We visited this hotel on the 21st April for 7 days. It was our first visit and we were not disapointed. The hotel was beautiful and clean at all times. The gardens are so well kept the gardeners were always working hard every morning .
We stayed in block 1 in a family suite and it was worth every penny of the upgrade. So spacious and it meant that the children were in seperate rooms from us. Didnt expect to have two beautiful bathrooms and two baloconies! We overlooked the childrens water play area and I would highly recommend this block for request as it's so close to the main food room.
Our room cleaner Ahmed made returning to our room every afternoon exciting. His towel art was amazing and a highly recommend leaving a daily tip. The room was always spotless and beautiful even going to the extent of arranging all my toiletries on my dresser neatly, in size order.
There was a travel hairdryer hidden away in one of the dresser drawers. I didnt know and wish I hadn;t bothered to pack my own.
I read there was one english socket in every room but we could not find it in our room. So recommend taking extra travel plug adapters. Also be aware if you leave something charging in your room some sockets dont stay powered when you take out your room card.
The water park is fab, not too big not too small just perfect. The kids never got bored and all the lifeguards around every pool help you feel safe and they are all friendly and smiling. Never had to queue for a single slide. We was suprised!
My only issue was that on your welcome letter the hotel states that people should not reserve sunbeds , especially with your own towels as towels are provided daily with your towel card ( we didnt pack any at all) however every morning people had put towels down and never even attended round the pool til late afternoon. Some people didnt even come to the sunbeds at all and just must have reserved them just incase! It was never an issue for actually getting a sunbed as there are plenty and the staff will find you a space if you turn up later when its busy. But it was near impossible to get one of the sunbeds near the wave pool these were the ones people reserved early. I highly recommend the hotel addresses this.
On your first day around the pool be prepared to be mithered by the spa and beauty people trying to get you to have treatments. Its abit of a pain but as long as you expect it and tell them no they soon remember not to bother you again.
The food was great, I really enjoyed having freshly cooked poached eggs made for me every morning. The chef stations are brill and the hot food on the side was always filled back up the second they went low.
My partner is very fussy so on a few of the themed nights (chinese and indian) he found himself abit unhappy eating burgers,chips etc as this was what he'd had for dinner but we enjoyed the indian and chinese. The chefs work really hard and the desserts are beautifully made and presented .
We visited the American Diner once with our free voucher which entitles you to a three course meal off the menu for free. I had the steak and it was beautiful.
It isnt very clear where you can get snacks from when you first arrive (around the poolside) so make sure your rep shows you.
My youngest really enjoyed the kids entertainment at night. A few evenings we stayed a little longer for the shows but never really had a late night to comment on anything else later in the night.
We wondered out twice but be prepared to get hassled on the streets, haggling etc is not my cup of tea and I found it annoying being hassled so much. The shops across the road from the hotel sell decent stuff at an ok price. Taxi's mither you if you want a ride. Dont get hassled into touching camels etc either.
We did two excursions we organised privately ourselves with Sharm Vacations Excursions (mo) we did the sand buggies in the desert and a camel ride plus the glass bottom boat. They were both great trips and highly recommend Mo for great prices and service. He also provided us with an internet dongle for our stay meaning we could use the internet to keep in touch with friends and family.
We asked the hotel to provide us with a packed lunch for one day at the beach. The packed lunches are fab and free. We crossed the road into the sister hotel and walked through that holiday village to the beach. Its a longer walk than you'd expect! We didnt stay long as my kids werent interested in the sea after leaving a water park. The sand its very gritty and they coulnd't build with it. The sea is beautiful and shallow for miles.
Its ashame Sharm is so half built everywhere. Even right next to the hotel there is an unifinished hotel (no longer being constructed) and thats the case for everywhere, its abit off putting on your drive from the airport to your hotel but it takes nothing away from how great Coral Sea Aqua Club is.
Tip - we didnt even change any money, we took about £60 worth of £1 coins for using for tips etc and I would recommend the same. Shops take English notes too.
Weather was beautiful and we would love to return however the prices seem to be getting ridiculous. Im sure thats more to do with Thomson. Its a pity you cant book directly with this hotel as they seem to have that many regulars they would not be short of customers.
Thankyou to every worker who helped make our holiday great :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Feel the dynamic pulse the moment you walk into the Coral Sea Aqua Club Resort. It is home to the most prestigious aqua park resort in the fashionable Nabq area on the Red Sea. The aqua park entertains guests with: Boomerang and the Speed/Bowl slides. On top of that, you can race down the multi-laner or go for something calmer like the lazy river. But the real big boy has to be the flowrider ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Coral Sea Splash Hotel Nabq Bay
- Coral Sea Aqua Club Resort Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt - Nabq Bay