Like many others, we are long term fans of this hotel. We visited a number of times between 2002 and 2005 and then had to miss a few years as we started our own business and had a son. He is now 4 and this was the right age, we felt to take him abroad for the first time.
We booked the hotel with much anticipation but - call me a cynic - I did not expect the experience to perhaps live up to our earlier memories. Previously we were a young couple and the bungalows were cosy and romantic, the service excellent and the holidays everything that we could have wished for. I had looked at the reviews over the last few years, wistfully longing to return but with the expansion and the intervening years, I expected that my recollections to be rose-tinted. I was wrong.
We arrived to see a lot of change - all very positive and the staff were as attentive and welcoming as previously. The food was as good as we remembered and the facilities all immaculate and impressive. The new accomodation is huge and very well suited to a family. All the staff, we felt were extremely proud of the additions to the hotel and were keen to express this - this shows a wonderful sense of team work.
Bearing in mind the current political situation - of which there was no sign whilst we were there, we were most impressed with the atmosphere on the island. It must be worrying to everyone to be running at only 20% occupancy yet this did not affect the level of service that we received in any way and is a tribute to those in charge. I cannot imagine that, were a similar situation to evolve in our country, the good old British would continue to work with such enthusiasm, genuine warmth and absolute dignity. We were pleased to note the number of visitors increasing as the week went by.
There are some comments on this site about the lack of planting around the new buildings. These were only completed very recently and you have only to look at the number of groundsmen at work to know that this will be addressed as soon as possible, and that it is a proirity - but even the Jolie Ville team can't get the plants to grow quicker! There is a gym and there is WIFI, so not quite sure what the problem was with the previous post.
We can't wait to get back - it will be next year rather than 6 years time! Our son adored it and all the attention he received. Thank you Jolie Ville for proving me a cynic!!
- 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