Soma Bay Resort in Egypt
55 kilometers south of the city of Hurghada is a small Soma Peninsula, which became the center of the respectable resort of Soma Bay. About it we will tell on this page.
Confusion in the resorts or "Egyptian resort matryoshka"
With the resort of Soma Bay, difficulties begin already at the stage of choosing a tour and a hotel. Many systems of searching for tours on the Internet do not know such a resort at all, although they can find hotels in Soma Bay district and tours in them.
The reason is simple - many search engines rank local hotels in Hurghada, not paying attention to 55 kilometers of distance. Some search engines rank local hotels in the resort of Safaga , which is more logical.
We in our reviews share these two resorts, and most search engines do the same. This approach is the most reliable, because there is a big difference between the resorts of Safaga and Soma Bay. If Soma Bay is an expensive resort with 5 star hotels, then Safaga is a region for an economical holiday.
The conditional border between the Safaga and Soma Bay areas (see map ) runs between the two hotels. Hotel Shams Safaga Resort is located in Safaga, and the next Imperial Shams Abu Soma is already considered part of Soma Bay.
The resort of Soma Bay consists of two parts. Its center with five of the most luxurious hotels is on the Soma peninsula, but the resort also includes the surrounding area with hotels more modest. All this territory (see map ) is considered a resort of Soma Bay. The separation of the central part and the periphery of any search engine does not
As a result, we get such a doll (see the picture ). The Soma Peninsula is located within the Soma Bay Resort, the Soma Bay Resort is located in the Bour Safaga District, and the Bur Safaga District is in a large area of the country called the Red Sea (the administrative center in Hurghada). Not surprisingly, search engines are confused between resorts, ranking hotels Soma Bey then to Safaga, then to Hurghada.
By the way, large areas of the country (the "Red Sea" region is one of them) in Egypt is very funny called the word "governorate". In total, there are 27 governorates in Egypt. Governorate "Red Sea" is the third largest territory and only 23rd (4th from the end) in terms of population.
Soma Bay Resort Hotels
Five hotels are located on the Soma Peninsula. This "five" Kempinski Hotel, Sheraton and Les Residence Des Cascades. And the "quartet" Robinson Club and The Breakers Diving & Surfing Lodge.
Of these, it is worthwhile to tell only about two. Hotel Les Residence Des Cascades is famous for its golf course, the only one in the vicinity.
If you read the descriptions of these five hotels, then the presence of the golf course is indicated to them all, but it is only one. Simply, each of the hotels ascribes the field to itself, after all, guests of any of the Soma Bay hotels can play it.
The Breakers Diving & Surfing Lodge is positioned as, we quote: "The first water sports lifestyle hotel". What kind of life is this in the style of water sports? No one knows. Perhaps, for this purpose it is necessary to drive the car in a tube and a mask or to go in the underground with an aqualung? We do not know.
What exactly in this hotel should like the lovers of water sports, we still do not understand. Room equipment and infrastructure are quite standard, something unique in the hotel there. Such statements are a PR move and additional advertising, but nothing more.
Outside the peninsula there are 6 more five-star hotels and 2 four-star hotels. The most famous of them are Movenpick Resort and Imperial Shams. In these hotels there is nothing special, and there is simply nothing to talk about about them.
It is worth noting that the resort of Soma Bay is very young. The construction of the first hotels in this area began in 1995, and the first hotel was opened in 1997. However, now (this article was written in 2015) already no novelty here "does not smell." It is immediately evident that many buildings have already been tattered by time, and repairs are not much taken care of here.
The resort of Soma Bay was built by one company according to a single plan. This company "Soma Bay Development Company" was founded in 2001 specifically for the implementation of this project. In this respect, Soma Bay is very similar to another Egyptian resort of El Gouna in the north of Hurghada.
Features of the resort Soma Bay
The main two local features are a giant pathos and very high prices for recreation. It is difficult to understand what is the cause of this, and what is the consequence.
If you take those five hotels that are located on the Soma peninsula, then the prices here are at least 2 times higher than the prices for similar level hotels in Hurghada (see the example on the left).
The level of prices in hotels outside the peninsula is more moderate, you can find offers only 25% more expensive than prices in Hurghada. Sometimes you can even find offers for tours with prices comparable to Hurghada, but these are rare cases.
The areas on the Soma peninsula and beyond are two different worlds. The peninsula is separated from the outside world by a wall, and it is only possible to pass through the checkpoint. A simple tourist from outside the hotel inside is closed.
Within the peninsula, the principle of "common use" reigns. That is, no one forbids you to go to the territory of neighboring hotels, visit restaurants and shops there, it is even welcomed. For example, animation and entertainment programs are held here every day, but in different hotels. You see the schedule, in which of the hotels today are hosting a show, and go there. If you liked the green area of a neighboring hotel, and you want to go for a walk, it's no problem.
For the convenience of tourists around the peninsula, there is a free shuttle bus that takes you to the right place. The Soma Peninsula is small in size - 5 kilometers long and 2 kilometers wide. The bus passes it all in 5 minutes. This transport starts at 9 am and ends at midnight.
Now many will say that it is inconvenient to go to a neighboring hotel to watch a performance, since All inclusive does not cover there, and they will be right. Administration on this topic does not even think, and they have a reason.
All inclusive in the resort of Soma Bay is not common. For example, in the hotel Kempinski system AI is not at all. The resort is focused on European tourists, primarily Germans, and they are used to buying everything separately. In local hotels, even tourists with bracelets AI bring bills, just in these accounts the figure is 0 Egyptian pounds .
There is an interesting fact, clearly showing the focus of the hotels on the Germans. Soma Bay Resort has its own radio station. It is called FM-Robinson and broadcasts at a frequency of 102FM from the Robinson Club Hotel. This radio works only in German.
Russians are rare guests on the Soma peninsula, high prices affect. After the depreciation of the ruble at the end of 2014, tourists from Russia here were several times less. Accordingly, the Russian language staff does not know at all, it is necessary to hope only for their knowledge of English or for hotel guides. Remember this.
There are no big discos or nightclubs in Soma Bay, only discreet discos in hotels. It is believed that the visitors of the resort are well-off enough to drive for these entertainments to Hurghada by taxi .
From Som Bay to Hurghada about 45 minutes drive. This location is recognized by tourists as satisfactory. Of course, the central resorts of Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada are more convenient, here you can get from the airport to the hotel in 10 minutes. But, in Egypt there are more remote resorts, for example, Marsa Alam , where tourists go by bus for four hours, or El Quseir , which is two and a half hours away.
Soma Bay Development Company built this resort not only for tourism, but also for the construction and sale of real estate. Villas and townhouses in Soma Bay are sold, although not very active. Tourists can notice the yacht berth here, but they did not get to their own airport and football team like El Gouna. This is the difference between Soma Bay and El Gouna. In Soma Bay, the resort is more focused on tourism business, and El Gouna specializes more on real estate.
Rest in the hotels on the Soma peninsula is characterized by two positives. The first is the correct and polite behavior of the staff. The Arabs do not bother with the ladies with constant offers of joint pastime, and forbidden stimulants are not offered to all tourists.
The second is, of course, the sea. The English word "Bay" ("Bay") in the name of the resort is not accidental. There really is a bay where there are no waves, a nice wind blows from the mountains and a very clear sea. Visitors to Soma Bay are not as numerous as at popular resorts, and coral reefs are still full of fish and other marine animals.
There is a pontoon 450 meters long (photo above), which makes it possible to dive to many coral reefs without hiring a boat or boat. This can be considered an "exclusive". Of course, there are long pontoons at all Egyptian resorts , but this one is the record holder.
This concludes the positive moments, and negative starts. The problems here are the same as at all other Egyptian resorts.
Weak variety of food on the buffet and almost complete absence of meat dishes. Very low in quality local Egyptian alcohol and insane prices for foreign spirits. Turtle slowness of staff.
And, of course, the periodic theft of things from hotel rooms. No checkpoint at the entrance to the Soma Peninsula does not save you from the fact that amateurs of easy money make their way here and climb into the rooms. There are suspicions that the hotel staff themselves are not averse to misappropriating anything.
In hotels outside the peninsula, the drawbacks are similar, only to them is added the uncivilized behavior of the staff. Of the pros there is only a clean and pleasant sea.
In addition, you will only need to look at the hotel for the animation in the hotels outside the peninsula, and only a few times a week.
The store will be available only at your hotel, but not in the neighboring. This can be a problem if you do not take with you to Egypt a special protective footwear against corals. If it is in a local store - you're lucky.
No buses outside the peninsula do not go, and to reach the neighboring hotel will be problematic. There are no trade centers in the Soma Bay resort, they are only going to build (the state for 2015). The only way out is to go to Hurghada or Safaga, but it's expensive and long.
Where to go and what to do
There is not so much entertainment in the Soma Bay resort. Even traditional safaris do not suit the desert here. A set of excursions here are standard - trips to Luxor to the Valley of the Kings , Karnak and Luxor temples, excursions to the sights of Cairo or to the city of Alexandria .
All these places are far from the resort, and we do not recommend going to them by bus on the same day. For example, from Som Bay to Cairo 500 kilometers by road.
Agree, to go one day 6 hours there and 6 back - exhausting. And for what? To "look one eye" at the Egyptian pyramids ?
In any case, we recommend always choosing excursions for two days with an overnight stay, so you look more, will not hurry anywhere and will see other cities of Egypt.
There are no personal attractions here. Outside the hotel there is nothing to see, except the desert and the surrounding mountains without any vegetation. Tourists are invited to visit the quarries Mons Porkhirits and Mons Claudianus of the Roman Empire , they are located 60 kilometers to the west. Here in ancient times, they extracted marble. This place is generally difficult to call a landmark, there is almost nothing left.
The Soma Bay Resort positions itself as an ideal place to relax and take care of beauty and health. Most hotels have their own SPA centers, and on Soma Island there is the largest in Thalassotherapy center in Egypt. It is located in the hotel Les Residence Des Cascades and is called Les Thermes Marins des Cascades.
Of course, thalassotherapy in Tunisia is much better developed, and for procedures of "sea treatment" we recommend first of all the country of Tunisia , and not Egypt. In the Egyptian center, a course of thalassotherapy will cost from 500 to 1500 dollars, which, naturally, is more expensive than even in the best Tunisian centers.
Water sports - another "horseback" of the resort of Soma Bay. Of course, specifically for windsurfing, yachting or kiteboarding, we would recommend Dahab , where the situation with the wind is better, and the possibilities for renting equipment are many times greater.
The main center for kiteboarders in Soma Bay is the "7BFT Kite Surf Center", located on the Soma peninsula. Yachts can be rented in the center of "Somabay's Surf & Sail Center". Divers can use the services of the centers "Orca Dive Club" and "Imperial Dive".
Diving here is interesting, above all, intact reefs. In this respect, high prices for recreation have a positive moment. Few tourists - the marine fauna is more comfortable - the population of reefs is larger and more diverse.
On this we finish the story about the resort Soma Bey. Have a good rest in Egypt, and read our articles about this country ( links below ).
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