Trying to decide where to stay. Reading between the lines it appears that the quality of beaches differs in certain areas. Unfortunately Hurghada covers about 60km of coast now. Most of the Hotel reviews provided by TA members have limited info. It appears that most people have just flown in to Hurghada, transfered to Hotel, eat, slept and drank at the Hotel and then gone home. All you hear about is the Hotel, food, what the free drinks are like, how loud the evening entertainment was and the boorish attitude of some of the russian tourists.
It is difficult to glean any info about the beach areas in front of the hotels (as well as local snorkelling/diving) as it would appear most people get no further than their sun lounger by the pool.
Does anybody have a single source where I can find info on the various areas. We are also interested in diving as well as snorkelling, boat trips to local islands for diving/snorkelling (with very little messing around getting from hotel to boat departure point) and don't want to be stuck in an area with limited companies/facilities.
We looked for instance at Palm Royale Soma bay ( no idea what is there - middle of nowhere), Mercure Hurghada and Steigenberger Al dau.
There was a review on the Steigenberger that made a passing remark to the quality of beaches in the area.
We thought about Makadi bay but also a general comment from german Tui that the beach at Makadi was not fine sand.
We're not looking for some caribbean or vietnamese ideal beach (we go to Bali a lot and the beaches are darker) but would prefer an area where we don't have to wear beach shoes on the beach or to go swimming.
We are open to any suggestions of general location (e.g. in/around a certain Hotel as a reference)
We are 2 adults with 2 adult kids (19 & 21). Eldest is studying Marine Biology and is a qualified diver so hence the general ease of diving being important.