Writing this a little late as me and my boyfriend holidayed and Jaz in April 2010.
We got a fantastic deal for a week at the Jaz hotel but can't seem to afford it anymore as it has gone up in price alot!
However, when we went there we were absolutely stunned with how gorgeous the building was. The architecture was beautiful and the whole place was very clean, modern and classy.
ROOM: The room was just perfect, nice and neutral, nicely decorated, very clean, no problems at all. We had a ground floor room with a pool view, double bed, table and chairs, tv, air-con, mirror, tea and coffee facilities, wardrobes, phone, safety box, en suite - which was gorgeous!
Terrace with table and chairs and a little hedge with beautiful flowers (like our own mini garden).
FOOD: I am a fussy eater and I was satisfied and happy with the variety of choices at any time of day. The pool bar was a little meh - pizza slices an salad etc It is a 'snack' bar bluntly put. The buffet hall was well presented, easy access, good choice of food for kids,adults alike.
However if you are travelling as a couple and want to get up for more, make sure one stays at the table whilst you go; as I got up to get a spoon and my soup was gone lol but they apologised and well it was free to get another but it does annoy you slightly.
The a'lacarte restaraunt was lovely, not sure which one it was but there was actually only one open at the time we visited. There was no one else dining in there! But it was 50% discount for us so we booked on the night before we left with a couple we met there. It was lovely, i recommend the mojitos they are amazing and i havent tasted anything like it since coming back home.
EXCURSIONS: This was our first holiday together and without our parents. I have read alot that you should be careful in Egypt with people getting money out of you etc but also that sometimes it is alot more wise to book with a local shop than with your rep.
QUADDING - in the desert included a trip to the bedouin tent in the desert where we had sheesha's and tea. Quadding is an amazingly fun experience and i do recommend it for everyone TIP - Dont wear white or your best clothes as the sand is almost impossible to get out of your clothes, my white pumps were ruined and also cover up on your legs, sand hitting you at that pace can sting!
CAIRO - Is a LONNNNG way from the hotel, we had to get up at 5-6am an it was 5 hour journey there and back in a cramped coach that which the driver didn't always keep the air con on - due to not wanting the heat to hit us badly in cairo. It can be sweaty and horrible but i had wanted to visit Egypt ever since i was little and had to go. It was still a dream for me to go, you will get funny looks off locals if you have any skin on show as i did. The local children however are lovely and really welcoming they were talkign and waving and always saying hello to us.
The museum in cairo is fantastic, i got to look straight into golden mask of king tut which was a lifetime dream of mine, definately worth the journey in my eyes. TIP - Dont put sun lotion on before you get on the coach its not worth it and its very uncomforable.
Cleopatra's Bath - Lovely day out, well organised, we had a trip to TGIFRIDAYS on a boat :) which was the highlight haha the weather is gorgeous over there, slight wind but the scenery and crystal clear water makes it unbelievable. Watch out for the huge ants in egypt they can bite!
WEATHER: Our holiday was lovely, it was slightly windy in my opinion and that was around the pool. My boyfriend when in the sea and it was freezing, he normally doesn't admit being nesh like that so if he thinks its cold..its cold!.
If you want hot in March-April but not long haul then Sharm El Sheikh is you're place to go.
STAFF: Really nice friendly staff. It was a new hotel at the time of our visit. It was full of alot of russians etc but they didn't recieve any nicer service than we did, not that what noticed. The cleaner in our room was fantastic, he did a beautiful flower arrangement ever day. A crocodile, a rose, a elephant etc the reception was helpful and the omlette chef was just amazing he baked me and my boyfriend a love heart shaped pizza :)
We didn't recieve inflight meals flying with thomas cook even though we had paid for them. They're excuse was that they hadn't been loaded on the plane properly. However they did have SOME meals and they were given to children (which is understandable) but the parents also recieved them too, like they were a priority; which is wrong in my eyes - yes maybe children, elderly or those with low bloody sugar etc.
We also asked about booking a trip excursion to ride on camels and we were told that there wasn't any around our area...we spoke to a gentleman travelling back home at the airport who stayed in our hotel an he said he went on one!
We felt Thomas Cook didn't understand the hotel and what it offered. We were told that there was water sports and when we arrived it was only just being bulit. The rep was pretty useless and was hardly around. The restaraunts weren't all open but i feel this was thomas cooks fault and not the hotels as alot of htoels have them open in different seasons etc.
We ended up having to make a letter of complaint to thomas cook and get compensation as they didn't advertise our holiday very well and due to the inflight meals not being recieved. We got £15 each!! The manager was extremely snotty and never got back to me and just wasted alot of our time. Gatwick flights recieved FREE cigerettes onboard as a compensation for the in flight meals being forgotton, we recieved a pack of 2 biscuits....
The hotel in itself is amazing, the staff, the rooms, the hygiene, the location, the trips etc everything was wonderful it was just Thomas Cook that was misleading and unhelpful.
Couple will love this hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- nestles on the Mediterranean Sea, just 38 km east of Mersa Matruh on the northern coast of Egypt. Breathtaking views and the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean combine with the fine white sands of Almaza Bay to provide the best in an Egyptian and Mediterranean holiday. Jaz Almaza Beach Resort sits sympathetically with its Mediterranean style architecture and provides a complete range of five-star facilities, amenities and service. Here, you can experience a holiday to Egypt that is relaxing and life affirming. Luxuriate in spacious rooms and savour lavish cuisine. Indulge in a variety of sports and recreational activities all within the impressive environment of this finely-appointed resort. The hotel's greatest attraction is its safe, secluded beach and bay. Experience one of the best-kept secrets of the southern Mediterranean Riviera with all the warmth, hospitality and attentive service you would expect from any Jaz resort including a shuttle service to and from Matruh Airport (upon request) ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jaz Almaza Beach Hotel Mersa Matruh