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“ALMOST a good resort - if don't accept it for a 4* one.” 4 of 5 stars
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CLUB CALIMERA Habiba Beach
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Marsa Shagra, Marsa Alam, Egypt   |  
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“ALMOST a good resort - if don't accept it for a 4* one.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2010

I stayed at this resort with my wife and 11-year old son in November 2010.
If you don't think of it as of a 4*+ one (as advertized) it may seem ALMOST OK, but in fact there is NO REAL REASON to come there - if you come to Egypt for swimming and snorkeling in the sea and not for the pool (!) of course.
1. TERRITORY is big, green and beautiful - really an oasis in the desert.
2. THE ROOM we were in (a suite) is OK - 2 bedrooms, big living room, very big terrace (balcony) - see my photos. BUT - strangely enough - the only bathroom (and WC) in this suite is IN the master bedroom - ??? So the privacy is partial - if you children (or friends) who sleep in a second, small bedroom want to use the bathroom they will open the door to master bedroom and pass exactly by your big and nice bed (and let you enjoy all the sounds at night) !
Two of the three couples in our group were put into the rooms with broken air conditioneers ! They were repaired in some days after the request...
3. THE BEACH - is long, sandy and nice. BUT - the sea bottom as you enter the sea is AWFUL - sharp dead corals and very shallow water for a hundred meters - very hard and inconvenient to walk, IMPOSSIBLE to swim. Nonsense.
4. The JETTY with ONE small ladder is the only one for 3 (!) hotels - so you can imagine the cue to get in or out of the water ! Even at small waves they put the red flag on and close the jetty and the only possibility for a real swim too.
5. The only way to enjoy really the great beach and the nice sandy entrance to the water (and reef life as well) is to take the free SHUTTLE BUS to the Abou Dabab bay (15 minutes ride, departures are every hour). But - you should sign for the exact time the day before (the seats are limited). And - be prepard to see the bus leaving full just in front of your nose - since nobody really checks who is on the list for this particular bus. The same thing may happen on the way back - you won't be let into the full bus (it doesn't matter that you have signed exactly for this time yesterday) and have to wait for an hour for the next one.
Abou Dabab is great but taking a shuttle bus every day instead of walking to the beach is annoying and lacks flexibility. Even when on vacation you have to observe the schedule !
By the way - there is a hotel right in the Abou Dabab bay. Why not to book it ?
6. The FOOD is basic. The decoration and presentation of it is sometimes better than the food itself. The dishes are almost the same every day, the variety is limited. The red wine is awful. The bar may suddenly run out of the glasses or out of the wine or beer or both ...
If you want to buy a bottle of local wine - it is 26$. A bottle of local beer - 4.5$.
Europe is cheaper. And the wine is better....
7. The pools look nice. But if you step in you'll see that the reservoir is covered inside not with nice little ceramic tiles as in normal pools but with a plastic cloth like an easy-set for your backyard...
8. The cleaning service is OK if you leave tips. To change bed-clothes a special request is needed. The front desk service is average. If you problem is not so easy to be solved you will hear the answer :"Yes, you are absolutely right. But we can do nothing about it...." !

Look at my photos - can a 4* hotel dare to look like this ? Solid 3*.

I wouldn't say that our vacation was bad. It was OK. ALMOST good. Could be better if we didn't expect this resort to be a 4*. And it could be better if we have chosen a real 4* or 5* resort. They exist there. The price is the same.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2010

It was a very nice stay in Calimera Habiba Beach!
We have been there already the secound time now after 4 years again. It was still very good! The Hotel areal is very big and a lot of small appartments are available. Some for family, some standard rooms as well as some suits. There is a Coral Riff available just near to the Hotel which can be access by a Bridge just 10min. to go. The Red Sea in front of the Hotel is like a Bath tube, very warm and not as deep.
There is a lot of Room for relaxation and nice food all around the clock!

It's a good reccomendation for one or even two weeks stay as there are several Tourist arrangements around!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2010

Stayed here as part of second holiday in egypt. stayed here after a Nile cruise. Firstly if you do a joint holiday....it's a staggering 8 hour transfer by coach from Luxor!!! back braking and the coach driver spoke no English. arrived late in the evening and we were all hungry....the waiters could got give a monkeys!!! even though it was all inclusive. resort full of Italians who are more into body beautiful and would happily respond to you if you said hello to them...the germans didn't!...Dutch were friendly and Russians arrogant as hell.. actual hotel and location fantastic swimming in the red sea is an absolute must. Not many english instructions or posters so be warned!!...Did see a sticker for a Neo Nazi german gang on one of the walls whch was horrible but obviously this is neither the hotel or staff's fault. food is good. would actaully go back one day.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2010

We stayed at this hotel for our honeymoon in 2008 and returned with the children in 2009 as we had such a good time. The hotel is immaculate. The grounds are huge and the pier at the adjoining resort is great for sitting and looking at the fish. Looking at other resorts in Egypt the beach here is ideal - sloping and sandy and ideal for snorkelling. Perfect for children of all ages. The resort is in the middle of no-where, but this made the quad biking excursion into the desert all the better.
There are not many brits there - lots of Europeans - but we didn't want to spend our holiday sat on the beach hearing people moaning about the lack of chips anyway.
The food was always of a good quality and variety. The outside buffet event is not to be missed.
This is not the type of place to visit if you want night-life or to experience the 'real' Egypt, but perfect for relaxing and ideal if you have children.
The accommodation is in 'Flintstone' type bungalows and are right for the setting - it does not appear like a big faceless hotel (like you see on the journey there).
The staff are polite and friendly - everyone from the gardeners to the service staff always say hello and offer a smile. Can't recommend enough. Well worth a visit.

  • Stayed May 2009, 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 March 10, 2010

I send a one week holiday in Calimera Habiba Beach in Marsa Alam during the month of february, l was highly surprised about this hotel, the landscape is a paradise, the staff all over the hotel are always friendly and helpfull, the food quality and veriaty are good without to forget the staff of the housekeeping with their smile and non stop surprise in the room with fanny decoration...
My purpose of this holiday was to enjoy relaxation and in this hotel l reach it completly, l can recommande this hotel without doubt.
Thank you Calimera Habiba Beach Team.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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 January 23, 2010

I enjoyed myself so much that i am going to take my entire family this year. Everyone was kind and friendly. The surroundings where beautiful. It is an unspoiled paradise. The food and the snorkling are amazing.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2009

we have just returned from a week at this stunning paradise, and we want to go back a soon as possible for a longer stay. It is quite simply breathtaking, a beautiful place, the staff cant do enough for you and the food and drink are superb!! ( some cocktails are included in the all inclusive package).The room we had was right next to the active pool and was spotlessly clean, with remote control air conditioning and a beautiful domed ceiling. The gardens are lovely and they smell beautiful, we have travelled extensively and this is one of the nicest, friendliest places we have visited.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Marsa Shagra, 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 Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#15 Spa Hotel in Marsa Alam
#29 On the Beach Hotel in Marsa Alam
#30 Luxury Hotel in Marsa Alam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4.5 star — CLUB CALIMERA Habiba Beach 4.5*
Number of rooms: 334
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