We stayed here 18 months ago in October 2009, and loved it - couldn't wait to come back. I'm not sure it's quite the paradise we found back then. Some things are as good as ever. The service is impeccable - friendly and courteous. Ramses the camel, and his handler Mohammed continue to delight everyone, young and old. The grounds are beautiful - constantly watered with a wide range of plants. The little zoo is great. We also consider the quality of food in the buffet to be an improvement on last time. The old infinity pool remains idyllic. There is a new infinity pool - much larger. I'm sure it will be wonderful when the bar opens, and the water warms up a bit! It's much larger than the other one, but doesn't have such a great view, or water that seems to spill into the Nile.
Now for the downside ... we are in one of the new blocks. Rather shoddily built. I think we may be the first to stay in our block (number 7). Lovely large rooms, but we have an interconnecting door to the next room and the sound proofing is zero. It is impossible to get the shower to hold a steady temperature - have been nearly scalded on the medium setting several times. The pillows are rock hard and VERY thick. We asked for some thinner, softer pillows. Were given a fresh supply, but no different from the originals. The main downside of the new blocks though is that it's a long trek to breakfast, the old infinity pool, reception ... basically everywhere. We managed to block our toilet, and it took several phone calls to get it sorted - unpleasant for them, and embarrassing for us !
On balance, still a wonderful resort hotel. But I can't help but feel the enlargement project has had an eye more for speed and profit than quality. Whilst larger than the old rooms, I think if we returned we'd opt for one of the small, refurbished bungalows.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled upon the private "Kings Island" in the Nile that covers 660,000 sqm, the resort truly is an oasis of peace and tranquility. The idyllic, landscaped hotel grounds are expansive and home to the two main buildings, bungalows and three enticing swimming pool areas. The historic sights of Luxor, located only 4 kilometres from the hotel, can be easily reached by complimentary shuttle buses. The island is connected to the mainland only by a bridge and is virtually free of charge. This makes the resort an ideal location for families with children. The resort has been renovated in 2010 and extended by 320 rooms and suites in 10 elegant bungalows, new restaurants, a pool of 2,800 sqm in size and a SPA with fitness centre (from early-sommer 2011). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Maritim Jolie Ville Kings Island Luxor Hotel Luxor
- Jolie Ville Luxor
- Movenpick Luxor