i am just booking my holiday and always use this site, even though sometimes i wish i didnt read the reviews as i get very nervous about taking the kids away.
Like as all we work hard, so we wanted our holiday to be the best holiday. Well we went away to Egypt last August, Sonesta Beach hotel and had a fab time.
The service was excellent, the hotel was clean and all the staff were friendly.
I have to say i am tempted to go there this year, at least i know what to expect.
We arrived very late on our first day, and dinner service was to end in 10 minutes time, but we were welcomed and encouraged to go and have some dinner. Which i have to say you wont get bored from - there is a huge selection, pasta, cooked meats, salads, fresh bread, desserts - just a massive amount of choice, and being a vegetarian and having 2 very fussy kids was a nice change.
As well as the main restaurant you could have snacks from the poolside, again the pool we were near served burgers and chips, the pool behind us served rolls, pizza and chips.
I have to say a couple of people moaned about the repetativeness of the food, but if you are staying for 14 days you are surely going to eat the same food twice!!.
they also had themed restaurant nights - BBQ, indian nights, etc.
Entertainment was much to be improved, but it wasnt awful.
My husband and i could enjoy the holiday and relax knowing that the children were safe.
We didnt find out until the 2nd or 3rd day that there was an even bigger pool behind our apartment, but we were more than happy to stay where we were based.
The only big issue is the sunbed man - he seemed to have his own little system going, putting the hotel towels on the sunbeds, so you thought they were reserved to find out he was reserving them for anyone who would tip him!!! well a few families soon realised what he was doing so we use to take it in turns to reserve the sunbeds for everyone and then just give them up when you soon anyone walking around.
Also we booked a quad biking trip through, what i thought was a rep from a holiday company - to find out that he was not connected to the hotel! that i would say was horrible, we left early evening, to be told we had to buy head scarves, which luckily we had brought some money with us, to be stopped every 20 minutes, in the middle of nowhere for the locals wanting more money. At one point our little boy and myself got particular scared, so my husband and enough english hubby demanded they took as straight back with no more stopping!!! By this time in was dark we didnt know where we were and i have got left behind with some of the tour guides (i use that title very losely) i was tooting as loud as i could so that my husband realised where i was - luckily enough some other people of the group heard me and slowed fdown or me. I am sure i would have been fine, but it did shake as all up. But the end of the story was the restuarant staff saved the night, we walked back after our trip and was met with a friendly service, again the restuarant was closing but they provided us with some food to go and sit with the entertainment and a nice cool drink.
there is a shop on the resort which organise days out to swim with the fish etc. I have to say well worth every penny, the staff on the boat were brillant, they provided lunch all cooked on the boat with a yummy home made cake.
the children were encouraged to go in the sea with us all and enjoy the experience - even i went out a couple of times and i dont swim brillantly.
The boat would stop and we were surrounded by beautiful scenery.
In summary we really wanted to stay, we met loads of families, as the part we were staying in was smaller so we saw the same people most days. The service in the hotel was brillant, the restuarant staff had nick names for us all which made the children smile.
The boys were sad to leave the staff as they were so friendly.
After writing this and thinking of what a brillant time we had, maybe i should look at booking again!!
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