We booked this holiday at the last minute because the price was right and we craved some warm weather. Sunshine is more or less guaranteed around the Red Sea even in January and February. We were not disappointed and were able to sunbath on the beach or round the pool. It got a bit breezy later on but it did not spoil it for us.
The Monarch flight was OK but a bit cramped; we did not want to pay £40 each for a bit of legroom. Take your own in-flight entertainment, there's none on the plane. We flew from Manchester and unfortunately on the return flight we were diverted to Luton for refueling. We had to disembark and go on a route march round the airport, going through immigration and security before marching to the furthest gate to fly on to Manchester. It was late at night and we did not enjoy it.
One tip: when you arrive at Hurghada airport don't fall for the visa scam. Guys in suits, carrying agency boards, [eg Red Sea Holidays], will direct you to one side of the hall where you will be charged £13 for your visa. The right price is £10 and that is what you pay at the other side of the hall.
The hotel is very good and came up to our expectations. The facilities and rooms are very good and as described in the brochure and on line. The staff are very friendly and polite and generally give good service. I must mention one in particular and that is Essam who runs the Siva Bar in the main foyer. He is the ultimate professional and goes to great lengths to look after his customers.The food is good with plenty of choices and always fresh salad and fruit. Only an unbelievably fussy person would have a problem in finding something to their taste.
The all inclusive local drinks were OK and we enjoyed them. My wife took a shine to their version of Ouzo. The only exception was their whisky. We took one whiff of it and decided that discretion was the better part of valour.
Overall our experience was very enjoyable and good value for what we paid.
On leaving there is a gang of guys who collect your cases from the room. I was quite happy to tip the one who took our bags but was a bit put out when waiting to board the coach another guy tried to con me out of more money saying he had moved our bags. I bade him a fond farewell.
Don't be put off, we had a very good week.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Siva Grand Beach