Elephantine Island, Aswan
At a Glance
Fantastic views across the River Nile from both sides of the hotel
There is a new Movenpick being built at the north end of the island which will be opened in 2014
The island is reached by ferry which runs 24 hours a day
The Panorama restaurant offers the best view in Aswan
Much more affordable than the Old Cataract
Best time to Visit
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Egypt enjoys a mild climate, making it a good year round destination. However, temperatures increase as you travel due south. Cairo can be chilly between December and February, and very hot between June and September. But the heat in Egypt is made bearable by the northerly breeze that leads to a drop in temperature at night. Peak temperatures in Upper Egypt occur between May and October, and are accompanied by extremely low humidity. The best time to visit Cairo is in the cooler months between November and March
Cairo has long-standing populations of major religious groups and past colonial powers, so it’s possible to find celebrations for most every major holiday. Islam, however, is the prevailing force here, and the month of Ramadan is one of the most pronounced Islamic holidays. It happens in July or August, and during this time, some shops and restaurants may stay closed during the daytime fast.
To start planning your holiday to Movenpick Aswan
The Movenpick Resort Aswan is located on Elephantine Island in the middle of the Nile with excellent views of the river. It is well-situated for sightseeing but also perfect for relaxing by the pool. Arriving at the hotel by ferry adds to the adventure.
Despite its unattractive exterior, the Movenpick Resort Aswan is a comfortable hotel with excellent facilities and is well-located for sightseeing, in Aswan. Elephantine Island itself has a history stretching back to 3000 BC when settlement on the island began, and was a central part of Aswan life. There are some fascinating and extensive ruins at the southern end of the island as well as two Nubian villages which give a good idea of modern-day Upper Egyptian life.
The Movenpick Resort's rooms overlook the Nile on both sides of the island, either towards Aswan or Kitchener's Island and the Botanical Gardens. The Panorama Restaurant also has fantastic views from the 13th floor, and is open for afternoon tea and dinner. As the Movenpick Resort is located on an island, it is reached by boat giving it a unique setting the ferry shuttles backwards and forwards every ten minutes. The rooms are very comfortable, containing safes and minibars, and available with either king or twin beds. There are Royal Villas overlooking Kitchener's Island to the west which have two bedrooms and are ideal for families.
Wifi is complimentary in the Movenpick Resort's lobby and restaurants while in the bedrooms, guests must use a wired connection which is chargeable.
The Movenpick Resort Aswan has three restaurants, from the main restaurant Orangerie which has both buffet and a la carte options and an open kitchen concept so that guests can watch their food being prepared. Outside there is a pool-side restaurant which serves light bites and barbecue dishes as well as the famous Movenpick ice-cream and fresh drinks. The Panorama Bar and restaurant is an ideal setting for a romantic dinner. There is also a lounge bar outside the main restaurant serving drinks and snacks.
There is a kids club open to children between the ages of 4 and 12 years unaccompanied (under 4 years need to be accompanied by a babysitter or parent). There is a large swimming pool and a tennis court.
Scott Dunn can organise sightseeing, including visits to the High Dam, the majestic Philae Temple, Aswan's markets and the unfinished obelisk.
The Movenpick Resort Aswan has 230 rooms and suites, including a Standard Room, a Superior Room, a Junior Suite, a Duplex Suite, a Villa and a Royal Villa. Bathrooms contain either a bath or a shower.
The Standard Rooms are 32sq.metres in size, available with either twin or king beds.
The Superior Rooms are very similar to the Standard Rooms but are slightly more spacious at 38sq.metres.
Deluxe Rooms are located on the ground floor and therefore have a veranda rather than a balcony. They are spacious at 65sq.metres.
Junior Suites are also located on the ground floor and again have a veranda rather than a balcony. They are split-level with a sitting room downstairs and the bedroom upstairs and measure 70sq.metres in size.
Duplex Suites are ideal for families as they have two bedrooms, one with a king-sized bed and one with twin beds, as well as a sitting room split over two floors.
One-Bedroom Villas are luxurious measuring 60sq.metres although they have a garden view rather than a Nile view.
The Royal Villas have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a guest loo, a sitting room with dining area and a kitchenette.
There is a kids club open to children from the age of 4 to 12 years. Under 4s must be accompanied by a parent or babysitter (available from the hotel - must be booked in advance). There are interconnecting rooms which are subject to availability at the time of check-in.
There are three restaurants and two bars. The main restaurant, Orangerie, has both buffet and a la carte options with an open kitchen. This is where guests on half board are entitled to eat. There is also a poolside restaurant serving light meals such as salads, sandwiches and barbecue options. The Panorama Restaurant is open for afternoon tea and dinner, and has spectacular views in every direction. There is also a bar here if guests would like to have a drink while the sun goes down. The Lounge Bar is located next to the main restaurant and has a shisha corner. There is a belly dancer performing here during high season.
There is plenty of sightseeing nearby including the Botanical Gardens on Kitchener's Island, the nearby ruins and museum on Elephantine Island, the High Dam, the Unfinished Obelisk and the local market. Tennis and table tennis are available, and there is a large swimming pool.
Clare Monro (Staff)
The Movenpick is a really good option for those whose budget can't stretch to the Old Cataract. With amazing views in both directions over the Nile and comfortable rooms, this is a great place to base yourself in Aswan. It may not be pretty - but if you're staying in the hotel, at least you don't have to look at it!
4 Nights Nile Cruise
Experience the legendary river, passing through Egyptian heritage sites, including the West Bank as well as the temples of Karnak, Luxor, Edfu, Kom Ombo and Philae. In Aswan, sail by traditional Felucca to Agha Khan.
Abu Simbel's Colossal Temple
Often considered the most impressive monument in Egypt after the Great Pyramids, visit the colossus temple of Ramses II, set by Lake Nasser. The four breathtaking statues in front of the temple are spectacular examples of ancient Egyptian art.
Alexandria City Tour
One of the most significant cities of the ancient world, Alexandria is known as 'The Pearl of Mediterranean' with charming sights including Catacombs, Royal Jewelry Museum, Citadel of Qaitbay, Pompey's Pillar and Kom El Dekka.
Understand the history of the famous Aswan Dam.
Library of Alexandria
Designed by a Norwegian architecture, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina is a feat of modern engineering in attempt to revive the Great Library of Alexandria which was lost in antiquity.
Get a taste of local Nubian delicacy, prominent especially in Southern Egypt, while you are in Abu Simbel for an early lunch.
The indigenous people of Upper (southern) Egypt and the north of Sudan are known as Nubians, and the Nubian Museum shows off the culture, history and art from ancient times until the present day. The building housing the museum is of local architecture.
Sail Aswan by Felucca
Sail the Nile by felucca passing through sights such as Agha Khan Mausoleum, Kitchener's Island and ending at Elephantine Island, where you will enjoy afternoon tea with a view.
Sail to Aswan Botanical Garden
For those with longer time, extend your felucca sail and drop off at the Botanical Garden for a stroll.
Sound & Light Show at Abu Simbel
Avoid the crowd by visiting Abu Simbel temple late afternoon after the day tourists before finishing the tour with a captivating sound and light show.
Sound & Light Show at Philae Temple
A spectacular hour-long show telling the story of Isis and Osiris at the beautiful Temple of Philae, set on an island in the middle of the River Nile.
Temple of Dendarah
Visit to the Temple of Dendarah, dedicated to Hathor, Goddess of Music, Love and Joy.
Temple of Horus & Kom Ombo
As you make your way between Luxor and Aswan, make a visit to Temple of Horus in Edfu as well as Kom Ombo, where you will find a huge temple dedicated to the God Sobek and Harocies.
Temple of Philae
The Temple of Philae is a superb temple complex dedicated to the goddess Isis.
Take in the impressively gigantic Unfinished Obelisk.
Cairo, Luxor, Aswan & Abu Simbel
from £3100 pp inc flights & transfers for 7 nights
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Grand Tour of Egypt, Jordan & Israel
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Location & directions
Elephantine Island, Aswan
The Movenpick Resort Aswan is located on Elephantine Island in Aswan in the middle of the River Nile.
How to get there
5-hour flight from London Heathrow to Cairo with British Airways or Egypt Air, followed by a 1-hour 30-minute flight to Aswan. The British Airways flight schedule necessitates a stop-over in Cairo. The Movenpick Resort Aswan is about 25 minutes from the airport to the riverbank from which it is reached by a five-minute boat ride, and there is a boat every ten minutes.
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