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Jolie Ville Hotel & Spa - Kings Island, Luxor
Ranked #3 of 54 Hotels in Luxor
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“Paradise found not lost”
Reviewed 10 May 2009

Just returned from our 2nd stay at the Jolie Ville hotel in Luxor,we enjoyed it so much last year we decided to return again,and our expectations were not spoiled, beautiful location,weather fantastic,rooms spotlessly clean,food in hotel and Kings Bar good, breakfast is the same each day but there is plenty to choose from.

The rumour when we were there is that they will start refurbising the chalets this year,plus there is plans for a marina and golf course on the island!.

The adult pool is now finished and is great to chill out at,at 4.30pm each day there is waiter who brings out a trolley from Acorn Antiques for Coffee/tea/Cake.

If you need a taxi driver we can strongly recmmend Mohammed Taxi number 874,his mobile number is [--],he is reliable and a very nice guy.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 May 2009

My husband and I have just come back from a ten day stay at Maritim Jolie Ville and what a lovely time we had. In our opinion it is the best place to stay in Luxor. Yes, you are situated out of the main town but it is much quieter. The Hotel is on an island called Kings Island and is accessed over a bridge.
The gardens are beautiful and are very well kept by the staff. The pools are lovely; there is an adults only pool and an infinity pool which has a water play area for children plus a waterfall feature. Both pools are clean and have stunning views over the nile. You can watch the boats go by and relax. There are plenty of sunloungers available and staff give you towels and help you to put up the umbrellas if you need it.
You can ask for drinks and food and they bring it to you. You can either pay there and then or sign for what you have ordered and it will be added to your room bill, which you can then pay later or at the end of your stay.
One thing to mention though, like other people have mentioned here too, because the Hotel is situated away from the town, you will find that prices are more expensive. For example a beer is 30 egyptian pounds (approx £4) whereas in town they are about 15 to 20 egyptian pounds. The bbq in the evenings is good value at 90 egyptian pounds each. The dinner in the restaurant has a different theme each night and is a bit more expensive. The buffet style breakfasts in the morning are good - quite a lot of choice of things to eat.
The Hotel runs a free shuttle bus and also a free boat service to the town, but only a few times during the day and evening. Alternatively, you can get a taxi. You will be given a price guide of the taxi costs and therefore should not pay more that 20 egyptian pounds for a taxi to town. Make sure you confirm the price with the taxi driver before you get in the car and also confirm that you mean egyptian pounds not sterling! Once in town, you will be approached alot; do you want a taxi, do you want to eat in their restaurant, do you want a horse and carriage ride etc etc. People walk with you and can be quite persistent so you need to be be prepared to say a polite but firm NO and then walk on. It won't come naturally at first but you will find that you need to ignore them. The people there are lovely though and won't be rude to you at all. Some of them will even joke with you. It is a way of them making their living so they have to try!
We did two trips - the West Bank (Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens) etc, which was excellent. Well worth doing. Very very hot though, with not much shade so do take plenty of water with you and wear cool clothing, plus a hat or something to cover your head. The second trip was the Karnak Temple Sound & Light Show - it was amazing and again, highly recommended that you do this. For both trips we did book through the Rep Daniella and they were quite reasonable. We wanted to do the balloon flight but unfortunately there was an accident there a few days before we arrived and somebody, sadly, died - so the Government there have put a stop to the balloon flights at the moment. Daniella was not sure if they would start up again.
The rooms are quite basic but very clean and the cleaners come in every day (quite early - from about 8am - so put your 'do not disturb' sign on your door if you want a lie-in)! There is a hairdryer, kettle and tea/coffee facilities plus a safety deposit box which you can make your own security code for it.
One negative thing for us was the mosqituoes. Believe me when I say that they are everywhere, particularly at night, though we have found we have been bitten during the day too but did not see them! Check the room and beds/bedding in the evening too as we got bit during the night, despite spraying ourselves, the bedding and having the plug-in in. I took vitaminB tablets before I went and during the holiday and we always sprayed repellent spray. Do this, as it is better than nothing, but be prepared that the mosquitoes are determined and annoying little things!! There are also quite a lot of flies around as well during the day, which can be annoying when you are sunbathing!
This really is a lovely Hotel. The staff are friendly and can't do enough for you. The setting is beautiful, particularly sitting having a drink watching the sun go down over the nile, with peaceful music playing in the background during the evening 'sunset concert'. Bliss...

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Hoylake, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 May 2009

I have just returned home from the Maritim Jolie Ville, Luxor having suffered severe food poisioning which started on my second day there and continues today. The food was far too salty and the salads were a sloppy, messed about with,heap of horribleness. I only ate at the hotel and only drank their bottled water. The chef who cooks at the counter in the evenings (small chap) scrounges from beginning to end of his service and makes very inappropriate suggestions to women guests. He is awful. The rooms are comfortable but never 5*, barely 3*, though the grounds are lovely and the weather unbeatable for sunshine, also good pools. The reception staff are fine until you have cause to complain then they suddenly can't speak English and really don't want to know about yet another attack of food poisoning. Breakfast is lovely if repetitive. Toilets in public areas (and I should know) are kept very clean. Somewhere the standards are poor due to the high number of stomach upsets and food poisoning and I suspect it's the kitchens. I am in my 50's and would have to say "never again" due to the lasting effects of the poor food standards. Your choice!

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled with family
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Jolie_Star, Secretary - Executive Office at Jolie Ville Hotel & Spa - Kings Island, Luxor, responded to this review, 13 May 2009
Thank you for selecting Kings Island for your recent vacation and for taking the time sharing your reviews with us on TripAdvisor.

Kindly be informed that our management TEAM is available for 24hrs and we would have the pleasure if you could share your concerns with us during your stay since we would have been able to provide you not only with medical assistance but also an invitation to one of our kitchen tours, where we are proud to show our kitchen to our guests weekly! More than this, even we could have submitted samples of our food products for testing to external laboratories.

We are actually working with external auditors, such as Cristal UK, to keep our hygiene standards and food handling procedures up. We are also receiving monthly audits by Thomas Cook, TUI Thomson and many other famous tour operators. We usually receive very good remarks about our hygiene standards. As those audits are including random food samples we do not feel shy to say that the product quality in our resort is over average. Our kitchen team has been trained on HACCP certification, which is the highest international standard for food safety and kitchen hygiene.

In addition we have our hotel doctor on duty 24 hours a day. Upon my specified inquiry he could not remember persons having been complaining about such heavy stomach troubles related to food poisoning or even having been hospitalized during the last months. Also the other 300 hotel guests who consumed from our buffet did not report any similar experience.

With regard to Reception service, a full investigation shall be carried out with the responsible department head to ascertain as to where and how we fell short in our service and we assure you not to confront such a situation anymore during your next visits.

We pride ourselves on creating truly memorable experiences for our guests and do all possible as to create delight, which is our duty and it is a wonderful task to which we are committed on this magnificent island retreat.

We sincerely hope that we will have the pleasure to welcome you back to our paradise Kings Island in the near future.

For further queries, kindly contact me at resort@lux-maritim-jolieville.com

Thank you
Jolie_Star
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Salisbury, Wilts
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Reviewed 6 May 2009

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!

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled with family
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sugarloaf, pa
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Reviewed 4 May 2009

I made my first trip to egypt in 2006 and if I ever go again, I will be staying here. Absolutely amazing resort in the most perfect location with the best view you could ask for. Ive stayed many places, and this most certainly ranks up there at the top. You will not go wrong by booking any amount of time at this resort, and I higly highly recommend it.

  • Stayed March 2006, travelled with friends
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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 May 2009

We have just returned from 2 weeks in luxor. The Maritim Jolie ville is a very nice, peaceful hotel with lovely surroundings. But just not for us.
The resturant was VERY expensive and we ate out in luxor most every night. There was no entertainment for kids or adults and our 2 children got bored very quickly!!
Because of the location of the hotel (on the nile) we were overcome with mosquitos we were bitten day and night no matter what we did, my husband was bitten over 35 times and suffered an allergic reaction but couldnt afford to see the doctor as it was £140 and thats just without being seen too!!! Mental!! Also because of the location we had to taxi everywhere which became expensive after 2 weeks, there was a free shuttle bus but the times were just not convienent.
I would recomend the hotel for elderly couples and maybe young couples but just not for young families, which was a shame..
I would definatly return to luxor itself and stay in one of the hotels in the town, which are in walking distance of eveything..
The resturants i would recomend are The Lantern which is where we spent most our evenings, Deans bistro which is next door. Both are run by english people. also the macdonalds was nice and refreshing and the view from the top whilst eating was amazing..
We did try a few other places but ended up just leaving straight away, Snobs, which didnt sell alcoholic beverages and The kings arms which was far too smoky and unpleasent..
With the water situation we found this egyptian supermarket called Omar market this was very cheap , £1 egy for a litre of water, £3 egy for a litre of fanta, milk, cheeses, biscuits, wash stuff etc so make sure if you go to luxor to give it a try!!
All in all this was a good holiday and luxor is a lovely place to visit full of history and charm.. Dawn From southwest england..

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled with family
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nuneaton, warwickshire
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Reviewed 4 May 2009

I am a 15 year old girl, 14 at the time i went to the Jolie ville and i loved it, it was the most amazing experience of my life. The moment we arrived i fell in love with it we both did. The staff are very friendly and are always there to help, the scenery is just breath taking. When you wake up in the morning your first view is the Nile and it’s absolutely beautiful. The sunset and sundown is fantastic, the sun goes down at about half 4 and its beautiful to watch because it goes down in about half a hour. The weather is very very hot, i mean its quarter 12 in the afternoon in Egypt and its 38 degrees Celsius. Pretty amazing don’t you think.?To be honest those two weeks we spent in Luxor were so packed with trips and activities we could never be bored at all. With all it's history and mystery. Here is some things to tell you about:
*Luxor is nice but you will get a lot of hassle from people to buy things of you, if you want it be sure to haggle because they will have a lot of respect for you if you do.
* The Jolie ville has everything you need like : a zoo, 2 pools, a gym, hairdressers and loads more.
I’m sure you will love it and its great for the whole family
September 2009 here we come :)

  • Stayed October 2008
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Property: Jolie Ville Hotel & Spa - Kings Island, Luxor
Address: Awameya Road | Kings Island, Luxor 85834, Egypt
Region: Egypt > Nile River Valley > Luxor
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Luxor
#2 Family Hotel in Luxor
#2 Spa Hotel in Luxor
#2 Romantic Hotel in Luxor
#2 Luxury Hotel in Luxor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:5 star — Jolie Ville Hotel & Spa - Kings Island, Luxor 5*
Number of rooms: 650
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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