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“Nice place to relaxation” 5 of 5 stars
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Jaz Solaya
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Marsa Alam, Egypt   |  
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Ranked #13 of 67 Hotels in Marsa Alam
Certificate of Excellence
St. Petersburg, Russia
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Nice place to relaxation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

We visisted this hotel on 1st week of November, 2012. Sol Y Mar Solaya is a part of 5 hotels set, they share beaches around Coraya bay, nice aqua park and entertainment areas. Bars and restaraunts work only for guests of hotels they belong to.
Friendly and helpful stuff, most of them speak some English, German, sometimes Italian, French and Russian.
Food is quite standard for Egypt, though quality is high and fresh fruits were abundant. Special grill menu for dinner changing daily, welcome party with coctails on Friday.
We received nice sea view room (though as Russians we were expected some baksheesh in return as it is usual for Egypt).

The bay itself is part-sandy, part-reef. It is good if i you have small children, because it's defended from sea waves all the time (especially Solaya and Coraya parts), the water was warmer then in open sea and seabed is quite gentle. The reef is accessible via pier but the sea becomes quite muddy in the afternoon and the best time for snorkling is at dawn.

Room Tip: baksheesh helps you in any case in Egypt.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Germany
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
55 hotel reviews
Reviews in 54 cities Reviews in 54 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

This is one of three hotels around the bay and caters for German and Italian guests - an odd mixture. This hotel has the best access to the sea, but is mainly an artificial beach which seems to have been built from builders sand. They were bringing in trucks of fine sand on our last days, but I doubt that it will really work.
The family rooms are large and have a powerful air conditioning - it will turn on/off depending on the thermostat settings, but is generally loud and when running, is at maximum cold - we left with colds at the end of a week at 32C outside.
The restaurant staff are very friendly in the main dining room and there is an outside terrace which can be nice in the evenings depending on the grill and wind direction. The food, though, is not 5 star - many meals feature minced beef and is generally very bland. The local dishes tend to be the best, but we ate pasta several nights which becomes tedious and not our idea of five star - if like many people, you are there with young children, it might be OK.
The best part of the hotel is direct access to a beautiful reef and good snorkeling - I saw rays, cuttlefish and octopus which speaks both to the water quality and diversity in the nearby water. There is also a big dive centre - lots of clinging tanks from 7am to 9pm, but serious divers who used it were not so impressed - if you want to learn though, it is probably a good choice.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

This hotel is the perfect place for a relaxing vacation and the perfect place for an enjoyable vacation as well, me and my family enjoyed our vacation so much and my sons enjoyed the aqua park which was fantastic

Staff at this hotel is credit to the place as they are very polite, friendly and professional they made our vacation, big thank you to them

Overall the service was fantastic I will recommend this hotel to my family and friends and sure we will visit Sol Y Mar Solya again

Thank you all for such memorable vacation

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

Marsa Alam - Sol y Mar Solaya hotel, the place where You can feel like in paradise. Wonderful staffs and visitors, luxury bedrooms, restaurants, swimming pools and what`s the most important-the coral reefs around You. You don`t have to go anyway-that`s enough to get up earlier (because the sea is calm) take the snorkeling equipments, a towel and go snorkeling moving into the other, better world - the world full of nature, extraordinary shapes and figures, watching You different kinds of fish.I will return there every year-if I can,greetings

Room Tip: Try to ask for a room facing to the sea because You can watch the corals reefs from your balcony...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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York, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2012

We have stay twice in the Sol Y Mar Solaya, and I must admit the noise was a little overpowering.
But just returning from a holiday in the bay, it is really really quiet. The BRAVO team are no longer there, and the hotel is now International, The animational team are also international, The management are excellent, and cannot do enough for there guests. Anyone willing to give the Solaya another try will not be disappointed. Never be afraid to ask for anything you may need, the staff are more than willing to help, if they can.
Pam
YORK

Room Tip: The top floor rooms are usually the quieter ones, but there are no lifts. In saying that the hotel...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

We felt so welcomed and the staff was very friendly and helpfull.
The food was delicious and was composed by international meals, an typical egyptian- and a kidscorner. Every evening there would also be a barbecue. The service was perfect and the hotel is very clean. U can do lots of sports; snorkling, tennis, swimming, step, beach-volley, football, stretching,...
the animation is very friendly but discret, there is a mini-club, a playground and an aquaparc with over 8 amazing slides for kids and teenagers.Two pools are heated and really warm. We enjoyed mostly snorkling, diving or just walking on the bridge (landing stage) admiring the riff and all the fishes,... The hotel is not too big and the atmosphere is cosy, it feels like family.
The hotel has a beautifull beach where children like to play because the first 200 meters the water stays very low.
The gardens are wonderfull: grass, palmtrees, cactuses, loads of different flowers and all of them named.
For me, my husband and my kids(2 and5) it was paradise!!!

Room Tip: All the rooms are fine and quite with view to the pool and the sea!
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Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Milan, Italy
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120 reviews 120 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2012

We went at Bravo Village to spend New Years Day. To be honest I hate villages, but we didn't have enough time & money to find different solutions and this place was cheap enough for us. This is the reason of the title I used. I don't like to complain when I know I can't expect too much since I looked last minute for something cheap in a very special period of the year... So let's say rooms were ok, in fron of the seaside - I mean... The "bay" with very low water surrounding the hotel, where there are chairs, sun umbrellas exc. If you really want to bathe you should go by walk (either on the beach or in the very low water) on the bridge/pier, where you can go into the deep water by using some stairs.
We went there at the end of December... So please, if you don't like wind, if you have young babies, if you like staying where there are 45°C... Don't go to Mars Alam in that period. you will OBVIOUSLY find a lot of wind, and it means air and water temperature could be quite cold (I have always had long baths, but I love seaside even when it's very cold. And sometimes water was VERY cold, so I had to rent a diving suit). If there was wind, seaside around the bridge was not very clean. Anyway you could see a lot of fantastic fishes also in that place... And also from the bridge, without bathing, because water is really transparent.
As for food, it was ok. Big and rich buffet with a lot of different foods, trying to satisfy all guests requirements. There was a section dedicated to children, a place where they cooked pasta, another place with typical food and a lot of other things to eat from all over the world. In the evning we found out (no one told us about it, in fact no one knew it!!!) that on the balcony there were two men cooking fish or meal on the grill. Yummyyyy! Someone (italian, as usual) were complaining because they said there were always the same things to eat, but believe me... They were so many! You could eat something different everyday!!
I absolutely suggest you to go out the village for some diving-snorkeling tours. It's better if you plan them by yourself, or with the hotel receptionist or again at the diving center, NOT with the guys of Bravo Club. Excursions are exactly the same, but they cost more and they are planned only at fixed days while through "alternative" planners you can save money and do the same things whenever you want. if you like snorkeling don't miss Blue Laguna and Sharm el Luli, Abu Dabab. GREAT GREAT GREAT! We saw giant turtles and lots of other marvellous fishes and corals. Seaside was transparent, even though some days wind was quite cold and insistent. Who cares!
Unfortunately I don't like villages and I didn't like evening entertainment... Some cabaret, shows, and nothing more. we preferred to stay outside having some drinks and talking, but if you are looking for something funny to do in the night this is definitely not your place. And PLEASE AVOID El Quseir and Port el Ghalib. They are very different towns (one's very poor, the other one looks like Disneyland), but you will find them ugly and you will be treated like a walking dollar. I got annoyed after 3 minutes!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Marsa Alam, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > Marsa Alam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#7 Spa Hotel in Marsa Alam
#9 Romantic Hotel in Marsa Alam
#10 Luxury Hotel in Marsa Alam
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Marsa Alam
#14 Family Hotel in Marsa Alam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Jaz Solaya 4*
Number of rooms: 209
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Also Known As:
Sol y Mar Solaya Hotel Marsa Alam

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