We stayed at the Coraya from the 2nd till the 9th October 2013. We had read plenty of reviews about the hotel on here, and we were very pleased to see that the hotel not only met our expectations but exceeded them. The efficiency after getting off the plane with the VISA being sorted on the bus, not having to check in to the hotel as the Thomson staff had it sorted, a lovely welcome drink, the bags being taken directly to the rooms and us being able to enjoy our holiday from the moment we entered the hotel was amazing.
The hotel is immaculate, the staff extremely friendly. We had a few minor hiccups on the first night, which were rectified immediately. We were very impressed with this, and with the staff overall. It is clear that they want to make sure your holiday is perfect, so if you have any complaints, make sure you tell them asap as they will sort it for you.
The food was very tasty, varied and always hot. A little hello from Norwich!! To our waiter Alaadin! The a la carte restaurant was lovely, especially the steak and lamb.
Being keen wildlife photographers, we were very impressed with the reefs and the wildlife by the beach, especially first thing in the morning where more than likely you will see the 2 ospreys. Snorkelling was best first thing in the morning (6-9am) as the sea was clearer. Unfortunately we hit a rather windy week which meant that the sea was a bit more murky later in the day, but there were still some clear areas with plenty of fish to be seen including eagle rays, moray eels, a huge barracuda, octopus and of course all the pretty colourful fish.
Also, as soon as you choose a sunbed by the beach, a waiter comes to greet you and takes your order, which was great!
The rooms were very clean and very comfortable and our room attendant Ahmed was extremely good. The gardens are amazing and colourful. Overall, the hotel is very well looked after and there is clear attention to detail.
We spent a lot of time snorkelling and by the beach, so we didn't participate much in the daytime activities run by the entertainment team, however we did attend 'blankets by the beach' one evening which was lovely. The resident singer Kahlil is very talented.
We went on a 'swim with wild spinner dolphins' excursion, and it was fantastic! We thoroughly recommend it. The boat journey back was a little choppy and it didn't help that the guides were chain smoking on the deck... however, the dolphin part was an amazing experience.
Now a special thank you to Samy, for his extensive knowledge and passion about his country. He has definitely made us want to come back to the hotel but also explore the rest of Egypt. Thank you for the chats and all your help during our stay.
And now a very special thank you to our Norfolk gal, Amanda! Thank you so much for making our holiday perfect. We loved the chats and friendliness. Hope to see you again soon, either back at the Coraya or in Naaarj''!
This was one of our best holidays, if not the best, and we will definitely come back! Hopefully next May!
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- Also Known As:
- Iberotel Coraya Beach Hotel Marsa Alam
- Hotel Iberotel Coraya Beach
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