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Jolie Ville Hotel & Spa - Kings Island, Luxor
Ranked #4 of 54 Hotels in Luxor
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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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“Amazing location, hotel, staff, holiday! Do not miss-out on this oasis of calm!”
Reviewed 18 June 2010

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!

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 June 2010

welcome home...the 1st words spoken when you walk through the doors.
the rooms have been upgraded and a new manager has improved the staff.
the grounds and gardens are breathtaking.
beautiful weather and new friends made make the jolievile a truly special place.
well done......

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 June 2010

My fiance and I stayed at the Jolie Ville for a week, following a nile cruise.
Our first impression on arriving was 'WOW', it was such a beautiful place, and the scenery and peacfulness of it all was so different to everything else we'd experienced in Egypt.

The staff were generally all freindly and helpful, and the manager of the hotel (I believe he was Swiss) was always around and about talking to the guests and making himself known. It gave you the feeling that if anything was wrong they'd have it all sorted for you within minutes.

The two pools were both gorgeous, particularly the infinity pool. It's much bigger than we'd expected from looking at the photo's. Hotels usually try and over emphasise the size of the pools, but in this case it looked good in the brochure, but they were still selling-it-short.

The rooms were all bungalow-type, all at ground-level, and all pretty-much the same. They were a little dated, but they were still at a decent standard. And they're in the process of updating them all.

The atmosphere, the wildlife, the peace and quiet, were all perfect. And exactly what we wanted after a week of hectic-ness on the cruise.
If you go to egypt expecting night-life and pubs and clubs, you're going to be left wanting. But if it's total relaxation you're after I definitely reccommend this place.

We had expected the food to be extremely expensive, but we ate in the on-site kings-bar most nights, and the average meal price was about 50EGP (£6.20 ish). Beer was 30EGP per pint bottle of the local lager, which is pretty good. Cokes and soft-drinks were 15-20EGP.

There were a few confusing things though:
The Egyptians didn't seem to understand the concept of 'Deals' properly. Or were just totally random in their pricing methods.

Example: A meal alone is 55EGP, A coke is 15 EGP, so 70EGP right?... Right, but if you order the 'special' for that night, it's 85EGP including a soft drink, and could be identical to what you would order seperately.

One thing I would reccommend is avoiding the shop in the hotel. They wanted £7 (yes 7 GBP!) for a packet of pringles. £5 for a chocolate bar, etc...

Luckily our rep told us about a shop in town known as Arkwrights, which we used a few times, and in there the prices were much more reasonable. Equivalent to 60p for a mars bar, and 50p for a can of coke. Definitely reccommend that shop. And there's no haggling, or bartering, everything is barcoded and scanned, just the same as a Spar or Co-Op over here.

Overall:
I'd definitely reccommend this hotel, and advise anyone going on a Nile cruise to seriously consider this place for their second week.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Zurich
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Reviewed 15 June 2010

My wife and I stayed at this outstanding hotel for the second time this year, this time it was on business for a small start up conference with our Upper Egypt partners. The services provided by the entire team of the Resort was outstanding, the conference room with its natural day light and the fantastic view onto the Nile, was perfectly set up with all the ordered and required equipment for our presentation. When having a small question regarding the video projection, the hotel own IT support was at hand at once and did not leave until he double checked that all was running smooth and well. The coffee breaks in the garden where only topped by the lovely presentation of the various pastries and viennoiserie, freshly brewed coffee and a nice selection of delicious fresh fruit juices. The lunch for our team of 20 was served timely and in the usual high standard and quality as one would expect for a 5 stars hotel of this caliber. When returning to the meeting room everything was again arranged and set up as new. Another small but important point was the free of charge wireless internet access which was very much appreciated by our delegates. Over all we can say that we had not only a very successful conference but as well a very enjoyable one and I would like to thank the entire Jolie Ville Team for their great effort. This was certainly not the last time we have visited, but next time again in private to enjoy as well the setting and tranquility of this truly remarkable Resort.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled on business
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Chichester
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Reviewed 14 June 2010

I was a bit apprehensive of coming to Luxor as my parents had been the year before and didnt like it and a lot of people have advice that can be worrying but this hotel allowed you to forget all of that. Being on an island meant it was an oasis from the hustle of Luxor, so quiet, so relaxing, so pretty, so friendly. Without a doubt I would recommend this hotel to anyone! The grounds are so pretty and it was a nice surprise to have a book of information on check in that told you what the plants were, and that each plant surrounding the bungalows begins with the letter of that bungalow. There is also a lot of birdlife and lizards and the hotel do offer wildlife tours around the grounds.
The staff are soo friendly they recognise you, everyone says hello, nothing is to much trouble, we had flowers put on our bed when they made it. the infinity pool was amazing and very cooling in the 44 degree heat. The hotel has its own vetted taxi drivers we used driver Mustafa Noby Mohamed and he was wonderful, also there on time, never over charged, very friendly. We used him to go on trips to Valley of the Kings, Alabastar Factory and Karnak Temple and he gave us a very good price. We did get a taxi from the street to return to the hotel and had a character called Ali - very very funny and slightly scary driving!! He liked to shout out ALI ALI ALI OI OI OI as he was driving lol! Character! I would recommend finding a driver you like and use them every time.

Luxor isnt for everyone but this hotel is!!!

We ate at the hotel a few nights - the buffets were ok lots of selection, BBQ a little limited but it is a BBQ, Le fleur was nice and the Kings bar had a nice selection. Other nights we ate in town and got a taxi there. We ate at the Latern, Puddleduck, Deans and Gerdas Garden they were all lovely restaurants, all english owned apart from Gerdas which is german. out of all of them Deans was the best we ate there 3 times - not a massive selection on the menu but what is there is AMAZING!!
I would also recommend the arkwrights store in the next road along water and snacks really cheap.

Few things we noticed in Luxor - we got a much better rate while out there for our money. The Valley of the kings is about £10 per adult this does not include the train ride up to the valley that is an additional £4 egyptian pounds (about 50p) there is 62 temples you are entitled to look at 3 only and Tutankhamun is an additional £10 per person. At an Alabaster factory the work is fantastic and there is alot of things there to look at nothing has a price they allow you to pick out everything you want then they come up with a price - haggle - we got ours down from £1300 egyptian pounds to £500.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 June 2010

the best of the best
First time to Luxor ,We stayed here the first two weeks . We had our 4 year old son with us. The hotel is wonderful the grounds amazing. This is a hotel on an island and you could walk around the island which includes walking along the Nile (just wonderful). There is plenty of seating and little hide aways where you can sit and watch the sunset and listen to the praying from the mosques adding to the experience no end. The plants, flowers and trees are beautiful and so well maintained.
The rooms are maybe basic compared to a five start hotel in the UK but you are not in the UK you are in Egypt which is a poorer country. The rooms were very clean, tea and coffee facilities are in the room. The beds are huge and you leave a card on your bed when you want new linen everyday if you choose however we did not think that was needed so we went for once a week as we would at home. Plenty of towels provided. My little boy loved the fact that his teddy was tucked up in bed when we got back to our room. The petals on the newly made beds were a lovely touch.
The island also has its own camel ramesses who we saw everyday which was nice,there is usually a small zoo but it has been moved because of the new build,
Now La Flur restaurant was out of this world we ate here 4 nights and enjoyed every meal we had especially the lobster and sea bass which was mouth watering..
but i was sad because the zoo was closed in my vacation but the reception man called mahmd ant the guest relation girle called nemin ( they were very helpful anytime you ask they answer ) i asked them and they say coz the renovation it closed but in my next vacation it will be open .
stay at jolie ville resort is very good

  • Stayed June 2010
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Walsall
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Reviewed 12 June 2010

We stayed here in May 2010 for two weeks on a B&B basis and was not disappointed. After reading reviews I was worried what the rooms would be like but they are clean, spacious and comfortable. We had fresh fruit and flowers on arrival and the flowers we changed regularly, you are also given mosquito plug-ins and candles with insect repellant for outside. The bathroom was clean and fully stocked with clean towels, dressing gowns, slippers and mini toiletries. There is a safe box in the wardrobe, air con, wifi, tv, kettle with tea and coffee and a fridge (with bottled water on arrival) all free of charge. The bed in our room was huge and you can even order harder or softer pillows from housekeeping! There are even plenty of hangers in the wardrobe to put your clothes on - nothing worse than trying to get all of your stuff on one hanger!
The hotel has two pools, one near reception for adults only and the other is the infinity pool, which also has a kids area and jacuzzi area. The sunbeds have nice big cushions on with towelling covers and normal towels are provided- we did hear some guests moaning that the towels were old and worn but you are not obliged to use them, we preferred to take our own mainly so we would see where our sunbeds were! There is also a games area with table tennis, pool table, garden chess, bowls and darts. The grounds are simply stunning, many different trees, flowers and birds thrive here - we even saw two kestrels fighting above the Nile and it was amazing to watch as they tumbled down over each other towards the water. There is some building and renovation going on over the other side of the island but we did not suffer any disruption because of this.
Do bear in mind that the hotel is very peaceful and quiet and there is not much in the way of entertainment - there is the fellahs tent one night a week and a regular but not brilliant cabaret act in the Kings Bar. The majority of the guests were a lot older than us and it seems a lot more geared towards them than families or young people looking to party but this suited us as we wanted to relax.
When it comes to food we found the breakfast to be very good, there are many breads and pastries, and and extensive hot and cold buffet. We decided to go B&B so we would have the option to eat in or out at night but I would definitely recommend going out as the food is expensive and drinks extortionate (15LE for a soft drink compared with 5LE outside), it works out cheaper to eat out and pay for a taxi there and back. The restaurant has a different theme every night but none of these is traditional cuisine so we also felt that eating out was the only way to sample this. Two of the best restaurants we found were The Lantern and The Jewel of the Nile, less than 5 minutes away, both owned by English women but with Egyptian chefs so there was variety on the menus - and they are well known so any taxi driver would know where they are.
It is easy to venture out to Luxor regularly using the hotel bus or boat service, just be prepared for the hassle. If you get the boat the felucca guys are waiting at the end of the jetty and the taxi drivers on the pavement above - just turn left and go up the ramp - they tell you to go the other way so you have to walk right past them! If you ever wait for the bus to go back dont be fooled by taxi drivers telling you the bus has gone as this is a ploy to get you into their cab. We were lucky enough to meet a taxi driver on our second day who was a really nice guy - we took his card and would ring him whenever we needed a taxi for the rest of our holiday. Also steer clear of the "caleche" or horse and cart, firstly nearly all of the horses are not looked after and secondly the drivers will say anything to get you in- often offering a trip to the market for a pound but then trying to charge 100LE or more when you get there.
You cannot go to Luxor without doing some sightseeing and it is easy enough to do on your own - we got the hotel bus into town then walked to Luxor Temple (25LE) and Luxor Museum (80LE), and did Karnak Temple (65LE) by taxi. Please do not be sucked in by the rep at the hotel that you shouldn't do any excursions on your own! We booked ours at with Ahmed aka Mr Fox at Abu Simbel travel under the Winter Palace. We paid less than half of what Thomson charge and both times it was just us on the excursion so we had the guide and air conditioned minibus to ourselves. After a little bit of haggling we paid 250LE (just over £30) each person for the West Bank, this includes the Valley of the Kings where you get to go into 3 different tombs (apart from King Tut - its 100LE extra if you want to see it), Temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. Our guide was fantastic and was so detailed she even translated the heiroglyphics in the temple!! We also went to Abu Simbel for 750LE (just over £90) each. The temples there are absolutely breathtaking and the story of how they were moved is incredible, definitely a must if you have the chance. Its a long journey and it takes a full day as its so far but we had a break on the way in Aswan where we saw the Unfinished Obelisk. You get a lot of hassle when you leave any of the sites as you have to go past the shops to get out, but for souvenirs there are better places in Luxor itself. We found two of the best shops with two of the nicest guys in Luxor between KFC and the Sheraton Hotel. The first is Maria Jewellery - George who works here is an absolute diamond and he will custom make any silver or gold piece for you at the most reasonable price. The second is blue eyed Ali, a couple of doors away at Ali Casse Les Prix. He sells alabaster, other stone ornaments and figures and also some of the best papyrus. They both also make an excellent cuppa!!!
Overall we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and cannot wait to go back again. There may be some minor faults with the hotel but we still got a lot more than we paid for.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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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 Romantic Hotel in Luxor
#2 Business Hotel in Luxor
#2 Family Hotel in Luxor
#2 Spa Hotel in Luxor
#3 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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