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Magic Tulip Beach Resort
Ranked #34 of 68 Hotels in Marsa Alam
Reviewed 10 April 2009

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.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 April 2009

me and my boyfriend stayed her for 1 week commencing 30.03. The hotel is nice, a large entrance and the view is lovely from the lobby.
The food is repetative, they cater for them selves and the italians more than brits, be very patient when dealing with the reception staff they are quite rude and panic when they dont understand what you are saying.
On 2 occassions we tried to pay for our phone call we made from our room, they advsied that the system had crashed so we had to come back in ten minutes or the next day! when we did finally pay for this they tried to charge us for th beach party which we never attended but we felt pressured from the animation team to go so we purchased a ticket . We did not attend it so we should not have to pay???? the staff at reception did not understand this so we had to wait for the manager of the animation team to come and clarify that we were not to be charged. Also when we checked out they yet again asked us to pay fo the phone bill!!!! this was beyond a joke, they guy was adiment that we had not yet paid for this, after 10 minutes of conflict and showing him i still had the change that was given he said it was ok!!!! you need to be very alert!!!!!
We also got charged for ice cream and bottled water which was fine however they had no change!!!!!! i had to stress that it is his job to get change!!!! i think he just wanted me to give more money and say dont worry about it!!!! jesus , they are theiving b*******!!!
Overall the waiters are friendly the room we had was a sea view, room 1208 was lovely.
The animation team are loud and there is a fairly large bird that does all the swimming pool activites who is so loud!!!!!! we could here her on the beach!! agua gym agua gym!!!!! water polo!!!!!!
we would not go back here as it was full of stalians and you had to be aware all time.
Ladies - you have no chance of going top less !!!!!!
This is not a quiet hotel, very child friendly.
The sea is nice but many snakes!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 April 2009

me,my hubby and son age 13 stayed for a week at tulip resort in march, coming to the hotel for the first time it had the wow factor, was lovely and clean, nice friendly staff, greeted you with a drink and warm hand flannels. easy fast check in, lovely rooms, ours had a sea view which was great. the pools are good, the one at the pool bar isnt heated but the other one is. 2 slides for the kids. entertainment throughout the day by the animation teams, was cocktail games, dance lessons, footy beach volley, french bowls etc.. gud fun plus you get to meet some of the other guests, hotel had english, italian (alot) french spanish guests. the food was lovely, i was very surprised, plenty of choice although not much for little kids. loads of fruit, breads puddings. the beach is great, a lovely jetty to walk the food off!! drinks are good, local beer, spirits etc.. the wine is lovely, red white and rose are on all inclusive. we walked in the sea and saw a sea snake plus a manta ray swam past which was nice to see. also loads of coloured fish, weather was so hot!!! the only faults we found was there was only one cash machine at the hotel which didnt have any money in all week!!!!! so i would advise future travellers to take it with you if you want to do any trips. the best currency to take is the euro, they accept english, egyptian euro and american dollars. there is absoloutley nowhere to walk outside this hotel, sea on one side and desert on the other. we did miss going for a walk after our evening meal, but we knew about this when we booked it. the staff are all friendly and will do anything for you. overall we had a great hol, i would advise to take a decent brand of sun cream suitable for that sort if climate, ie. piz buin or something like that as the sun over there is lethal!! great value hotel with lovely hot sunshine!

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled with family
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4  Thank carcoti
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Reviewed 31 March 2009

After reading some of the reviews on this site about this resort i must say i was worried about getting there. We arrived at night about half 7 so it was dark so couldnt make judgement intill the morning.. When i woke up the next day.. WOW.. Lovely hotel, Fantastic views, Brilliant jetty (although can become a bit boring as the jetty is the only escape from the pool side). Over all really impressed. Rooms are cleaned everyday including the balcony/patio area washed down. Rooms are a good size and the housekeeping staff are friendly. The pool thankfully was finished when we arrived but it was FREEZING. The weather was lovely for the whole 2 weeks, Very windy but nothing that made you put a jumper on. All staff are always smiling, their very helpfull although some didnt really understand what we were saying and therefore just agreed to everything we said which did lead to a few problems with a trip we had planned to luxor through a private taxi. The food... If your not good with trying new or different things then you will be eating from the pasta bar for the whole of your holiday, but food is by no means repative or limited in variety. Some of the dishes did look lovely but not being a big fan of trying different things i didnt but please dont believe that food is "crap" because its not. Entertainment is not the best. Alot of it seemed to be the same and the animation team put NO effort whatsoever into making entertainment enjoyable. The only complaint i have about this hotel is the animation team, Their lazy nothing seems to be organised and they only really pay attention to you if your italian. On many an occasion they arranged french bowls and then left the people playing to get on with out while they had a stroll along the beach. Would not reccomend the animation team in any way or form but as i said they are the only problem i had with the hotel. Cocktails arent included in the all inclusive but definatly worth paying for! Make sure you vist george in the picture shop!! He is FANTASTIC. So knowledgable and always has time for you. We went in there every night and sat talkingg for hours on end. He always made time for us and seemed more than happy to have us sitting there. His pictures that he sells are absolutely BEAUTIFUL and such brilliant prices that we brought in total about 8 or 9. They are all on real papyrus and they are stunning so make sure you go an see him! Also look out sor samsung or "Saad" the pool attendant. Very funny very friendly and if you get close to him like our group did he will put your towels out on your sun lounger before 7 in the morning without having to hand your towel cards in. Lovely man and me and the group wish him the best of luck with his new baby when it gets here! Overall the hotel is lovely, Weather i would go back or not is yet to be answered as to do anything you do need a fair bit of spending money but if i had enough spare cash i would definatly go back

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1  Thank Cookie_Egg
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Reviewed 26 March 2009

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?

4  Thank Luke_O_Zade
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Reviewed 25 March 2009

Just arrived back from2 weeks at the Tulip Resort Marsa Alam, where we had a great holiday.
The hotel is lovely with a very grand enterance.
The grounds are immaculately kept and the rooms are very clean and spacious and nicely furnished.
The beach is brilliant with loads of sun beds and wind breakers.
We received information from Thomas Cook a week before we went , informing us that the main pool with swim up bar would be closed probably up to the end of March, due to re-tiling.We arrived on the 1st March and by the 4th it was completely finished and open, which was a great bonus as it looked lovely.
The dining rooms are good as is the food, plenty of choice, pasta chef, carvery now and again (turkey,beef etc).Barbaque every night, usually hot dogs and chicken but on many nights fish,egyptian food and continental dishes, every type of bread you can think of for breakfast,lunch & dinner, omeltte chef at breakfast. So there is something for everyone. I am very wary with foreign hotel food especially after some of the the comments on trip advisor about this hotel but I managed to find plenty of thingsI liked.
The entertainment isn't great but having said that we did not watch it much as it was outside and it was a bit cool at night , but they do try their best.
The jetty is a must, it is a great way to get a bit of exercise, it takes about 10-15 mins to walk to the end and see the lovely coral and beautiful coloured fishes and marine life.
The staff are exellent and really friendly.
We took the shuttle bus which goes twice a day to Port Galib, about 20 mins away,it is worth going just to have a change of scenery,there are shops, hotels restaurants and a marina but it is very quiet at the moment as it is still being developed.
Ther were a lot of flies by the pool and on the beach (but not inside the hotel) recommend taking a fly swat!
The weather was lovley and sunny but quite windy and cool at night (warming up though).
There are a few small shops in the hotel where you can get most things you need and a few sovegniers, the prices are quite acceptable (haggle).
We had a really great time at the Tulip and met some lovely people. Go to the beach party on Friday night just to let your hair downI.It is 10 euros but great fun (just dancing and drinks) and goes on until the early hours if you want to stay that long.
If you want to get away from it all and have a nice peaceful holiday and great value for money then this is the place!

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank rhin0fan
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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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3  Thank tscrivs
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Additional Information about Magic Tulip Beach Resort

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:
#19 Spa Hotel in Marsa Alam
#26 Romantic Hotel in Marsa Alam
#27 On the Beach Hotel in Marsa Alam
#30 Luxury Hotel in Marsa Alam
#32 Family Hotel in Marsa Alam
Price Range: £40 - £277 (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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