We travelled in a group of 8 family members, three generations with ages ranging from 14 to 69, and had an absolutely fantastic holiday. The hotel is designed in a lovely village setting so you don’t feel that it is too large and it is maintained to a high standard by the cleaners and gardeners. We stayed in a two bedroom bungalow with our teenage children and the location was great as it was right near to the activity pool. Food at the hotel is very good with a great variety of choices to suit everyone’s taste. The Italian restaurant made a nice change and we ate there on three occasions, Mohammed treated as like VIP guests each time and the food was lovely.
There are two pools to choose from, one appears to be very relaxed and serene, although we always chose the activity pool and so didn’t actually spend any time at the quiet pool. However, we were told that the quiet pool was nicknamed ‘the English pool’ as that is where most of the English people tend to stay. We also took advantage of the water slides at the next door Nubian Village Hotel. Snorkelling was good but we were a bit surprised by how strong the currents were in the sea. As well as snorkelling you could also see a lot of exotic looking fish just by walking around in the shallower waters – worth buying coral shoes first though to avoid sore feet, we purchased them in the shops across the road from the hotel for £3.50 per pair.
The entertainment offered at the activity pool was great; stretching classes, aqua gym, water polo, beach volleyball, darts, boules, yoga, and dance classes kept us entertained all day long. The animation team couldn’t have been better, and we have been on lots of similar holidays so have plenty to compare with, and by the end of the two weeks we felt like the animation team were part of the family. The beach foam party is not to be missed, and gave us some great holiday memories. A big thank you to Kristi, Shereen, Pipoo, Mizo, Beso and Billy the Kid; the best animation team we have encountered and you made the holiday so fantastic and so memorable.
We were disappointed not to have been able to do the Jerusalem trip and Cairo trips due to the current unrest, but did venture out of the hotel a couple of times. One was a Thomson organised trip to the Old Market, which we thought would provide better bargains than the local shops or Soho Square but in fact the prices were very similar and the whole experience was a little bit uncomfortable due to the level of hassle you get from the traders – however, the guide did teach us to say ‘No thank you’ in Arabic which was quite an effective way to get the traders to leave you alone. Another night we took a taxi to Soho Square, much more touristy and it was very clean and modern. We had a fabulous time at the Ice Bar followed by dinner at Akuna Matata Restaurant which was a food court offering Italian, Mexican, Falafel, Noodles and other options. We had a main course and drink for about £5.50 per person and the Mexican food was delicious. The taxi to Soho Square was booked through our hotel and we paid £15 for the round trip, the taxi driver wouldn’t take the money until the end of the evening so we were sure he was going to return to pick us up and it was a no-hassle experience.
We did all suffer with the dreaded ‘Egyptian tummy’ during our break, some suffered worse than others. Tablets from the on-site pharmacy did help with the stomach cramps and it seems as if it’s hard to escape a trip to Egypt without experiencing this, even the locals seemed to suffer. Anise tea helped to ease the problem. I don’t think this was any reflection on the hotel cleanliness as friends who stayed at a different hotel also suffered.
Having been back home for a week, I have already lost count of the number of times I’ve heard the children say ‘I wish we were back in Egypt’. It was one of the best holidays we have had and I would definitely recommend it.
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