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I have just returned from the Lamaya resort and found it very relaxing.
This is a holiday for snorkling and scuba divers There is not a lot to do for those who don't do any of these. Due to the location of this resort there is nothing around so you are restricted. The hotel and all it's staff are realy helpfull no one could fault them in any way.
I would recomend this holiday to scuba divers and snorkling people.
The food is the only down fall with this hotel rather mundane
Having just returned from Lamaya we found the hotel to be very clean, the staff very curteous polite, the room to be large and clean but lacking in comfortable chairs, the pool and sea were fantastic, excellent snorkling.
What was wrong - the food repetative, all tasting the same, very little for children. There was what seemed to be a fair selection but after 3 days it all tasted very similar.
I understand when in a foreign country you expect different food, however for a hotel which Thompson claims to be 5 star the food just doesn't come up to that standard, thankfully we were only there 1 week. Generally we had a great stay and have no problems with the hotel if all you want to do is relax then it is ideal but I do not think that the hotel is up to 5* standard
Just got back from holiday wished we was still there. you looking for relaxing holiday then this is the place to be . brilliant for chidren ive got 3 all different ages 15,13 and 8 they was never bored all holiday. snorkelling of the jetty was fanatastic to so that is a must to do!. Hotel lovely and clean rooms changed and cleaned everyday. staff were lovely couldnt do enough for you. Food was lovely as well got variety to try which was good. It you complain at this hotel there is something wrong with you. Entertainment staff very friendly my husband got on well with them and had some good laughs. All in all a brill place to enjoy egypt and a good relaxing holiday we will be going back that for sure!!!!!
Just returned from a 2 week stay at the Lamaya, what a fantastic hotel.
The whole experience was great with the staff always genuinely helpful, attentive and always with a smile. The hotel was spotless, the rooms huge with very efficient air conditioning and a different towel arrangement every day. (We tipped the room service chap at the beginning and end of the stay).
The food was always hot and well presented with a large choice, from freshly carved joints to Egyptian dishes, pastas, vegetarian dishes and a large salad counter with a vast cheese selection which was sliced on demand. The sweet counter was fabulous and the food never got to be repetitive. Self service wine, beer and soft drinks within the restaurant while at the bars all the spirits were available along with cocktails and liqueur coffees. Breakfast was just as good with eggs done any way you wished and everything else you could ever want.
The different nationalities added to the holiday with very pleasant times chatting to a couple of German families. The only grumpy ones were a couple of British families who complained about everything from the hotel to the food plus the weather (too hot) and the fact it was very quiet (they would have been happier in Blackpool).
You must drink lots of water, my wife and I were knocking back 5 to 6 pints a day and up to 8 pints while on the trips. If you didn't you would dehydrate and then end up being on a drip (like one of the grumpy family) Booze doesn't count towards the water intake.
We didn't go to the shows in the evening, to busy chilling in the Bar / Lounge area. The pools were good, noise level not to bad, animation team worked hard but didn't pester. The beach was great, silent, peaceful, and hot with a gentle breeze, just PERFECT. The beach bar was good for lunch with freshly cooked pizza, sandwiches etc. the library was located in the fitness room lobby just below the main swimming pool. Swimming in the sea off the jetty was like being in a tropical fish tank, for a gentle swim walk to the left on the beach and enter the sea in the middle of the bay this avoids the coral.
We did 2 trips, a day trip to Cairo and an overnight trip to Luxor with the Balloon flight. Both trips meant very early starts for either the flight to Cairo of the bus trip to Luxor. All I can say was that they were both worth every penny, the attention to detail from the Thomson / Travco reps, the bus / taxi drivers and the Egyptologists who gave everyone such knowledge into the history of the sites visited. They were 100 at all times. We were the only couple flying to Cairo and we joined a party of 12 other Brits touring the Citadel, the Pyramids and the Sphinx and Cairo Museum, with Lunch on the Nile. Fantastic.
The trip to Luxor was another early start, with a wacky racers trip through the desert with 70 other coaches racing in convoy to Luxor. There were only ourselves and one other English couple for the 2 day trip which meant that we had the services of the rep and the guide in our own mini bus resulting in an even more personal and special experience. The sites at Karnak were breathtaking only to be equalled by the tombs at the Valley of the Kings and the temple of Queen Hatchepsut. The biggest thrill was the balloon flight at dawn over the Nile and the valley of kings. All entrance fees, hotel ? board and lunches were included. Take Egyptian #1 notes for the toilets.
This whole holiday was one of the best we have ever been on and it achieved this by having the nicest hotel staff and a great Thomson rep called Jay all of whom could not do enough to ensure that it became a holiday of a lifetime. We will definitely return to this hotel.
My boyfriend and I have just returned from a wonderful week at Lamaya and all I can say is that I wish we were there for longer.
The whole hotel was faultless, the staff were attentive but never imposing, the food was delicious and the rooms were comfortable and so well cleaned every day. The whole place is quiet enough for some serious relaxing but there's enough to do so youre certainly not bored.
The entrance to the sea via jetty is picturesque and the snorkelling is not to be missed, plus a walk on the jetty in the early evening is a great time to spot tonnes of different marine life (and just like a romantic movie).
One thing I would recommend that Thomson don't is that you take some euro's along as well as egyptian pounds. Everything in the hotel shops is marked up in E's so if you go in there for any essentials you may find that the owners (who are not hotel staff) take advantage of the baffling exchange rate and charge more than they should.
This place is not to be missed, we will definately go back!!
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