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.
- Also Known As:
- Brayka Bay Reef Hotel Marsa Alam
- Brayka Bay Reef Hotel
- Hotel Brayka Bay Reef
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Zee Resorts Brayka Bay, Marsa Alam is offering a new and unique holiday experience comprising three different concepts within one destination and providing a total inventory of roundly 928 rooms and suites. Two Hotels with 680 rooms are already in operation with one more to open in summer 2014 adding another 276 rooms. Formerly known as Brayka Bay Reef Resort and the Royal Brayka Bay Resort the hotels are built in preferred location making them the perfect holiday getaway. Beautifully nestled in the stunning Brayka Bay, they range over 1.3 Km of coast line offering tropical gardens, excellent leisure facilities, sandy beaches and two stunning outer coral reefs that are home to an incredible diversity of marine life. Zee Resorts Brayka Bay 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. Three different Resorts offering three different holiday concepts give you the choice to "bond, relax & party" while having access to all facilities within the entire destination complex. Zee Resorts Brayka Bay are offering everything needed to turn a great holiday into an experience of a lifetime. A whole bunch of activities and facilities is waiting for you. No matter which restaurant you would like to dine in, what type of sports you would like to learn or where you want to relax, we leave it on you to try and experience. An extensive variety of tours and excursions will bring you close to the beautiful landscapes, historical and archeological sites as well as the terrestrial wildlife Marsa Alam has to offer. ... more less
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