BLISS ABO NAWAS RESORT
A total of 160 including 3 handicapped accessible rooms and 18 connecting rooms arranged in single storey bungalows or small two or three storey buildings laid out around the extensive gardens. The standard rooms are 35 square meters (377 sq. ft.), designed in a Nubian style with a domed roof. They can accommodate up to three adults or two adults and two children in three single beds and have sea, pool or garden views. There is also a suite available at 44 square meters ( 474 sq. ft.)
Satellite television, telephone, air conditioning, non smoking rooms, 24 hour room-service, mini-bar, balcony, hairdryer, wheel chair accessible rooms, desk.
22 km north of Marsa Alam town and 45 km (a 20 minute drive) south of Marsa Alam Airport.
Restaurant, coffee shop, shops, bureau de change, four outdoor swimming pools, concierge, conference and meeting facilities, laundry, travel desk, two poolside bars, a waterslide, a beach bar, a snack bar/deli, car parking, beauty salon, hair dresser, sauna and spa including massage services, safe deposit box. There’s also an animation team, folkloric dances (including sometimes belly dancing) and free WIFI in the public areas. The hotel’s beach is about 350 metres long, with a 450 metres long jetty reaching out across a lagoon to the fringing coral reef.
BLISS ABO NAWAS REVIEWS
1. ON TRIPADVISOR
As of 6 March 2021, Bliss Abo Nawas Resort had achieved a respectable ranking of 37 out of 77 hotels on TripAdvisor for the Marsa Alam region. However, we think the actual satisfaction levels are possibly higher than the ranking indicates, as it may have been handicapped by its relatively small size and hence lower number of reviews. It is also striking how much the hotel’s reputation has improved since 2016 (see the table below.)
As of 6 March 2021, 86.9% of reviewers on TripAdvisor rated the resort as either ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’ (compared to just 40% in 2016 when the hotel may have been under different management) with just 8.0% (down from 44% in 2016) considering their experience either ‘poor’ or ‘terrible’.
Thankfully the situation today appears to be totally transformed from that back in 2016. It has achieved reasonably high ratings and in our opinion the resort deserves a higher ranking on TripAdvisor. For ease of comparison we’ve posted the figures for each time we previously checked Tripadvisor in the table below. However please note that for December 2016 the percentages were rounded to the nearest percentage point.
TABLE 1 – TRIPADVISOR RATINGS
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The huge improvement is at least equally noticeable on Holidaycheck. Although we don’t have any of the figures from 2016, we did check the hotel’s results back in 2012 and 2013, and the most recent figures for Bliss Abo Nawas represent not just amazing progress since then, but also set sufficiently high standards to outshine many other more expensive resorts. The hotel’s rating overall has improved from 3.9 to 5.2 out of a maximum six stars (as of 6 March 2021), rooms from 4.2 to 4.8, gastronomy from 3.8 to 4.9, sport and entertainment from 3.9 to 4.9 and the standard of service has gone from a reasonably respectable 4.1 to a near unbeatable 5.6. The percentage of Holidaycheck reviewers recommending the resort has also witnessed a giant leap upwards from an okayish 62% in July 2013 to an impressive 88% as of 6 March 2021. For the full details please see the table below.
TABLE 2 – HOLIDAYCHECK RATINGS