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.
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