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Tulip Resort is now divided into two - Royal Tulip Resort which is a five star and also all inclusive (but please check with your agent) and Magic Tulip Resort which is at least a good four star.  Either choice presents you with one of Marsa Alam's better hotels in its cagetory with excellent service, good food, a clean beach and for those who wish to walk off the calories a romantic jetty - almost one kilometre long - stretching out across the coral reef.

For Royal Tulip Resort - 246 rooms but we are waiting for the details.

For Magic Tulip Resort - 246 including 12 family rooms - each a vast 95 sqm, 156 superior rooms with twin and king size king beds each of 55 sqm and 78 standard rooms also at 55 sqm. The guest rooms are designed as low-rise bungalows, laid out in a huge U-shape around the main swimming pool area.  


For Royal Tulip Resort - air conditioning, private bathroom with slippers and a shower, flat screen LCD TV with satellite channels, seating area within the room, mini bar, telephone, shoeshine kit, wifi and private patio or balcony.  We think the rooms may have room service as well as a safe deposit box but please check. 

for Magic Tulip Resort - Air conditioning, bathroom with shower, direct dial telephone, mini-bar,  safe deposit box,  32 inch flat screen LCD TV, private terrace or balcony.  Some rooms have handicapped facilities.


Both resorts are located on the beach 17 km south from Marsa Alam airport, 15 km south of Port Ghalib marina and 46 km north of the town of Marsa Alam.


Royal Tulip Resort - three restaurants, two bars, three swimming pools, a health club, a 24 hour front desk and business centre, a children's club, free parking, table tennis, ATM, shops, laundry service and much more but waiting for details. Some or these facilities might not be available to Magic Tulip Resort guests but please check with your agent.

Magic Tulip Resort (which may also be available to Royal Tulip Resort guests) but please check. Main restaurant (Jasmine) open - breakfast: 07:00 - 10.00: lunch 12:30 - 14:00 and dinner: 19:00 - 21:30,   There are also beach restaurants serving a light lunch during the day from 12.30 to 17.00 and an a la carte dinner from 19.00 to 21.30. For those looking for a relaxing drink there are Lobby and pool bars. The hotel facities also include  3 swimming pools, largest 1500sqm and the middle one 500sqm (heated) and one children's pool.  Diving Center and a health club with gym, sauna and hair salon open from 0800 to 2000.  A Kid's Club open from 11.00 to 17.00.  Beach volleyball, tennis court, horse and camel riding,   a 250 metre long private sandy beach and coral reef.


You can book a room at Tulip Resort by email or by phone on + 20 100 020 4322 or use the links at the bottom of this page.   



As of 12 May 2019, Royal Tulip Resort had a respectable TripAdvisor ranking of 28th out of 69 hotels, which while similar to its ranking in March 2017 of 29th out of 72 hotels, is down on its ranking of 14th out of 68 hotels in February 2018. Although overall the ranking has gone up and down since 2017, the percentage rating the resort as either 'very good' or 'excellent' declined in both 2018 and 2019, compared with March 2017 when it stood at a very impressive 92%. Since then it slipped to 89.6% in February 2018 and a still very reasonable 84.8% as of 12 May 2019. At the same time the percentage rating it as 'poor' or 'terrible' has increased slightly from 1% in 2017, to 3.0% in February 2018 and again to 4.7% as of 12 May 2019. The 2017 percentages were rounded to the nearest decimal point. The low ranking of the hotel in March 2017, despite the rating being very high, might have been because at that stage only 78 guests had so far reviewed the hotel. 

 Date  03/2017  02/2018   05/2019 
 Ranking  29th/72  14th/68  28th/69
 % ''very good' or
    92%     89.6%   84.9%
 % 'poor' or
      1%       3.0%     4.7%

When we last checked the ratings of Royal Tulip on Holidaycheck on 17 May 2019, they were very impressive with the hotel overall scoring 5.3 with very high scores for service, rooms and sport also all scoring 5.3 and only slightly lower ratings for gastronomy at 5.1 and location at 5.0. However the scores were down a little on February 2018 and generally there seemed to be only small differences compared with Magic Tulip, which scored equally at sport, and was even rated marginally higher in the service and location categories. However Royal Tulip still scored significantly better in the rooms and gastronomy categories so if those are very important issues for you, you might want to consider booking Royal Tulip in preference to Magic. Which to choose might be a difficult choice. You can see a complete breakdown of the relative scores for both February 2018 and 17 May 2019 in the two tables below.  

 Category         Royal Tulip       Magic Tulip 
   02/2018  05/2019   02/2018  05/2019
 hotel      5.4      5.3      5.0     5.2 
 service      5.5      5.3      5.3     5.4
 rooms      5.4      5.3      4.9     4.9
 sport      5.4      5.3      5.1     5.3
 gastronomy      5.2      5.1      4.7     4.9
 location      5.1      5.0      5.1     5.1


As of 17 May 2019, Magic Tulip Resort stood at an impressive rank of 21st out of 69 resorts in the Marsa Alam region - up from 33rd out of 68 hotels in February 2018, 36th out of 72 hotels in March 2017 and 39th out of 73 hotels in March 2016. Satisfaction levels are good with 78.7% of reviewers giving it a 'very good' or 'excellent' rating ( up on the 76.9% scored in Ferbruary 2018 and the 77% scored in 2016 and 2017 ), while just 8.3% rated it as 'poor' or 'terrible' ( down on the 9.0% scored in February 2018 and March 2017, and unchanged on March 2016. )  The results for all four dates are given in the table below. Please note that for 2016 and 2017 the figures were rounded to the nearest per cent.   

 Date Ranking  % 'very good'
or 'excellent'  
% 'poor' or
 03/2016   39th/73       77%      8%
 03/2017   36th/72       77%      9%
 02/2018   33rd/68       76.9%      9.0%
 05/2019   21st/69       78.7%      8.3%

On, as of 17 May 2019, the ratings for Magic Tulip Resort were even more impressive with the hotel scoring a very credible 5.2 out of a maximum six stars ( up from 5.0 in February 2018 ), with the highest category ratings for service at 5.4 ( up from 5.3 in February 2018), sport at 5.3 ( up from 5.1 ) and location at 5.1 (unchanged on February 2018) and with slightly lower scores for rooms at 4.9 (unchanged on February 2018) and gastronomy also at 4.9 ( up from 4.7 ).   You can see the complete results for the last four dates when we checked them in the table below.     

 Category  03/2016   03/2017   02/2018   05/2019
 hotel      4.8       5.1      5.0     5.2
 service      5.0       5.3      5.3     5.4
 sport      5.0       5.2      5.1     5.3
 location      4.5       5.2      5.1     5.1
 rooms      5.3        5.2      4.9     4.9
 gastronomy      4.5       4.8      4.7     4.9
 % recomm      91%       90%      89%     91%

The percentage of guests recommending the hotel on changed little over the last few years and the excellent level of 91% scored as of 17 May 2019 is as high as it has ever been, having been only previously equaled in March 2016. 

Overall, guest reviews on TripAdvisor and HolidayCheck have been mostly very positive.  As Royal Tulip Resort was only opened recently most, but not all the reviews, apply to Magic Tulip Resort. Please remember however that both hotels share the same stretch of beach.


A note on the most recent review - I assume where the guest refers below to the "lovely Yetti" that it's a simple typo for "jetty" - they probably don't mean the ape-like creature of Nepalese folklore although I'm sure a friendly Yetti might attract even more customers !

"there is a lovely Yetti including a wonderful house reef supported by a superb on premises dive centre (Orca)."
( Ron 13 March 2017 )

"I was there for the sea activities which are great. The resort has one of the longest jetties out there, more than 1 km ending at great corals. The corals are 10-15 metres deep and great snorkeling is possible.... talking to some of the divers they said that diving at 20-25 metres very close to the jetty is fantastic. From the pier you can watch turtles and, if lucky, dolphins.
( Khaled 27 July 2016 ) 

"The beauty of Tulip Resort is the coral reef which is worth seeing several times because each time you discover something different. One morning I followed and admired the movements of a beautiful turtle.......  The guardian of the jetty, Osman, should also be commended..... extraordinarily patient, kind and considerate and enabling visitors to see (with a mask) the hidden paradise that they would have otherwise missed."
( TripAdvisor Geremia 12 October 2015 ) 

"The seaside location is great. The beach is beautiful and quiet. There is always a free place, clean beach towels and convenient access to the sea without need of shoes for even the less experienced and a jetty of 700 meters leading to a reef rich in fish with unforgettable colours. Do not be fooled by its' length. It is an opportunity for a healthy walk and at night, all lit up, it becomes a romantic location between the sea and the stars."
( Sbillmi 16 January 2015 )

"The scuba diving is amazing and the beach allows you to walk out for a long while before even hitting deep water."

( Rachael S. 24 June 2013 ) 

"The jetty goes a long way out but great snorkeling from there and we had the bonus of five dolphins coming in and swimming among us."
( 2 March 2012 ) 

"A weary long pontoon," moaned one guest commenting on the jetty, "about a ten minute walk to the end."  

( 6 February 2012 ) 

Another guest loved the jetty commenting "The long foot bridge across the reef is great."
( Ines March 2012 )

"The nearby reef is very worthwhile seeing, and I had a meeting with a turtle and dolphins."  Strange how German reviewers make such pleasures sound strangely business like.  
( Jorg March 2012 )

"The beach is clean, being swept clean every evening and you can find enough beds and umbrellas."
( 14 January 2012 )


"We were pleasantly surprised with our room, dark woods, working air conditioning and flatscreen tv. Nice and clean and just the job for our two weeks in Egypt. Our room attendant was excellent, our kids loved coming back to the room full of wonder of what sculptures would be made from the bed linen."
( TripAdvisor Jeff 23 August 2015 )
"The design of the hotel is very good as... all rooms overlook the sea and the pools. There are three floors and we had a room on the top floor with a balcony. Each block of three is staggered so that each individual balcony is not overlooked by its' neighbour (and) despite being in blocks with many rooms joined we found it very quiet and had undisturbed sleep. The rooms are spacious and the bed comfortable... (and) there is a spacious shower room with a hairdryer."
( Karen201211 21 May 2013 ) 

"Large room, walk in shower, king size bed. Big balcony. Room was kept spotless by the cleaner, nothing was too much trouble."

( 26 April 2012 ) 

"The room was beautiful and spotlessly clean thanks to Mohammed who also did wonderful things with our towels and night clothes !"
( 1 April 2012 )

"The rooms were spacious and modern."
( Ines March 2012 )  

"We had a sea view for a small charge but it was worth it. Sitting in the evening on our balcony, watching the stars above the sea - simply great."
( 14 January 2012 ) 


"The man behind the bar was so friendly and funny. He makes everybody smile and you never had an empty glass. Whether you speak Arabic, English and German he can understand you."
( TripAdvisor Simone 20 March 2015 )

"We went as a family, myself, my husband, brother and sister-in-law, and we liked to sit and play cards and dominoes each night and have a drink and a giggle. Each night, when we arrived in the bar area, the bar staff would move tables, chairs, get rid of ashtrays and have drinks on the table before we even had to ask. They were polite, respectful (although also) always up for a laugh..."

( Guest's comments on April 2013 ) 

"The staff were always eager to help....Thanks to all."
( Karen February 2012 )  

"The room cleaning was brilliant. The boys very nice. Almost every day new surprises for the kids in the room. And without tips. The staff in the whole hotel was really nice !"
( Christin & Rene February 2012 )

 "The service was perfect. The staff were very friendly no matter whether it was a waiter, gardener, house keeping.......The room was always clean, and a small tip would ensure great hand-made towel figures....(and in the restaurant) hardly was the plate empty and it was already cleared. After a few days the waiters already knew what you wanted to drink and you no longer needed to get it yourself."
( Claudia February 2012 ) 

"Very attentive and polite staff without requiring any tip, but you cheerfully give them coz they deserve it."
( 14 January 2012 ) 


"Food is also great in the resort.... whatever you can think of is available. Be warned that some of the guests perform a blitzkrieg on the goodies in the restaurant and sometimes they are gone early. Snacks on the beach and drinks/ice cream by the pool are abundant."
( Khaled 27 July 2016 )

"There are so many different foods to choose from that it is IMPOSSIBLE not to find something you will like."
( Francesca 30 August 2015 ) 

"There is always something to eat. Fresh pasta and pizzas are cooked exactly to order, omelettes are cooked to order in the morning, along with fresh croissants and pancakes. The eating areas are very clean and the food is beautifully presented."

(  Guest's comments on April 2013 ) 

"The food was really good.  A lot of chicken.  We were both there for two weeks and the food was different both weeks.  Even if you are a picky eater there is something there for everyone."
( 22 May 2012 ) 

"The restaurant served a variety of buffet food all very tasty.  Also very clean in the restaurant."
( 26 April 2012 )  

"Food is very good. Everyone can find something for himself and never leaves hungry. Deserts are amazing and almost every day there is an outside grill with fish or pork served by the chef. Waiters are very observant and fast, always ready to bring you what you want."
( 14 January 2012 )


"Should just mention the heated pool which was amazing !"
( 1 April 2012 ) 


"This place is the perfect location for a relaxed holiday. The rooms are quite big and very clean, with great views. The restaurant serves many options to choose from every day and a great variety in food types as well. The resort in general is well maintained and feels very homey. Even when the resort is almost fully booked it does not feel crowded at all."                                                    
( Martine 14 December 2017 )

"Perfect Wow. What a warm welcome, all the staff so friendly, very good food, beach and wow, the BEST animation team. The rooms are big with wonderful views. Thank you Tulip Resort..... best wishes to you all."
( Hage 7 March 2015 )

"The Tulip Resort reaches more than four stars. I want to say that our whole holiday time in Tulip Resort was just excellent since our first arrival there, thank you and thanks to your staff !"
( Dariusz 12 February 2015 ) 

"Perfect resort to rest and relax. Good food, very clean, kind staff and perfect location for diving and snorkeling. It is just a bit remote. There is nothing in the area, no village, no ancient sites, so no reason to leave the resort at all, total relaxation at the pool and on the beach with a 100 per cent guarantee."

( Dublinherbert 13 July 2013 )

(Actually this webiste doesn't agree on  one point - that there's nothing to do outside your resort - there are national parks, fascinating historical sites and of course the possibility of overland or diving safaris - but you may need help to visit these places -  please check our where to go section).

"If you are looking for a relaxing beach holiday this is a must !"
( 22 May 2012 ) 

"Have never spent a holiday so perfect and delightful. Animation crew is amazing, skilled and kind, service excellent........ Amazing people, we loved you Tulip."
( 8 April 2012 ) 

"This hotel is highly recommendable for a snorkeling vacation." - the reviewer gave the hotel a maximum score of six stars.
( Simone March 2012 ) 

"Good four stars not more," commented one reviewer perhaps not aware that Tulip is indeed rated a four star.  
( 6 February 2012 )

"Far from a big town, but enough to do, with a good restaurant, swimming pools and good service. Scuba diving, snorkeling ? This is the place !"
( 4 February 2012 )  

You can book a room online by email to or by telephoning the hotel on +20 1000204322 or using the links below.


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A family's memories of Tulip inc. video and photos
Jan 2019 - 24.06 mins - 127+ likes - 19,800+ views

Discovering the hotel, the reef, a safari & Port Ghalib
Jul 2019 - 7.54 mins - 45+ likes - 7,900+ views 

Royal Tulip- beach party, fire show, snorkelling &  more
May 2019 - 6.16 mins - 17+ likes - 2,200+ views

A Polish family's video memories inc. quad safari.
Dec 2017 - 4.35 mins - 120+ likes - over 29,000+ views

Some incredibly beautiful video of the house reef.
Feb 2017 - 7.24 mins - 120+ likes - 28,000+ views

Fun, dancing, the reef,  excursions and more.
Jul 2018 - 12.25 mins - 52+ likes - 13,000+ views 

Video of Royal Tulip, the house reef, Luxor and Cairo. 
Mar 2019 - 27.03 mins - 22+ likes - 4000+ views

A slide show of resort & reef photos with music.
September 2017 - 14.41 minutes - over 6,000 views.

Video gives you a good all round picture of Royal.
September 2016 - 2 minutes - over 4,000 views.

Interesting promotional video of Royal Tulip Resort.
October 2016 - 2.29 minutes - over 2,000 views. 

A holiday video @ Royal including the hotel pool, beach and reef and a safari trip. Jan 2016  - over 8,000 views.

Holiday photo album of Royal Tulip stay with music.
July 2016 - 5 minutes - over 6,000 views. 


             Elegantly designed hotel entrance.

             Rooms highly rated on TripAdvisor.

             Spacious well equipped shower rooms.

 Early morning sunrise over the Red Sea & the hotel pool.

Fast moving wide angle video clips of hotel & animation.
August 2013 - 6.33 minutes - over 17,000 views. 

Snorkeling Tulip Resort's House Reef
October 2014 - 3.52 minutes - over 6,000 views. 

Dancing animators at Tulip Resort.
March 2013 - 4.17 minutes - over 1,200 views.

Relax with a coffee in the lobby.

                     Or with a drink at the pub.

Or get a tan on the beach - but limit your exposure

                     Anyone for volley ball ?

                Diving practise by the hotel pool.


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