We have just returned from a two week break at this lovely hotel. El-Gouna was recommended by a friend but we checked out the hotels on Trip Advisor and decided that the Ocean View was for us. We arrived late in the evening (after the evening meal)and checked in at reception where we were asked which building we wished to stay in. We chose the main (Soleil) building and a choice of rooms was offered. We opted for a terrace room with a fabulous view of the lagoon. We were then given the choice of seeing the room first or go and have a meal in the restaurant where a hot meal was waiting for us. On seeing our room for the first time we were delighted. We were mid way between the swimming pool and the restaurant. The view was perfect. The room itself was very clean and I suppose basic as the furnishings were slightly old but that did not detract from the comfort of this room. There was a large built in wardrobe, 3 drawers with shelves above (one shelf housed the safe). There was a small fridge with a glass shelf above it. There was metal unit for your cases and a long table with a lamp and telly on it. This had a small drawer in the unit. We had two single beds separated by a small cabinet with a lamp on it. At the side of the bed was the most comfortable chair I have ever sat on! There were two large double windows which opened out and a patio door. The terrace was very large with two chairs and a small table. Our terrace had stairs leading down to the path. However the patio door could not be opened from the outside so it was perfectly safe. The toilet was spotlesss. As I say, it was basic and really could do with tarting up a bit (couple of tiles cracked) but this apart, it was more than adequate. The shower was large with a large glass panel and a shower curtain. The sink area had plenty of room for toiletries.
The restaurant was very nice, some might say it was a bit like a canteen but the tables were always cleaned immediately after vacating. The selection of food was very good, plenty of it and the bread was declicious. Different nationalities including Dutch, German, Danes, all enjoying themselves. One small point though, in our holiday brochures and on certain internet companies, this hotel is billed as adults only. It may be for British companies but it certainly does not apply to foreign holiday companies, so ifyou are looking for a totally child free holiday, then do not come here. Saying that, there were not too many kids and they were very well behaved (in the main). The swimming pool is fabulous and the entertainment organised around the pool is not bad at all. Everyone seemed to be having great fun anyway. There is a little pool bar which serves drinks until the pool closes in the late afternoon. There are lots of beds around the pool both in and out of the shade but those in the sun do have parasols so these can be put up by request. There is a little "beach" with sunbeds and fixed parasols. These beds have wind breaks around them. There is a little "jetty" and you can stand and watch the beautiful colourful fish. There are a pair of steps so you can swim in the sea or snorkel. The fish are amazing!
The reception area and the bar in the main lobby are manned by lovely people. They are always very pleased to help you. The main lobby is very nice with really attractive furniture. There is another little area just off the main lobby which has lots of seats and tables. This is outside and faces the two little shops (good selection of souvenirs and no hassle to get you in, but once you are in then beware! They will try and sell you a t-shirt but this is all done in a very friendly manner and they are not offended when you laugh and say no, they also laugh. On the other side of the dining room is a lovely area which is set out with tables and chairs on two levels. (This is where afternoon tea is served at 4:00pm) The bottom level is close to the water and is very peaceful. This is where the little fire is lit to accommodate the people who want to use the hubble bubble pipes (!). The entertainment in the evening was fine. Singers and guitar player on most evenings with the animation team putting on a quiz and bingo on two nights. The bingo was nothing like I have ever played. However we were told it was the first time. It was a bit pricey at £5 for one game tho. This certainly needs to be sorted out if it is to be a part of the evening entertainment. When you come out of the front of the hotel you are faced with the marina and just to the left of the main entrance is peanuts bar. We only used it once and it was not to my taste but it did have wi fi and lots of people sat there, not talking to each other but sitting using their phones!. Just along the road is the Duport pool bar. This is lovely. This certainly is an adult only swimming pool and no children are allowed during the day. In the evening it turns into a music/film venue where various music videos are shown some nights and on others it is a cinema. This has lots of tables and chairs but also double beds which at night are covered with cushions. During the day they are used for sunbathing. This is a great way to relax, gin and tonic, good music and a lie down!!.
We went into downtown El-Gouna on a couple of occasions and because it is Ramadan, the place was so quiet. We found a lovely little cafe called the Snack Shack who did the most wonderful sandwiches and coffee. Highly recommended. We ate out on three occasions once in Saigon, the Vietnamese restaurant (Abu Tig Marina), once in Maison Thomas Pizza place (Abu Tig Marina)and once in the Athena greek restaurant (downtown) . There was nothing wrong with the food in the hotel, I just fancied a change!
I thought this resort was lovely but unfortunately for us, it was far too hot both day and night. We all had tummy upsets which was due to the heat and the amount of fluids we were drinking. Sadly I had an upper respiratory tract infecton which was not helped by having the air conditioning on all night but it would have been impossible to sleep without it. I believe it is cooler at the beginning of the summer (May/June and September/October but it is also very much busier. I don't know if I could have coped with too many people buzzing around.
The beach is a dream! The hotel lay on a courtesy bus to take you the 10 minute drive up the road to the beach. They have a designated area which has the sunbeds with the static parasols and windbreaks, The walk to the sea is fairly long but if there is a breeze blowing, it is wonderful. When you eventually reach the sea, you can walk as far again and the sea still only reaches your knees! It was like a warm bath and was just wonderful. I used a factor 50 and I needed it. It was far too hot for us and fairly uncomfortable to be in when there was no breeze and even when the breeze arrived it was warm air. As much as I loved the hotel, resort and area, I will not go back at that time of the year, although we met many people who had been back 9+ times. I must mention the chap who cleaned our room. His name is Ibrahim and he could not do enough for you. Every morning he asked me if I was feeling a bit better and on one day when I said I didn't, when we got back to our room, he had done me a beautiful swan with petals all over the bed. It was delightful. I told him it was lovely and the next day there was a huge crocodile with the remote control of the telly in its mouth and, blue bottle tops for eyes and the spines down his back!
We used the tuk tuks a couple of times and they really are fun. On the evening we were going to the Greek restaurant, I took a bit more time getting ready and getting my hair just right and I must say it looked brill. We took the tuk tuk into downtown and by the time we got there, I looked like I had been dragged through a hedge backwards! These tuk tuks are great! For two persons it is LE10 which works out at 50 each. I did have a great time but for me it was too hot.
Hurghada airport is something elso however, It was dirty and the toilets were a disgrace. Although it did not happen to me, my husband was asked for money prior to going in (he ignored this). Another chap was tellng me that when he walked into the toilet, there was faeces all over the floor. I have been in lots of airports all over the world and these toilets are by far the worst.
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