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GORGONIA BEACH RESORT - MARSA ALAM 5*
This highly impressive five star resort is located some 48km to the south of Marsa Alam town near to the entrance  of the Wadi El Gemal national park and one of only a few hotels in this area.  

The hotel was only finished in 2008 so there are still one or two facilities under development but the staff are friendly, the food excellent and the local reef wonderful for snorkellers.

The majority of customers so far have been Italian but, judging by the language of reviewers, there have also been a significant number of French ( around 20 %),  German (around 20%)  and English speaking guests (around 5 to 10 per cent.)

Rooms: 352.

Room description & faciliities: Even the basic rooms are luxuriously spacious with an area of 60 square metres.  They are spread out across a large area - 22 blocks in all - with interconnecting rooms and rooms with handicapped facilities available on the ground floor. 

They feature all the usual facilities for five star hotels -  Satellite LCD TV,  safe, hair dryer and wireless internet access.  Unfortunately we are not sure whether the wireless internet is at an extra charge (as is usual in most hotels) or not but will try to update readers shortly.  

Location: On Marsa Alam's Red Sea coast, 48km south of Marsa Alam town and about 110km south of Marsa Alam airport and close to the entrance of the Wadi Gamal National Park. 

Facilities: 700 metre private beach with 300 umbrellas and 600 sun loungers, 4 swimming pools including a heated pool and children's pool, excellent spa and health club, three restaurants, five bars, a bureau de change, laundry service, large shopping area with 15 bazaars ranging from souvenirs to a general store,  hairdresser, car rental and limousine service.

Environment: The hotel is the only one we know of which has organized two "clean up" days a week where guest volunteers and staff work together to clean up a local beach.  Well done to the management in having such a green outlook.   


GUEST REVIEWS:

On TripAdvisor the hotel's ranking at 14th out of 75 hotels, as of 4 March 2017, is unchanged on 13th November 2016, but slightly lower than its ranking of 8th of 71 hotels in November 2012 due mostly to more intense competition among the very best hotels in Marsa Alam. 

But, despite the slight decline in ranking satisfaction levels have improved. In March 2017 over 88% rated it as either "good" or "very good" (up from 83% in 2012) and 5% as "poor" or "terrible" (down from 8% in 2012). 

On holidaycheck.de, as of 4th March 2017, the hotel had attained an excellent average of 5.3 out of six stars (up marginally from 5.2 in June 2013) but with no major changes in ratings during that period in the usual categories assessed as shown in the table below. 

   Category   June 2013    Nov 2016    March 2017 
       
  hotel       5.2       5.4        5.3
  Service       5.3       5.5        5.5
  rooms       5.5       5.4        5.4
  sport       5.3       5.4        5.3
  food       5.1       5.0        5.0
  location       4.8       4.8        4.8


You might notice a small improvement in the results for guest satisfaction with customer service since June 2013 and very slight declines in the ratings for rooms and food, though at a level of 0.1 it is barely significant. 93% of reviewers recommended the hotel which is the same level as in June 2013. 

Generally the reviews on Trip Advisor and Holiday Check have been very positive - 


OVERALL

"Sprawling, spacious and green... with a beautiful beach and intact reef for snorkeling. Good food, good service, nice rooms, friendly staff.... two heated pools - 28 degrees....great stay."
( TripAdvisor.com Sven 28 January 2017 ) 

"We stayed here for a week in October 2015. Can not fault the resort. Excellent meals, good service and friendly staff. The resort is a long drive from the airport... but well worth it ! The in-house diving school is excellent. We took two trips with them."
( TripAdvisor.com Dean 26 January 2016 ) 

"The resort is very well maintained, the staff nice, friendly and tried very hard and the food was varied and good."
( HolidayCheck.com Julia March 2012 )

"Worth the drive from Marsa Alam airport for the peace and tranquility of this location."
( TripAdvisor.com 23 February 2012 ) 

"Overall I would recommend the Gorgonia and glady return."
( TripAdvisor.com 20 February 2012 ) 

"If you want to relax, sun bathe and swim, this is better than Turkey."
( TripAdvisor.com 11 January 2012 ) 

"Loved the holiday, hotel and staff, it was very relaxing and peaceful. Would definitely o back and would recommend it to anyone."
( TripAdvisor.com 12 September 2011 )  

"Overall I would highly recommend this hotel for anyone who wants a relaxing stay on the Red Sea in beautiful surroundings, without the stress of some of the more busy resorts."
( TripAdvisor.com 20 January 2011 ) 


ON THE BEACH AND SEA 

"Great housereef just outside the hotel and good dive school ( TGI Diving ). Snorkeling is a treat. When you have a chance, book a trip to Sataya: Wild dolphins."
( TripAdvisor.com Maarten 7 August 2016 ) 

"The sea life is just stunning ! We spent most of the time of our holidays under water snorkeling. You can choose whether you'll go to the so-called lagoon, which is the part on the left from the jetty, which is not that deep and where you'll surely meet plenty of turtles and rays and also some small coral gardens with tropical fish around. Or you can opt to go to the right from the jetty and experience world class snorkeling around a gorgeous and huge coral reef."
( TripAdvisor.com Silvie 1 August 2016 )

"The beach is spacious and you'll find a spot to your taste. No fighting over sunbeds....... The house reef will last 2-3 dives and a round of snorkeling every day. We got shark, octopus, spotted eagle headed stingray, Napoleon, tuna, turtles, dugong, etc just outside the jetty. And recently even whale shark came by the jetty."
( TripAdvisor.com Delta 21 November 2011 ) 

"The house reef was outstanding. This was my fourth trip to the Red Sea and this was the best reef by a mile. The inner lagoon was visited by turtles that were not worried by us swimming alongside them and we also saw a barracuda inside the reef......We were lucky to see ...reef sharks, turtles, barracuda, stingrays, the list goes on and on. There is no jetty out to the reef so you need to carefully snorkel out over the coral... (but) they were building what looked to be a jetty at the dive centre end.... hopefully this will be (available to) all."
( TripAdvisor.com Roger P 6 June 2013 ) 

"We are passionate snorkelers (and)...this hotel (was) for us a paradise.  (It) is situated in a nature reserve and fortunately still has not jetty (over) the reef.  This is probably... the reason for the uniqueness and beauty of the reef, as well as the abundance of (fish) species."
( HolidayCheck.com Antje March 2013 )

"The resort provides an outstanding snorkeling experience.......Most people seem content to swim and snorkel in the lagoon, not venturing past the reef barrier (only came across two people there in the week) and as a result adventurous snorkelers who do will find themselves in paradise....Visibility is excellent and coral life abundant, especially as you venture away North or South.  You are surrounded by thousands of fish. Highlights included sea turtles and an eagle spotted ray."
( TripAdvisor.com 20 February 2012 ) 

"The snorkeling is awesome and accessible direct from the beach.....perfect snorkeling and clear water."
( TripAdvisor.com 11 January 2012 ) 


ON THE STAFF 

"A very special thanks to the pool/beach staff especially the two Mohamed's, they took such care and showed nothing but affection for our two daughter.s Also thanks to all the staff there for the excellent party to celebrate Italian mid summers day. Can't wait to come back as soon as possible."
( TripAdvisor.com Mart 24 August 2016 ) 

"Nice attentive staff and you can always get a smile."
( HolidayCheck.com Christopher March 2012 )

"The hotel is the best managed I have experienced in Egypt. It started with pre-arrival arrangements - the airport transfer and room request were promptly and efficiently dealt with.  The check-in process was also the most efficient I have experienced. "
( TripAdvisor.com 20 February 2012 ) 

"The day after our arrival we went to reception again and again we faced the same receptionist eating in front of us sweets placed on the reception desk for the guests....we had to wait for him to finish so he was able to speak.....But apart from him the rest of the staff were amazing."
( TripAdvisor.com 1 February 2011 ) 


ON THE FOOD

"The main restaurant offered very good, varied and tasty food.....(as) for snacks at the beach bar; well, I was very pleased."
( HolidayCheck.de very approx translation Udo February 2017 - please let us know if there's any error. 6/6 stars given by this reviewer for gastronomy ).

"The food in all the restaurants cannot be faulted only certain members of waiting staff could be more attentive with serving drinks (small complaint). Pizza restaurant was super, many thanks to friendly staff there."
( TripAdvisor.com Mart 24 August 2016 )

"Second plus would be food. It was the same theme styled as before but this time the quality of the meat was superb... Almost every day there were decent slices of beef available. Our tactics were to dine an hour after opening. Meat was freshly prepared... and I was able to get great medium rare slices and I had a lot."
( TripAdvisor.com Beliblisk 3 August 2016 ) 

"The food was great. So much choice and not just one place to eat. We tried the pizza restaurant and the pizzas were delicious. We tried the sea food restaurant and we chose what we wanted. I chose king prawns and they were amazing. Then there was the Sandy Bar if you fancied a snack and again good variety. Finally the main restaurant, well there was something for everyone."
( TripAdvisor.com Juv 17 May 2016 ) 

"The food was good and diverse, particularly the daily changing barbecue on the terrace. The desserts were a dream and always beautifully arranged."
(HolidayCheck.com Herbert March 2013)  

"Dining room like a cafeteria....At around 8pm we would have to set our own tables while waiters walked past without noticing until we complained to the head waiter and gave a tip.  Without a tip nothing ever happens."
( HolidayCheck.com Bruno March 2012 )

"The food you can only say one thing.....delicious....and with such a wide choice there is something for everyone.  The service is excellent and the waiters are nice and attentive."
( HolidayCheck.com Andre March 2012 ) 

"We visited the kitchen and saw all the fruit and vegetables being delivered and processed fresh daily.......Meat, poultry and fish also come several times a week and also processed properly and with due regard to hygiene. All bread is baked on the premises as are almost all the cakes.  There is good attention to cleanliness so you don't have to be worried about health problems."
( HolidayCheck.com Edith February 2012 ) 

"This was our fifth time in Egypt and the first time we had managed to escape the revenge of the Pharaoh (stomach ache)......For this reason alone I wouldn't hesitate to book this hotel again."
( HolidayCheck.com Irene & Stefan February 2012 )
"The standard of food was fantastic with a great variety, and we would recommend the fish restaurant. There is also a pizzeria but we didn't eat there, though heard good reports about it."
( TripAdvisor.com 12 September 2011 ) 

"The restaurant staff were very friendly and helpful. We were always sitting at the same table and the waiter would remember our favourite drinks.  The food was amazing.  I didn't expect teriyaki or sushi there so imagine my surprise when I saw it. Yummy. There was also Italian and Arab cuisine- the choice was enormous and delicious."
( TripAdvisor.com 1 February 2011 ) 

"The hotel runs a proper lunch as well as a full dinner with a wide variety of dishes to suit any taste.  The buffet offered more than the typical budget dishes that some AI hotels put on and it was nice to see things like duck, prawns, sword fish, stuffed pigeon and other local dishes on offer."
( TripAdvisor.com 20 January 2011 ) 


ON THE ROOMS

"We were pleasantly surprised regarding refreshed rooms ( ours was 2155 on 1st floor ). Size is as before - big but now there are some decorations and paint/tile so it actually looks much better (I can't tell if every room had been updated but they were working on a few during our stay.) Well done Georgia. 
( TripAdvisor.com Beliblisk 3 August 2016 ) 

"Rooms are located in small two floor units.  I recommend taking the upper floor rooms which are quieter and enjoy a better view.  Rooms are large, typically set up as twin beds which can be connected as double beds........Rooms have failry basic furniture and features, but are still in good condition and contribute to the overall relaxation experience. The balcony, sheltered from the wind was well appreciated for the aperitif at sunset."
( TripAdvisor.com 20 February 2012 ) 


ON THE GROUNDS AND GARDENS

"The grounds were beautifully maintained and everywhere was clean."
( TripAdvisor.com 23 February 2012 )

You can book a room at Gorgonia Beach Resort by emailing Steven@marsaalam.com - You don't need to pay a deposit as payment can be made on your arrival. You will receive a confirmation of your booking by email
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  GORGONIA BEACH RESORT VIDEOS AND PHOTOS


Gorgonia Resort promotional video.
17 Feb 2016 - 6.25 mins - over 6000 views.



Tourist's well edited video with music
Aug 2015 - 8.41 mins - over 10,000 views.



     The Pool at Gorgonia - clean, cool and stylish - 



            A spacious and comfortable reception.  



                 Vast but elegantly styled rooms              
    


                    
  Generously sized beds



                          A balcony view 



                        The main restaurant



         Many tempting distractions for those on a diet



                            Fancy a pizza ?



                        Relax in the hotel pool


                            Another pool view.


               Unwind with a massage at the spa.



Take a one minute Youtube video tour of the hotel
September 2010 - 1.22 min - over 18,000 views



                       Or relax by the beach.


              Or volleyball for the more energetic


   Another beach view with the jetty in the background.


   Hotel located near the Wadi Gamal national park


Need a taxi ?

Taxi drivers will often take advantage if you're stuck at the airport.  Best to book in advance.

If you need a cheap limousine, taxi service, minibus or car rental at any time  email steven@marsaalam.com.

He has many types of car as well as people carriers available in Marsa Alam, Hurghada, Luxor, Cairo and Sharm El Sheikh. 

The price Steven charges to or from the airport to Gorgonia is quoted on the taxi prices page but bear in mind that the distance is over 100km and that the price quoted will be for the car.  Some companies quote rates per person.    

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