Booked through Virgin (courtesy of Tesco Clubcard points!) but were almost put off by the unrest in Egypt through January. As the political situation seemed to have stabilised we went ahead with our week's break at the end of March only to be astonished when we were effusively welcomed as the first British tourists since the "revolution"!
We had the transfer minibus to ourselves and the drive from the airport to the highway heading to Ain Sokhna was, shall we say, interesting. I have driven all over the world but I think I will give driving in Cairo a miss - but it added to the memories of the trip!
Transfer took a little less than 2 hours with a very helpful and personable Rep who gave us all the information that we required. On arrival at the Jaz resort, he checked us in and made sure that our luggage and ourselves were safely on the golf buggy for escort to our room - a trip of almost 50 metres. The room was spacious with large beds, its own balcony, tea/coffee, kettle, crockery, fridge, safe and TV. Bathroom was roomy and extremely well laid out with a walk in shower that must have been 4m long - in which an extendable washing line had thoughtfully been fitted.
We were on half board and the food was absolutely excellent. Breakfast consisted of a fruit/yogurt bar, a wide selection of pastries and breads, eggs and cold cuts, two juices/tea/coffee, cereals plus a chef who would make you an omelette or pancakes of your choice. Dinner offered soup and rolls, a salad bar with a huge choice, four main course options (one vegetarian) at least one of which a chef would prepare on the spot, a good variety of vegetables and accompaniments, two choices of pasta with sauces, and a selection of at least a dozen different little desserts, cakes, baklava and fresh dates with various sauces and honies. Presentation was top rate (including melon carvings which are always impressive) and service was good. You will not go hungry! The Bar was comfortable but alcohol was very expensive (£30 for a bottle of wine and £4 for a can of pretty lousy beer) but we did try a few of the non-alcoholic cocktails at £3 a go.
There were three pools, two large - one unheated, one heated, and a kiddies pool. Beautiful setting, plenty of sunloungers and umbrellas for shade. Alternatively, the beach was a gentle five minute stroll - though the staff did at first find it difficult to comprehend our desire to walk rather than take advantage of a chauffeured golf buggy. We had to take some exercise to work off the food! The beach was golden sand with plenty of opportunity for beachcombing (shells & coral), lots of sunloungers and umbrellas and a beach bar providing free beach towels to residents.
Staff at the resort were friendly, respectful and always willing to be of help. All spoke English to some degree and appreciated being able to practise their language skills with us.
Tip 1: There is a small supermarket on site run by exceptionally friendly people at which to buy bottled water, juice and snacks far cheaper than at the hotel. We bought a case of 12 x 2 litre bottles of water, some milk and some biscuits for about £7 and were provided with a lift back to our room in the shopkeeper's car! It was really useful to have a fridge in the room.
Tip 2: If you haven't been to Cairo before, do book the full day trip to the Museum and Giza for the Pyramids and the Sphinx. Ours also included lunch on the Nile and a very informative tour guide. Not cheap (£175 a head) and a long day but worth it.
We were taken aback by just how happy and optimistic everyone we spoke to were regarding the turmoil the country had just been through. Their revolution has inspired them all and we did not hear a bad word about any of it. I can only hope that the long term outcome fulfils their hopes and aspirations for their country. A lovely people.
Jaz was very quiet. If you fancy reading and dozing and swimming and talking quietly for a few days, it'll do you proud. There is nothing in the immediate vicinity approaching nightlife. No promenade, no clubs, no cafes/restaurants, no bars. I would suggest a week is probably long enough. That being said, it did liven up a bit on the Thursday evening/Friday/Saturday morning which is the Egyptian weekend when people came from Cairo with their extended families for a short break. If I lived in Cairo I wouldn't mind spending more than the odd weekend at Jaz.
The weather was beautiful (sunny and comfortably hot) other than the Saturday when it was overcast all day but still warm. There is a fairly constant breeze and it can get chilly in the evening so bring a cardigan.
The staff and service were excellent, the weather good, the pools and beach glorious and the accomodation very good. The food was superb - though we weren't sure what exactly we were eating half the time. I would highly recommend Jaz Little Venice to anyone who wants a complete winter break just to relax and catch up on their reading. But do take advantage of the trip to Cairo if only to break the week up a little.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Jaz Little Venice Golf Resort is the company’s first venture in Ain El Sokhna and offers a stunning five-star Golfing holiday to Egypt. Just 100 km from Cairo International Airport (and there’s even a shuttle service provided for guests) it is within easy reach on any European departure hub and promises a holiday of total relaxation. This Golf Resort features 120 pleasantly furnished, beautifully decorated guest rooms with all the modern amenities you could desire. With two restaurants and two bars you are spoilt for choice for eating and drinking. 24-hour room service is also on tap should you feel puckish during the night. Guests have access to a pristine beach. The lush International standard 9-hole golf course, due to open by end of 2010, will offer challenging greens, fairways and bunkers to suit experienced golfers without putting off the novice. Tee-ing off and driving on lovingly maintained greens against the backdrop of clear blue skies and crystal clear waters will exceed your expectations. The delightful climate throughout summer and winter means this plush resort can also be enjoyed all year round. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jaz Little Venice Golf Hotel Ain Sukhna
- Jaz Little Venice Golf Resort Egypt/Ain Sukhna