I'm looking to get some opinions to help me make a decision.
My wife and I are looking to book a late getaway to Marsa Alam for a fortnight over Xmas & New Year.
We're both PADI AOW divers and are looking for a good hotel with good house reef diving available on-site (or very near). When we're not diving we'd like a nice comfortable hotel where we can just chill and unwind at poolside.
We've never been to the Red Sea, let alone Marsa Alam before so it's all very new to us. I've read so much about so many different hotels and so many pros and cons, my head is just spinning now!
I think we've narrowed it down to either the Hilton Nubian or Concorde Moreen. The Hilton strikes me as the nicer hotel (many reviews suggest the Moreen is very much still being built) but it sounds like the Moreen may be more convenient for diving. I know both have dive operations on site, but the house reef sounds like it is more easily accessible from the Concorde Moreen.
I am a little concerned too about sea conditions and whether late December/early January is a time when we might see boats confined to harbour or simply not able to get into the sea. Is this a realistic danger in this area?
Finally (I know - I have so many Qs) would a 5/4 wetsuit be suitable - I'm led to believe we can expect 23-24*c. Is that about right?
Thanks for any info/advice anyone can offer to help us make up our minds!