It’s not often I write holiday reviews, in fact this is my first on here, but I felt that, this time, the experience that I have just relished is worth mentioning to others.
I wont bore you all with the reason I ended up at the Royal Savoy, save to say I arrived in a taxi in a somewhat hot, frazzled and disheveled state.
Immediately I had bags removed from me, and was placed in a golf buggy and driven to the main entrance of the Royal where I was greeted with a level of professionalism and courtesy I have not experienced in 15 years of going to Hotels in and around Sharm.
I was ushered into the cool of the private lounge and given, quite stunning, drinks and canapés, whilst my ‘requirements’ were taken and the room and package agreed and very quickly organized.
I chose the all inclusive ‘S Class’ along with a sea view and within minutes I was standing on the balcony of a superb room, certainly 5* even by European standards, gazing over not only the 3 main Savoy swimming pools, but also the private pools of the Royal and with the Red Sea twinkling in the near distance.
It’s a small wing of the Savoy Hotel – which is superb in its own right – with a mere 24 rooms. The room was immaculate. Clean, cool, everything working, large flat screen, ‘proper’ high speed broadband (which didn’t drop out, ever) and an amazingly comfortable 4 poster bed which was more than 6 feet wide. Bathroom had a decent sized bath with shower and twin sinks and was exactly what I expected from a top end hotel.
As you are in the Royal Savoy, you have the option of sitting around the main Savoy hotel pools, which are very child friendly and have an exceptional level of service themselves, but I chose to visit the Royals private area – with no children under 12 allowed, it’s a popular choice for people like me who struggle a bit with crying and noisy infants – although it is here that I mention the Savoy itself seems to be a VERY child friendly hotel, with dedicated shallow pools, child care, play centers and activities – certainly a place I would take my children (just not in July / August due to the heat).
Three pools, sauna, steam room and hot tub are all at your disposal at the Royal and are watched over by staff who have not only perfected the ability to be just attentive enough, but also almost capable of reading your mind and arrive, quietly, by your side that exact moment you feel like a coffee, cold drink or another glass of the splendid sparling rosé that is constantly available on tap.
Moving to the Private beach, accessible only by Royal customers and alongside the main Savoy beach, this pampering continued with more dedicated staff and private bar. Of particular note were the gazebo tent structures, which are situated perfectly for a post lunch read or snooze to keep out of the hottest part of the day.
Towels arrive, sunglasses are cleaned, beds rotated with the sun and umbrellas raised to ensure you want for nothing and are exceedingly relaxed. As part of the Royal package, you can opt for pedicures, Spa treatments, massages, the list goes on and on….
All the staff were incredible, whichever part of the hotel, restaurant, pool area or beach you were in.
On the food front, I was immensely impressed. I lunched everyday at the seafood restaurant, overlooking the beach and Red Sea. The menu was vast – I had the grilled seafood platter, grilled Sea Bass and even lobster one day. The (local) wines are surprisingly good too, Cape Bay white was eminently quaffable…
Evening meals were taken in one of the many restaurants in or around the Savoy and also in the Soho Square area just outside of the hotel. Huge fillet steaks, Wagyu beef, fantastic teppanyaki and Italian restaurants – its all there, and is pretty much London quality. I real eye opener given other places I have visited.
I will also add that it is genuinely all inclusive. Fizz, Wine, beer, G&Ts, food – everything. There is no limit, although there was a very small surcharge for the fresh lobster.
Transfers to and from the airport are organized seamlessly. They will even get you through to the check in desk…
Overall it’s one of the best holidays I have ever had. Simply stunning hotel, amazing levels of service and comfort, quite fantastic food and just that all around relaxed feeling which began 5 minutes after I arrived and is still with me now, having been back for some 24 hours.
Pictures to follow are from an iphone – so not the best – but hopefully capture some of the more salient points from the stay.
Oh, I’m not going to reveal my room number or recommend that you stay in that room – its all mine ! and I am going back in a couple of months and need to have it available!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Royal Savoy is an exclusive club wing, complete with its own private lounge, terrace, pool, and beach area. Created for guests who prefer to stay in a more intimate and secluded location within the grounds of the Savoy. The Royal Savoy offers rooms of exceptional grace and comfort, all providing views over Tiran islands or the hotel's landscaped gardens. The rooms range in size from the generous standard rooms, to the famous luxury Suites. All rooms are welcoming and capacious, offering an exceptional combination of style and function. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Royal Savoy Sharm El Sheikh Hotel Sharm El Sheikh
- Royal Savoy Sharm El Sheikh