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Reviewed 22 May 2013

Lahami Bay Resort is located at a remote and beautiful area of the Red Sea. There is absolutely nothing outside the hotel, just desert. The hotel maintains excellent standards and the snorkeling cannot be beaten in Egypt. The journey from the airport is long (2 hours). The rooms are comfortable and quiet. They are very spacious, with a comfortable king sized bed, a sitting area, a full bathroom with separate toilet and bidet, and ample storage. The mini bar was restocked daily. The room had satellite television; no Internet connection in the rooms. There’s wifi connection (2$/15min.) in the common areas near the reception. There are three different beach areas. All have fixed umbrellas and good quality wooden sunbeds with mattresses. Towels are given to you by the pool or the beach. The layout of the reefs is different from other hotels on this coast in that there is no need for a pontoon for entry to the sea as access is from the beach. There are many turtles, Napoleans, rays and reef sharks; the coral is colourful, varied and in pristine condition. Staff are outstanding, they were incredibly helpful, courteous and friendly. The food was generally very good. Breakfasts were excellent, with lots of varieties of bread, cheeses, fruit, fresh yogurt, etc. The buffet at noon and in the evening had lots of choice. There was nothing going on past 11 pm, when the bars closed. We’ll come back!

Date of stay: April 2013
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7  Thank GORILLAS63
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Reviewed 30 September 2012

Negative:
Definitely not a 5 star hotel. The toilet in the room was not properly cleaned when we moved in. The bathroom and toilet doors stayed dirty despite our explicit request to the cleaning personal to take care of it. The service was not a 5 star hotel level. The waters were slow, often not friendly, sometimes on a border of plain rude (not all of them). The hotel in general produces a shabby impression.

Positive:
House reef is quite bid and in a very good state. A lot of big fishes and turtles to see.

It seems that people keep coming there because of the exceptional house reef, so hotel profit from it and makes no effort to improve.

Date of stay: September 2012
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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6  Thank Derzu
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Reviewed 16 June 2012

The hotel is very far but the marine life is great. It is not a great family hotel. Most of the patrons are old and come for peace and quiet. None the less the kids club is adequate and the shows at night are fun. I would recommend this hotel to couples and serious divers but not to families. The food is clean but the varietyis some what limited.

Date of stay: October 2011
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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4  Thank nerminm_12
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Reviewed 3 December 2011

Pluses:

- 7 days in Egypt without stomach upset has to be good news.
- Clean, generously sized rooms - sea view and size depend on your package
- Staff friendly and helpful at all levels.
- Excellent diving and snorkelling, the reefs begin as soon as your toes are in the water
- Nearly no children.
- Many guest come back again and again stating that Lahami was a notch above the others hotels and resorts on the Red Sea. Our first stay, so we can't comment. We'd go back if the weather were warmer.

Minuses:
- Too often like a German-speaking rest home (you may consider this a plus). But life ends at 10pm each evening.
- The towel reservation on beach chairs is alive an well and living in Lahami Bay. Get there by 8.30 am or all seats and umbrellas are gone
- There are more guests than sun-loungers
- "All inclusive". This was our package, but first info we received on arrival was what was not included. For example, not included was our mini-bar.
- Wine: the choice is red, rose or white, and one glass at a time with a 10 minute wait for the order to arrive.
- Perhaps understandably in a Muslim country, the whole concept of alcohol is a closed book to the bar staff. We were served warm gin & tonics and warm rose wine. At least they were not in the same glass.
- Though well equipped, the windsurfing is expensive at €37.00 per hour with insurance.

Comments:

This is not Europe and time and pace are slow. I was turned away by one of the 3 bar staff standing behind the north beach bar at 9.56 as they didn't open until 10.00am.

There is nothing outside the resort except desert.

Every drink or coffee or tea you order has to be signed for on 'Lahami Bay Resort' printed NCR paper in three layers. We wondered if the paperwork and its administration cost more than the drinks themselves. Especially as with "All Inclusive" we merely browsed the not unsubstantial pile of dockets amounting to approximately €350 at check out and didn't pay anything!

The Guest Relations Manager mentioned in other reports is a daunting figure. She is not unlike a fortune teller. However, don't be fooled by appearances underneath beats a heart - somewhere.

The weather was sunny but much cooler than we expected and cooler than normal for Nov/Dec. Though 25°, a sharp wind that blew day and night kept it feeling more like a nice day on the beech in England in July.

The water at 24/25° means snorkelling without a wetsuit is quite possible, but for more than 30 minutes a wetsuit is necessary. You may also feel under-dressed as the Germans are fully kitted with, at times, full suits with head and feet in neoprene and even double suits.

The resort runs its own desalination plant for fresh water. This is not drinkable and bottled water at €2.50 per 1.5 litre bottle is available, this is included in "All Inclusive" package. Likewise electricity seems to generated on the large site and the noise can be heard at night if your room is on the south beach side.

Internet is only by 3G mobile phone. Reception supply a dongle which can be used on your own laptop or the resorts only desk top. The speed is slow, but checking and replying to emails is possible within 15 minutes, which costs €2.00.

Construction mentioned in other reports seems to nearing the end and we were not troubled by it. More than can be said for other tourist resorts we saw on the 2 hour and 40minute coach ride to and from Marsala Alam airport: more than 50% of all buildings were little more than concrete skeletons.

Room tip: Worth paying extra for sea view and "All Inclusive" package
Date of stay: November 2011
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11  Thank Paul B
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Reviewed 6 September 2011

We went here at the end of July for a dive holiday with Regal Dive, 6 weeks ago we wrote to them detailing the negative aspects of this hotel & dive school as they requested, but they have shown no interest as yet. We have been to Egypt at least 15 times each and this trip was by far the most expensive & the worst. Nobody has mentioned on Trip Advisor that you can only buy drinks in the hotel and a lovely freshly squeezed orange juice costs £3.50, a can of coke is £2.50 (the price is the same on the dive boat), five times the normal amount of the rest of Egypt, but first you must find somewhere to buy your drink, whilst we were there the poolside bar was shut, as was the swimup bar, and the ice cream parlour, and other places, in their place there was boards behind which the sound of powertools went on during the day.
Our room was nice and clean, the cable TV has no English channels but that is not important to most, the room cleaner was very nice and friendly.
The internet computer in reception did not work when we tried to use it, the cafe/bar on the beach was very nice, and a slightly cheaper option of lunch rather than the £15.00 buffet lunch as we were only half board. Breakfasts and dinners were quite good and there was some things for vegetarians. Towels are given to you by the pool, but beware if you give them back late, you will not be allowed one the next day.
In some ways I think what spoilt the trip more than all of this was the surly & rude attitude of the Dive school, this was the most miserable dive school I have been to in Egypt, although it was well organised,if you complained about anything the manager just says 'Actually I don't understand you' and walks off, yet her English was great when she was asking for money, once they have your money they are not interested in whether you enjoy yourself or not, unless you are paying more, one Divemaster went around the boat asking passengers for a tip! I think that because there are not so many people visiting now they feel they have to get as much out of their guests as they can, even tried overcharging on the final bill. As usual though the Egyptian divemasters were fantastic & did try to make people happy.
All in all this could have been a good holiday if the hotel was fully open without the building work, and the if the dive team cared a bit more about giving their customers service for their money.

Room tip: Ask to be away from the building site
Date of stay: July 2011
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5  Thank Richard B
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