Elephantine Island, 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.
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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
Admittedly it is an unattractive hotel, but it is in a fantastic locationScott Dunn team
Make sure you head to the Panorama Restaurant for a sundowner and dinnerScott Dunn team
Don't miss a visit to one of the colorful Nubian villages on Elephantine Island - make sure you dress modestlyScott Dunn team
The hotel has a large swimming pool, fantastic for cooling off in after a morning of sightseeingAlice Moseley
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 organize 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.meters 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.meters.
Deluxe Rooms are located on the ground floor and therefore have a veranda rather than a balcony. They are spacious at 65sq.meters.
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.meters 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.meters 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.
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Elephantine Island, Aswan
The Movenpick Resort Aswan is located on Elephantine Island in Aswan in the middle of the River Nile.
When to go
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 vacation. Islam, however, is the prevailing force here, and the month of Ramadan is one of the most pronounced Islamic vacations. It happens in July or August, and during this time, some shops and restaurants may stay closed during the daytime fast.