Flew from Manchester with Monarch on Airbus A330. Had good seats which were in front of extra legroom about halfway down the plane so could recline them without having to ask. Pitch was a lot better than when I went with Thomas Cook last november. Headphones £2.50 but hardly worth the effort. No films shown.
Landing - Usual Tour Operator representatives trying to get you to buy their visa for £15 upwards. I did what I normally do and just headed straight for the visa booths on the left. Got visa for £10 with some LE given as change. Had to change a bit of money while there as I had none left from last time. Got just under 9le for the £.
Visa line has been set up so everyone had to queue one after the other. Took a while to get through to baggage but it was obviously busy.
Our baggage took over 1hour from landing to appear. Thought it had been left in Manchester at one point!
Jolie Ville - Had a room near to the infinity pool where I prefer to be. Room was fine and clean. Double wardrobe, lots of drawers, bedside cabinets, tv, table and chairs.
Kettle, tea (Lipton), coffee (Nescafe), sugar and creamer already in the room. Fridge, basket of fruit and flowers too.
Bathroom was clean although as most regulars know on here they do need updating. It doesn't bother me what colour the walls are as long as its clean. Lots of toiletries, flannels and a loofah! Hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers set out ready too from the hotel.
Hotel still has a taxi list. Private message me with your email address if you want me to send it. I also have a map of the JV if you want this too.
Free wi-fi in room , reception, pool and most areas around the resort. Worked ok most of the time and was a nice bonus.
We were invited to a cocktail party at the hotel which is for regulars. Nice to meet the new manager and have a look at the plans for the extra rooms. Have to say that although some don't want it to happen I can see why they are doing it and it looks quite impressive.
Infinity pool was as fab as ever. I could spend all day in there and sometimes have to drag myself out of it to go into Luxor!
Breakfasts still ample with plenty of choice. Fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, pastries, toast, croissants, eggs, omelettes, pancakes , waffles and lots of other things.
We ate at the hotel a few nights and have to say that the food is even better than when I was last there. I would love however to see more Egyptian food on the menu.
Beer 30le, water 13le, coke/fanta/sprite 15le . Movenpick ice cream 14le a scoop!
Saw Ramses the camel and a little horse called Julie who were on their walks most days around the gardens. Pair of them are really sweet.
Trips - Got a taxi and went to West Bank. Did Valley of Kings, Carter House, Hatshepsut, Medinat Habu and Khoka tombs all in one morning. Hard work but as we only had a week I had to fit in a few things.
Karnak Temple - Again got a taxi and arrived early (about 0630) before it got crowded and the heat got too much.
Stargazing - I have briefly mentioned this whilst in Luxor on here. Absolutely fantastic trip and one I highly recommend. Contacted them via email. Kris who runs it replied to my emails quickly and arranged to meet at my hotel to talk through what we would actually do.
On the night of the trip we were picked up at 8.15pm. Driven to outskirts (took about 20mins) where we were met with cold drinks and egyptian tea.
Sky was full of stars and we saw fantastic closeups of the moon, Saturn, Mars, Venus and different star constellations. Also saw 2 shooting stars and an unusual Egypt moving star that Kris might tell you about if you go on the trip!
Have to say that he made the trip even more interesting with his obvious enthusiasm about the stars and planets. Price we paid was 180le adult 90le child under 12 and included all drinks. There is also another trip with them that includes an Egyptian meal & drinks which costs 360le adult 180le child. You can contact them via email at email@example.com. I hear they are at the moment sorting out a website but don't know how long it will take.
Sofra was unfortunately not open on time. I have though been told that they should (lol fingers crossed) be open in a weeks time. Went to Jamboree and cried into their movenpick ice cream for 7le instead!
Souk- Not so much hassle but enough to deter a few people probably. Got a few nice scarves for a couple of le, Stella to take away- bottle or cans for 8le (small open type place tucked away in the souk!!). People I was with bought cheap keyrings, compact make up mirrors, bracelets(wood/stone and string type), pharonic figures and various other small items.
Money - rate was hovering at just under 9le to the £.
Weather - gloriously hot of course , just how I now like it!
All in all had a fab time ;-)