Having read a few reviews on TripAdvisor we were quite nervous about what we'd booked but upon arrival was pleasantly surprised to find the hotel was actually quite nice. The first room we had wasn't the best so we asked to move and we were immediately moved to a better room - absolutely no hassle at all and the staff were very friendly and polite.
The breakfast wasn't amazing it's true but there was plenty of fresh melon and croissants. I wouldn't recommend booking half board here because the very pretty marina (literally a 3 min walk away) is host to a range of really nice restaurants and really well priced. We had a fantastic steak and chips meal for just 8.00GBP (go to The Lodge - great food and lovely staff)!! We were on a budget of 13.00GBP per day for lunch and dinner so we just bought rolls and sandwich fillers from the local supermarket for lunch and ate out every night. Didn't go over budget at all! Also around the corner from the hotel (not in the marina) was Cafe del Mar restaurant which also does very good food at great prices and is run by a lovely Swedish lady.
The pool area is nice and sheltered if the wind's up, the pool is clean and very refreshing (unheated but it doesn't need to be!).
The nearest beach is the best place to go (just behind Ministry of Sound - which isn't a pumping club as I had expected, well not during the day at least but then it was early season so I'm not sure if was even open). It's literally 3 mins away and entrance is free for guests of the Sea Garden hotel. There is also free access to the Hedkandi beach and pool but we preferred the local beach as the stretch of beach and access to water was much bigger. The only drawback being that you weren't allowed to bring in your own food and drink - to the extent that our bags were searched every time we entered! But the food and water is cheap once you're inside and the beach is clean so it wasn't as inconvenient as we first thought.
The only drawback I have about this holiday is that we were two girls traveling on our own (well traveled girls too! In our mid to late 20s) and we had a lot of unwanted attention from the local Egyptians both the hotel staff and in the neighbourhood. You do get used to it, it's best just to ignore them but they can be pretty persistent and it can make you quite uncomfortable - especially when they stare at you while you're sunbathing on the beach! The reception kept ringing us asking us to go for drinks and the pool guy tried to persuade me to go out for a drink - we avoided the pool as a result. We ended up having to be quite rude, ignoring everyone and avoiding eye contact to avoid being approached which is a real shame - doesn't come naturally to me to be rude to people.
I would not recommend this as a place to travel for younger girls on their own who might not have traveled much or don't feel comfortable saying no! If you have a guy with you you're much less likely to be hassled.
All in all it was a very nice holiday and I'm super brown so happy days :-)
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