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.
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
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.
When to visit
Admittedly it is an unattractive hotel, but it is in a fantastic location
The Movenpick Resort Aswan is located on Elephantine Island in Aswan in the middle of the River Nile.
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.