My wife and I visited the Lamaya from the 3rd-10th February.
We were both nervous having read about the bed bugs problems. These appear to have been resolved as we did not come across anyone with any problems. We did see some bed heads being carted away, so if there is any remaining problem it is obviously being addressed.
The hotel was excellent. It was very clean and the staff friendly and cheerful.
The food was varied, and good whilst not outstanding; we managed to find something every day without thinking about using the two a la carte restaurants. Each evening there was a choice of a vegetable, fish, chicken or beef main course as well as a pasta station and a barbeque station. If we had been there for longer than a week we may have become a little bored but for a week it was fine.
There was also a fitness centre containing a gym, jacuzzi and various massage services (very good). There was a water park a 5 minute walk away, that is free to guests. In addition there were two pool tables which need to be pre-booked at reception. There did not seem too much in the way of organised day time and evening activities; this may be because it was the quiet season but suited us just fine. Anyone visiting Marsa should be aware that there is a coral reef, a few hotels and the desert, so there is no entertainment or places to eat/drink outside the hotel complexes.
The beach was made up of ground coral, as is common in Marsa, rather than soft sand but it seemed popular. There were also volleyball and petanque pitches here.
The hotel is only a short ten minute transfer from the airport, though you will not be disturbed by flights as Marsa is a very quiet airport, we only saw two flights all week.
The prime purpose of our visit was to dive. The on site dive centre Coraya divers was very professsional, although reception staff could be a little unfriendly and disorganised; the guides were excellent. They have two house reefs (north and south) that you can dive unaccompanied if you have 25+ dives. Marine life was abundant with all the usual Red Sea suspects, Lion fish, Clown fish, Masked Puffer, Blue spotted wrays etc. We even saw 5 dolphins at the end of the dive. In addition the dive centre run afternoon and morning speedboat and truck dives, with an additional option of day boat trips from Port Ghalib just ten minutes drive away. If you do dive, we strongly recommend settling up your bill the day before you leave as we found it very laborious and time consuming! This way you don't lose any time the day of your departure. If you return in the future to dive here you are eligible for a 10% discount which sounds like a bargain!
For those just wishing to snorkel, there is a dedicated pier to allow entry onto the reef. This was extremely popular.
We have stayed previously in Marsa at the Calimera Habiba 30km south of this hotel and much prefer the Lamaya. We will be back.
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- Also Known As:
- Iberotel Lamaya Hotel Marsa Alam
- Iberotel Lamaya Marsa Alam