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Reviewed September 1, 2008

We arrived on 6/8/08,to be told by pilot 38 degrees at Marsa Alam.Got through airport easily enough and directed to coach for a 40 minute journey to the hotel.Not a trip to inspire anything.Rubbish along the road,barren desert,and what looked to be endless building plots on the sea side of the road.Only greenery at the hotels,more on that later.
From the road to Calimera reception seemed to be about half a mile.Once in reception ,we were given a cold drink,checked in and then given a map and instructions on how to get to our room.
About 25 mins later,and further instuctions from a couple of staff members,we found it.What a room.It was a standard suite on the first floor.It had 2 bedrooms,1 twin and1 double,seperated by a huge living area.The balcony was the whole width of the room with 2 sunloungers and 2 wicker chairs with footstools.It was between the main restaurant and the Eden Village pool.Once we got our bearings,we found that it was only 5 mins from reception,and the active pool.
The grounds of this hotel,like all in Egypt,were very green.The lawns and plants are constantly being worked on.They watered the gardens 4 times a day.It doesn't rain here that much,how do they do it?Two days of sun in Kent and there is a hosepipe ban.Have read some people think they use sewage.In that heat I think you would notice that very quickly .
The food in the restaurant was very good.Always a huge variety.We always went about 7 and you could sit where you liked with no problems.The restaurant staff all seemed friendly.You could sit outside if you wanted.
On the Friday they had a gala dinner.It started with cocktails on the beach and then you were shown to the tables,which were set out on the terrace around the restaurant.The food again was very good,but trying to fight your way through every other guest to get to the buffet was a bit fraught.The entertainment that night would never get past British Health and Safety.There were guys on the restaurant roof swinging fire on ropes(that doesn't do it justice but I don't have the words to descibe it) and fire eating.
We also went to the Lebanese restaurant,Jo's.You have to pay here,but for 4 of us,2 courses plus drinks it only came to less than 300LE.Very tasty food,if slightly dry and a bit disappointed it was served with chips!!
We also went to the Bedoin tent next door at the Kahramana.This was very good and there was also a show after of dancing,including one chap who spun round for 15 minutes and didn't fall over.
The active pool where we spent a lot of time is where the animation team operate from.They try to get you involved,but if you said no they would joke with you and let you do your own thing.
There is a snack bar here where you can get late breakfast and lunch.
For the first 10 days we had no problems getting the sunbeds we wanted,even though we were not going up there until about 8:00am.The last 4 days,we still got beds,they were just further from the pool and bar.
We went to the beach also.They have cleared an area so ypo can walk out but this only comes up to waist high.For snorkling we went off the jetty at the Kahramana.Instant deep water next to reef.FantasticAlso went to Abu Dabbab.Snorkling here was great too.Didn't see the Dugong or turtles though.We went in the morning and it was very busy,but as we were leaving at about Lunch time it had quietened down,so you may be better going later.
We did the trip to Dolphin House with Thomas cook.We saw dolphins,lots of dolphins.Unfortunately they were in deep water so we were unable to swim with them.Other people we spoke to at the hotel did swim wiyh them.Seems to be the luck of the draw.Dolphin House reef was very good anyway.You do get fed on the boat.
In the evenings everybody disappears.The entertainment was at the active pool or in the amphitheatre.Other than the night when they have volleyball and water polo tournaments,there never seemed that many people about.The shows put on in the theatre were,apart from the "comedy" show,ok.The team work very hard for little appreciation.The comedy show was dire.I know there is a language problem,but the first sketch involved a man getting a hooker to drop her price.There were young kids watching.It wasn't funny either.
So was there anything bad about the place.If you wanted to be really picky,you could say the bathroom was looking a bit tired.The concrete around the pools was a bit crumbly.Maybe the food wasn't always piping hot.Thats all I can think of.Nothing major at all
Would we go back?
The answer has to be yes.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with family
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Thank andielDorset
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Reviewed August 31, 2008

This was our 5th visit in 6 years to Egypt. We moved to Marsa Alam from sharm El Sheikh because we were told it was quiet, the diving was great and we knew the people were friendly. The Calimera Habiba was all we expected and more. We knew the majority of the hotel would be italians and we hoped that the food would not include chips with every meal.

The food was excellent, mediterranean flavours with a large variety over the 14 days.

The rooms were large, clean and very comfortable. Spread out over a large area in well maintained gardens.

Simon the rep was superb, he was there if you needed him but no hard sell on trips etc.

The on site Pioneer Dive Club were very friendly and we had some great diving.

All in all ten out of ten and we have rebooked to go back next August.

If you want roast beef, yorkshire pud and 2 veg on Sundays and english food with chips, then this is not the place for you.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with family
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1  Thank JABips
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Reviewed August 28, 2008

We stayed for 7 nights at the Calimera and had no complaints. All the staff were very helpful and friendly . They responded quickly to any requests . For example, our fridge was not working when we arrived but within a couple minutes a new one was fitted. The food was adequate with plenty of choice.

The majority of the guests were Italian and we from the UK were in the minority. This was not however a problem. The hotel cleanliness was good.

We went on one excursion to swim with dolphins. this was a great day out and a marvellous experience. My 11 year old daughter thought it was great. We also went snorkelling near the hotel and this was very good but I recommend that you opt to also go further a field to see even more fantastic sights.

We would definately recommend the Calimera and return again but not in August as it was far too hot !

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with family
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Thank papadougle
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Reviewed August 7, 2008

My husband and myself stayed here from the 16th - 23rd July after a weeks cruise on the brilliant MS Semiramis II. We had hoped for a relaxing second week after the exhausting week on the cruise, early starts and a lot of walking! Relaxing second week? Not a chance!!

Every day we had to get up at 7am to get a sunbed, or forget it! We managed to get sunbeds at the 'Relax' pool, what another joke that is! Countlesss screaming kids, Italians mainly, German kids, kindly emptying the contents of their nostrils, straight into the water, regardless of who was around them or watching!! There was groups of Italian teenagers divebombing into the 'Relax' pool and just making a general nuisance of themselves. These were also the same groups of teenagers roaming the complex in gangs of an evening.

The food we really enjoyed, lots of different dishes and different fresh pasta every night. The cakes and sweets were to die for!
The restaurant itself is self service, drinks are self service, except for alcohol. There was cereals,pancakes and fresh omelettes for breakfast, fresh fruit was always available and ice cream by the scoop. There was lots of different varieties of bread and a microwave for childrens meals. The only complaint we had that it was not always kept entirely clean, food on the floor and unironed tablecloths with food on them, and it was like a huge school canteen! Not the best.

We found it hard to get a drink or anywhere to sit after 9 at night. There are a few Al a Carte restaurants, but you have to pay for these! There is a nice bar, Long Bar, but again you have to pay for this one and in July it wasn't even open!

The rooms are quite large and the aircon was fine, one tip, take your room key off the fob, the fob is used to keep the electricity on. But go back later in the day to check your aircon is still on as the cleaners have a habit of turning it off!
The only real problem we had with the room was the night we arrived, after a 6.5 hr long journey from Luxor, we walked into the bathroom to freshen up and it was crawling with large ants. They were soon killed by someone spraying some foul smelling stuff, but they neglected to clean up the dead ones, more dead ones appeared in the following days, and it took a few more calls to reception for them to finally resolve the problem. We did however receive a basket of fruit as an apology. One tip for rooms, do not leave anything outside your room, one elderly couple we spoke to, the man left his trainers outside and they were pinched!

The beach was a big disappointment. There is a lot of dead coral and it just did not look very nice. The water was very warm and when the tide goes out there are a lot of fish in the shallows, Picasso Triggerfish, White Spotted Puffafish, Blue Spotted Rays, Trumpetfish, and lots more we could not identify. Take care not to go out too far in the water though as someone with a whistle will be warning you to come back!

There is nothing outside of the complex to do, there are a few shops as you drive into the complex, but these are very expensive. Make sure you have everything you need as I said it is very dear.

This is large hotel spread out over a very big area, lots of steps to the beach, which has very, very loud music most of the day for the Italian guests who outnumber everyone else. There are very few English people there at all. far too noisy to be relaxing.

The journey back to Luxor the day we left was a nightmare!! We were picked up at 3.45am, yes I did say AM!! You have to checkout at 3.15 am if you are returning to Luxor. The driver got to a small town about 6okm away and after driving around the rat infested back streets for over an hour and 20mins he finally told us that he had run out of diesel!! Now we had over 170km to go, through desert, and he had no fuel! We had to meet the armed convoy at Safarga, if we had missed that then we would be stranded! So the driver got out of the minibus and took out a knife and then proceeded to try and syphon fuel out of another vehicle to get us far enough till he found more fuel, after stopping at numerous factory sites he managed to get enough to get us back to Safarga!! You could not make this up! My husband filmed all this and showed the rep when we got back to the boat in Luxor. Today as an apology we received a £100 holiday voucher! Be warned that if you do the two centre holiday of the Nile cruise and hotel 2nd week, you lose a days all inclusive the day you move, and on the day back when you get to the boat again you have to pay for your meal before you go to the airport.

All in all the Calimera Habiba is a nice hotel, but spoilt by so many people being there, and it really is very noisy! It was meant to be Low Season when we were there, yet it was packed!

We won't be returning, although we enjoyed most of it, it was too busy and very, very noisy.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank debi57
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Reviewed July 25, 2008

we arrived at Marsa Alam airport and were pleased to find it very relaxed and friendly.
Our party consisted of my husband and i and our two teenage daughters and one of their friends.
As you can imagine this caused quite a stir from beginning to end, but can honestly say that although most of the staff declared undying love for the girls they were also very respectful and were absolutely thrilled to find the girls eager to learn their language.
My youngest spent many a happy hour chatting away to Ahmed at the Aktiv bar, consequently she can hold quite a few basic conversations in Egyptian and he can understand quite a bit slang which he was greatly amused with.
All the staff were so helpful, and made an unforgettable holiday.
We will certainly be going back, but perhaps in May time, July was just too hot for me!!!!!
We had a Royal Suite and so did the girls, which absolutely made our stay amazing as not being one for lounging around a pool with hundreds of others we were lucky enough to have a huge balcony complete with sun loungers and our very own Jacuzzi.
The girls partied every night in the Mine Disco which was like a little cave!!!
It was not state of the art but very friendly and once the staff realised the girls danced non stop they played only English music all night which i think annoyed one or two of the other nations but the DJs made it quite clear if you were not going to dance you had no say in the music that played!!! needless to say the girls did not get in till at least three every morning, but still made it for breakfast most mornings which amazed the staff.
The cleaning staff were amazing, my husband told them i owned my own cleaning company back home and they went into overdrive, the displays we had every day on the bed of towels in the shape of peacocks swans crocs and even a model of me reading my book on the balcony! were amazing i would certainly give them a job with me if they lived over here, if only you could find staff over here as conscientious Britain would be in a better shape.
I can only say one draw back to the whole experience was the Mosquitos, they were like a highly trained SAS squad, our youngest daughter looked like she had been shot by a firing squad!!!!! But you can't blame the hotel for that.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled with family
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3  Thank paulandandi
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