Just returned from fabulous week in this hotel. Apart from some very minor issues, we (me, my wife and another couple) had a great time. Weather was perfect - a bit windy at times but a wind break solves that. Lots of Germans but apart from a few being a bit noisy, no bother. Travelled on 5th Feb. which we discovered is a school holiday in Egypt so lots of Egyptians with kids the first few days but not a problem. Enjoyed the food very much - plenty of choice and as much wine as you want whether it be lunch or dinner. The one meal we did not enjoy was the Indian we were invited to in the beach restaurant - it was very poor and I'd have been very upset if we'd paid 20 euros each for it.
The highlight has to be the boat trip we went on. Thomson charge £40 per head but if you book with Tiger Marine, you'll get the same deal for £30. I'm in my 60's and not a great swimmer but I was kitted out with wetsuit, lifejacket, flippers, snorkle and mask (all included in the price) and had an unforgettable day. We set off from Port Ghalib at 9.00am and after sailing for about an hour, anchored and went snorkling (with a guide). I saw an enormous number of fish, all colours and sizes - it was like being in a tropical fish tank - fantastic. After 45 minutes we set sail again and went in search of a dugong or sea cow - we didn't find one but we swam with some turtles that were grazing on the sea bed only 12 feet or so from the surface. One was at least 5 feet in length and not at all perturbed by all the spectators - indeed it surfaced next to me to take a breath and then dived again. We saw two more - smaller but with sucker fish on their backs. Lunch which was excellent is included in the price and the boat had a sensible number of people on it - not packed in like sardines and plenty of space to get around. We returned to our hotel at about 3.30pm after what was a memorable experience. I can't recommend it highly enough!
We returned to Harrogate and snow! I am looking forward already to our visit next year.
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