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Reviewed March 3, 2018

We arrived to Port Ghalib Resort at midnight. We had late dinner and then we got our keycards and immediately were accommodated.
The room was nice (the nicest I have had in Egypt), with comfortable beds, tea and coffee service (it is prepared just once a week for free - then you have to pay for it) and TV (we switched on just a few times).
The bathroom was nice (with hot water the whole day) but I didn´t understand the special door to the bathroom (like in a western films) - you didn´t have privacy there.
The food was excellent for us - we eat a lot of meat and vegetable - so we were satisfied. There wasn´t problem with small portions of meat like in another hotels in Egypt (they gave you how much you asked). On the beach were burgers, chips and hot-dogs every day, but if we want something else, we went to the main restaurant.
Once a week we went to a la carte restaurant - but it was the worst I have eaten there (it is the same buffet tables like in a main restaurant, but not so much choices – and the meal isn´t served). It is not a la carte restaurant – it is just a few buffet tables next to the lagoon.
In every bar you can drink the whole day. In a bar next to the heated swimming pool they give you ice cream or granita from midday till sunset too.
In winter is heated swimming pool for us one of the main needs, because the sea is only 20-21 °C. In Port Ghalib Resort was the pool heated up to 28°C - so very comfortable.
Despite of wind we were often snorkelling from the jetty of Port Palace Resort, because of the waves. It is not far away, and entrance to the sea is very good for both the jetties there. We didn’t see much fish, but it is because the water in the sea was a little bit cold (the tiny neoprene is good idea if you travel to Marsa Alam in February).
You can play billiard, minigolf, ping-pong for free for 1 hour a day/room (I think tennis too, but we didn´t try it). It is good, when the heaven is cloudy in February - you can´t be bored there for the whole holiday (every day you can find something what you can do there). We had 2 cloudy days without sun there plus cold northern wind, and temperature was only 20-22°C - so to give to guests a choice to do some sports for free is a good idea of the hotel management there.
The animation team did very good job. Our teenagers spent with them nearly every day. In the evenings we enjoyed evening program with them - The fakir show and Dance show were the best! (Thanks boys and girls in this team!)
In the evening we walked to the port too. There are some shops, but nothing special (only one shop where you can buy Egyptian sweets - we don ´t smoke so cigarettes aren´t interesting for us). You can buy some magnets or tea there – but on the airport is cheaper.
It was really nice, relaxing holiday. The staff there is very polite and helpful. The next year we- my family and my friends would like to go there again. Especially I want to say thank you to Natalia – Guest Relation Officer. She helped us with all of our problems we came to her (billiard, a la carte restaurant, birthday cake etc.). She answered to all my questions by the e-mail communication before arriving to the hotel, gave us advices after our coming to holiday – she is the person you can always come with a problem and she is prepared to help you at any time she is there. Thanks again!

Date of stay: February 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Natalia T, Guest Relation Officer at Port Ghalib Resort, responded to this reviewResponded March 5, 2018

Dear Reviewer,

Many Thanks for taking the time to complete a TripAdvisor review about your stay at Port Ghalib Resort.
Your feedback is important to the hotel as it allows us to further understand where we are performing to an excellent standard and areas we can look to further improve.
All of your kind comments have been shared with the management and team and everybody here is delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your stay with us.
We hope to welcome you home at Port Ghalib Resort again on a future holiday.

Regards
The Port Ghalib Resort Team

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Reviewed February 19, 2018

Now we are here in this hotel for the third time an we love it every time.

I also inform you that the hotel has one of the best Animationteam that I have ever seen. Aquagym and dancing are only two parts of the big range of activity`s.

Everybody should come and see what we see and feel in your holiday here in Port ghalib.

Big thanks also to our friends, animateur and entertainer Omar, Ananas, MiDo, etc. for the great time.

best regards
Sebastian and Desiree

Date of stay: February 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Natalia T, Guest Relation Officer at Port Ghalib Resort, responded to this reviewResponded February 21, 2018

Dear Reviewer,

Many Thanks for taking the time to complete a TripAdvisor review about your stay at Port Ghalib Resort.
Your feedback is important to the hotel as it allows us to further understand where we are performing to an excellent standard and areas we can look to further improve.
All of your kind comments have been shared with the management and team and everybody here is delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your stay with us.
We hope to welcome you home at Port Ghalib Resort again on a future holiday.

Regards
The Port Ghalib Resort Team

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Reviewed February 17, 2018

This was my third visit of Egypt so I knew what to expect in general.
Hotel is nice, huge with heated swimming pool and laguna which we had righ in front of our room.
Food was really flavorless to my taste - everything tasted the same and selection was almost the same every day. Staff was nice and we appreciated privacy on the beach. During January this place is not very crowded. Beach is okay, here and there you can find cigarette butts on the ground. Walking distance to the shopping area. Good selection of day trips and other activities.
The only thing I really did not like was seafood restaurant. Food here was not the best and I was really disappointed with service. Too slow even there were only 3 tables that time.

Date of stay: January 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Natalia T, Guest Relation Officer at Port Ghalib Resort, responded to this reviewResponded February 21, 2018

Dear Reviewer,

Many Thanks for taking the time to complete a TripAdvisor review about your stay at Port Ghalib Resort.
Your feedback is important to the hotel as it allows us to further understand where we are performing to an excellent standard and areas we can look to further improve.
All of your kind comments have been shared with the management and team and everybody here is delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your stay with us.
We hope to welcome you home at Port Ghalib Resort again on a future holiday.

Regards
The Port Ghalib Resort Team

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Reviewed February 1, 2018 via mobile

Go anytime as something there to see. Marina for boat trips and the amaxing luxurious gold ship. Beautiful . Lots of shops to buy everything. Good bargains and restaurants with good choice of drinks and food

Date of stay: February 2018
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Natalia T, Guest Relation Officer at Port Ghalib Resort, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2018

Dear Reviewer,

Many Thanks for taking the time to complete a TripAdvisor review about your stay at Port Ghalib Resort.
Your feedback is important to the hotel as it allows us to further understand where we are performing to an excellent standard and areas we can look to further improve.
All of your kind comments have been shared with the management and team and everybody here is delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your stay with us.
We hope to welcome you home at Port Ghalib Resort again on a future holiday.

Regards
The Port Ghalib Resort Team

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Reviewed January 25, 2018

We went here to get some winter sun, which was ideal we had been to Marsa Alam before and stayed at the Resta Reef 3* which we would stay at next time, this hotel was 5* looks and the thing that annoyed us was you could use the sachet of coffee in your room on arrival but will be charged for using it any other day, good news if you like tea then you can grab some tea bags at the restaurant in the day to use in your room, we paid extra for a seaview room and as there was nothing to do in the evenings we would go to bed early but on Tuesday they have at 22.30 a rave on the beach which if you pay £10 in this all inclusive hotel you can go to, or like us be kept awake with the boom boom till 2 in the morning! the hotel did offer us a sleeping room for the night but we paid to have a sea room and we could not take any stuff to the other room it was just to sleep in!!We have been to Egypt 3 times now and everywhere else we have been you can haggle and get some real bargains, NOT HERE! this place as a whole is purpose built for tourism, as such the nearest town is 70 miles away so you have to pay the shops very expensive prices i.e. a small jar of coffee and I mean small £8 my friends wife was needing some Tampax and for a box of 10 it was £5 English! small packet of local cigars £8 way more than uk if you need any of these things take them with you
also when you get to the airport there is a $25 visa cost or £25, to get $100 for 4 of us cost £80 from post office so take dollars its cheaper and don't pay anymore as they tried to charge us $30 for the $25 visa!
Drinks in this hotel where readily available at the beach and the reception but very inconsistent as no measures where used and that made a lot of drinks too strong and what a waste as they where left, the beach bar however was very good, the local tap beer was very good it was called luxor
Local port and shops where very expensive the goods are plastic even all the bags, I think the only leather was some of the belts unlike other parts of Egypt that has leather goods, a jumper that would cost £5-7 in Matalan but with a logo on was £20 so beware they are less than half that price elsewhere
A beer in the port town was about £4 so the same as here but it was free in the hotel
The reason you should be coming here is for a break and the snorkelling and diving if that's what you want its perfect
We did an excursion with COCO TRANS excusions which are located in the port, it was the desert safari, it was good but they kept us waiting in a big tent before we set off and this caused us to miss the sun goind down in the desert and on the way back to hotel they failed to stop to show us the night sky with no light around but apart from this it was a good trip but if you do it make sure you see the sunset and stars it is unbelieveable as we had done this trip before

Date of stay: January 2018
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Natalia T, Guest Relation Officer at Port Ghalib Resort, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2018

Dear Reviewer,

Many Thanks for taking the time to complete a Tripadvisor review about your stay at Port Ghalib Resort.
Guest feedback is important to the hotel as it allows us to further understand where we are performing to an excellent standard and areas we can look to further improve.
All of the comments you raised in your review have been shared with the management team.
I am sorry to read that you were not completely satisfied with some points of your stay. These comments have been taken on board by our Manager who will consider all comments for future guests.
If we can be of an further assistance in this mater then please don’t hesitate to contact the hotel directly.

Regards
Port Ghalib Resort Team

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