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.
For Royal Tulip Resort – 246 rooms comprising
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.
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.
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.
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
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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
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
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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
RECENT ROYAL TULIP TRIPADVISOR REVIEWS
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.