Holiday at the Sunrise Le Jardin.
Have just returned from a great holiday in Egypt and would like to share a few things that might be of interest to anyone travelling to the Sunrise Le Jardin resort in Hurghada.
The hotel is situated in an out of the way area in between Hurghada and El Ghouna but you don’t notice as there isn’t any need to leave the complex because of the amount of acreage the grounds cover . The beach is manmade but that doesn’t matter as you soon forget about it once you’re in tanning mode and the sea is so warm it’s like getting into a tepid bath. It can be windy on the beach but along with the sunbeds windbreaks are provided . The only negative thing about the beach area is the constant hassle from various individuals trying to sell you anything from massages to sunset camel trips ( a firm no would normally get rid of them ).
There are a couple of bars at the beach area and and a swim up bar in the main pool , the drinks are provided in plastic glasses and cups but rather that than somebody getting injured. You can get the same type of drinks from all the bars but the cocktails ,strength of the long drinks and even the amounts of beer in a glass , do vary from bar to bar , dependant on the mood of the barman.
There are three restaurants on the complex and the outdoor eateries and bars in the hotel next door are available to the hotel guests , all provide a similar standard of fare but the main restaurant provides the most variation (be prepared to wait for a table and queue for freshly cooked food ) Water and hot drinks are readily available but you do have to get alcoholic drinks from the bar ,which can at times be busy. Occasionally a waiter will get drinks for you but generally they are very busy clearing and setting tables .
The food can be a bit repetitious but is well cooked with some of the soups and all of the fresh bread excellent .
The evening entertainment is confined to a purpose built amphitheatre and is produced by the hotel animation team but getting a seat there is nigh on impossible . A much better option (for us ) was in the Mezzanine bar upstairs where a singer was performing on most nights ( only bottled beer though ).The entertainment generally finishes around 2330 hrs but by that time a nightcap and bed is welcome prior to another hard day on the sunbed.
The room we had was more than adequate with a huge bed and plenty of wardrobe space ,the views from the balcony were spectacular. The air conditioning was excellent and was a must with the air temperature not dipping below 28 degrees through the night ,in fact it was that good we had to turn it off on more than one occasion because we were too cold.
To ensure that you get a sunbed with shade around the pools you need to be up at around 0500hrs , to get a decent bed on the beach you can lie in until around 0730hrs ,any time after that and you will struggle.
Tipping is a way of life in Egypt and certain staff at the Sunrise will help you out with the above , I personally didn’t have a problem getting up for the beach and yes by doing so contributed to the problem but if you can’t beat them….
My wife and I stayed at the hotel for two weeks and for the first 8 days it was idyllic ,however on the 9th day it all changed ,this was the day the Egyptians began to arrive .
Throughout the day they behaved like any other holiday maker sunbathing and swimming ect , but come midnight they really came into their own . While most other people wound down their activities and started to retire to their rooms ,they just seemed to appear and gather in huge groups including young children in and around the area beneath the bedrooms and would then begin to chatter and laugh endlessly into the small hours ruining our sleep pattern for the rest of the holiday.
I complained to the Hotel Reception but got no satisfaction ,I complained to our Rep and was assured that it would be brought up with the hotel management , still it didn’t change .Eventually I filled out an official complaint form but received the same response from our tour operator that I was given in the resort (it’s their culture so tough ).
Well I’m sorry but I don’t care if it’s the culture , to me it’s a complete disregard for the comfort of the vast majority of the hotels guests. If these people insist on this type of behaviour and the hotel won’t do anything about it then why not reach a compromise and provide an area in the grounds away from the bedrooms, lets face it they’re big enough .
All in all my wife and I had an excellent holiday in Hurghada and wouldn’t hesitate to go back but it would have to be in between the local holiday periods as we wouldn’t risk having our holiday ruined by the totally inconsiderate behaviour of some people.
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