We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Helnan Nuweiba Bay Resort
Nearby Hotels
$25
TripAdvisor
View Deal
Certificate of Excellence
  • Pool
  • Beachfront
TripAdvisor
View Deal
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
RockSea(Nuweiba)
Hostelworld.com
View Deal
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
Hostelworld.com
View Deal
  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
TripAdvisor
View Deal
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
TripAdvisor
View Deal
Ayla Camp(Nuweiba)
TripAdvisor
View Deal
  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
TripAdvisor
View Deal
  • Free Parking
  • Pool
TripAdvisor
View Deal
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
Bedouin Star(Nuweiba)
TripAdvisor
View Deal
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
Reviews (65)
Filter reviews
65 results
Traveler rating
23
21
7
9
5
Traveler type
Time of year
LanguageAll languages
More languages
23
21
7
9
5
Show reviews that mention
All reviewsbungalow styleset menuroom servicefishyour feetricerelaxationcairobeachseamountainsparadise
Filter
Updating list...
32 - 37 of 65 reviews
Reviewed October 15, 2006

I would like to start off by saying that i think it is important to advise what you are comparing your review against. For example, if you have only been to a 2 star B&B in Malaga, then this hotel probably would seem like luxuary, but if you have been to other 4 star hotels in Egypt (which we have) then you will instantly recognise that this hotel is well below par.

I also think it is worth checking out what the countries star ratings actually mean (there are quite a few web sites). So many people think that you can tell how modern or plush a hotel is by the star rating method, only to be sadly disapointed, as in fact it is pretty open to interpretation.

So, i will start by advising that Like Taba/Taba Heights, Nuweiba is quite remote with few shops and almost no nightlife. This wasnt an issue for us, as we knew this beforehand, but again, many people were very disapointed that there wasnt much to do - especially those staying in Taba.

The hotel itself appeared to cater primarily for the Swiss and Italian market, although they do seem to have some Egyptian people staying there from time to time.
On arrival you notice that this is indeed an old hotel, which looks like it has seen far far better days. The rooms, whilst "cute" and spacious, were nowhere near the 4 star standard we had encoutnered in other parts of Egypt.

For example:

What we didnt like about the rooms

- Mini Bar - this was an empty fridge (aparently there was a mis-translation on thier part....)
- The bathroom door didnt lock - in fact it barely shut.
- All the woodwork had obviously been painted so many times that nothing had any straight edges - im sure you know what i mean.
- Most of the electrical sockets in the room didnt work, or required you to hold the plug in
- We personally did have 2 movie channels, but the other 2 english guests (we were the only four there), advised us (not without some annoyance on thier part!) - that they only had the discovery channel.
- The shower was a very dribbaly affair, which seemed to be the result of many years of limescale - it was so green i think we could have read at night by it.
- The hose by the toilet leaked, which didnt cause us any problems, but it illustrates that there was some real work required here.

What we did like about the rooms

Very good air-conditioning
Nice seating area outside
All rooms are on one level

The food was well cooked, and generally very nice, although there was little varity. For example, at some of the Hilton's in Egypt, they have themed evenings - one night will be Italian, one will be Egyptian, etc etc. There wasnt really anything like this. Also, and quite importantly, nothing was marked as to what it was exactly, so it was possible to pick up something that looked like chicken & actually get fish - if you have any alergies i would forget staying here! As far as i could tell there was only one "hot" vegtable dish per night, so non meat eaters might be disapointed.

I should make the point that the resturant had obviously gone through a bit of a referbishment, as there were some very nice murals on the walls (dated 2005). It was also spacious and cool.

The staff however seemed to be quite surley, and rather suprisingly we were only asked once if we wanted a drink. Normally, as the hotels make such a good markup, we are asked all the time - but not here.

The reception staff on the other hand were very courtious, and really went out of thier way to help us - real chalk and cheese!

There is a childs play area, but if i had children i wouldnt want them near it - all the slides, etc. looked very rusty, and not particulary safe looking.

The pool was very clean, but not big. If the hotel was full, it would be a nightmare trying to go in it, but then of course there is always the sea.

So I now come to the two most disturbing issues we encountered;

1. On our first day we noticed that there was a lovely stray dog, who would come and visit the guests. She was quiet, friendly and to best honest - adorable. All the guests loved her, and would take food for her during the day. For her part, she never once barked, growled, or made a nuisance of herself, and she was the only one there - so you couldn't say the hotel was over-run with them.

So I was snorkelling one day and returned to find my partner almost in tears on the beach, along with a number of people standing around looking concerned. She advised me that one of the hotel staff had come down to the beach and caught the stray dog, which everyone had befriended and was hitting it with a rope in front of everyone! Several of the guests had gone to try and help the poor dog, who was yelping, but the man was shouting and waving his hand to dismiss them, and then dragged her off - still crying...

I went to try and find her, but couldn't. I can't begin to tell you how shell shocked everyone was - it was just horrible.

2. One of the issues I took up with the hotel was that they seemed not to be concerned at all that their guests were WALKING over the coral, and worse, coming out of the sea with chunks of it for souvenirs. If you don't know, coral is very fragile & can be destroyed very easily. I told the hotel that if they don't stop this behaviour, there wont be a reef left to see, and when then happens, they will lose their livelihood. I should mention that the Egyptian government takes this kind of thing very seriously, and if you are caught trying to take coral or fish out of the country, you could be imprisoned and definitely fined.

Whilst I do hold the guests in part to blame (you couldn't not know that walking over creatures wouldn't damage them), as previously mentioned they were almost all Swiss and Italian, and the signs which advised about the law/restrictions were only in English and Egyptian.

So in summary:

For an extra £75 per person, I could have stayed at the Marriot in Taba (one of the most wonderful hotels I have ever stayed at), and really wished I had spent the extra. I know it's not peanuts, especially if you have children, but I promise you that it is worth it. All in all I wouldn't recommend this hotel to anyone.

Lastly, if you visit this hotel, pop up to the little mini market. It's about 200 yards outside the gates on your left (as you're walking away from the hotel). We got four cans of diet coke for £1! It is very cheap, and there is no hassle to buy anything. Oh yes, the hotel charged us 8 Egyptian pounds for a bottle of water - the shop charged us 1 Egyptian pound!

  • Stayed: October 2006, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
    • Business service (e.g., internet access)
12  Thank species
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
A TripAdvisor Member
Croydon, Surrey
218
Reviewed June 5, 2006

Apparently this was designed by the Israeli's when they occupied the Sinai, and this is perhaps reflected in the way the hotel layout resembles a kibbutz: well-managed gardens, bungalow rooms, a central dining room, a seperate reception area, swimming pool, beachside bar, everything spread out nicely giving one a sense of space and peace. The beach is one minute's walk from the rooms, and the reef is one minute's swim from the beach.

It is an excellent place for lazing in the sun, snorkelling for hours every day, catching up on one's reading, and just generally chilling out. Food was very good, staff very courteous and efficient, the hotel well planned and managed.

I went just after the Sharm bombings and many Europeans (French and Italians) had cancelled their holidays at this hotel, so I guess the hotel was quieter than normal, which suited me fine. (Although between 22.00 and midnight every night the 'DJ' would play loud 'music' down by the bar - for virtually no one most nights - and the wind seemed to grab the thumping bass and throw it directly into our room. This was the only downside, and it must be said the bass was louder in our room than when standing outside closer to the source!).

I intend to return during a more traditional quieter time and resume my love affair with the reef - lots of fish of different types. Shallow and deep. Take an underwater camera; you can get disposable ones cheaply these days.

Yep, this hotel is recommended, but I can imagine it being not so quiet during the height of the season or certain holiday periods. Hmmm, just thinking about it makes me want to return there right now.

  • Stayed: August 2005
    • Value
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
15  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed April 15, 2006

We have just returned from the most peaceful relaxing holiday I have ever had in Nuweiba Holiday Village. we spent a week going from our airconditioned bungalow set in beautiful well tended gardens, to the pool, to the beach, to the restaurant, the beach bar, the staff were fantastic, couldn't do enough from serving drinks to the wonderful flower decked origami towels that were waiting for me on my bed every night.
Beach towels were given freely at the poolside and beach.
Temp varied from 29 - 34 degrees - not bad for april 8 - 15th!

One day we summoned up the energy to go out on the boat for a snorkel and everyday the friendly camel man offered us a horse or camel ride (we never quite got round to that) Every day we sat looking at the view thinking we really were in paradise. We didn't leave the hotel other than a wander up to the bedouin "village" up the road one morning. There were plenty of organised trips if you wanted to go to the Dead Sea, Cairo, star gazing in the desert etc. This is not a resort to go to if you are looking for a busy nightlife - this consisted of sitting at the beach bar with maybe about 10 other people being entertained by Sayeed the barman and his dancing. There is a beach "disco" but didn't seem to be open while were there (but it was April- think they are busier later on) We were quite nervous as we had 2 teenage sons with us (16 and 17) thought they might be bored but they were very happy to swim (lovely pool although a bit cold!) snorkel (just off the beach was amazing underwater life) and sunbathe- they had satellite TV in the room, and just when they were begining to long for a bit of nightlife we had the local belly dancer along to entertain us on our last night! There was also tennis courts and a pool table which they used a couple of times.
Food was plentiful (buffet breakfast and dinner) and slightly different every night.
Only downside - mosquitoes - caught us by surprise - and we were munched quite badly the first night - once we got some of the local repellent very catchily called "OFF!" were fine
I am already looking to book for next year... can't wait!

Mary

  • Stayed: April 2006
    • Value
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
16  Thank Boostie45
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed January 5, 2006

I was with my family in this Hotel in June 2005 but the hotel change the name in Nuweiba Village Resort and I can say it was super it's very clean the meals (Breakfast / Dinner Buffet)was ecellent. The staff was very friendly.

  • Stayed: June 2005
    • Value
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
6  Thank sorry
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed September 8, 2017 via mobile
Google Translation

Stayed: September 2017, traveled with family
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
View more reviews