Just returned from a fantastic week at Brayka Bay.
Flights and Transfers
Flights with Thomson went well; we landed, got to the coach and were greeted by a Portland/Thomson/First Choice rep. Transfer to the hotel took roughly 1 hour. On the coach we paid a £15 Visa fee per person. We paid this in Egyptian £ but we could also have paid in Euros or most likely English pounds too.
Check in and Room
Check in was quick, they had already allocated our rooms and our baggage was taken to our rooms for us. Our room was in a semi-detached bungalow with private bathroom. We didn’t have a sea view and were at first disappointed but then realised it was in a good location, no steps to climb and also quiet and peaceful. There was air conditioning which came with a recommendation to have it on 25 degrees centigrade. We at first found this too hot but we persevered and by the time we’d come back from dinner (on till 10pm I believe) we found we’d acclimatised and this was the perfect temperature. We left it on this setting the rest of the time and it was fine.
The food was good, we didn’t get ill. Everyday you get 2 x1.5 litre bottled waters in your fridge. If you don’t drink them they won’t replace them. If you needed a top up there were dispensers from bottled water around the hotel. Breakfast was a selection of pancakes, omelettes and fried eggs being cooked in front of you to order. There were some hot foods which I didn’t really eat (being quite content with eating lots of pancakes). There was toast, pineapple and orange juice and sometimes Hibiscus juice (a local speciality). Fruit and yoghurts and the usual selection of cakes.
Lunch and dinner were similar always having the fresh pasta option but dinner had the additional benefit of fresh cooking outside on the grills. While we were there (a week) we had many different meats and some local delicacies which we always tried and found that they tended to be the best options always being really hot and fresh. I’ve been to one other hotel in Sharm El Sheikh and Brayka Bay was miles better.
The beach was big and beautiful. The sea was lovely and warm and the reefs were teeming with gorgeous fish. Possibly not as good as in Sharm but still great. I did see a sea snake which have since found out was most likely poisonous but I was fine, thank goodness. I liked that you could walk straight into the sea without usin a Jetty to see the fish. It was also very shallow for a large proportion of it which was good for playing games in and also for children.
The pool bar served cocktails, fruit juices, coke (proper coke and coke zero from bottles) and popcorn (2 for 1Euro). If you asked, you sometimes got crisps but they ran out of these fairly often. One day we left our snorkels by accident at the beach. Remembering at midnight we trekked down to the beach to find them gone. We were so upset but on returning in the morning the nice towel boys had found them and hung them safely inside the towel hut. Never had a problem finding a sun lounger at any time of the day.
The Italian entertainment team provided nightly shows and were absolutely hilarious. We went to all of them in the week there and laughed at all their funny sketches. They were humour without words so all nationalities could understand. We enjoyed getting drinks from the pool bar and walking over to the open air theatre to watch.
The All inclusive
Covered pretty much everything bar massages, shisha (1.5 euros), popcorn and internet (5Euro an hour).
Right well I think that’s it, all in all exactly what we were after. A relaxing beach holiday, in the sun, on a budget. The staff were all very helpful and friendly. We didn’t get ill and we didn’t think the hotel was too busy.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Brayka Bay Reef Hotel Marsa Alam
- Hotel Brayka Bay Reef