an eagle ray and all the normal red sea fish life brill
Staff all willing to help special thanks to Lucy customer relations always on hand to help and TAMER in the bar maid our out of the water holiday they are both an asset to the hotel big thanks to Ghalib hotel manager for his help
Food of a good standard but need to cater for the English more BBQ every night except when wet we had rain and a fantastic thunder storm first rain in two years the staff loved it
Look out for scorpion desert safari the red quad bike look alike on the beach between the towel hut and the bar brilliant service and the trip in to the desert on quads was outstanding and good value
All in all a brilliant holiday will go back if not out priced by the holiday company as this area is definitely the up and coming resort

Room Tip: we were in 2171 and frends in 2169 good View
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

Returned 10 October 12 after a wonderful relaxing two week stay at Royal Brayka. Hot towels and drinks on arrival, speedy check in. Staff are welcoming and friendly, nothing being too much trouble for them. Particular thanks to Ayman in the Restaurant, Ahmed on the Pool Bar and especially Lucy everywhere for enhancing our holiday. As the Hotel is predominantly Italian and czech some staff have a limited understanding of English but we get by. The rooms ars spacious and very clean. The food is plentiful and varied with the pasta dishes being exceptionally good. The Hotel is very new and is not yet fully opened. The beach is good with easy access to the sea. Animation is not over the top and aimed at the Italian guests, best to avoid the shows IMO, we took advantage of the facilities at the neighbouring Brayka Bay Hotel in the evenings as the atmosphere was better. The lack of English guests is not a put off. They advertise a dress code for dinner but do not enforce it.This was out third time in Egypt and the best Hotel we have stayed in so far. We would certainly recommend it and return if possible.

Room Tip: Thomson guests are all housed on the ground floor, if you do not want one of these rooms email the H...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

Stayed at the Brayka Royal ( 15/08/12 - 29/08/12) this hotel is new and still needs time to settle in, the grounds are large and connect to the sister hotel Brayka Bay which is long established ( 10 yrs+) you are allowed to use facilities here as well. The Royal has 4 slides in the large pool which open for a period in the morning and again in the afternoon, not wild and crazy but the Kids seems to enjoy them. They have 3 pools but generally use 1 main pool with a swim up bar, the other 2 are not always in use and the Largest pool did not have sun loungers or sun umbrellas and again the pool bar was not in use, The pools are already losing tiles from the sides and bottom of the pool, you will need to beware as you can cut toes quite easy. The staff however are very attentive both in the Restaurant (Ayman,Ahmed and a few others) at the pool bar Alaa Din had us laughing all the time with his version of a London accent and Rami with his football chat. Tamar is in the Lounge Bar upstairs for the evening drinks and service is his priority. Food buffet is OK not always a lot of taste but edible, Pasta station is busy most times good quality, BBQ food every night as an option, deserts are OK some very sweet and sugary. Breakfast fried egg on toast done very well if you can wait for the toast machine to brown the bread.
Most rooms have a sea view and they are clean. We had an issue with the location of our room and this was sorted out with in the hour of arrival to a family room, good size room and air conditioning that worked well. Wi-fi is not FREE!! although we had been told it was and also there is no BANKING facility ( 5Km Taxi ride if you need Cash) and the hotel charge 5% extra for card transaction of any type. The House reef is good and you get Turtles, Lion Fish, Crocodile fish and all the usual types of Red Sea reef fish in fairly shallow warm waters, best time for snorkeling is 6-6.30AM. Emperor Diving and the boats ISA and AMY have a great crews, book your diving from the UK website to save money, they will arrange collection from the Hotel, generally within 10 mins of the arranged time. Elphinstone is Awesome! but you will need Advance or a special deep dive certification, sometimes they ask for min 30- 50 open water dives before letting you on this site, Well worth the visit seeing x4 Hammerheads playing a Silky stalking in the distance, on the way home a chance to get in with a whale shark AWESOME! the Seacow and Turtles are amazing to watch graze on sea grass. Hamada Wreck is fascinating to see, although a shore dive in 40C+ and little shade, thought the generally sealife activity was smaller than northern Egypt but still good. The Marsa Alam resort is a predominately Italian resort followed by Czech and Polish. We made some good friends on this holiday, Little England was formed in the Lounge Bar of the hotel and regularly played in the pool with the kids ( including 2 other European Nations who became honorary Brits for a few days before we had to leave for home.) would also recommend the ATV's in the desert - we book the 3 hour excursion to see coral and sand mountain, Glass mountain with a stop for sunset and a Baudouin experience. See Mohammed who has a bald head, in a coffee latte moto safari t-shirt he speaks good English. They are based on the Beach at both hotels and are also wandering around the Pools. The best €45 for afternoon fun. The other excursion was the Oceans Tour to see Sea cows, Octopus, turtles and Dolphins, not a grantee but we had the best day out, a good lunch on the Boat - €40 for the day and extra €20 for a Mini-b try dive for the Kids with a guide or Scuba try dives for Adults all with Mustapha a great guide from Emperor. Not recommend is the Horse Riding - My Daughter booked this and was explained that they will gallop through the desert on Arabian horses -- She came back in Tears from what can only be described as a very underweight NAG!! that lived in a building site. We did not expect to see horses in the condition you would find at a reputable stable in the UK, but the pictures i have been shown, with the explanation for my experienced equestrian daughter of a FAT bloke on a bag of bones was not ideal, she would not even get on the Horse she was shown!!! and came back to the Hotel in a Taxi. We booked with First Choice - Alan the Rep is great....Very helpful considering First Choice did not explain everything when booking this holiday, PLEASE BE AWARE they do have a dress code for Dinner.... men are supposed to wear long trousers - However this was not enforce but again this was not highlighted when booking the holiday - it is stated in the A-Z of the contract you sign (whoever reads all the small print) Alan and I agreed to disagree on this discussion. I did not take any Trousers with me so if enforced could have been difficult. Before i go a special thanks also to Elana - who was a great help in all matters with the Hotel sorting out our issue with the room and Michela ( Kids Animation Club) who enticed the 4x Teenagers and an 8 year old to the disco along with the adults on night out to strut our funky stuff - 100%Embarrassment for the Kids......Bless.
For Henna Design Tattoos see Ehad in the Brayka Bay Herbal shop or by the Towel Stand on the Brayka Bay Beach great designs all free hand - Timing is not a strong point but worth the wait. The Holiday is what you make of it we have been lucky with the people we meet and activities we have taken. Sorry for jumping around in the blurb typing as i thought of things you can get the general idea.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Address: 18 KM north of Marsa Alam, Marsa Alam 11311 , Egypt
Location: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > Marsa Alam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #23 of 65 Hotels in Marsa Alam
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Hotel Class:4 star — Royal Brayka Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 257
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