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“Superb location for the best reef in Sharm but not best all inclusive hotel if that's what you're after.” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Faraana Reef Resort
Ranked #125 of 232 Hotels in Sharm El Sheikh
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Superb location for the best reef in Sharm but not best all inclusive hotel if that's what you're after.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at the end of April and we're seasoned travellers to Sharm but this was our first time to El Faraana Reef. Amazing beach front location... perfect for snorkelling/diving. BUT the following info may have helped our expectations on arrival; all drinks are served in very small plastic Pepsi cups... that's ALL drinks beer water spirits etc. No glasses at all unless you're paying. So lots of trips to the bars to get quenched! Bottles of water to take to your room/day trips are chargable!! So be warned. English is not hugely spoken here but efforts to speak Arabic get you the biggest smiles Even please and thank you's got us lovely tables in the busy Grill restaurant!. The hotel is dominated by Italian company Marverno so reps and all entertainment is in Italian. Russians are also a huge percentage of holidaymakers so the food reflects this heavily! Very samey... but book into the Grill restuarant for perfect cliff side view of the bay and fresh grilled meats/fish. We we're originally booked into room 211 overlooking the "piano/Coral bar" ... dont be fooled by the quaint name ... dreadful singer started up at 10pm til midnight so we moved rooms as there was no way of sleeping through that! :) But dont be put off .. these are handy snippets of info that would have helped us out... especially the cup situation I was longing for a huge holiday cocktail an arrival and had to make do with something green in a plastic cup :))

  • Stayed April 2013
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2 Thank AngelaLett
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Nysa, Poland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2013

I was there with my friends, it was my seven time in Egypt, great stuff, people, animation group, reef's the best ever, restaurants with great food, marvelous restaurant on the beach with grill food (remember You have to make resevation about 18:00 in reception one day before You want to eat there lunch or dinner). Nice disco till 02:00 with all inclusive. Close to Naama Bay! We will come back there for sure!

Room Tip: rooms with numbers 500 - 590, rooms with numbers from 200 are new and closer to the beach
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank Gonia B
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oxford
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2 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2013

We stayed here during Christmas and had a great time. The resort was clean and well maintained. Most of the tourist were either Italian or Russian. Food was good especially in Grill Bar but sometimes got boring as they had pasta and pizza selection everyday. It was also shame that they served local food only one night.The coral reefs in this area are amazing as you can see beautiful tropical fishes everywhere. I took 500+ pictures/videos and would recommend anyone who will go there to buy an underwater camera.Cleopatra message we had in hotel was also amazing and again I think is a must. I would, however, wouldn't be able to say the same thing for the facial we had in hotel hairdresser as it was a bit of rip-off and would advise you to stay away. Animation was mainly in Italian so didn't enjoy it much. The location of the hotel is not great but not far away from shops, where you get a great deal of hassle and this can sometimes get very annoying as they don't take no for an answer.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank tarantino2005
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2013 via mobile

Dirty knife and forks dirty glasses towels smelt damp and ended up in hospital with food poisoning from this hotel plus the house keeping stole some money from us I would never recommend this hotel to anyone it's a disgrace needs new management and a new update or just shut down

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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10 Thank zoe786
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2012

Here's my opinion:
- very good location
Located in Natural park of coral reefs so perfect for diving and snorkeling lovers! directly on the cliff with a nice view, private sandy beach so perfect if you can't swim or going with kids cause most of the beach only have jetty...
- staff very friendly, always helpfull, smiley and willing to communicate in every language
- 3 bars to chose from
- 3 nice pools (one with the artificial waves)
- entertainment till 2am, bars close at 12 but there is a disco till 2am
- animation: aqua gym, zumba, latin dance, kids club, volleyball, group dance, stretching...
- choice of 2 restaurants, grill restaurant directly on the cliff overlooking the see-amazing!
HOVEWER:
- food wasn't nice at all, very repetitive- beef, chicken, pasta, potatos. Everything tasted the same even though in different sauce, even pizza had a funny taste (the dough was sweet like anything else based on the flour), half of the dishes were cold but I guess it's very hard to find a hotel in Egypt with a really nice food...
- local alcohols are horrible (vodka, whiskey, anything), so even if you go for all inclusive don't think you will enjoy the cocktails all night long because whatever you order had a flavour of a bad rum... we use to buy the alcohol in a local supermarket so we only had the juice from the bar
- unless you had few drinks, you couldn't enjoy the live music at the bar, the "singer" wasn't very talented (and that's the nicest way of describing his singing) so at the end of our stay the bar manager decided to play the music directly from his laptop

Overall, we were very happy to stay in Faarana.
On the way to excursions, we picked up some people form other hotels in central Sharm and let me tell you that I wouldn't stay there even for one day, rubbish all around, construction works, 5 miles journey to the beach eeeh no thank you.
So if you're looking for a relaxing beach holiday with a good spot for snorkleing I would definetely recommend it.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Agnieszka W
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Budapest, Hungary
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35 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2012

We went here the second time with our family. Not much changed what we saw 3 years ago, if not some stone arrangements at the beach to build a new facility.
This resort is ideal for families with children, as having more pools and fantastic beach with coral reefs. Ships with divers and snorkellers anchor in this bay, probably this is one of the best reefs to see the amazing underwater life. We enjoyed it a lot too.
The buildings are stylish with woodden carved ornaments, the staff is polite.
Food is really not something to die for, but at the Grill restaurant one can get more delicious seefond or grilled meats. Attention: booking one day advanced is necessary in this restaurant!

Room Tip: Not especially to rooms, but the get a nice view of the landscape: it worths climbing up from the be...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank gabeau3
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Aqaba, Jordan
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1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2012

I had a booking from 30.9.2012 for 2 nights , SGL Room , The view was Good But the services really was so Poor, No Internet Services , you have to go to the reception from 12.00 PM till 12.00 AM only and if the guy not there you have to wait him to take the internet password.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank advancerstravel
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Property: Faraana Reef Resort
Address: Marine Sport Club Street, Sharm El Sheikh 34511, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > South Sinai > Sharm El Sheikh
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#75 Top resorts Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
#78 Spa Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
#108 On the Beach Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
#111 Luxury Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Faraana Reef Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 550
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