I went with some friends in Nov 2013. We booked a ''swim up'' family room (1 double and 2 single beds). On the face of it, the hotel looks fabulous. I reckon there was max 20% occupancy when we were there and so I dread to think what it is like in peak season. The amenities and decor were fantastic and all very clean with pristine gardens and pools (not all of them heated). We were approached at least 8 times per day when we were at the pool for spa, mani/pedi, snorkelling, diving, more spas, camel rides etc etc. We did take the 4 day egyptian spa treatment which provided you haggle is a nice experience but not sure it was great VFM. I was not aware but we were originally only allowed 4 a la carte meals (meaning the other 3 would be in the buffet restaurant) but during the short transfer from the airport our rep said we had 7 nights a la carte. The food in the buffet restaurant was good and varied and the layout was excellent for a mass scale restaurant with good quality furnishings inside and out. The fish restaurant was a disappointment. We complained that the sea bass was most certainly not sea bass - so why purport to have it? The same with the bouillabaisse (however you spell it :) ). The manager was excellent in handling our complaint and took it upon himself to book the next few days meals for us. Next was the lebanese - another disappointment…. starters were ok - not as good as a traditional lebanese. The Shish tawouk (chicken kebabs) were not like i had tasted before…. as though they had been casseroled but the meat was fatty and not like the bbq'd white meat I was ordinarily used to. The italian was surprisingly good despite all the negative comments I had seen on trip advisor - i had tomato and mozzarella which although was not real mozzarella was tasty with the basil pesto. The chicken breast and mushroom risotto was really good. However, by far the best was the asian restaurant - excellent service and the food was fantastic. Its worth paying £11 extra per head to have the tepanyaki as it is entertaining to watch and the quality of the meat is superb. The service in the rest of the hotel was mediocre - lots of staff but no-one in any rush to serve you. We only went to 1 evenings entertainment which was the dance acts from around the world - don't bother - it was not entertaining in the slightest. It seemed like everyone was there as there was nothing else to do. Around the hotel there are some really nice places to sit and drink coffee or cocktails - but I think the tranquility only exists in low season - it would be good to check a review from a high season holiday. In all - it was a great place to chill out and the weather was just right at that time of year. I have rated the hotel very good as it was above average but not fantastic.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Iberotel Aquamarine Hotel Hurghada