We stayed in Umbi 1 week from 29 March to 4 April 2009.
THE HOTEL enjoys a nice and cozy atmosphere that is made possible by its wonderful staff. No animation, no disco music, no noise, very laid back place with a nice beach bar and a good restaurant. Excellent prices for drinks, food and other stuff to buy at the shops. A little supermarket is also available, where water can be bought for just EGP 3 per bottle.
THE DIVING CENTER - I enrolled in the Open Water Diving course (3 days), and not only I can recommend Umbi for their very serious and professional approach, but also for their commitment in making the experience as enjoyable as possible, in particular for the newbies like us.
Alex and Ahmed are great people, the prices for the diving and excursions are more than reasonable (and transparent -- check their website). I also loved Adel and Nur (on the boats), who are extremely knowledgeable and serious about diving.
THE EXCURSIONS on the boats are a great plus. Not only are the boats fantastic. The lunch that is served on board is amazing, the people who work on the boats are really nice, and the price for a full day of snorkeling, tanning, swimming and relaxing is just EUR 22 + lunch (50 EGP, 7 EUR). If you want to dive, you have to spend a little more of course, but as a general feeling, all prices seem very honest and reasonable.
THE ROOMS are really nice and clean. We got one of the rooms in the bedouin village. All rooms are different from each other and some have a terrace/balcony from which you can enjoy great views.
FOOD is really enjoyable. There are three places in total where you can eat in the whole Sharks Bay, so I would recommend you do not pay for a full/half board supplement, since you can easily eat in other places or get to Old Sharm for dinner (= more freedom).
A great plus for their breakfast (included in the room price).
THE BEACH is nice and simple, and it was not crowded as we had been advised by other travellers (maybe because of the crisis...). It was anyhow sad to see the usual tourists stepping on the coral reef, feeding the fishes and spending the day with their beer cans (that, of course, were left on the sand and cleaned by the Umbi staff in the evening). The jetty is just there, so you don't have to get by car in the morning for your boat excursions.
I will get back for sure to get my Advanced Open Water certificate.
Really, we had a great stay and experience at umbi. I would highly recommend this place for "normal" people who do not want to stay in a 5 star, all-inclusive resort, with music and animation the whole day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Unique in the area, Sharks Bay Umbi Diving Village is a friendly, relaxing place that still maintains the feel of how Sharm used to be before the arrival of large scale tourism. The Diving Village has a well-equipped dive centre, its own private jetty and a fleet of five boats. There is also a seafood restaurant, beach bar and a full range of water sports. The accommodation ranges from budget View Huts and Beach Cabins to the individually styled Bedouin Village ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sharks Bay Umbi Diving Village Hotel Sharm El Sheikh