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.
Nearby Hotels
Reviews (1,620)
Filter reviews
1,621 results
Traveler rating
497
554
232
152
186
Traveler type
Time of year
LanguageAll languages
More languages
497
554
232
152
186
Show reviews that mention
All reviewsfab holidayhotel managerevening entertainmentgardens are beautifulsegregationseadivingbarmanegyptianspierchefsshisha
Filter
Updating list...
130 - 135 of 1,621 reviews
Reviewed March 14, 2007

My partner and I have just returned from a one week holiday at thew Calimera Habiba. We arrived on 7th March 2007 and stayed until 14th March 2007. Initially it was more my partner than myself who fancied going to Egypt. I was a bit worried due to not knowing much about it and the trouble that surrounds it. Nevertheless we did careful research and found the Calimera Habiba when we checked reviews and saw they were all positive we decided to get it booked and by god am I glad we did. When we arrived at the hotel we were thrilled!

Arrival: We were greeted by all staff with music playing and given a welcome cocktail (non - alcoholic) given our wristbands and we checked in. Suitcases are brought to you by bell boys.

Rooms: Huge, spotlessly clean, nice and bright and a massive balcony. (However, we did notice our balcony door didn't close properly. We reported this and within five minutes two workers came and fixed it, excellent response!)

Cleanliness: Rooms cleaned daily, bedding changed daily, water in mini fridge daily and a lovely towel sculpture every day on bed e.g one day we had a beautiful swan with loads of fresh flowers.

Food: Firstly the restaurant setting is lovely soft music plays, low lighting, candles. The food, we thought it was fantastic! Lots to choose from, fish, meat, pasta station (where you can pick your own pasta and get it made freshly in front of you), amazing fresh selection of bread (so fresh you can tell it is baked fresh daily), deserts were to die for every cake you can imagine! Very sweet though!

Drink: We found the drink to be the only down side soft drinks are fine but the alcohol was not really all that good. The beer was watery and the wine wasn't very nice. Spirits are better to go with. However, the one very annoying thing was that they are served in plastic cups. Not too bad in day and we understood that by the pool in day it was safety. However, at night we wanted glasses. Don't despair though if you request for it in a glass they will give you one as they did for us.

Grounds: Large complex filled with absolutely beautiful flowers, shrubs, greenery, tropical plants - constantly maintained by staff on an hourly basis.

Pools: There are three (one still in process of being built but almost finished). The relax pool is heated, active pool isn't and everyone says its freeezing...it isn't one you get in....it's lovely so refreshing!!! Try it don't be scared it really isn't as bad as they say.
Pools cleaned all the time!!!

Weather: Lovely, however be careful pack your factor thirty! There is a breeze which is very deceiving making you think it is cooler than it is...we burnt! After two days recovering in the shade though we have came back with an amazing tan. For those of you who don't like windy places don't be put off I hate the wind but this is a warm wind which really keeps you refreshed in the baking sun! It's not gale force chilly wind. Without it you would die in the heat.

Beach: Absolutely beautiful, sea clear and warm.

Activities: Entertainment team are german and speak english second. There are a lot of german guests but we didn't mind it added to us being able to relax without hassle. There is an activity programme and low-key nightly entertainment.

Essentials to pack: High factor, insect repellant (I got bit three times and had nothing for it), a good book, you can take euros, dollars or egyptian pound. I would advise taking euros we took egyptian pound and found it not to be very popular also Marsa Alam airport DOES NOT accept the egyptian pound, a jumper for the night time it does get chilly after 9pm.

Overall we were after a relaxing week in the sunshine and we got a beautiful one week break in an amazing place with gorgeous surroundings and weather. We would certainly go back! However, there is nothing outside the hotel just miles of desert so be prepared to stay in the hotel. If you want relaxation in paradise you will have the time of your life. We are very very fussy when it comes to holidays so believe me if we say this hotel is good it really is please take our word for it and get it booked you will certainly not be dissappointed!!!

  • Stayed: March 2007, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
    • Business service (e.g., internet access)
23  Thank SunseekerCheshire
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed March 5, 2007

If you are wanting to holiday somewhere clean, relaxing and friendly then this is the place to go.

Previous comments from other visitors to this resort say a lot but I thought I would add my bit for those who are still thinking about going - GO NOW!

Personally I can vouch for the Lebanese restaurant, it was excellent food, brilliant service, the manager is an absolute gem, and even though the charge is on top of all inclusive it's peanuts for what you get. Great value for money. it was sad to see on the evening when we went there was only one more table of guests.

Visa's - we got stamped on arrival and paid on the bus, we paid $18 each and had the right money which is a lot easier. Going through the airport was so easy and then we had a 45 minute trip on a clean air conditioned coach straight to our resort. On arrival we were met with a drink, given our wrist bands and then a map to our room, if you have no map skills be warned, arrving in the dark and trying to find your room is a bit tricky but once you find your feet it's fine. your cases will be taken to the room for you. The complex does look a bit like bedrock but it's well maintained. There is a new swimming pool being built but we didn't know it until the third day! there was no sound at all and you really had to go and look to see it.

thomas Cook Rep - Paul - what a cracking young man, very polite and very helpful and was always there, though we didn't really need him. Watch out for his five minutes of fame on I think a sky travel channel sometime soon.

Rooms - very clean and reached far beyone expectations. No creepy crawlies and had water in fridge each day.

Staff - loads of them and can't praise them enough but particularly Ashraf (hotel recreation guy always in the red t-shirt). He went out of his way to help us and we had great conversations putting the world to rights. Although speaking their language isnt necessary I did enjoy practising with one or two and they did respect that (or they were too polite to say anything)- give it a go!

Tipping - no need to go over board and they don;t expect anything but they do such a good servcie they deserve it.

Food - forget going on a diet beforehand, the desserts are to die for and you can't help trying a bit of everything. Being a fussy eater I was suprised how much I managed to eat, there was always a great choice.

Entertainment - German team. There is a probable equal mix of germans and english guests but they speak german first then english. this doesn;t cause any problems at all. there isn't a vast amount of stuff to do but enough if you want to be kept a little occupied. You can please yourself. People generally had a good chat, drink and a laugh at night round the bar near reception.

the resort was just over 50% full but you wouldn't think so as its so quiet, the complex is spread out but nothing that would be a problem, you dont have to walk miles to get to either part. From what i was told when it has been near full it still didnt seem that way.

Massage staff - fixed prices now and there is no getting harrassed whilst you're on the sunbeds. Men be warned though, if you are shy then this is not for you! But everyone who had a massage thought it was great.

Gym facilities are good and free.

It is still chilly at night so need a light jacket or jumper. Nobody goes overboard getting dressed up but they do ask for no shorts in the restaurant in the evening. just casual/smart casual clothes will do.

For those who get bitten by the mozzies - be warned they are out there, take some cream but if you need to you can see the doctor at the clinic, cost me £15 for two lots of cream but they are super stuff!

checking out (although i really didn't want to) again bags were picked up from the room. Again very painless process. Marsa alam airport was actually well catered for such a small airport, just remember you can use up any egyptian pounds there.

currency was mostly euros or epyptian pound.

Be sure to book the bedouin night on the Tuesday for 15 euros per person. What a night, great food and entertainment and thanks again to Ashraf for making it so special. Was a good night to end on.

Get yourself down to the travel agent now before this place gets too busy, you won't regret it!

thanks to all the other guys and girls we met out there (ten of us made a little pow wow) you were great company and such a laugh. x

  • Stayed: March 2007, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
    • Business service (e.g., internet access)
13  Thank pebbles07
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed March 4, 2007

The hotel was very clean, rooms lovely looks like Fred Flintstones house.Food could have been better and also the drinks ran out of beer one day then tried to charge you for a premium beer. Snorkelling fantastic at local beach but water freezing need shorties.Paul rep great but has now moved onto a resort in Greece best of luck to him. Staff really nice and friendly.Limited shops as we found out as suitcase never arrived the whole week we were there and was unable to buy essential clothing thanks to all that lent items to us while out there. So make sure you pack a mixture of clothing etc in 2 cases which we didnt we did get our case back on our return to Gatwick it fell off the belt.
Anyway fantastic destination and hotel bit windy but still really hot must do Bedawyn evening food fantastic and enjoyable evening would we go back? YES we took our 2 kids 8 and 11 and they had a great time go before it is spoilt............

  • Stayed: February 2007, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
    • Business service (e.g., internet access)
3  Thank sedgy1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed March 3, 2007

We have spent the most wonderful relaxing week ever at this fabulous hotel.
The staff can not do enough for you and the hotel is immaculately clean. Our room was huge and a different towel sculpture was left on our bed every day.

The restaurant is huge and the food is plentiful, so too is the alcohol - the measurments though alittle on the large side but no complaints. Wine is also served all day. We also ate at the Fish Restaurant at the next hotel "The Kahramana" which was superb and very resonably priced as you get 25% off.

The sunbeds are very comfy and the hotel provides beach towels for you. The water is crystal clear and if you are lucky enough you may encounter the baby shark who frequently visits. Weather was fabulous and came back with a good tan.

Trips - We went camel trekking and visited a bedouins camp for tea and coffee. If you want to do a local trip then this is the trip to do - unforgettable and a real laugh.

The hotel is exceptionally friendly and we met a lovely couple from Ashbourne - Hello to Fi and Alan and thanks for all the laughs, stories and hangover headaches we had.

Only draw back is it gets quite chilly at night so pack a few jumpers for the evening.

Go to this hotel before it gets too busy for a relaxing time and a great holiday.

  • Stayed: March 2007, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
    • Business service (e.g., internet access)
13  Thank MaudeChehsire
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed February 28, 2007

We looked at several options for a winter sun break before deciding on Marsa Alam. We wanted a shortish flight, guaranteed sunshine and a bit of culture so Eygpt fitted the bill perfectly. We also thought that £400 each was a good deal for all inclusive for a week.

Calimera Habiba is a new resort on the shores of the Red Sea and we choose it due to good reports from other TripAdvisor users which proved to be honest and accurate.

Good points about the resort:

* Our room was huge, with a sea view and a very comfortable bed. Great shower, plentiful hot water and very clean.
* There are loads of places to set up camp on sunbeds for the day - we spent most of our time on the beach which is beautiful with palm trees and crystal clear water.
* Its a very friendly resort and the Brits all tended to chat in the bar at night so it made for a good atmosphere. We met a wonderful couple from Congleton - hello Gareth and Julie!

Must Do's:

* Go camel riding and then for tea with the Bedouins. Unforgettable experience.
* Pack your snorkel - even if you can't swim well, the beach is protected by a breakwater and you will see tropical fish in water 3 feet deep.
* Have dinner in the Seafood restaurant 'On the Rocks' on a market day (Friday, Sunday, Tuesday) - the best grilled fish we've ever had.

Drawbacks:

There were'nt any for us as we'd been to Luxor the year before and plan to visit Cairo and the Pyramids at a future date. If this was your only trip to Eygpt and you wanted to do the main sites, then this is not the best location - better off to stay in Luxor.
Similarly, if you want a lot of organised evening entertainment, then again, there are probably better options in the more established resorts further north.

What to pack:

* Something warm to wear in the evenings
* Sandals to wear swimming
* Factor 30 suncream

Happy holidays

  • Stayed: February 2007, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
9  Thank ThePasseys
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
View more reviews