We recently stayed at Le Royale 17-29 May 2012. Our holiday was a classic 'spur of the moment' decision - booked on a Friday and we travelled the following Tuesday on Egypt Air direct to Sharm from Heathrow. (Egypt Air was great - clean aircraft, on time, good food, comfortable seats, terrific price and an amazing baggage allowance of 3 bags each @ 23 kilos per bag!)
We arrived at the hotel at 5am or so and were warmly greeted and taken to our room. The room was in one word - stunning! Tastefully furnished, beautiful large marble bathroom, 42 inch flatscreen, wonderfully quiet aircon, and the most amazing soft luxurious bed we have EVER had in 25 years of travelling!!
Le Royale is marketed as an all inclusive (meals and all drinks including ALL alcoholic drinks) 5 star "stand alone" luxury mini resort inside the 4 star (just!) all inclusive Sonesta Beach Hotel which is a huge resort complex with beach frontage. Breakfast (full or continental) and an excellent light lunch can be taken poolside or inside at Le Royale. Dinner is taken at the Sonesta Beach main dining area or the Moroccan or *Indian/Italian restaurants (*small surcharge applies) in the Sonesta Beach main area.
This is about an 8-10 minute pleasant walk through the beautiful gardens in Le Royale to the main Sonesta Beach resort area. It's not a hassle as has been mentioned in other reviews; as a matter of fact we found it a great relaxing walk in the cool of the evening after a hot day.
You can also have breakfast and lunch as well as dinner at the main Sonesta Beach restaurant. The food at the main Sonesta Beach restaurant is ok (ish) plentiful, lots of choice and reasonable quality. The other restaurants at the Sonesta beach are very good - Indian and Italian (surcharged) and the Moroccan restaurant is very good.
Frankly though, if you are staying longer than a few nights for dinner we would recommend you forgo the free dinner - walk down the lovely walkway from the Sonesta Beach beside the beach to nearby Na'ama Bay a leisurely 15 minute walk. Na'ama Bay is where it all happens in Sharm. Great restaurants, top food and really well priced, great clubs, shop till you drop (!) .. a buzzy and exciting experience. Don't worry about the touting - it was all good natured and they left us alone if you firmly told them to 'take a walk'...!
We also squeezed in some great excursions - quad biking in the desert was a fantastic experience as was camel riding and dinner in the desert - and a long but amazing trip to Petra in Jordan was top of our bucket list - a truly stunning wonder of the world!
Back to Le Royale. It was a wonderful haven to come back to or to just lounge around the pool being waited on hand and foot - and lovely naps in the afternoon poolside. The room was again - amazing and it was very hard to get out of bed before breakfast finished at 10.30am!
Last - but probably top of the list - the staff! Amazing, caring, professional - the superlatives could go on and on. Suffice to say probably among the best customer service and attention to detail - or even better - than we have EVER experienced at the top 5 star plus big name hotels in the world.
Will we be back to Sharm. You bet! Will we stay at the Le Royale again. Absolutely!. November here we come!
Take a bow Le Royale. Your thoroughly deserve it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Le Royale Sharm El Sheikh, a Sonesta Collection Luxury Resort, is a boutique property on the Red Sea.The resorts is a winner of the 2015 Tripadvisor award for luxury resort. The resort offers 165 oversized luxurious guest rooms and spectacular suites with upscale amenities and opulent finishes. The resort features 3 magnificent pools and 2 of them are heated in winter from November 1st till April 30th.The resort has a fine-dining Italian restaurant, bars, and lushly landscaped gardens.A Health Club is available at the Sonesta Club across the road .Just 10 minutes from Sharm El Sheikh International Airport. ... more less
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