We stayed in Albatross gardens which was one of about 4 in the chain all next door to one another with the most impressive, beach albatross, on the other side of the road on the beach. Albatross gardens and aqua blue have lovely clean, safe pool and public areas, the kids loved the slides and were able to go on them alone (aged 8 and 5). There was a wide range of food with chips, bread, salad, cakes, cooked meats, vegetables and pasta always available alongside the changing international dishes. never ate the same thing twice it was all so good. there was a dedicated children's corner and diet section. the chinese and italian restaurants were both good but again in buffet style. We ate everything includung salads, eggs, sauce and ice and none of us were ill as we'd expected in egypt and no one we spoke to had more than a mild tummy upset, but a clinic was a 5 minute walk away if we were. Drinks were branded, coca cola, sprite, fanta, gordons gin, scweppes tonic, red bull, havan rum, red label whiskey, and there to help yourself.
ALbatross gardens is the noisier of the hotels with loud music around the pool and lots of german and russian people with the ott entertainment and poor music they seem to like! However, there was no problem at all moving to any of the other hotels so there were quiet bars, entertainment (IN GERMAN MOSTLY) discos and garden games to choose from in the resort. the beach is really close, walk to it and snorkel and you see loads of fish. There was really no need to leave the resort, which is lucky as it's a half hour walk to the nearest town, unlit. if you want to see culture there are plenty of organised trips, we went to a bedoin village on a jeep at night for star gazing and dinner which was great for the kids to see, the jeeps are a rough ride for anyone younger than 4 or the infirm. the trip cost us £96 english. The egyptian men can be quite intimidating if you are a young and remotely attractive woman, they are worse if you dress provocatively, they do usually back off if you firmly say no thankyou though. We were charged £60 for visas when we arrived at the airport which we weren't aware of, the airport staff were very brusque herding us through. I addition to this charge take pound coins and some small note egyptian, there was no need to tip until the end of our hoilday apart from baggage handlers and on the trip but you feel better if you can sometimes.
We had a fantastic time, paid £1800 for the four of us which was great value, i wouldn't recommend paying over 2K though.
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