Having spent several weeks reading other people’s reviews, I have now returned from a week at the Jolie Ville!
The location is fantastic. You’ll know by now that it is on it’s own island. The gardens are beautiful – wonderful flowers, birds, trees and plants – many of which are labelled so you know what they are, and there is a flora & fauna guide in the hotel room. The gardens are tended every day and are kept immaculately. You can walk freely around the island without being hassled. There are several secluded seating areas along the Nile where you can sit and admire the fabulous scenery.
The swimming pools are fantastic. We didn’t use the adults only pool as we have two kids, but it looked good. The infinity pool is just a great as the pictures suggest. Even at peak times it never felt crowded. So beautiful watching the Nile drift by.
The rooms certainly need updating as other reviews say, but they are spotlessly clean and comfortable. They are cleaned every day and have plenty of white fluffy towels. The air con is very good. They have private patios. Room service only costs £1.50 extra per order than the bar, so we used that on one night and sat on the patio. I took mozzie coils, room plug ins and room spray. Also jungle formula (50% deet). We got a few bites, but nothing dreadful. I bought Travla Probiotic tablets from the internet before we went to prevent stomach upsets. My 14 year old daughter was a bit ill one night, but nothing serious.
We used the free water taxi into Luxor twice. You book it at reception on the day. It’s well worth doing – a trip on the Nile for free! Be prepared for an ambush when you get to Luxor from felluca owners etc. Just walk quickly and say La Shukran (no thankyou) firmly.
Taxis are cheap. E£20 (£2.50ish) into Luxor. They will try and charge more, but just haggle. If you walk away they will soon say ok!
Don’t buy your water in the hotel!! It cost E£13 and you can buy it for E£2 in Luxor.
We ate in the hotel every night. I am sure you can eat more cheaply in town, but we were happy to stay at the JV. The food was very good and plentiful. The alcohol was very expensive, but with two kids we weren’t going to get drunk every night! The local beer is good.
A must do is the Fellah’s Tent; for about £35 (English£) You get an hour trip on the Nile, a galabeyah which you keep, entertainment in the tent, all you can eat buffet, all you can drink local wine, beer and soft drinks and more! It is such a good night out, suitable for kids too.
Exchange travellers cheques when you get there – you get a much better rate. Rates are regulated by the government, so it’s fine to use the hotel exchange.
Don’t book excursions with your tour company. Go to Luxor temple where the local guides will find you. We used a guy called Attia Mohammed for 3 days. He took us to the Valley of the Kings, Queens, Nobles and Workers and many other places. He charged a quarter of the price Cosmos wanted and we weren’t tied to a coach trip. He was extremely knowledgable. He can organise everything from day trips, to balloon rides at a fraction of the tour operators costs.
Shopping can be a bit scary. It is a downside of Egypt. You cannot browse. Shop keepers will pounce as soon as you look at them. Haggle hard and don’t be intimidated. Also be aware that if someone offers a ‘service’, they will expect “Baksheesh” (a tip). You cannot always avoid their services – eg in some of the tombs they will point out paintings or fan you with cardboard, even if you say no. At toilets they will give you sheets of toilet paper as you go in. If you take a photo of a local, they will want baksheesh. The security guards in the museums will let you take photos without a flash, but then ask for money. Arm yourself with plenty of small currency and give about E£3 (40p) for these types of examples. It can get a bit irritating, but don’t let it get to you. Do take cheap biros for the children. They really do love them!
Valley of the Kings is truly awesome. Tut’s tomb is a bit of an anti climax, and very expensive, but if you’re like me I just had to go inside. If you’re not bothered, I wouldn’t spend the money.
So the JV is beautiful, tranquil, safe, friendly, clean, amazing views, good choice of food, great location. Yes there are mozzies – you’re in the middle of the Nile. Come prepared with basic medication, and make sure you have medical insurance, just in case you need a doctor. Good common sense really.
Our kids are 11 and 14, and although there wasn’t “entertainment” as such, they never got bored. There are guitar players, occasional belly dancers, and the Fellahs tent.
We all really enjoyed the “sunset concert”: Relaxing music played at the edge of the Nile, sitting on cushions and rugs, drinking a cool beer, just watching the sun go down. – MAGICAL!
- 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