We stayed here for a week after having visited Sharm previously.
Having read some of the reviews here I have to say I was a bit concerned about what was going to find and was worried about the hotel being deserted, staff rude etc. bit this could not be further from the truth.
The hotel is massive and attached to the Titanic Palace which is not open due to low visitor numbers. The rumour was that guests who had booked there were being downgraded to the Titanic Beach instead; I don't know if that's true but we estimated it was at less than 50% capacity as there are two large buffet restaurants and only one was operating. This suited us as there were never any problems finding sunbeds, no big queues at meals and generally it was quite quiet, although the numbers did seem to increase noticably in the last couple of days of our trip.
Our room was smartly but simply decorated and spacious with views across the pool between the hotels and to the sea in the distance. It had all the facilities you would expect including mini-bar with fresh bottles of water being left for us every day. We had two beds, each the size of a small double. The room was cleaned immaculately every day. The only thing I would criticise would be the air conditioning, which was sometimes a little noisy, and on occasion the water from the shower and especially the taps was a little cooler than I might have liked.
The pool area is massive and we enjoyed lounging around. There is only one bar in the centre, although we did have one waiter who would always bring us a drink. The pools were very clean- we saw them being cleaned daily- but the water was freezing. This seems to be common in Egypt, but I don't know why.
You do get pestered when sitting round the pool by the ladies in the spa who want to give you a massage/haircut/shave for the gents, by guys offering various trips on boats or quad bikes and by people wanting you to leave the hotel that night to watch a show in another bar. All of these are obviously at an extra cost. None of the prices seemed extortionate- in fact they were pretty good value- e.g. about £50 for an hour massage followed by Turkish Hammam- I think that's pretty good- and they were polite but very persistent. In the end we found the best thing was just to say 'no, thank you, we really aren't interested, sorry', which is hard to do and be polite, but once you do that then they do leave you alone.
The waterpark is good fun- several of the slides were permanently open and, again, because the hotel was not too full, you never had to wait. I can imagine it would be a nightmare in busy times. The beach is gorgeous- sometimes the tide is right out and you can walk in the sand for up to a km before you reach it. There are lovely loungers with windbreaks- it does get blowy sometimes. There is also a pier to walk along. There was a beach bar which looked pretty nice but we never had the need to visit it.
The hotel itself has got a lot of facilities, tennis courts, a la carte restaurants (which you can make one visit to one during your stay) and a lot of things you have to pay extra for like a bowling alley. There is a shopping arcade with one useful shop (a supermarket selling gifts, chocolate, sweets, crisps, cigarettes and postcards) and several luxury goods shops- a jewellers, a perfume shop and a watch shop amongst others. We bought some perfume which was expensive in itself but good value for what you are getting. The hotel is also trying to always get you to pay extra by offering you fresh juices, popcorn etc. although again none of these are unreasonable in cost.
We used the buffet restaurant for all our meals and I would say it had positives and negatives. On the plus side, everything we ate was delicious and clearly freshly prepared. At breakfast there was an omelette station and a pancake station as well as loads of delicious pastries and all the usual items. Remember- no pork so no sausages or bacon. At dinner there were always fresh chips, fresh pasta and sauces, an outdside bbq grill and a lady making wonderful fresh bread which was just delicious.
On the downside, the food was repetitive. There was never much variety from day to day (although there was plenty within each meal). This didn't bother us as we knew everything would be nice and that we would find something we liked, but this isn't the kind of hotel you should go to if you want a different gourmet dinner every night. I think you have to accept that isn't going to happen in a place of this size and on the budgets they probably operate to.
There was an animation team who did entertainment every night and activities in the day but we prefer to just sit about, expecially of an evening. It was lovely on the outside terrace above the main restaurant, overlooking the pool, having a couple of drinks. The rose wine was good as was the lager and spirits, personally I found the white wine disgusting but I think it was maybe to cater more for the German guests. Also, there doesn't seem to be so much of a concept of juice- if you ask for vodka and orange you get vodka and orange squash! Use fizzy instead- you can help yourself to that too! We had a lovely regular waiter, Abu, who was such a nice guy and taught us some Arabic, and told us a bit about life in Egypt. We had a hilarious discussion about the weather in the UK, he couldn't really grasp the concept of temeratures much lower then 20 degrees! We gave him a tip at the end of the holiday which is something we have never done before as we really thought the service he gave us was exceptional.
Overall there were a couple of little annoyances here and there, most of which I have mentioned, I think the only thing I have omitted is that there is no bottled water in the hotel other than what you are given every day in your mini-bar. Apart from that you have to help yourself by the glass which is annoying as it's so hot and really you should be drinking a good couple of litres a day or more if you have had a drink the previous night!
Overall we have said we would return to the Titanic Beach but ironically it probably suited us a lot better for being so quiet. It is a place that would attract families and I think when you are a couple away together you don't always want that. We would definitely go at this time of year but I think if it was busier we would have less of a good time. There are a few little maintenance issues and the hotel could do with a smarten up but with things as they are and relatively few guests you can't be surprised. Also, most of the staff are in sailor's uniforms to continue the 'Titanic' theme with different colours for different types of jobs. It all felt a bit retro and I did feel sorry for them sometimes. It can't be easy to clean a room while wearing a brown sailor suit.
I would say to people, if you are thinking of going to Egypt, please do. The Red Sea are is perfectly safe and the people are so lovely.
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