Our overall experience was neutral. We were bored and happy to come home. The problem, however, was not in the bad quality of the place or any specific complaints, just that it's definitely not our favorite type of vacation.
The place is well-kept and nice, but it's in the middle of nowhere and there is nowhere to go besides the excursions. In February it gets super windy, so even after swimming in the warm pool we had to dry ourselves with towels asap and get dressed. At the beach there are shields against the wind, so you can sunbathe in shelter. As for swimming in the sea, it's not the most pleasant experience either - to reach the beautiful coral reef one has to walk for 800 m along the bridge, as the sea is shallow. However, we did swim a couple of times, and it was beautiful. Again on the way back we were shivering because of the wind.
We had soft all inclusive, which means we had to pay for our drinks, but the thing was that the staff isn't used to it, as all the guests are divided into 2 types - Germans with hard all inclusive plans, who drink without paying just by showing a violet bracelet, and Italians, who never drink, since it's not included. So, every time we were ordering a drink, we really brought confusion, they started to explain us every time that we'll have to pay, and when we said that we knew they were at a loss how we should pay and charging our room was a long process every time. The best service was at the pool's bar with a bar-attendant Marco, who knew what to do and was serving us drinks and giving us bills fast and without useless misunderstandings.
The food was good with a big choice. I suggest that people who complaint about food remember what they paid, as being low cost this place is more than decent. The restaurant though looks more like a military or factory canteen, where you have to queue to get food, it's noisy and waiters attack you to take away the dishes as soon as possible, which I was ignoring by taking my time to eat)))
Twice during the week there were special dinners at the beach restaurant (one usual Monday special dinner, the other being St. Valentine's). Those were extras we were happy to take to escape the factory style dinner at least twice. At those dinners we were offered seafood, which was good, but we were not warned that the st. Valentine's dinner will be identical to the romantic Monday one, so we had to eat exactly the same stuff, which was though still better than the usual included dinner.
The stuff was very pleasant and friendly, though watch out for your women, Egyptian men can be too familiar in their behavior. The shop-assistant in the main lobby was bothering me when I came by without my husband and also 2 members of the entertainment team stopped me in the restaurant saying something stupid and trying to joke with me. Another comment about the entertainment - it was too loud and aimed only at Italians. Loud Italian-speaking youngsters were yelling at the beach trying to drag people into a volleyball game or some silly dance. Too much is too much, and the louder the merrier doesn't work for all.
The complex looks nice, but just a couple of meters away there are piles of dirt and total desert.
In general, this place is good for people who are tired of the busy tiresome city life and want peace, no activity, lying on the beach and reading a book. If you like adventures, lively discos, bars, swimming and new impressions, go somewhere else.
A note - in February the most lucky in Marsa Alam are the kite-surfers. The wind is crazy, the prices are at its lowest, the best time))) I wish we were kite-surfers, maybe then our winter break would be way more fun.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Magic Tulip is perfectly placed to allow you to explore Marsa Alam's pure waters and coral reefs, Magic Tulip Beach Resort is surrounding with the rich and beautiful natural mountains, colours of the sea, and the mysterious untouched reefs and marine which guarantee an unforgettable holiday. You can enjoy the warmth of the sun and explore the Red Sea's coral reefs during a snorkelling trip through our in house Diving center or play a game of tennis. You can also work out in the gym and the animation team will entertain you day and night. Hotel facilities, including one main restaurant serves open buffet-style meals and Beach Restaurant serves Sandwiches and pizza at Lunch, English Terrace, nightclub pub, large swimming pool (heated during winter season) with pool bar and a Health Club, 24-hour information desk and a resident in-house doctor is permanently on call. You can enjoy a romantic candlelight dinner at our Beach restaurant "A la cart" mixed with the sea breeze and moonlight. (Booking is kindly requested against surcharge). All rooms at Magic Tulip resort including a balcony with views of the Red Sea come equipped with air conditioning, a minibar, safe box and cable LCD TV, Each room has a modern bathroom with a hairdryer and amenities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tulip Hotel Marsa Alam
- Tulip Resort Marsa Alam
- Tulip Resort Egypt