More about Three Corners Fayrouz Plaza Beach Resort
Empire Three Corners Hotel
Large hotel with a great restaurant downstairs for meals. They're served buffet style. Rooms were very large and clean with double beds and balconies. It's close to the shops and bars, there's actually a shopping arcade you can reach from within the hotel.
A handy hint for this hotel and most of the hotels I stayed at is when you are getting ready to shower, turn the water on and then go get everything you need for the day ready, clothes, etc as it takes a few minutes for the water to warm up enough for your shower. If you like cold showers though, just jump right in ;-)
According to what we read it was about $35 US for a double with breakfast. .This hotel is located right in town and only a seconds walk away from shops and restaurants. One of the best points about this hotel is the location, no need for taxis at all if you're doing things in town.
This hotel was called The Three Corners Empire Hotel in april 2002 and had 4*, what was too much for it in my opinion. For example, 4* hotel in Tunisia The Skannes Palace Hotel had better quality. We had an family room, large enoug for 4 beds. Meal was tasted and quite variable. A staff here was willing, friendly and had a sence of humor, simmilar as a staff on the beach. I recomend room situated to swimming pool. Streets in Dahar are noisy from the early mornig to the late night and some of rooms are situated above a very noisy billiard club. The beach is about 5 minutes on foot from the hotel, at The Triton Beach Hotel. Beach is not too large, but it was not crowded in april. The underwater theatre waits for You only a few meters from the coast.
Great hotel but still some problems
We have just returned from 2 weeks at the Fayrouz Plaza Beach so will gve an update. Work has now restarted on the jetty and there is good access to the beach. The pool is now heated and the Chez Pascal restaurant is now open (extra charge). There is a lot of work being done on the gardens and when finished they will be fantastic.
The rooms are very spacious but with no drawer space, although there is a cupboard with some shelves. There is a free safety deposit box and hair dryer in the bathroom and soap dispensers but no shower cap etc.
The staff are fantastic and nothing is too much trouble for them.
Now for the minus points. The Peanuts bar is not yet open and shows no signs of being so in the near future. As this is the main entertainment venue there are problems. The entertainment (which is not as described on the Three Corners web site and is very loud) is held in the lobby bar which is the only bar open at night and extra seating has to be brought in from the terrace, which means after 9.30 p.m. there is nowhere in the hotel to go and just sit and have a quiet drink. The entertainment consists of Bingo, Karaoke, Music Quizzes,
Miss/ Mr Fayrouz Plaza Beach etc. and over two weeks four nights of belly dancing and whilrling dervishes which although very good, two nights a week is a little excessive. At the moment it is still too cold to sit outside on the terrace although some brave souls did do this in coats. We understand from the rep that the entertainment will be moving outside in about 6 weeks but the amphitheatre is still not ready.
Next is the food, the breakfasts are excellent with fresh bread and danish pastries and chefs doing eggs and omlettes to order.
For lunch and dinner there is show cooking but the portion control is very meagre and it is a lottery whether you get a good or poor piece of meat or chicken. The soups are excellent and normally there is a reasonable salad bar although in the last two days we were there the choice was not as good. The choice is limited with just one meat, fish and chicken dish being available at lunch and dinner, and the same choice being repeated several times over the two weeks. I really liked the stir fries but again the portions were limited. This is not what we expected from a five star hotel.
Overall we did enjoy our holiday, the weather was excellent, although windy but I'm not sure if this is usual in this area.
A great break but still a bit to go
We stayed for a week at the three corners in February. We too were a little concerned at some of the reports we had read but despite some drawbacks we had an excellent time.
Plus points:- very close to airport so only a 10min transfer, staff very friendly and helpful, hotel spotless in all areas, rooms comfortable, nice big bed, great views, food...we loved the salads and the breads but the main dishes were nothing to shout about.... but you will not go hungry, nice swimming in the sea(after the treck out there) and lots of fish to see.
Minus points - the hotel is in the middle of knowhere so there is nothing else to do outside the hotel, evening entertainment limited and repetitive, daytime activities often didn't happen, main pool quite cold, bar service average, cocktails 99.9% fizzy drinks, limited seating in bar area, bedroom connecting doors no soundproofing (you could hear everything going on next door and they could no doubt hear you !), on-site dive centre average - look elsewhere, beach wind breaks useless, long walk out in sea to swimming depth, jetty a long way off completion- in fact lots of facilities in hotel not completed. Give the day trip to Luxor a miss, 14 hours travelling for 6 hours there. (if you want to do Luxor go and stay there, there is loads to see but you need time)
Finally our main gripe was with Thompson Holidays as their brochure is very inaccurate and misleading. According to them there are 150 restaurants and boutiques just up the road at Port Galieb.....................it was a building site !
Overall we had a good time but give it a year to 18 months and it will be really great.
Why have I come home?
I have just returned home from a weeks stay at the Three Corners, and am wondering why on earth I came home to the dull, overcast weather of England.... Having read the reviews on this site, I was fearing the worst, although I am happy to say I was wrong! The room itself was lovely, we had a sea view and the balcony caught the morning sun perfectly. The bathroom was nice with a walk in shower, I had no problems with the water temperature or pressure. The room was cleaned every day to a high standard, with the staff going extra measures such as placing flowers on my daughters bed, and arranging her sweets in the shape of a heart.
We couldnt have asked for better weather, I am glad we went this time of year as the weather was perfect. Still warm in the evenings so we could sit at the beach bar in vest tops and not feel chilly.
The food was fine, lots to chose from, and yes,while sometimes the portions of meat were small, there is nothing stopping you from asking for more or going up again. Otherwise, even if you are a stuffy english person who wants nothing but chips and are unwilling to try other types of food, there is still alot to chose from. My three year old daughter had no trouble eating and never went hungry. I never had to wait long at the bar for a drink, and the alcoholic drinks were given in good measures.
The beach was lovely, the jetty has been pretty much completed, and on the walk down to the steps, expect to see a few suprises, we saw two large puffer fish in the shallower waters. Apparently, it is jelly fish season at the moment, so late afternoon is the best time to go snorkelling as all the jelly fish have made their way to the shore in the heat. I went snorkelling off the jetty twice and didnt see any jelly fish. On the otherside, watch out for the jellys late afternoon as they are quite close to the shore. You can buy snorkels and masks from the shop, and i definately recommend going, just off the jetty I saw blue spotted rays and numerous fish, and a huge lionfish (please clue up on what is dangerous; that big spiny fish is not to be touched!) who was lovely.If you swim across to the next reef about 20 metres away, you might see a reef shark or two.
Whilst the hotel is located pretty much in the middle of nowhere, I wouldnt say there is nothing to do. There are plenty of excursions you can book through your rep, from scuba diving to glass bottom boat trips, to day trips to islands and bazaars. The camel and horse rides on the beach are not to be missed, and I will be forever in debt to the guy doing them for the free rides he gave my daughter everyday, and there were two playful foals for my daughter to pet. Be aware if your horse starts pawing the sand when you are in the sea; you are probably going to get a dunking as I found out when my horse promptly sat down in the ocean with me on its back!
You couldnt ask for more helpful staff, and my daughter was treated like a princess for the week we were there, everyone knew her name and she was given sweets and a gift in every shop we went in.
All in all, I had a fab holiday, I would definatelt recommend and cant wait to go back!
Good Value for Money
We have just returned from a two week holiday at The Three Corners. Our hotel was changed only a few days before we were due to leave (we had booked into the Akassia Swiss Resort Hotel over the internet) Just a week before we went, we were informed by the hotel that they had cancelled our booking owing to the Tour Operator in Egypt not paying our account by the due date! The internet company worked hard to renegotiate but were told that the hotel was fully booked so they found us a room at the Three Corners. In view of this and after reading some of the poor reviews, we were expecting the worse but were determined to enjoy ourselves as after all what we really needed was some sunshine and relaxation. Well, that is exactly what we had and the bonus was that the hotel was far better than some reviews made us believe.
As compared to many hotels along the Red Sea coast, location is not bad. Once Port Ghalib is completed, there will be plenty to see. We walked along beach to the port which was officially opened in November and it is only about 30 minutes walk. Although there are some boats there already, only a few shops are open and the hotels have very few guests. It will be a fantastic place when finished. On the south side of the hotel, about 1km away in the next bay, a new hotel is being built.
At present the hotel is accessed over a bumpy dirt track from the main road but presumably will all be completed with the Port Ghalib project. The Hotel and grounds are attractive and planting is ongoing, all kept very clean and tidy.
Check in/front desk – welcoming and helpful. Light and airy reception area
Service – excellent from all staff, gardeners, domestic services, facilities, waiters, chefs, bell boys. Always very polite and their main objective is to ensure that everyone is happy and enjoying themselves.
Room 1106 first floor overlooking pool. Good size, ample space for clothes, free use of safe (able to programme in own code number), balcony looking over pool and sea, fridge with bottled water, bathroom spacious with large shower, always hot water although pressure drops intermittently during shower, clean towels daily, cleaned well every day and lovely perfume in the room.
We enjoyed playing boccia (boules) with many nationalities and members of the animation team were always there, some very keen (Bomba!) and some more interested in the girls on the beach!. Keep fit classes and volley ball every day also indoor table tennis whenever you wanted (if you are keen players, take your own bats!). There is a dive centre on the beach with helpful and friendly staff. At present a walk out to coral reef but good snorkelling and plenty to see. There is not very much entertainment in the evening but this did not worry us.
The jetty construction was proceeding and the piles had reached about halfway to the outer reef when we left. The construction methods were good entertainment as they seemed to be making it up as they went along, with much head scratching and daily innovations on how to keep the very ancient drilling rig above the water (see photo). We wished we could have seen how they fared further out in the deeper water. Work was continuing on floor tiling the outside amphitheatre.
Food in the self service buffet restaurant was of good quality and varied each day although the main course choice was a little limited and the portions they served to us were small. Good selection of salads, desserts and fresh fruits (delicious dates), the bread and pastries were wonderful. Unlimited supply of Egyptian wine, soft drinks, beer and water. There was always freshly squeezed orange for sale at each meal which no-one seemed to want as all the other drinks were free. We felt very sorry for the poor waiter who had the job of trying to sell it. A reduced self service buffet restaurant was also available at the beach bar with good pizza slices, salad and French fries, also a small amount of fruit and dessert. Chez Pascal had just opened and we went to the Romantic Evening – it was expensive and although they had tried very hard, it was not really worth the money.
Glass bottomed boat trip organised by the hotel, from Port Ghalib – inexpensive and a fun afternoon. The boys on the boat made sure the small party had a really good time. One of the waiters, Mohammed from the hotel brought along the food and drink for tea, played his drum and sung with one of the crew while we watched the sun set.
Trip to El Queseir – organised by Thomsons. It was almost dark when we arrived there and as soon as we got off the bus we were pestered by men wanting us to go into their shops. The tour guide encouraged us to go into one particular bazaar. Not so enjoyable but we wandered around the town and it gave us an insight into how the people live.
Quad bike safari for 3 hours from the hotel beach which was absolutely brilliant and very good value for money.
Hamata Islands. Day trip organised by Thomsons. Two hour coach trip to the south then by boat to 3 low sandy islands protected by National Park. Good fun and informative day, snorkelling from beach and boat. Saw nesting Ospreys.
Massage – we were pestered by the men on the beach and around the pool and they did not like to take ‘no’ for an answer. The massage hut did not look very inviting and the masseurs (all men of course) congregated outside. Having said that, the massage I had was fantastic and inside the hut, it was very tastefully set out - massage tables with lovely thick, soft towels. I think that if they advertised the massages with posters and had a more inviting venue then perhaps they would not need to pester people so much. It is a pity that there are no girls doing the massages but I guess this is just the culture.
Waiters were obviously instructed to keep the tables clean but continually they took our plates and glasses before we had finished, we had to grab them quickly before they disappeared.
My brother Ahmed
We have just returned from this Hotel staying for 2 weeks, we are in our 60's we had a great time with Ahmed the Waiter, he called himself my brother!
This is not yet 5 star, there were Russian children running up and down in restaurant, accidents waiting to happen with hot food being served.
Four of us did have some problems with stomach bugs, on the whole the food was good but not always cooked enough, so watch out for this.
The Jetty is almost completed and there are now a few shops open in Port Ghalib, you can get you own Taxi back for £3 cheaper than booking through Hotel, we got one of the Restaurant owners to call one for his he was very obliging.
We all enjoyed this holiday but would not go back to this Hotel while they have Russians staying there, they don't believe in queuing for food, and if you leave your sunbed unattended they will throw your things off. We had a few incidents on the beach, they took somebodys beds and when they returned they noticed them rummaging through their belongings, an argument started and the Russian picked up a plant pot to throw at them. Terrible people they do not know how to conduct themselves.
Also not enough sunbeds on the Beach, and by the pool no shade as there are no umbrellas, just slatted wooden covers which let the sun through, and at 31degrees just unbearable!
You will find english holidaymakers few and far between , a lot of French and Italian and mostly Russians!
Just returned from Egypt and stayed at the fayrouze for just 3 days out of my booked 14 days and so got transferd to another that i stayed in last year,the build quality of this hotel is very poor,service doors banging all night, chipped and broken tiles in bathroms,swimming pools are very slippery under foot,uneven pathways around grounds and fridges that dont get cold in the rooms, however the food was of a good standard and the staff eager to please. The pontoon looks like it might be finished some time this year and will be ready to take the divers straight out to the reef. in my opion having stayed in quote a few hotels on the red sea this is a 3* not 4 or 5
loved it again
we have just returned from 3 corners last week and had an amazing holiday, this was our 2nd visit in 6 months and would go again!
the hotel is finished and the sea now has a jetty was worth the wait.
there is a trixie club open to children in the shape of a boat.
we had 2 rooms near pool area and this time was given b lue bands to wear this we found out you get 2 bottles of water everyday,fresh fruit in your room and a bottle of wine on arrival!!!
the waiters are always there ready to serve you and our friend on the beach was still walking kasanova up and down the beach and gave us a fantastic ride to the port in his horse and cart (magical) the port is now open very safe but only open is the hotel/TGI friday/costa coffee/1 restaurant and 2 shops 1 an ice cream palour.
the manager was in mid week from belgium and soon soted out any problems that needed sorting (new animation team)
the sun was hot as ever and everywhere was clean.
when am i booking again???
Going back next year, we loved it so much!
We were a bit worried about the mixed reviews that we had read before we went, but in the end we are glad that we kept an open mind. This was our honeymoon (just turned 40 couple who didn't want a hustle and bustle holiday). We advised the travel agent (Thomsons) that we wanted a quiet room with a sea view, and we couldn't have got better. Our room was in a row of 4, almost tumbling distance to the beach (ask for rooms 3041-3044 if you want the same). We got a complimentary bottle of wine and a basket of fruit for being honeymooners, which was a kind gesture.
We were slightly concerned about the process of getting the visa at Marsa Alam airport, but we needn't have worried, Travco Reps (who worked on behalf of Thomson) got them for us and we paid them the $US 15 (or equivalent) once we were on the transfer coach. Transfer time is about 10 minutes.
Don't worry about currency - they accept Sterling, US Dollars, Egyptian Pounds and even Euros. We were told by our Thomson rep that changing traveller's cheques was a bit difficult, but you could pay for your Thomson trips with them. There is an ATM in the hotel, but it was offline more often than it was online, also checking out and paying for extras by credit card was difficult due to the PIN machine being offline most of the time, we did get there eventually. There is a 6-digit safe in the room, so we would advise to take enough cash for the holiday.
There are about 8 shops in the hotel, remember to barter (even for suncream and toothpaste etc.), prices are still more than in UK for toiletries even when bartering, particularly for brandnames. Don't try suncreams you don't normally use, we bought an American one and it kept clogging the spray head, wish we had stuck to Nivea. We got a good deal on the 18k gold, managed to knock him down by £100 on 3 gold chains and pendants and a silver chain and pendant (could probably have got it cheaper still, but didn't want to push our luck!) We were told to offer one third to start with and aim for between one half and two thirds.
The hotel was extremely clean and well presented. The food was continental buffet (not surprising as the hotel is Belgian-owned). All food is washed in bottled water and icecubes are made of the same. The Guest Relations Manager (Belgian) was very helpful, as were the reception staff. We thought there was a good selection of meals in the main restaurant, but a bit limited in the beach restaurant (pasta and pizza being the main stay). We ate in the a la Carte restaurant (chez Pascal) one evening and it was lovely (prices about the same as eating out at home). The sun shades around the pool were well designed (wooden slatted) so that you could get dappled sun even in the shade. I hardly sat out in the direct sun at all and came back with a fair tan. I had a full body massage (be aware all masseusses are male, but they were never over-zealous) and it cost £30 for over an hour - very relaxing.
All staff were very accommodating, nothing was too much trouble.
The hotel had many different nationalities staying (mainly northern European: Belgian, French, German, Austrian, Italian, British, and a few Russians).
Rooms were spacious and well presented. The mattress was a bit hard, but probably about the same as a standard ortho'. TV reception was not great and the only English channel was BBC World Service (at least we got some world news!). Inclusive drinks were reasonable: Local red, white and rose wine; beer; rum; vodka; gin; whiskey; ouzo; brandy etc. The local spirits were a bit harsh, but you would soon get used to them. Be aware that fresh fruit juice is not part of all-inclusive, but cocktails were. Drinks were served in restaurant, reception bar, pool bar and beach bar, but all-inclusive deal finished at midnight.
Entertainment was very limited, however the animation team only arrived the day before us, so hopefully this will improve. Would thoroughly recommend taking pack of cards and some board games to play in the reception during the evening - a good wake to make friends! There were sets of backgammon and scrabble in the hotel but not a complete set to be found! There is a children's club, but we didn't need to use this facility.
The beach is mainly coral and a bit rough underfoot as a result. The jetty is still being built (about 250m so far, with another 100m to go). This will allow snorkelling and swimming past the coral, but the water will be too deep to stand in. At present the only way to get to this water is treading on the coral reef. Would recommend taking water shoes. There were reported to be turtles in the deeper water past the jetty, but as we stayed within the coral we never saw any. We did see blue spotted lagoon rays, small moray eels, what looked like garfish, picasso triggerfish, a baracuda and many more. Jellyfish season had just finished, but there were still a few around, little white golfball sized are OK, but slightly bigger purple ones sting (our friend got stung but said it was more like a nettle rash - didn't need medication). There were always plenty of sunbeds and shades at beach and also around the pool.
You get a few visits from vendors on the beach and around the pool, but this was only the horse/camel man, massage man, henna tattoo man, and chez Pascal waiters taking reservations. All vendors were there on the approval of the hotel staff.
We took the horse-drawn carriage from the horse/camel man on the beach to the nearby Port Ghalib. The journey took about 30 minutes each way and the man was very informative. He left us to our own devices in Port Ghalib. Although it is going to be a magnificent place once fully occupied there were only a few shops open at present: PizzaHut, TGI Fridays, Costa and Baskin Robbins. There were a few bazaar type shops and what looked like an Egyptian bar.
We went on the Thomson arranged Super Safari, which took us into the desert and to a bedouin camp but jeeps. There we were able to quad-bike and ride camels (there were also 2 horses to ride). We got to smoke the shisha pipe (not hashish) and have a good buffet. We had a tour around the camp and was taken up to a vantage point to see the sunset. Then we watched a little show: belly dancer, horse rider and swirling dervish. After that we got the chance to look through a large telescope at the moon and saturn. If you had a good quality camera you could take photos through the telescope of both. Then we returned in the jeeps, going through the desert in pitch darkness. We really enjoyed the trip. The trip was video-ed and you could buy the disc for about £25.
We also went on the Hamata Island Hopper trip, also arranged by Thomson. We both agreed that if you only went on one trip, it should be this one, even is you can't swim! Don't be put off by the 2 hour coach drive to Hamata to get on the boat, there were plenty of other hotels to marvel at on the way down. Our group was split onto 2 boats and we set off to visit 3 islands (one of which we could land on). They were like paradise islands. The first one we could sunbathe, swim or snorkel on - you got to the beach by small boat. The snorkelling was amazing, we could have just floated around looking at the fish all day. We then went back to our boats and had a buffet lunch, which was very good. We sailed around the second island and then on the 3rd we could either deep water snorkel or go around the island bird watching (over 8 ospreys live in the island). Those who went deep water snorkelling saw an eagle ray, which was about 2 meters wide, tip to tip. The whole trip was video-ed and you could purchase the disc for about £25. Snorkelling gear and wet suits could be hired and those less confident swimmers could get life jackets free of charge.
If you want a relaxing, hassle-free holiday this is definitely the place to go. If you want a resort surrounded by other hotels and shopping arcades with lots of nightlife and lots to do for children we would recommend going elsewhere as this hotel (at present) is isolated from other developments.
Me (Lynn) on the beach
does anyone knoww email address for three corners fayrouz marsa alam?
Re: email address
As per the web site - http://www.threecorners.com/index.php?page=address&lang=en
Sales & Marketing Office Egypt
3 El Portsaidia Company St., Asmaa Fahmy St., Nasr City, Cairo
Tel: (20 22) 2904181/2915138/2915429 - Fax: 2904909
Central Europe Office
1.Step Kft., H-1163 Budapest, Cziráki u. 26-32.
Tel: 00 36 1 329-1692/270-2102 - Fax: 00 36 1 239-0736
E- mail: email@example.com
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Tel.: +32 56604707 - Fax: +32 56606472
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just wondered if the ocean view hotel in el gouna supplied towels as my family doesn't want to pack them if we don't need to!What are the sports facilities like??Any info helpful-especially about the towels
RE: three corners ocean view hotel el gouna
dont worry about towels cuz the hotel will supply it . u have all kinds of water sports there . good luck
Taxis from Marsa Alam airport
I am staying at the Three Corners hotel - its about 10 minutes by car from the airport so i havent booked transfers as I have been told its alot cheaper to just get a taxi.
Has anyone taken a taxi from here before and can help me when it comes to prices and what currency they prefer? Are the drivers reliable? Havent been to Marsa Alam before
Thanks in advance
Re: Taxis from Marsa Alam airport
I have been staying at the Three Corners last Februari. Actually it is not exactly in Marsa Alam but some 80 km North of Marsa Alam in Port Khaleb. But it has its own airport 10 minutes away. You can contact the resort and ask for a transport; most of the time that is included.
Otherwise a trip by taxi can't be more than 20 to 30 LE.
I am not sure because we didn't get there by plane. We came by taxi bus from Aswan and left with taxi bus to Cairo.
The resort itself is very nice. Good bungalow type rooms. Spacious and all with a view. The food was very good, lot of variety; something to everyones taste. Entertainment was also very nice, quite a high standard, but be sure to be early to reserve yourself a good place. That earle reservation also goes for the sunbeds on the beach!!! You need to be there 7 am to 7.30 am otherwise all the sunbeds are taken!
I heared the jetty is finished now (it wasn't while we were there), that is good because it takes quite a long walk across sharp dead chorals to get into deeper waters. But the snorkeling is awesome there!!!!
Port Khaleb is a tourist town in the making. Not very nuch to do there now so you will be restrickted to the resort. There are busses to Marsa Alam, we just didn't take them because we were there only for 5 days.
The currency prefered is LE. You can change that at the airport while buying your visa. The visa is 15$ (or about 12 Euro's)!!!!! Don't let anyone tell you otherwise! Don't change to much, because you will not need it in the resort and the resort has an ATM in the shopping area. There are a few shops but very expensive to Egyptian standards.
Good luck, Dora.
Re: Taxis from Marsa Alam airport
When do you go?
Im going tomorrow for a week. I would suggest contacting the hotel and asking them to arrange a driver to come and pick you up. There are no taxis waiting around at the airport. The hotel came back to me after a couple of attempts and were really helpful. Its costing me £28 (cash paid to the hotel) for 2 people return
Re: Taxis from Marsa Alam airport
Hi - How did you manage to contact hotel - I can't find email address for them - we are going 29th December for one week and need to arrange transfers also - Last year we stayed at St Georges Sharm and transfer was included