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Brayka Bay Reef Resort
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Reviewed April 21, 2012

Stayed here in the first week of April, and having done our research it was exactly as expected.

It's a pretty standard Egyptian all-inclusive resort, other than the fact that the eating options were fewer than I've encountered elsewhere. The included meals are all taken in the main buffet restaurant, and there were two other restaurants on site where you have an allowance to put towards your meal. The Hemingway restaurant in particular appeared to be hardly used at all (they opened it specially for my birthday, and just two of us were there!). The main restaurant was fine - plenty of choice at all meals - but nothing special. We were in and out pretty quickly at each meal. The wine comes out of a dispenser and is vile.

We paid extra to stay in one of the seafront blocks (The Bay Inn), which we thought was worth it so that we were close to the sea and could get in early to snorkel. There were plenty of people in the sea even at 6am.

The staff from the "wellness centre" do come and tout for business on the beach which is mildly irritating. We booked a massage, which then turned into two massages, but actually you can negotiate quite a good deal (and the massages were nice!). Didn't use the gym, but it looked spacious and well-equipped.

The dive centre is run by Extra Divers who offer a very good range of snorkelling and dive trips.

There is nothing else close to the hotel, other than the new Royal Brayka hotel that's not quite fully open yet. When it is, the beach and bay are going to be pretty crowded, and I fear for the reef. The animation at the Royal Brayka was absurdly loud - you could hear the beach aerobics and other entertainment across the bay and it was very, very irritating.

The grounds and gardens are beautiful (providing employment for many!), and there was plenty of bird life around when we were there.

The guests are very international. Other than an English couple there were no other British people staying at the hotel when we were there, which some people might not be comfortable with (though actually I liked it that way). That said, the language of the resort is English.

The staff and service were very good. There are a few shops on site - but with two packets of crisps costing 5 euros we didn't spend anything there. I put the crisps back on the shelf and went without!

In summary, the hotel offered nothing special or outstanding, but was exactly as we'd expected and needed after a week's cruise on the Nile. If I just wanted a week's snorkelling and not a lot else I would probably go back now, but I fear that the very reason I would choose to go back - the reef - will be trashed before too long.

I can't think of anything else, but happy to help if you want to PM me.

Room Tip: Worth paying extra for one of the smaller, waterfront blocks
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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8  Thank CymraesUn
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Reviewed April 14, 2012

We have just returned from Brayka Bay - it was our 2nd stay there, this time in the new Royal Brayka part.
For families with young children (we had 4 children age 2 to 9 with us) I can recommend the beachfront "Royal Inn" rooms, which open directly to the green lawns and the beach itself. It was another experience compared to "old Brayka seaview" rooms, perfectly suitable and safe for all our children.

We were lucky to be there just before opening of the entire "Royal Brayka Beach Resort" - all the bars, restaurant, pools etc. looked more-or-less empty (compared to our last stay in Brayka Bay).
The reef is excellent, easy to reach and even our younger children were able to snorkell safely in the bay. Actually, the reef continues along the entire shore and a good swimmer can go out of the bay to the "open" sea.
Pools were OK, in windy days we appreciated esp. the heated one.
On the other hand, my feeling is Kids Beach Parks and Beach Volleyball grounds in both Brayka Bay and Royal Brayka would need more attention and maintenance to meet the high standards of the rest of the Hotel.
And the conclusion? We have already booked another 10 days in October.

Room Tip: Go for Royal Inn Rooms No 1001-1042, somewhat more expensive, but comfortable
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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5  Thank Slavek_100
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Reviewed February 19, 2012

We (a retired couple) stayed at the Resort during the week Feb 10-17, 2012. Inside the Resort area it was a garden with green lawn, flowers and palms trees. It was very nice. The bay has nice sand beach with possibilities for snorkeling and bath.

The food was excellent. The best All-inclusive place we have visited. The desert buffet was outstanding.

The Resort had a “guest relation service “, which took care of the guests. The beds were hard, so asked for an extra mattress. Within an hour it was fixed.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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10  Thank Jorgen036
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Reviewed February 8, 2012

My husband and I stayed at the Brayka Bay Reef Resort end October 2011. The staff (as we have found with all the Egyptian hotels in which we have stayed) are exeptionally helpful and nothing is too much trouble for them.

The beach is very good and there are plenty of beds, but I would agree with other Reviews, in that, they are reserved by towels very early in the morning. Similar with the beds around the pool area. There is, of course, little that staff can do in this situation.

The hotel does look a little 'tired'. The bedrooms (we changed rooms to a higher level) had missing grouting, curtains loose, walls marked here and there - all minor things, but lending to a 'scruffier' impression. This is very unusual for Egypt. All the other hotels we have stayed in have been absolutely immaculate. It,obviously, would not be difficult to rectify.

The above are minor issues, but we were disappointed with the standard of food provided under the All Inclusive package. There was a large salad bar, and pasta counter, but the rest of the food available was very basic and of poor quality. We stayed for two weeks and the main courses consisted of casseroles, mainly vegetables (courgettes/tomatoes/carrotts) with odd pieces of chicken (effectively, a cheap stew!!!). .Variations on this were served each evening. On several evenings unless one wanted pasta/salad, there was nothing else on offer that was edible.

The evening entertainment was poor (we are aware that all hotels offer the warning that entertainment will be 'low key Egyptian'). It consisted of a male singer (occasionally two, one after the other), playing a guitar and using backing tapes. Although both seemed very nice, the choice of songs was archaic, to say the least!

As has been mentioned in other Reviews, a sister hotel is being built of the other side of the bay and if guests at this hotel use Brakya Bay and beach (and sunbeds etc), then it will be impossibly crowded. I would hope that they would use the bay at the other side of the hotel under construction.

Although there are negatives in this comment, we did like the Brakya Bay Reef Resort and the staff were excellent: the cosmetic changes necessary are down to poor management/housekeeping are easily rectified. However, I would suspect that most people on holiday look forward to a good standard and selection of food - this is where the Brakya Bay (in our opinion) needs to made drastic improvements.

Positive points: we have been to Egypt on five occasions and the Brayka Bay has the easiest access into the sea (i.e., straight in off the beach) and is suitable for even the most inexperienced of snorkellers. The range of fish that can be seen in even the shallowest of waters is amazing. Each time we snorkelled we saw fish we had not seen previously: the varieties are absolutely amazing. Our main reason for holidaying in Egypt is for the snorkelling and we were very pleased with this aspect of the Brakya Bay.

The Brakya Bay Reef Resort has excellent staffing, a beautiful location - its own private beach with amazing snorkelling facilities.The cosmetic improvements are simple to solve, but the one serious flaw is the very poor quality of food offered to visitors. If this were radically improved, then it would make a massive difference and encourage visitors to return and to recommend it to others.. The 'star' rating we have given overall (three star) is based primarily on the quality of the food offered.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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9  Thank D E
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Reviewed January 27, 2012

This hotel says it's 4* but truthfully it is at best 3*+. But don't let this put you off if you're happy to overlook the awful finishes internally in favour of what lies just off shore. We rate the cleanliness down since it's very hard to overlook bad finishes all round to see if the place really is clean. Truthfully they are very quick to repair faulty fittings such as wall lights hanging off the walls showing wires which constantly blew the light bulbs. If things were done properly in the first place blah blah blah. The surface around the pool was badly finished and very slippery so care needs to be taken. There was a significant amount of mould around the edge of the pool too which we felt was the cause of our upset tummies since this is the first time in years that we have been ill in Egypt. We felt more sick at the prices the doctor charged in his clinic for the tablets needed to clear this up
He sold you enough of 1 tablet to last the required number of days but not enough of the other, forcing you to go back for more. All at inflated prices. The food was pretty good compared to some hotels we have stayed at in Egypt but of course you can't please everyone all the time. But the staff were wonderfully friendly and helpful at all times and being disabled they couldn't do enough to help. But let's face it most of us go to Egypt for the snorkelling and scuba diving and here the reefs are excellent. We regularly saw turtles which were so friendly and wonderful to watch. We were also lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time to engage with a very friendly dolphin. The sheer number and size of some species is remarkable i.e lion fish, surgeon fish andand unicorn fish. What a sight!! So if you go to Brayka Bay don't expect too much of the rooms and buildings but you must must must get your mask and snorkel on and take a look at the best sights and colours beneath you in the sea.

  • Stayed: September 2011
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4  Thank nessa o
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