It was mainly due to the ridiculous price of flights to Bangkok that prevented my partner and I from venturing to our favourite Indo China destinations.
So out of a desire to travel and go to somewhere different with some sun we ended up in Sharm, it took some convincing mind as I am not one for sat around doing nothing, but the price helped and indeed the opportunity to try a cruise the following week, once again not my first choice.
So after much deliberation we booked the Nubian Village for 1 week and a Thomson Red Sea Cruise the following week.
The hotel was excellent, very clean and not in the least bit shabby. The grounds were excellent as was the beach which again was clean with plenty of sunbeds.
Rooms were cleaned daily and our chap was very helpful and went beyond the call of duty to help when asked.
Food was wonderful as were the choices which remained varied the entire week, we stayed during New Year and the food and displays on the gala evening were spectacular. Although the service is buffet style there were never any shortage of waiters fetching your drink orders.
The hotel did its best to provide evening entertainment but this was not our cup of tea and to be honest was pretty dire. We ventured out to the bars near TGI Fridays, I would recommend the Three Crowns nearby .. great atmosphere and after some haggling and arm waving it was just a few quid in a taxi or a 25 minute walk.
There are many mentions of the Russians on these reviews, yes some are rude and abrupt and dont know the meaning of please and thank you, but hey thats their problem and it did not spoil our holiday. In fact it added some childish amusement to our own after dinner entertainment as we watched the Russians cramming vast amounts of food onto dinner plates, one family in particular got their charming kids (not) to go and fill their plates with food from the BBQ. The quantity of kebabs on that plate and the way it was balanced was a miracle of modern engineering from someone so young, that kid will build bridges one day.
Do our Soviet friends not have Coco-Pops in their homeland, if so the guy who ate 6 huge bowls for breakfast doesn’t know where to buy them.
The other game we played was guess who is going home that night, all I can say is that there must be a shortage of oranges in Russia. The amount of fruit taken out in bags and ruksacs would crack most scales at the airport weigh-in, never mind the cost of excess baggage.
Yes the Russians can be a pain if you let them .. clearly we didn’t.
Sharm itself isnt a pretty place and other than a few bars as mentioned there isnt a lot to go there for. A lot of people never strayed from the hotel due to the hassle you get from pushy taxi drivers and shop owners, just ignore them and walk on. They mean you know harm they have not yet sussed out that when they hassle they push you away. We ventured to the old market one day, which is worth a trip, go late in the day (£13 return by taxi)
As for other activities to add variety we went quad biking in the desert which was great fun and I went diving which was excellent as was Ocean College who looked after me on their wonderful boat, great day out and great guys .. well recommended.
Warning .. do not go on a camel, its one price to get on it, its several times as much to get off it. Dont even take a photo of them. Its a rip off and one that we witnessed as a family visibly upset tried to negotiate themselves out of a costly 5 minute ride for their 2 children
Would I go back to Sharm .. no there is no need, not enough to do and I feel I have “done it” Its a beach and hotel holiday, I have no regrets having done it, but I want more and was soon looking forward to our cruise the following week.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Nubian Village
- Nubian Village Sharm El Sheikh
- Nubian Village Egypt