Travelled to Egypt and stayed in this resort during the second week of January 2013.
The hotel view outside on approach is beautiful and big. The resort itself is also very large, there's plenty areas around to sunbathe and enjoy the sun. Didn't really get to experience much warm weather as we were told that usually the first 10days of the year are the coldest (typical we went when it was cold). Plenty of couples and small families in the area. Staff in the resort are very friendly, always greet you in passing. One major thing which was a huge letdown was the selection of food. Although they had a variety everyday, it wasn't piping hot and become warm once we sat down to eat. There isn't a huge choice as i would've expected from an all inclusive however i suppose its worth what you pay for. On the plus side, there are two main restaurants within this hotel, which you are able to alternate between which we did. There is also an indoor and outdoor seating arrangement if you wish to sit out or in. The main 'Grill' restaurant has a few safety inconveniences in that the floor is all brick (mainly as it's outdoor) so the tables and chairs often weren't completely steady and wobbled about sometimes. Staff operated extremely efficiently which i liked, and there's plenty of them around to serve guests.
Bedrooms are a nice size and the beds were amazingly comfortable. The bathroom has all the basic amenities. Storage space to hang clothes and laundry service. Bedrooms were tidied and replenished promptly every morning and our cleaner made us really pretty animals out of towels every day. Mini fridge drinks including coke, pepsi and water are free to drink and are topped up every day. Also have a kettle and tea/coffee sachets.
One main issue i had when out in Egypt but particularly within our resort was the guys around trying to sell excursions to tourists. It is a major pet hate of mine when being pressured into buying or looking at something, so if you are browsing through brochures, my advice is not to say yes straight away (unless you are genuinely interested) in case you find a better deal elsewhere, as we did with our holiday rep. It was then a little awkward to say no to the first guy as he was expecting money from us. It doesn't happen often and if you make clear you're not interested then i'm sure they'll leave you alone.
The resort itself is very clean and well maintained, beautifully decorated with plants, trees and flowers around. Plenty of things to do (free billiards room, spa & gym, kids play area, designated performance and shisha places etc). Overall enjoyed and was happy with our pick of accommodation but the food selection is the major letdown for me,
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