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“Best sandy bay on Red Sea?” 4 of 5 stars
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Brayka Bay Reef Resort
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   17 Km North of Marsa Alam, Marsa Alam, Egypt   |  
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Ranked #17 of 69 Hotels in Marsa Alam
Norwich, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Best sandy bay on Red Sea?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

Unusually for the red sea resorts, this hotel has its own sandy bay. Most seaside resorts are built next to a reef which means good snorkeling but not good for much else. The place is nominally 4/5 star. Good points: well landscaped gardens, large rooms ( at least mine was) , friendly local staff, has its own dive center, lots of sun-loungers and an enforced policy of no towel laying, and the major plus point is its own large, sandy beach and bay with protected reefs.
My stay Brayka Bay cost only around £ 295 all inc so its not really fair to compare with more expensive hotels, but the place does set itself as 4/5 star...
FOOD: this was fine. Not 4/5 star though. If you were paying the full rack rate you would be disappointed. The mealtimes were busy but I never had to queue very much. Avoid the opening times when masses of Russians crowd the self service area. They could try doing more themed food nights. One night was Egyptian food and this was the nicest.
DRINKS: if you like your beer then be prepared to make many trips to the beer tap..the glasses are tiny and the beer very gassy and week. Nothing like the local bottled beer which is not included. Cocktails were poor.; just a case of mixing local spirits with concentrated juices. No Boston shaker here. I didn't try the wine. Also, no proper coffee anywhere..just machine made Nescafe.
INTERNET: This is a major issue. It costs 5Euro/ hour. This is the first time i have had to pay for internet outside of UK rip- off chain hotels. The connection speed is painfully slow so you spend most of your money waiting for pages to load.
NOISE: this depends how close you are to the pool area.There is a live act which stops around 11 pm so not a problem unless you need early nights. There is also noise coming from the other half of the resort across the bay.
DIVING: The dive center is run by Extra Divers. Well equipped large center. The local Egyptian staff are pleasant enough but the place is let down a bit by stern, unwelcoming Europeans, not all, just some of the women. Actually just one woman...try smiling at your customers honey! There is a very good choice of diving, I prefer dayboat so was a little disappointed to discover there was no jetty. Dayboat diving meant a short bus trip to Marsa alam where you get on a rib which takes you out to the boat. The dayboat I was on was very basic and a bit tatty. The boat crew were great though and made nice lunches.
All in all the hotel is very good value for money (assuming you don't pay the full rate), but the all inclusive food and drinks, although ok, are not 4/5 star.
If you want a nice beach and lovely bay this is the place to come. I would return.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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Rating summary
  • 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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Ljubljana, Bohinj, Slovenia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

so i was in brayka bay reef resort for 7 days. i was with my family. so first day we came in the room like at 20pm so we just went to ate dinner. and then we went to sleep. room was great and clean. the bed was so comfortable. food was really great. everything was actually great. people there are soo nice :D. beach was great. only there was a lot of people but idk it was cool. so everything was great. i really hope that next year we will go there again.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Leuven, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

I used to live in Brayka Bay Reef Resort for several months while working there as a tour leader. I must say that there is another hotel right next to it; Brayka Bay Beach Resort and you can clearly notice the difference between both. During construction they invested all their money in the new buildings and left the old ones as they were. I also must agree with what I'm reading here about the food: The quality is standard and there is not a lot of day-to-day variation. The hotel also does not serve a lot of junk food so the hotel is not focussed on children. The big asset of the hotel however, is the beautiful reef. You do not need to use a jetty as in other hotels, you can just walk in the water and snorkle around in the bay. If you are lucky, you can even see dolfins there!

Room Tip: If you are looking for luxury, book in the newly built part Brayka Bay Beach Resort.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012 via mobile

What a nightmare. Full house in Russian Autumn Break. food was terrible, main restaurant was like a jail house refectory... Once it opened, masses of people jumped and fought for very mediocre food at least. The two a la carte restaurants did not seem to appreciate customers, only after strong insistence and then only to find they served just pizza, no starters, no nibbles during the 30 minute wait for a half cooked pizza that would cause the strongest stomach severe food poisoning. Unattentive staff, rooms that desperately Ned refurbishing, lousy beds and even worse pillows. Never again!

Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

Just spent a week there. Nice, clean, comfortable rooms. Nice looking grounds. Beautiful reef - great snorkeling, and diving. Food was so-so, some was good, some was just ok, liked their Arabic nights. It was pretty quiet, entertaining staff was hardly noticeable and worked primerely for Italian guests. Would go back, but will not give them a 5 or 4 star.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Warsaw, Poland
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185 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

I spent a nice week-long holiday there with my mum. We have paid extra for sea view and got the room in the first line, next to the beach. We could walk there directly from the room terrace.
The rooms in Brayka Bay (there is now a new part of the holtel opened, named Brayka Royal) need restoration, but they are clean, the guy comes every day, exchanges the towels and cleans quite properly. The air conditioning was efficient. The area is well maintained, a lot of trees and blooming bougenvillas.
The hotel is located at sandy narrow bay, the wind is no obstacle for swimming, snorkeling or divind. They have their own diving centre - Extra Divers (of German origin) in the hotel with the training pool, zodiak and all kinds of equipment. There is a reef on both sides of the bay, lots of "ordinary" fishes (like crocodile fish, wrasses, blue spotted sting rays or lionfishes), at the tome we were on holiday a young sea turtle was coming every day in the afternoon, sometimes the dolphins or rays come. The beach is not very lanrge but usually there is no problem with finding free sunbeds under the beach umbrellas. There is a pool but we have not used it. There is a drink bar on the beach and at the pool (the latter also opened in the evening, so you can seat outside - there is always music live in the evenings or take a drink and go to bedoun tent next to it - sheesha available at extra pay, appx 20 EGP).
The food was OK, good choice, we had not experienced any stomach problems. The same with beverages and drinks.
We used the SPa and were satisfied - we decided for a package of massages and it was very relaxing. The price was reasonable, could be negotiated and I paid at the reception with the credit card (no problems with accepting that kind of payment).
Generally a very nice and relaxing holiday and we will definitely come back.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

My sister and I stayed at Brayka Bay and it's put me off ever wanting to go back to Marsa Alam! First of all the place was very clean but that's where it ends. The spa was a complete rip off and after working out the prices, it was the same price to have a spa treatment back home in the UK. The food was terrible! Not only was it tasteless, but it made us very ill! After speaking to other people from the UK that were staying there, it was clear that they had all gotten ill too! And because the resort is in the middle of no where and there are no surrounding towns or shops, you either ate the food and got terribly ill or starved! Both my sister and I starved with the exception of tea- my sister actually almost passed out at one point. And when we all went to the holiday rep to complain- she assured us the food was not washed with tap water which was a complete lie- highly unlikely everyone from one country would get ill! The animation team were extremely annoying and kept bothering you when you tried to relax. And we also got hasselled by the worker men in the pool area- always trying to talk to us and flirt which made us very uncomfortable! I would NOT recommend this place at all- you're paying all-inclusive prices but can't even eat the food! Waste of money all I'm thankful for is the lovely tan we got and the weight we had no choice but to lose!

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Brayka Bay Reef Resort

Address: 17 Km North of Marsa Alam, Marsa Alam, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > Marsa Alam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#10 Spa Hotel in Marsa Alam
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Marsa Alam
#13 Family Hotel in Marsa Alam
#14 Luxury Hotel in Marsa Alam
#20 Romantic Hotel in Marsa Alam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Brayka Bay Reef Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 320
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Brayka Bay Resort caters for couples looking for a romantic holiday, individuals seeking a peaceful break or divers who want to focus on their favorite sport. 320 spacious and elegant rooms giving breathtaking views on the sea or the lush and tropical gardens. Soft lounge music will make you forget about the hustle and bustle of daily life. The exquisite wellbeing center offering relaxing massages and other rejuvenating treatments is the ideal place to unwind and distress. Divers take advantage of the on-site dive center that is offering courses and open water dives for professionals as well as less experienced divers. The extensive house reef will fascinate divers and snorkelers with its diversity of fishes, corals and other underwater world creatures. An easy access into the sea directly from the shore is an added value for unpracticed swimmers. Brayka Bay is one of the three resorts of Brayka Resorts Complex that is offering a new and unique holiday experience. Brayka Resorts are much more than just hotels, they are a destination within a destination where relaxation meets family time along with fun and party with friends. Beautifully nestled in the stunning bay Brayka, they range over 1.3 km of coast line offering sandy beaches, tropical gardens, excellent leisure facilities and two stunning outer coral reefs that are home to an incredible diversity of marine life. Build up your holiday. Choose whether just to relax and delight in the best conditions of privacy and tranquility, or meet new people and unwind after accumulated stress, or take fun all day long and party. Meanwhile, you are invited to enjoy wide range of dining and recreational facilities in the entire Brayka Resorts Complex. One week will never be enough to try out all. ... more   less 
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