This first part is for British readers sorry. We would firstly like to make a comment on Thomson the travel agent that we booked through. We did it over the internet and then found out about the possible troubles in Egypt. We tried calling the premium rate number to ask if it was still safe to go. After 30 mins of waiting (and paying) with no end in sight we hung up. We tried ringing the local Thomson shop but they couldn't/wouldn't help. So we sent an email. They replied on the day we returned home from the holiday??? By the way no movie on the plane come on Thomson catch up.
Please note that as of the time of our holiday there were no problems, demonstrations or anything to suggest not going.
As for the holiday well the hotel is small enough to be friendly but big enough to have everything you need. The staff were wonderful and extremely friendly and nothing was too much trouble. We called a cple of times to reception for assistance and they came to the room immediately to sort the problem out. The only exception was Mostafa at the beach bar. We tried all week to get a smile out of him but failed miserably. The other waiter there (sorry forgot your name) was very funny and always joking around. The hotel entertainment was average with the local belly dancer and fire dancers etc very good.
As for the food we would say it was ok but not fantastic. Are we fussy? not really, maybe buffet style food is not our thing. It had been sat out on the serving tables for hours and was a bit dry at times. They have two special restaurants Italian and local cuisine. We never saw anyone go in the local cuisine has you have to pay for it. We would recommend the Italian (can go once for free) and go on the evening when they are serving Chinese in the buffet as that was the worst night.
If you need a chemist walk out of the hotel and go round to the right of the shopping centre directly in front of you. When you see the sign for VIAGRA you have found it, they were very helpful and the guy in the shop is a doctor apparently.
As for excursions we recommend the VIP snorkeling trip but definitely take fins we were advised that you don't need them but you do. Also the Bedouin camel trip in the evening (although a little touristy) was worth the visit. Say hello to the guy in the bullet proof vest and AK47 guarding you on the trip!!!!!
We also visited Naama Bay which is supposed to be a busy and interesting market/shopping area. The taxi driver said we would probably stay for about 2 hours. After 20 mins we had had enough and went back to the hotel. It makes Blackpool look like the French Riviera. The shop keepers are very pushy and wont take a polite no for an answer. There were some shops we wanted to go in but because of the way the shop keepers behaved we just kept on walking. We highly recommend going to the 'old market' and shops right outside the hotel the shops etc are pretty much the same as in Naama Bay but a lot more friendly. If you are looking for a 'Rolex' etc expect to pay around £40 for a reasonable quality and around £80 for very good quality.
We had a massage at the hotel (prices about the same as back in England) which was very good. It was a little rushed at the end when they had finished they said goodbye and you were expected to leave straight away. No relaxing afterwards like you normally do.
Overall would we go back again probably not but we don't tend to revisit places. Would we recommend it for a week away in the sun to friends yes definitely.We hope this helps.
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