Travelled to le royal sharm for the first week of May with Thomas cook as a young couple. The hotel we found over all to be fantastic, even more so because of the price we paid. On arrival we were greeted and taken to our room, it was in block 34 which was possibly the furthest we could have been from reception (near to the aqua park) but the walk never bothered us as the grounds are so beautiful. The room was lovely, super kingsize bed loads of space, nice balcony, bathroom was lovely and big with greAt walk in shower. There are gardeners and cleaners everywhere the swimming pools were great, sunbeds were lovely and plenty of them. There are only at present two restaurants in the all inclusive, both are buffet, we found the food to be of high quality sometimes a little repetitive but lovely. The staff could not do more for you especiAlly in the main restaurant, we did have the issue of them being slow with drinks a couple of times, this should be something that needs to be worked on, however staff were all lovely made us feel very welcome.
We visited the spa for a two hour treatment on the first day, you can haggle with the man who comes and sells it around by the pool well worth it if you like that kind of thing!
We also chose to do the quad biking which was absolutely amazing, out in the dessert and its for about 3 hours, only 20 pound each from the hotel entertainment team. We also heard from lots of other guests that the boat trip was a really good day out.
The private beach is located just over the road at the sonesta beach hotel, it's literally over the road don't worry about waiting for the shuttle bus. The beach was small but lovely clear water with some fab fish, however Rocky under foot so would recommend some jelly shoes. The aqua park was brilliant much better than we thought loads of slides big and small.
Definitely worth going up to the sky bar, atmosphere and views are lovely and drinks really aren't badly priced. Only complaint would be bars shut too early! All inclusive bar is midnight and sky bar is 1am. It's a taxi ride away to naama bay or soho square, personally we would recommend soho square no one can hassle you to come into their shop/bar and makes for a nice evening out.
PLEASE NOTE COUPLE OF HELPFUL TIPS
Thomas cook will tell you in the welcome meeting to only arrange excursions through them as its "dangerous" I've never heard anything so ridiculous as Thomas cook do the exact same excursions for double the price, as a large company they should be ashamed they're trying to stop good people from earning a living. Also we booked a private transfer online and it was 18pound for the two of us we arrived one hour before people on our flight who went on the Thomas cook coach (who would have charged us 38pound)
At the airport they will shuffle you to buy a visa which YOU DO NOT NEED IF YOU ARE NOT GOING ANYWHERE ELSE EXCEPT SHARM, THIS INCLUDES THE BOAT TRIP AND DESERT EXCURSIONS. We were conned into paying 40English pound which we didn't know.
Also don't change any money before travelling, they like taking English money and you get things for cheaper than in Egyptian pounds as the rate over there is much higher.
The only issue with one member of hotel staff we had was the room cleaner he told us a story of how he was going on holiday the next day so we would tip him, magically his holiday was 'cancelled' the next day and he fished for a tip on the last day, which we thought was pretty cheeky.
Finally, cover yourself in bug spray as mosquitos there love everyone, not just people who normally get bitten. (Get 50% deet or above in the bug spray, this way they won't come near you!)
All in all we had an amazing week, it's a great place for relaxing in the sun, hotel is immaculate and there are places a short taxi ride away to go out if you get fed up of the all inclusive food. Ideal for couples and families.
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- Le Royal Holiday Resort Sharm El Sheikh is the latest addition of Le Royal Hotels & Resorts, a brand celebrated for premium standards and a hallmark made of excellence and comfort. 432 luxury accommodations, 12 exclusive Food & Beverage outlets, state-of-the art Wellness Center, extensive Aqua Park are just a few of the top facilities featured in the beach resort. ... more less
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