We stayed as a couple between May 2nd & May 9th
This was our 13th trip to Egypt & our 2nd time to CML
Thomson flight from Gatwick was as usual, very disappointing, no on board entertainment what’s so ever, even the safety video wouldn’t work.
5hr 15min flight cramped up in a seat with legroom more suitable for a 10 year old left me completely stressed out, bearing in mind I’m 6ft3 tall
Can honestly say it’s the last time we will use Thomson’s
We reached the Hotel in the evening & discovered the buffet restaurant was closed, so we went straight to bed for an early start next morning
Even though I requested by email a bottom floor room as near to the diving centre as possible, we were allocated block19 on the 3rd floor, which is on the other side of the hotel grounds.
they couldn’t have located us further from the diving centre if they tried, room19302 was right next to the hotels sewerage pump room & the smell wafting across our balcony meant it was a no go area for us
not going to mention the food or drinks, just about every other review has already touched on this
hotel grounds still look very impressive, lovely winding pathways through very dense vegetation consisting date palms, Cactus gardens, climbing bougainvillaea plants & manicured lawns, all maintained daily by the gardeners.
I`m used to spending fortunes in hotels for Wi-Fi service, it’s all still free here, & on the last day I noticed WI-FI antennas being erected around the hotel grounds, So I’m thinking WI-FI will be available in rooms soon, but be warned, connection speeds are frustratingly slow
Evening entertainment is notorious for being very poor in Egypt, but the shows here were not too bad
I ventured out on one particular night to buy cigarettes, while walking back to the hotel at about 10pm a local guy legged it across the road towards me & offered me hash & cocaine, I refused his offer, no doubt it was probably fake!!!
Apparently, there were all sorts of games going on during the day around the main pool, but we’re beach lovers & we spent all our time here.
Beach bar & waiter service is very good, just give `em a small tip & they will keep you topped up with whatever you want.
Snorkelling on the reef from the jetty was great fun in the big swells.
If you’re a novice or not confident while swimming on the reef, there’s a lifeguard onsite & the sea was always a lot calmer in the afternoons.
Did plenty of diving with magic divers, they are very professional.
But the lack of British divers made it a little difficult for me trying to get along with other European divers, I found them a miserable bunch & very unsociable.
You can contact the reception the day before you leave & book late checkout, costs €20 to keep your room until 3pm
House reef is ok but lacked fish; I did about 6 dives & didn’t see a single lion fish or blue spotted ray on any dives.
Diving Tiran island was a good day out, Gordon & Jackson reef are still looking good
The only disappointment is Sharm airport on returning home, it’s a very chaotic place
At least 5 flights returning to the UK roughly at the same time, long queues
With security staff encouraging people to push to the front, it reminded me of the programme (it’s a knockout)
Would we return again, noooo way, judging by the people at Sharm airport, looks like the Benidorm brigade has taken over Sharm, this was topped off with a horrible flight home.
Back to the Maldives or the Caribbean next year me thinks
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