If you want a truly relaxing holiday by the beach with a genuinely friendly staff for whom nothing seems to much, I can't recommend this place too much.
The hotel itself is beautifully laid out with stunning murals everywhere as if some local Michelangelo had spent his retirement there - except that the place is apparently only a year old.
However the surrounding desert though photogenic is an ever constant reminder that this is not exactly the place to come if you want to party downtown every night. There is a disco in the hotel and it's not that bad and you can organize a trip to nearby towns or a disco at the Abou Nuwas hotel should you want to, but primarily this place is about either adventure sports - diving, snorkelling, desert Safaris or, which I'm ashamed to admit is my own preference, just chilling out.
The rooms are large and spacious and as the hotel has been carefully designed in a crescent-like shape - all of them seem to have a sea view. The housekeeping do a great job every day in keeping them spotless and if you want to do your own laundry (there's also a reasonably cheap hotel service) - items dry very quickly if you put them out on the balcony under the desert sun. Yes, I know what you're thinking, and I did feel a little guilty about lowering the tone of the place. But no one seemed to mind.
There's a fantastic jetty which runs for about 100 metres across the coral reef to where the deep water starts and you can stroll along and look down at all the beautiful coral and fish or at night time stare up at the beautiful night skies. It's also easy to go snorkelling from the end of the jetty and there's a life guard in the unlikely event that you might need some assistance.
There's a health club hidden away to one side of the hotel and I recommend asking reception to direct you there because it's a real treat. There's a variety of massage programmes, I had a Turkish massage as I still had a painful back after too many hours of office work in the last days before my holiday, while my wife chose the Cleopatra beauty and massage programme. Both of us were so happy that we returned there the next day and the next just after sunset as we didn't want to loose a moment's time from the beach.
The main restaurant is also a pleasant suprise - especially as when I was there, the place was less than a quarter full. There was a fantastic choice of food. Much better than in many five star hotels I've stayed in. The fish was really fresh - not the frozen rubbish you get in many Red Sea hotels - and the pastries were out of the world - I think even if you live above a Patisserie in Paris, you're still going to be more than happy with what's on offer here.
But the best thing about the hotel is the friendliness and helpfullness of the staff. I have a 12 year old boy and he wouldn't leave before I agreed to take photos of him and the waiter, the pool bar man and the chefs. There were so many farewells that for a while I thought I was going to miss my flight. And in retrospect I wish I had. No I'm back in rainy Bristol and already thinking of making another trip back out there.
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- Nada Hotel Marsa Alam
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