Moevenpick Resort & Spa Hotel

, El Gouna, Egypt
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Moevenpick Resort & Spa Hotel

, El Gouna
5 star

Rooms: 554

P.O. Box 72/Red Sea - El Gouna - Egypt Hotel Website | | 20 65 3544501
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6/10
Average
Submitted by: Andrew in 17/08/07
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
I had heard so much about the Movenpick Hotel in El Gouna and had high expectations. Such was my disappointment that I'm convinced many of the reviews on here have been submitted by hotel management themselves.

Here then is the REAL assessment. On entering the grand dome of the reception area I was left wondering why they have conspired to ruin what would be a truly superb area by having such a truly awful plastic type artificial window in the roof of the dome ? It's as if it's been stuck on with cellotape ! Then directly underneath it this large area is screaming out for a water fountain especially when temperatures are regulary 50 Centigrade.

Initial impressions are a let down BUT it gets worse. This is a huge hotel complex and I just cannot understand how the meticulous Swiss owners completely and 100% screwed up on the size of the swimming pools. The "main" one is just laughable. When we were there in July it was literally almost standing room only ! With kids leaping in and out and water volley ball there is practically no room to swim. In all my years of travelling this planet I've never encountered anything like it. Yes, just a few yards away there is a lagoon with sea water and the sea itself is just a few yards beyond that but many of us don't like swimming in the sea.

Last year I stayed in the Desert Rose Hotel Compex in Hurghada and it was far superior to Movenpick in El Gouna. Don't believe me go and take a look. It has 3 HUGE swimming pools giving you the space to enjoy yourself. It also has a huge lagoon opening out onto the sea with a superb bar in the middle looking out to the Red Sea.

The retail shops in the Movenpick (El Gouna)charge you well over the odds (on returning to the UK my sunglasses bought there fell to pieces) because of the huge rates demanded by the hotel itself.

The Marina itself in El Gouna was almost deserted on the 4 evenings we visited it and the restaurants charge London prices. Why is that so when labour costs are peanuts, building costs are peanuts and land is infinitely cheaper than the UK ? A fair solution would be for the restaurants to take the mid point from UK prices-Egyptian prices to set a pricing point and you know what ? instead of being mainly empty those restaurants would be thriving !

Also considered buying a villa in El Gouna but the prices are ridiculously high eg £196,000 for the White Villas overlooking a lagoon when Egypt is a Muslim country that could erupt into revolution at any moment. Then what ? I'll tell you, you would lose every last penny you've invested.With that being a very real possibility the prices shoud reflect this uncertainty and real degree of risk.

As for "Discover Egypt" I will never use them or Monarch Airlines again after a huge bust up at Luxor Airport for the return flight. I was informed our luggage was 10kilos over and I'd have to pay £80.00. I told them I'd spent all my money and they could invoice me for payment. They told me I had to pay there on the spot or we weren't getting on the plane ! In the ensuing fracas with Monarch Airline check in employees my fiance was manhandled and a punch up almsot broke out. Don't forget I'm a seasoned traveller and I've never, in all my years experienced such abysmal treatment before.I still have unresolved issues with the MD of Monarch Airlines concerning this incident and all I can say is his reaction to date has been that of a dodgy second hand car dealer.

I've been to Egypt 4 times previously and always had a good time but this latest episode just may have broken my love of the country. Certainly Monarch Airlines & Discover Egypt after years of loyalty from myself have now lost my custom. They are not to be trusted.
10/10
Best ever holiday
Submitted by: Carol in 06/07/07
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
Can't wait to go back. Excellent service, excellent staff, excellent food. Would recommend to all ages and couples or families.
10/10
Brilliant!!
Submitted by: Jeanette in 23/06/07
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Relaxation Seeker
What can I say? I have been to the Movenpick in El Gouna 3 times and am heading back for a 4th time in a couple of months and I cant wait. The hotel, facilities, staff, food and grounds are excellent. It now feels like a second home.
10/10
Very Good
Submitted by: Danielle in 02/05/07
  • Age Group: Under 18
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
An amazing hotel with excellent facilities and lovely staff. The hotel is clean and tidy and the food is wonderful. The el Sayeden restaurant serves the best food I have ever eaten.
9/10
El Gouna is a great vacation location
Submitted by: Jim in 28/04/07
  • Age Group: 60 +
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
I took a group of five people from the Ukraine where I am currently working to the Movenpick Resort in El Gouna.

We had two rooms- 2 guys from the US and three women from the Ukraine.

Our package included breakfast dinner at Movenpick. The food was great, big variety of foods, great chefs, great service.

Movenpick is a terrific 5 star resort and has everything you want. Several restaurants, five swimming pools, a sea water swimming and recreation just off the beach and swimming and snorkling in the red sea.

In the evenings they have live entertainment under the stars in an open plaza area and the enterners were great.

The hotel has shops with reasonable prices to shop in, I am handicapped and walk with a cane and the hotel often took me to our room in there golf cart. The service was first class in everyway.

I recommend The Hut Seafood Restaurant on the beach in El Gouna for a great seafood dinner. The day we arrived we went into town to buy a few things and have lunch and we had crap, shrimp, seabass, salads, ice cream which is to die for, beer and soft drinks and juice, fantastic meal cooked to prefection. The Hut has a rustic look not fancy we ate on the beach under a thached roof to get out of the sun the food and service was fantastic all for about $26.00 US Dollars each.

The girls went into Hagardaha (not sure I spelled the name right)to shop and got some great gifts to bring back home.

We took the Interfit SAfari Bedowin Tour one day and it was fantastic. We rode camels, 4 wheel Quads, had lunch and dinner, saw interesting exhibits at two different bedowin camps. Essam Saleh who owns the Mega Safari is a great guy who has relatives in the Bedowin camps and I spent quite a bit of time visiting with him. I think the tour only cost us about $55.00 US Dollars per person which I think was a great value for what we received. They had smooking Hookah for those who smoke using a glass and water assortment, a reptile exhibit, a baking bread exhibit and a great powerful telescope to look up into the sky at planets. Great Tour.

We also took a bus tour to Cairo and Gaza Pyrmids which was great. I didn't do the walking tour into the museum but our group said it was great, to much walking for me at my age and physicial condition. They also went into a perfume factory and the girls bought perfumes, we stopped at a jewelery shop a big one and I bought one of the women who works for me a nice set of gold earings for $100 US dollars as a bonus for her hard work for our company. Very good guality. The Gaza Pyrmids where great, we rode the camels and had out picture taken on them, lots of fun and a great experience, the camel owners are truly great salesmen and lots of fun, our tour bus stopped at three locations and we had a great view of the three Pyrmids. Our group walked down to see the Spinx but it was too much of a walk for me. They served a great buffet lunch near the Spinkx in a outdoor restaurant. We left at 2AM and got back at 9PM in the evening. The bus stopped on bridge over the Nile river so we could take pictures which was nice of them. The Nile river is big and beautiful and very wide where the bridge crosses in Cairo.

One of our group discouvered gold on trip to Brazil and I bought six rounds 18 hole of golf at the El Gouna Golf Club. The El Gouna is not affiliated with any of the Hotels and it is a very nice first class golf course. I got to know Ali the Golf Pro and his assistant Sammy and they were both just great. The golf cost me $714.00 US Dollars including club rental and cart rental and buying golf balls everything. They have a great driving range and practice range for chipping and putting it is all first class.

We met an American Oil Man who has lived in Cairo for three years and he said El Gouna is the best resort city in all of Egypt and in his opinion Movenpick is the best resort.

The women went on the tour to Luxor and enjoyed it, I didn't go my american friend and I played our last round of golf that day.

Some of our group took the Glass Bottom boat tour one day while I was playing golf and said it was great.

You have internet at the hotel, in your room if you have a notebook computer or they have one computer in the lobby area you can use all for a fee.

My group from the Ukraine thought it was the best vacation place possible, and it was first class and compares highly with Hawaii or other places I have vacationed. In some ways better.

We booked through a Russian Tour company but I brought my personal assistant with me to translate like she always does for me at work in the Ukraine. She really enjoyed the nice vacation all expenses paid for just translating for me.

Our group ages where 20 something, thirty something, fourty something, and me and my US friend who are in our 60's.

I recommend a vacation in Egypt and Movenpick Resort in El Gouna.
10/10
Best hotel I've stayed in
Submitted by: Stuart in 11/03/07
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young & Single
This has to be the best hotel I've stayed in. Whilst Nothing can be perfect this came closer than any hotel I've ever been in.
9/10
Brilliant!!!
Submitted by: Sheila in 20/02/07
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: Egypt
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
Well, we have literally just returned from the Movenpick, El Gouna. The view over the pools to the sea from the lobby was out of this world. It was fantastic! Could not fault the hotel at all. Huge grounds and gardens and its right on the beach. Lots to do in daytime. Kite surfing, snorkelling, bike hire, health club, library, squash or just lazing about, like we did! Was 26 deg when we there and Feb meant to be worst month. Food fantastic. Never seen so much choice for breakfast. Great restaurants, especially the Sea Food and Thai. Staff really friendly and could not do enough for you with sincerity, not just out for a tip. Spotlessly clean everywhere. No litter at all and the public toilets immaculate all day. We were lucky enough to have a lagoon pool, sea view. Spectacular. The room was huge. Two queen sized beds and the biggest bathroom ever. The beds were changed at least twice in a week and fresh towels everyday. We had red roses left on our beds on Valentines Day! Shuttle bus to down town and Marina good, regular, cheap but slow and uncomfortable but can also use ticket for the shuttle boat too. We opted for the Tok Toks. A great experience! Mad drivers but only cost £1 and very fast. Hotel has 2 resident camels on the beach, which you can ride. Brilliant experience. All the pools fantastic but main pool unheated and freezing. Lagoon pool was gorgeous. Never a problem to get sun loungers and the fantastic pool staff bring mats to you and beach towels are free to use fresh daily. They even sweep the beaches every evening by hand! Spotless.
Only down side was not a lot of entertainment in the evening at the hotel but we were early season and the buffet restaurant caters more for Continentals in the evening but there is still plenty of choice. Movenpick ice cream is to die for! Easy to get to down town or Marina in the evening for a meal by Tok Tok or shuttle bus and they run till late. Recommend Bleu Bleu at the Marina or Kiki's Italian above Casino in Down Town. Two courses for two with wine and coffee about £20! Gets very chilly at night so need cardigan or jacket.
Went on trip out to Mahmaya Island. A brilliant day! Saw dolphins. Island had pure white sandy beach. Coral just off the beach where u could see all the colourful fish. Lovely buffet lunch provided. Lovely day.
We did not do it ourselves but the Luxor 2-day trip is meant to be amazing from what we heard. Have to be up at 4.30 am for 6-hour trip, stay over night and have hot air balloon ride early next day. Will do it next time.
We were not hassled at all by anyone except people hovering outside the toilets at Hurghada airport on our return. They wanted money in exchange for 2 pieces of toilet paper! There were signs to say no tipping. The toilets were filthy but the only dirty ones we saw. There are loads of tacky shops at the airport too where you may be ripped off. All in all, a fantastic holiday. Highly recommend the Movenpick. We will return!
9/10
Wot A Holiday
Submitted by: Stephen in 03/11/06
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Luxury Traveller
The hotel staff were great as were the security amenities food and service prices are not cheap but you get what you pay for I will definitely return
10/10
Simply the Best
Submitted by: Ian in 23/10/06
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Relaxation Seeker
We have been to this hotel for the last 2 years and are already planning to return next year. Excellent friendly service and a hassle free holiday
10/10
El Gouna- mmmmmm!
Submitted by: Tony in 28/09/06
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
Stayed at Movenpick El Gouna-really superb time fabulous sea view room, excellent staff, wonderful food-very good Thai restaurant % not forgetting the SAYADIN restaurant-beat Egyptian coffee I ever had --honest!

Historical Traveller Reviews of Moevenpick Resort & Spa Hotel

Wonderful Hotel

from 4456
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.

great hotel

from caroldh
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?

from SIMBO313
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

from Hertsgirl99
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.

from KingKong17
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

from scotjack
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.

Wow!

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

from shelley28
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

Restaurant tips 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.

August basking 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.

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  • Address: P.O. Box 72/Red Sea - El Gouna - Egypt
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