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Brayka Bay Reef Resort
Ranked #7 of 68 Hotels in Marsa Alam
Certificate of Excellence
Newtown, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Relaxing Break”
Reviewed 15 January 2014

This hotel is ideal if you just want to go away and just chill out.
The two main beaches are really nice and there is plenty of room so it never seems over crowded.
The food in the main restaurant is excellent and a good variety, also there are snacks available all over the resort.
for those who like scuba diving there is a centre based in the hotel, the snorkelling off the beach is very good with the reef being protected.

Room Tip: Most rooms have a sea view but request one just in case it's worth it.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled solo
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Kathrin G, Manager at Brayka Bay Reef Resort, responded to this review, 30 January 2014
Dear Rob,
thanks for leaving your review, we really appreciate you spent the time and are glad to hear you enjoyed a nice vacation with us. We are very lucky to have our nice, 1.3 km bay with sandy beach and our beautiful house reef. Since we always try to give best possible service to our guests, we will do some refurbishments and upgrades in both hotels which start from now. So next time you visit us, you will find a new designed beach bar as well as some further dining options so you can enjoy even more of our culinary delights.
We hope to welcome you back soon!

With kind regards

Kathrin Gnilka
Brand Director
Zee Resorts Brayka Bay
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2014

Great Resort. Good value for money.
The house reef is still one of the best house reefs I've seen so far. Barry and Marloes (Dutch speaking staff ) make sure you have an excellent time and that you are short of nothing. Highlight was a party organized in the middle of the desert (including a famous Dutch DJ) by them.

  • Stayed January 2014
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2 Thank Job v
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Kathrin G, Manager at Brayka Bay Reef Resort, responded to this review, 30 January 2014
Dear Job,
thanks for taking the time for leaving a review here on Tripadvisor. We are very happy you enjoyed your time with us as well as the care of our team.
Our reef is indeed one of the best house reefs in Egypt and thanks to our partner Extra Divers our guests can enjoy fantastic underwater experiences in our bay as well as at many other great dive spots in Marsa Alam.
Great to hear that you enjoyed our party. We will plan for regular events in summer that will take place on the beach and in the desert. So don't miss out on them and come back soon!

With kind regards

Kathrin Gnilka
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Zee Resorts Brayka Bay
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 19 December 2013

We went here for just one week, and didn't know what to expect. When we drove to this resort with the shuttle bus, we stopped at some other resorts to drop of other tourists. These resorts looked pretty simple and we were wondering how ours would be. Well it was a oasis in the dessert. We loved it a lot, and the dives and snorkeling in the house reef is just awesome! We had the apartment on the beachfront which was great. The rooms can use some updates but on the other hand it fits in the setting. The food was good, the staff were very friendly, and especially to our little daughter(1 year). One afternoon we went into the dessert with Dia, and he showed us around and the sunset. After that we watched the stars with a very special telescoop and that was something to remember. In all, we had a great time and we will return for sure!

Room Tip: We suggest the beachfront rooms
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Kathrin G, Manager at Brayka Bay Reef Resort, responded to this review, 30 January 2014
Dear DL 13-81,
Thanks a lot for your very nice review here on TripAdvisor. We are very happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us to such extend.
Our beautiful gardens are definitely unique and our gardeners take good care of our more than 120 different plants. You will be happy to hear that we will start refurbishing our rooms very soon so next time you will stay with us our beachfront rooms with have a new and fresh design.
We will also work on increasing the number of our restaurants and bars to offer you further dining options and will furthermore come up with new facilities for kids.
So there is a whole bunch of new things coming up and waiting for your to be discovered.
We hope to have you back with us very soon!

With kind regards

Kathrin Gnilka
Brand Director
Zee Resorts Brayka Bay
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 12 December 2013

As a diver you have to go to this reef.I really suggest you have to go to this hotel.
This hotel has a great accomodation and the food was great,really good staff and the are polite.
The rooms are big and clean and the view was outstanding.

Room Tip: for divers i should take building 3-6-8-11-12
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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2 Thank robbie h
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Kathrin G, Manager at Brayka Bay Reef Resort, responded to this review, 30 January 2014
Dear Robbie,
thanks a lot for your kind review. Great to hear you enjoyed your time with us.
There are a lot of nice diving spots to be discovered in Marsa Alam and we are very lucky having such great house reef with direct access from the beach.
We will work on further nice facilities in our hotels and hope you come back soon to discover, explore and enjoy!

With kind regards from Brayka Bay!

Kathrin Gnilka
Brand Director
Zee Resorts Brayka Bay
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2013 via mobile

Just returned having spent 10 days at this super resort. Most of the staff were very friendly and efficient, great choice of food, but staff serving food could do with a public relations course. Having said that, the location and the reef were absolutely fantastic. The snorkelling was the best, even better than the Barrier Reef in Australia. Would definitely return.

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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portsmouth, uk
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2013

We realised Egyptian tourism had been hit hard by the recent troubles but were entirely unaware of any unease during our stay. I made the error of booking a flight to Hurghada airport, not realising Marsa Alam was 3+ hours away, but we paid extra on top of the transfer price for a taxi to take us, but the drive was hair raising and we were hugely relieved to arrive at The Brayka Bay.This hotel must have been the epitomy of luxury at one time ,but now needs some love and attention. Fixtures and fittings were hanging from walls, paintwork chipped and tiles loose on floors. In our room , the air con machine was deafening as was the fridge which functioned occasionally !The housekeeping was good and the power shower , a dream. We had a sea view and the setting was out of this world .Some of the staff were very helpful but many looked as if it was all too much trouble. The hotel was quiet for the first 3 days but then plane loads of Polish and Russian people arrived. They were so aggressive and miserable ,greedy and rude. In fact, we were the only Brits in the resort and felt marginalised , we did try to get along but ended up keeping ourselves to ourselves .At the front of the hotel were flag poles waving flags from around the world, except for Great Britain, the food also was aimed at the Russian/ Eastern European palate. The food was edible if a little cold and the salads were good. The deserts were to die for , but the queueing and pushing to access the food was horrendous. The chefs were absent most of the time and so unfamiliar foods remained that way. All were described in other languages , if at all. We couldn't wait to eat and go! The beach was the saving grace, we had wanted a holiday to chill and relax for the first time without our children , and that is what we did. The weather was perfect, the sea clear, warm and teeming with fish. The snorkelling was world class and we spent our days on the plentiful sunbeds on the golden sands or swimming by the house reef which is the best we have seen. Please can someone nudge the management of this hotel as it could be so much more for a little outlay! We did not miss an animation team or entertainment every night but even the so called health spa had inexcusable faults. I do not want to appear over critical, but the gym was not air conditioned and was filthy with towels occasionally available, but never any water. The plants in the building were dead or dying and the roof over the heated indoor swimming pool was cracked , mouldy or missing altogether.Yes we enjoyed our holiday but would not return to The Brayka Bay,as for us it was Paradise Lost.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cairo
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Reviewed 18 October 2013

This place is simply put a piece of paradise...The hotel has nothing particularly fancy in terms of rooms or restaurant, it is all very good though... Rooms are well maintained, clean, food is good and quite a bit of choice...

But the real enjoyment is the reefs, snorkeling, the beach, the landscaping, enough games for kids all along the beach, a great diving center with some of the best instructors and dive masters ever. Staff is very friendly and kind.

Everything is simple and easy, no stress...

This is how life should be :)

Room Tip: The Royal Inn rooms are along one of the reefs and is a nicely quiet spot, ask for them if you want...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Brayka Bay Reef Resort
Address: 17 Km North of Marsa Alam, Marsa Alam, Egypt
Region: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > Marsa Alam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in Marsa Alam
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Marsa Alam
#7 Luxury Hotel in Marsa Alam
#12 Family Hotel in Marsa Alam
#17 Romantic Hotel in Marsa Alam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Brayka Bay Reef Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 320
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Brayka Bay Resort caters for couples looking for a romantic holiday, individuals seeking a peaceful break or divers who want to focus on their favorite sport. 320 spacious and elegant rooms giving breathtaking views on the sea or the lush and tropical gardens. Soft lounge music will make you forget about the hustle and bustle of daily life. The exquisite wellbeing center offering relaxing massages and other rejuvenating treatments is the ideal place to unwind and distress. Divers take advantage of the on-site dive center that is offering courses and open water dives for professionals as well as less experienced divers. The extensive house reef will fascinate divers and snorkelers with its diversity of fishes, corals and other underwater world creatures. An easy access into the sea directly from the shore is an added value for unpracticed swimmers. Brayka Bay is one of the three resorts of Brayka Resorts Complex that is offering a new and unique holiday experience. Brayka Resorts are much more than just hotels, they are a destination within a destination where relaxation meets family time along with fun and party with friends. Beautifully nestled in the stunning bay Brayka, they range over 1.3 km of coast line offering sandy beaches, tropical gardens, excellent leisure facilities and two stunning outer coral reefs that are home to an incredible diversity of marine life. Build up your holiday. Choose whether just to relax and delight in the best conditions of privacy and tranquility, or meet new people and unwind after accumulated stress, or take fun all day long and party. Meanwhile, you are invited to enjoy wide range of dining and recreational facilities in the entire Brayka Resorts Complex. One week will never be enough to try out all. ... more   less 
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