This hotel already has so many reviews that maybe my extra one is hardly necessary but I'd like to share my experience with potential travellers as we did thoroughly enjoy our holiday here and I find it hard to believe anyone would rate this hotel as "poor" although the last one I see was back in mid 2013 so maybe everything that needed to be improved on has already been done since we came in mid June this year.
We loved our room with a fantastic wet room and large bath, a giant bed which Im sure could have slept 10 and a balcony with the most stunning view of the water and sunset every night. Homdy who serviced our room may not have spoken the best english but was extremely helpful and considerate all the same and always did the best job. Even when we asked that we got more water and coke in our fridge as we didnt drink the other soft drinks (which we were surprised to find out they were topped up for free every day!), he soon picked up on what we liked and what we didnt.
The food in the main restaurant we thought was fantastic! There was so much to choose from and the steak we had served at one of the cooked to order stations was perfectly tender and cooked exactly to our liking. All of the staff were exceptionally polite, helpful and eager. We have to say that between Romeo and the two girls in the main restaurant that would seat us, they truly made our dining experience a special one, always making us laugh and teaching us small bits of Arabic to help us get by. They really stood out from the rest and we looked forward to our banter with them each morning or evening. The same equally for bamboo shoot restaurant where we dined one evening and the staff were exceptional again. The food really was divine and they looked after us thoroughly. Even when we lost track of time and drank prosecco almost into the small hours of the morning they didnt disturb us to let us know that actually the restaurant had closed at 10pm and they had waited for us. They simply laughed and joked with us, taking pictures for us and never once made us feel like we should have to leave. The poor guys im sure would have loved to go home to bed but let us enjoy our one evening of being spoilt. (We would definitely have eaten there again however we overdid it a little on our budget that evening!)
So yes Soma bay is quiet and theres not much around but the pool and private beach are great. There's some lovely snorkelling and I took a few diving trips with Orca dive club which was fabulous. We easily booked our transfers and outside excursions to Cairo and Hurghada through Mohammed at gotohurghada.net so there was still plenty to do and very cheap (sorry kempinski but the transfer was cheaper this way as with all hotels)
To be honest even if you want to just stay around the hotel your whole holiday then Kempinski is great and the service is fab..we certainly took a few days off to sit around the pool and on the beach drinking G&T's and were never disappointed but honestly if you want to be those people who sit at dinner looking at their mobile phones and not talking then ofcourse you could be anywhere and it annoys me to hear and see people like that at the hotel who can't be bothered to make effort with their partner or the staff. Talk to the staff and find out a bit about them and they'll only ever be happy to help. We loved it! Thank you Kempinski! We shall definitely return and also looking forward to experiencing other Kempinski's worldwide now that we know what to expect :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Be enchanted by this striking resort destination on the Egyptian shores of the Red Sea, an idyllic leisure retreat blessed with more 7000sqm of picturesque landscape of pools, lazy river, waterfalls and lagoons, flowing down to an immaculate 400m sandy beach. Inspired by the mystique and nobility of the ancient Moorish fortresses, the ultimately luxurious hotel features 325 elegantly-appointed rooms and suites, ranging mostly from 39sqm/42sqm to 185sqm, mixing contemporary decor and European flair, with warm Egyptian hospitality and attention to detail. A host of deluxe leisure arrays and inspiring culinary choices harmonize your refined stay. The accommodation at Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay captures the nostalgic elegance of an age where quality and care were a way of life. Indulge in an upgrade with any of our unique and generously spacious suites dotted by unmatched views of the Resort and the Red Sea. Explore an abundance of unparalleled choice enhanced by seamless amenities, direct access to the Laguna Club Lounge while enjoying flawless services and inspirational settings. 22 Junior Suites, 10 Deluxe Suites and 2 Presidential Suites are all confirming the luxe-appeal of Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay. A host of deluxe leisure arrays and inspiring culinary choices harmonize your refined stay. Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay is the ideal location for family holiday, honeymooners, incentive program for companies and definitely a heaven for golf players. A charming KIMO kid's club is operating daily from 9am to 6pm with lots of exciting activities under the supervision of a professional attendant. A voyage of epicurean and entertainment pleasures beckons at Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay restaurants and lounge. Assuage your palate with luscious and idyllic ethos from around Asia at Bamboo Shoot or authentic international treats at The View, the hotel's main restaurant with inspiring views. Dine at "The View" restaurant or on its inspiring terrace with stunning sceneries of the Red Sea while enjoying a tantalizing gastronomical treat as you savor the unique signature dish, artistically created by our creative chefs. It is juicy, tender and sensually intrigues your taste buds, guaranteeing a wonderful culinary experience. Indulge in a timeless tasty culinary at Al Mar from noon till sunset in a serene setting. Savor premium light meals at the enjoyable Beachcomber. Revel in the epitome of luxury at Sultan Bar with high-end cocktails and heart thumping entertainment. Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay is definitely a heaven for golf players. Being part of Soma Bay luxury destination, the Hotel guests have access to the spectacular "The Cascades Championship Golf Course". If you're feeling inspired to get fit and try a new sport this summer, head to the luxurious Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay on Egypt's Red Sea and try out a complimentary introductory session of various leisure and sports activities including diving, snorkeling with a guide, windsurfing, kite surfing, catamaran, golf, beach tennis and volley ball... These are some of the leisure excitements waiting for you to explore in your next holiday. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kempinski Soma Bay