We are mid 70s, and in February took our regular winter warmer holiday, this time to Hurghada, Red Sea - a first visit, lasting 10days.
At first sight, the Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh is attractive, with big well-tended gardens of sand, turf, shrubs, and angled rock walls. The villas look identical, in blocks of 3 or 4, and are gleaming white in the constant sun. On a wide site there is an efficient service of golf buggies to ferry guests around, though a short walk is usually the first choice.
Our villa opened onto the beach, complete with rustic umbrellas and loungers, each camp surrounded by smart canvas screens against the frequent stiff breezes. The beach is kept immaculate, as are the villas. First class housekeeping throughout, and good bar service on the beach too.
Our villa was large (though not the most expensive) with a sitting area indoors, high ceilings,and an open air courtyard, very private, with two sunbeds and four chairs round a big table. The decor is Middle Eastern and attractive throughout the villa. With a huge double bed, immense down pillows, and a goose-feather mattress topper, Madam claimed it was the most comfortable she had ever found, and she will upgrade our beds at home !
There is a big bathroom, complete with bidet and sunken marble bath, which however takes an hour to fill a few inches deep - the big shower is quicker by far. There is a good walk-in dressing room with plenty of hangers and drawers. Tea and coffee available next to the room minibar. Altogether a charming and well-appointed apartment, well-kept by the housekeeping staff.
Do not expect entertainment, apart from soothing single instruments at dinner on some nights. The dining room is spacious with an additional open-air courtyard for warm evenings and cool.
breakfasts. Food service is very attentive, and the quality of cooking good though not quite up to the top standard. The book-only Indian restaurant was open for dinner on two nights per week, with an interesting menu which we did not get to try.
Our single complaint is that meals and drinks, especially alcohol, are well over-priced, Dinner for two most nights was close to £100 (sterling) with two courses and a bottle of modest Egyptian wine. One day we visited friends in the Sheraton, Soma Bay (45 minutes down the coast) for lunch and found they were paying literally half our price for the identical wine. Beer from the pool bar is nearly £5 for the quite nice local lager (Sakhara), three times what we paid for the same beer in a local beach cafe. This is a matter of management choice, but there is some slight feeling that a captive market is being gently exploited.
The local climate is delicious in winter, cool at night and 25 by day, when not cooled by the quite frequent breeze. There is a nice dive shop in the grounds, with excellent instructors, and local snorkelling is attractive, with a house reef easily accessible from the beach or the little pier, which has really good non-slip steps down. We enjoyed the snorkelling as much there as in the other three sites we visited, with the proviso that the sea gets a little choppy during strong breezes at low tide.
Enough said: we enjoyed our stay, though this is a small resort hotel of around 100 suites, and cannot compare for luxury with the big Oberois in Calcutta, Singapore, or Hong Kong. But for the lovely climate, swimming and reading, and for a quiet break with attentive service it stands up well.
Clientele was mixed, including Dutch, German, French, British, and Muslim visitors from other nearby Arab states. The atmosphere was calm and quite, especially round the beautiful three-level infinity pool, where towels arrive almost before you choose your sunbed. At half term there was an influx of children of various nationalities, all very well behaved. Your travel agent will propose expeditions, which we found interesting. The hotel's fleet of chauffeur driven Mercedes are much nicer than small local taxis and surprisingly good value for private trips.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just spent two weeks at the oberoi, the accomodation was a large king bed suite with a seperate sitting area. There are two large flat screen TVs in each suite a private courtyard with dining area and sun loungers. The rooms are tastefully decorated and very comfortable. The bathroom is large with shower and sunken bathroom in granite and the toiletries are replaced daily or if you run short on request. The whole complex is kept remarkably clean by the staff. The staff deserv a special mention because to a man( and woman ) they are polite helpful and above all a friendly people who make you feel welcome an liked.My wife and I both had birthdays during our stay and both had birthday cards and a cake delivered to our room. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh Hotel Hurghada
- Oberoi Hotel Hurghada
- Oberoi Hurghada
- Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh
- Hurghada Oberoi