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Gorgonia Beach Resort
Ranked #13 of 74 Hotels in Marsa Alam
Certificate of Excellence
Paris, France
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11 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Good, not perfect”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

Hello again.

Me and my fiance spent a week here after a fabulous cruise on the Nile.

The hotel is not something extraordinary although it was a totally okay place to unwind and relax while working on your tan. The beach is not the white soft sandy beach you would want to find, but a hostile rocky place where you really need to use shoes. The pool is better but it's not a resort for complete relaxation since there are Animators there that, as always, encourages normal calm people to become a nuisance for others.
A guess it's more of a family hotel, and not so much for couples.

It gets a 4 from us, but barely.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank Patrik G
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012

We stayed in May for 2 weeks
So, the best things first:
The outer coral reef is outstanding, one of the best we have ever seen! The outer wall grows and branches in beautiful coral gardens mostly of the porites solida family, hundred of years old, healthy from bottom to the top, reaching 7 metres in height. There are also some nice fire-blade corals, star corals.
Surprisingly the fish variety was poor, maybe depending on the season or overfishing. Anyway we saw some fishes we have never seen before: zebra shark, honeycomb filefish, star puffer,broom filefish, orbicular spadefish. There are hundreds surgeon fish on the top of the reef, some turtles, guitar fish... Not many groups of fish.
The visibility was good on the far left and poor on the right (also depending on the season, they say July is far better, but you have to stand the heat!) due to the cold current catching more the left-north part.
The outer reef is from 150m far from the beach entry on the left-north ( enter at the tip of the small bay past the hotel grounds) to 20m far right-enter at the dive center.
The small book you get in your room is excellent, explaining the reef,entries, etc!
Inside lagoons are murky, the left one is good for swimming, if you are a serious snorkeller, don’t waste your time there, go out, you will be mostly alone!
The wind constantly blows, sometimes strong. It is good, you don’t feel the heat and it is bad, it lowers the visibility, sometimes the sea is too rough for the outer reef. Check the tides for snorkelling!
Diving centre is very helpful and professional, we’ve been to El Qulaan islands, Sharm el Luly, Marsa Figuera.
The hotel: nice big rooms, quiet, little animation (could be even less or none!). The right hand rooms are more noisy due to the generator plant in the vicinity, the staff is very kind and professional- more freely speaking than during our visit to Egypt years before. The inside restaurant is badly aerated and poorly air-conditioned, so we ate outside- not enough space outside,you have to wait for the table.
The food: lots of choice, we avoided the cold starters and salads and nevertheless we got a stomach infection. We were surprised and annoyed, it never happened to us in last 15 years travelling around and eating in low and high places! Possibly we got it in the fish restaurant ( you have a free meal there once a week, if you reserve), from the seafood salad or the nauseating sleazy grouper fillet we only tried. We overheard some others complaining with high fever and vomit,we didn`t have nothing like that,”only” cramps and diarrhoea, cured with homoeopathy, anise tea, gin and 85% dark chocolate in two days!There seems to be an endemic problem in the food chain.
Conclusion: If you are a real reef lover it is definitely worth it !
By the way: In the desert there is a lot of plastic flying around, the Bedouin no longer live in tents, they live now in cardboard shacks.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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8 Thank pathfinder_9
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Ismailia, Egypt
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2012

It's really a beautiful hotel restaurants are excellent and the service very good
Administration wonderful people
Beach and very beauty and magnificence beautiful coral reefs
And it is really a nature reserve
Thank you to staff

Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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amsterdam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2012

this hotel is relaxing, quiet, good service, beauitful beach, beautiful snorkling, nice people, we played tennis, the pool was heated, animation team left us alone when we said we don't want to join, the fresh towels on the beach, the snorkling guide ahmet guided us through, in and out the reef, and we did a free introducting course kite-surfing with mohamed on hamata, a half hour beautiful drive away. very good kite-spot, trendy, a lot of kites, nice people again, good intstructor charlie, our daughters were very enthusiastic. very good place this hotel to have a nice quiet week with also al lot of activities.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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9 Thank niklet
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Southampton
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2012

Worth the drive from Marsa Alam airport for the peace and tranquility of this location. The rooms are well equipped and comfortable. Beach was quiet with separated bed with own wind break. (the only down to here is a frequent wind)

The grounds are beautifully maintained and everywhere was clean. The restaurant had a good choice of food each day and it was well presented and prepared.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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3 Thank cuttlefish
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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

This was my 6th trip on the Egyptian Red Sea, first time in Marsa Alam and I must say I was overall very positively impressed with my stay.

The resort is about 115km away from the airport and is typically the Southernmost hotel in the area, meaning that if you take your regular Tour Operator transport it will take you well over 2 hours to get there. I had reserved a pick-up from the hotel, which is Euro 50 for up to 3 people and proved the best solution, took us there in just an hour.

I also had requested a specific bedroom arrangement, in the quietest and closest to the beach area , which had been due fully arranged for a supplement of 10 euro per night. Since the restaurant was closed when we arrived, food was waiting for us in the room.

Our room was in the Dolphin 7 section, almost directly on the beach, facing the open desert North and the sea East and South. Rooms are located in small 2-floor units. I recommend taking the upper floor rooms which are quieter and enjoy a better view. Rooms are large, typically set up as twin beds which can be connected as double beds, not as comfortable though as real double beds because of the single mattresses. Rooms have fairly basic furniture and features, but are still in good condition and contribute to the overall relaxation experience. The balcony, sheltered from wind was well appreciated for the "aperitif" at sunset. The room was clean and well kept. On the negative some people may find the beds a bit stiff and the blinds were not large enough to fully prevent the sun from entering the room from sunrise.

Overall this was my quietest and most relaxing experience in Egypt. When we arrived the hotel was 70% full and as the week advanced occupancy went up but altogether we never felt a crowd effect. The beach at 700m (but open almost endless on either side) long has ample space and plenty of sun beds, all with efficient windbreakers. We never had a problem getting a sun bed. Unlike other resorts in Egypt there is no background music, the animation team is fairly low key and even "sales people" for excursions and spa service will leave you in peace once you tell them you are not interested. The other factor contributing to the relaxing experience was the absence of Russians. Most people seemed to be from Italy and Germany.

The resort provides an outstanding snorkeling experience. The coral reef is between 100m and 200m away from the shore to form a turquoise lagoon and requires some effort to be accessed. The lagoon is not meant for swimming, with low depth, accentuated by tides, and rock/coral formations. The water in the lagoon is also not as clear and warm as past the reef. Still, most people seem content to swim and snorkel in the lagoon, not venturing past the reef barrier (only came across 2 people there in the week), as a result avid snorkelers who do will find themselves in paradise. The reef wall has an immediate drop-off of 15 to 25 meters, which means that the underwater life is much more spread than in Sharm for example. Visibility is excellent and coral life abundant, especially as you venture away North or South. You are surrendered by thousands of fish. Highlights included sea turtles and an eagle spotted ray. On the reef edge there are, as reported elsewhere, many Arabian Surgeon fish but I did not experience any aggressiveness on their side.

To experience more of the underwater life, there is a diving center, TGI Diving, on location. Diving options start with the house reef. They also do daily morning trips to other locations that were 15 to 50 minute away by minibus. In all you dive directly from the beach (or from a Zodiac). A couple of the trips were special. The wreck dive is spectacular, easy and with abundant marine life around. The trip to Marsa Egla was also unique, with very close encounter with a Dugong (sea cow) and large sea turtles. The Italian and Egyptian staff is very friendly, which compensates for some lack in English or French language. They also offer dive courses, which can be fairly customized if you request it. Both my partner took a course, we each had a private instructor. Both were very responsive and willing to share their experience, most of the technical foundation was to be done by self learning (books and video) though. They offer a discount on all services if you book in advance online.

Other sports facilities in the hotel include beach-volley, pétanque, beach tennis, tennis. There is also a fairly large swimming pool area. One pool was heated. As mentioned above, animation is fairly low key, aimed primarily at Italians. We did not participate to any, nor to any of the shows.

The biggest negative concerns food. The main restaurant is too large, with no dividing space, as a result there is a lot of background noise - not that it mattered a lot as we took all our meals outside. From previous experience in Egypt, my expectations with food are fairly limited, still food quality at the Gorgonia was fairly average. For breakfast, fruit options are fairly limited, real orange juice is available for a small supplement. For lunch we went to the beach snack which provides every day pizza and french fries, plus rotating simple meat assortments like burgers or sausages, never fish unfortunately. At night the main restaurant provides also very limited fish options, often lacking perceived freshness and flavor. Desserts are disappointing, as often in Egypt. The negatives are nevertheless partly mitigated by the good service and outdoor dining. The pizza at the Italian restaurant was ok. We very good service at the fish restaurant, took the lobster plate in supplement which was an improvement over standard offerings but not great either.

Because the hotel is isolated and we did not take any excursions, we never had to use Egyptian pounds, every is priced in Euro.

The hotel is the best managed I have experienced in Egypt. It started with pre-arrival arrangements - the airport transfer and room request were promptly and efficiently dealt with. The check-in process was also the most efficient I experienced. We had an incident where a friend got lightly injured because a piece of hotel equipment was not properly fixed. The incident could not have been managed better. He got transported to the medical center in a couple of minutes and management followed up proactively: medical costs taken over, room amenities, appointment with manager, offer to compensate in what ways our friend wanted, fixing the defect equipment overnight, etc. Beyond that incident I was impressed with quality of service and the fact that unlike other places the staff does make you feel they expect a tip at each encounter. Check-out was also efficient, the front desk employee knew who we were before we had to say anything and knew all the details of our bill.

Overall I would recommend the Gorgonia and gladly return.

Room Tip: Quietest rooms are beach front on North side, on upper floor, best being Dolphin 7 block
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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15 Thank Pavupapri
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Suhr, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2012

After traveling 10 times to 5-star Family All-inclusive hotels in Turkey, we thought we try Egypt, and this was above our expectations.

Gorgonia Beach is a great resort with very friendly (but not pushy!) staff, large rooms and great facilities. The snorkeling is awesome and accessible direct from the beach. The food is also quite good, especially the chef making Italian pasta made-to-order.

For a family wanting to have a relaxing vacation with no shopping or nightlife, this was really perfect!

Compared to Turkish hotels, the following can be noted:
+ Friendly, not pushy, staff
+ Spacious area with large green areas and only 2-story hotel buildings. Sun chairs available without reserving...
+ Perfect snorkling and clear water!
+ Warmer weather later in the year

- No shopping (Hotel is in the middle of nowhere...)
- Not so large food buffet (but you have enough to eat anyway...)
- Children club does not offer so many activities, only English and Italian speaking

If you want to relax, sun and swim, this is better than Turkey.
From the "protests" in Cairo 500 km away, you will notice nothing. (And to be honest, there are car bombs in Paris, Antalya and London to.)

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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7 Thank tommiestorm
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Property: Gorgonia Beach Resort
Address: International Road 48 KM, Marsa Alam, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > Marsa Alam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 Spa Hotel in Marsa Alam
#10 Luxury Hotel in Marsa Alam
#10 Family Hotel in Marsa Alam
#11 Romantic Hotel in Marsa Alam
#13 On the Beach Hotel in Marsa Alam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Gorgonia Beach Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 350
Also Known As:
Gorgonia Beach Hotel Marsa Alam

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