My wife, teenage son and I visited Marsa Alam with some friends for one week in February 2009 and stayed at the Tulip Resort. The all inclusive arrangement is a good idea and was a change from having to take money out with you and having to decide where to go to eat. The quality and variety of the menus and meals were good, with hot snacks poolside, in between b'fast, lunch and evening meals. All drinks were free including alcohol, although there were limitations, e.g. the beer was an Egyptian brand called Luxor, similar to a Carlsberg, the spirits were unknown brands also. The bar staff worked very hard pouring all the drinks manually from bottles into small glasses, for hundreds of guests every night. The weather was hot even though it was only February, and I had to stay in the shade on my last day as I'd had enough. The accomodation is colourfully painted and was average, but nicely arranged into individual buildings around well kept lawns and planted areas. There is a fantastic health spa which is really well organised and run by a good team of young male/female staff. My wife, my son and myself had 2 sessions each during our stay, mine was a Pharoah's session which included being rubbed with a body lotion, feet and hands rubbed with salt, wrapped in towels 'mummy style', then a steam, a sauna, shower, jacuzzi with a mango drink and a 50 minute sports massage, very, very good and I was totally chilled and felt like I was floating around all the next day, with a further sports massage later in the week, all for 70 euros. We also went on some trips, unfortunately we missed the Cairo trip (a 4 hour mini bus drive to Hurghada airport and one hour flight to Cairo) but we got on the Luxor trip, unfortunately the Thomas Cook rep didn't tell us this takes 7 hours by coach there and 7 back, and as we were first on the coach, we had to make seven stops at other resorts on the way which took up the first 2 hours, we were dropped back at the hotel for midnight, and the staff had prepared a nice hot meal for the 12 or so guests. In Luxor we visited the Karnak Temple, the Valley of the Kings, an alabaster work shop, Hepshatsut's temple and a papyrus museum/shop. Emad our guide began to rush the tourists after the alabaster workshop, as he was anxious he'd have to pay the armed roadside guards to get out of Luxor after 6pm. he also failed to do a head count after visiting the papyrus shop, and told the driver to drive off, leaving my wife stood on the pavement....! he couldn't apologise enough and appeased my wife with an ornamental gift as a token gesture.
The highlight of our holiday was the snorkelling in the Red sea, I'd done a bit in Greece in 2000, but wasn't prepared for the views we saw under the surface, especially at Quraan islands, and taking photos of a family of four spinner dolphins on a trip to the dolphin house just made it all perfect.
I'd like to say I'd go back again, but there are so many wonderful places in the world still to explore, but who knows?
- 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