Historical Traveller Reviews of Moevenpick Resort & Spa Hotel
I am not normally one to go on a package holiday, but I have to say my stay at the Movenpick El Gouna Resort was wonderful.
The hotel is beautiful and the standard of service provided is second to none.
My girlfriend and I ate in all the hotel's restaurants and found them to be excellent in terms of the quality of cuisine and service.
Another nice aspect of this hotel is that cosmopolitan in terms of its cliental. Apart from one family of idiots from Essex, the hotel does not appear to suffer from 'Brits abroad' syndrome.
In all, our stay at the Movenpick El Gouna was very relaxing and enjoyable and we are considering returning to the hotel next year.
Fantastic hotel in a great location. Our room was large and very clean. Hotel grounds are huge and beautifully maintained. Staff are all friendly and helpful.Good restaurants on site especially the Thai one.
El Gouna itself made a pleasant change after the hustle and hassle of Luxor. No hassle at all from vendors and some pleasant cheap restaurants.
Only one thing to be aware of - evenings in March were very cold. You will need a jacket at least.
Would we go back?
Just returned from 2 weeks in this lovely resort. Accomodation is excellent in quite large rooms which will overlook the Red Sea, hotel pools or the lagoon area.
Food is average in the Italian and main buffet restaurants but is excellent in both the Thai and El Sayidin restaurants. Bed and breakfast is the better package as we found out to our cost after being mis-sold the half board package as extra.
This is a resort that favours families and couples as the night life is away in downtown El Gouna or at the marina end of the resort.
Would we return - Yes, but on B/Breakfast option!
Great for a cheap week in the sun
We stayed at the Movenpick for a week at the end of February and agree with most of the comments already posted.
The hotel is clean and has good facilities. The rooms & balconies are spacious. The staff are helpful and friendly. Buffet breakfast is good value. We ate most of our evening meals either Downtown or at the Marina, the best one being at Bleu Bleu at the Marina. The shuttle bus was good value at £1 for a weekly ticket.
The weather was warm and sunny by day and cool in the evening - a long sleeved top was sufficient to stay warm.
The only disappointment for us was that we like to snorkel and there was nothing to see off the beach at the hotel. We could have travelled by bus or boat to a dive site but couldn't be bothered!
Basically a great place for a cheap week in the sun.
Lovely, professional hotel.
Beautiful hotel, they really look after you and are very friendly. We stayed here in january last year. The only fault I found, was that the swimming pools were cold! This is our second time we stayed at this hotel. We would definitely go back again!
At this this of the year, the sea is cold as well, and apart from the very brave, it is a little unpleasant.
Quite windy that time of the year.
The accomodation is mainly attached low level buildings, scattered through out the complex. It is rather a large complex.
El gouna town centre is a 5/10 minute walk away. I always felt safe.
The snorkelling is not so good on this part of the beach. The hotel has various 'lakes' within it's grounds, you can swim in these!
El gouna is also surrounded by lagoons.
I think that hurghada and Taba are more suitable for snorkelling.
t recommend highly enough!
from A TripAdvisor Member
The most amazing place and hotel. From the moment you arrive in El Gouna it has the feel of another world. We arrived at night and everything is lit with low lighting and absolutely stunning. The Movenpick did not disappoint either. All the rooms are in 'clusters' away from the main area and there is so much greenery and flowers everywhere it's hard to imagine you are actually in the desert! The staff were friendly and our room overlooked one of the many lagoons and was kept spotless. We even came back to a swan on the bed, which the cleaner had made out of my beach towel! The heated Lagoon pool was clean and warm and overlooked the golf club and yet another lagoon! Food in the hotel was good. We ate twice at Il Limone (Italian) and once at Bua Khao(Thai). If you want to try Egyptian food I recommend the Tamir Henna Food Court or Ferrari Club which are in Downtown. Also, the local wine Oblisek is good and fairly cheap. We did a 4x4 trip out into the desert for star watching and dinner with the Bedouins. Be prepared to hang on tight as the drivers go over the sand dunes at great speed so its a very bumpy jerky ride. The star watching was amazing. I have actual photos of the moon, mars and saturn (you can take them through the telescope if you have a digital camera). On our last day we went to the Angsana Spa. I had the Fusion massage and my mum had the Sun Kissed Aloe body wrap. Both were totally amazing and only cost approx £25 for 90 minutes. The masseuses are Thai and so lovely. We had a hot foot bath before the treatment and ginger tea after. I wish I'd had time for another one before I left. I would suggest buying bottled water from a supermarket in Downtown as its 15p a bottle compared to £1.50 in the hotel! All in all a great holiday, fab weather (30 degrees every day), fab hotel and I can't wait to go back!
Restful break despite noisy convention
I got a lot out of previous reviews so thought i'd leave my own thoughts having just come back yetserday 17th Feb. From rep and others reactions this is the best hotel in the area - grounds particularly attaractive. My wife and I have been lucky enough to stay in some nice places over the last few years and would agree the hotel lives up to previous posts. I'd go B&B - agree with previous posts - breakfast usual good standard for this type of hotel but our 2 evening meals were just OK - first night in main buffet place - good atmosphere though as Egypt had just won the footie - African Cup so a lot of locals in later celebrating - no alcohol of course just heaped plates of food - and I mean heaped! We tried the fish by taxi from hotel and feels more upmarket than Downtown albeit you place later in the week (El Sayid?) - very quiet and food fine but reasonable value. However our best meals were at the Marina - £2.00 can walk to Downtown in 7-8 minutes. We loved Bleu Bleu at the marina and went 3 times in 6 nights which is a bit of a record for us - they do both excellent fish and beef and dead cheap - £2.00 for char grilled calamari with lemon - and an excellent fillet steak for £6.00. Wine wise - yes imported £20+ - local red wise would go for Chateau de Reves or Omar Kyan - around £9.00 - £16.00p depending on restaurant. White - forget name but it was chardonnay - beware the Pinot Blanc it tastes like TPC - we had to ask to change. Back to the hotel - despite a fairly low key welcome ( all of Egypt glued to the footie referred to above) we were lucky as we were upgraded to a deluxe room as the hotel was full the night we booked in - which was very nice (3305 in Cluster 3) but found it noisy - a mix of the corridor outside the room being tiled and in considerate late night convention revellers not keeping it down. Found the staff in the main friendly and helpful. Weather wise - we had read to expect cool evenings but found temperatures during the day generally lower than expected with a cool breeze never far away. Staff tip - March /April warmer - or go to Sharm! Would love to have snorkled but due to above sea temp only 19 degrees and wet suit would have been required. But despite preference for seeing new places would like to return to Egypt and do some culture plus the snorkelling - when its warmer. But overall would recommend the hotel if thinking about El Gouna.
from A TripAdvisor Member
Think not of a hotel but a secure beatifully gardened village within a secured resort. Every walk to eat or get out of the hotel is a walk through fantasic immacuately maintained gardens, streams and bridges accross blue lagoons, and spotlessly clean beaches and pools. Breakfast is a vast array (buffet style), staff are polite, helpful, and cater for your every want and need - they also speak better English than we do! In house restaurants are not cheep, but the food is good. For good quality food have a look at the Hedra which is on the Square 'Down Town' (make sure you go upstairs it is a different restaurant at ground level). The menu is vast and the food 1st class. Do not worry about beer/wine prices! Obilisque local wine is fine, Sakara and Luxor beer are excellent, and imported spirits are available - both at the hotel, and the local supermarket to the right (and downstairs) of the Hedra. My opinnion only - the local spirits do not taste anything like they puport to be (but they all taste like Bicardi in Coke!!). For smokers Cigs and cigars are very cheap DownTown. At this time of year take a coat or cardi, although we have come back with superb tans, there is a perpetual wind, and it can get very cool after dark. Within the resort transport is cheap. 7 days use of the buses is just £1 eng, but taxis are fixed price £1.50 eng, and if you want a thrill Tok Toks are £1.00, so they are a quicker and cheap alternative to the buses which are open sided and can be cool at night in the wind. This is a sea sport enthusiasts haven. Everything is available at the hotel. There is also ample safe activity for kids, the beaches/sea/lagoons and pools are clean and safe, and for the very young there are swings slies etc all under cover. The hotel also has its own camels to ride (we did!). The Giza trip is a must. Its a long day but wow! It is cheaper to arrange yourself by taxi, but then you do not get a secure escort, or indeed - what made the trip amazing was the knowledge of the tour companies Egyptologist. El Gouna is a purpose made resort, and has rules to make your stay enjoyable. Local shop keepers are not allowed to hassle you at all! Hurghada however is different, and believe me if you visit, you are fair game. Have a virtual tour via the hotel website, and take fitness clothes as there is a lovely jogging trail, organised bike rides, a gym/fitness centre and a Spa. Enjoy! (we did)
good not great
from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and myself have just returned froma very pleasant stay at the Movenpick. I am surprised at the many rave reviews as for us it was good but we found the service just a bit below par. Maybe they were suffering from fatigue after Christmas and New Year. It is the only place we have been where we have been virtually evicted from sunbeds on the beach! At 4pm when the attendant clearly wanted to go home (we were in fact beginning to pack up)our mattresses were pulled out from under our belongings and we were duly sped on our way. He could have waited a couple of minutes and we wouldn't have minded but this incident was typical of the service throughout the hotel which was reasonably polite but unenthusiastic. Another bad time was at lunch at one of the pools when we and several others waited an hour for a simple snack which was cold when it eventually arrived. We noticed a long list of complaints appearing at the fron desk as well.
All in all a good hotel, nice big room, well cleaned although not until 5pm one day.
pool and beach towel service a bit mean, one small towel each which doesn't cover the sunbed. We bought ourselves a nice big towel each in the town for £5uk which made all the difference.
Walking around El Gouna was a pleasure and the local transport cheap and efficient. We enjoyed eating in town and at Abu Tig Marina, not at the hotel after the first evening when again we felt the service was poor. Would point out that the hotel and the town are pretty quiet, which suited us fine but it may not be the best for night owls.
When choosing hotels if you want to swim at this time of year make sure the pool is heated; the wind can be cold and cool nights mean an unheated pool will be very unpleasant. There are three at the Movenpick but the central one is not. We were misinformed when we checked in, another example of poor training in the staff, so make sure to double check all you are told.
A great place to get away from chilly England
We normally pick the Caribbean for our winter break, as i really hate pre Xmas in the UK . However this year we wanted a location that was slightly closer.
We had been put off the Red sea before because of terrorist attacks and our experience of Cairo, however the Movenpick and El Gouna in general were lovely.
We felt very safe ( there are lots of security check points getting into the resort and at the hotel) and the Egyptian people are lovely. They are all very friendly and will go out of their way to do things for you. The movenpick is a very nice hotel, most rooms have a lagoon or sea view and the hotel staff are very efficent ( obviously the swiss influence here!)
Try out the new Angsana spa. The thai massage was divine!
One thing to bear in mind though is that in the winter it gets dark at 4.30pm ( like the UK) and very chilly, so bring a sweater for the evenings! )
Top Local Tips for El Gouna
Glass bottem boat
Just ensure you do not miss the glass bottom boat ride-Amazing one
The Marina is the best place for eating out, Downtown best for bars. Kiki, an Italian restaurant in the Downtown area is good; don't be put off by its second floor location.
Many people told us it would be too hot in August - it was perfect. About 35 - 37 degrees every day but with a lovely warm breeze.