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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Sharks Bay Hotel
- Hilton Sharm El Sheikh
- Hilton Sharks Bay Sharm El Sheikh
- Bay Hilton Shark
- Hilton Sharks Bay Egypt