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Opened: 2005 - it was previously known as Iberotel Lamaya. 

Rooms: 389 comprising 52 Superior rooms, 134 Superior family rooms, 201 Deluxe family rooms, and 2 Junior suites.  32 rooms are connecting.
Room sizes are as follows. 

               Superior 37 sq.m
               Superior family 45 sq.m
               Deluxe family 45 sq.m
               Junior Suite    75 sq.m

Room facilities: Sea or garden view, individually controlled air conditioning, direct dial telephone, satellite television, mini fridge, safe, hairdryer, private bathroom with shower and a spacious balcony with two arm chairs and a table.

Location: at Coraya bay 5km from Marsa Alam airport and 73km from the town of Marsa Alam.

Hotel facilities: Main restaurant, the Al Diwan,  with a terrace overlooking the bay and a beach bar and restaurant, The Morgana, with daytime snacks and a la carte seafood in the evening. There are also two other bars in the lobby and by the swimming pool.  The latter, unfotunately for those on  a diet, serves great ice-cream. 

There are also three swimming pools (two heated during winter), a laundry, room service, complimentary sauna, steam bath, jacuzzi, gym and massage at extra cost; archery, darts, tennis courts, table tennis, basketball and beach volleyball; animation activities, a kid's club and a separate children's swimming pool and a diving centre.

There's also a fully equipped conference hall which can fit 150 guests for a cocktail, or seat 100 people threatre style or 50 to eat.  Please contact the hotel regarding the cost of renting an overhead projector, screen etc.  

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

Guest Reviews on have remained excellent over the last few years. As of 23 March 2019, the resort had an enviable ranking of 5th out of 66 hotels, its best ranking that we have recorded despite tough competition, and a significant improvement on its ranking of 9th out of 68 hotels in October 2016. 

Standards at the hotel have continued to improve and this shows in the satisfaction ratings on TripAdvisor which as of 23 March 2019 are the most impressive that we have ever recorded. Among reviewers 92.2% rated the resort as either 'very good' or 'excellent' (up from 84% in June 2013) while just 2.5% of reviewers rated it as 'poor' or 'terrible.' The ratings and rankings for the dates we previously checked are given in the table below. 

Date Ranking  % 'very good'
or 'excellent' 
% 'poor'
or 'terrible' 
06/2013    6/68        84         5
10/2016   9/68        89         3
03/2017   7/72        90         3
01/2018    6/68        91.0         2.7
03/2019    5/56        92.2         2.5

Its overall hotel rating on, as of 13 April 2019, stands at an impressive 5.5 out of six stars, which is down marginally from 5.6 in January 2018 but up slightly from a 5.4 rating back in June 2013. It was awarded the highest scores for service at 5.5 ( down a fraction from 5.6 in January 2018), rooms at 5.5 (also down from 5.6) and location at 5.4 (up from 5.3), with the lowest scores for sports at 5.3 (down marginally from 5.4 in January 2018) and gastronomy at 5.2 (a slight drop from 5.3).  An overwhelming 94% of reviewers said they would recommend the hotel (down marginally from 96% in January 2018 and 95% in March 2017, but unchanged on June 2013.  The star ratings for the various categories for five of the dates we previously checked are given in the table below.  

 Date hotel  service  rooms  sports  food  location 
06/2013   5.4   5.6   5.5  5.4  5.3    5.0
10/2016   5.5   5.6   5.6  5.4  5.2    5.1
03/2017  5.5   5.6   5.6  5.4  5.2    5.1
01/2018  5.6   5.6   5.6  5.4  5.3    5.3
04/2019   5.5   5.5   5.5  5.3  5.2    5.4

Here are some short extracts from reviews from Trip Advisor and Holiday Check.


"What can I say apart from two weeks of heaven, from the time we were picked up from the airport to the time we were taken back to the airport. Our time was amazing and ALL of the staff was fantastic, all of the facilities was excellent, the snorkelling was out of the world too, we have been to Egypt six times but our first to Masa Alam and I have to say this is the best resort by far." 
( Supper 77 3 October 2017 )

"We visited this hotel in January (2017) and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The staff were friendly and attentive.... The food was good and plenty of choice.... We are going to go back next January because it was the most relaxing holiday we have experienced."
( Chris 8 February 2017 ) 

"Very nice and well-kept hotel. The concerns of the hotel guests are immediately taken care of.  The hotel staff are
very friendly and helpful (and) the food is international and therefore something suitable for everyone."
( Gerhard October 2016 )

"A lovely family holiday for all ages ! There was plenty of activities throughout the day including water polo which my teenage son loved. A large selection of foods and drink throughout the day. This hotel has a lovely atmosphere created by the staff. We had two family rooms between us. Both were lovely, clean and comfortable. We will definitely be returning !"
( Lorraine 18 August 2016 )

"First time to visit Egypt and will definitely be going back. The hotel is exceptionally clean and the staff are very polite and helpful........For those expecting five star you may be disappointed but for the price you pay compared to other five star hotels it offers excellent value and service and we will definitely be returning."
( 13 May 2012 ) 

"Just back from Iberotel Lamaya Resort in Marsa Alam and what a great experience.  The hotel was the best we have stayed at in Egypt having stayed at others in and around Sharm.  If you want value for money, relaxing all inclusive holiday in the sun ( it rarely rains ) with very good snorkelling you won't go far wrong."
( 10 May 2012 ) 

"If you're looking for somewhere to get away for some relaxation in the sun then the Lamaya is definitely worth a look !"
( 11 April 2012 )

"Will be doing all I can to save for another stay later this year. Can't recommend this hotel enough"
( 30 March 2012 ) 

"We are the eleventh time in Lamaya and will go back."
( Holger March 2012 )

"For us Lamaya is a second home.....Simply super. Snorkeling with two dolphins was the best moment."
( Jurgen March 2012 ) 


"From the top management, all the way down the chain, everyone is cheerful and all enjoy talking to you. We have heard there have been reports that the staff are unfriendly and rude. This is certainly not the case (but) I have seen fellow British who are very rude to the staff, eg, by clicking their fingers at them, and also shouting at them, I am sure they do not do this at home."
( 12one March 2017 ) 

"You are welcomed as friends and always feels well cared for. We have never had a problem with the staff, the service is very good everywhere."
( Hugo - very approximate translation from the original German - March 2017 )

"It was the best check in we had ever experienced ! The rest of the holiday continued to be as well organised. Must mention Hassan at the pool bar, he made our holiday, so genuinely friendly and made us laugh everyday. The Thomson rep was very good, never pushy."
( Simon H October 2016 )  

"From the moment that you arrive in Egypt you are met by smiling people who are happy to do their job. Your staff go out of their way to make the holiday experience enjoyable. Just keep up the excellent service."
( TripAdvisor Ronalde October 2016 )  

"Everybody who works at the hotel will do their best to accommodate you and if you have any problems they will try their hardest to sort these out."
( Lesley 2 September 2016 )

"If you book through Thompson you will have Mahmood as your rep. He is the best rep I have ever come across and couldn't do more for you. For example he changed all our money into smaller notes, went and got us some medication for stomach cramps, made an effort to say hello every day after remembering all his guests' names, came and haggled with us when we went to buy a gift and was always available every day."
( Debbie 26 August 2016 )

"The staff are so friendly and helpful, always smiling, with nothing being too much"
( CheekyMonkey 22 August 2016 ) 

"A special thank you to our room cleaner.. Hassan, polite, happy, friendly and bringer of smiles for our daughter Grace who loved his daily towel art."
( Andrew 21 August 2016 ) 

"Having spent a great holiday at this hotel last year, this year was just as good. We were greeted like family and it was amazing how the staff remember guests from year to year....  The guys at the beach bar restaurant were wonderful, supplying us ladies with rubber gloves filled with ice to cool us down when it was very hot."  
( Henry2525 24 June 2013 )

"The service in the hotel is five star plus. Absolutely all of the staff are friendly and helpful. German at the front desk okay, but with English it worked very well. A few phrases in Arabic loosens the mood....  At first we (were given) a room with a pool view but on request received one with a sea view.  Also the room cleaned daily, a little tip helps certainly further."
( Uwe March 2013 ) 

"This is the second time we have stayed at the Lamaya, and once again, the holiday was made excellent by the overall ability of all the staff, from cleaners up to senior managers.  We had a small problem on the first day, but this was resolved very very quickly."
( 11 May 2012 ) 

"The service was perfect, no problem at all.  And the staff are so kind, they aren't just staff, they are your friends."
( 14 April 2012 ) 

"What makes this place amazing is the staff.  They are some of the nicest, most attentive, friendly, funny and genuinely warm people that we have ever had the pleasure of meeting."
( 11 April 2012 ) 

"The service was always with a smile, no matter what time of day and is very friendly and accommodating. The animation team is wonderful and not pushy at all......Saying good bye was very difficult and we would gladly come again. "
( Susanne March 2012 )

"The staff were unbelievably nice: always merry, friendly and attentive."
( Mirjam & Thomas February 2012 )

"The waiters and the chefs who patrol the dining room are really friendly and love to chat if they have the time. Look out for a chef called Tareq, who loves to chat and takes pleasure in explaining what the different foods are. A waiter, named Abu, does a neat trick with a cup and saucer, and caught me on four or five occasions."
( TripAdvisor 15 February 2009 )

" if a leaf falls there is somebody to sweep it up straightaway! one day a gardener saw me smelling some flowers and he brought me the same flower every day leaving it on my balcony for the rest of the holiday."
( TripAdvisor 1 January 2009 )


"Excellent variety and lots of choice"
( Jacqoueline March 2017 )

"Restaurants good although limited selection of food compared to other hotels we have been to - we chose to sit outside in the evenings and were attended to by the same waiter who would always remember our drink order - excellent service."
( TripAdvisor Lesley October 2016 )  

"You could not go hungry at this hotel, even if you were the fussiest person in the world. I am quite fussy but I ate every day and night. The meat would just melt in your mouth especially the beef dishes. The barbecue meat was so tender too."
( Julianne 7 September 2016 )

"Food is ok, you will always find something. Think we must have just been  spoilt in the past so was a little disappointed..... However ask the reception staff to book you into the Italian at the hotel opposite (free of charge) it's excellent ! At lunch time there is the main buffet or the beach restaurant or the beach snack bars."
( Nicholson 23 August 2016 )
( Cooment from Editor - I'm not sure whether the reviewer meant the booking process was free of charge or the restaurant itself) 

"The food is very good (but) the presentation (could) be a bit better but is OK. There is always grilled fish, pasta station and freshly prepared (food). For breakfast an egg station and so on....   Cleanliness and hygiene were perfect."
( Uwe March 2013 ) 

"The food in the buffet restaurant was nice, with a different barbecue option each night and the daily theme seemed to be repeated each week, although this was not a problem as there was always something to accompany all tastes.  We never struggled to get a table, although the hotel didn't appear to be full during our stay."
( 11 April 2012 ) 

"The food for me was great. I am a veggie and generally struggle. Most days there was a really good meal awaiting me and even if the vast spread was mostly meat there is always pasta cooked freshly for you. The chefs are fun, friendly and helpful as are the waiters."
( 30 March 2012 )

"The food was good, i recommend the freshly cooked meat on the bbq outside, there's a different meat every night.  The lamb was top banana!  There's always something you fancy if not just pop over to kids corner for chicken and chips!"
( TripAdvisor 27 December 2008 )


"One afternoon we were very lucky to come across a large turtle out in the bay, towards the reef. We swam with it, then it dropped to the bottom and went to sleep. We went back a while later and it was still there so pointed it out to the divers via hand signals and sure enough, it came up and we swam with it until it vanished. Magical and a privilege."
( Karen 8 September 2016 )

"A short walk to the beach which is lovely, the sea is like a bath, so warm and the fishes are swimming around your feet. I would recommend going out further and snorkeling as the fishes are so colourful and some are really big. My children loved it."
( Julianne 7 September 2016 ) 

"The beach did not have much sand and because of coral protection you could not walk directly into the sea from near the hotel, but instead use the jetty or you had to walk a bit further around the bay where you could just walk into the sea.  Plenty of sunbeds and fixed parasols available.  The house reef is good with a lot of variety of fish and good showing of coral. Access to this is via the jetty."
( 10 May 2012 ) 

"One downside to us what that you cannot swim directly from the beach because of the coral and so you either have to walk around towards the Coraya hotel or go in from the jetty."
( TripAdvisor 11 April 2012 ) 

"The beach is a mixture of sand and gravel. If you want to spend a day on the beach, you should take a wind protector - a large number are available. We would not recommend this hotel for swimming as you can only access the sea via a jetty or by a walk to the other side of the bay but for snorkeling or diving it is wonderful."
( Manfred & Lydia February 2012 )

"The variety of fish in the sea is simply amazing. We snorkelled nearly every day and never got bored with it. "
( TripAdvisor 22 December 2008 )

"The beach is fairly coarse sand, and we would recommend taking some beach shoes as it was uncomfortable underfoot."
 ( TripAdvisor 30 January 2009 )


Very well maintained, very clean and well equipped. Everything you need is available. The bed is huge and comfortable.
( Sedas - very approximate translation from the original German - March 2017 ) 

"There is a kettle in the room and coffee, water and sugar are provided as part of the all inclusive. You will also find a basket of mixed nuts and beers and soft drinks in the fridge which is not part of the all inclusive and you will be charged for these so don't be fooled. There is a safe in the room which is free.....  We also had a balcony with table and chairs with a light and hanging rail."
( Debby 26 August 2016 )

"We had a family room, size absolutely sufficient. All rooms had either balcony or terrace. The bathroom has a large shower, no bathtub...  Hair dryer is available. The furniture is alright, the bed comfortable and large enough. In addition the family rooms have two single beds... The closet is large enough for two... Daily there was a new bottle of water... the mini bar is well stocked, but you have to pay. A kettle is also available, and tea/coffee available....  Our roomboy Akram (surprised) us every day with a new towel decoration and even (provided) flowers for the room."
( Uwe March 2013 )  

 "The room was a good size, a family room but just the two of us.  Air con was essential but unfortunately a little noisy, there was a bit of a smell when you entered which soon disappeared once some air circulation took place.  Rooms were very clean."
( 10 May 2012 )

"Our room was spacious with a lovely balcony overlooking both beach and pools."
( TripAdvisor 4 May 2012 ) 


"The grounds are unbelievable. There are literally staff wandering around to pounce on any loose rubbish and the maintenance is ongoing whilst unobtrusive."
( 30 March 2012 )


"Spa staff attentive and would always stop for a chat even after we had bought treatments. Myself and my husband had facials and pedicures in the spa - very thorough treatments !"
( Lesley October 2016 ) 


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                  Jaz Lamaya Videos and Photos

A ten minute tour around Jaz Lamaya Resort 
10.08.20 - 10.22 mins - 9+ likes - 300+ views 

Visitor's video of the hotel, grounds and house reef
October 2017 - 2.58 mins - over 2,700 views

Another interesting video by the same visitor
July 2017 - 3.36 mins - over 5,500 views

Amazing drone video of the beach & bay at Jaz Lamaya.
June 2016 - 4.12 minutes - over 5,000 views.

A guest's video of his holiday & snorkeling on the reef.
January 2017 - 5.13 minutes - over 2,600 views.

         Aerial view of the hotel, pools and beach

                         Aerial view at dusk

                      Aerial swimming pool view

   The hotel beach and Egypt's vast Eastern Desert 

                       Another beach view.  

                        Entrance to Reception

                           Reception View

      Another reception view facing the other way.

                              Room View

                          Restaurant view

               Another more recent restaurant view

    Dining with an "oasis view" of the pool and palm trees.

                    Swimming Pool View 1

                     Swimming Pool View 2

                      Swimming Pool View 3

           Pool slides for the more adventurous

       Even a discotheque if not exactly packed.

                                 Lobby Bar

              Luxurious hot pool in the hotel spa

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