Great Aqua Park, enough to keep you and importantly the kids busy. Lots of meals and snacks served all day. The kids pools have been extended since our last stay 2 years ago and nearly all of the pools were heated which is a BIG plus. Some of the pools were literally like stepping into a bath which was very nice and not all hotels heat their pools. Even in March / April when outside temps reach 30C, the pool water is cold unless heated.
The Food - lots of it. Has to cater for a wide variety of cuisines - some hit and miss for UK palates. My experience was that there was lots of choice, the kids always got something to eat and there was always a lot of turnaround so it was always fresh and hot. Seafood night was a big let down though! Otherwise lots of meat, veg, bbq, grill, pasta, pizza, chips, salad. Always a big choice. the secret is to pace yourself and then you won't get bored with the AI. Not a la carte but a good standard for mass catering. BBQ and fresh grills are very nice. The pastry chefs do a good job with the deserts which are all freshly made. Presented and taste very good - always about 20+ different ones on offer. Seasonal fruit - guavas, fresh dates, oranges, bananas, apples - plenty at mealtimes. If you take the same sensible precautions you would anywhere else, you will do OK - none of us had any upsets and kids enjoyed being able to pick and choose their own food and drinks.
Accomodation - It is OK. Most of the rooms will suffice for most needs. they do not offer luxury but neither are they poor. The basics are generally there and it is a functional base to use the resort. Air con works, all seem to have a balcony and you have lots of quiet areas. The bungalows look great, but are really the same as a room and the upside is they are quite spacious and overlook own pool but downside is they can be noisy as more exposed to outside and pool noise.. The main difference between the accomodation types is really the size of the unit as all have the same basic decor. The beds and pillows are clean but could do with upgrading to a more comfortable level.
On the whole I would go back again. One has to bear in mind what you pay for and what you get and this hotel represents great value for the money. It has a good family feel, lots to do and you do not have to leave the resort for anything should you choose.
Finally the satff - they all work very hard, 12+ hour days and are always polite and helpful. I think the resort is understaffed at times. In restaurants, bars, pool areas - the hotel owners need to employ more staff especially when the hotel is full. I think the people they have do try hard and a few worthy mentions are all the guys on reception who are the first line for everything under the sun and generally help as best they can - Mohammed Sales, always professional and deals efficiently with the situation, Sameh Mohammed - was OK as well. Moahmmed Zidan Sameh - nice to have your help again and finally the front desk manager Mr Sayed Helal who was extremely helpful and went out of his way to sort out things for us. Hope you guys all get a pay rise.
If you do go, look out for Abdo who seems to work at all the bars all the time - good guy. He is Raffa Benitez lookie likie before he went into football management!
So, I like the place, it is not without some areas for improvement but on balance for the guaranteed sun, All inclusive and the value, I'd say you will on the whole find it an enjoyable place.
- Also Known As:
- Aqua Blu Sharm Hotel Sharm El Sheikh
- Aqua Blu Sharm El Sheikh
- Aqua Blu Sharm Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aqua Park Resort is ideally located on umm El Seed area. Only 15 minutes from downtown, 25 minutes from International Sharm El Sheikh Airport. The resort is on the area covering over 140,000 sq. m. Sport & Entertainment• Volleyball• Jacuzzi• Fitness room• Darts • Boccia • 1 Tennis court• Basketball • Children playground• Mini golf• Gondola on the Lagoon• One multi purpose court (handball, basketball and volley ball)• Water Park (62 slides, adults slides 17, 45 children slide)• Day and evening animation program• Beach parties during summer Facilities for children• Children’s pool • 45 Water slides• Children play ground Restaurants • Cave du Roi Main Restaurant (International Buffet)• L'Asiatique Restaurant (Indian & Chinese Buffet) • Mediterranean Restaurant ( Mediterranean Buffet)• Il Caminetto Restaurant (Italian Buffet)• Food Court (a la carte) against charge with 5 corners (Grill House, Italian, Chinese, Crêpe, Egyptian) Bars• Lobby Bar• Columbus Bar• La Canelle Bar• Cowboy Disco Bar• Club House Bar• Goofy Bar • Lagoon Bar • Beach Bar• Pool Bar• Kids Pool Bar•Billiard Bar• Jazz Bar• La Veranda Cafe ... more less
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