We stayed a week from 15th March and the weather warmed up to 32 deg C by the end of the week so perfect for climate. As most people have described the hotel is large and spacious and since only about half full at this time of year there was abundant space to find a relaxing quiet spot. The heated pools are more busy but many other pool areas were quiet and with service for drinks provided meant lots of places to choose from each day. We moved between pool areas and the beach during the stay but they were never busy and snack and drinks areas were conveniently placed. The waiters will bring drinks and a small tip each day keeps them interested and very happy and talkative. For children the slides in the pools looked really good fun but being a retired gent my wife told me not to use them - but some parents did have fun doing it with their kids.
The quality of the food and the service at the hotel varied depending on which restaurant you were in. The most busy was the main buffet area which had a reasonable choice and plenty of places to sit. The Four Corners place was a bit quieter with better tables and design features but still a buffet selection however better variety. Both areas coped well with young children and even large families but struggled a bit when large groups of Russians arrived and wanted to take over.
For people who want a better quality meal in nicer surroundings then use one of the four a la carte restaurants which you can easily book on the computer near reception. We went to them all and they are all quite but very nice indeed. The Italians was most popular as even kids would go there with parents for pizza but the menu is nice with plenty of variety. The rissoto or pasta dishes with local seafood were excellent quality and great service make it a better place for a lovely dinner. The other a la carte places did not have any children there - so a lot quieter but again the food had great flavours with the best place for us being the seafood restaurant with lovely decor, great food and great service. The Lebanese a la carte was really tasty and wonderful variety - and even the Asian restaurant was nice and worth a visit but the decor was not as good. Overall the food was much better than expected so please try them all.
Drinks - they are plentiful at the bars and the wines are of a better quality than othe places in Egypt that we have been to. It would be nice to have a sparkling white wine - but not here and prices for basic champagne were very unrealistic.
We stayed on room 3270 which was nice and large and on top floor ( third ) with lovely balcony with views of pools and beach so it was worth a small amount extra to get a superior room. It was cleaned every day and as usual the flowers and towels were used to create a decorative model each day we returned to the room for which the staff were well rewarded.
Most pools are not heated at this time of year - but even I could make it to the big pools and have a refreshing swim - usually no one else even tried. I guess the water was about 20 - 22 deg C which is nice on a hot day and the water was crisp cool and clear so very tempting. One you are in you adjust and after 5 mins all is OK just try it!
The staff at the hotel were very friendly and helpful and were were often asked by managers if there was anything else that could improve or stay. One day my wife said she would like some melon on the breakfast buffet - and a fresh plate was delivered to our room that day and it was available with the buffet from then on!
The bar areas of the evening were quite nice to sit outside and even better decor was used in the extensive areas inside the buildings - but these were mostly too hot to stay for more than one drink. Service in these areas was quite good and once you get a drink from a waiter - just give him a small tip and he will look after you fine.
Overall this is a nice spacious hotel, nice room and good quality food and well worth a stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Iberotel Aquamarine Resort is made for those who want to spoil themselves with the prefect, relaxed, All inclusive luxurious five-star Egypt holiday. Located on the southern tip of Hurghada with its own unspoiled private beach, this impressive complex features seven restaurants. It boasts over 1,001 comfortable rooms equipped with all the latest facilities, services and amenities as well as the “Mercato” shopping complex and a conference centre for up to 1500 people. ... more less
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- Iberotel Aquamarine Hotel Hurghada