Friday, August 31, 2007



SAGA (Saga Holidays : UK holidays for the over 50s) has a number of new holiday places:

"We stayed in the polana in a standard room for 2 nights starting 3rd Jan 2007. We found the staff to be efficient but not particularly friendly. Our room was basic and the decor dated and looking a little old." - "Basic room, great pool"

"Absolutely gorgeous property near the beach in central Maputo. Rooms were well appointed and had free wireless internet. Staff was cheerful and very helpful." - "Lovely restored colonial hotel"

"Brown-sugar beaches, a pulsing nightlife, the best seafood on the East African coast. For years, Johannesburg insiders have frequented Mozambique’s alluring, but under-the-radar, capital... December to February can be extremely hot, and the risk of malaria is higher." - "Welcome to Maputo,"


"Helnan Palestine belongs to a Danish hotel chain. The hotel is located just outside Alexandria. You should know that Alexandria has a 20 kilometres promenade! Yes 20 kilometres, amazing. The good thing about Helnan Palestine is that the hotel is located inside beautiful gardens in the royal area of the city. Overall impression good." - "Royal Environment"

"The only downside to it is that it is quite a way from most of the main tourist attractions in Alexandria and can take some time, even by car, to get from the hotel to them and back." - "Relaxing Hotel"


"We stayed at the sunrise from 25/6-30/6, the hotel had very nice amenities, modern but boring and impersonal. The service was great but the atmosphere of the place was too perfect and not really relaxed.The Location was pretty good, 5 min walk from market and 1/2 hour walk to restaurants, or 5 min bike ride." - "Nice Hotel but impersonal"

"Arriving at this hotel and the surrounding area, including the beach was a most awful experience. One hotel and resort I will never visit again. The hotel was sterile and you feel like a mere number in their books. Checking in was a hastle - many unnecessary processes to be adhered to. The rooms were dated...." - "Terrible experience"

"True there is a road separating the beach from the hotel but the rooms are sufficiently removed so you have little noise. The hotel itself is very tasteful and our balcony room overlooking the pool was really pleasant. The staff are really helpful and polite..." - "Very Pleasant Resort for the Price"

"The beaches of Nha Trang are a great place to spend 2 or 3 days playing in the surf, snorkeling and diving, or taking a cruise to the nearby islands. And Nha Trang's nightlife is thumping. Centering around the busy backpacker area along Biet Thu Street, the bars hop until late..." - "Overview of Nha Trang,"


"Great room, dining, staff, pool, and landscaping. You are within easy biking (or $2.00 taxi) to the beach and the Old Quarter. (Your bikes are free.) The rooms/suites are large and very unique. You cannot go wrong staying here." - "great little hotel"

Hoi An is a photogenic port, good for exploring on foot.

"Wander among historic homes and temples, perhaps stop to lounge in an open-air cafe, gaze at the oddities and exotic foods in the market, or take a sampan ride down the lazy river. In the afternoons when school is out, the streets are thronged with skipping children..." "Overview of Hoi An,"


"I was surprised and dissapointed with our room from August 16-20th. The room was extrememly outdated, with white wicker furniture which needed a good coat of paint. The stench from the toilets was so bad (this was a complaint from MANY other hotel quests as well), that it would wake us up in the morning. We had to call about 5 times to have housekeeping bring us a razor. The reason I gave it more that a 1 star was the incredible pool. It is a rooftop pool with amazing views. The service at the pool was okay." - Not 5 star at all-toilets smell like sewage



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