The Lahami Bay Resort is one of the southernmost hotels along the Egyptian Red Sea coast.
The Hotel consists of widespread gardens with nice two-story buildings of which each houses four rooms. The rooms are very spacious and in pretty good shape, so are the gardens! I think most of the guests were return guests, which also speaks for itself.
Ursula, the host, is "a little bit of a character" but warm and caring and I think she's the one who keeps this place running.
Barakuda Diving Team is the on-site scuba dive center. They offer various house reef boat trips with a smaller wooden boat as well as day-trips with one of the usual Egyptian dive boats that could use a little TLC.You can also do beach-entry dives.The same beach entry can be used for snorkeling. There's also a surf center on the premises but since I'm a diver, I didn't have anything to do with that :-).
For Egyptian standards, I'd say, this hotel is maintained better than most... and I've been to a few of them. My only complaint would be the very spotty and unreliable WLAN/internet. If you advertise it, make it work! And if it doesn't work, offer alternatives. But just shrugging is not the right way to handle this (hence the -1*...).
Other than that, I really liked the gardens and pool area, the rooms were huge and clean, the food and drinks were plentiful and good and the diving/snorkeling is great!
Speaking of food/drinks, I was on the all-inclusive program. The good news: you don't have to wear a silly plastic band the whole stay. The bad news: whenever you order something to drink, you'll have to sign the bill. At the end of your stay, you get the pile of bills to check and (hopefully) don't have to pay a thing. Quite a lot of effort, I think, but I guess that the Egyptian way of doing this when you have a mixed crowd of half-pension and all-inclusive guests.
Did I mention that the the diving/snorkeling is great?! It really is! There are almost 30 outside reefs within a 90 minute boat-ride radius, plus the 6 buoys along the house reef, plus the beach entry house reef dives. That allows you to dive, no matter what the weather!
The dive center is pretty well organized but I'll review that separately.
I can definitely recommend the hotel and am considering to go there again next year.
- Also Known As:
- Lahami Bay Hotel Marsa Alam