We have just returned from a wonderful (but far too short) trip to Luxor and the Maritim Jolie Ville. I am going to give a lengthy review as I find it helpful to read them, but the short message is that I can't recommend the hotel enough and will certainly be returning.
The hotel is located on a small island, just outside of Luxor. The grounds are beautiful, and extensive. We stayed in one of the newer blocks, made up of 30 rooms over two floors. The rooms are beautiful, with plenty of space, some low key but egyptian style decor, and a very clean and well laid out bathroom. It was particularly nice to be on the second floor, and sit out on the balcony in the mornings. Some of these rooms have nile views, although we were very happy with our garden views. The other rooms also looked nice from the outside, and have the advantage of having their own loungers so if you aren't bothered about lying by the pool, you can lie out on one of them in the gardens.
There are three swimming pools. One is an adult only pool, which is the smallest but the one located closest to the restaurant. There is another one on the side of the hotel next to the kids club, which is an amazing infinity pool with a climbing frame nearby. The one we spent most time at was the other infinity pool, located close to the beauty centre and spa. Although not adults only, it was very quiet (possibly due to the number of tourists generally). The pool is huge and is catered by the Mogo bar, which serves snacks as well as drinks. The staff there were really friendly and helpful.
Food is generally good. At the time we visited there were two a la carte restaurants open, one French and one Italian. We didn't eat in either but they looked pretty nice. The main restaurant serves buffet breakfasts and buffet dinners. The breakfasts are excellent, with an impressive selection of things on offer including fruit and yoghurt, baked goods, cheese and cold cuts and various hot food including chicken and beef sausages (obviously no pork in Egypt) and eggs in whatever style you fancy. The dinners were all loosely themed around a different country each night, offering a selection of salads, hot food, fresh cooked food and dessert. There is certainly no question of going hungry. Alternatively you can go out into Luxor if you want to eat in town. It is probably a half an hour walk into the centre, or taxis are cheap and plentiful.
The hotel also offers various other facilities, including the aforementioned spa and beauty centre which are recommended (my husband got a haircut and close shave, and I had a massage). There are a selection of shops in the lobby which are quite useful to get any emergency supplies (I left my hairbrush at home) and also get a rough idea of the right price for souvenirs, and a little library if you run out of reading material. There is also a bank, although it was not open while we were there, we were able to change money at the reception. Wi-fi access is free and excellent in all the public areas, although less strong in our room.
Sadly while we visited the hotel was very quiet. Although there is obviously a lot of unrest in Cairo, Luxor was utterly untouched and really needs much more tourism, which so many people in the locality rely on. Whether you are looking for winter sun (which was perfect for us - it was snowing when we left London, and 26 degrees during the day in Luxor), exploration of antiquities (there is so much to do, from visiting Karnak and Luxor temple to the Valley of the Kings and the amazing Temple of Hapshepsut) or a bit of both, Luxor is definitely the place to go.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled upon the private "Kings Island" in the Nile that covers 660,000 sqm, the resort truly is an oasis of peace and tranquility. The idyllic, landscaped hotel grounds are expansive and home to the two main buildings, bungalows and three enticing swimming pool areas. The historic sights of Luxor, located only 4 kilometres from the hotel, can be easily reached by complimentary shuttle buses. The island is connected to the mainland only by a bridge and is virtually free of charge. This makes the resort an ideal location for families with children. The resort has been renovated in 2010 and extended by 320 rooms and suites in 10 elegant bungalows, new restaurants, a pool of 2,800 sqm in size and a SPA with fitness centre (from early-sommer 2011). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Maritim Jolie Ville Kings Island Luxor Hotel Luxor
- Jolie Ville Luxor
- Movenpick Luxor