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Brayka Bay Reef Resort
Ranked #16 of 71 Hotels in Marsa Alam
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“Dont Take the Children here!!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2009

We have just returned from a week at this hotel, two sisters with 4 kids aged 8,6 5 & 5. What a big mistake! We read the reviews here before going and thought - well it sounds like bliss - a nice week away to relax with pleanty for the kids to do and eat. How wrong we were! The first three days the weather was poor - thats a chance you take anywhere I know - but there was NOTHING to do - nothing to entertain the children at all. The evening entertainment was outside and that did not start until 9.30pm. The food, hmmm where do I start. There was no organisation in the restaraunt, It was like camels fighting for water, pushing and shoving, the second night I could not allow the children to enter the food section to choose their own dinners as they were being pushed and shoved in all directions. Other guests did not even apologise to them just stared and walked away. The doof was oily. If you like Rice and Beef you will be ok for the week. The Chef's would make you a pasta every night if you wanted to as I think that is all that they knew how to cook! The Thomas Cook rep was still asleep. We called her twice to ask what there was to do - the only suggestion she had was to take a flight to Cairo - but as it was a 25 hour round trip she did not recommend it for children! ? The only tip I can give is take a trip with some of the guys on the beach, we had an excellent camel and horse ride in the desert and then another day we had a boat trip - but we had to travel 1hr and 40 mins to get to it as the hotel is literally in the middle of nowhere. If your are going to this hotel can i suggest that you learn to speak German or Polish and Not arabic as 95% of the guests are from here and the staff speak their languages and hardly any english! Oh and i nearly forgot - DONT take a walk on the stepping stones! I slipped as they were all loose and had a massive bruise on the back of my legs!

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2009

Transfer at Marsa Alam airport was fantastic, off the airplane and through customs in 30 mins. Bags already on carousel and onto coach in
15 mins. On return flight plenty of space in airport and very clean.

Transfer to hotel Brayka Bay was about 45 mins best done in the dark so you can’t see the driving.

Hotel very efficient on check in and staff very helpful.

Food was good with a reasonable choice and the pasta bar excellent.
There was a bit of queuing at peak times but as we did not have children with us we went for our evening meals at 2100 and there were no queues and plenty of choice.

Rooms were large and clean. We stayed in the Desert Inn block which was pleasant but no sea view. Best to stay in were the Laguna Inn and the Bay Inn for sea views but have no idea what the rooms were like.

There was no lunch time beach bar restaurant so you had to go to the main restaurant.

We only tried the fish restaurant once (which was advertised as a romantic evening) but due to a very noisy family with loud kids this was ruined for us.

Beach beds were in abundance and there was never a shortage.

Coral reef was well protected and the best I have snorkelled in the 4 trips to the Red sea.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2009

I went here for a weeks holiday. Not the best hotel i've ever stayed in but the snorkling more than made up for it. I loved loved loved this location. You can snorkel straight from the beach which suited and the people i travelled with who didn't snorkel were able see many fish by just walking in the water. So amazing!!
I saw so many fish, including lion fish, eels, rays and turtles!
Thinking about going back to Marsa Alam this year but will stay in different hotel. Not because there was anything wrong with this hotel but beacuse i like to stay in different places.
My only advise when staying in egypt is if you get an upset stomach go straight to the chemist and purchase their recommended tablets. This works within a few hours and you'll be back on the beach. If you leave it and take imodium you will regret it, it just won't work. I'm not saying that upset stomachs were a problem in this hotel, i always get an upset stomach when i travel to egypt, morroco, tunisia etc.

GO TO THIS HOTEL IF YOU LOVE TO RELAX, SWIM, SNORKEL AND LIKE THE HOT SUN!

Email me any questions, i'm more than happy to help choose a holiday. We all need our holidays and do not want to spend out and be disappointed.

  • Stayed September 2008
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Hampshire, UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2009

We've just returned from an excellent holiday at Brayka Bay. We travelled with Thomson. Marsa Alam airport is new, clean and very efficient. Visas were obtained quickly and easily for £13, organised by Thomson's agents. The flights were on time and transfers were comfortable and easy. The hotel itself is huge but immaculately presented. Our room was comfortable, with efficient air-con and fresh bottled water every day. The staff were without fail friendly, courteous, good-humoured and efficient. Standards of cleanliness were high, with our room well serviced every day, food cleared quickly from the eating areas and the grounds immaculate. Food in the all-inclusive restaurant was consistently excellent. Although the catering was for large numbers the food was fresh, tasty and generously available. The evening barbeques were particularly good. Don't expect celebrity-chef gourmet food, just good, solid fare with plenty of variety and styles. The restaurant style and furnishing is not really up to modern 5-star standard but it's more than compensated for by the lovely poolside setting. The only slight niggle for non-smokers is that smoking is permitted in eating areas, even indoors, but we always found there was plenty of space and fresh air to find a clear spot. The grounds are wonderful - lush lawns, hundreds of palm trees and flowers and shrubs everywhere. For us, the hotel's high spot was its beachside setting and coral reef. The hotel is set on a C-shaped bay, with a sandy beach at the centre and coral reefs extending out to sea along each side. You wade in from the beach then within a few yards are at the reef. The corals and fish were incredible - certainly the best we've seen on a resort beach. It would be a safe place for novice snorkellers to learn. You can see fish in water just knee-deep and gradually venture further into the sheltered bay as your confidence grows. The sun loungers and parasols are well-spaced, although once the huge new extension to the hotel is complete (planned for spring 2010) the beach will become very crowded if the resort ever comes close to full occupancy. The common currency in the hotel is Euros. We changed £Sterling to £Egyptian in the UK and wished we hadn't bothered. £Egyptian are accepted but most things are priced in Euros and the exchange rate is poor. If you intend to stay in the hotel, and maybe just take a few organised excursions, then consider just taking a credit card and Euros. That's what we'd do next time. The hotel is completely self-contained and there is nothing outside except sand. There are plenty of organised excursions. We went on the Hamada Islands boat trip and it was excellent, with friendly, knowledgeable guides who accompanied the snorkelling swims, along with a safety boat. Nightlife is very low key - just a short variety show mid-evening. Overall a very relaxing, stress-free and easy holiday with great snorkelling and very good service from both Thomson and the hotel.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2009

We have just returned from Brayka Bay and this is an honest oppinion about the resort. The resort itself is beautiful, the pool area is nice and the beach although a little cluttered is great. My partner went snorkelling which he said was amazing so big thumbs up here. The rooms are basic but very clean- no probs here, the service at the restaurant is good, the chefs are hilarious but meal times I must say are hectic. The hotel holds 1200 people, there were 700 when we were there which was enough to cope with with people pushing in and barging past you - be wise with the times that you go for dinner. The food is excellent - you cant possibly get bored of it - we have returned with dodgy - very dodgy tummys though so again be careful. The bar area is a little shabby but again ok, it is looking a little tired though. The hotel is full of Italians with attitude -try and smile at them and they growl back! |The gym is great - we went 3 times in the week - it looks over the beach and pool area - great to get you motivated! All in all though we would recommend this hotel but wouldnt go back - beware of the tummy bug - I've had it for the last 5 days and its not eased up even slightly!

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Berkshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2009

My husband and I have just, this morning, returned from a week at Brayka Bay. We read previous reviews and emailed a couple of previous reviewers and went, pretty sure that it was going to be good. Brayka Bay was everything we expected and a little more. The resort, staff, snorkelling and service could not be faulted. Of all the resorts we saw from the airport to Brayka Bay, I would say we chose the best one. I will add that when the rest of the new developement is finnished, it may not be so good, as will the whole resort of Marsa Alam as from what we saw, there is going to be a lot more hotels built. So my advise to anyone going soon, is enjoy it while you can.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Billericay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2009

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.

Food
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

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.

Entertainment
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.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Brayka Bay Reef Resort
Address: 17 Km North of Marsa Alam, Marsa Alam 11311, 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:
#12 Spa Hotel in Marsa Alam
#13 Family Hotel in Marsa Alam
#14 Luxury Hotel in Marsa Alam
#15 On the Beach Hotel in Marsa Alam
#19 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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