We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Lowest prices for your stay
Expedia.com
US$542
View deal
Free cancellation until 16/07/22
Hotels.com
Booking.com
US$202
View deal
Free cancellation until 15/07/22
TravelocityUS$542
Orbitz.comUS$542
FindHotel
View all 11 deals
Payments made by partners impact the order of prices displayed. Room types may vary.
Prices are provided by our partners, and reflect nightly room rates, including all taxes and fees known to our partners. Please see our partners for more details.
Payments made by partners impact the order of prices displayed. Room types may vary.
Nearby Hotels
Reviews (1,056)
Filter reviews
1,056 results
Traveller rating
738
195
82
17
24
Traveller type
Time of year
LanguageAll languages
More languages
Traveller rating
738
195
82
17
24
Show reviews that mention
All reviews slide pool paddle boarding main restaurant fish a la carte restaurants red flag main pool water sports horse riding fantastic holiday magic divers coffee house something for everyone kept immaculate kids club crisps family room
Selected filters
Filter
Updating list...
440 - 445 of 1,056 reviews
Reviewed 22 April 2013

We spent one week at the Magic Life Kalawy Imperial with our 2 year old son and it was really amazing. Great weather with at least 30°C every day, clean and clear water to swim and snorkel in. Our son loved to wade in the water and look for fish and little crabs. It's great that you can walk in the water and right besides there is the lagoon where you can swim and surf. The reef is also awesome, lots of fish in all colors. The food is always delicious and you will always find something to your taste. All the staff is really friendly and helpful, I noticed that all of them spoke at least a little bit of German. Especially our waiters at the restaurant "Magico" (Taha and Mahmoud) were really nice and greeted our son by his name and played little games with him. The gardens of the hotel are well kept and always cleaned, the flowers and other plants are just beautiful. One evening we dined at the Thai restaurant "Mai Thai". The food was really delicious and there's even a special kid's menu. The Café "Sissi" had yummy cakes, almost like at home in Vienna, and our son loved them :) The bar serves really good cocktails.
Before we had arrived, we had asked for a room close to the kid's pool, which we got. However, we didn't bear in mind that the live music from the Lounge Bar would be that loud (it started at 10pm and lasted until 11:30pm), so we asked to change our room the next day. We were offered to switch to a room in block 12 or block 13 and we opted for the latter. It was next to Café "Sissi" and very quiet and also not that far from the kid's pool or the main restaurant. There were a few cockroaches in our room which seemed to have crawled out through the shower's drain, but that was it and it's normal to find those kind of animals in a country like Egypt.
We haven't tried the Spa or a massage or water sports. You can also go horseback riding or riding a camel at the beach, if you like. Our son was afraid of the camels, though, so we just went to have a look at them. There's also the possibility to rent a Quad and drive around in the desert. Or you can go diving, as there's a professional diving base located at the club.

Room tip: Avoid block 11, if you want to go to sleep before 11:30pm. Otherwise you will get the impression that the live band is playing in your room. ;-) Block 13 is really quiet and still not that far away from the reception, the main restaurant or the beach.
Date of stay: March 2013
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
4  Thank amaterasu98
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed 17 March 2013

Our hopes where up high when we arrived for our 3rd stay in Magic Life Kalawy and we were not dissappointed! We found it the best stay of the 3.

The warm welome in Magic Life by the receptiondesk made us feel at home again in a second. We had filled in the pre-check-in form on the site and the whole took us about 5 minutes to get our keys and take off to the rooms. We booked 2 seaside rooms and we got 2 rooms with a connecting door. A family suite. We had a lovely view of the sea, unfortunately with the wind blowing frontal in our balcony. So we could not sit outside in the evening this time.
The rooms were clean and roomy, a large bathroom with walk in shower. Always hot water and enough waterpressure. A safe, large enough for a tablet, but not for a 15" laptop. Minibar (water and softdrinks included) tv (an old one ;-)) airco and bathrobe and slippers. Goodiebags for repeaters.
The gardens are beautiful in this time of year, and all day long the gardeners are busy to keep it beautiful. Even the gardeners recognized us and welcomed us back.
In the restaurant we were welcomed with open arms and many handshakes and hugs by the waiters and managers. The food is still outstanding, the chef is always present to supervise everything. Every friday there is a guided tour though the kitchens. Have a look, you'll be amazed. Your dinks will be served the moment you sit down, empty plates will be cleared away instantly. Everybody is so friendly, I cannot find the right words for it!
The beachbar is still the best place to be during the day. They serve good coffee and of course everything else. Your favorite drinks will be served to your sunbed if you like. Thank you all!
In the lobby is free wifi, it's fast internet. We cuddled up on the sofa's near the reception every night for a hour or so to keep up with all the social media. Drinks were served without having to ask for it. An empty glass is impossible.
Every night you can watch a show or listen and dance to music on the terrace or in the theatre
If you like horsebackriding, on the beach you can book lovely trips on very nice horses. The boys are very friendly. Everybody in the hotel speaks very good English.
Our stay was magnificent. This was not our last visit to this magic hotel..

We booked our transfer through the company on the site of ML and this is absolutely VIP travel. Still waiting for our bagage to arrive in the hall, we were welcomed by the staff and later escorted to the minivan.that took us to the hotel. The driver and his co-driver were very good company and the drive of about 50 minutes was a pleasant one. The return transfer was again very pleasant. The driver picked us up 5 minutes before the arranged time.

Date of stay: February 2013
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
7  Thank smetie
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed 25 February 2013

Obviously best Egypt hotel for winter.
Good weather, friendly and careful staff, very good animator team,
excellent restaurants, best kitchen.
Very very good kid's animator team.
Highly recommended for winter vacations.

Date of stay: January 2013
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
11  Thank Igor_Kadosh
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed 18 February 2013

I loved this stay: the location is perfect for a peacefull vacation (the hotel is completely isolated) but there is a wonderfull entertainment team at work where everything can be done but doesn't have to be done. They don't push you into anything. The price/quality are very high, you get more for the money.
The room very well furbished with everything you need including decent mattrasses. Very clean hotel in and around the room/pool/everywhere.
The food is very tastfull but sometimes a little too spicy, though there is plenty of choice. Many dishes are being cooked in front of you. or you can choose between 3 a la carte restaurants.
4 huge pools, 1 with waterslids and 2 of them heated, plenty of beds and sunscreens, towelservice free and unlimited changed. Beautifull beach with quite lagoon, again enough beds and sunscreens.
Night entertainment in more than one possibility: live show or live music; open cinema, disco. At night very cold but hotel provides blanckets.
All inclusive very wide, including snacks at the pool or midnight snack at the main restaurant.
Personeel very friendly and warm, they fly higher if you give them some tip. but above all very children friendly/funny.
the only but: you have to be very straight with the sellers for extra activities, they can be very pushy.
Try a cake at Cafe sissy's in the afternoon with wide choice of tea's or coffee.

Room tip: all rooms are good, some with rural sight but the most have pool or sea sight, a terrass or open balcony. Family room spacy with separate room for the parents and small fridge free of charge.
Date of stay: February 2013
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
3  Thank Ruthytje
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed 7 November 2012

We spent one week at the Magic Life Kalawy at the beginning of November 2012. This was our fourth time in Egypt and our second visit to this resort (last visit exactly 2 years ago). We usually tend to give new hotels a trial, but in this case we opted again for the Magic Life as „we knew what we had“ and were confident that the hygienic standard would be high (with little kids this was our main concern, as stomach problems are quite common in Egypt – even in 5-star accommodations).

On the positive side:
• Cleanliness of the rooms is still flawless
• Gardens are meticulously trimmed and buildings well maintained
• Friendliness of staff (especially room staff and at the restaurant) is good, although perceived as less remarkable than on our first visit
• Dive school very well organized and good staff. House reef good for snorkeling, however for the experienced diver rather boring
• The remote location - the road next to the beach is not very pleasant, indeed, but that didn’t bother us as the traffic is very light. If you venture out of the resort (which most of the guests don’t) you have a true desert experience!

On the negative side:
• The club seems to have less staff than 2 years ago. This was confirmed by other families we met there. The lack of staff impacted the service at the main restaurants and the pool bars. Sometimes you had to wait a long time before being served or the plates would pile on the table, before someone came to pick them up. Also the kids club: there was only one girl in the „Mungo Club“ (3-6 years) – 2 years ago there had been permanently two, sometimes three girls. At the children’s Tennis there was one trainer for a group of 20 kids – this didn’t make sense and our kids didn’t learn or enjoy it… In my view the management has room for improvement here, unfortunately several (multiple-visit) families stated that they would not come back again.
• The kids club is closed on Sundays, due to day of departure. We found that not appropriate, as there are no real arrival or departure dates. Guests arrived and departed in equal measure every day. So, why not open it 7 days a week?
• Not important, but odd: old televisions, very little choice of TV stations (20 channels to cater for mostly German, Austrian, but also Polish and Belgian guests) with poor image quality
• Waste separation is a hoax – probably to give the environmental-minded guests a good feeling. I have seen the waste being thrown together in on big waste box. I am not sure if the concept of separating the waste in “paper”, “plastic” and other/organic really exists in Egypt

Insider tips:
(a) the Mountain bike trip to the „Dead city“ is great. The 45Km through the desert brings you to the ghost city of „Umm Huweitat“, a former mining city abandoned 25 years ago. An unusual place that would be a great movie setting
(b) for the arduous „runner“ – it is possible to go jogging outside the resort (although the reception staff would not recommend it). You have to give your room number, when you leave the resort. If you cross the two streets you can easily run inland following the numerous ‘wadis’. There are even several trails (probably for the horseback riding tours) leading to small hills where you have excellent 360° lookouts
(c) Snorkeling at the house reef is best in the early morning hours as the sun “illuminates” the reef from the east. In the afternoon, snorkeling is still ok, but much less colorful.

Conclusion: we would probably not come back a third time as we see a slightly negative trend. But to be fair: it is – for Egyptian standards – still a good resort, well suited for kids and affordable. Therefore we still rate 4 out of 5 points

Date of stay: November 2012
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
8  Thank MunichVagabond
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
View more reviews