Hotel Kempinski Soma Bay Hotel 5 star
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So here's a great spot. Despite its imposing size, le Kempinski Soma Bay has been able to preserve the tranquillity and attention to detail you would expect from an upscale establishment. It offers a good compromise between a well-equipped resort and a relaxing spot for the eyes and the ears!

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    Location 5.1 /10

    Located in the resort of Soma Bay, in the south of Hurghada, the Kempinski is rather isolated. The airport is 31 miles away and the centre of Hurghada is 34 miles. Port Safaga is a good 12 miles away by car. In the resort's immediate proximity you will find the sea, the small marina of Soma Bay and the neighbouring hotels. There are entertainment venues accessible on foot.

    Accommodation 8.80 /10

    The 325 guest rooms are divided among the main building (32 rooms) and eight 3-4 storey buildings spread out on either side of the central area. The 'Lagoon View rooms' are the standard rooms. This simply means that none of these rooms have a view of the sea. The ones that do are identical in terms of what you will find inside. And in this regard you will definitely not be disappointed!

    A bathroom with a toilet, separate shower and bathtub, hair-dryer, make-up mirror, bathrobes, large balcony, large flat-screen TV, air-conditioning, mini-bar... In short, the quality of the amenities is on par with the well-maintained building, with the simple but lovely decor, and with the general size of the rooms, which measure between 39 and 42m². And these are just the standard rooms. A small detail that might make a big difference: the hotel offers a wide choice of pillows, ranging in density and thickness, to suit all preferences. We were disappointed, though, that the Internet connection is not available everywhere in the hotel and that there is a charge to use it.

    The Kempinski also has Junior, Deluxe and Presidential suites to offer. What luxury!

    Overview 8.50 /10

    Progressively opened between 2008 and 2010, the Kampinski Soma Bay has 325 guest rooms, which is a relatively small amount when you consider the extent of the hotel grounds. Beyond the main building you will find a network of canals, low stone walls, swimming pools, and small buildings here and there holding some of the guest rooms, all with the Red Sea in the background. You could almost mistake the entire thing for a citadel that you might find in a desert.

    With its monastery-like appearance, the lobby gives you an initial taste of the style of decor to come. With its exposed stones and vaulted ceilings, the architecture is quite refined. The discreet and well thought-out decor is mostly comprised of solid wooden furniture, some beautiful rugs and a few sculptures. The common areas in the hotel are vast and peaceful, in short, a great place for relaxing, which is not the case for the majority of the complexes in the area.

    There may be a spa/thalassotherapy centre at the Résidence des Cascades, but the Kempinski does have its own gym with a whirlpool tub, sauna and hamman on-site (and all free to use). For sporty types, there are also 2 squash courts and 4 tennis courts.

    Food and drink 8.20 /10

    There are three restaurants in the complex. The View Restaurant is the main buffet restaurant and is particularly pleasant for its wide terrace and large dining room with a vaulted ceiling. Located in the main building, with a view over the entire resort and the sea, it is actually very calm for a main-buffet restaurant. Guests can enjoy breakfast (which is copious and varied) and dinner here.

    For lunch they can head to the Al Mar Restaurant & Bar. Standing next to the swimming pool, salads, grilled meats, pizza and snacks are served here between midday and 6:00pm. Finally, the Bamboo Shoot Restaurant is open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday nights. The cuisine at this Asian restaurant includes Japanese, Chinese and Thai dishes.

    In terms of bars, the Sultan Lobby Lounge, near reception, is open every day from 11:00am to midnight. Next to the beach, the Beachcomber Bar serves drinks from 10:00am to 6:00pm.

    Beach 8.90 /10

    Parasols and windbreaks, wooden deckchairs with mattresses, a bar and a diving club; in terms of equipment there's nothing to be said, everything you need is here. Setback from Hurghada, Soma Bay lies on the Red Sea, one of the most beautiful seas in the world, with its particularly clear water teeming with marine flora and fauna.

    The only drawback when we were visiting was that, with the beach being so wide, the deckchairs furthest from the shore were 80m away from the water, with 9 rows of parasols to pass through to reach it.

    To know

    Staying at the Kempinski Soma Bay means you can take advantage of its golf course and the thalassotherapy centre at the Résidence des Cascades. Located under a mile away (5 min by shuttle), the residence has the largest thalassotherapy centre on the Red Sea, with 4,800m² dedicated to well-being and managed by the Thermes Marins de Saint-Malo. The choice of treatments is seemingly endless.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, thalassotherapy, spa, hammam, sauna, keep fit, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      squash, tennis, golf, windsurfing, aqua gym, fitness, gym, water-polo, sports, aerobics

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Private beach
    • Meeting room

    Traveller Reviews

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    • Overall Score nc/10
    • Stephanie A. Stephanie A.  
      3 Opinions
      • Package deals in juin 2012 Posted on 2014-02-28 En couple - 3 à 5 nuitées (Chambre avec vue)

        Séjour très agréable dans cet hôtel magnifique. Un des plus beau de Soma Bay. Plage fabuleuse. L'hôtel est vraiment très beau. Le salon réception est impressionnant. Le service est vraiment au top.

      • Advantages

        Hôtel magnifique, cadre idyllique, superbe décoration, dépaysement assuré.Personnel à l'écoute et disponible.Haute qualité de service.

      • Disavantages

        Il n'y a pas de galerie commerçante a proximité, il faut prendre une navette.

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      • Situation
      • Restauration
      • Sports / Loisirs
      • Animation
      • Qualité / Prix
      • Overall Score 9.29/10
    • Sylvie R. Sylvie R.  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in octobre 2013 Posted on 2013-12-15 Seul - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        Parfait. Très grande chambre familiale communicante. Personnel aux petits soins. Restaurant libanais excellent.

      • Advantages

        Personnel très gentil, immense chambre, buffets.

      • Disavantages

        Sauna trop cheap ! Boutiques sans plus.

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      • Situation
      • Restauration
      • Sports / Loisirs
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      • Overall Score 8.75/10
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