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Eden Village (and Club Calimera) Habiba Beach - Marsa Alam 5*
Rooms: 300 comprised of double rooms (25 sqm), superiod double rooms (32 sqm), suites (70 sqm) and royal-suites (70 sqm).
Room facilities: Airconditioning, private balcony or terrace, direct dial telephone, television, kitchen, iron, ironing board, in-room safe, refrigerator and mini bar. Tea or coffee served at any time in room.
Location: 37km south of Marsa Alam airport
and 25km north of the town of Marsa Alam
Hotel facilities: Main restaurant serving continental and Egyptian cuisine and a Lebanese à-la-carte restaurant as well as a beach restaurant and a pool bar. For business users there's a business centre and conference rooms and fax and internet facilities. Guests will also find two swimming pools, a kid's pool, a playground, children's club, baby sitting, gift shop, car rental, car parking, a tennis court, beach volleyball, open-air theatre, gym, sauna and massage.
On TripAdvisor, as of 28 February 2017, the hotel has different ratings - one recorded for Eden Viaggi guests and another (with only one 2017 review) for Club Calimera guests.
First, Eden Village Habiba Beach, as of 28 February 2017, was ranked 43rd out of 74 hotels ( compared to a ranking of 41st out of 75 hotels in November 2016 ) with over two thirds - 67 per cent (unchanged on November 2016) rating the resort as either "very good" or "excellent" and just 17% (also unchanged from November 2016) rating the resort as either "poor" or "terrible".
Calimera Habiba Beach was ranked slightly lower at 48th out of 74 hotels ( compared to a ranking of 31st out of 71 hotels in June 2013 ) BUT overall ratings were HIGHER with 77% rating the resort as either "very good" or "excellent" (unchanged from June 2013) and just 11% rating the resort either "poor" or "terrible" ( down slightly from 12% in June 2013). We can not be certain as to the reason for the lower ranking, despite the higher ratings, but it might be due to the fact that (as of February 2017) there are very few recent reviews.
On Holidaycheck.de, as of 28 February 2017, I could only find a ranking for Calimera (not Eden Village) Habiba Beach with a score of 4.9 out of six stars (a slight improvement on 4.8 out of 6 stars scored in June 2013) with the best scores for rooms at 5.2 (unchanged), service at 5.1 (up from 5.0) and sport at 4.9 (down from 5.0) and the worst scores for gastronomy at 4.6 (up from 4.5) and location at 4.6 (up from 4.4). 80% of reviewers said that they would recommend the hotel.
A FEW SELECTED REVIEWS
ON THE STAFF - top notch. Very few complaints and many compliments.
"Very friendly staff." ( HolidayCheck.de Gert January 2017 )
"I went there with the expectation of a beautiful place and a staff that just want to be tipped. Was it a beautiful place ? Yes absolutely. The staff ? They didn't expect anything ! I loved the people that work there, and especially so when I was very ill whilst staying with them, the guy that cleaned my room everyday and made sculptures out of my towels, went out of his way to make sure I was ok."
( TripAdvisor.com Karl 15 February 2016 )
"Super friendly and quick check in and out. No problem with different languages, in fact nothing annoying, requests tackled immediately. Clean rooms."
( Review of Calimera Habiba - service was rated at six out of six stars - HolidayCheck.de Peter January 2016 )
"A special mention should go out to Sameh Sami who was the waiter who made us feel so welcome and by the end of the first night knew what we drank. The following night the drinks were already there at our table ( which he saved for us ) he also bought our two daughters bracelets. He was great and went out of his way to help."
( TripAdvisor.com Travelmitch 5 May 2013 )
"Keine Reservationen, keine lästigen Verkäufer einfach nur 100% Erholung ;o)." Translation - No reservations, no annoying salesmen, just 100 per cent relaxation. (commenting on the beach staff.) ( Holiday Check April 2012 )
"Alle Bediensteten waren uns gegenüber stets freundlich und hilfsbereit. An der rezeption kann man mit Deutsch zurehct kommen, generell empfiehlt es sich, Englisch zu beherrschen. Reparaturen unserer Toilette wurden umgehend erledigt." Translation - all the staff were friendly and helpful. You could find German speakers at the reception, but otherwise it was better to speak English. Repairs on our toilet were completed immediately.
( Holiday Check April 2012 )
"Immer freundlich und zuvorkommend. Zimmer immer sehr sauber, taglich." Transalation - Very friendly and courteous. Rooms always very clean every day."
( HolidayCheck Reinhard January 2012 ) "Raumpflege professionell und - falls wir den Raumpfleger zu Geischt bekamen - freundlich. Er fragte sogar, ob alles OK sei. Vorbildlich ! Einmal hat er sogar aus Hand - und Badetuchern samt Bluten einen Pfau gebastelt. Viel Arbeit und sieht sehr schon aus." Translation - Housekeeping professional and friendly. He even asked if everything was OK. Exemplary ! He crafted scultures from the bath towels including a flower and a peacock. They worked hard and the rooms looked nice."
( TripAdvisor 5 January 2011 )
"All the staff were very helpful and friendly . They responded quickly to any requests . For example, our fridge was not working when we arrived but within a couple minutes a new one was fitted. "
( TripAdvisor.com 28 August 2008 )
"The cleaning staff were amazing, my husband told them i owned my own cleaning company back home and they went into overdrive, the displays we had every day on the bed of towels in the shape of peacocks swans crocs and even a model of me reading my book on the balcony! were amazing i would certainly give them a job with me if they lived over here, if only you could find staff over here as conscientious Britain would be in a better shape."
( TripAdvisor.com 25 July 2008 )
ON THE BEACH AND REEF
"Habiba Beach is a very nice village with a beautiful lagoon in front where access to the sea is easy for everyone." ( TripAdvisor.com Asietta 18 March 2016 )
"Super clean water and rich sea life. Lion fish, moray eels and rays are easy to watch a few metres from the shore. Best to wear shoes as reef fragments are sometimes washed towards the shore.... If you want to cross the reef you can use the jetty in the next village - Kahramana ( 5 minutes walk )."
(Tripadvisor.com Andrea 19 November 2015 )
"Am strand hatten wir immer einen super Leigeplatz direkt am Meer, auch wenn wir erst um 10.00 dort hin gingen." Translation - on the beach we had a great spot by the sea even though we only went down at 10.00 to be there."
( HolidayCheck April 2012 )
"Mehrmals taglich fahrt ein Bus zu einem sehr schonen Sandstrand wo man toll Schnorchel Kann. (Gratis)." Translation - Several times a day there is a bus to a beach where you can snorkel - great. Free."
( TripAdvisor 27 March 2011 ).
"Herrliches, leicht zugangliches Riff mit zahlreichen kunterbunted Fischarten und wunderschonen Korallen....Riesenschildkroten findet man nach einiger Sucharbeit in der Mitte zwischen beiden Riffs im tiefen Wasser." Translation - Gorgeous reef is easily accessible with numerous colourful fish and beautiful corals... We found giant tortoises after some searching in the middle in deep water between two reefs." ( TripAdvisor 5 January 2011 )
ON THE ROOMS
"Room was in a semi-detached bungalow. Sufficiently spacious with a high ceiling. A spacious bathroom and sufficient storage space. Safe in the room... controllable air conditioning/heating." ( Review of Calimera Habiba - room was rated at five out of six stars - HolidayCheck.de Peter January 2016 )
"Our shower produced only lukewarm water after 3 to 4 minutes....(but) beds, cleaning, room equipment was as usual good. The room boy did his best after a small tip. He conjured up great sculptures with the towels and his cleaning and tidying were exemplary." ( Review of Calimera Habiba - room was rated at four out of six stars - HolidayCheck.de Detlef January 2016 )
"The rooms are as in the pictures, you will not be disappointed with their cheap rooms, nor will you be disappointed if you threw a bit more cash at the problem."
( TripAdvisor.com Karl 15 February 2015 )
"Zimmer waren sehr geräumig, sehr schön mit dem Kuppeldach, was lediglich bei der Mückenjagd negativ auffiel. Mückengitter war ausgeleiert." Translation - The rooms were very spacious, very nice with the domed roof; the only negative the mosquito nets which were worn out. (However they were very impressed and still awarded the rooms a maximum six stars.)
( Holiday Check April 2012 )
"Ausblick und Hausgröße der Familiensuite phänomenal - da kann der kanarische Standartbungalow einpacken. Leider nur ein Bad und WC.....Aber alles sauber, kleiner Kühlschrank, schönes Bad mit großer Dusche, täglich vier Flaschen Wasser......." Translation - Situation and size of the family house suite phenomenal - it could swallop up a standard bungalow on the Canary Islands. Unfortunately, only one bathroom and toilet......but everything is clean, small fridge, nice bathroom with large shower, four bottles of water daily.
( Holiday Check Ernst April 2012 )
"Zimmer: geraumig, sauber. Leichte schimmelflecken im duschbereich. zimmerservice zuverlassig und freundlich. kein insektenvorkommen." Translation - room@ spacious, clean, light mildew stains in the shower area. Room service reliable and friendly. No insects around."
( TripAdvisor 30 January 2012 )
"La pulizia delle camere era buona molto spaziose." Translation - the spacious rooms were well cleaned.
( TripAdvisor 10 October 2011 ) "Le camere sono molto silenziose e isolate, da consigliare per famiglie" Translation - the rooms are isolated and very quiet, great for families.
( TripAdvisor 14 June 2011 )
ON THE FOOD - mixed
"Although few guests were in the hotel there was always enough variety of food and the waiters were very attentive and helpful." ( Review of Calimera Habiba - the food rated at six out of six stars - HolidayCheck.de Susanne December 2015 )
"Durchschnittlich bis gut im Hauptretaurant........ Guter Libanese (extra Kosten). Pizzeria gibt es auch. Snack an der Active Poolbar, aber immer dasselbe, Hack mit Pommes." Translation -Main restaurant is average to good...Good Lebanese restaurant (extra cost). Pizza also available. Snack available at the pool bar but always the same - meat and french fries.
( Holiday Check Ernst April 2012 )
"Das Essen war sehr gut und abwechslungsreich. Die Kinder fanden immer etwas und das All Inklusive Getränkeangebot ist das beste, was wir je im Urlaub hatten." Translation - The food was very good and varied. The kids always found something, and the all inclusive drinks offer is the best we've ever had on any vacation. ( Holiday Check Silvia March 2012 )
"The food in the restaurant was very good. Always a huge variety. We always went about seven and you could sit where you liked with no problems. The restaurant staff all seemed friendly. You could sit outside if you wanted."
( TripAdvisor.com 1 September 2008 )
"The food at breakfast was good but in the whole week we never found a cleared table to sit at and became quite expert at finding our own cutlery! As a result of the chaos in the restaurant,we ate mainly in the a la carte restaurants which were excellent and very cheap."
( TripAdvisor.com 18 July 2008 )
Diving Excursions - Highly appreciated
"We did the trip to Dolphin House with Thomas cook.We saw dolphins,lots of dolphins. Unfortunately they were in deep water so we were unable to swim with them.Other people we spoke to at the hotel did swim wiyh them.Seems to be the luck of the draw.Dolphin House reef was very good anyway.You do get fed on the boat."
( TripAdvisor.com 1 September 2008 )
"We also went to the Dolphin House which was the most amazing experience of my life - we were lucky and swam with about 30 spinner dolphins! "
( TripAdvisor.com 28 June 2008 )
Desert Safari - Also highly rated
"Then on the last evening we went quad-biking - probably best we did this on the last night or we would have gone every day, it was fantastic, but don't wear any clothes you don't want to get filthy, you will end up wearing half the desert, and it's worth the £5 for the headscarf!"
( TripAdvisor.com 28 June 2008 )
OVERALL- Well liked even in comparison to other top Marsa Alam hotels.
"Holiday... with my partner and my two and a half year old..... Very good food from breakfast to dinner, nothing was missing. The sea.... spectacular, wonderful views ! The animation ? Super !" ( TripAdvisor.com Martina 1 November 2015 )
"That was our first holiday and we had nothing to complain about. The staff was very friendly, food was okay ( very Italian ), area and room great, pool very clean. We will definitely come back next year."
( Axel & Yvonne HolidayCheck.de March 2013 )
"Vacanza soddisfacente, infatti ci siamo tornati per la seconda volta e...... magari ci torneremo ancora." Translation - very nice holiday..So nice, we went back for a second time and....may be will be back again. ( TriipAdvisor 9 April 2012 )
"Wir kommen auf jeden Fall wieder, es war ein SUPER Urlaub !!! Die Animateure sind ganz toll und auch meine Kiddies hatten keine Langeweile ob am Strand oder im Pool, beim Volleyball, Minigolf oder bei anderen Spielen." Translation - We will definitely go back. It was a great holiday ! The animators are fantastic and my kiddies were not bored, whether on the beach or the pool, playing volleyball, minigolf or other games."
( HolidayCheck Karin March 2012 ) "Es war der schonste Familienurlaub uberhaupt." Translation - It was the best family vacation ever.
( HolidayCheck Silvia March 2012 )
"j y retournerais sans hesitation." Translation - I would return again without hesitation.
( TripAdvisor 7 November 2011 )
You can book a room at either Eden or Calimera Habiba Resort by emailing email@example.com - You don't need to pay a deposit as payment can be made on arrival.