Spent a week with my husband here from the 9th Sept 2011.
After a 5hr 45min flight with Thomsons we found check in very good...we were all taken into the lounge so not to congest recetion and given our information and bands then shown to our rooms which were roomy with 2 double beds pushed together and clean and modern.
The hotel without doubt is stunning..it boasts 15 pools which several are heated (you will definitely notice the difference of the non heated ones even in the heat of summer)
It is a very large complex with most rooms over looking one of the pools..if you have trouble with mobility email and request a room near the restaurants then you will be central based and also be close to a selection of the pools.
With the hotel being so huge and the weather so hot it can be at times hard work getting from a to b. On a evening the temp was still above 26 degrees.
The beach is exactly what we expected after reading the reviews on here so if you've done your research you won't be dissappointed and expect anything more than what it is. It's corse sand (not the type to make sand castle with more building sand/grit/crushed coral & shells type) and yes most part of the day until about 4.30pm the tide is out and its about 2inch of water for 1km. Again we knew this but found it a pleasant walk out (beach shoes necessary for the coral) and this is how we did our sunbathing as it was breezy and our feet were kept cool making it a bareable sunbathe. The sunbeds are free on the beach although the 4 poster sun bed/houses are charged to your room at 20 Euros a day. We did this one day and found them comfortable and cool but over priced!
A well looked after camel walks up and down the beach all day for 10 Euros a ride.
I disagree with some of the other guests on here that the food isn't good. Although i personally didn't eat a lot as i'm very fussy..the choice was there..and i found there was a wide selection from pasta's..chicken..lamb..donner kebabs..potatoes/chips/wedges..fish ect in fact the only thing i didn't see was pizza's. You are in Egypt and you won't find English food although at breakfast there is cereals/a egg station/breads/salads beans/toast ect with cordial type drinks/tea/coffee hot chocolate. And at the beach bar you will find fish fillet fingers in batter & chips and burgers ect. The desserts are also plentiful. You will definitely not go hungry at this hotel and in comparison with other 4* hotels from the people we spoke to on trips whom were offered 1 dish at tea time this hotel is extravangant!
It is mostly self service in the hotel so you get your own drinks apart form the odd waiter on a evening in the bars but its usually quicker to just go get your own.
There are some lovely bars dotted around the complex but only one place will do entertainment as entertainment is very low key. If a singer comes in then the animation won't do a show. I felt for such a huge complex they could have had a few singers on or at least moved them around as they tended to be placed in between the relax pools which had limited seating and not adequate to cover the size of the hotel. On par with hotels in other countries i don't see why the animation are not able to do a show every evening in the ampitheatre.
On the Wednesday there was a beach party organised from a firm outside the hotel which charged 15 Euros each!! again why couldn't this be made a weekly event organised by the hotel!? Why should we pay for entertainment at a all inclusive hotel!
Another issue that all the reviews mention is the lack of water..1.5 litres allocated per room. I agree totally that this is not acceptable but again as i'd done my research was aware of this and not shocked..so in the first 2 days of your arrival go through the hotel gates and take a right and you will find 4 fixed price shops where you can buy bottled water very cheap to put in your room for drinking and teeth brushing.
I feel the hotel could also invest in tall plastic cups that are recycable and cost efficient rather than the thin plastic cups the drinks are served in around the pools as they get blown about and are very small.
My main reason for this being my first time to this country was 100% due to the predictable upset tummy so i deliberately paid more for a good quality hotel in hope of avoiding it. Let me assure you no matter where you stay or how careful you are you are likely to get one. I didn't eat salad..didn't touch money...didn't have ice cubes or ice cream and frequently sanatized my hands but i think you have to accept it's part and parcel of the country and people have their own explanations of why they get it from it being air borne or the chill from the pools..the food (which i find unlikely as your not sick its more just the trots) or handling dirty money..i'm guessing mine was due to the water they use in the drinks dispensers but who knows!! I took immodium and it worked fine for me..they tell you to get some from the pharmacy there as its more efficient but another guest got some and it read the same ingredients as ours so your choice..don't let it put you off though..just accept you may or may not get it, it will make no difference the quality of hotel you go in or how careful you are..it's Egypt!
We went on 2 trips..the trip that was 1 hr quading..spider cars..50km in to the desert to a boudin camp..a show and star gazing. we paid £45 each from the guy on the beach. It lasted 8hrs and was worth the money we paid as food was inclusive and drinks, although take a extra drink with you and buy a large square scarfe for the quading before you go from the shop outside the hotel at 1 Euro as they charge 5 Euros on the trip.
We also did the 4 Island snorkelling for my husband!! (i'm not a water babe) we paid £45 Euros again each from the guy on the beach but noticed later it was only 30 through Thomsons! The first stop off was paradise island for 1hr..this is plentiful as there's no shade, it is beautiful but not the powder sands they declare it is but the same as on the hotel beach. There is 3 more snorkelling stops and on one of them they dive down and feed the fish and all the fish swarm to the food which is spectacular and like swimming in a aquariam.Don't worry if you can't swim like me you can hold on to a ring and they pull you along whilst you look under the water.
If you're wanting to do Cairo ect i'd choose a hotel closer to there as its a 7hr road trip or 45min flight from Hurghada.
The only improvements i could suggest for the hotel is to provide bottled water and free mini bar ( I've paid half the amount for a holiday in Turkey and received free mini bar!) and for more toilets around the complex as with the design of the pools they can be quite difficult to reach when in a hurry!! the ones they have also need more direction signs to their where abouts. Evening entertainment also needs improving as after a day doing nothing sunbathing you don't want to be doing nothing on a night too!
I wouldn't go back to the hotel purley because i've been to the country now and like to visit lots of different countries but i do hope the next hotel will be as stunning as this resort as it is of a very high standard.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Iberotel Aquamarine Resort is made for those who want to spoil themselves with the prefect, relaxed, All inclusive luxurious five-star Egypt holiday. Located on the southern tip of Hurghada with its own unspoiled private beach, this impressive complex features seven restaurants. It boasts over 1,001 comfortable rooms equipped with all the latest facilities, services and amenities as well as the “Mercato” shopping complex and a conference centre for up to 1500 people. ... more less
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