So, unfortunately our holiday has come to an end after a wonderful week on the Tropitel Sahl Hasheesh – and it’s time for a review.
This hotel is located out in the middle of no-where, was quite desert like, but in a few years I expect this area to be full of new
hotels. There’s a lot of unfinished hotels along the coast, where only the frame stands, like someone rushed away in a hurry at some
point – to my knowledge due to the lack of tourists and lack of money from the companys building them. But back to the mainpoint
this specific hotel.
This hotel seems quite new in many ways, with a nice big clean lobby area, and nice size rooms with the space needed for a relaxing week.
Also the pool area is quite big, and there was always a lot of sunbeds available. The reason for this though, could be the fact, that, only half
of the hotel is occupied – the other half of the hotel is not completely finished yet, the rooms needs finishing – but nothing is worked on
there at the moment, so there was absolutely no disturbance from workers and machines.
We got room 2032, with a view to the pool side area. It had a kingsize bed, in which you slept quite ok, but the mattress was a bit hard – perhaps
even too hard for some, but we didn’t have trouble sleeping since we spend more or less the whole day outside.
There was a nice size flatscreen in the room (32” I think) with a lot of different channels for many different languages. We were also very pleased
with the aircondition, as it allowed you to digitally set a temperature and set it to ventilation only. There was also a “low vent” option, where the
fan was running at a minimum allowing you to sleep without listening to too much noise from a fan running. All in all the room was very good.
Our stay was all inclusive, and if you have tried all inclusive other places, this is the same principle. It works and you are satisfied with it. The only
thing I was missing in the bar, was the lack of bloody mary – I got that on an all inclusice hotel in sharm el sheikh
The pool area was also very good – consisted of two different large pools, where one was heated and the other not, but during summer this
is no problem. Some parts of the pool seemed to be very old, especially the tiles as some had fell off and there were some cracks at the bottom,
but nothing too serious as to become a general problem, but my suspicion is that the pool was done a long time before it was actually filled with water.
The food is a typical all inclusive buffet, where a lot of it is the same each day, but varies with sorts of theme nights such as Italian night or Chinese
fish. If you are getting tired of the buffet, theres two a’ la cart restaurants, a Mexican and an Italian. In our stay, we had included one meal on
each of those. The Mexican was quite good and the food very tasty, along with a intimate feel - highly recommendable. Do yourself a favor and spend
money on some wine – the Gran Marquis was pretty ok and good to the spicy food.
The Italian was OK, especially the starter, but the pizza was a bit of a disappointment, as there was way too much cheese on them. Half the amount
of cheese would have been plenty enough. Regarding the restaurant, it doesn’t have the same intimate feel as the Mexican, and I think it would be
wise to redecorate it to get the more Italian feel. Perhaps lower the ceiling, have more plants and have some Italian art decorating the walls along
with some Italian music. I did expect a little more of this restaurant, and if I should decide between the two, it would absolutely be the Mexican.
The beach – diving, snorkeling swimming, it was quite good actually. The sand is a bit rough, and the staff goes around cleaning the beach for shells
and trash, which is a very good thing and shows a responsibility. That we very much like.
To go snorkeling, was a bit of work as you have to walk a long distance out into the sea before it becomes deep enough. The walk itself though isn’t
the problem, as you can borrow special shoes for free so you don’t get cut, the problem for us was that we were walking on the coral reef, which
seems very wrong. More care should be taken, as it takes years for coral to recover and a bridge/jeti (or what you call it) is highly needed. We were told
that they are about to start building that this week.
Right from the beginning we were greeted and felt very welcome by service minded people, and this continued throughout the week. Always asking
how we are, if we needed something and if anything could be done – probably influenced by the friendly manager Mr. Samir who seems to be in good control
of things. We for sure enjoyed our stay, and we would recommend this place to others. Thanks to the hard working animation team for keeping the
spirits high, sorry Heleray for not playing Boccia with you – but we just wanted to relax I hope you had a good time with your mothers visit and
good luck with your future study.
Plenty of sun beds and towels
Good tasty food
Good air-conditioner in the room.
The lack of a jeti/bridge to cross the coral reef
Free internet is extremely slow
The variety of food could be a little better – tends to get a bit of the same.
Beds is a bit hard – too hard for some I would think.
I will give this a 4 star due to the lack of a jeti across the coral reef, but as they are going to build one, I will give this a benefit of the doubt and hand out a 5.