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The Red Sea. Perfect, less than 5 seconds away from the hotel! To the right is a restricted area specifically for snorkelling/diving. You are not allowed to swim on the right hand side due to the coral reefs.

Well I had to make this a blog seeing as the town of Marsa Alam in Egypt is not even recognised seeing as its way off the travelers path! I also had to make the location of it "luxor" - apparently even the map does not recognise this small town!! Not suprising when you arrive there and see that the actual town itself is still in the process of construction. Indeed, Marsa Alam consists of nothing more than four or 5 hotels, a vast expanse of desert, a stunning coastline and an international airport. The airport in itself is tiny keep in mind.
I stayed at the Brayka Bay Reef Hotel. It's fantastic. The Red Sea is right on your doorstep and anything you could think of can be found in your hotel.

Our bedrooom (mine and my mothers!)Notice the chair and table where i liked to play tetris before bed. Yes, i'm a geek.
All the people are very welcoming and there's a truley internation feeling about the place. I believe that its filled up with more Italians, Germans, Dutch, English and French than it is Egyptian! Still, its a fantastic place to experience a million different cultures in one....and if you like scuba diving - even better! Yes, the ocean is extremelly pleasant. Warm temperatures and an array of marine life from small tropical fishes to sting-rays and even crabs and jelly fish (these jelly fish don't sting though).

4 things to keep in mind though:

1) Do not drink the tap water or any food product which may have been washed in it. It will affect you and you will end up having a dreadful stomach for the rest of your stay. Bottled water is much safer.

2) do take care in the sun. It's extremelly hot in North Africa, reaching at least over 40 degrees celcius every day.

3) Always wash your hands after dealing with the money. It's very well traveled and therefore very,VERY dirty.

4) If you're a lone woman or indeed a group of woman on your own take care if venturing out to oen of the towns (roughly an hour and a half or so away). You will get hassled but you must keep your cool. Showing signs of frustration or anger only leads to more hassling. Simply say no and keep walking.

And remember. Don't go there expecting a huge party or lots of things to do. You really are in the middle of the desert so take the time to relax.

travelman727 says:
Great information. Brayka Bay Reef Hotel sounds like a wonderful place to kick back and forget the cares of this world!
Posted on: Jul 21, 2006
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