KAHRAMANA BEACH RESORT

By Marsa Alam
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Mar 25th, 2014
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zzkharamana_13dwRooms: 198 stone built chalet style rooms.
Room Facilities: Air conditioning or heating, corner desk unit, television, direct dial telephone, hair dryer, room service, mini-bar, safe, sofa bed, wardrobe and private balcony with deck chairs.
Location: 38km south of Marsa Alam airport and 26km north of the town of Marsa Alam.

 

Hotel facilities: include include mini pub and discotheque, main restaurant and two other restaurants- Cliff fish bar and Arrabbiate, lobby bar, car parking, laundry, Health Club with sauna, massage and gym; two swimming pools with separate pool for children; kid’s club; tennis court; horse riding; private beach; water sports, desert safaris, spacious meeting/function rooms.You can book a room at Kahramana Beach Resort by emailing steven@marsaalam.com – You don’t need to pay a deposit as payment can be made on arrival.
Book Reviews: Lonely Planet says “attractive beach, a good Italian restaurant and diving centre.”

zzkharaman6_nq78GUEST REVIEWS

On TripAdvisor.com, as of July 2013, it was ranked 24th out of 67 hotels in the region – a fall from its’ position at 20th out of 71 hotels in December 2012.  76 per cent of guests rated the resort as either “excellent” or “very good” and just 10 per cent as “poor” or “terrible.”  77 per cent of Trip Advisor reviewers said they would recommend the resort.       

 

On Holidaycheck.com its’ score as of July 2013 had also slipped slightly from December 2012, dipping to an average rating of 4.2 out of six stars compared to  4.3 in December.
The highest assessments were awarded for rooms at 5.0 (unchanged) and location at 4.2 (down from 4.3 in December) while lower scores were given for sport at 4.1 (previously not recorded here), service at 4.1 (up from 4.0) and gastronomy at 3.8 (up from 3.7).     

Nevertheless it generally scores well above average and reviews on Trip Advisor and HolidayCheck have been mostly positive.zzkharaman2_8vrmYOUR TRANSLATION HELP NEEDED !On 13 July 2013 one reviewer wrote on Trip Advisor “Ottima colazione ottimo il servizio in spiaggia il ragazzo carinissimo e ottimo anche.” With the embedded Google translate icon this seems to have been mistranslated as follows –

“Great breakfast, great beach service, the boy cute and great tasting.”  !
Anyway at least the guest was happy.


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ON THE BEACH AND SEA

“Beautiful sea with a reef full of colourful corals. Wonderful ! For those who can swim there is a small lagoon where you could bathe in the company of some amazing fish….The hotel also offers a free bus that will take you to Abou Dabbab beach where, if you are lucky like us, you can swim almost hugging the magnifcent giant tortoises.”
“Nice spacious sandy beaches and you can choose between the “Relax Beach” with good distances between the chaise-longues or activities on “Active beach”….There’s a children playground on “Active Beach” and if you want a change there’s a free bus to Abu Dabbab beach which has a nice reef.” 
 


“This is a great place for diving. Unspoilt place, fantastic corals, sealife, etc. Dives are also cheap compared to the average costs. Did the Open Water PADI and was most pleased with the instructor.”
              TripAdvisor 31 July 2008 
8f9fa1df8e54c804f94458485d6651a8_dke2ON THE STAFF
“Our cleaner Hamada cleaned the room neatly every day. What is more, he usually decorated our beds with animals made of towels. It was really beautiful. It is good to leave for example 1 euro in the room every day. They are really grateful because their income is very very low.”
“The staff were very friendly and not intrusive. Nothing was a problem. They can help you with everything but be careful how you give tips – please look around because if his boss or colleague sees he has to put the tip into the communal kity and he will ultimately get almost nothing from it.”
But not everyone was happy with the staff –

“The service in the main restaurant at evening meal was atrocious apart from one guy who we tipped the first night and if he was around would always serve us. Most of the waitors would watch you walk in and sit at a table and would not come over and clear your table or ask you for a drink….my partner had to ask every night for clean cutlery and a drink.”
            TripAdvisor 31 July 2008.

ON THE ROOMS

 

“The room is fine, but why are the hook hangers for towels fixed upside down ?” 
“Our room seemed huge. Someone suggested 50m2…..The bathroom was large as well. We slept well. The beds were not too hard. Sometimes at some of these resorts, the beds are like rocks.”
 

“We had our suitcases brought to our room, which was the most comfortable I have experienced. The beds are to die for. A lovely thick quilt for the cold nights and there was also additional heating and cooling unit if it was needed.”

 

” Our room is spacious and clean, with a great view of the swimming pools and the Red Sea. There are no mosquitoes here, and since we were on the upper floor, we left the balcony door open every night so we were lulled to sleep by the sound of waves rushing to shore.”

zzkharaman3_m7boON THE FOOD 


“The food was delicious with a big variety.”

“Unfortunately the food isn’t the best but it’s OK.”

“Most of the food and sweets are just not tasty. Trying some dishes, we were in bewilderment. What are they made from ? ….Why mousses do not have any taste ? …….Most of the food was a disappointment for us and left the impression that the hotel is trying to cut costs in every way.”
 
“The food was absolutely delicious ! Every day there was something different for lunch and supper, and on Friday we would have Egyptian food and specialities. Breakfast, however, was the same all week but no problem as there were sweets, omelets, pancakes, wafles, cheese, ham, salads etc etc.  We didn’t suffer Pharaoh’s curse – no stomach problems.”
 

“(At breakfasts) each day someone made omelets for us….Usually we had cheese, tomatoes and onions to add to the…eggs. There was always cut up fruit which was mainly honeydew melon and apples and what looked like yogurt….The breads..yum. Croissants either plain or with chocolate drizzled.., filled pastries with just a dab of fruit or a cream/puding type of filling.  They were always made fresh.”
 

“There was a very good variety of food at breakfast and evening meal. It was excellent quality, variety and the staff were so friendly. They made omelette and pancakes for you and we did not have one dodgy stomach all holiday.”
 

ON THE GARDENS AND GROUNDS


“I was very enthusiastic with the large gardens where all the rooms are situated. They are breathtaking. There are thousands of flowers and lots of decorations in an ancient style. It must be hard to keep that large place so beautiful and green. I have never seen a resort with such a beautiful garden.

OVERALL

The hotel is an oasis with very nice gardens. The rooms very clean and tiday. The staff were very polite and helpful. The food was delicious with a big variety. The best place to have a vacation.

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