UTOPIA BEACH CLUB
Rooms: 300 inc 2 suites, 2 king size bed rooms and 16 family rooms.
Room facitilies: Air conditioning, babycot on request, bathroom with bath or shower, mini-bar, Satellite TV and terrace or balcony.
Location: 50km north of Marsa Alam airport off the coastal road towards El Quseir but 110km north of the town of Marsa Alam and 22km south of El Quseir, an interesting port town with an Ottaman castle.
Facilities: Animation, bars, cafes, restaurants, children’s playground and children’s swimming pool, currency exchange, diving, games room, hairdresser, doctor, internet, laundry, limousine service, mini-football, parking, table tennis, private beach, tennis court, table football, volleyball, wireless internet (at extra cost).
On Tripadvisor.com, as of July 2013, the resort had a ranking of 42nd out of 66 hotels in the region, slightly lower than its’ ranking of 38th in December 2012, but still a significant improvement on its’ position of 63rd out of 69 hotels the previous June.
The average ratings held steady with 60 per cent assessing the hotel as either “very good” or “excellent” (unchanged since December) and 19 per cent rating the resort as either “poor” or “terrible” (down 1%).
On HolidayCheck.com, as of July 2013, the resort scored an average overall rating of 4.5 out of a possible maximum of six stars (unchanged since December 2012) with the highest ratings for service at 4.9 (up from 4.8) and rooms at 4.7 (unchanged) and only slightly lower scores for sport at 4.6 (unchanged), location at 4.2 (down from 4.3) and gastronomy at 4.2 (unchanged). 80 per cent of Holiday Check reviewers said they would recommend the hotel.
Overall on Tripadvisor and Holidaycheck reviews have been mixed but mostly favourable
ON THE SEA AND BEACH
“The real strength of this hotel, which is the oldest in Marsa Alam… is its’ location by the sea. A true spectacle of nature. You can just wade into the sea from the beach without using a walkway…. I had never done snorkeling before. I started equipped with snorkel and mask underwater camera (which I highly recommend purchasing for all trevelers). Fins are also essential as with them you don’t have to struggle so much against the current. I’ve seen many tropical fish in the bay including the moray eel, race, barracuda and turtles.”