We chose to visit the Red Sea for some desperately needed winter sun. However, we were unlucky with the weather during that particular week (had been excellent the week before) and so the holiday proved to be disappointing. The resort is only really suited to hot weather, ie mostly beach and water-based activities, such as diving, swimming, boat trips and activities such as jeep safaris to the desert and sightseeing further afield to Cairo or Luxor. Without the sun, there is little to do - even walking is unintersting, as most of Hurghada is an unfinished building site. The local town is more interesting, although mostly only for shoppiing, but you get pestered continuously, so it is not pleasant.
As to the hotel itself, it is a bit dated and tired, but if you choose a junior suite, the room is comfortable, spacious and clean. There is a huge choice of buffet-stayle food at the various restaurants on the complex, plus fresh waffles, pancakes, pizzas and a char-grilled vegetable bar at various locations and times in the grounds, but the quality is variable and mostly mediocre. The evening entertainment is better than we have experienced at most hotels in the past and are varied and fun and include belly-dancing, local folk dancing, magicians, singers and games. The massage treatments are absolutely anazing and excellent value - try the hot stone massage - gorgeous!
Having said all that, the staff go out of their way to please - nothing is too much trouble and they are extremely hospitable. Unfortuately, my husband was taken ill during the week and had to be admitted to hospital. I cannot rate the care and attention he received too highly and the hotel staff, as well as the medical staff were genuinely concerned, caring and supportive.
If you are lucky enough to get some sunshine, the flaws could be overlooked. The only real concern, was a health and hygiene issue in the downstairs restaurant. The doors are kept open and in the morning and birds are allowed to fly in, landing on the bread and cakes, which are in an open diplay. I reported this twice - once to the restaurant staff and once to reception, but the problem was not addressed while we were there. If you like bread/cakes for breakfast, avoid this restaurant and go to the one upstairs!
If you are looking for an inexpensive break in the sun and maybe wish to use this as a base to explore Egypt's wonderful treasures at Luxor or Cairo (although both long trips), it may be the holiday for you, but personally, I wouldn't return to this resort or hotel. We did speak to some visitors who had combined a Nile cruise with a week at this resort and they reported having had a fantastic time.
Choose a junior suite for a spacious, comfortable room with a good view.
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