We made the very long drive from Cairo to Soma Bay to stay at the Kempinski over the recent Eid holiday. The property is beautiful and sprawling - endless pools circled by a lazy river, with several restaurants, and a pristine cabana-filled beach. The rooms are clean and spacious, if bland design-wise. Like ours, most have a sea view from their small balcony. Bathrooms were nice - the one in our double room had two sinks, and separate WC, shower and bath. The bed wasn't the most comfortable. The kids loved the "free"sodas in the mini fridge. Nightly turn-down service with extra water and a copy of the next day's activities was nice. The hotel staff was friendly and helpful across the board - better, more professional service than you typically find in Egypt. The hotel manager checked in with us several times to see how our stay was going and solicit feedback. We did the half board option (there is nothing else in Soma Bay except for other hotels, so dining options are pretty much limited to your hotel.) Breakfast was nice - lots of options and served in the pretty View Restaurant overlooking the sea. Dinners were typical buffet fare. Being the Eid, there was various entertainment offered at dinners and after at the Sultan Lounge - a whirling dervish, belly dancer, fire dancers, acrobats for the kids. The beach - the main attraction for us - was quiet (most guests seemed to flock to the pools) and clean. Cabanas and chairs are plentiful. The water was clear and warm - great for seashell hunting and fish spotting at the coral reef. Snorkles and fins are available for hire or for sale. Mojitos at the beach bar were surprisingly good; the food there unsurprisingly expensive. We were very pleased with the quality and prices at the on-site spa as well as the nearby thalasso spa at Les Thermes Marins des Cascades. Skip the shops - very aggressive shopkeepers and ridiculously inflated prices for foreigners.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Be enchanted by this striking resort destination on the Egyptian shores of the Red Sea, an idyllic leisure retreat blessed with more 7000sqm of picturesque landscape of pools, lazy river, waterfalls and lagoons, flowing down to an immaculate 400m sandy beach. Inspired by the mystique and nobility of the ancient Moorish fortresses, the ultimately luxurious hotel features 325 elegantly-appointed rooms and suites, ranging mostly from 39sqm/42sqm to 185sqm, mixing contemporary decor and European flair, with warm Egyptian hospitality and attention to detail. A host of deluxe leisure arrays and inspiring culinary choices harmonize your refined stay. The accommodation at Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay captures the nostalgic elegance of an age where quality and care were a way of life. Indulge in an upgrade with any of our unique and generously spacious suites dotted by unmatched views of the Resort and the Red Sea. Explore an abundance of unparalleled choice enhanced by seamless amenities, direct access to the Laguna Club Lounge while enjoying flawless services and inspirational settings. 22 Junior Suites, 10 Deluxe Suites and 2 Presidential Suites are all confirming the luxe-appeal of Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay. A host of deluxe leisure arrays and inspiring culinary choices harmonize your refined stay. Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay is the ideal location for family holiday, honeymooners, incentive program for companies and definitely a heaven for golf players. A charming KIMO kid's club is operating daily from 9am to 6pm with lots of exciting activities under the supervision of a professional attendant. A voyage of epicurean and entertainment pleasures beckons at Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay restaurants and lounge. Assuage your palate with luscious and idyllic ethos from around Asia at Bamboo Shoot or authentic international treats at The View, the hotel's main restaurant with inspiring views. Dine at "The View" restaurant or on its inspiring terrace with stunning sceneries of the Red Sea while enjoying a tantalizing gastronomical treat as you savor the unique signature dish, artistically created by our creative chefs. It is juicy, tender and sensually intrigues your taste buds, guaranteeing a wonderful culinary experience. Indulge in a timeless tasty culinary at Al Mar from noon till sunset in a serene setting. Savor premium light meals at the enjoyable Beachcomber. Revel in the epitome of luxury at Sultan Bar with high-end cocktails and heart thumping entertainment. Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay is definitely a heaven for golf players. Being part of Soma Bay luxury destination, the Hotel guests have access to the spectacular "The Cascades Championship Golf Course". If you're feeling inspired to get fit and try a new sport this summer, head to the luxurious Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay on Egypt's Red Sea and try out a complimentary introductory session of various leisure and sports activities including diving, snorkeling with a guide, windsurfing, kite surfing, catamaran, golf, beach tennis and volley ball... These are some of the leisure excitements waiting for you to explore in your next holiday. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kempinski Soma Bay