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Flamenco Beach and Resort
Ranked #6 of 11 Hotels in El Quseir
Reviewed 11 February 2009

Stayed at the Flamenco Beach resort for a week commencing 2nd Feb a large complex situated on a beach close to the city of El Quseir 1 & 1/2 hr transfer from Marsa Alam - A great holiday.
We chose the half board option, food was plenty & beef, chiken, rice, salad etc........ Drinks a little pricey but had taken duty free for the balcony as advised on here!
Rooms good size & clean, staff helpful - Simon our Thomas Cook rep was helpful.
Payments at the hotel are by reciept which you pay at reception whenever you like.

Beach large area for sunbathin - plenty of beds, a lagoon to snorkle from the beach, otherwise to get in the sea is via the hotels own jetty! Sea is crystal clear - Weather was 96 - 100 when we were there in Feb - a mini heat wave! 5 pools, 1 at the Flamenco resort across the road from the hotel part of the same complex. Plenty of areas to be entertained at Ali Babba tent, Pool bar, Granada disco - the reps try to get you involved loads. Lots of Italians but they are much nicer than the eastern europeans!

Hotel has its own camels - we took the hotel trip to The Lost city 28 Euros for 3 1/2hr camel ride - saw lots of ruined houses 3km into the desert, had a bedoiun tea then home - ok for your tanning & a laugh! Abdul the guide spoke no english!

El Quseir - a cool little city, very poor & felt untouched by tourism worth a visit for your water, coke & snacks we got 12 lge bottles of water, 6 lge cokes & 4 big crisps for £6 approx! Remember to barter like hell get your pressies here as the hotel shops charge you loads. The market on Friday is fruit, veg & fish but good atmosphere for culture!

Luxor trip was 5 1/2hr trip but is worth it, 1 day just isn't enough time there!

Abu Dabab snorkelling trip, saw sharks, rays, green turtles - The sea cow wasn't there - good for strong swimmers.

Camel market was cancelled not enough people set of is 03:05am south to the Sudan border - dissapointed couldn't go.

Our friends went to the water park & had fun other guests went to the Dolphin house = no dolphins on the day!

Reccomended holiday for relaxation, culture, sun & sea. A little pricey as it's a new resort in Egypt & there is no real competition just yet for the cheapness you usually get in Egypt. Hurgada is not far away & the hotel offers trips at a cheap price!

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 January 2009

My boyfriend and I stayed at the flamenco beach resort in oct 2008. To be honest I could not fault the hotel and was great value for money. We paid around £600 each for 2 weeks full board. The hotel is pretty much in the middle of nowhere apart from a typical egyptian town about 15 minutes away. We went on 1 occassion and bought a lot of drinks, water and coke for next to nothing.

The only way which I could fault the hotel would be the prices of drinks. I would say get some from the duty free on the way through. My boyfriend paid £7 sterling for a small JD and coke. The local beer is okay but not typically what i would drink.

You can choose to go on a number of trips we went to the dolphin house and a trip to luxor. Both were reasonably priced but we didnt see any dolphins as this is wild. The beach is lovely but you cannot go into all parts of the sea due to the corals which is fair I fell over on one of them. Scuba diving is a most but due to the time of year only experienced divers could enter the pool.

Its best to tip in pound coins they love these and the staff are perfect they will do anything for you nothing is too difficult for them.

The entertainment isnt great but they do there best and put on the usual actvities during the day. All in all was a great hotel and would definately go back.

Make sure you take your insect rep. I was bitten loads during the luxor trip even with the spray :O

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 January 2009

we stayed at the flamenco resort from new years eve for 1 week. we picked the hotel mainly based on the many positive reviews from this site. this hotel and staff exceded our expectations. fabulous food and excellent location. both my girlfriend and i are scuba divers the house reef is a great dive and easy as walking to the end of the pier and dropping off. we saw octopus, rays, morays, nudibranchs and tuna. the on site dive shop was also very good. we just wanted a hotel where we could chill out round a pool or by the sea and go diving when we wanted t with not much hastle. as the other reviews state the hotel is in the middle of nowhere this was accually a selling point for us. also the hotel seemed to have a lovely mix of diffrent european couple and familys which was great and we had a good time practicing our limited languages. my only gripe was the flight there and back with thomson airways probably never again due to the major lack of leg room.......very uncomfortable. i could not recomend this hotel enough.

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 November 2008

I'd read reviews in this and other sites and only found one or two people who weren't happy. I was not disappointed and had a great time but there are one or two things to be aware of.
The coach transfer took about an hour, the last thing you need before or after a Thomas Cook flight with no legroom! However, the hotel is worth the ride once you get there. You do need to realise that the resort is VERY isolated, with the Red Sea in front of you and desert on 3 sides (the nearest hotel is across the bay), and there are very few British guests, with the hotel being full of German and Italian guests. This latter point was not a problem as such but it can make a Brit feel alone. There are plenty of sunbeds on the beach and by the pool for everyone although it was a bit annoying to see towels on them but nobody appearing until early afternoon (God knows where they went in the morning!). I had hoped to dive but personally found the German run dive school were more interested in their compatriots so didn't bother. I was told that it wasn't as good as Sharm anyway.
However, the good points vastly outweigh the not so good. The hotel is spotlessly clean, and the staff are great. They love the Brits, and the service is first class. Rooms are spacious and clean although the beds are rock hard. Ask for a quiet room or the Ali Baba entertainment will keep you awake. Food is good with a wide choice, and several BBQ dishes each night - something for most tastes.
I went for a relaxing holiday with some diving thrown in. I had a real chillout beach holiday with fabulous weather (in the 30's) and excellent service.

  • Stayed: November 2008, travelled solo
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Reviewed 21 November 2008

Booked a last minute break here in mid November .The hotel is 60 kms north from Marsa Alam airport. El Quseir town is a few Kilometers inland and the "Movenpick" hotel is a few minutes walk along the beach.
The hotel and staff were run very efficiently. Our room was great and we had a fab view. We took a travel kettle as they are not provided. We along with others agreed that the food was very good with plenty of choice for all nationalities. ( we ate outside in the gardens every day)
The swimming pools were clean but Unheated. There is a good large beach area and we never had a problem finding a sunbed. (Although we don't think the hotel was full)
Their is a long jetty to the fabulouse reef ,and we did attempt to go in ,however when we were there the Red flag was up most days as it it a very windy and the sea was very rough out on the reef ,Due to these conditions it was our opinion that the water was no where near as clear as we have experienced in other areas of the Red Sea. Some Dive trips were altered due to the weather conditions .
Again in out upinion, unless you have reef shoes it is not possible to paddle from the shore at this hotel and not suitable for swimming either. They do have a small beach area about 6 kiometers away which gives access straight into the water for safe clear snorkling.
We did not get to the town ,but heard it was an experience!
Felt that prices for drinks were very expensive...over £8 for a G & T ..so don't forget to buy some duty free! Bottle beer is about £2.50 .
Please be aware that this is a very quiet area. There is no "Competition" so any excursions will have to be made thru your rep. Snorkling excursion can be booked with the dive team at the hotel which worked out less expensive than ThomasCook.
Athough a little frayed round the edges we really enjoyed our week at The Flamenco Beach Hotel, A real bargain break for £355 per person half board.

  • Stayed: November 2008
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Reviewed 9 October 2008

Top marks for this hotel / resort.

We travelled to Marsa Alam in Sept ’08, we had our original holiday (10 days in Namma Bay) cancelled due to XL airlines going bust.
This was the closest they could get us (7 nights in MA) we had a very low thoughts about the place, being in the middle of nowhere, Resort hotel stuck in one place.
When we arrived we were greeted with drinks and our check in took all of about 3 minutes (takes longer in UK hotels !) our bags were deposited in our room and not a sniff of a beg for a tip from the porter.
The week then continued to amaze us, from the glorious well maintained walk ways (swept 4 times a day !) to extensive breakfast / lunch and dinners, everyone’s palette was catered for with a wide and well known selection of goodies and a few new ones I had never seen.

The Beach was a stones throw from our room, and so well kept that at 4pm every day a group of employed locals in uniform would walk the length of the beach clearing all the rubbish / water bottles / cigarette butts away – I have NEVER seen this done before.
We had towel origami left for us each day, it’s the little touches, and such helpful staff we could not sing their praises enough. Tip – Take your Crocs or some safe/sturdy water friendly shoes if you want to wade into the Lagoon to snorkel or swim – you won’t get far without footwear!!!!

The restaurant staff deserve a special mention as they really made our holiday – I was stirring my coffee one morning with a dessert spoon as it was all I could find, I felt something on my hand and a waiter gently removed it and replaced it with a tea spoon – no hassle, no drama, just quietly and politely!

We were slightly apprehensive of the evening entertainment, we’ve been to places where it’s bingo or nothing! But we got to the Ali Baba Tent to find a lighting rig and stage arrangement. One night there was a magician, next a traditional dancer, next a David Blane type act (bed of nails / glass walking etc) Acrobats, not a sniff of bingo ! Really impressive !

The Bedrooms are basic and twin rooms are twin single beds (rather than the usual advertised “twin” but you get a double bed instead), it was so well cleaned that to be honest all you need is somewhere to hang your clothes and sleep and wash !
If booking ask to go on the 2nd or 3rd floor as the ground floor can be where you get the people traffic, and very noisy, also the patio doors are not particularly secure, so if you are worried about things like this then best to book a higher room.

The one and only down part to the entire stay was the bar manager and his waiter at the Ali Baba. Being two girls travelling on our own, we are used to getting a bit of unwanted attention, but these guys took it too far. They asked us to leave the Resort and go to the local café with them, ‘but don’t tell anyone’ they said, oh ‘and we know your room number’. Very worrying ! They didn’t leave us alone all night, and we had to leave with some other guests – so please be careful if you are ladies. We did inform the hotel manager via our suggestions form and feedback forms – so hopefully something will be done about this type of behaviour. All the other staff were professional, friendly, fun and lovely to be around.

We took a day trip to Luxor – very well priced, £55. It’s a very long day, up at 5am back at 10.30pm ! But my god it is worth it, so don’t be put off (take your pillow on the bus with you – it’s a godsend when you just want to rest your head!!). Our rep also told us to take some toilet roll with us on the trip as you sometimes have to pay for a sheet at a time in public areas while out visiting. Very good bit of advice!!!

Great hotel, exceptional value money, clean, beautiful beach, and would definitely consider going back for a lazy week, and that I feel is the biggest compliment you can give a hotel !

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 July 2008

Just returned from a lovely holiday at the Flamenco Beach resort. I'll keep this short and sweet...

The hotel was lovely, we had a great room (246) with pool and sea views. Spacious room with large bathroom and nice balcony. Was clean and tidy and had twin beds. However these were very hard so I suffered from sore shoulders and back due to this. Was great by various towel creations each day - swans, flowers etc... nice touch.

The facilities were great, well maintained gardens, pools, beach etc - wooden sunloungers, mattresses and towel were provided each day. Plenty to choose from either round the pool or on the beach.

Hotel is remote, but nice to just relax. There is a bus in to El Queiser, but this is not a touristy town. There aren't any other places to walk to at night or anything so you have to eat in the hotel. Wasn't sure if I'd enjoy this but it was good food so was nice to just relax.

Food was lovely - we were HB and enjoyed the food most nights. The nights we didnt were only because we don't like fish or lamb so our own fussy fault! Plenty of choice - salads, breads, hot dishes and BBQ outside each night. Nice to sit out side and enjoy eating al fresco beneath the stars.

Prices weren't too bad. Yes drinks were on the expensive side (prices went up on our last day) I took my own vodka and just bought soft drinks to mix with it. My husband drank the local beer which was £1.90 for a very large bottle. We took £300 spends for 1 week and this was plenty including doing 2 trips.

All in all had a great time. VERY hot (45c some days) so would consider going when it is slightly cooler as my husband suffered from sunstroke despite being careful and using factor 30!

Hmm sorry not so short and sweet - had to get it all down!

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Address: Kilo 7 El Quseir - Safaga Road, El Quseir 84712, Egypt
Region: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > El Quseir
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in El Quseir
#4 Top resorts Hotel in El Quseir
#5 Luxury Hotel in El Quseir
#6 On the Beach Hotel in El Quseir
Price Range: £30 - £47 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Flamenco Beach and Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 280
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