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Coral Beach Resort Tiran
Ranked #131 of 231 Hotels in Sharm El Sheikh
Reviewed September 25, 2012

We have recently returned from a great holiday at the Coral Beach Rotana.

It was our first time in Egypt so we weren’t sure what to expect, we weren’t disappointed. The resort is clean, well laid out and had everything we could have wanted.

The room was a reasonable size, with a large comfortable bed, fridge and a bathroom containing a shower which was clean and worked fine. It was all cleaned daily, with the cleaner leaving us ‘towel sculptures’ of varying complexity on a daily basis. On arrival we were told we could upgrade our room to a sea view at a cost of 11 Egyptian Pounds per night, this was because we had only requested a sea view, not paid before hand for one. We decided against it, even though it’s not a large sum of money, but he did make sure we had a decent room overlooking the main pool area, close to the reception.

There are three pools on the resort. Nearest the beach is the splash pool, which is the smallest of the three and it seemed to us the busiest. We went there on our first morning, then not again. The animation team appear there at 10am every morning and play a loud soundtrack of a bugle call trying to get everyone joining in their various activities, which include morning stretches, water aerobics and volleyball, a bit Hi-De-Hi to be honest. The rest of the day they play non-stop music. As we were on holiday for a quiet relaxing break we decided to give the splash pool a miss from then on. The other two pools are more chilled out and less busy. The one nearest reception is the largest and the other is over by the health club, this is the one with the Jacuzzi and swim up bar. Both are clean, have plenty of sun loungers, umbrellas and pool staff happy to help with anything you need. All the pools have their own bars which start serving from about 10am until the pools close at sunset.

The beach is a man made structure at the bottom of the resort. It’s made up of a number of terraces joined by steps. Each terrace has a row of beds and umbrellas, this has the benefit of you not having hundreds of people behind you and giving you a view over the sea to Tiran Island. There are two jetties taking you across the clear waters with the reef a small distance below. At the end of the jetties, the water becomes deep where the reef drops off. Snorkelling here is very good. You can hire a mask and snorkel from the diving shop for only £3 a day and go and explore the hundreds of different fish that live on and around the reef.

While you’re round the pool or at the beach you’ll get the odd person from the health club trying to get you interested in massages, pedicures and other beauty treatments. At first it can be a bit tiresome, but after a couple of days and they get to recognise you they will just say hello and maybe have a brief chat. Like everybody else we encountered in Egypt they are very friendly. My partner had a full back and foot massage which she said was very good and managed to get what she wanted at a price she wanted.

Now we get to the subject that seems to have caused most concern amongst fellow Brits, the food. As far as we’re concerned we go abroad to experience all aspects of the country, including the food. If we wanted chips and chips with a side order of chips we’d have stayed at home and gone to the chip shop. The food isn’t bad at all. There is plenty of it and it’s not always the same thing every day, although the staple things such as rice and chicken are always there. The one criticism is that there is no real consistency with what’s available, for example one morning there’ll be plenty of butter at breakfast and the next you have to ask someone before it appears. This is just down to the number of people eating there at the same time, and although it’s a minor irritation at the time it’s not something that would ever ruin our holiday. At no point did we feel we had to order in fast food.

The main restaurant is a self-service buffet with waiters looking after seating you and providing you with drinks. We found that if you tip a small amount each time you get a very good level of service. In the evening there are tables outside the main restaurant which makes for a quieter and more relaxed dining experience compared to the inside tables where it can sometimes feel a bit ‘canteen-ish’. Some nights they will lay on a barbeque, which is always good.

Down by the beach is the Fish restaurant. The main courses aren’t very often fish-based but they do have an a-la-carte menu comprising solely of a small selection of fish which is reasonable, and very good quality. This restaurant is a little less busy and a bit more relaxing.

The staff, throughout the whole complex are exceptional, always very polite, incredibly helpful and keen to make your holiday the best it can be. We will definitely be returning to Egypt in the future, probably not to The Coral Beach Rotana, not because we had any problems with it, but because we’d like to see somewhere else.

Tips:

As it’s hard to acquire Egyptian pounds in low denominations we took a lot of £1 coins with us to tip with.

As we were leaving the hotel at 15:30, it was useful to keep our room for a while longer. We asked at reception who said that as it was only for an extra couple of hours we could have it free of charge. For an extra day it was £12.

If you are going to use a taxi from the hotel, get the reception staff to sort it for you. We took one from the main entrance to Soho Square, the driver arranged to pick us up at a time we wanted at the place we were dropped. He was there spot on time and didn’t take payment until he had returned us to the hotel.

The shuttle bus from the hotel to Narma Bay or Soho Square is also very good. We were met from the bus, then taken to a shop for a look around, but without any major hassle. We then returned to the shop at the pick up time. The same guy who met us called the bus and took us to the pick up point, all very easy and stress free.

The shop owners in Narma Bay will all try to get you into their shops, if you are polite but firm they are fine. To be honest the vast majority of them were very good natured and friendly. When you do go in to buy, haggle away and stick to the price you’re willing to go to. It’s all part of the Egyptian experience, enjoy it.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cbt G, Guest Relations Manager at Coral Beach Resort Tiran, responded to this reviewResponded May 17, 2017

Dear Valued Guest,

First of all I would like Thank you for choosing “Coral Beach Resort Tiran ” to spent your holiday on. Regarding your comments each single comment is very important for us because guest satisfaction is most important issue.
Thanks you for taking the time to write this very helpful feedback. It helps us to improve our quality of service.
Looking forward to welcoming you back in your second home “Coral Beach Resort Tiran”.

With kind regards,

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Reviewed September 25, 2012

I was laying on hotels beach throught all days and it was perfect )) and the sea!! with it's fishes - amazing
Hotel costs its price. Pretty good one. I like it.
One negative factor I can mark - this hotel is almost filled by its guest and on meal time it can be queques, that is not so pleasnt when you want to be on your own

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled solo
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Cbt G, Guest Relations Manager at Coral Beach Resort Tiran, responded to this reviewResponded May 17, 2017

Dear Valued Guest,

First of all I would like Thank you for choosing “Coral Beach Resort Tiran ” to spent your holiday on. Regarding your comments each single comment is very important for us because guest satisfaction is most important issue.
Thanks you for taking the time to write this very helpful feedback. It helps us to improve our quality of service.
Looking forward to welcoming you back in your second home “Coral Beach Resort Tiran”.

With kind regards,

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Reviewed September 24, 2012

First of all I am not writing this review to merely vent my anger and frustration but to help to warn other people not to feel as let down as me and my partner did.....

We stayed at the coral beach resort from the 9th of sept till the 23rd 2012 (two weeks) and throughout that entire time didn't have a hot shower once.

The food was in one word APPALLING!!! At first we were intrigued by the cultural cuisine and didn't hesitate to explore it. But then a rather strange pattern occurred, it was the same food every single day just cleverly positioned in different order in the restaurant and most of the time the exact same food at dinner from lunch time just clearly re plated!!!
The quality of the food as well was as boring and bland as the variety, a separate restaurant was created for the English people of the resort but was ridiculously chips everyday with a different type of meat usually burger or hot dog. This wasn't just our opinion it was the general consensus of every other guest we spoke to!! We paid for all inclusive and we ate out every single night in our second week even if it was just McDonald's.

Alcohol was also a huge problem in this resort, there is clearly some sort of tampering..... I am not a big drinker and usually feel quite drunk from just a few beverages. One night me and my partner feeling quite merry had at least (no exaggeration) 20 rum and cokes each to absolutely no prevail, we got bored of the taste of coke.....I shouldn't of been able to walk after that amount if alcohol!!!

As an English person you are not made to feel at all welcome in this resort, Russian tourists have the upmost priority.

I met a lovely Glaswegian holiday goer who was actually a pool cleaner....and he could not believe the state of the pools at this resort. Upon getting in the pool with a snorkel mask on I could see why, dead insects, dirty tissues, cigarette stumps, dead cockroaches and mounds of hair were all just laying there in their own scum under you feet!!!!!!

All is not lost though I would like to commend the Bar Supervisor named Ibraham who's hospitality and friendliness knew no bounds.

All in all the country and climate is beautiful but this resort completely ruined our hard earned holiday we were extremely disappointed and couldn't wait to leave.

Terrible terrible resort

  • Stayed: September 2012
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9  Thank James_hood123
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Cbt G, Guest Relations Manager at Coral Beach Resort Tiran, responded to this reviewResponded May 17, 2017

Dear Valued Guest,

First of all I would like Thank you for choosing “Coral Beach Resort Tiran ” to spent your holiday on. Regarding your comments each single comment is very important for us because guest satisfaction is most important issue.
Thanks you for taking the time to write this very helpful feedback. It helps us to improve our quality of service.
Looking forward to welcoming you back in your second home “Coral Beach Resort Tiran”.

With kind regards,

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Reviewed September 21, 2012

This hotel was recommended to us by family members, our last holiday before our baby arrives in January.
Snorkelling was excellent, but pool wasn't very clean, animation team were less than entertaining and our room
Was filthy, bathrooms need updating as bath covered in mould, mouse droppings around our room and air con broken throughout our stay, plus on leaving noted my suitcase had been broken into and lock was busted:( wouldn't recommend to anyone...

  • Stayed: September 2012
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3  Thank Elbe31
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Cbt G, Guest Relations Manager at Coral Beach Resort Tiran, responded to this reviewResponded May 17, 2017

Dear Valued Guest,

First of all I would like Thank you for choosing “Coral Beach Resort Tiran ” to spent your holiday on. Regarding your comments each single comment is very important for us because guest satisfaction is most important issue.
Thanks you for taking the time to write this very helpful feedback. It helps us to improve our quality of service.
Looking forward to welcoming you back in your second home “Coral Beach Resort Tiran”.

With kind regards,

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Reviewed September 20, 2012

we have just returned from the coral beach would like to say a big thankyou to adb allah mammound khaled anwar massour ahmad hassan murco for making us feel at home and being so good evev though the food was not that good and very repeatative they did everthing they could to please us thanks to allah who kept our room spotless and did some lovely towel models thankyou to all the pool boys who where very helpful and the staff in the spa and george who was very good at his job and knew what he was talking about.. the grounds and complex were kept really clean at all times,the only downfalls were the entertainment and this was not that good and needed to be updated ,the animation team tried there bests but needed to advertise time places and contents of what was on the reception staff were not quite up to scratch they didnt put themselves out enough to help you they our still trying to get used to what english like hopefully this will come with time i would not rate this as a 5 *i would possibly come back but maybe keep a closer eye to any changes before hand

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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cbt G, Guest Relations Manager at Coral Beach Resort Tiran, responded to this reviewResponded May 17, 2017

Dear Valued Guest,

First of all I would like Thank you for choosing “Coral Beach Resort Tiran ” to spent your holiday on. Regarding your comments each single comment is very important for us because guest satisfaction is most important issue.
Thanks you for taking the time to write this very helpful feedback. It helps us to improve our quality of service.
Looking forward to welcoming you back in your second home “Coral Beach Resort Tiran”.

With kind regards,

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Reviewed September 20, 2012

I went to Egypt mid-August with my girlfriend and we stayed at the Coral Beach Rotana Tiran and I have to say the thing that stood out for me was how helpful the staff were – they really can’t do enough for you. In particular I would say Mohammed Sherif in the bar area along with Mohammed and Waled in the Seafood restaurant were first class. The hotel itself is nice but it’s the staff that make it so good.

The key to having a good time at this hotel is to eat at the seafood restaurant as the service and food in there is far better than the main restaurant. Mohammed and Waled will look after you in there and sometimes they even make specials. I very much enjoyed this restaurant and their company.

The guys in the bar are all really friendly. Cocktail queue is on the right and beer queue is on the left. Every one of the bar staff was excellent.

As for the hotel rooms, they are basic but clean and it’s always nice to come back to your room after a hard day’s sunbathing to see the chamber-man has made you a swan out of the towels

The entertainment is limited and the bar closes at 11ish but in that heat we were ready to call it a day by that time. The weather in mid-August was fantastic – extremely warm but fantastic and we didn’t see a cloud all week. I stuck to the factor 50 and was fine until one day I went on 30 and got burnt. Lesson learnt there for me Also if you’re a wine drinker you can only get that with dinner in the restaurant as part of the all-inclusive.

The bottom pool/ bar area is near the jetty which was really nice if you’re into snorkelling.

We booked a few trips through Ayman our lowcostholidays rep and they were really good although our trip on the glass bottomed boat was cancelled for some reason. The first trip was quad-biking in the Senai desert where they take you out for a couple of hours with a guide. Remember to take sunglasses on this so the dust doesn’t get in your eyes.
The second trip was a boat trip to the coral reef which was lovely. You’re away for the whole day and it takes a couple of hours to get on to the boat but it’s lovely when you’re on it and you get 4 chances to stop off and snorkel or scuba. Some of the fish are amazing.

Perhaps not a place I’d take kids as some of the visitors from Cairo can be loud and aggressive but the hotel staff more than make up for it as they are first class.

Many thanks to Mohammed Sherif and his bar team as well as Mohammed and Waled from the Seafood restaurant. You made it a great holiday for us.

Greg and Nicki

Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
2  Thank Greg L
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Cbt G, Guest Relations Manager at Coral Beach Resort Tiran, responded to this reviewResponded May 17, 2017

Dear Valued Guest,

First of all I would like Thank you for choosing “Coral Beach Resort Tiran ” to spent your holiday on. Regarding your comments each single comment is very important for us because guest satisfaction is most important issue.
Thanks you for taking the time to write this very helpful feedback. It helps us to improve our quality of service.
Looking forward to welcoming you back in your second home “Coral Beach Resort Tiran”.

With kind regards,

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Reviewed September 20, 2012

this was our 3rd visit here,we have found that more english go now which can be a plus if you switch off from the moaning about the hotel or things back home.we were given a nice sea view room,but due to both having walking difficulties we asked to change to one nearer the reception,this was no trouble for them to do.we found people were confused or did not know about the fish restaurant near the splash pool,it says one visit is free,but english may go on unlimited visits and the food is better than the mermaid restaurant.we found that the man singing outside the blue moon bar at night is still awful,but they have a new act that sing one night a week that are good.the staff are as brilliant as ever,so thanks again to anwar,mansour in mermaid restaurant,ayman our room cleaner in 614,ayman our splash pool bar man and big thanks to karam who is a great lad and looked after us snorkeling.thanks to ibrahem abogabal and all the bar lads........mr khaled and mr de rooj,your staff and your kindness are appreciated..coming back soon,we hope.

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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled solo
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Cbt G, Guest Relations Manager at Coral Beach Resort Tiran, responded to this reviewResponded May 17, 2017

Dear Valued Guest,

First of all I would like Thank you for choosing “Coral Beach Resort Tiran ” to spent your holiday on. Regarding your comments each single comment is very important for us because guest satisfaction is most important issue.
Thanks you for taking the time to write this very helpful feedback. It helps us to improve our quality of service.
Looking forward to welcoming you back in your second home “Coral Beach Resort Tiran”.

With kind regards,

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Additional Information about Coral Beach Resort Tiran

Address: Shark's Bay, 165, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt (Formerly Coral Beach Rotana Resort Tiran)
Location: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > South Sinai > Sharm El Sheikh
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Ski-In / Ski-Out Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#79 Top resorts Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
#82 Spa Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
#113 On the Beach Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
#118 Luxury Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
Price Range: $51 - $105 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Coral Beach Resort Tiran 4*
Number of rooms: 367
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