Resta Grand Restort | Scuba Travel

Resta Grand Restort - Red Sea

  • 396 modern, comfortable guest rooms
  • 4 room grades to pick from
  • 3 restaurants plus cocktails, ice cream and afternoon tea as part of your all inclusive
  • Chill out with 2 bars and even a pub!
  • 3 pools (2 heated), tennis, health suite, table tennis and kids club
  • Dive with nearby Emperor divers
  • A full programme of PADI courses and daily boat diving on offer
  • Free wifi at reception, charged wifi in rooms

About Resta Grand Resort

The Resta Grand resort combines two things we all love - cracking value all inclusive and beautiful reef diving in Marsa Alam. On the sunny private beach, on the terrace of your stylishly furnished room, in the a la carte restaurant, the Resta Grand is a popular hotel choice with divers looking for somewhere that bit extra special, and only 10 minutes from Marsa Alam airport. And with the Emperor divers team helping you to explore the regions many and varied dive sites, what's not to love?

The room options are impressive, with 396 modern, comfortable guest rooms. There are 4 room types, with twin, double and family options across superior king or twin, deluxe rooms and suites. 120 rooms boast enticing sea views, looking out over the Red Sea. Get closer to the action with a pool view option, or step back from it all with a garden view. Each guestroom is individually air-conditioned, and has either a balcony or a terrace. The decor is stylish throughout, modern and airy. It's easy to see why so many people keep coming back, time and time again.

As you stroll through the grounds, towards the private beach, take time to enjoy one of the many drinking and dining choices. The Space is the main restaurant, where breakfast and dinner is served or catch some rays at Plateau beach restaurant or Aquesta pool bar. The Zeit Zaitoun a la carte Mediterranean restaurant is a worthwhile in resort,extra, whilst your all inclusive package includes ice cream and afternoon tea. Relax at the Marsa Club house and enjoy an inclusive cocktail. The El Sala Pub has a full schedule of entertainment, as well as snooker and pool. There are 3 pools, two of which are heated during the winter. And for those that just cannot sit still, there's a full health suite, gym, tennis courts and even a kids club to help keep the kids entertained.

Superior king size room 36sqm

Each room is individually air-conditioned. They also feature broad balconies or a terrace. Spectacular views are granted in all our rooms, as well as in room safe, hair dryer and shaver point, satellite LCD TV, coffee & tea making, mini bar and internet access (local charge)

Twin room 36sqm

Standard twin rooms as the same as the superior king size, but with 2 side by side beds

Deluxe 45sqm

Pick one of the larger deluxe rooms with either a garden or beach front view. Ask if you prefer a double or twin option

Suite 96spm

There are 4 generous suites, each with a larger living adn sleeping area to enjoy.

We would be happy to put together a tailormade booking for you, please fill in your details below and one of our diving holiday experts will be in touch with you to discuss your plans.

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Covid Information for Resta Grand Resort

A Message to our Guests - from Resta Grande Resort

COVID-19 Protocol
Over the coming days and weeks, we will be preparing to reopen some of our Hotel. Our future guests will be expecting to see visible signs that we have taken all reasonable steps to keep them safe whilst they are in our hotel. Hygiene, safety and security are now of paramount importance. It will be key to our success that we show our guests that their welfare has been taken care of. The following precautions are designed to help our hotels and resorts comprehend, plan and mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The below measures contains clear information and recommendations on adjusting operation procedures. Highlining new ideas of how our resorts can react to the changes. The is just a base, it will see many evolution in the coming weeks based on practices. Jaz Hotel Group is working with International Hygiene & Safety audit experts in the field of hotel risk management to implement the "Prevention of Spread of Infection" (POSI) management system. The toolkit's technical references are the WHO, CDC and the Egyptian Ministry of Health (MoH):

General Disinfection for Hotels:
Under the COVID-19 outbreak and after last guest departure, general disinfection procedures were done by JHG with special consideration given to the application of cleaning and sanitation measures in all hotels areas. We disinfect frequently the building entrances, public areas, rooms, back of the house areas, vehicles and special attention is given to high touch areas, using 1000 to 4000 ppm sodium hypochlorite, left for 15-30 minutes

Human Resources and Staff Training:
Special training programs based on the concept "Support the Hotels" are held on regular basis for all hotels employees. They include all measures, precautions, procedures, recommendations how to handle the situation professionally and how to protect our staff members and our guests

Reception and Concierge:
Providing awareness signs/leaflets about ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection and official updated travel information. Full sterilisation process and suspending a lot of services to contain the pandemic as much as possible. Measuring everyone's body temperature regularly and having an index with telephone numbers of all hospitals, medical and assistance centres, in case of any illness. Past travel records within the last 14 days are obtained from each check-in guest for record

Hotel Rooms:
Having a sanitary hotel room is important under normal circumstances but with Coronavirus cases mounting in the world, it's a crucial way of helping protect our guests from picking up the COVID-19. Providing a steam machine to disinfect furniture and relying on self-service in cleaning rooms. Housekeeping team is regularly trained on Jaz POSI procedure and how to handle infected or suspected rooms

Dining:
Different measures from food preparation to dining experience have been implemented to ensure food hygiene safety. Set menus and a la carte menus to replace the standard open buffets, by maintaining the highest levels of cleaning across our buffets. Dining tables and chairs are sanitised with designated disinfectant before serving new guests, so our guests can find a pleasant and safe dining experience at all restaurants

Hotel Leisure Facilities:
Spa has been suspended. The gym and the kids area are working with strict regulations to ensure safety. Sanitizing the pool area and keeping at least a 2 meter distance between each lounge/sunbed
Conference Rooms, Banquettes and Exhibitions:
It is considered a high degree of interaction among guests and workers. This requires specific attention and can be only carried out with the permission of the local authorities
Maintenance, Safety and Security:
All hotel equipment and facilities have been sanitized, air-conditioning and water disinfection process are strictly applied. Maintenance of pest control, fire and food safety
Signage:

Signage with information and instructions of how to prevent the pandemic spread Shops/Bazars/Clinics/Diving Centers:
Providing full instructions to follow the hotel protocol including strict cleaning and disinfection plan and Staff COVID-19 Protocol. Having enough personal hygiene facilities as hand soaps and hand sanitizers. Maintaining social distance and remind guest of hand sanitizer before leaving
Suppliers:
Suppliers of goods and services as well as contractors follow safe systems of work to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Good communication with suppliers to secure all the required supplies
Hygiene:
To allow hotels to execute flawlessly, it is recommend that the hygiene team support the hotel's overall operation and help management to apply the guidelines smoothly. The hygiene team must be knowledgeable about COVID-19 and its prevention
General Manager's Role:
Takes appropriate corrective and preventive actions and continually improves the effectiveness of the program, by making sure that all his staff members are highly aware of their roles and familiar with the program requirements to ensure everyone's safety and health
Crisis Team:
A crisis team involving members of each relevant department (HODs) can support management in the implementation of the action plan and timely identification of required adjustments. This will enable the hotel to operate smoothly and still meet guest's expectation while maintaining a high level of hygiene in the hotel
In Case of an Infected Person at the Hotel:
A continued stay of the sick person in the establishment is not recommended. The person can be isolated in a room on a temporary basis until the intervention of a hotel doctor or local health authorities, and provided the room is not shared with other guests. No visitors should be permitted to enter the room occupied by the affected guest
Documents and Records:
Creating and updating the COVID-19 related documents, consider plans and procedures that should be in place. Ensure that documents and records are retained for at least 6 months for traceability. Ensure compliance to government orders, guidelines and health advisories on the COVID-19

Required Equipment:
This includes; face masks, gloves, thermometers, hand gel, hair net, eye protection, long sleeve gown, disposable aprons, disinfectants for all departments. Steam machine for soft furniture and floor markings for any place where social distance is required
Application of the Protocol:
All Jaz hotels and resorts are required to apply this protocol which is based on WHO, CDC and the Egyptian Ministry of Health's (MoH) instructions. Additional plans or information can be added according to each hotel We Wish you a happy and safe stay at Jaz Hotels & Resorts!

Country Covid Travel Information

For British nationals the FCDO currently advises against all but essential international travel to Egypt at the moment. We expect this to change soon.
Many other countries already consider it safe for their nationals to visit Egypt.

Since 1 July, the Egyptian government has permitted international flights to and from Egyptian airports. Some airlines are imposing special requirements, such as the wearing of face masks. You should check with your airline before you travel.

From 1 September, all persons (including those who hold Egyptian nationality) arriving from overseas, to any part of Egypt, will be required to present a negative PCR test certificate on arrival. The Egyptian authorities have advised that PCR tests must be conducted no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Egypt.

Passengers from all countries will have temperatures observed, will be required to complete a monitoring card with personal details, and will need to provide confirmation of valid health insurance policy to airport authorities.

You have to complete this form online before you arrive in the UK from any country:
Form to provide your journey and contact details before you travel to the UK

If you're returning to the UK, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days

Updated 01SEP2020

Frequently Asked Questions

Location

The Red Sea is between 4-5 hours flying time direct from the UK. Scuba Travel have over 20 year's experience in the Red Sea and have carefully selected a fleet of luxury liveaboards and superb hotels that meet our exacting standards. Explore the sheer beauty of the Red Sea on a Red Sea liveaboard from North to South. Sharm el Sheikh, Hurghada and El Gouna are popular resort locations, whilst Marsa Alam, El Quesir and Hamata are perfect for those looking for quiet escapism.

Covid Travel Information

For British nationals the FCDO currently advises against all but essential international travel to Egypt at the moment. We expect this to change soon.
Many other countries already consider it safe for their nationals to visit Egypt.

Since 1 July, the Egyptian government has permitted international flights to and from Egyptian airports. Some airlines are imposing special requirements, such as the wearing of face masks. You should check with your airline before you travel.

From 1 September, all persons (including those who hold Egyptian nationality) arriving from overseas, to any part of Egypt, will be required to present a negative PCR test certificate on arrival. The Egyptian authorities have advised that PCR tests must be conducted no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Egypt.

Passengers from all countries will have temperatures observed, will be required to complete a monitoring card with personal details, and will need to provide confirmation of valid health insurance policy to airport authorities.

You have to complete this form online before you arrive in the UK from any country:
Form to provide your journey and contact details before you travel to the UK

If you're returning to the UK, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days

Updated 01SEP2020

Weather and Climate

Fine weather is the order of the day pretty much throughout the year, with rainfall quite rare and short lived. The hottest time of the year is July to August with air temperatures over 30°C. Even in Egypt's so called 'winter' the average rarely falls below 20°C. Water temperature varies from 20°C in February to 29°C in September. Please choose your exposure suit accordingly, depending on your personal preferences.

Travel

Flight options

As standard our holiday packages are based on flights from London Gatwick, direct to your Red Sea hub - Sharm el Shekh, Hurghada or Marsa Alam. Where possible, we are happy to offer regional departures, in particular Manchester. A supplement may apply for regional departures. Times and any applicable supplements will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday. Unfortunately, not all regional flight routings are compatible with liveaboard schedules. If you wish to make your own flight arrangements to Egypt, let us know and we can remove the cost of the international flights from your quote. Please do not confirm any flight arrangements yourself before your holiday is confirmed by us.

Stopovers

As flights are direct between the UK and Egypt, there are no stop over options available.

Arrange before you go

Regular Entry Requirements

All UK visitors to Egypt need an entry visa (valid for a 30 days). This can be obtained on arrival with cash payment. Or you can npw apply online by clicking here Save time and prebook your visa with Scuba Travel's prepaid visa service. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here

Insurance

Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance. Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities. We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance. It's worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation. Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here

Immunisations

Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations: click here

Preparing to fly

Seating

Most flights to Egypt are charter flights. This means seating is allocated at check in. For some carriers we are able to prebook leg room, window or aisle seats. Please speak to your travel consultant about availability and the current charges levied by your airline.

Check in

Charter airlines do not enable online check in for flights out of Egypt. You must print your ticket coupon prior to travel. Do ensure you leave up to 3 hours, especially over busy travel periods.

Lounge

An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort. Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world. click here

Parking

Prebook your airport parking to save money! If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel. These aren't as expensive as you might think. click here

What happens when I arrive?

On arrival in Egypt, you will need to clear immigration and collect your baggage. Our representative will be waiting either airside around the baggage carousel or in the arrivals hall. They will be holding a board with either Scuba Travel, your destination or your name on it. If you have prepaid for our visa service, you will be given your visa on arrival. If you have any issues at all locating your rep, please contact us. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK. Call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.

Transfers

Airport transfers are always included in your liveaboard or resort holiday package when using our flights. Our representatives will advise where to find your transfer outside of the airport. We try to keep transfer times as short as possible, with most being no more than 30mins travel time from the airport to the boat/hotel. If you have made your own flight arrangements to land in Egypt, please confirm at the time of booking if airport transfers are included or available at an additional cost

Departures

At the end of your holiday, your return transfer details will be advised locally. There is currently no departure tax leaving Egypt.

Info

Tipping

Tipping is entirely at your discretion. We do not make recommendations as to how much to tip. Should you wish to leave a tip for the staff and crew, it should reflect the level of service you have enjoyed.

Currency

Euro, USD and sterling cash (notes) are all widely accepted. It can be handy to have small denominations of Egyptian pounds for use outside of the hotel/tipping. Credit and debit cards are accepted in most hotels and larger restaurants, but will be processed in Egyptian pounds and subject to a transactions surcharge,

Phone coverage

Mobile phone coverage will depend on your carrier - please confirm any overseas charges before travel.

Plugs and electricity

European 2 pin plugs

Extras

Hire equipment

Kit hire can be arranged in resort and is paid for locally

Extras

Special trips, night dives, 3rd dives and any extras are arranged and paid for locally

Souvenirs

The dive centre has a small, limited shop on site

Nitrox/Gas

Nitrox divers have FOC nitrox with a nitrox cetification

Payments

Deposits and Balances

A typical deposit for a holiday to Resta Grand is around £250 per person, although this will depend on your exact flight option

Ways to pay

We accept mastercard and visa debit or credit cards. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. All non sterling card payments and UK business debit cards will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Overseas bank transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions.

Group Payments

If you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmation

Discounts

Repeat Guests

Are you one of Scuba Travel's repeat customers?
Over 60% of our customers trust Scuba Travel to book their next diving holiday, time after time.

And we believe you deserve a huge thanks for your ongoing support over the years, which is what our repeater discount is all about! Travel with us again in either 12 months or 24 months and you will qualify for a discount. That's all you have to do. No forms, no numbers to remember, no fuss, just a good honest price reduction.

5% off for repeat customers travelling with Scuba Travel within 24 months
10% off for repeat customers travelling within 12 months

Repeat discounts are not cumulative and cannot be applied to special offer prices

Included

Your holiday includes flights from Gatwick and airport transfers.
7 nights accommodation in a standard room (all inclusive, 2 people sharing)
3 unguided dives

Excluded

Excluded from your package are any meals or drinks outside of your package

Additional diving or local excursions.

Tipping is entirely at your discretion. We do not make recommendations as to how much to tip. Should you wish to leave a tip for the staff and crew, it should reflect the level of service you have enjoyed.

You will need an Egyptian visa for entry - please speak to your travel consultant to see if you are able to use our Egyptian visa service or if this needs to be arranged in advance/on arrival.


Step away from your upscale resort and make time for the world underwater. Marsa Alam grows in popularity with divers, and it is easy to see why. Here there are colourful hard coral reefs, fringing the many bays along the coastline. Suitable for all divers experience levels, the fish life is plentiful. Snorkellers and non divers will love it too! Turtles are frequent, and head to Elphinstone for your chance at the shark action. Drift along the lush walls and prepare to be amazed. Butterfly fish and banner fish cluster on the reef edges. Look closely to find stonefish, scorpionfish, pipefish, frogfish and crocodilefish. There's plenty here for everyone!



  • House Reef at the Marina Lodge hotel beach
  • Fleet of day boats located at Port Ghalib harbour
  • Shore & sprredboat diving options
  • Only 10 minutes from Marsa Alam airport
  • PADI recreational courses

Most dives are made from the fleet of custom built dive boats, harboured in Port Ghalib. Most dive sites are 15-90 mins from the dive centre. Full day or half day trips are are planned everyday to a whole host of sites (local charges apply for special trips). In between relax in the sun, there is always plenty of space for everyone. The fast RIB heads out regularly too to sites such as Elphinstone so you spend more time in the water! Or if you prefer a shore dive, there are several sites along the coastline and a house reef that combine excellent fringing coral reefs with intriguing sea grass beds - ideal to while an hour away.

Trombi Pinnacles

Skill level: Novice | Ave Depth: 10 | Max Depth: 20

Blue Spotted rays can be seen on the sand near the deeper part of the pinnacles. Scorpion fish and lion fish live on the wall of the largest pinnacle. Hard corals and thousands of small reef fish cover the shallow part. Octagonally a hawksbill turtle will make an appearance and in the summer months a school of barracuda hovers under the boat.

Halg Nigma

Skill level: Novice | Ave Depth: 10 | Max Depth: 20

A large pinnacle next to the boat is an area you could spend your whole dive on - clauds of Glassfish and Sweepers trying to keep out of the way of the trevallys and red mouth groupers, Fang Blennies hiding in worm holes, Pipefish feeding on coral polyps - it's a stunning spot. A red anemone at 20mt down the reef and one of the largest individual coral colonies in the area - a wall of stag-horn coral tumbling from the surface to 15mt.

Ras Shuna

Skill level: Novice | Ave Depth: 10 | Max Depth: 20

This site covers the north corner of Marsa Shuna. The reef covered in hard corals serves as nursery for thousands of reef fish. Blue spotted rays live on the sand while scorpion fish, lion fish and parrot fish can be seen among the corals. Hawksbill and green turtles are not unusual.

Sha ab Samadai

Skill level: Novice | Ave Depth: 15 | Max Depth: 30

Often named 'Dolphin House', this offshore reef is shaped like a horseshoe and creates a naturally protected lagoon to moor in. Here the diving is stunning: a labyrinth of pinnacles, some steep drop offs on the outer walls, table corals bigger than you are likely to have seen and a stunning 'Cathedral' swim-through at 5m. A pod of spinner dolphins uses this lagoon as a nursery and shelter and you will have the chance to snorkel with them in between dives. This is a special trip with an additional cost. It can be arranged locally

Elphinstone

Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 15 | Max Depth: 30+

Elphinstone is a world famous offshore reef. Sheer walls and sometimes fast currents make this one for advanced divers only but it will be one you remember. Dive the east wall in the morning and the west in the afternoon to make the most of the sun, and light up the abundant soft corals. Anthias smother the walls and large gorgonian fans and black corals hide critters such as longnose hawkfish. Keep an eye out in the blue for schools of snapper, large barracuda and enormous Napoleon wrasse. The north and south plateaus can be a place for very special encounters - manta rays, grey reef and hammerhead sharks have all been seen here and cruising the shallows at the right time of year can be curious silky and oceanic whitetip sharks. This a special trip at an extra cost that can be arranged locally

Kora Kebir

Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 25 | Max Depth: 30+

For advanced divers only, seeing the 'big ball' loom out of the distance at a depth of 25mt is a memorable experience. On the outer edge of this unique coral formation the drop off extends below 50mt and you are right out in the blue, meaning big life encounters are possible. Coming across a deep sand plateau back to the main reef you may encounter a large resident school of barracuda before exploring the shallows of the reef wall to end your dive.

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An open air restaurant which serves late breakfast and all-day quick bites.

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