Eat, sleep, swim, relax and repeat…that’s the hard job required at the Radisson Blu Resort.
The Radisson Blu Resort is an amazing place where to spend some time as a family by the Red Sea. It is located in El Quseir around 1 hour and half south of Hurghada. We spent 3 nights at the resort during our trip to Egypt in October.
I booked a sea view room with Amex rewards points that transfer 3:1 to Radisson Rewards, so it only cost me 22,500 Amex rewards for the entire half board stay. The resort isn’t particularly expensive if you book far in advance, but we booked less than a month before and so using points was much more convenient for us. (top picture is the view from the bedroom)
Before to arrive I asked if there was any upgrade available (I have Gold status with Radisson and upgrade subject to availability is one of the benefits). When we arrived they confirmed that we got the upgrade to their best room!
The resort is quite big, they have 250 rooms, but all organized in small villas with only ground and first floor. This makes the resort extend for a long way along the beach but it feels nicely integrated into the coastline.
In the central area there are 3 swimming pools and a artificial lagoon. One of the swimming pools is for kids and it is fully covered, perfect if your kids (like Liam and Santiago) always refuse to wear a hat!
The artificial lagoon is also a great spot if the sea is a bit too wavy for little ones, it is calm, there is the sand to play with and some kayaks too. To keep the kids entertained there are also 2 playgrounds one on the beach and one behind the swimming pools.
The resort also organises a lot of activities: I’ve seen people riding camels on the beach, people doing yoga, they told me they also organise cooking classes and of course there is a diving centre…this time we just relaxed so I can’t comment, but people seemed to genuinely enjoy them.
The sea was a bit rough the days we were there, but we still managed some lovely snorkeling in the lagoon, even Liam and Santiago managed to see a lot of colourful fish just in the shallow water. There is also a pier that leads you outside the lagoon for diving or snorkel in deeper water.
Just outside the reception areas there are a few little shops for souvenirs and water related activities.
HOT TIP: the resort isn’t within walking distance of the El Quseir village (it isn’t far, but you have to walk on the main road under heavy sun!) . If your plan is to spend 3+ days there without leaving then make sure you have everything you need or you will need a taxi ride to reach the shops. (…of course the day before we left we realised that we didn’t have enough nappies to last the trip…)
The room…what to say…I was impressed: they walked us to the room and we discovered it was the Sea view double bedroom duplex. The villa (room doesn’t do it justice) is much bigger than our flat in London.
The ground floor has a large livingroom/dining area, one twin bedroom with en-suite and separate toilet. The living room opens onto a patio with several sunbeds and a little sofa, in front of the patio there is a lovely garden that connects directly to the beach
A few steps up there is the little kitchen, and upstairs the landing area connects to a little secluded terrace and to the master bedroom with en-suite and balcony.
The view from both the patio and the master bedroom balcony is just stunning. Waking up in the morning and opening the window was gorgeous.
There are 3 restaurants in the building connected to the reception, plus one barbecue restaurant on the beach and a small snack place beside one of the swimming pools.
We took advantage of our half board plan in the Sherazade, the main restaurant, without any regret for not trying the other restaurants because food was really good. Both breakfast and dinner were buffet style and they were both impressive, for the variety and the quality.
Something I particularly liked was the buffet was full until the end of the service. The first night we arrived to the resort quite late, so after checking in we made it to the restaurant at almost 9pm (when dinner ends), but the buffet was still full, food still hot and tasty.
I also really liked that every night the chef was organizing a theme food night, French night, Mediterranean night, Egyptian night…I really appreciated the variation!
There is also a really nice bar which you access directly from the swimming pool while you are keeping cool!!!
There is a Spa with a shared area with a lovely small swimming pool, the treatment room area was simple but nice where I had a massage and it was good. Beside the Spa there is also a gym that, according to Mark, was quite well equipped.
HOT TIP: be aware that the Spa cannot be accessed by small kids. This could seem normal but at the time of booking my massage I was told something different, so a bit of misunderstanding.
At the end of our short stay, and probably for the first time, I told Mark that I would happily come back and stay here again for longer. I really enjoyed the peace, the relaxed vibe, and the lovely people that made our stay a bit more special.
If you are considering some beach time at the end of your tour in Egypt this is a place worth considering!
Let me know if you go!