Stay date: 13 November for 10 days
My wife and I have just returned from a wonderful stay at the Xperience Sea Breeze hotel. As always I will try my best to give you an honest and unbiased opinion as to how I found things during my stay.
I really don’t need to tell any of you how important it is to have some prior knowledge and inside information about the hotel you are planning to stay in before making that big decision and making that final choice of accommodation. I know some of you just want somewhere to lay your head at night while having a great time during the day but if you’re like our family accommodation and room is top of the list when holidaying abroad and especially in Egypt.
Let me start by saying that this hotel is a new build only opening its doors to the public at the beginning of October this year. The management and staff are still in the very early stages of trying their best to make this hotel a truly 5 star experience and are still very much in the proceeds of gathering guest opinions and suggestions to further improve the experience of your stay and for getting it right for future guests.
The hotel complex is not as big and sprawling as others in the area such as Sultan Gardens (where we stayed last year) and Sea Magic; both are located on either side of this hotel. All the rooms on the complex are built to a high standard and are nicely decorated. There are a number of deluxe rooms available which are fitted with a small Jacuzzi in the bathroom and appear to be slightly larger than the normal rooms.
All rooms are provided with tea and coffee making facilities, tea, coffee, sugar and powdered milk is replenished on a daily basis along with a litre bottle of fresh water, if you require fresh milk it is available to buy on site for approx £1.30 a litre. You also have a mini fridge in your room so you can keep your milk cold along with other drinks. Soft drinks are provided in your fridge at a premium.
All the deluxe rooms are situated above the al la carte restaurant called Elements and the Zen Bar which overlook the main pool, all have full sea view. This block is known as the 1800 block. We stayed in room 1817 which was an end room on the top level which had fantastic views of the pool, sea, surrounding area and Tiran Island. The only small niggle I found with the room was the finishing in the bathroom, Grout staining on the floor and the touching up around the bath with sealant appeared to be a little rushed due to the hotel opening on time for the winter period, the rest of the room was lovely, well furnished and decorated with a very comfortable bed and great bedding and pillow materials, the main feature being the massive flat screen TV showing a variety of foreign channels and a few in English ones to boot with some very up to date blockbuster films being shown
The al la carte restaurant that I mentioned is open for all inclusive snacks from 12:30 till late afternoon and serves really good food from a varied menu. In my opinion the menu should be extended with more options to choose from. The management and waiter service in both these places is excellent
The main all inclusive Tiran restaurant is located above the reception area and once again it is nicely decorated with a good lay out of table space and food area. In my opinion the food choice is limited for the British compared to other all inclusive hotels I have stayed in Egypt but the food is cooked very well and is tasty, maybe this is an area that management could look at. I have noticed not only in this hotel but in others in Sharm El Sheikh that the British menu tends to get overlooked in favor of mainly western European tastes although I do accept that each night the restaurant had a country menu theme night and that they tried to cater for everyone. It may go down well for the management team if the British guests are catered for more appropriately. Breakfast time is a bit of a problem for the British, again the choice is very limited but there is an omelet station to the side and the chef will cook you fresh eggs, omelet’s to your taste.
My wife and I skipped breakfast on most mornings opting for a more varied lunch at the Elements Restaurant. I accept the argument that “don’t expect the typical full English breakfast when you’re in Egypt and don’t expect your steak and chips, fish and chips etc”. But when you look at other guests from other countries getting what they want in the food department then ask yourself why can’t we get a bit of British when we want it?. I’m quite sure other guests from other countries wouldn’t mind a bit of British as well. I’m also quite sure that the chef if asked would have tried his best to cook you anything you wanted but us Brits tend not to make a fuss and go along with the flow.
The entertainment aspect of the hotel is varied. The hotel puts on live shows every night which are staged in a small outside area near reception; some of the shows are performed by people from outside the hotel who probably perform on the Sharm hotel circuit
Other nights the really great animation team do their bit by doing dances, quizzes etc. and throughout the day the animation team can be seen everywhere, all of them doing a really fantastic job.
.Around the main pool the animation team make them selves known to everyone and make every guest feel special with their warm and genuine intent, they will do anything for you. They arrange nights out to shows and discos and they go along with you for the ride keeping you all safe and sound. I can’t speak highly enough of them as each and every one of them is special. If you do decide to go to the hotel watch out for the BUMBA dance after aqua gym in the morning at the main pool.
The recreation team is also a special bunch of people, these are the guys who look after the guests while sun bathing around the pools or on the beach area, and again they are very special and courteous and will do anything to help you. They make every effort to make the guests feel special; they look out for you and if you want anything they will do there best to accommodate your request, they all work very hard and do a fantastic job...
I could go on and on about this hotel but I won’t I just hope ive painted a true picture of how it really was for us. We had a great time here and can highly recommend this hotel as being one of the best in Sharm.
We made one complaint to management during our stay which I might add had nothing to do with the running of the hotel. It was on our last night, we were woken up 3 times 3:30 4:30 and 5 am by a group of drunken Russian guys who took it upon themselves to cause havoc by shouting and banging on another Russian guests room next to ours ., Management informed us that they had had several other complaints about the behavior of Russian guests . They informed us that they had spoken to the Russian people concerned and told them that if they received one more complaint they would be evicted from the hotel. I believe they meant it. We don’t know if they had any more complaints, lets hope not for there sake and for other guests trying to enjoy there holidays
I would like to finish by thanking the following people for making our time at the Xperince Sea Breeze so special.
Reception: All with special thanks to: Hany, Michele and Behmen
Animation Team: You all did a fantastic job but special thanks to: Oleg. Joseph, Mido. Svetlana, Aisa Naisa (not sure about the spelling but you all know who you are)
Recreation Team you were all fantastic but special thanks to: Joseph and Steven
Bar Staff: You were all fantastic but special thanks to: Osama and Eissa
Waiters: you were all fantastic but special thanks to: Mohammed and Amir
Cleaners: All of you were very professional and did a fantastic job
Finally: Would I come back, what do you think?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Xperience Sea Breeze Resort is situated on Shark’s Bay, a prime spot in Sharm El Sheikh. This spectacular beach front resort uniquely boasts its own private marina & offers magnificent sea views with a variety of aqua sports, scuba diving & snorkeling. The 304 luxurious guest rooms & suites are elegantly furnished to provide every facility to indulge the discerning traveler. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Xperience Sea Breeze Hotel Sharm El Sheikh