We have just returned from our 11th visit to the Movenpick, El Gouna and were most certainly not disappointed. We booked direct with the hotel and arranged airport transfers through them. This service used to be free but we were charged $15 US per person per trip this time which does work out quite expensive. But it does remove any hassle for the journey from the airport to El Gouna.
We were on Bed & Breakfast basis, I personally consider that there are too many lovely restaurants in El Gouna to go all inclusive. The buffet breakfast is excellent, with so much choice. I didn't always need to have lunch as it kept me going all day on some days.
We were there over the Easter holidays, this time with family including two little nephews (aged 4 and 7), and have never seen the hotel so busy. Having said that we always managed to get a quiet spot on the beach near the lagoon near cluster 7, and never had any problem getting sunbeds. As we were leaving on Friday 13th April it was the start of an Egyptian holiday and it was the first time that I witnessed a hint of chaos in the reception area. This was mainly due to arriving people waiting for their rooms to be prepared for them (prior to the normal check in time of 14:00 - I should add).
We had two rooms in Cluster 7, which is my favourite cluster, located close to the lagoon pool and one of the lagoons. The rooms are spotlessly clean with plenty of storage space. The bathrooms are large and include the wardrobes, which is a wonderful way of getting rid of any creases in your clothes after the journey - just hang them up and out they drop. There are tea and coffee making facilities, complimentary robes and slippers, scales, flat screen tv, a safe, a small mini bar (which you can use for your own drinks etc) and small toiletries (soap, body lotion, shampoo and shower caps). We had a large bottle of complimentary water in the room when we arrived and a lovely plate of fruit (which was replenished during our stay). And had small galaxy chocolate bars left on the bed each night when we returned to our rooms. I'm not sure how much of this is standard or if it was because we were returning guests.
The four pools in the hotel are all different. The main Oasis pool, where all the day time activities like water aerobics take place, is the busiest. Personally I prefer the quieter lagoon pool and spa pool. The other pool is near the health centre and very few people seem to use it. There are bar/restaurants at the 3 aforementioned pools and lunch averages at about £5.00 per person, more if like us you are partial to a cold beer at lunchtime (an extra £3.00 per time approx.).
The gym has new equipment in it apparently, I didn't use it - I'm relying on my husbands update for this aspect.There are also tennis courts, table tennis, squash court and a hairdresser at the health club. You can also get massages there, as well as at Angsana Spa (which is near Cluster 8).
The Piazza has a few shops which tend to be a bit more expensive than shopping downtown, but are convenient. There is a branch of CIB Bank which is open from 10:00 - 13:00 daily but is closed all day on Fridays. However there is also an ATM at the bank where you can insert up to 30 notes at a time to exchange your currency at any time. When we were there however it would not accept the new £50.00 notes, but we were informed that this would be sorted out shortly.
There is entertainment provided in the evenings which is fairly low key, and the Ali Baba tent is great for a night cap and a shisha.
There are two camels at the hotel, which you can ride for 50 LE (about £5.00) for 15 minutes.
The location of the hotel - about 10/15 minutes walk from downtown, or a short tok tok ride to Abu Tig marina which costs 5LE per person per ride. Taxis cost 15LE per trip to anywhere within El Gouna; and the bus is 20LE for a weekly ticket which includes the water bus. It's extremely easy to get around El Gouna. There are loads of lovely restaurants which I will review separately in the Restaurants of El Gouna section.
We went on two trips during our stay - the Seascope Submarine which is yellow!!! The cost for this was 320LE per person but children aged 5 and under are free. This was an excellent way to see the underwater world if you don't dive or snorkel, or like us had small children with us. The trip was 2 hours. We also went on the dolphin spotting trip arranged by the dive centre (underneath El Sayadin Restaurant), and were lucky enough to be the only ones on the boat. We were fortunate to be in the water with two pods of dolphins - absolutely beautiful. The cost for this trip is 30 Euros or 240LE per person, it lasts about two and a half hours and includes time to snorkel at at least one of the reefs. Children under 10 are not allowed to go on this trip for insurance purposes. The trip is on a RIB which in itself is exciting - but be prepared to get wet!
The grounds of the hotel are vast and are laid out with well maintained gardens, lots to explore and a jogging circuit too. All of the staff are very friendly and everyone speaks to you - well worth learning a few words of Arabic, they really appreciate it.
Now to plan the next time.........................well recommended.
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