Al Quseir

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Jan 5th, 2004, 03:08 AM
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Al Quseir

Has any on eever been to Al Quseir? Specifically the Movenppick resort there. I am traveling with my 2 kids in April and I'm looking for a quieter place to do some snorkeling and my husband wants to dive. Can't find much info anywhere. It seems like a quick trip from Luxor. Any info would be appreciated.
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Jan 5th, 2004, 04:20 AM
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We've stayed at two Movenpick properties - the one in Cairo and also in Luxor on Crocodile Island. Both are lovely properties, with low-buildings, bungalow-style rooms, very large room, nice decor, sitting area outside room, plenty of greenery around, large pool. And the services of the staff and restaurant selections were excellent.

The property on Crocodile Island is a short 10-minute ride by shuttle bus or taxi from the center of Luxor.

Not familiar, however, with AlQuseir, unless AlQuseir is Egyptian for Luxor?

But if the two properties we stayed at are any indication, they seem to be built along similar designs.
 
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Jan 5th, 2004, 02:23 PM
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As per my husband's divers club El Quseir is a great destination for divers. It's about a 200 km drive from from Luxor. We haven't been there yet but would love to go next December. I wouldn't hesitate to book the Mövenpick. We've been at the one in El Gouna and it was just perfect. We've peeked at the ones in Sharm El Sheikh and they looked just about as lovely.
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Jan 5th, 2004, 10:28 PM
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I wrote a long reply last night - but it seems to have disappeared! So, if this appears twice - sorry!

AL Quesir is a lovely spot on the Egyptian Red Sea about 30+ km south of Hurgada, and Movenpicks are always wonderful. BUT - the impression I have from friends and my local travel agent is that the Movenpick is designed to be a couples/romantic type retreat and may not be as kid-friendly as some of the other resorts.

My suggestions would be the Movenpick in El Gouna (as mentioned in the reply above), which is about 30 km north of Hurgada. It is a large property, beautifully landscaped, and very kid friendly. We have been there 3 times and really like it.

There are a couple of different pool areas, some lagoons with sandy beaches as well as the regular beach area, camel rides (there was a baby camel last time we were there), a small playground, "animation" teams, and lots of running around space. There are also tennis and squash courts and a fitness cener. There are usually entertaining shows for kids in the courtyard outside the main restaurant a couple of nights a week.

If your kids are old enough, they might enjoy renting scooters (from the resort) and riding them along all the the winding walkways. My kids always take their scooters and have a blast - riding them to breakfast, the pool, dinner, and just for fun. You can also rent small kayaks and pedalos (pedal boats) to ride around in the lagoons.

With all this - the resort is large and there is usually no problem finding a quiet place to relax. You can also arrange for massages, manicures, etc.

The resort also has several "family rooms" that offer a king or queen bed downstairs and 2 twins in a decent-sized loft upstairs (stairs are steep but managable).

As for diving/snorkeling, El Gouna may not be as spectacular a dive spot at Sharm El Sheik, but it is still very nice. There is a snorkeling platform off the shore of the resort, about a 10 minute walk/swim from the shore which is pretty good. There is also a dive shop at the resort that can arrange diving/snorkeling trips for you.

We usually prefer the B&B option, skipping the dinner buffet and taking advantage of the Thai and seafood restaurants on site. There are also several restaurants in the town of El Gouna, a 10 minute walk or quick bus ride.

In El Gouna, there is a golf course, driving range, go-cart track, small aquarium, several shops, and a place to rent quads for a 3 hour (escorted) trip into the desert. Note - if you are at all interested in renting quads take along long pants, sneakers, sunglasses, and a snug-fitting hat.

Hope this helps.
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Jan 6th, 2004, 12:06 AM
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I agree with everything the a.m. poster has said about the Mövenpick in El Gouna. The diving centre is wonderful and highly qualified. You should know, however, that it may take upto 2 hours by boat to get to a nice diving/snorkeling spot. If your husband doesn't mind that, then go for it.
El Gouna in itself is very quiet (just a few luxury hotels) but you don't get the feel of the real Egypt as it's a tourist enclave in the middle of the desert.
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Feb 1st, 2004, 04:53 AM
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How do you get to Al Quseir from Luxor safely and cheaply? My husband and I are planning to go in Feb. and are not sure of how to get out there. From there, we need to get to Cairo. Any comments would be greatly appreciated.
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Feb 3rd, 2004, 04:58 AM
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You can fly (EygptAir) from Luxor to Hurgada. If you are staying at the Al Quesir Moevenpick - then I believe the hotel will arrange to pick you up. I think it's a 30-45 minute drive from Hurgada. Then you can fly from Hurgada back to Cairo.

Even though EgyptAir in-country flights are not always reliable, I would suggest flying over driving. Driving in Egypt is an experience unto itself and one I do not recommend to tourists.
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