We stayed at the Tulip from 23rd to 30th March and had a lovely week. The transfer from the airport to the hotel was about 20 minutes and we were greeted in reception by man offering orange juice and hot towels. Once booked in we were told where our room was but as it was dark we weren't sure where we were going but a very helpful security guard took us right to our room. As it was dark we couldnt see the view from our balcony but in the morning we were really chuffed at our see view. We stayed in room 2108. The room was spacious but the bathroom tiling was in need of attention.
The food was ok, you could usually find something you would like. Best meal I had in the week was shepherds pie. The chef cooking the omeletes in the morning remembered what we had and by the end of the week we didnt have to tell him what we wanted he knew. The waiters are all very friendly.
The rooms are cleaned and towels changed everyday.
The beach area is lovely, when the tide goes out you can walk along way out and the sea only covers your ankles. We saw lots of things in the little pools of water, like eels (which look like snakes) starfish, a little octupus, puffer fish, crabs, there is lots to see if you look hard. One day we saw small jelly fish but just on one day in the whole week. You need a wind breaker on the beach as it does getting a bit breezy and the sand gets blown about. But you have to be early to get a bed with a wind breaker as people get up early to put their towels on the beds. Look out for the biggest camel in the world on the beach , he's huge!!! Beach towels are provided by the hotel which is good. The jetty is a lovely walk and we did it several times a day, at night it is all lit up and its lovely to look back at the hotel all lit up. At the end of the jetty people can snorkel but when we were there the sea was a bit choppy and we didnt brave it. And to be fair a few times the red flag was flying. We saw some lovely fish just looking over the side of the jetty, its amazing, everyday we saw something different.
The pool areas are lovely but the larger pool didnt get used much when we were there as it was too cold. The smaller pool was supposed to be heated but it didnt feel like it was !! At night the pool area looks lovely all lit up.
The gardens around the hotel are really beautiful. Look out for the resident white storks around the gardens.
In the evening we would have been very happy to sit in the lobby bar and have a couple of drinks but that was spoilt because it was very smokey in there and being non smokers it wasnt a pleasant place to sit. It was still a bit chilly to sit outside in the evening so most nights we had our supper and had a walk and then went back to our room.
We had massages at the spa. We first went in the steam room, then had our bodies rubbed all over with coconut and were wrapped in towels and left for ten minutes. Once our bodies had been rinsed off we went in the sauna and then the jacuzzi. We then had our massages. I was surprised that a man massaged me ( being a female) as I have had them before in Egypt and they are usually done by women. It was an experience and its worth a go if you havent had one before. It cost £50 each but we were in there 2 hours.
The airport at Marsa Alam is new and modern and we were quite surprised that they had a Pizza express and Costa coffee. But there didnt seem to be anywhere to get a sandwich. As we werent having a meal on the plane we had a pizza and took the left over pizza on the plane.
Take Euros as that is the prefered currency. They would even prefer Sterling than Egyptian pounds. If you are a smoker dont buy cigerettes in the hotel they are cheaper in the duty free at the airport.
All in all this is a lovely hotel, very quiet and a relaxing place. We enjoyed our week and didnt want to come home.
- 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