Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Alf Leila Wa Leila (Hurghada)

Alf Leila Wa Leila (or 1001 Nights) Hotel was our oasis of coolness in Hurghada (Egypt) in July. When it's 50 degrees Celsius outside and you want to hide as far as possible into the ground, a 4-star resort built to look like an Arab city is your escape. 

When you hover above Hurghada before landing, this is what you see. If you are not a big fan of blue, you'll become one instantly. However, Alf Leila Wa Leila is not one of the resorts located in the first line on the shore, but it looks no less enticing. Like that:

This all-inclusive resort is a favorite among Germans and not so popular with Russians. The nicely sized rooms have private bathrooms, air-conditioning, satellite TV, a mini-bar, telephone and a balcony or terrace that looks over the swimming pool:


The all-inclusive comes with the obvious perk: FOOD. A lot of good food. Besides the main restaurant and various other snack stations that serve the kind of food you could expect in an all-inclusive place, there are also an Italian and a Moroccan restaurants that you can enjoy for free on only one condition: booking a table in advance. 

As in most other resorts, there are lots and lots of shopping options, from little shops that sell delicatessen or clothes to the traditional Egyptian souvenir sellers. Obviously, do not forget to bargain. Big time!

The hotel offers a free shuttle that takes you every 30 minutes to the beach - you practically cross the main road and here you are, on the beach that faces Dana Resort (500 m away from Alf Leila) and looks like that:

To sum up, this is what you'll get at Alf Leila: a fitness room with state-of-the-art equipment including aerobics exercise equipment, 5 swimming pools, 1 childrens pool, sun beds, parasols, 3 restaurants, 4 bars, sauna, Jacuzzi, massage and steam rooms and internet connection, mini club, sports competitions throughout the day, a shopping center, tennis, billiards, football, aerobics and a full day and evening entertainment program with live shows and a disco.
Which is great. Just don't forget to go see the pyramids and other places you came for or buy a one-day snorkeling tour to Giftun Island.

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