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Brayka Bay Reef Resort
Ranked #7 of 68 Hotels in Marsa Alam
Certificate of Excellence
Norwich, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
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“Best sandy bay on Red Sea?”
Reviewed December 7, 2012

Unusually for the red sea resorts, this hotel has its own sandy bay. Most seaside resorts are built next to a reef which means good snorkeling but not good for much else. The place is nominally 4/5 star. Good points: well landscaped gardens, large rooms ( at least mine was) , friendly local staff, has its own dive center, lots of sun-loungers and an enforced policy of no towel laying, and the major plus point is its own large, sandy beach and bay with protected reefs.
My stay Brayka Bay cost only around £ 295 all inc so its not really fair to compare with more expensive hotels, but the place does set itself as 4/5 star...
FOOD: this was fine. Not 4/5 star though. If you were paying the full rack rate you would be disappointed. The mealtimes were busy but I never had to queue very much. Avoid the opening times when masses of Russians crowd the self service area. They could try doing more themed food nights. One night was Egyptian food and this was the nicest.
DRINKS: if you like your beer then be prepared to make many trips to the beer tap..the glasses are tiny and the beer very gassy and week. Nothing like the local bottled beer which is not included. Cocktails were poor.; just a case of mixing local spirits with concentrated juices. No Boston shaker here. I didn't try the wine. Also, no proper coffee anywhere..just machine made Nescafe.
INTERNET: This is a major issue. It costs 5Euro/ hour. This is the first time i have had to pay for internet outside of UK rip- off chain hotels. The connection speed is painfully slow so you spend most of your money waiting for pages to load.
NOISE: this depends how close you are to the pool area.There is a live act which stops around 11 pm so not a problem unless you need early nights. There is also noise coming from the other half of the resort across the bay.
DIVING: The dive center is run by Extra Divers. Well equipped large center. The local Egyptian staff are pleasant enough but the place is let down a bit by stern, unwelcoming Europeans, not all, just some of the women. Actually just one woman...try smiling at your customers honey! There is a very good choice of diving, I prefer dayboat so was a little disappointed to discover there was no jetty. Dayboat diving meant a short bus trip to Marsa alam where you get on a rib which takes you out to the boat. The dayboat I was on was very basic and a bit tatty. The boat crew were great though and made nice lunches.
All in all the hotel is very good value for money (assuming you don't pay the full rate), but the all inclusive food and drinks, although ok, are not 4/5 star.
If you want a nice beach and lovely bay this is the place to come. I would return.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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Ljubljana, Bohinj, Slovenia
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

so i was in brayka bay reef resort for 7 days. i was with my family. so first day we came in the room like at 20pm so we just went to ate dinner. and then we went to sleep. room was great and clean. the bed was so comfortable. food was really great. everything was actually great. people there are soo nice :D. beach was great. only there was a lot of people but idk it was cool. so everything was great. i really hope that next year we will go there again.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Leuven, Belgium
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

I used to live in Brayka Bay Reef Resort for several months while working there as a tour leader. I must say that there is another hotel right next to it; Brayka Bay Beach Resort and you can clearly notice the difference between both. During construction they invested all their money in the new buildings and left the old ones as they were. I also must agree with what I'm reading here about the food: The quality is standard and there is not a lot of day-to-day variation. The hotel also does not serve a lot of junk food so the hotel is not focussed on children. The big asset of the hotel however, is the beautiful reef. You do not need to use a jetty as in other hotels, you can just walk in the water and snorkle around in the bay. If you are lucky, you can even see dolfins there!

Room Tip: If you are looking for luxury, book in the newly built part Brayka Bay Beach Resort.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 10, 2012 via mobile

What a nightmare. Full house in Russian Autumn Break. food was terrible, main restaurant was like a jail house refectory... Once it opened, masses of people jumped and fought for very mediocre food at least. The two a la carte restaurants did not seem to appreciate customers, only after strong insistence and then only to find they served just pizza, no starters, no nibbles during the 30 minute wait for a half cooked pizza that would cause the strongest stomach severe food poisoning. Unattentive staff, rooms that desperately Ned refurbishing, lousy beds and even worse pillows. Never again!

Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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USA
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

Just spent a week there. Nice, clean, comfortable rooms. Nice looking grounds. Beautiful reef - great snorkeling, and diving. Food was so-so, some was good, some was just ok, liked their Arabic nights. It was pretty quiet, entertaining staff was hardly noticeable and worked primerely for Italian guests. Would go back, but will not give them a 5 or 4 star.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Warsaw, Poland
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

I spent a nice week-long holiday there with my mum. We have paid extra for sea view and got the room in the first line, next to the beach. We could walk there directly from the room terrace.
The rooms in Brayka Bay (there is now a new part of the holtel opened, named Brayka Royal) need restoration, but they are clean, the guy comes every day, exchanges the towels and cleans quite properly. The air conditioning was efficient. The area is well maintained, a lot of trees and blooming bougenvillas.
The hotel is located at sandy narrow bay, the wind is no obstacle for swimming, snorkeling or divind. They have their own diving centre - Extra Divers (of German origin) in the hotel with the training pool, zodiak and all kinds of equipment. There is a reef on both sides of the bay, lots of "ordinary" fishes (like crocodile fish, wrasses, blue spotted sting rays or lionfishes), at the tome we were on holiday a young sea turtle was coming every day in the afternoon, sometimes the dolphins or rays come. The beach is not very lanrge but usually there is no problem with finding free sunbeds under the beach umbrellas. There is a pool but we have not used it. There is a drink bar on the beach and at the pool (the latter also opened in the evening, so you can seat outside - there is always music live in the evenings or take a drink and go to bedoun tent next to it - sheesha available at extra pay, appx 20 EGP).
The food was OK, good choice, we had not experienced any stomach problems. The same with beverages and drinks.
We used the SPa and were satisfied - we decided for a package of massages and it was very relaxing. The price was reasonable, could be negotiated and I paid at the reception with the credit card (no problems with accepting that kind of payment).
Generally a very nice and relaxing holiday and we will definitely come back.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Munich, Germany
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Reviewed July 8, 2012

Brayka Bay now consists of 2 joined resorts that share the same bay. We went there end of March 2012 and it wasn't crowded but I'm sure it would be difficult to get a lounge chair on the beach when both resorts are complete.
What we liked: we were upgraded to a superior room right off the beach and the room was very spacious and impeccable. It had a terrasse with a small table with a beautiful view of the bay. The bathroom was big and working perfectly. If you shower after 22h00 the water is lukeware so if you want a hot shower get one before.
The room has all the usual facilities: TV, AC, minibar fridge and a HUGE bed. Everything was super clean and towels were change 3 times in one week.

What we really liked:
- protected bay for snorkelling where you can snorkel even when it's very windy (you can't do that in the other resorts where the reef is out a sea). Both the north and south reef are very nice and there is plenty to see.
- all rooms are facing the sea, even those that are far from the beach (we saw other resorts where the rooms where facing the highway...)
- the gardens where well kept and had a lot of flowers. It didn't feel like being in the desert
- the fitness center. The resort also has a SPA but we didn't try it

What the resort can improve:
- food was average and what looked like a bit variety of dishes all tasted the same. We would have appreciated some more grilled fish
- only one restaurant which gets very crowded at rush hour (18h30) but if you go later (20h30) then you have to rush to eat because they kick you out at 21h (and the waiters show clear signs of impatience)
- except for the boy that cleaned our room the rest of the staff was not overly friendly. We had asked to be woken up at 04h00 because we had booked an excursion to Luxor but the front desk forgot to wake us up :( Fortunately our personal alarm clocked had worked!


Other comments:
- one side of the resort is very calm at night and the other side where the italian animators are can get very noisy. It depends what you want.
- although the beach is perfect for families since you can access the water directly from the beach and not from a pontoon, the resort is lacking children's facilities. There is only a small playground
- you can use the facilities of both resorts which means in total there are 3 swimming pools

Extra Divers Center: very very expensive and quite unfriendly staff. Very disappointing. Also most of the excursions were always canceled at the last moment, the official excuse being the wind conditions...
If you go there for diving be informed of the following:
- if you have less than 25 logged dives you need to hire a guide (5 eur per person)
- the first dive has to be monitored by a guide (even if you have more than 25 dives) and it takes place in the resort's bay. Not very exciting. So you end up paying 40 eur for a TEST DIVE that you could basically do in their swimming pool (the test consists of mask clearance, alternative breathing with regulator, buoyancy). A rip off.
- if you want to go to Elphinstone to see the oceanic white tip shark you need 50 logged dives (that's an Egyptian rule). The reason being that the currents there are very strong and you need to go down quick;y. However, the excursion was always canceled when we were there
- costs: we did 2 dives and paid 45 euros per dive (I had my own regulator and dive computer fins, masks, 5 mm and wetsuit and only needed to rent the hood because the water was at 23 degrees). One dive was in the bay and the other dive was 5 min ride by zodiac. Very expensive compared to Indonesia or Maldives where for the same price the total equipment is included.

If you go to Brayka bay be aware that this is the only dive center and that you are stuck with them.

One last tip: if you book a package it is better to land in Marsa Alam (30 minute drive from the airport) than in Hurghada (3 hours drive from the airport)

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Brayka Bay Reef Resort
Address: 17 Km North of Marsa Alam, Marsa Alam, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > Marsa Alam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in Marsa Alam
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Marsa Alam
#7 Luxury Hotel in Marsa Alam
#12 Family Hotel in Marsa Alam
#17 Romantic Hotel in Marsa Alam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Brayka Bay Reef Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 320
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Brayka Bay Resort caters for couples looking for a romantic holiday, individuals seeking a peaceful break or divers who want to focus on their favorite sport. 320 spacious and elegant rooms giving breathtaking views on the sea or the lush and tropical gardens. Soft lounge music will make you forget about the hustle and bustle of daily life. The exquisite wellbeing center offering relaxing massages and other rejuvenating treatments is the ideal place to unwind and distress. Divers take advantage of the on-site dive center that is offering courses and open water dives for professionals as well as less experienced divers. The extensive house reef will fascinate divers and snorkelers with its diversity of fishes, corals and other underwater world creatures. An easy access into the sea directly from the shore is an added value for unpracticed swimmers. Brayka Bay is one of the three resorts of Brayka Resorts Complex that is offering a new and unique holiday experience. Brayka Resorts are much more than just hotels, they are a destination within a destination where relaxation meets family time along with fun and party with friends. Beautifully nestled in the stunning bay Brayka, they range over 1.3 km of coast line offering sandy beaches, tropical gardens, excellent leisure facilities and two stunning outer coral reefs that are home to an incredible diversity of marine life. Build up your holiday. Choose whether just to relax and delight in the best conditions of privacy and tranquility, or meet new people and unwind after accumulated stress, or take fun all day long and party. Meanwhile, you are invited to enjoy wide range of dining and recreational facilities in the entire Brayka Resorts Complex. One week will never be enough to try out all. ... more   less 
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