ZABARGAD DIVING RESORT
Room facilities: Airconditioning, ensuite hot water power shower and WC, mini-bar and both indoor and outdoor sitting area.
Location: A remote place 120km south of the town of Marsa Alam. The resort is 2.5 hours drive (182km) south of Marsa Alam airport and about 30km north of the small town of Berenice.
Hotel facilities: Main restaurant (for breakfast and dinner) with panoramic views of the bay and lunch available on the diver boats or at the dive centre’s cafe bar, large free form swimming pool, small souvenir shop, bedouin tent on the beach where guests can enjoy shisha and drinks in the evening, desert safaris and excursions to the camel markets of Shalateen.
On TripAdvisor, as of June 2012 the hotel ranked 3rd out of 3 hotels in the Hamata and Berenice region. 40 per cent of guests (21 out of 52) considered the resort “very good” or “excellent”.
On HolidayCheck, as of June 2012, the Zabargad Resort attained an average of 3.4 out of six stars with the highest scores for rooms (4.1) and service (3.8) with lower scores for food (3.4) and location (2.9).
Lonely Planet says that it “caters primarily to those on all-inclusive packages booked from Germany.”
Reviews on TripAdvisor and HolidayCheck were mixed but included many positive ones.
“The pier was completed while we were there on vacation. It’s perfect if you wish to go diving or snorkeling beyond the reef.”
“Nearby fantastic dive spots and one of the most beautiful shallow water lagoons, with ideal conditions for kite surfing.”
“Superb snorkeling on the house reef. In five weeks I saw two dolphins, eleven reef sharks, thirty turtles, approximately fifty blue spotted sting rays, napoleons, barracuda and plenty of fish. The best place to see the blue spotted string rays is outside the Azure hotel further down the road.”
ON THE STAFF
“The service was excellent and whenever I needed anything, it was done fast and efficiently.”
“The hotel staff was very friendly and always tried to ensure that you were feeling good.”
“Friendly and helpful”
“The service at the hotel was excellent, the rooms were clean and tidy and housekeeping was so helpful”
“Souriant et surtout efficace ! ” ( Smiling and efficient ).
ON THE ROOMS
“Good rooms, spacious fridge, even lcd tv and satellite receiver with Italian programmes and a spacious fridge.”
“The rooms are quiet, clean and spacious.”
“The rooms made me feel like I was at home whick was nice. Everything was clean and neat.”
“The bungalows are extremely nice, big enough and with a TV, safe and fridge well equipped.”
“Large room, large refrigerator, free safe, good airconditioning unit with remote control, good beds and mattresses (but)…. only five TV programs (two in Arabic, three in Italian) and rusty coloured water in the bathroom.”
“The rooms are amazing for the money. They are very spacious, very clean, have a lovely bathroom with a shower, a plasma TV with cable, a big fridge, and have great views and they are cleaned everyday by fantastic staff who should be commended for their efforts.”
“The rooms or bungalows are of Egyptian standard, but I have seen worse in Egypt. Do not expect the quality finishing you would expect in Western Europe.”
ON THE FOOD
“Breakfast was excellent and you could eat and drink as much as you wanted. The chef would always make you omelets and fresh pancakes and there was a good variety of food to choose from.”
“The food was very varied and good. The chef and staff were always helpful and friendly.”
“The choice of food on offer was not huge, but it was tasty.”
“Good quality/price ratio.”
“An absolutely quiet “no frills” hotel for active divers.”
“The Zabargad is a paradise for divers and those in search of peace. If you are looking for entertainment and shopping you are in the wrong place here.”
“Great hotel for divers. Very remote. No mass tourism. Great reefs.”
“If you are a diver and not looking for nightlife, animation and other frills, then this hotel is excellent for you.”
“I would recommend Zabargad to everyone who wants to enjoy diving and snorkeling.”