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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 #22 of 64 hotels in Marsa Alam
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“Great for a rest”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

I visited Royal Brayka with 3 others in late November, early December. The hotel is new in that it is not finished. However, that did not deter us from having a great time. It is adjacent to the Brayka Bay hotel where facilities are shared with the exception of the main restaurant.

Only three room blocks are open resulting in an hotel with few guests thus giving us no restaurant queues, no bar queues, plenty of choice of sunbeds around the pool or on the beach, quick service from staff and empty swimming pools most of the time. Bliss if you are seeking a quiet holiday to chill out. I was informed that other blocks are not due to open before April next year at the earliest.

Despite only being open for a few months, sadly the rooms were showing signs of wear and tear such as mould and rust in the bathrooms, and paint blistering and peeling from outside walls. Overall though, they were comfortable and we had been allocated ground floor sea view rooms which was a bonus.

The grounds were immaculate, kept that way by a busy team of gardeners who seem to be working from dawn to dusk. Plenty of planting was going on for a splendid display of flowers in February/March next year.

All meals were taken in the buffet restaurant. It is a pity that it is the only restaurant in the all inclusive package as a change would have been welcome. It is he only all inclusive hotel that I have visited that has just a single restaurant. Food in general was ok and something should have been there to suit most palates.

The entertainment team was Italian and we would not have missed it if it wasn't there. The noise made on the each trying to encourage others to play their puerile games outside the beach bar, was very distracting if you just wanted to sun bathe or read. However, I did enjoy Egyptian Night that took pace in the amphitheatre of the Brayka Bay hotel.

There is a well-equipped gym and spa which was very much under used.

The pièce de resistance attracting guests to Brayka Bay is the coral reef. It is in my opinion, one of he best reefs accessible to snorkellers in Egypt, if not the whole world. In my short time there I identified 124 different species of fish over the variable types of reef just off shore. However, I have concern about the long term future of the reef due to the number of snorkellers there and the number likely to rise exponentially during the high season. I can only hope that the hotels exercise some control over numbers to sustain this beautiful reef.

Summing up, the hotel is great for a rest, particularly when we went at the end of November. The weather was ideal as we neither felt cold in the evenings or sweated during the day. There was little evening entertainment and even less from 1 December, but this was not a problem for us.

Room Tip: We were in Block 2 that had excellent views over the bay
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Polish first
  • Russian first
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Palamos, Spain
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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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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

Room Tip: Try get a room with sun on it, as quite a few blocks the patio / balcony don't face the sun, roo...
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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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Antwerp, Belgium
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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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Dorset
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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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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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Hotel Class:4 star — Royal Brayka Beach Resort 4*
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