DREAMS BEACH RESORT
Rooms: 250 including 56 connecting and has some handicapped accessible rooms.
Room facilities: Modern, comfortable and spacious and all with sea views, air conditioning, minibar, bathroom with bath tub, shower, bath robes, hair dryer and complimentary shampoos, in room safes and a balcony.
Location: About 30 minutes (45km) north of Marsa Alam airport and about 26km south of El Quseir.
Hotel Facilities: A mind boggling nine swimming pools including one in the health club which is heated from November through March. Plenty of places to chill out including a pool bar, a beach bar, a lobby bar and an oriental cafe called “Shisha Corner”. There’s also plenty of choice when it comes to food, especially if you like seafood or pasta. Besides the main restaurant which serves the usual range of international cuisine there’s a beach-side restaurant called “The Love Boat” with fantastic views and freshly cooked seafood dishes while there’s also an Italian restaurant and a pool side pizzeria. And for the sporting types there’s aerobics, aqua aerobics, billiards, darts, football, table tennis, volleyball and water polo.
Perfume shop: A special mention should be made of the well managed and impressively stocked perfume bazar just off the reception. There was a far wider choice of perfume bottles and perfumes than I’ve seen in the hundred or so shops I’ve visited in Egypt. And the salesman really knows his perfumes. Not too expensive either. Opening times can vary but normally from around 11.30am to around 11.30pm. Ring the manager Sameh on 01110170917 from inside Egypt or on 00 20 1110170917 from outside Egypt.
TripAdvisor and HolidayCheck Rankings
As of June 2013 the hotel was ranked by TripAdvisor.com as 44th out of 68 hotels – down four places since November but satisfaction levels have held steady with over 63 per cent of guests (unchanged) rating it either “very good” or “excellent” and just 18 per cent (also unchanged) rating it as either “poor” or “terrible”. At least two thirds of guests (67 per cent) said they would recommend the hotel.
Similarly, as of June 2013, the hotel’s average rating on HolidayCheck.com remained steady at a respectable 4.4 out of a maximum six stars (unchanged since November) with the best scores for rooms as 5.1 (down from 5.2), service at 4.6 (unchanged) and gastronomy and sport at 4.2 (not previously recorded here) and the worst score for location at 3.6 (also unchanged).
REVIEWS: on TripAdvisor.com HolidayCheck.com and HolidayWatchdog.com have been mostly positive –
ON THE BEACH AND SEA:
“I cannot believe that anyone could possibly say that there is no beach, as the two beaches are excellent – the one in front of the hotel being a pebble beach and the one to the left sandy – both very tidy and clean and maintained everyday. With excellent sunbeds in plentiful supply and each with a permanent windbreak already assembled.”
“Unfortunately we often had a red flag flying and couldn’t therefore go snorkeling. However you could book a snorkeling excursion which I recommend.”
“The corals are in pristine condition and you can spot turtles, eagle rays, barracuda if you venture a bit further from the pier (Watch the current though)”
” We went swimming with snorkels in the sea 4 days out of seven. The fish are very impressive. There is a lifeguard on the jetty to make sure all are safe, and he does a good job by being vigilant and telling people if they are going too deep .”
“The beaches are wicked, definitely our favourite part. They have sun loungers, hammocks and little wicker tent things which you can get out of the sun in.”
ON THE STAFF: – also generally favourable.
“The staff was very attentive, friendly, helpful and not pushy at all…… without tips very friendly and we were always asked whether everything was OK.”
“Very attentive staff in all areas who genuinely wanted you to enjoy your time there.”
“The service is very good. Some of the staff spoke very good German.”
“The staff were good, always cleaning our room every day and they were good to the kids…and made nice things with the towels…The animation team was absolutely marvelous. They had shows every night and they were GOOD !!!”
“We arrived in the evening. We were met at the door by bell boys in Egyptian dress, who helped us with our cases. We were given a welcome drink at reception and hot flanels to refresh ourselves with. We were given an excellent room with a kingsize bed and were escorted to the room by hotel staff, who explained how things worked and tuned our TV into British stations for us.”
“We were welcomed at the hotel at around 1am with a glass of juice, and were checked in and on our way to our room within 10 mins-cases following soon after ( the quickest we have been checked in to the rooms in nine trips to Egypt )…..Our cleaner Mahmood cleaned the room to a very high standard every day and always had a chat with us when he could – he was keen to talk to improve his English which was very good anyway.”
“Special thanks go to my new friend Hassan who works in the main dining area and made us feel like we were his special guests. Also all the guys at the pool bar who were not only always cheery, but would bring drinks/fruit/cooling towels out to us at our sun loungers around the pool. ”
“The staff are very polite and helpful and will do everything they can to make your stay perfect. We were shown to are room and all luggage was brought for us, the porter even showed us how the aircon and all the appliances worked.”
“Staff are so nice and bend over all ways to help you.”
“This is one of the hotels strongest pluses – the guys are wicked and will do anything for you. ”
“The staff are fantastic they cant do enough for you as soon as you have got an inch left in your drink a new one is brought and same with you plates as soon as you have finished your meal your plates are cleared”
ON THE ROOMS: – mostly appreciative.
“The hotel designer took care that all rooms are facing the beach, the wonderful swimming pools and gardens. The view from the second floor is really impressive from wherever you are.”
“The rooms are large and kept very clean. The towels were changed daily.”
“The room was larger than we expected with a very large double bed, sofa, tv, dressing table/mirror, bathroom with shower over bath and separate sink area outside the bathroom with power and shaver points and a large mirror. There was no shortage of power points in the room where you need them. The fridge was stocked with two bottles of water daily and the room had a digital safe which was large enough for two large cameras and all our other valuables with space to spare.”
ON THE FOOD: – Mixed reviews inlcuding a few complaints but when I went I found the main restaurant offered an amazing choice of freshly cooked and prepared food. I would be tempted to agree with one reviewer who wrote “If you can’t eat well here everyday, you must be a very fussy eater.” And for those Brits who can’t do without egg and chips – either smuggle your own frozen chips through customs or ask the chef an hour or so before lunch time. I found that even the staff canteen served food above the standard of some tourist class Egyptian hotels ! Here are the mixed reviews but with some very positive ones –
“The food is generally buffet style and you need to be really fussy to not like anything ! Breakfast is cereals, fruits, yogurt, breads, cakes, pastries, beans, eggs, sausages and salad ! And if that doesn’t do it, the chef will make you fried eggs, omelette or pancakes. Lunch changes daily but consists of soup, breads, fruits, desserts, salads, hot sandwiches…. and also meat, fish, veg, potatoes and a pasta bar where the chef will make you a personal dish from his fresh ingredients.”
“Food was good to very good…..Christmas food was especially good. In the weekdays there was not always a very large selection. As far as the Italian restaurant goes, I would consider it as more of an Arabic interpretation of Italian cuisine but you should try it.”
“In the Tropicana restaurant we were greeted by Mahmood, who showed us to an excellent outdoor table ( yes even in November and after 9pm ) who served us with wine ( in a 175ml wine glass rather than a thimble ) and took us to see what was still an oustanding array of soups, starters, main courses and desserts to die for. We continued to receive excellent service from Mahmood all week.”
“The buffet restaurant never seemed overcrowded during our stay with a good selection of food every night. The menu had a theme most nights with English, Italian, oriental (Egyptian) and French on the menu. Every night a different grill, bbq or carved meat was available outside at the cooking stations along with pasta and a meat/fish station inside.”
“We pleased to find the food fantactic …fresh breads….soups…salads….pasta dished made to your liking right in frount of you…and a vast selection of desserts…the meals each night were different theams for example: Mexican, Italian, oriental etc.”
“Breakfast Fab, eggs any way you want them cooked fresh by your own Chef lots of bits to go with them plus Pastries to die for etc.”
“I’ve been to Egypt twice before and I thought that the food at Dreams Beach was the best so far. The selection was good, the standard was good, in all honesty, if you can’t eat well here everyday, you must be a very fussy eater.”
But there was one note of dissent from a British guest from Liverpool who was not entirely happy –
“(Although) the food was lovely……. I did miss my bacon sandwiches of a morning.”
“My partner and eldest girl went on the trip out on the buggy things they loved it and pictures were great.”
“If you want to do more than just swim….. you have a huge choice of excursions. Snorkel with the dolphins/giant turtles or diving or a cultural trip to Luxor ( exhausting but highly recommended ). The offers exceed the time available. Camel riding was funny.”