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“Not for snob people, not for classical Italians looking for pasta and 100% comfort. Great Reef!” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Abo Nawas Resort
Ranked #70 of 72 Hotels in Marsa Alam
Varese
2 reviews
“Not for snob people, not for classical Italians looking for pasta and 100% comfort. Great Reef!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2010

Spent one week at Abo Nawas in Marsa Alam with my brother. We are aged 31 (me) and 23. The only negative thing in our stay was the presence of terrible mosquitos (only during the night) that made it impossible to sleep. The hotel provides a disinfestation service every evening before dinner, both outdoor (beaches, gardens, etc) than inside guests' rooms, but these very little mosquitos seem to be very strong :)
Their bite are not very annoying I must say, but when you sleep and you can hear their noise around your ears... that is terrible and makes you very nervous.
A part from this, no other complaint about the place, no other negative point in our stay.
The room are big enough, we also had a gecko in our room for a couple of days :) Rooms are clean. Not like in a Western 5 star hotel, but clean. That's it.
We stayed at the hotel in a period of "transition" from some tour operators to some others. We booked an ALL INCLUSIVE stay with Margot, which is a kind of "low cost" partner of Eden Viaggi. Because of this "transition" period, we did not have any entertainement activities or services (what in italy we call "animazione"), but since we were there with the aim to relax and enjoy the sea and the reef, we were really happy about that.
The hotel/restort is quite big, about 150-200 rooms, but during our week we were only about 50 people, which was wonderful from my point of view (but it depends on what you are looking for, and I want to underline that it was probaly just that week, also because many tourists had to cancel flights because of the Volcano in Iceland).
Again, the resort has 3 restaurants I think, but during that week only one was open (maybe because we were really not a lot, and it was not worth to have more than one restaurant open). Some guests were complaining about that, which is understandable from my point of view, but the quality of the food was good so it was not a problem for us.
They also have an Italian chef making pasta every day for those who cannot live without :)
Breakfast is vey rich in "Arabic" sweets, made of honey. Negative aspect: not a lot of fruits during our stay, only bananas and sometimes green melon.
What else? The resort is directly on the beach, but to reach the reef you have to walk about 450 mt on a pontoon. This could be quite annoying if you are a lazy person. Moreover, once you have walked this distance, the water height (after the reef I mean) is about 10 meters. So it is not suggested if you cannot swim.
The reef is amazing here, it is not necessary to book visits to other sites because you can find every kind of fishes, and even turtles!
If you have small children they can play in water with no worries, at beach the level is never deeper than 30 cm. Another good solution may be the swimming pool, which is always perfectly cleaned, and you have different swimming pools with different water levels.
The working personnel (both in rooms, restaurants, gardens) is 100% Egyptian (men, because women do not work).
They are usually very kind and nice, sometimes trying to get more money than they should, but always in a "polite" way.
We had a room cleaner which made wonderful "scultures" with bath- and hand towels... really amazing. We gave him some extra tips for this, but honestly he did not ask for that.
For any further info, or if you have any questions, I will be glad to help you.
I attach some pictures we made, just to give you an idea.
Claudia

  • Stayed April 2010
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Ferndown, United Kingdom
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110 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2010

The hotel was nicely set out in lovely well managed gardens. The pool area offered something for everyone, and also included a bar in the middle.

The food was of good quality but if you are used to 5* in other countries do not expect the same. There was a large choice and plenty for everyones taste.

The local beer and red wine where of very good quality and very drinkable.

All the staff were so friendly and helpful, I even asked for a few more coat hangers in the room as only 2 were supplied, they gave me another 10 not problem whatsoever.

The beach is good with plenty of sun beds and parasols. There are a few shops at the front of the hotel so if you want to do lots of shopping here is not the place, but the small offer was varied and will tempt most people.

If you are thinking of doing the trip to Luxor be warned they say it takes about 4 hours, well try 6 hrs with one rest stop in the desert - its a very long day but well worth it when you get there.

Snorkelling is great plenty to see as the whole area is on a reef.

The all-inclusive option finishes at 11pm so after then drinks have to be paid for, as are those that are removed from the mini-bar in the room - so be warned, a great tip for people wishing to indulge late into the night is to buy your favourite tipple at the airport on your way out.

Yes a great location for a relaxing holiday.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank livvyl00t
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London
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45 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2010

I stayed here in March , the hotel is all inclusive , if you are able, get a room in the 300 series as they are near to the pool/reception/bar etc , those that stayed in the 500/600 had problems with hot water.
The hotel is clean and the staff friendly , there is nowhere nearby to go for food so one has to use the all inclusive, the food is plentiful but same most nights , by the end of the week I could go to the buffet blindfolded.
The free drinks stop at 11pm an there is the nonsense of signing for all the alcoholic drinks. Avoid the mini bar, go to the shops that are on the beach ( left out of hotel) where you can get 1L bottles of water for 5 EGP instead of the 10 EGP for a small bottle in the hotel. Avoid the shop in the resort as they are having a laugh.
The room safe wasn't bolted down , so didn't see the point as someone could walk off with it .....

The place is crawling with mozzies so a spray/plug in required

The only other advice is , if offered a trip to Luxor be prepared for an 11hr return journey starting at 5am, really too ambitious

  • Stayed March 2010
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank 7Mike7
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Surrey
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2007

I was very nervous of staying in this hotel as there seemed very little written about it. Having just returned with my 6yr old son this is a lovely friendly small hotel, beautifully kept. I couldnt fault it . Although I was on my own there was no problem with the men. The other clients ,Italians and Germans were great.The children played together great. We were the only English there but we were made to feel very welcome.Every body new us by name as it only has 150 rooms I think.would recommrnd it to anyone.
We also had to stay 1night in the Lamaya hotel as our flight was delayed this was the only time I was to feel uncomfortable as a woman on her own, and my son was better off playing on his own.
We will be returning to Abu Nawas next year.Also the food was better.

  • Liked — Very clean helpfull and friendly.
  • Disliked — nothing.
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank jinx52
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Maribor, Slovenia
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2007

Our stay in the hotel was realy relaxing, all of the personal was very friendly. The food was ok, except fish. Other things like (clorhine) water, spraying against bugs and moscitos are normal for this part of our planet Earth. So, if you are not expecting the high european style of vacation, you might be more than happy there. It's true, Marsa Alam is not a town, but you can explore the hotel, the beach, the sea and the desert. More than enough posibilities to be active..

  • Liked — peace and quite when needed
  • Disliked — sea food
  • Stayed November 2006, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 Thank TVOJA-BB
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West Yorkshire
Level Contributor
6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2007

Firstly if you have not travelled to this area of Egypt then you must
understand that Marsa Alam is a small village with no tourist attractions or amenities. Similarly El Quseir which is about 100 kilometers further north is a small urbanised town again with little or no cultural feel or appeal.

What you have here is 400 kilometers of Red Sea coast with resort style hotels sometimes many kilometers apart. If you want a purpose built resort with restaurants, bars and shopping then this part of Egypyt is not what you are looking for. In 10/15 years when the Airport is extended and the marina at Port Ghalib is completed and frequented by the "Jet set" then maybe you will not wish to come here for other reasons. For now you have peace, space and a feeling of something different apart from one thing; The Italians found this place 12 years earlier! So the majority of the Hotels (We have stayed in 3: Coral Beach, Flamenco Beach and Abu Nawas) are predominantly catering for the Italian package tour industry so whilst you do not yet have many UK package tours here you will find the usual animation teams, loud music and games etc at your hotel. Not as many Russian guests as find in Sharm but you will know when they are there!

Most of the resort hotels have excellent diving schools and this is why most current tourists come to this area, there is little else to see or do. Luxor is too far for a day trip which would consist of 12/14 hours travelling and only 4/5 hours there. Abu Nawas- A nice building in traditional style with basic but clean and adequate accomodation.

Lovely pool and beach area with access to the reef via the jetty.
When were there only the buffet restaurant was open and we would have liked a choice and this was dissapointing. The food was average buffet fare, so we did not go hungry but if you are choosy about the presentation of your food and the ambience of the surroundings this may not be the best choice.

The manager stated that only 10 rooms are allocated to UK agents with 100 going to Italians so you should have some British speakers to avoid. We took the "Hard" all inclusive option which included as you would expect all food and drinks. The choice for you Alcoholics is very limited, one type of house wines (you have red or white) which is just about drinkable. Local spirits but very short on the something to mix it with (no tonic for my Gin) the local Stella beer is good though.

What I found quite strange is that around 4pm when sat at the pool bar we saw the bar staff filling empty spirit bottles with sprite, coke and Fanta. when sitting in the lobby bar at night these bottles are the means of dispensing soft drinks for your mixers since they do not have a cold drinks dispenser in the bar. The nicest part of this hotel is the staff who from the receptionist, bar staff to the room boys were some of the freindliest anywhere.

As I have said the entertainment is aimed at the Italian guests but you are asked to take part and the animation team work hard to get you involved without being intrusive.

The previous reviewer (if you have translated the German) talks about the poisoned food caused by the Anti-Bug man. Yes they do use a guy to go round smoking out the mossies and yes it did smell pretty
bad but this happened only twice while we were there and they went round at about 5.30 when the restaurant was closed and most people were in their rooms so not a problem.

Beach towels and matresses provided together with elastic to keep your towel in place cos for most of the time you have a strong breeze.

Overall we had a nice relaxing holiday and having booked the flights through Flythomascook and the hotel direct we bought ourselves a week of guaranteed sunshine at what you would pay for weekend in the Lake District so would we return..maybe someday to Abu Nawas but certainly to Marsa Alam.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Lack of Restaurant Choice
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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9 Thank Rolydog1
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London
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2007

Just arrived home from spending a week all inclusive at the Abu Nawas Hotel. This holiday was booked through ON THE BEACH. No transfers included in the package.

OK first report and first time to Egypt!! I am very impressed with it all. After much worry about trying to get transfers sorted out (many phone emails sent, no replies!!) I was more than chuffed to find a Rep shouting out my hotel name. He then sorted out the visas and tranferes. (all very fast track!!) The cost was approx £100 for visas and transferes for 3 peep). The hotel is about a 30min drive. (40km).

The hotel and it's staff I found to be great. Lovely private beach, pier to take you out to the coral for some snorkling. Equipment hire was 13Euros for 1 day.

No ATM on site. Euros readily accepted.

5 outside pools, all treacheously cold, including the heated. Probably due to time of year? Plenty of daytime entertainment. Unfortunatly the only nightime entertainment was an Arabic dance night which was a lot of fun. I'm sure when the peak season arrives then entertainment will increase.

Overall a great place to stay for relaxation.

Stayed February 2007
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Property: Abo Nawas Resort
Address: 38km south Marsa Alam International Airport, Marsa Alam, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > Marsa Alam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#32 Spa Hotel in Marsa Alam
#36 Top resorts Hotel in Marsa Alam
#46 Luxury Hotel in Marsa Alam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Abo Nawas Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 270
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Abo Nawas Resort is located in Marsa Alam, Red Sea, Egypt, Abo Nawas is a 4 star resort with 150 rooms and suites, all of them overlooking the magnificent Southern Red Sea (Natural Protected Area). The resort is built in an authentic Nubian & Arabic design. Abo Nawas is a preserved area in Marsa Alam, close to all the most beautiful dive sites with untouched offshore reefs. For the Sea Explorer we have the only jetty that will take you to the reef drop off where you will experience the best snorkeling and diving in all the area. The beach at Abo Nawas Resort compares to none other in the area with its exclusive private beach, all sandy 300 meter coastline making it perfect for beach chair sun soaking and absolutely safe for small children to play in the shallow water. Long walks and running on the beach area that extend up to two kilometers is another favorite for our guest. ... more   less 
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