ROYAL TULIP BEACH AND MAGIC TULIP BEACH RESORTS

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 category 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.

ROOMS

For Royal Tulip Resort – 246 rooms comprising

  • superior rooms – 55 sq. m./592 sq. ft.
  • deluxe rooms – 60 sq. m/646 sq. ft.
  • premium rooms – 60 sq. m/646 sq. ft.
  • family rooms – 90-95 sq. m/968-1023 sq. ft.
  • suites of 80 sq. m/861 sq. ft.

For Magic Tulip Resort – 246 including 12 family rooms, each a vast 95 sq. m, 156 superior rooms with twin and king size king beds, each of 55 sq. m. 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.

ROOM FACILITIES

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.

LOCATION

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.

HOTEL FACILITIES

For Royal Tulip Beach 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.

For Magic Tulip Beach 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 facilities also include  3 swimming pools, the largest 1500sqm and the middle one 500sqm (heated) and one children’s pool.  Diving Centre 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, of course, a coral reef.

WIFI UPDATE – VODAFONE SIM CARD WORKS BETTER

We recommend that rather than connect to the hotel WIFI, that you should be able to get a cheaper and faster connection by buying a Vodafone SIM card from the Vodafone desk in front of the main restaurant in either Royal Tulip or Magic Tulip. That will also allow you internet access anyway you wish to travel within Egypt. They should also be able to get the sim card working for you straight away.

A summer holiday at Royal Tulip Resort in 2019.
Jul 2019 – 7.54 mins – 110+ likes – 27,900+ views.
From dolphins to turtles – stunning video of the diversity of sea life on the house reef.
Feb 2017 – 7.24 mins – 146+ likes – 33,000+ views.
Tulip Resort impresses but not surprising that it’s unusually quiet in early 2021.
Feb 2021 – 10.29 mins – 5+ likes – 390+ views.
Holiday highlights at Royal Tulip Beach Resort – February 2020.
Mar 2020 – 5.49 mins – 19+ likes – 3.900+ views.

GUEST REVIEWS

1. ROYAL TULIP BEACH RESORT

As of 5 March 2021, Royal Tulip Beach Resort had a respectable TripAdvisor ranking of 28th out of 77 hotels, which was a relative improvement on its standing in May 2019 of 28th out of (fewer) 69 hotels and similar to its rank in March 2017 of 29th out of 72 hotels, although down slightly on its peak ranking (at least for all the occasions when we checked) of 14th out of 68 hotels in February 2018.

Although overall the resort’s ranking has gone up and down since 2017, the percentage rating the hotel as either ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’ declined slightly in 2018, 2019 and 2021 compared with March 2017, when it stood at a highly impressive 92%. Since then it slipped to 89.6% in February 2018, 84.9% in May 2019 and a still very reasonable 84.0% as of 5 March 2021. 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, to 4.7% in May 2019, and 5.6% as of 5 March 2021. 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 reviewed the hotel, compared to a total of 1,328 reviews as of the time of this review (5 March 2021.) The differences over the last few years, are only marginal – the important point to note is that for every person who has judged the hotel as “poor” or “terrible”, there are more than 15 who have considered their experience to be either “very good” or “excellent.”

TABLE 1. ROYAL TULIP – TRIPADVISOR RATINGS
DateRanking% v. good or excellent% poor or terrible
03/201729/72921
02/201814/6889.63.0
05/201928/6984.94.7
03/202128/7784.05.6

When we last checked the ratings of Royal Tulip Beach Resort on Holidaycheck on 5 March 2021  they were very impressive with the hotel overall scoring 5.2 out of a maximum six stars, with admirably high scores for service and rooms at 5.3 and only slightly lower ratings for gastronomy, location and sport and entertainment – all at 5.1. However, the hotel’s overall rating slipped slightly from 5.3 in May 2019 (the previous time we checked) to 5.2, and, while the rating for location improved from 5.0 to 5.1, the score received for sport and entertainment declined a small fraction from 5.3 to 5.1. For the full details for each date we checked the Holidaycheck ratings please see the table below.

TABLE 2 – ROYAL TULIP – HOLIDAYCHECK RATINGS

Category02/201805/201903/2021
Hotel5.45.35.2
Service5.55.35.3
Rooms5.45.35.3
Sport &
entertainment
5.45.35.1
Gastronomy5.25.15.1
Location5.15.05.1

2. MAGIC TULIP BEACH RESORT

As of 5 March 2021, Magic Tulip Beach Resort’s ranking on Tripadvisor had slipped to 36th out of 77 hotels in the region, from its previous impressive standing of 21/69 in May 2019. However, we wonder whether this might have been due to the lower number of reviews as there’s no indication of any actual decline in guest satisfaction. In fact, the percentage of Tripadvisor reviewers rating the resort as “very good” or “excellent” remained at exactly the same respectable level of 78.7% (see the table below), as did the small percentage of reviewers judging the hotel to be either “poor” or “terrible” – at just 8.3%.

TABLE 3 – MAGIC TULIP – TRIPADVISOR RATINGS

DateRanking% v. good or excellent% poor or terrible
03/201639/73778
03/201736/72779
02/201833/6876.99.0
05/201921/6978.78.3
03/202136/7778.78.3

On Holidaycheck.de, as of 5 March 2021, the ratings for Magic Tulip Resort were even more impressive with the hotel scoring a very credible 5.3 out of a maximum six stars – the highest level that we’ve seen it at and up from 5.0 in February 2018 and 5.2 in May 2019, with the highest scores for service – an astonishing 5.5 – up from 5.4 in 2019 and gastronomy at 5.2, also seeing a significant improvement on its previous already respectable score of 4.9 in 2019.

Close behind came rooms at 5.1 (up from 4.9), sport and entertainment (declining a fraction to 5.1 from 5.3) and location at 5.0, also down, albeit by just the tiniest fraction – 0.1, from its 2019 level. Finally and tending strongly to suggest the resort is on an upward trajectory, the percentage of Holidaycheck reviewers recommending the resort reached the highest level we’ve yet recorded of 94%.  You can see the complete results for the last five dates when we checked them in the table below.     

TABLE 4 – MAGIC TULIP – HOLIDAYCHECK RATINGS

Category02/201603/201702/201805/201903/2021
Hotel4.85.15.05.25.3
Service5.05.35.35.45.5
Rooms5.35.24.94.95.1
Sport &
Ent.
5.05.25.15.35.1
Food4.54.84.74.95.2
Location4.55.25.15.15.0
% Guests
recommending
9190899194

RECENT ROYAL TULIP TRIPADVISOR REVIEWS

“During Covid I never thought I go to another continent. But thanks to Egypt and the Royal Tulip with their very friendly open people we had 10 great days..”
JAN S
Tripadvisor.com 18 April 2021
“Staying at the Royal Tulip Resort was a pleasant experience during this difficult time when the whole world is fighting Covid 19. During our stay, the whole family was satisfied with the approach of the staff. The animation team provided great entertainment and many activities. Room service was perfect.”
Filip UNK
Tripadvisor March 2021
“Beach great, veeeery long jetty to reef. I have visited this area many times, but house reef on Royal Tulip is one of the best I have ever seen. Generally – great staff, beautiful area. If You want to test – You will be satisfied. I definitely want to go back.”
Marcin K
Tripadvisor December 2020

GOOD VALUE TAXIS AND SIM CARDS

If you are looking for a professional, reliable and good value taxi service check out the prices listed for Steven’s Taxis on the taxi page and if you want sim cards for internet or international calls delivered to the hotel please check out the sim card page.

A huge variety of fresh and tasty food served in the main restaurant.
Apr 2017 – 3.09 mins – 147+ likes – 46,000+ views.
Royal Tulip – Christmas 2019 – the reception, the pool, the beach and the guest room.
Dec 2019 – 5.14 mins – 27+ likes – 6,400+ views.
Uplifting holiday memories – the pool, a light show, snorkelling and dolphins.
May 2019 – 6.16 mins – 30+ likes – 4,600+ views.
Escaping the rainy weather in Poland for the sunshine and fun of a holiday at Royal Tulip.
Dec 2017 – 4.35 mins – 165+ likes – 40,000+ views.
Magic Tulip 2019 – including great drone shots and animation team lead entertainment.
Jul 2019 – 3.07 mins – 29+ likes – 4,300+ views.
Fun memories of a 2017 holiday at Magic Tulip.
Apr 2017 – 5.42 mins – 10+ likes – 3,800+ views.
A photographic tour of Magic Tulip Beach Resort set to inspirational Egyptian music.
Jan 2020 – 3.17 mins – 4+ likes – 600+ views.
It’s easy to enjoy the life at Magic Tulip Beach Resort
Jul 2018 – 12.25 mins- 68+ likes – 17,900+ views.
Royal Tulip Hotel bedroom
Royal Tulip guest room
Royal Tulip Marsa Alam guest room
Royal Tulip guest room – another view.
Royal Tulip Resort pool and grounds
The hotel grounds beautifully lit up at night