Hi there. I'm just back from the Grand Hotel in Sharm el Sheikh. We were bringing the cat home from the vet and just happened to pass the travel agents. We saw a deal in the window for 1 week All inclusive at the Grand. So Allan decided to go in and see about it. So in five days I found myself packing for Egypt.
Usually we go to Italy so this was very different for us.
After a fantastic flight over, and this coming from someone who hates flying, we arrived at our destination. It was a lovely hotel. The shower head in our room was broken, although still workable. We mentioned it to the rep when we up for dinner and it was attended to the next day. No problems there.
The food in the hotel itself was buffet style and very nice indeed. Couldn't fault it at all. And there was plenty of it. We tended to go to the main hotel most nights. We also went to the Reef restuarant a few nights and had a few lunches there as well. Again it was buffet style and we never had a complaint about that either.
We never booked any trips at all. It was an unexpected holiday in the sun, so we had decided just to chill out and not put ourselves under any pressure whatsoever. So that's what we did.
There were eight pools there. All very lovely and well cared for. We tended to use the second one down from the hotel. And there we met Alaa. A very nice young man who looked after our every need. From bottles of water to ice-creams and coffee. I know a lot of folk will probably be saying that's what he's paid to do. But he did it with kindness and caring. And without being a pest. Don't think he worked directly for the hotel. But for a bar within the grounds. He wore a T-shirt with the name Recreation on it. If anyone does read this who's going there, say hi to Alaa from Carol and Allan.
We never swam in the sea. Just stuck to the pools. Although we did walk down to the sea and saw all the the glorius coloured fish in the waer. Neither of us are very accomplished swimmers, so didn't go snorkeling.
The Red Sea holidays rep was a very nice gentleman indeed. Couldn't do enough to help. And always seemed to be on duty. He was always very well dressed indeed. All in all a great resort and very well looked after.
When we were there, from the 12th to the 19th April, there was a lot of Mosquitos. Unusally high number for this time of year we were told. Allan was chomped frequently as were other guests. But a short trip to the chemist nearby, soon alleviated any itching or discomfort. Never put a blight on the holiday.
I would like to warn any Scottish people who are going. The Hotel will change money for people using Euros and English notes. The will not accept Scottish money at all. So I would just like to say a big thanks to the English gentleman we met there who took all our Scottish notes and gave us english notes, which we were then able to change to Egyptian notes and get our cream from the pharmacy. His name was Mark and he is a joiner. Thanks very much.You are a gentleman.
We ate lunches a lot at the pool bar, They do mostly burgers etc. The guys who work there were very nice as well.
It was a great holiday indeed. Did nothing but sunbathe and talk to fellow holiday makers. I can certainly seeing us going back there again. Would probably go at the same time next year.
If you go, hope you enjoy yourself as much as we did.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Grand Hotel enjoys an unrivalled location, with its buildings nestled in stunning gardens set into the hillside, affording guests outstanding views across the Red Sea to Tiran Island. From the lobby bar with its commanding view, to the clifftop restaurant, and the beach terrace, the Grand Hotel provides a perfect location to relax and savour the atmosphere. An excellent diversity of cuisines - with many a la carte options - and several bars, ensure guests are spoilt for choice after a relaxing day soaking up the sun by any of the hotel's eight freeform pools. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Sharm El Sheikh
- Grand Hotel Sharm El Sheikh