Leaving behind the dust, squalor and detritus that besets modern-day Egypt, threatening even the magnificence and grandeur of its byegone civilisation almost, a bridge to tranquility leads us welcomingly to a sanitised paradise away from the harshly-driven and overladen mule carts, the brutalised horse-drawn buggies defying death and injury almost every minute from unthinking drivers who swerve round them.
This haven, this demi-paradise set on a bejewelled island surrounded by the mighty River Nile, is the above-mentioned resort. Your taxi draws up before the palatial reception hall where you register, agape at the magnificence and size - almost bordering on vulgarity - of the chandelier. We had been fortunate enough to earn "an upgrade" in our accommodation and were then taken by electric buggy through the impressive gardens, sweeping past trees and flowers of every sort imagineable and bungalows to some new-build two-storey buildings. Memories of the breathtaking size of the room lives with me still, one vast wall virtually all window sliding back to reveal a balcony upon which one could comfortably accommodate a drinks party for twenty souls - six of whom could have spent the night in the enormous bed, should they have felt so inclined.
The walk to the dining facilities, meandering through the varied accommodation - some looking older and smaller than ours - set in the colourful and well maintained gardens also led alongside the river to a gigantic cafeteria. I am not a fan of self-service but ,from viewing the heaped up plates that passed our table, I appear to be in a minority. The range and choice of food available could not be faulted but the ethos was not my idea of five-stars, I must confess, however, distinctly and outstandingly up-market from my other experiences of self-service on Britain's motorway system!
Three pools, one infinity, one with a sort of water playground atmosphere appealing to children and one adult-only, catered for all tastes and ages. Lounging could be indulged in almost anywhere on site and with the wall-to-wall sunshine even at the very end of December when we were there it was still delightfully warm, if not sufficiently so to encourage me to linger long actually in the water.
Birdlife was fascinating to observe and the range of varieties awe-inspiring. To see trees laden with white egrets roosting for the night and watch flocks of sacred ibis flying upstream at sunset was quite magical. Osprey and black kite were perhaps the most specacular sightings but I rejoiced at the intimate antics under my very nose of hoopoes and green bee-eaters.
Rameses, an extraordinarily well-behaved dromedary whose kind nature belied his haughty and superior look, was just one of a number of animals kept on the island, though no longer a Nile crocodile who apparently outgrew his enclosure - hopefully not at the expense of losing a few guests.
On New Year's Eve we were treated to an eight-course meal in the French restaurant that included attentive waiter service and that was first class. I also learnt at the end of my stay that we could have eaten from a limited menu in the bar each night served by waiters.
Would I go again? . . . . . Yes, but not next year.
- 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