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BLISS ABO NAWAS RESORT - MARSA ALAM

Rooms: 160 including 3 handicapped accessible rooms and 18 connecting rooms.  All have sea views.   

Room facilities: Satellite television, telephone, air conditioning, non smoking rooms, 24 hour room-service, mini-bar, balcony, hairdryer, wheel chair accessible rooms, desk

Location: 22km north of Marsa Alam town and 45 km (a 20 minute drive) south of Marsa Alam airport.


Hotel facilities: Restaurant, coffee shop, shops, business centre, bureau de change, swimming pool, concierge, conference and meeting facilities, laundry, travel desk, secretarial service, bar, car parking, beauty salon, hair dresser, sauna, safe deposit box, lounge, night club.

You can book a room at Abo Nawas Resort by emailing steven@marsaalam.com - You don't need to pay a deposit as payment can be made on arrival. 

Lonely Planet says it has "it's own mini shopping arcade" and "several  handicapped- accessible rooms" and "wheelchair friendly ramps."


REVIEWS
 - EXCELLENT RATINGS DESPITE MEDIOCRE RANKING

As of 20 May 2019 Bliss Abo Nawas Resort was ranked at 43rd out of 69 hotels on TripAdvisor in the Marsa Alam region. However, its ratings were far better than its ranking might suggest, possibly because the ranking might have suffered for technical reasons as the resort has only so far had 24 reviews (as of 20 May 2019). However most of them appear to be recent, and guests rate the hotel very highly, especially when you consider the ranking which has been given to it. 

As of 20 May 2019, 95.7% of reviewers on TripAdvisor rated the resort as either 'very good' or 'excellent' and there were no reviews rating it as either 'poor' or 'terrible'.  On those figures it could be argued that it was a good contender for the number 1 ranking !  

In some previous years, the hotel, which may have been under different management and had a different name, was ranked poorly, attaining only 72nd out of 74 hotels in the region in January 2017 and only 61st out of 67 hotels in July 2013. Back then (based on reviews up to December 2016), opinion on the hotel was highly polarized with 40 per cent of reviewers rating it as either 'very good' or 'excellent' and 44% rating it as either 'poor' or 'terrible'.

Thankfully the situation today appears to be totally transformed and it seems to have an excellent rating and in our opinion deserves a much higher ranking on TripAdvisor. For ease of comparison we've posted the figures in the table below. However please note that for December 2016 the percentages have been rounded to the nearest percentage point. 

AN ASTONISHING TRANSFORMATION FOR THE BETTER

 Date   Dec 2016    May 2019 
     
% 'very good' 
or 'excellent' 
     40%      95.7%
% 'poor' or
'terrible' 
     44%        0.0%
 Ranking     61st/67     43rd/69

As of 20 May 2019, there have been no new reviews on HolidayCheck since 2013 and consequently I could not update the review scores here. However, based on the TripAdvisor reviews we reckon the ratings would be far higher now than in either 2012 or 2013. As a matter of reference for those who might still want to know, reviews on HolidayCheck, as of July 2013, had showed a significant improvement on 2012 with guests awarding it an average of 4.1 stars out of six stars (up from 3.9 in December 2012) with the best scores for rooms at 4.4 (up from 4.2), location at 4.2 (not previously recorded here) and service at 4.1 (unchanged) and with lower scores for gastronomy at 3.9 (up from 3.8)  and sport also at  3.9 (unchanged). In 2013, 62 per cent of Holiday Check reviewers said they would recommend the resort.  

Here are some examples of comments - 
 


ON THE BEACH

"Superlativa l'ampia spiaggia con una barriera corallina da urlo !" - Translation - Wonderful spacious beach with a reef to die for.
(  TripAdvisor.com 18 February 2012 ) 


ON THE ROOMS

"The room was functionally decorated, cleaned daily and the laundry changed. The air conditioning could be self-regulated....  All rooms have a sea view though with some ground floor rooms the view is slightly restricted by plants but this is not a problem."
( HolidayCheck.com Angela October 2012)

"le camere sono esageratamente ampie e molto pulite (mi hanno raccontato che le hanno appena ristrutturate)"  Translation - The rooms are extraordinarily spacious and very clean ( they told me that they had just been renovated. ) 
( TripAdvisor.com 5 May 2012 ) 

"le camere sono pulite e veramente spaziose e carine...i ragazzi delle pulizie gentilissimi e per la mancia di pochi euro vi fanno trovare gli asciugamani sul letto trasformarti in simpatiche forme..." Translation...The rooms are clean and truly spacious and nice....the housekeeping guys kind and for a tip of a few euros you will find the towels on the bed turn into amusing shapes
( TripAdvisor.com 1 November 2011 )


ON THE STAFF

"No matter whether front desk, room boys, kitchen, animation or the boys on the reef or at the beach all super accommodating, friendly and helpful."
( HolidayChecik.com Eva November 2012 ) 

"The staff  is extremely helpfull, especially the front desk manager who helped us with many wishes apart from our stay at the hotel." 
( TripAdvisor.com 12 April 2011 ) 

" Io e mia moglie siamo andati via con un groppo al cuore, sapendo che lasciavamo degli amici e dei nuovi familiari, a tremila KM da noi." Translation - My wife and I went away with a lump in the throat, knowing the we left friends and a new family, three thousand kilometres from us. 
( TripAdvisor.com 24 August 2011 )


ON THE FOOD

"Food very average but lovers of pasta and pizza will be happy."
( TripAdvisor.com Grenadille 29 May 2013 )


IN CONCLUSION

"Nothing to write home about really. While not a horrible experience, it was definitely a very forgettable one."
( TripAdvisor.com Bogo G. 5 January 2013 ) 

 "After reading several negative reviews I was somewhat fearful but in reality we had a fabulous holiday. The hotel was clean with friendly unobtrusive staff (the guy on the pier even refused gratuities.)  Great food, wonderful sea with a two kilometre long beach, good animation and not too crowded."
( TripAdvisor.com 110greg110 13 Nov 2012 )

"perfettoper chi sogna una settimana di puro relax e pace."  Translation - Perfect for those who dream of a week  of relaxation and peace.
( TripAdvisor.com 7 January 2012 )

"Wczasy w tym hotelu to poprostu rewelacja!!! Jedzenie bardzo dobre, obsługa hotelowa na wysokim poziomie. Wszędzie bardzo czysciutko, przepiękne rafy koralowe, kolorowe rybki, a przy brzegu widzieliśmy nawet żółwia. Napewno tam wrócimy!!!" Translation -
The hotel was a great discovery!!! Food very good, room service of a high standard.  Everywhere very clean.  Beautiful coral reefs, colourful fish and we even saw a turtle on the shore.  We'll certainly go back there!!! 
( TripAdvisor.com 23 August 2011 ) 



You can book a room at Abou Nawas Resort by phoning Steven on +201010454598 or by emailing steven@marsaalam.com - You don't need to pay a deposit as payment can be made on arrival. 


LINKS


Check out the hotel's own website

Read the reviews on the Abo Nawas Resort at TripAdvisor.com

Check rates or book a room at Abo Nawas with Sunshine.co.uk






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          ABO NAWAS VIDEOS AND PHOTOS



Grand opening GoResort Abo Nawas 2019
Apr 2019 - 3.06 mins - 36+ likes - 4,000+ views



Opening Abo Nawas - mostly resort  photos set to music.
May 2019 - 1.58 mins - 8+ likes - 1,300+ views 



A Russian travel company's promo video in 2018
Dec 2018 - 2.22 mins - 2+ likes - 12+ views 



Video of Abo Nawas Resort taken some years ago.
Jan 2012 - 6.11 mins - 7+ likes - 2,000+ views 




                     An enticing beach view.




                   Abo Nawas - main restaurant





           Guests playing mini beach football.




                       Calypso's Beach Bar





   Impressive design and Nubian style architecture.




                         Abo Nawas Room




         Abo Nuwas - view from the main road.



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