A little late with this review as we were there in March. Loved the hotel! The staff were all excellent.
Room - As far as I know, most rooms have a sea view. Tea & coffee in the rooms was a nice touch. Large room, a little tired maybe but very clean. Lovely balcony with table, chairs and a sun lounger, which was great except the balcony was in the shade for most of the time, but some people would prefer this? Couple of minor issues with the room over the 2 weeks, but they were always dealt with swiftly.
Food - Arabian Restaurant, buffet, themed to various Arabian countries and in my opinion the nicest restaurant decor wise. El Sol Restaurant, buffet, themes were more worldwide. By far the busiest and the biggest. Both had a wide range of foods which were always hot, which I was very pleased about, after having trouble with cold food in hotels in the past. I'm vegetarian and had no trouble finding plenty to eat, although it may be an idea for vegetarian dishes to be marked in some way - I had to ask the chefs as it was often difficult to see if the dishes contained meat. Mediterranean Restaurant, A la carte, 1 visit per stay unless you're with Thomas Cook, then unlimited, although you do have to book at reception. Wasn't that keen personally. I had a creamy ravioli dish, which tasted strongly of meat fat (no idea why!) which really put me off, but generally I felt the restaurant lacked atmosphere. Aida(?) on the beach, open for breakfast & lunch. Food was good, but had more of a 'canteen' feel to it. Beach Bar, amazing pizzas at lunchtime, with salads, burgers hot dogs and chicken. Lovely!
Bars - Lobby Bar, nice, relaxing, live music most nights, but sometimes had to wait a while for a waiter to appear. It was very busy though. Outside Bar, down steps from the pool, sorry I can't remember what it's called. Lovely to sit outside of an evening, staff very attentive. Not many tables though due to some kind of shallow pool/water feature which took up most of the space. Not sure what it was or why it was there. Jungle Disco, entertainment was in here most nights, although it was round the pool on some occasions, I think it depends on the weather so maybe outdoor more in Summer. Didn't like the place at all! To me it smelled damp and sweaty, a bit like changing rooms at the swimming baths! Only ventured in once. Drinks - never the best in Egypt, but surprised to read some recent reviews as I didn't think they were that bad and have certainly had much worse! Beach - Wonderful! The lagoon is lovely and safe, but after Sharm, I was a bit disappointed with the snorkeling. Lots to see if you go under the arch into the sea proper, but I'm not confident enough to do that. Still saw lots of fish, but not much variety. Sun goes behind the hotel quite early in the afternoon (at least it did in March, don't know how that changes throughout the year) so if you're staying all day, sunbeds nearer the water tend to get more sun. Sunbed saving was a bit of a problem, although the towel boys would always find or bring you some if you asked. What annoyed me more was people taking windbreaks away from other sunbeds and having 2 or 3 to themselves. Selfish! Red flag is a good idea to stop sales people from bothering you. However, must say try the boat trips from the hotel. We did a glass bottom boat trip. It was lovely and very reasonably priced. Also a bonus to get on boat at the hotel and not catch a bus first. Management were always around the beach asking if everything was ok, which I thought was a nice touch. What was also lovely was being waved off by staff as we left. I know a lot of people return to the hotel again and again, there was even a 'VIP' Cocktail party for returning guests one evening. We don't tend to go back to places (life's too short & too much to see) but I can understand why they do. Going outside - yes you get the hassle, but I found it to be gentler and less aggressive than Sharm. If you turn right out of hotel there is a shop that advertises 'No Hassle', which means nothing in Sharm, but I promise you there is NONE. The man was lovely and only approached us when we asked questions or were ready to buy.
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