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Coral Sea Waterworld Resort
4.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   El-Salam Road, Sharm El Sheikh 317, Egypt   |  
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Ranked #39 of 228 Hotels in Sharm El Sheikh
Northampton, United Kingdom
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Fantasic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

Just brilliant sums this holiday up. I couldn't have asked for a better 2 weeks. Parents need to ensure they watch their children at all times though as the signs say. Go ahead and book this wonderful place

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

Just arrived back from 2 weeks at Coral Sea Resort, after a superb holiday.

After reading reviews before we travelled about the building works we were concerned enough to contact First Choice to ensure they were going to be complete. We needn't have worried as all works are complete, and the water park is superb.

We thought everything about the hotel was great apart from one thing. As mentioned in other reviews, the animation team are the one thing that seriously let this hotel down. The daytime activities consist of water volleyball, water polo, beach volleyball, darts, and some stupid cocktail game. There is little or no effort to get people involved as there is just no interaction with guests from the animation team, as they have no personality or character. The night time entertainment is quite frankly laughable, one night consisted of a screening of mama mia. The hotel need to look at this and address is quite quickly.

That aside, everything else is good, the food is good despite other reviews, to the contrary and has plenty of choice for all tastes. Each night is themed with a different theme from around the world, mexican,indian, italian etc, and is rotated over a 2 week period so you never experience the same night during a 2 week holiday. Yes there is a lot of items that repeat every night like french fries, white rice etc but other than that the food is of a good standard.

The mermaid restaurant is nice, but does have a limited menu, but the food is good especially the chicken shawrma.

The a la carte Indian and Italian are nothing special with the italian being slightly better but not great, and the indian to be honest was poor. The chicken was full of gristle, and the naan breads were hard and crispy, and the drinks were more or less the same as throughout the hotel, only had to be paid for.

One thing that future travellers need to be aware of is that the hotel are trying to enforce a dress code in the evening in the restaurant, no shorts, no flip flops etc. We were greeted one night mid holiday by the restaurant staff to be told that shorts wouldn't be permitted from the next night onwards. This did cause a lot of complaints to the first choice staff as there was no warning, and 90% of men had shorts or three quarter trousers on all the time. After complaining the hotel relented and said shorts could be worn as long as they were not swim shorts, but that they would be looking to enforce it later in the year, so be warned.

The rooms are big spacious and clean, and cleaned every day to a high standard.

The people from the spa, are annoying when you are by the pool and get quite shirty when they force a free massage on you as a sample by the pool and you still tell them you aren't interested.

The wifi in the hotel is expensive, and during our stay we started using the bus stop bar across the road as theirs is free, until one afternoon we were in there, when we were all asked to drink up and leave as they had to close due to maintenance issues. It then closed and never re-opened during our stay which we heard was down to fighting, mafia, and all sorts of other rumours. We therefore used Viva bar, a bit further down the strip as their wifi is also free (password goodnight) and the staff are nice.

The waterpark is brilliant and things have tightened up since the tragedy and become stricter, and the staff are brilliant. Dont be put off by using it because of ehat happened, as like any water park in the world, if you keep your kids under your own watchful eye there should be no problems.

The first choice staff in the hotel, are extremely friendly and helpful, with a special mention to Mahmoud who is a genuinely nice and helpful guy, and we enjoyed many an end of day shisha with him, thanks Mahmoud.

Last but not least, and the best part of the hotel....the shisha tent. Ahmed and Hassan who run it, are two top blokes, who made our holiday and our kids loved them, They entertained, with football, board games, music, and rides on Bobby the camel, and couldn't do enough. They are a credit to the hotel, and a big thanks to them both, we gained two friends in them.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

Just got back from sharm 23rd may brilliant hotel brilliant hotel staff food not so good all repetitive defiantly had enough at the end the weather was superb kids entertainment was dismal nothing for my 12 year old girl and 7 year old to do in the day and the night time entertainment was laughable same old kids disco every nite that was aimed at kids 1-5 year olds. The room was cleaned every day to a high standard thanks to (Hassan) all in all the water park was tremendous but the tragedy of the little girl put us off it. The normal pool was good my kids loves it

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lincoln, England, United Kingdom
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

Returned early hours of this morning (24th May 2013) after a sun filled week at the Coral Sea Waterworld.

ACCOMMODATION:
The hotel itself was great, no problems with cleanliness. Our cleaner was brilliant and made us lovely towel sculptures. The room #2157 was great, with a sea view. All staff were friendly and courteous at all times to my family.

FOOD:
The food was OK, choice was a little limited if you aren't of the adventurous type. Although even my wife tried roasted Ostrich leg! The selection is not different really from anything else I have been offered whilst being abroad... After all you aren't in the UK so things will be different.
The Mermaid Bar was definitely our favorite for lunch as the Dine Around restaurant got very 'samey' if you went 3 times a day.
I found Hayat bottled water (Red Cap) a little strange tasting however the Aquafina (Blue cap) that was brought in later during the week was much better. The problem with the bottled water was that it was not available throughout the day (only during lunch and dinner services). There was water available from numerous water towers however we were a little skeptical of drinking from it.
Soft Drinks were fine with Pepsi and 7Up being offered. The beer (Pharaohs Beer and 'Stella'?!?!) however was not very good usually it was warm! :(

WEATHER:
Fabulous! Pretty sure it never went below 35 Celcius...

FACILITIES:
The Water World was brilliant and our children (5 and 8) loved it! Despite the 'incident' that occurred during our stay we never feared for our childrens safety as we supervised them in the pools at all times. At the end of the day that is your responsibility as a parent not someone elses. My children spent endless hours in the Wave Pool without any issues.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
1 review
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

I felt I had to write this review in support of the hotel and Tui; we arrived on the 15th May and were delighted with the layout of the hotel and our room.

Unfortunately we were at the waterpark during the tragic incident (the little angel was laid on the floor right next to our sunbeds) and I am not going to get into the details of what people are saying happened that day but I do feel it is important to state that the hotel have very clear signs stating that children are the responsibility of the parents. In my opinion there were lifeguards on duty and they actively joined in the attempts to resuscitate this little girl.

We booked the hotel specifically for the waterpark and although this was the most shocking experience in fairness to the hotel the facility is amazing. Clean and well planned. We found the staff very helpful and eager to please and although it was an uncomfortable few minutes when we went back into the waterpark on the Saturday I am glad we did so.

The pools within the hotel complex were excellent with both shallow and deeper areas, the swim up bars were an added bonus.

Our room was amazing, and was kept immaculate by our lovely cleaner. Only issue we had with the room was the size of the pillows :-)

The beach was clean and there were always sunbeds available. Although it was very shallow for a long way out so snorkelling was only off the jetty - we did take our 4 year old an a great boat trip booked on the beach which went over the reef and he was able to look through a window into the coral below. Lots of Nimo fish to be seen :-)

The Mozzies were bad, but we bought some of the local spray and once we used that we didn't have a problem. It was very hot for the time of the year and I think they were worse than usual.

Food wise I have a very fussy 4 year old and he ate like a horse - they alternate between pancakes and waffles at breakfast and he loved them with warm chocolate sauce. Lunch at the mermaid bar was excellent. I agree not the most extensive menu but a choice of 14 or 15 dishes so plenty to chose from.

Dinner in the buffet was great; we have been on a lot of all inclusive holidays and this was better than a lot of them. Lots of lovely salads and always a carvery meat along with various different main course meat dishes to pick. Sweets were the best we have ever had, particularly the chocolate brownie like ones.

It was the most traumatic experience of my life at the pool on the Friday but the Reps were wonderful with us (I can only speak as I find) and the management of the hotel were very happy to talk things through with us to put our minds at rest. It would be a real shame if this lovely hotel was judged on what was just a tragic accident.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Omaha, Nebraska
1 review
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

We arrived late, tired and hungry, unloaded our cases and within minutes ushered to the restaurant for dinner, the start of a carefree chilled week.
I am writing this because i have witnessed some ridiculous behaviour and seen reviews that do not resemble my experience.
Food: various, some you will like,some maybe not, that is a variety of fresh breads. usual cereals,
we often favoured a greek style, made up from tomatoes cucumber feta boiled egg etc
I also enjoyed soused Herring type fish for breakfast
For lunch when going to the Mermaid,it was pleasant but very much less variety.
I could go into all the different dinners but that's for each to explore and make up for themselves. Always available, boiled potatoes, plain rice, freshly made pasta, spinach or cooked vegetables and a mountain of different styles of food.
I heard a mother complain that there was nothing child friendly.......Chips always.......she wanted chicken nuggets and i suspect backed beans,
Explore the food hall, healthy section, oriental section, i could go on....I ate roast ostrich for the first time and boringly another day had some roast turkey, missing the delicious moussaka my daughter was tucking in to.
Safety, its in your hands, i was witness to the words and sobs of a distraught father and missed being in that location by taking lunch, I am CPR trained and would have possibly noticed earlier had i been in that 'wave pool' all week i had been witness to near miss or accidents waiting to happen...........please PARENTS do not leave your child without a diligent eye, it takes one gulp
panic and gone.......is anything food or otherwise in this world worth it.!!!!
I will forever think that like in the other pools all week,I may have been the hand available to lift that child's head, or steady her But.........your child should be on an invisible elastic, adventure
but only a reach away.
The beach, perfect for children to play safely with bucket and spade in the age old way....sun beginning to set friends lounging and chatting and children digging a deep hole, collecting water to fill it and watching the fish as they do. very safe for children as long as parents remember that a toddler can drown in 2 inches of water
BE SAFE ENJOY THIS LOVELY PLACE!!!!!!

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

just returned from our 10th visit and my parents 7th first off my mum uses a wheelchair and finds it hard to do stairs on arrival my parents were put on the 2nd floor when said it was not suitable they upgraded them to the ground floor which they had to pay half the upgrade price (which i think this is wrong to penalize disabled people)went to see fc reps and they refunded our late room checkout as a refund ,the water-park is very good you can have the best of both worlds with the quiet beach or the pool and there is quiet parts of the water-park the lazy river is fab. the only thing now they are gearing for family's so they need to up date some more of the building eg lifts plus some of the staff are not as friendly with you anymore which is a shame as it used to feel like our second home nebil samir and bob and Mahmoud are still friendly there the best 4 left at the resort i think the rooms are clean but you only sleep in them so they don't need to be top notch its a shame i think they are ruining what was once a very good hotel and holiday we will return don't now how many more times will just have to wait and see please don't treat this as a bad review as we are all different and like different things

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: El-Salam Road, Sharm El Sheikh 317, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > South Sinai > Sharm El Sheikh
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#24 Family Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
#24 Top resorts Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
#25 Spa Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
#34 On the Beach Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
#34 Luxury Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
#40 Romantic Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Coral Sea Waterworld Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 376
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
When it's time to plan your next family vacation, choose the Coral Sea Waterworld beachfront all-inclusive resort and experience the newest water park in Nabq Bay, Sharm El Sheikh. Coral Sea Waterworld families are guaranteed to enjoy spending days on the body slides: twisting body slide, speed slides, tube and multi-lane slides. After the sun goes down, enjoy fine dining at the Indian restaurant, then laze around with friends over a drink at Finnley’s bar or perhaps feel the beats at the Hard Rock Café just around the corner. Make Coral Sea Waterworld your next Sharm El Sheikh getaway and experience utmost action! ... more   less 
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