I had a really excellent time at SRMB. it started months ago when I found the facebook site for the hotel and I was like a kid in a sweet shop, it made this holiday a little more exciting than others I have been on as you were speaking to like minded people who had either been to the hotel already, were going to the hotel or had been several times and were still going back as they enjoyed it so much and the wealth of information that is written on the page is astronomical.
ok let me put this in some kind of order so I don't bounce you back and forth.
Airport: the banks are to your left as your go in you can get your visas from there for 15 dollars but the men guiding you towards the visa desks in front do take exception with you wanting to do this, but be firm explain you need to get money first this helps then buy your visa at the bank otherwise you can follow the guys and pay 18 dollars each even for children. passport control for us was quick but don't let the men the other side of passport control take your bags unless you want to tip them they are freelance workers. the man at the bus will want paying if you let him load your bag i was a typical brit abroad and said no and walked away but by then he had already loaded it. for my defence it was hot, mid afternoon and i was wearing jeans and the airport had no air con on and i had no water on me i had also been up since 03.30hrs and i hate flying so not a happy bunny.
Weather: it never went under 40 degrees during the day and at night the air con was working overtime just so that you could sleep. i would add that if you put the fan on low at night you never hear it, there was not a cloud in the sky all fortnight but in the evening it did get a little windy so don't bother with the hairspray it will never hold. not that it is a problem because the breeze is very welcome and you are still wearing your strapy dresses and such like. you will need plenty of suntan cream and aftersun.
On arrival: you are meet with a glass of juice apple or orange and the lobby area is lovely and cool. you fill in a form and hand over with your passport and within 10 - 15 mins you are told your room number you then lead one of the bell boys out to your luggage and then you are shown to your room and the luggage follows a little time later. no lugging your own suitcases to your room, bliss
Rooms: just going on from the weather, we did have a power cut one night and it just goes to show how much you rely on the air con because within 30 mins it was sweltering in the room but within an hour they had it up and running again, this was an evening that the winds were really high and we had a dust storm. the room itself was basic but the beds were comfy and it was spotless there is a hairdryer in the bathroom so don't bother taking your own as it is really quite a good one. the loos have a built in bidet the twist knob is to the side if you want to use it. the shower is excellent it never ran out of hot water and had a choice of settings in the head. i was in room 27104 and the cleaner was fab we always put the "do not disturb" sign up and then when we went out for breakfast put up the "make up our room" sign and we never saw him, even on the times that my daughter decided to have a lie in he was very patient and waited for us to go out before he went near the room no doubt he had plenty more things to be getting on with but never the less it was nice to not feel that you are being pushed out before you want to. we always had plenty of water and fizzy pop in the fridge. we also took some chocolate with us as i know from experience that it is very expensive out there.
Food: i never went to the main restaurant it was to big and very crowded so we used the All Round the World and the food was excellent plenty of choice for me and you could have pasta cooked for you while you wait or the choice of the day cooked fresh or salads or a choice of hot meats, veg, rice, potato as well as soup and bread. the desserts was ok the usual at any AI, one hot pudding a bit like bread pudding with raisins and nuts, hubby tried it and said it was good but i never did. although the cakes were great and again plenty of them. if you don't want to have all your meals at the buffet restaurants then you can book the a la carts there are six of them and you can use them as many times as you like during your stay. you need to book them the day before for 19.00, 20.00 & 21.00 hrs sittings and if you are not bothered what time or which restaurant you go to then you don't have to be at the Victoria pub until after 10.30hrs when there is no que. my fav was the Asian closely followed by the Italian and steak house although all of them where very good and worth going to. the Pergola bar does serve snacks during the day usually something and chips or fresh pizza to your taste if you just want to grab something quick instead of a proper meal at lunchtime the only thing i would say is if you want some tomato sauce on your chips then it is hunt the bottles if the management invested in a catering size pump dispenser and put it on the end of the counter then people would have to take their plates up to the pump and therefore no problem with trying to find any sauce when you want it, but other than that the food was excellent and the chefs and waiters work really hard in the heat of the day and the heat of the kitchens on top. The waiters at the bar work really hard and the heat was extreme on some days which meant i was in a bikini most of the time and they are in trousers and shirt.
Shops: there are several and i thought a little expensive compared to outside the complex so my advice would be go into either hurghada or Village Road (which is closer) and buy your items from there were you will get a better deal, unless you are happy to stay in the hotel and don't mind paying a little extra. there is a shuttle bus to Hurghada twice a day or you can book the hotel taxi on a return price and you can go when you want and return when you want to. If you want to hire the taxi the price i think was around 210 LE approx for a return to Village Road for the vehicle not per person. the shuttle is approx 7 euros each return. in the evening there is a man that writes your name with pictures he is brilliant i can not reiterate it enough it is well worth having done and absolute fabulous to watch him.
Reception: is always cool and quiet, the staff are always willing to help and are on hand for any help including handing out a map of the resort so that you can find your way around. there is a bar so you can sit in the cool and have a quiet drink if that is what you want to do. there is nothing that is to much trouble for the staff and that goes for the customer service people by the main doors. there is an ATM machine that also changes cash and the exchange rate in the hotel at the mo is 9.60 LE to the pound so a damned site better that anything you get in England, i waited until i got to the hotel before i changed any up and was happy i did.
Beach and pools: the beach is excellent i must admit that i never spent any time around the pools but my daughter went to the pool with the slides several times and loved it. i always went to the beach i love snorkelling and there are plenty of fish to see at the beach if you follow the netting around to almost opposite the lifeguard station there is a coral reef with loads of fish i have excellent photos of these but be careful as you will get your back and legs sunburnt if you are not aware of the time. i did not go to the beach next door hubby ended up with water in his ear and couldn't clear it before we went home but i was told it is excellent just don't take any clothing with you as the guards do not allow you to leave anything on the beach so just take yourself and your snorkel. there are plenty of sunbeds on our beach even if you go at around lunchtime as long as you are not bothered which row you get, if you want the front row get there early not sure what time as i was never bothered were i sat. the water is lovely its like walking into a cool bath. there are plenty of people coming around to sell you things if you don't want anything then ask for a red flag although sometimes they don't have any so be warned, but be polite and say no and they will go away. the guys that do the snorkelling trip are great it is a really good day out around £30 per adult £15 per child for a full day and several stops were you can go off with the group or stay near the boat and just look. they also do days were you will only travel with English people or you can go on a mixed trip if you like speaking and being around the polish, Russians and Germans ect. there are plenty of life jackets for children and adults that find it difficult to swim so don't be worried about not being a strong swimmer i am not and used one it was great. the henna tattoo place is good fun too i had a nice one done on my hand there are loads of pictures to choose from the man will draw it with a pen first and if you are happy then he will go over it with the henna so you know what you are getting before he starts. there are camels and horses for you to ride he will start at around £20 but he will allow you to get him down to £7.50 each person to ride up and down the beach once! your choice, but number 19 is lovely he is very placid and loves the attention and doesn't mind you stroking him but the other one (we named him grisle grisle) is very vocal but i never saw him go to bite or spit at anyone he just hates being disturbed when he is sat down, having said that i knew the feeling it was far to hot to be walking around on the hot sand. oh and talking of sand, wear sea socks or flip flops to the water the sand will burn your feet if you don't and more so for children, the amount of children we heard crying because their mum had not put anything on their feet was amazing.
Entertainment: the team were great they were always coming around and advising you what activities are up next and where to go, but a polite no thank you and they would leave you alone. the evening entertainment was better than i expected i have been to Egypt several time and i must say that we had always taken playing cards with us for the evening but at SRMB we never brought them out once, the evening that the animation team did their shows was brilliant it was as good as any professional show i have seen, they also had belly dancing and the whirling dervishes along with a beach party and a mermaid evening were everyone was asked to wear white. they also had a comic but we never went to see him so can't comment on what he was like. there was a mini disco every night for the children and they all seemed to enjoy that.
Illness: yes we did suffer with a stomach upset but that was no way to do with the food, it is usually the heat as our bodies are only used to low temps and also having to drink lots of water which again we are not used to doing and several times when i went to the loo i saw people not bothering to wash their hands so all it takes is for them to have an upset tummy not wash their hands then open doors you come along behind not knowing any of the above and open the same door and there you have it one upset tummy, but we went to the pharmacy and brought some ANITMOL tablets (you will need to haggle with him) and within a couple of hours (as long as you catch it early) you start to feel fine again, although the Dr is very good we took our daughter to him and he gave her some tablets to take and within 24hrs she was running around again although this cost us £37 which was paid at the end of the holiday on checking our, but use the bidet when you go to the loo it saves having a sore bottom through using to much toilet roll.
Gardens; last but no means least the gardens, the men work all hours and the gardens are immaculate. there is grass and lots of it, which is unusual in a dessert environment but they keep it green by watering it every night with treated waste water and yes it stinks but at least they use their unwanted water which is more than we do in this country talk about being green what a sensible idea. they also provide plenty of hiding places for the wildlife we saw loads of geckos whilst there and one found its way into our room we caught it under a glass and put it gently back outside we also had a visit by a degue (a desert rat) this was in the entrance way to our door not in the room itself and it was only a baby one which i have pictures of, but we then opened our door and it shot past out into the night, bless. the crickets out there are the size of a car (well not as big but you get the picture) and they fly is was hilarious to watch, but getting back to the gardens they have sculptures all over the place and they are all picked out with coloured lights we found dinosaurs, a rhino, large foot and a debatable horses head but there are many more.
Bad points: the only thing i would say was how rude our European friends are although the hotel can not be held responsible for the manners of their guests, they can crack down on the topless sunbathers, i am by no means a prude but as you are in a muslin country and with us all pushing the boundaries of their religion with wearing bikinis it amazes me that people will casually take their top off and go walking to and from the water with nothing on their top half and lets face it we are paying to be in a family hotel if these people want to walk around with nothing on then perhaps they should book either a 18-30 club holiday or an adults only hotel. it might seem that this could be a problem but please don't be put off it is only a handful of ladies that were doing it and all of them were from the Baltic states. I feel that they just need to be educated in foreign etiquette.
All in all i would recommend this hotel to any of my friends and family and i look forward to coming back, although it will have to be when my daughter no longer comes on holiday with us, as next year we have to pay adult price for her even though she will only be 14 yrs and this puts a considerable amount onto the price of the holiday i have already checked.
thank you to all the staff front of house and back of house and the management of the hotel and we will be back.
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