Our first visit to the El Quseir area of Eqypt - & what an amazing week we had with the hospitality of ROOTS LUXURY CAMP!
Between the 3 of us (all divers), we have previously experienced diving holidays in Egypt, at Sharm el Sheik, Taba Heights and Dahab. After reading excellent online reviews and meeting the Roots Camp staff at the NEC Dive Show this year, we booked the 7 day all inclusive Millionaire package of diving and Deluxe Chalet accommodation.
We were immediately struck by the amazing location of the Roots Camp in such close proximity to the House Reef but with the awesome backdrop of the desert landscape. A beautiful beach with its own house reef dive centre area, just steps from reef entrance site & a superb beach restaurant offering great lunches, food and refreshments (all included). (I'll come back to the diving bit!)
The Camp itself is a short walk (5mins) from this beach and offers a real experience of Egypt when not diving - it has a new but extremely authentic reception and bar area and the staff are exceptionally helpful & friendly. A large and relaxing swimming pool is a recent addition - great places to chill in the heat of the sun & lots of shaded areas to relax with a book & a cool drink.
The choice of accommodation is excellent and as divers it was great not to be caught up in the hubbub of a typical all inclusive hotel with the mad rush for meals and sunloungers! The theme for the week was an incredibly relaxed one around camp - our evening entertainment ritual consisted of an after-dinner campfire, good music, in good company with a chilled beer or two and lots of starwatching! Great to recount our sites and experiences of each of the days diving & bliss after 3 amazing dives each day.
As part of the 'package' we had booked, we had 2 morning guided dives at various locations and the option for a house reef dive in the afternoon. A House Reef orientation dive with Moudi on the first day introduced us to the amazing diversity of the reef and just some of its many inhabitants. Giant Morays, Lionfish, Rays, Pufferfish & much more but these were all within the first few fins out into the bay!
Our guides Moudi, Steve & Tito took us on the most brilliant dives. These including shore dives, through swim throughs and canyons, The Rock (a huge rock surface covered in anenomes home to literally hundreds of clown fish); a hard boat dive from Safaga to the Wreck of the Salem Express; an exciting night dive on the house reef followed by a traditional beach barbeque under the stars; one of my favourite dives was the Pharoahs Tomb, led by owner Steve - a network of swim throughs and caverns accessible from a Zodiac boat - another highlight being a passing dolphin & her calf! We had some superb close up encounters with turtles and saw a vast spectrum of vivid marine life ranging from huge titan triggers to miniature nudibrachs. The corals of the area are pristine & varied. Glorious colours shapes and sizes, some are more like Coral forests than Coral gardens!
A week full of firsts for me including the night dive, rib dive, wreck dive - I returned home exhilarated but relaxed...we have already booked again for 10 days in March 2014, along with 6 other members of our local dive group, whom I can guarantee will have an experience of a lifetime.
The professional service and knowledge of owners Claire & Steve, along with their excellent & friendly staff can cater for divers of all levels and experience. The Dive Centre is highly organised by Martina & her team, whom check each diver in and out, along with careful maintenance of kit, and provision of weights/air/nitrox requirements etc.... none of our booking requests were overlooked and nothing was too much trouble.
I cannot recommend Roots Luxury Camp highly enough. A truly unique dive centre experience for divers, run by divers.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Roots Red Sea is situated on the southern part of the Red Sea coast,just north of El Quseir town. Ideally situated between Hurghada and Marsa Alam Airports. We are surrounded by magnificent colourful mountains and unspoilt Red Sea beaches making it both a beautiful and a relaxing destination.There are 3 styles of accommodation, Superior Boutiques & Deluxe Chalets which all have Sea-view,en-suite facilities,AC,flat screen TV and fridge or the standard Eco-Huts with shared facilities and fan giving a more rustic feel. We provide breakfast, lunch and dinner options as well as Soft all-inclusive. On site we have a fresh water swimming pool and volley ball court as well as a 5* Padi Scuba diving centre. ... more less
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