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PENSEE ROYAL GARDEN (formerly Pensee Azur) - MARSA ALAM 4*

Rooms: 294 rooms with sea, pool or garden views. 

Room facilities: All rooms with terrace or balcony, air conditioning, babycot on request, hairdryer,  mini bar, telephone and satellite television. 

Location: 50km north of  Marsa Alam airport and about 22km south from El Quseir. 

Facilities:  Two restaurants, bar, two swimming pools, children's pool, 24 hour reception, international animation team, car rental, Kid's Club, children's playground, conference room, diving, coiffeur, doctor, internet access, massage, parking, table tennis, pool table, own private beach, volleyball, sauna and spa and limousine service.


You can book a room at Pensee Azur Resort by emailing - You don't need to pay a deposit as payment can be made on arrival. 


On TripAdvisor, as of 20 February 2018, the Pensee Royal Azure was ranked 8th out of 11 hotels in the El Quseir region, which is similar to its position in July 2013 when it was in seventh place of nine hotels and no change at all from January 2017 when it was also ranked 8th of 11 hotels. 

( El Quseir is a small historic town that lies around 70km north of Marsa Alam airport. )

However the resort's ratings on TripAdvisor, as of 20 February 2018, had slipped slightly relative to previous years with just 51.4 per cent of reviewers rating the resort as either "very good" or "excellent" (down from 53% recorded in both 2013 and 2017) and 27.9 per cent assessed the resort as either "poor" or "terrible" (up from 26% in 2013). 

 Date Jul   2013 Jan 2017  Feb 2018 
 % "very good" or "excellent"  53%  53%  51.4%
 % "poor" or "terrible"  26%  25%  27.9%

There were also falls, some of them fairly sharp, in all the categories on As of 20 February 2018, the hotel scored 4.0 out of six stars (a big drop from 4.8 in 2013). The highest scores were awarded for service at 4.9 (down slightly from 5.1 in 2013), location at 4.4 (also a modest fall from 4.6) and rooms at 4.2 (a tumble from a previously impressive 5.0) with slightly lower scores for sport and entertainment at 4.1 (another big faller from 4.8) and gastronomy lagging last at 3.8 (down from a previous level in 2013 of 4.6).   

 Date   Jul 2013    Jan 2017    Feb 2018 
 hotel       4.8       4.6       4.0
 service      5.1       5.1       4.9
 rooms      5.0       4.8       4.2
 sport      4.8       4.7       4.1
 location      4.6       4.5       4.4
 gastronomy      4.6       4.1       3.8

Although, as of 20 February 2018, about two thirds (66%) of HolidahCheck reviewers said they would recommend the hotel, this was also down from a level of 75% in January 2017 and an even bigger drop from the previously impressive score of 83% in July 2013. 

Overall reviews on TripAdvisor and HolidayCheck have been mixed but generally positive


"Everything was perfect... Food was very good and tasty. The room was clean, tidy, a nice place to relax, beautiful and tidy beach, perfect sea, beautiful corals and fish, clean water. The animators were kind and mind a friendly atmosphere. We miss petanque, aqua aerobic, the show, the night dancing and more... It was sooo amazing !"
( Pchrobakova 7 August 2017 )

"We are just back from this wonderful place. We spent six nights and I wished it was more than this. The people and the staff are really the best, very friendly and funny. The food is nice, room is perfect, tidy and clean...... I recommend this hotel for everybody."
( John 6 November 2016 ) 

"We come every year two or three times to the Pensee. We are very satisfied, especially with the very friendly staff. Also the food is good and tasty. However it's a pity that the owner hasn't performed some renovations... for example plastering on the walls, the room doors, loungers by the pool etc... The exterior of the hotel feels worn."
( Gabrielle March 2013 ) 

"Beautiful stress-free holiday... Whoever is looking for a quiet and relaxing holiday is in the right place."
( 6 April 2012 ) 

"Great hotel... with the most beautiful beach and the best reef in the area."
( Torsten March 2012 ) 

"Simply a great hotel to relax and, of course, the diving..... Keep up the good work, you will see us soon again."
( Anja January 2012 ) 


"The beach is very good. I have never seen such clear seawater before in all my travels. A great place for some swimming and snorkeling. The chaise lounges by the beach are very neatly organized with good privacy..... They have small tree huts for resting too. Great place for a beach rest with the family and some water fun."
( Gururaj 5 November 2016 )

"The snorekeling is fantastic. The coral starts a few metres from the beach. You can see the Blue Spotted ribbon tail ray, "Nemo" and many other beautiful fish." 
( 16 September 2012 ) 

"Real aquarium fish of all colours not really frightened by our presence but take care of the sharp coral which can cause painful injuries.  Water is good, very clear and a good 26 degrees Celcius."
( 3 May 2012 )

"A few metres from the beach and you're already in a dream landscape of fishes of all colour ( hard to get out of the water )."
( 12 April 2012 ) 

"Great reef nearby, the fish even came up to the knee-deep water at the beach."
( Birgit January 2012 ) 

"The beach and the sea and the marine life were absolutely amazing."
( 6 April 2012 ) 

"Great beach with the reef about 10 metres out and swimming there is like having a giant aquarium beneath your feet.... We saw an animal unknown to us before arricing in Egypt - the Dugong - not always easy to see but we had luck.  It is approximately three metres long."
( 31 March 2012 ) 

"There is a long beach for beautiful walks... the sand is mixed with crushed coral and shells.. you can use rubber shoes... The sea is indescribable, pure and crystalline water, which varies from turquoise clear blue to a stronger blue, at times almost emerald green. The sea rich in fish up to the shoreline and you can wade into the sea. Very good for those who can not swim well.  Suitable for families with children because the water depth descends slowly."
( 20 March 2012 ) 

"Wonderful coral reef at the hotel beach for snorkeling. I did dives with the sub aqua center located in the sister hotel called Utopia. There was a very professional team with good equipment where you can choose different level of dives depending on your background. Very very good."
( 11 March 2012 ) 


"Our room was clean and spacious"
( Jan 23 September 2016 )

"The rooms are very spacious but it wasn't being cleaned every day like we expected."
( Lorraine 1 November 2016 )

"We had a spacious room on the first floor with balcony - overlooking the garden and the sea.... The room is cleaned regularly and there is air conditioning, TV, safe, kettle, hair dryer. However it was not possible to set the air condition for heating in our room and the furniture (needed) maintenance."
( hbck 10 April 2013 ) 

"Spacious room with air conditioning, refrigerator with two new bottles of water each day, safe, TV."
( Redouane 31 May 2012 )

"The room was huge and had a hair dryer, safe and TV....(but)..  the furnishing was a little run down which I did not mind."
( Marion February 2012 ) 

"spacious and clean and we enjoyed a beautiful view of both the pool and the sea."
( 13 May 2012 ) 

"The rooms were all very spacious and well kept and ours had a fantastic sea view."
( January 2007 )

"We had a double room on the top floor with a view of the sea... and three beds and nevertheless there was enough room to dance. The furnishings were getting very old... but there was sufficient storage space in the closets and various drawers.  The bathroom was large enough and had a bathtub and make-up mirror.  The silicone on the tub needed urgently renewing but it wasn't moldy and the bath was actually very nice and the mountings new and lime-free. The mattresses also were very clean and without stains and we had a large balcony with a magnificent view of the pool and sea."
( Birgit January 2012 )  


"Service is great. There was no complaint. Linen and towels were changed regularly. The luggage was taken to the room and picked up. Mr Sahied, second manager, was a helpful friend who had many good ideas for the welfare of the guests."
( approximate translation from original - Wolfgang December 2016 )

"Where Pensee Azur really excels though is the superb service by the friendly staff who are very keen to ensure that your stay is a happy one... All in all, an average hotel in a stunning location, made special by the excellent hospitality of the staff."
( Rosy R 22 February 2013 ) 

"Very friendly and accommodating."
( Torsten March 2012 ) 

"Friendly front desk... express check-in,..  the staff everywhere very friendly without being intrusive, particularly the bar staff... "
( Wolfgang January 2012 ) 

"always smiling and available"
( 13 May 2012 )  

"All the staff, without exception, were friendly and accommodating and all spoke some German..... Our room was tidied and cleaned daily and they decorated the room with towels made into beautiful flowers.  They always had a smile and some friendly words."
( Birgit January 2012 ) 

"Staff very, very friendly and fond of children.... Cleaning of the rooms was reasonable, toilet seat was broken and we didn't even  need to say anything or pay, it was replaced as new."
( Rowena December 2011 ) 


"If you get used to the fact that there is no cutlet and roast pork to eat, the kitchen is very versatile. Vegans also get their money's worth. Ask for Mustafa, he helps with special wishes."
( approximate translation from original - Wolfgang December 2016 )

"The biggest downside was the food and service which was just okay. It was obvious the hotel wanted to save as much as possible. Repetitive low variety food. Pool bar and beach restaurant closed very early. Beverages served in ridiculously small cups."
( Jan 23 September 2016 )

"The food and drinks are good for Egyptian standards."
( Agata 3 November 2015 )

"The food (at lunch and dinner) was varied and always a good selection and good quality. The breakfasts were the same each morning but plenty to choose from. Omlettes and eggs cooked to order by a great chef who made sure we were served as soon as we came in."
( DonSmith79 4 March 2013 ) 

"Varied food.  Daily fish well cooked and grilled. Two meats, choice of vegetable-rice-pasta, chilled rose wine from the bar."
( Redouane 31 May 2012 ) 

"Not good food and very little variety.  Meal planning is zero. It must be a quarter hour of queuing for a pasta dish."
( 16 May 2012 ) 

"Don't worry about the food, every day different and (too) large quantities."
( 25 February 2012 ) 

"Always freshly grilled meat or fish, no pork. Usually minced meat or chicken in all variations and a lot of rice and noodles. But very delicious, especially the homemade pizza at the beach.  Drinks - you get everything, whisky, rum, wine, beer, Vodka and soft drinks, as well as self-mixed cocktail."
( Rowena December 2011 ) 


"Nice pool with plenty of chairs available because everyone goes to the beach."
( Redouane 31 May 2012 )  

"One outdoor pool is heated in winter, it is enough. There is also a small indoor heated pool... and it's great !"
( 10 February 2012 ) 

You can book a room at Pensee Azur Resort by emailing - You don't need to pay a deposit as payment can be made on arrival. 


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      Relax with a drink in the hotel's lobby bar.

          Pensee room with view over the pool.

                          The main restaurant

Promotional video tour of the hotel & grounds.
Youtube - February 2016 - 1.46 mins - over 1,000 views.

Guest's video of resort inc. reef & quad safari
September 2016 - 7 minutes - over 2,000 views.

Guest's video of the resort and reef.
Youtube - Sept 2016 - 6.5 mins - over 1,000 views.

Video of snorkeling on the house reef.
Youtube - October 2016 - 3.3 minutes. 

Guest's video of journey out, resort and beach
September 2017 - 8.53 minutes - over 800 views

Video tour of a room and hotel grounds.
Dec 2010 - 10.10min - over 5,000 views.

Youtube hotel review in German.
If you don't speak German skip the first minute.
Jan 2011 - 10.17min - over 25,000 views.

A tourist's eye view of the hotel and a safari.

September 2012 - 3.17 minutes - over 2,000 views.

Pensee guests encounter dolphins on the house reef
November 2012 - 2.07 minutes - over 2,000 views

                     Pensee Azur pool view

                  A game of pool volley ball.

                          The pool at night.

                       Relax on the beach

           The beach beautifully peaceful at night

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