It has been a week since we have returned home from our 2nd stay at Club magic life and already planning on 3rd.
Cleanliness, presentation, effort made, entertainment is awesome.
On arrival the bell boy Taha taxied my mother and myself to our block and assisted with our bags. We settled into a top floor garden view shared suite. Noticed that there was a kettle and drink making facilities, which we did not have on our 1st stay earlier this year so this was a pleasant surprise. The room is very spacious and always well present and the cleaning staff did a great job. Some people complain that is not as luxurious as they would have hoped but I was more than happy with it. To be honest the room was only used for sleeping as we had soo much to do.
When we went to Magico the main buffet we were immediately greeted by a supervisor, Sayed, who recognised us and welcomed us back and asked where my father was. So not only do they recognise us that recalled our family set up. I was amazed and the warm welcome from staff carried on for days. Food at Magico was as good as we remembered. Again waiting staff work hard to ensure tables are cleared and glasses are full. Each night there is a theme that runs through from the food to decoration and staff uniforms. The selection of food available is always varied and had o issues with their food hygiene. Shame about the other holiday makers, spotted one woman literally hand picking through the fresh herbs till she found one that was just right…. Shame on her! Many thanks to Ahmed Adel and Mido Romany . Just sorry that Mohammead Eade had gone on leave the same day we arrived. .. Maybe next time.
As well as the buffet at Magico there is also 3 Three A-la-carte restaurants – Mai tai (Tai food in the evenings and round the world buffet at lunch time), Sofra – Mediterranean and Baia – Egyptian. You need to book the day before you want to go. There is a queue from 8:30 ready for when Guest services open at 9am but we always found the line fast moving and the booking process pain free.
We tried Sofra first. The layout of the restaurant was sooo serene ad the food divine. I love my fish so I was in heaven. Mohammed Ibrahim was very attentive and helpful. I recommend not eating much during the day as the food is plentiful and rich! Only wish I could go more the once
My mother booked Baia for my 30th. We were greeted on arrival by the captain who congratulated me on my birthday. The table was decorated for the occasion. The atmosphere and deco of the restaurant is once again lovely. Food was beautifully cooked. Toward the end of the meal I was sung happy birthday to by the captain and waiting staff. They reassured is the table was ours for as long as we wanted and advised us not to rush. I was then presented with as well as the pudding I ordered but a slice of birthday cheese cake. Then there was an Arabic version of happy birthday which included drums and dancing ad a second slice of birthday gateaux… I needed rolling out. Many thanks to the captain and Emad Ahmd, Ahmed on the drums, Mohamed Ibrahim and the rest of the Baia staff for making it a memorable evening.
Mai Tai – does a round the world buffet lunch that you do not have to book for. Again nicely laid out and the enchilada are cooked fresh!
You can also find afternoon tea laid out in the American bar that has free wifi. The Wifi could be improved but is sufficient for use.
There are various bars aswell. We loved the Eagles bar, Wunderbar, Terrace bar and pool bar. The cocktails are gorgeous and the coffee is excellent. All the waiting staff work very hard doing long shifts but you never find them without a smile. And ready to share a joke with you – Thanks for the spider Mustafa! Again hats of to Albeer, Tata, Mohamed, Fady, Adel, Sameh, Shawky, Kareem, Khaled, Ahmed, Mahmoud B and the bosses Shaker and Amgad. They were very respectful towards me and mother. And Amgad especially offered some sage advice and sympathy when I got eaten by mosquitos one night and my mother was ill. A true gentleman
The pools were also clean. I like the buzz of the activity pool but there is a relax pool if you want a quieter time. Yes sun beds do get marked by people despite signs saying its not allowed but we were never stuck for a sun bed. The life guards there are always on the go. Ensure access ways are clear. Just hope they are appreciated – Thanks Ali, Ayman and Mohammed. If something was spilt it was always quickly cleared up.
Entertainment was varied and enjoyed the white party and romantic party. There is also a disco for those who have ot been exhausted of the long day or chilling by the pool and eating
If you do sit by the activity pool be aware you will have salesman from the Spa and wellness centre approach you. Don’t be fooled by the guys offering a trail of threading on one eye brow! You do need to be firm if you are not interested but you can still be polite. We did have asset of massages and the staff were respectful and professional but still able to have a giggle. One day the spa staff really did go above and beyond when I was eaten alive the day before we left by mosquitos. Abdo who we knew as he arranged our massages helped find some chamomile lotion for legs and had one of the female therapist apply it for me. I am truly grateful to them both as I was itching like mad. Thanks again to the wellness staff – Sameh and Abdo. I don’t know what happened. Usually I do not suffer for insects bites, in march I was bite free but this time in November was not so good. If you usually get bitten by the nasty little critters I recommend going to the chemist which is located 800yrds to the right when you leave the hotel and purchase some local insect repellent.
The pier is good to access the lovely warm sea and snorkelling but if the wind is up it can be a bit unpleasant.
Would I recommend Magic Life? Yes. 100% Great service, great accommodation and great memories.
My only request to English travellers is to plan a head and when thinking about tipping staff to do so in notes. As the banks in Egypt will not change English coins for them. This results in the staff having to ask English travellers if they can change the coins for paper cash. So think ahead. The staff really deserves your consideration.
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