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Magic Tulip Beach Resort
Ranked #33 of 68 Hotels in Marsa Alam
Reviewed 21 March 2009

This resort is situated with sea on one side and desert the other, when you stand at the end of the jetty and look back it looks like a little oasis in the middle of nowhere. We found the hotel to be fantastic with the most wonderful staff, great food/drink, loads of sunshine every day. The staff were so helpful, friendly, polite and just always wanted you to have fun! The hotel is very clean, lovely gardens and brilliant clean beach with a very long jetty which was lovely to walk both during the day and at night when it is all lit up. There are plenty of loungers both by the pool and on the beach so we never had to worry about finding any. The sea life and coral are amazing and the end of the jetty is great for snokling. I would like to mention that by the time we arrived at the resort the main pool had been completely finished and all tiling was completed, it looked as good as new so no need to worry if you are about to go as the pool was all up and running again when we were there! You are provided with a towel card upon arrival which entitles you to one beach towel per day so you do not need to cram a towel into your luggage if you want to save space in the case! The food is fresh and tasty and there is plenty to choose from, we had no problems with funny tummies. You will never go hungry or thirsty here with three meals a day plus afternoon snack time and drinks always available. All we can say is that we had the most fantastic time at the Tulip and were sad to leave and our only complaint is that we have tried to re book for the Tulip next year and Thomas Cook do not have it scheduled for next year (please, please bring it back Thomas Cook).

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 February 2009

If anyone is visiting here, please don't as they are " fixing a few tiles" on the bottom of the main pool. This is what our rep told us on our 2nd day. The pool was screened off, then..chip chip chip from morn til night. the pool was the one with a swim-up bar. we were very disappointed. We went on the beach all week, good job we like the beach. The food was a bit repetative as is usual for all inclusive. Rooms spotless, clean towels & bedding each day. In the middle of nowhere, couldn't even walk out

Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 February 2009

After reading the mix of views on trip advisor, we decided to put on our rose tinted spectacles, be positive and hope the minority of people complaining about the Tulip resort were just mad as a busload of Monkeys!
This resort is perfectly situated in the middle of nowhere, sea on one side and desert the other. An extremely clean hotel, excellent views, wonderful staff, good food, an everlasting supply of both alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages, a myriad of clearly visible sea life, and pretty much guaranteed sunshine!
Our holiday party consisted of two thirty something's, two grandparents and three children - two boys ( aged 6 and 9 ) and one daughter ( aged 3 with blond hair! )
We could not find fault with one single thing on our trip. The staff are more than plentiful, polite, attentive and friendly ( Make sure you keep a special eye out for "Ayman" and "Richard from Manchester" - lovely jubbly! ). The views are amazing at all times of day and night. The resort is super clean, the gardens are kept immaculately and in the morning they even brush the sand on the beach! The beach is private and no more than 100 yards from the hotel, it also has more sun loungers and wind shelters than you could shake a big stick at! The jetty is the longest in Marsa Alam, the sea life and coral are amazing at any time of day as you take a leisurely stroll upon it and also it incorporates ladders both in the middle and the end of the jetty for snorkelling /scuba purposes. The sea is very shallow for approximately 100 metres from the shoreline making it extremely safe for the young people of this world whilst the big ones have the stroll down the jetty over the coral to reach the deeper waters.
Whilst on the subject of water, the resort has a large pool with bar facilities, one smaller heated pool and a small baby pool. The depth of the larger two pools is a standard 1.6 metres throughout the pools ( worth bearing in mind for the non swimmers amongst you ) and the baby pool is a standard 0.7 metres. Again the sun loungers and wooden parasols are more than plentiful - the resort even gives you a fresh clean beach towel every day if you so wish!
The food is fresh, plentiful and well prepared ( no signs of the pharaohs revenge for our party ). You get your basic staple carbohydrates and loads and loads of different tasty morsels from the worlds cuisine table plus more breads, salads, cheeses and desserts than you would have thought humanly possible ( we would defy even the fussiest gastronome amongst you to go hungry through lack of choice ). The only problem was the lack of time to fit the morning and afternoon snacks into our already well upholstered stomachs!
If you are thinking about changing money to take with you then read on. The hotel and shops prefer Euros ( although they will also take Sterling, Dollars or Egyptian pounds ), Thomas Cook excursions are priced in Dollars and your entry visa into Egypt is best paid in Dollars ( 18 Dollars per person ). There is a cash machine within the hotel which dispenses Egyptian Pounds. The hotel and shops will also accept credit/debit cards.
Penulititamely if you should be fortunate enough to have a young English daughter with blond hair then be prepared for a hell of a lot of attention from the Egyptians ( nothing seedy or untoward ), they seem to think of such girls as deities!
Lastly 7 days at the Tulip resort is not long enough, 10 days without excursions is about right and 14 days including a couple of excursions would be spot on ( A must do excursion is the desert quad biking to a Bedouin village - absolutely amazing ). The only complaint we had was that we had to return back to England!

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 February 2009

Just got back from the Tulip Resort in Marsa Alam. 16/02/09
I read the previous reviews and can with 100% honesty say that they must have been to a totally different resort than we did!!
Our party consisted of eight adults and we all had a fantastic time, from snorkelling to quad bikes to horse riding and just lazing around the pool.
Whilst we where there it was my husbands 40th birthday and the staff pulled all the stops out for us. They decorated the tables with banners, balloons etc... They then turned all the lights down and started to dance around the table and brought my husband a fantastic birthday cake out and sang Happy Birthday it was a really memorable experience, I would reccomend this hotel to anyone

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Reviewed 17 February 2009

Just arrived back from the Tulip after spending 2 weeks there.I travelled there with my husband and 2 daughters aged 14 and 16 years.We were a little apprehensive after having read some of the negative reviews, but I am pleased to say that this holiday ranks as one of the best we have had.On arriving, the staff could not do enough for us.We were greeted in reception by the staff who gave us hot towels to freshen up, and glasses of juice, as well as smiley faces and an eagerness to please.The hotel is magnificent, and the rooms very big and clean with big beds!The rooms were cleaned daily, and we often returned to discover swans and various other impressive animals shaped from the towels on our beds!The food was okay, and there was plenty of it.The hotel has its own beach, and a jetty which takes you out to the coral reef where we experienced the most amazing snorkelling. We saw turtles swimming, and lots of lovely fish, and the dolphins even made an appearance.We arrived back this morning, and are looking to book to return.As for the tummy upsets mentioned in previous reviews, yes 2 of us did get it, but it was quickly sorted by some tablets which the rep got for us from the pharmacy, and this certainly did not spoil our time out there.This was our first time to Egypt, and it certainly wont be the last.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled with family
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1  Thank mozzergirl
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Reviewed 15 February 2009

this holliday was horrible i went to egypt with high hopes always wanted to go their went for my 16th birthday so was very excited got there and and my heart dropped

everyone wanted tips so you will need money
the food was awful i not fussy but there was nothing to my liking i lived on rice and bread the whole week this was morning noon and night time and you cant eat out as you are in the middle of nowhere.

there is a couple of shops inside the hotel but these was for the suviorners nothing else

the drinks were terrible they was out of a bottle so was more often than not flat this makes me feel sick dont know about anyone else..

hasssled alittle to join in games etc but would leeave you alone after couple of tries the food at tthe pool bar was nice there was burgers and chips and pizzas but was always a quere maybe because the other food was so bad but u only got little portions so you may want to go up a couple of times

the room was spaceious not well lit tho couple of lamps but still dime small balcony. with only room for a couple of chairs was a safe in the room bit small but ok luckly nothing was stolen but i am not sure about everyone else

there were trips you could go on if you have enough money but becareful as u can be taken away by the locals they say come to somewhere special then if u want to go back they ask for money to take u back also dont ask them to take your picture with ur cam as they will ask for money to give it you back always drink bottled water!!

the pools well there was 3 two reasonable sized ones and 1 small one but one of them is freezing cold now normally i dont feel the cold i can go out in the snow in shorts and be fine but i couldnt stay in this pool to long the other pool was warm but all the tiles were coming off on the floor my mother cut herself while swimming in there.!!!

beach was nice. weather was warm but very windy ok entertainment but not always good ok to relax sometimes
but i will never go back to this hotel again never !!!

overall rubbish holiday rubbish

  • Stayed: February 2008
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1  Thank CheshireTruth_teller
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Reviewed 11 February 2009

I did read a few reveiws just before going and my heart filled with dread. We arrived there in the pitch black due to a flight delay due to snow. We got to hotel about 9pm, we ate and went to our room with my heart dragging behind me as it had taken so long to get there. BUT when we woke the next morning i was so surprised by the view, our location form the beach and everything it was really amazing. We all Spent all week going ooh look at that!! WOW etc. The Hotel was in the middle of nowhere but that was fine by me, it felt safe and secure as it was straight onto beach. All the staff there were amazing and could not do enough for you, they were fantastic with kids ( they kept embarrasing my 14yr as she is quite shy). The food was good and not one of us (there was 6) ended up being ill. The only bugs we saw were flies, but you cannot expect anything less from a country like that. Oh we did see 2 of the biggest dragon flies in the world HaHa. The hotel was clean and tidy. We had the most fantastic veiw of the sunrise and watched it pop up every morning without fail. The jetty is lovely we walked up it before breakfast and then afterwards just to see what else we could see, lion fish,loads of different fish too, small shark, sea turtles and we saw a dolphin!!!!All in all we all had a fantastic time and i would go back next week if i had the money. If you want a quiet relaxing holiday, no hassles, beautiful views thisis the place to be. My only complaint is the heated pool had tiles that were coming off but we were assured that this was being seen to but it never spoilt our enjoyment at all

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled with family
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Address: 17th km South Marsa Alam Airport, Marsa Alam +12345, Egypt
Region: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > Marsa Alam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#18 Spa Hotel in Marsa Alam
#26 On the Beach Hotel in Marsa Alam
#26 Romantic Hotel in Marsa Alam
#28 Family Hotel in Marsa Alam
#29 Luxury Hotel in Marsa Alam
Price Range: £37 - £154 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Magic Tulip Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 234
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

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