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Hilton Sharks Bay Resort
Ranked #66 of 231 Hotels in Sharm El Sheikh
Reviewed January 20, 2007

We have just returned having spent a week between 11 and 18 January and have no regrets at all – it was absolutely brilliant! As much as I tried to find fault, there was nothing I could find – and I’m a very fussy person! The service is brilliant – like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. As soon as we arrived, the porters were there to welcome us and take our luggage. Likewise the maid who cleaned our room was excellent, as well as the waiters in Mahfouz and the chefs. They bent over backwards to ensure our stay was enjoyable and safe.

The weather there is cold in the evenings at the moment, and sometimes, it can get a little windy so take some warm clothes. However, during the day it was quite warm (20 - 24 degrees). The sea is freezing cold though, but excellent for those of you who are divers. Unknown to me, this is one of the best places in the world for diving. The water is crystal clear and full of colourful fish and coral

While at first we felt the resort to be a little quiet, after visiting Naama Bay we soon appreciated our choice – much more classy and less like one of those overdeveloped Spanish resorts – no lager louts! We’d say it was a good base from which to visit busy areas like Cairo, Naama Bay and old town Sharm. After a day out, it was certainly brilliant coming back to peace and tranquillity!

I agree that the beach, not Sharks Bay as we’d first thought, but White Knight, was a little on the tiny side. However, there were a lot of sun terraces so no problem at all. The sea was crystal clear and even if you didn’t go diving, you could still see some fish from the jetty.

The food was lovely, everyday there was a different theme, and for those who are not into international food, there were good alternatives available (salad, pizza, burgers etc). Food and drinks were available at least 20 hours per day – so no chance of going hungry.

We had a sea view room which was just like the picture - nice and clean! Facilities included a marble bathroom, coffee making facilities, bottled water, fridge, cable TV and hairdryer. Bedding and towels were changed everyday. Although nice if you want to be near the sea, it’s not really ideal for those who don’t like walking, as they’re a little walk uphill from the main restaurants/pools.
In terms of the extra cost, it’s debateable as to whether it’s worth paying this at the moment, as there’s a new development going up next door (as the week went by, the pile diggers seemed to get louder). However, if you’re an early riser, this won’t affect you at all.

As far as things to do around the hotel – each day there was water aerobics; keep fit, tennis, squash and volley ball. Not to mention snorkelling and scuba diving. In the evening, there was local entertainment and while to some it may be a little relaxed (no disco); at least it was something to do. There were Russian and Egyptian dancers, comedians, solo musicians, soloists and stunts. I’d recommend that everybody take advantage of the free spa and gym. Different types of massages are available at a cost.

During our week we did a number of excursions, and I would strongly recommend that you check the prices before booking up with your rep. You will find that most trips can be purchased at a fraction of the price down in Naama Bay. For instance, reps were charging anywhere between £140 and £170 for a trip to Cairo by plane. We paid £105 and went on exactly the same plane as those who’d booked at the hotel! However, if you prefer to go with a recognised tour operator, stick with your rep (they say their insurance is better).

Trips: I would definitely recommend that you go to Cairo by plane – it’s only 1 hour instead of 5 by coach. Whilst very busy and dirty, it’s worth going there, even if only to see the pyramids. Be warned though, that it may not be what you expected – the city has been build right up to pyramids and the area is unkempt. During the day we went to a mosque, museum, pyramids, Sphinx, perfume shop and had lunch on the Nile. We could have ridden camels too. Would urge caution in terms of the toilets – as not all are European style, and you may have to squat! Be prepared to tip/pay for toilet paper (bring your own)!

Camel riding in the desert was a great experience. We were able to see the sun set after which we had tea and bread in the desert with the Bedouins. If I’d known, I’d have booked the dinner too!

Quad bike riding – some of you may find this a little disappointing - make sure your company uses helmets – it’s better to have your own bike and not share.

Glass bottom boat ride – ok if you don’t like diving – book the shortest one possible, as it can become boring after a while.

Naama Bay – very built up and busy - ok if you like that sort of thing - lots of restaurants, bars and shops. There are also a couple of casinos if you’re into gambling. No prices on anything, so expect to haggle!

Old Town – We found this better than Naama Bay for shopping. Fantastic leather goods – they do a lot of good copies – you must haggle though!

Currency – we were advised to bring dollars, but often found the locals preferred British pounds, euros or even their own currency. You will probably find that you get a better rate changing into Egyptian before you go.

All in all, good value for money and highly recommended. The star rating was exactly as described - four star. Don’t be fooled by those claiming to be 5, 6, or 7 – check with trip advisor first.

Stayed: January 2007
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Reviewed January 12, 2007

Excellent resort - great accomodation, very friendly & helpful staff. Good food - although perhaps a bit lacking in variety after a full week. Moz & Shandy

  • Stayed: January 2007, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Moz&Shandy
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Reviewed January 11, 2007

We spent 2005-6 new year at the pyramissa sharks bay and had a brilliant time so decided to return this new year.
Having used trip advisor before, we decided to try the Hilton. Unfortunately the weather changed the day we got there with a cool breeze in the day and even colder when you chased the sun round the pool as it went at 4pm. The food standard and selection was poor compared to the Pyramissa as was the service. The flies were a nightmare for sun bathing but the hotel did spray, with little effect. The hotel is clean and the grounds look good together with the beach area. The gala new year food was the best of the week. Pity they couldn't have kept the same standard the rest of the time. If you can play tennis don't bother, the courts are a trip hazzard and the rackets sub standard. Having looked at the recent reviews its clear that you always have to have an open mind, what suits some doesn't suit all!

  • Stayed: January 2007, traveled with family
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6  Thank Superbiker
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Reviewed January 8, 2007

This is our second visit to this hotel in eight months and I can say that I wouldn’t want to stay anywhere else. We have looked at other places but nothing stands out and the reviews don’t match up with the Hilton.

The Hilton staff have this way of making you so welcome and nothing is a problem for them.

The animation team this time were brilliant and you can see the hard work they have put in to improve the nighttime entertainment. There were at least two acts a night and although some of the acts weren’t to our taste other guests have to be catered to.

Reading some of the other reviews can I say, I always have salad and ask for extra ice in my drink and never had a problem with being ill.

As returning guests we were invited to a meeting with the management team who were all willing to listen to constructive critism and act upon it. A special thank you to Andy and his team for all their hard work and positive, friendly approach.

The dive centre also deserves a mention – if you want to try diving this is the place to do it!

The only negative on this trip was the over whelming presence of some of our fellow Europeans at the resort who were the rudest, loudest most arrogant people we have come across in years!!!!!

We can not comment on the building site next door due to them not working while we were there.

  • Stayed: January 2007, traveled with family
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13  Thank bartsimp321
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Reviewed January 5, 2007

We travelled out to this hotel on Christmas Day and were very happy with every part of the holiday.

The location of the hotel is superb - a fairly quiet area despite being close to the airport and right on the beach. It is a short taxi or bus ride from Naama Bay which you must visit at night. Very exciting and lively.

We had a lovely room in the main part of the hotel. The view over the pool and out to sea was perfect. The room was comfortable and clean with a really big en-suite shower room. The bed was very comfortable with a duvet rather than sheets and blankets and a TV with several movie channels. Also tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer (not very powerful, take your own if you have long hair), fridge, safe and heating which we needed in the evenings as it gets quite chilly in December.

The pool and beach areas are really nice. There are quite a few slopes and steps to the different areas so it would not be suitable for the less mobile holidaymaker. There is snorkelling and swimming off of the short jetty and also water sports, boat trips, paragliding etc.

The food in the hotel was good enough without being gourmet and the wine in the restaurant was very drinkable. The drinks in the bars are fine too but not fantastic.

The staff are just a pleasure. Yes it does help to tip the waiters, bar staff, room boy and beach/pool attendant as they really look after you. They really work hard and make you feel very welcome.

There is building work on the site adjacent to the hotel - the whole area is being worked on but we can't say much about it as no-one worked during the week we were there and there was no noise at all.

We would recommend this hotel. The whole holiday exceeded our expectations and we will definitely be returning.

  • Stayed: December 2006, traveled as a couple
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12  Thank Jimbob&me
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Reviewed January 4, 2007

The Hilton is a good 4*hotel for Egyptian standards. Just returned from spending New Year and the weather was lovely. Warm during day and very chilly at night. The good points were the rooms, pools, beach and staff. The slight negatives were the food was ok - not great but no-one in our party had any bugs. The entertainment again is ok - not great.
We'd heard Naama Bay was not good but we found to be no problems, we weren't hassled and there were 8 of us with 4 young children. We ate at Hard Rock cafe and the food was incredibly reasonable, about £3 for a burger! The taxis are white knuckle rides, you do have to haggle.
We went quad biking and everything shakes, I mean everything! We didn't have helmets but were fine.
The one big problem are the flies - take plenty of spray that you can put on your body to deter them. We will return!

  • Stayed: December 2006, traveled with family
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9  Thank frits
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Reviewed January 4, 2007

My friend and I - mid 40's ladies stayed at this resort for one week in June 2006. I cannot understand why it has such good reviews as I cannot think of many positive things to say. It did not help that I became very ill on the 2nd day - a water borne virus picked up in the resort as we did not go out of the resort. Do not have ice in drinks and any salad / food that is washed in the local water. On departure we discovered it was not just us that got ill - the whole reception was full of complaining people. My friend who is an Intensive care nurse was able to get the correct medication prescribed for me but it took a couple of weeks to fully recover. The food was terrible and we could find little that we could eat. The standard of hygeine was unacceptable and the sheets on the bed turned over instead of being changed! We purchased a glass sand picture - made by the guy at the pool and when we returned to our room found that the housekeeper had broken it and tried to hide the glass! - The Management however did acknowledge this and replace it. The one positive thing I can say is the pool was pleasant. Having stayed at many All Inclusive resorts round the world this is the worst I have experienced. As a previous reviewer mentioned there is hardly any beach and it is steep steps to get down to it. Having returned to the UK I complained to the Hilton Group and got an apology! I recently read the current reviews on this resort to see if anyone else had had a similar experience and decided it was time to post mine.

  • Stayed: June 2006, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank debSuffolkUK
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Address: Ras Nusrani | Sharks Bay, Sharm El Sheikh P.O.Box 182, Egypt
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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 Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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#39 Top resorts Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
#47 Romantic Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
#49 Family Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
#51 Spa Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
#62 On the Beach Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
#65 Luxury Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
Price Range: $56 - $108 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hilton Sharks Bay Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 629
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dive into a Red Sea adventure at the beach side Hilton Sharks Bay Resort, an all-inclusive resort in Sharm El Sheikh. Relax on the private beach, swim in one of 7 pools or try your hand at tennis or mini golf on the onsite courts. Close by the famous SOHO Square where restaurants, bars, entertainment centers, night shows and shopping arcade with less than 4 minutes walking distance. Just 10 minutes from the airport and 20 minutes from the Go bus station, the hotel boasts a fully equipped health club, a private beach, 7 polls, 13 restaurants and bars, 2 kids' clubs, kids' playground and shaded pool and daily evening entertainment with animation team program. Sporty types will love the dive center. Explore the Red Sea coast and top dive sites or visit Sharm El Sheikh Attractions like the Aqua land Water Park. Treat your loved ones with a private dinner at the beach, or enjoy a cool drink over Red Sea views at the Sunset Bar. Hilton rooms boast a balcony or terrace with garden, pool or sea view. ... more   less 
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