This is the 5th time that we have stayed here - in just 4.5 yrs - and we had never stayed in the same hotel twice before...
The location is just amazing, on an island, just south of Luxor, away from all the hassle (and there's lots in the city, though mostly good-natured.)
Do not be put off by the building work which is going on in the hotel - we were there for 2 wks and it did not disturb us at all.
They have started spraying against mosquitoes, twice a day, again - and that is a significant help in reducing the little blighters. Also the hotel was in the process of installing electrical bug killers ouside every room of every bungalow, which should improve things still further. (And an anti-bug device is included in every room, with a new "insert" supplied every day, when the beds are turned-down - along with a couple of very nice chocolates!)
Yes, the rooms are a little tired - as everyone reports - but spotlessly clean - and with air con which would cool a jumbo jet!
We sneaked a look at the rooms which are being refurbished - and it seems that they will be finished to a high standard. In particular, the lighting in the bathrooms should be better (each side of the mirror), though it looks like they will all have large showers not baths (apart from the deluxe rooms).
The extension to the bridge is now in use, so two way traffic is now possible, which eases congestion.
The staff are still excellent - from Reception staff to the gardeners and cleaners, everybody has a friendly word.
Particular praise must go to the new manager - a Swiss gent name Urs Ullbricht. He speaks perfect English (and several other languages) and is absolutely charming - always out and about, chatting to the guests and asking if everything is OK. He is extremely approachable and open - very different from the previous mgr, whom we never saw once...
There seems to be an even stronger customer focus now, as there are two charming Guest Relations young ladies, who are extremely keen to ensure that everything is fine - which it always is!
It was extremely hot while we were there (up to 45C), but this meant that the pools were warmer than ever - the Adult Pool reached 33C! And of course the Infinity Pool is just wonderful, esp for kids.
At this time of year the hotel is nowhere near full capacity - so LOADS of sunbeds - and probably more staff than guests, which makes for even better service.
The WI-FI (free) was very useful for us - though it did not work 100% of the time.
We ate mostly on the terrace - right next to the Nile - but also in La Fleur, the excellent French restaurant. It's normally expensive - but ask the Maitre d' - a friendly portly little fellow in a jacket about the meal deal, which reduces the prices considerably. We would recommend the wonderful tenderloin, sirloin, lobster - and Moevenpick ice creams.
To summarise: Go to this hotel, I do not believe you will regret it!
- 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