Dreams aplenty at Jolie Ville
For the last 25 years, the HKS-Group, a private sector investment group, has been actively involved in linking Egypt to the rest of the world.
A major player in the tourist and travel industry as well as the infrastructure and services sector, the organisation has made a massive contribution to the success of Sharm El Sheikh. The group is a full owner of several large-scale properties including the five-star Jolie Ville Movenpick Golf Resort.
The two-level centre has a main conference room that can accommodate up to 500 guests, with a choice of seven other rooms including break out facilities.
The conference centre that contains the spacious golf club house is also the gateway to the Par 72 PGA Championship golf course.
Opened in 1997, the 6,021-metre course is the first and only one in the area and was designed by American architects Sanford & Associates. Featuring Bermuda grass, 18 man-made lakes, and 1,250 trees in a mature environment that is a haven for exotic birds, the course is a challenge for any golfer. The elegant 19th Hole Restaurant and Bar makes a perfect meeting place for players and the impressive Pro Shop provides world-class equipment and accessories to satisfy all golfing needs.
The smooth transition from a relaxed holiday resort to the sight of a conference with worldwide implications is a hallmark of this hotel.
General manager Markus Marti and his staff have done it so often that it has become second nature to all of them. But despite the seemingly seamless transition there always remains the heightened awareness of the comfort and security of their guests, be they heads of state or vacationing tourist.
“They are hardly aware that anything extraordinary is going on,” Marti stated. “The only exception is when a head of state is travelling to or from the airport, when the main road is closed to public access for around ten minutes.”
As a tourist destination, Jolie Ville Movenpick Golf & Resort is ideally located on the shores of the Red Sea, just 5 km from the international airport and 7 km from Naama Bay.
The imaginatively designed Swiss-managed resort has 300 rooms including 18 suites, two presidential suites and six villas, each with a private pool.
The complex covers a vast area housing a variety of facilities: a kids club, health club, four tennis courts, landscaped gardens and a spectacular water park, the largest of its kind in Egypt.
The waterpark comprises a saltwater swimming pool and several fresh water pools linked by a lazy river, which is dotted with therapeutic water nozzles and lined by flowering shrubs and palms.
There are children’s water slides and numerous Jacuzzis to complete an unforgettable leisure experience.
The founder and chairman of HKS-Group, Hussein Kamal Salem, has a golden motto; “When it comes to dreams, you may as well have a big ones.”
In the case of the Jolie Ville Movenpick Golf & Resort, it is unlikely that the realisation of a dream of such a complete hotel experience, appealing to all sectors of the travel and tourist industry could be on a more impressive scale.