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Steigenberger Coraya Beach
Ranked #2 of 68 Hotels in Marsa Alam
Reviewed December 1, 2013

This was our fourth time to Marsa Alam - 3rd time at this hotel - and it only gets better!

Firstly the journey - the plane was better than last year but there is still no entertainment on the plane so suggest you bring your own for the 5 and a half hour flight- the food on offer is not great either - again - we had a cooked breakfast at Gatwick and bought our own food for the journey. We also paid for extra leg room which was worth every penny as we are both quite tall.

Once at Marsa Alam airport - do not be tempted to go straight through to customs - stop off at the bank on the left hand side to buy your visa - $15 - which is cheaper than what Thompson charge on the coach.

The journey to the hotel is less than 10 minutes from the airport which is a bonus and we were greeted with a hot towel, welcome drink and a few nibbles and in plenty of time for dinner.

We had a wonderful room overlooking the pool and sea and had a bowl of fruit and bottle of wine along with a "Welcome back" letter from the management. They used to plant a tree for all guests that have stayed here for 5 times but have had to discontinue that as so many guests return.

Things better than last November:-
No kids - this has been an adults only hotel since May this year
Better singer - Khalil (from Southend!)
Rails have been installed in the heated pool (with a bar) as well as the pool by the sea which makes it easier to get out rather than clambering over the rocks to get out - the top pool looks pretty but was not practical before....especially if you were carrying a drink back to your sunbed.
Magazine racks at the sea and pool where you could exchange magazines. There is also a library at the Spa

I would recommend going All Inclusive as this also includes getting your laundry done for free and also gives access to the supply of 3 different Magnum ice creams (my favourite!) from the pool bar or the beach bar.

The food was lovely with plenty of choice and we especially loved the BBQ on the terrace in the evenings - the fish was outstanding - especially the baraccuda and tuna. There were different themed evenings and can honestly we found enough variety to not be bored for 2 weeks. There was red, white and rose wine. The red was ok, the white was ok if drunk with soda water but the rose wine was very acceptable for Egypt. The gin was ok as long as you asked for a "small" measure as they tend to get a bit carried away with the quantity and the mixers were all schwepps which was good. By the second week we were using our own Tanquerry gin that we had bought at the airport to add to the tonic which did taste better.

The snorkelling around the bay by the coral reefs was amazing - the best fish are seen early in the morning between 6.am and 9.am. It is a good idea to walk around the bay to the Lamaya Hotel where they have a jetty that you can walk along - we saw flying fish there most mornings and an octopus as well as turtles. Also recommend getting up early to watch the stunning sunrise.

Would recommend having a massage at the Spa - I bargained for a special deal of 3 massages every 4 days and can honestly say they were some of the best massages I have ever had. There is also a steam room, jaccuzzi and hot tub which is nice to relax in at the end of the day.

The entertainment team were great - especially Shady who works so hard. We were never bored - apart from swimming, snorkelling and walking around the bay we played boccia ( petanque), table tennis and did Aqua Gym. There was also volleyball, Arabic lessons, cooking lessons, towel art displays to name a few other activities - the entertainment team are not pushy at all and always having a laugh and a joke with the guests.

There is waiter service by the 3 pools as well as the beach. They also come along with scented cool face towels and snacks throughout the day - service always with a smile. A special mention must be made to Mahsob and Shiko at the pool bar and Hamby and young Mohammed at the Beach bar and Night and Day bar. Another special thank you to Amanda who did a wonderful job as guest relations officer and chatted to us every day.

There are a few shops by the hotel but I found the shops at the other side of the bay much chaeper - bought 2 pashminas for a third of the price that our hotel were charging.

We received a free internet card which enabled us to access our e mails twice a day but could not download any newspapers ( which was probably a good thing!) We did get a single newsheet at breakfast every morning so we could check up on the football results and cricket results (not so good!!) The tv in our room was ok but BBC disappeared every Friday, not that we spent much time in the room.

Al the staff work very hard to keep the hotel looking immaculate all the time and the gardens are stunning. They only get £15 a month so really appreciate a tip at the end of the holiday. It is best to give then notes ( dollars or egyptian) as coins are no good to them. There are tip boxes around the hotel for the gardeners, maintenance men, reception staff etc but we also gave money direct to our favourite waiters and our room boy who did amazing towel art every day as well as delivering fresh beach towels to our room every night. There is a machine just outside the hotel reception where you can change notes to local currency.

All in all a wonderful relaxing holiday - the only criticism was that the big middle pool was not heated enough. We actually walked around the bay and used the Lamaya and Sol de Mar pools to do our serious swimming as they were warmer.

The hotel was fairly full as other European countries lifted their travel ban to Egypt in early November. The British were in the minority here ( which we prefer) - the rest were German, French, Italian, French, Dutch, Swiss and from Belgian.
Trips to Luxor and Aswan were also reinstated at the beginning of November and trips to Cairo on 24th November - spread the word - Egypt is safe!!

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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9  Thank MinxiMC
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Reviewed November 29, 2013

Can only report positives about this hotel. Impressed from the moment we stepped off the plane. Everything was well organised and we were made to feel very welcome. The introduction to the hotel at the meet and greet the following day was very informative and surprisingly we were introduced to all the managers from each department.

Summary
No pressure to join in with the animation team activities.
Food -delicious and great selection to suit all tastes and excellent waiter service.
High cleaning standards throughout hotel
Fantastic beach location with waiter service
Free Laundry service and clean beach towels delivered to room every evening.
Free extra hours to stay in room prior departure on last day.
We have been to Egypt a few times and will most definitely be returning to this hotel in the near future. Thank you to all the staff who made this holiday an memorable experience.

Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
5  Thank polo057
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Reviewed November 20, 2013

Just returned from a week here. We loved the village style layout of this hotel - all the rooms are in buildings of different shapes and sizes, linked by paths, archways and courtyards. Gardens are immaculate, lush green lawns, trees and shrubs (all labelled for the botanically minded) and colourful bougainvillea tumbles over everything. This attracts a profusion of small birds and butterflies but we never saw any nasties that might bite or sting. A great beach, beautifully kept, and you can walk all around the bay to the jetty and beyond, either on the beach or the paved promenade - great for an after dinner stroll. The open sea side is also good for a breezy walk. Loads of comfortable sunbeds (with extra mattresses if you want them) and plenty of shade both on the beach and around the pools - they don't allow early morning 'bagging' and it's not necessary. The poolside mid-morning delivery of cool, scented towels to freshen up was a nice touch. There is a small spa offering massages (extra), steam room, sauna and hot tub. Rooms are spacious and well-equipped with very efficient air-conditioning and good showers, kept spotless by the room boys. Even the laundry service is free and included. Quality and choice of food was excellent, much of it freshly cooked while you wait (even the scrambled eggs!). Delicious fresh-baked bread and pastries, homemade soups and a good choice of fresh fruit. You'd have to be very picky not to find something you like. A variety of cocktails are available, beer is good and the wine was the best we've had in Egypt, with the rose being especially popular. Light lunches, afternoon tea and icecreams (Magnum/Cornetto type -yummy!) are available at the beach bar. All the staff are friendly and helpful - nothing is too much trouble, and the hotel manager is always a visible presence to ensure all is well. The animation team work really hard and try to cater for all tastes, but never push you to join in. We had some very enjoyable evenings - thanks guys and girls. A wonderful, relaxing place, no kids, no loud music, no big noisy groups - perfect. Fast efficient transfer from the airport and a warm welcome. So good I've just booked to go back for 2 weeks in February - one was not enough!

Room Tip: Rooms around the pools will be able to hear the entertainment, but it's not loud or late
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank happyhol2
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Reviewed November 18, 2013

Having just returned from staying at Coraya Beach we want to say a huge thankyou to all the staff and animation team for making the holiday such a lovely experience. Amanda does a great job of looking after guests and Helen and her team including Dieter who kept us laughing and Khalil with his guitar playing and singing entertaining us royally. All the staff are fantastic. It is difficult not to keep repeating everyone's review as The Coraya is a super place to stay. We will definitely return.
Thanks again
Martin & Di Brierley

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank BrierleyWoking
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Reviewed November 16, 2013

what can i say that has not been said before. Coraya beach has to be the best hotel in Marsa.
the rooms are spotless the staff attentive and friendly We were wellcomed back by all the staff that were still there from our last visit. Amanda the guest relations manager does a great job in making sure everything runs smoothly. we were already planning our next visit before this one ended.
the animations team with helen and deidei added to this by working flat out to add to the egyptian experience

I can fully recommend this hotel and for that fact anyone thinking twice about visiting Egypt go there you will not be dissapointed in fact you will have a great experience

Room Tip: all rooms are spotless but pay the littel extra for a sea view you will not be dissapointed
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank geeo
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Reviewed November 11, 2013

Positives = everything
Negatives = only stayed for a week

From the moment we arrived at Marsa Alam airport we knew we had made the right choice. Easiest experience ever getting through passport control and picking up baggage, then on to the coach and we were at the hotel 10 minutes later.
Being greeted by the staff on the entrance steps is a new experience for us.
The hotel is superb, spotless all over, the gardens kept neat and tidy, the pool areas very clean and the beach is just wonderful!!!
Snorkelling is amazing. All the waiters are so friendly and really look like they are enjoying themselves and want to make sure you have a good time.
Food is very good and a trip to the Mediterranean and the Egyptian restaurants is a definite must.
The entertainment team do a great job led by Helen. Dieter is a legend and Khalil is one heck of a singer.
Amanda makes sure everything is ok with your stay as does samy.
A huge thankyou to everybody for making our holiday a special one and we have already looked at going back next year.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Ropes11
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Reviewed November 10, 2013

This was are first trip to Eygpt and all we can say is thank you Thompsons,from the time we arrived to the time we left it was just like being in paradise the staff always smiling, helpful,polite,smart, they couldn t do enough for you The animation team just became our very good friends .The gardens and grounds superbly kept the beach very clean stunning coral reefs a very happy place to stay We would highly recommend this resort to anyone wanting somewhere to chill out. Its just a great place to go. We can t wait to return in April all being well . Ben and Lorraine from the isle of wight

Room Tip: Sea view rooms are quieter
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Lorraine B
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Address: Marsa Alam Road km 67 | Madinat Coraya, Quessir, Marsa Alam, Egypt (Formerly Iberotel Coraya Beach Resort)
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Location: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > Marsa Alam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Marsa Alam
#1 Romantic Hotel in Marsa Alam
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Marsa Alam
#2 Luxury Hotel in Marsa Alam
Price Range: $108 - $208 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Steigenberger Coraya Beach 5*
Number of rooms: 364
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on the fascinating shores of Coraya Bay, just 4 km away from Marsa Alam International Airport and 219 km from Hurghada, lies the five star Steigenberger Coraya Beach, the first resort of the German Steigenberger Hotels and Resorts in Marsa Alam. A holiday for two at the five stars adults only Steigenberger Coraya Beach is a real paradise for all your senses! With its original Nubian style and 800 meters long sandy beach, the resort enjoys a unique blend of both southern Egypt and the Red Sea notes and flavors. To add an extra notch, the 364 rooms are built in groups of bungalows, with a spectacular sea, pool and garden view, prepared to host you with their elegant furniture and comfortable facilities. Steigenberger Coraya Beach has dining covered for even the most discerning palates with its "Pharaoh Club" dining concept to pour you a sonata of love, in addition to “Dar El Hawa” coffee shop that gives you a fun experience with our Arabian water pipes (shisha). Fun never sleeps, with an endless assortment of recreational activities including the exhilarating water slides at the leading attraction of the entire region “Aqua Coraya,” taking you to a whole new world of excitement and fun. ... more   less 
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