Tulip is one of Marsa Alam’s better four star hotels with excellent service, good food, a clean beach and for those who wish to walk off the calories a jetty almost one kilometre long.
Rooms: 246 including 32 family rooms of 39sqm, 123 twin bed and 91 king bed rooms each of 32sqm. 96 rooms have connecting doors. The guest rooms are designed as low-rise bungalows, laid out in a huge U-shape around the main swimming pool area.
Room facilities: Air conditioning, bathroom with shower, direct dial telephone, mini-bar, safe deposit box, private terrace or balcony. Some rooms have handicapped facilities.
Location: 15km south from Marsa Alam airport and 46km north of the town of Marsa Alam.
Facilties: Main restaurant (Jasmine) open – breakfast: 07:00 – 09:30 lunch: 12:30 – 14:30 and dinner: 19:30 – 21:30, fish restaurant: open from 19:30 till 22:30. Baccara Italian Restaurant open from 11:00 till 17:00. English Pub and disco. Lobby and pool bars. 3 swimming pools, largest 1500sqm and the middle one 500sqm (heated) and one children’s pool. Diving Center and a health club with gym, sauna and hair salon open from 0800 to 2000. A Kid’s Club open from 11.00 to 17.00. Beach volleyball, tennis court, horse and camel riding, a 250 metre long private sandy beach and coral reef.
Secret tip: Although the Tulip Health Club has satisfied customers we would still recommend if possible travelling 3km south down the coast road to what is probably the best health club in Egypt at the nearby Al Nada Resort which is often frequented by both local and visiting VIPs from Cairo.
As of July 2013, its’ ranking had slipped to 22nd out of 66 hotels in the Marsa Alam region down from 18th in December 2012. However satisfaction levels improved slightly with 79 per cent of reviewers (+1% since December) giving it a “very good” or “excellent” rating and with only 8 per cent (unchanged since December) rating it as “poor” or “terrible”. 82 per cent of Trip Advisor reviewers would recommend the hotel.
On Holidaycheck.com, as of December 2012, it has an excellent average review score of 5.1 out of six stars (unchanged since December) with the highest scores awarded for rooms at 5.4 (unchanged) and service at 5.3 (unchanged) and slightly lower results for sport at 5.1 (unchanged), gastronomy at 4.9 (unchanged) and location at 4.6 (also unchanged). An impressive 91 per cent of holiday check reviewers said they would recommend the resort.
Overall, guest reviews on TripAdvisor and HolidayCheck have been mostly very positive.
ON THE BEACH AND SEA
“The scuba diving is amazing and the beach allows you to walk out for a long while before even hitting deep water.”
“The jetty goes a long way out but great snorkeling from there and we had the bonus of five dolphins coming in and swimming among us.”