OK, little exaggeration, God probably went for the Maldives or Mauritius or Harvey Nicks...but The Savoy is up there – believe me.
Out of all the hotels I’ve stayed in abroad this is one of the best. It’s not a hotel, it’s a district, a district you can use to your heart’s content. What I mean is you can use Soho Square, the restaurants, the bars, the entertainment and then return to the luxury of The Savoy itself. And, OK, Soho Square is a little tacky (think a glitzy Blackpool), but it’s clean and the shop keepers don’t lunge for you when you walk passed and pull you into the store.
We stayed at the Savoy for our second week in Sharm. The first we had the misfortune of the Sultan Gardens (which is higher in the TA rating), but due to an ill-feeling at the Sultan Gardens we decided to opt out and book The Savoy. The moment we walked into the foyer I knew we’d done the right thing as here was class, here people opened doors for you, here they gave you a wet flannel to cool down and a drink. And it was beautiful, a lovely rickety bridge over water and shinny everything. As I say class with a silent ‘r’.
The hotel staff are superb, they are there to serve in a very polite unassuming way. Everything is done without fuss, the customer is always right (even if they’re wrong) and it’s done without the hand out for a tip.
We were Ultra All Inclusive (S-Class), which is so the way to go. It’s not cheap but for value for money it’s amazing. You really can leave your credit card at home and have a gluttonous, decadent time. You can even go to the nightclub in Soho Square till 4am – and, no, I didn’t venture in.
The pools are good, the beach lovely – again, waiter service (if you want a bottle of wine (or whatever) it’s brought over to you in an ice bucket). Even the lunch restaurants are great quality – fish by the beach, burgers and salads at the poolside. Only went to the main restaurant for breakfast, so don’t know how it functions in the evening – looks rather underused the time I did walk through. Anyhow, with the choice of 13 or so restaurants you don’t need to go buffet, when on holiday it’s just lovely to be served at the table, not go DIY. And restaurant portions are huge, far too big considering you can eat through the menu. The best, in my opinion, were the Hot Rock and The Saffron.
Now, there were a few gripes: bring your own toiletries as those provided by the Savoy were pants and no hair conditioner – what??? The egg station was only manned by one chef and seemed a little haphazard. And no fresh orange juice, only strawberry and mango when we stayed.
And another interesting point: The Savoy is nothing to do with London’s premier hotel, it’s just a name – what a cheat! But then as the standard is so high it probably could be part of the chain.
So compared to the Sultan Gardens, The Savoy blows it away with a luxurious puff. I know it’s double the money, but in terms of what you get, it’s worth ten times The Sultan Gardens. It’s not just in the food, drink, surroundings, it’s in the relaxation and that ‘spoil me’ factor. Treat yourself...book now!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Savoy Sharm El Sheikh is located near Ras Mohammed National Park inside SOHO SQUARE, the 5-star hotel offers 136 sea view rooms, 55 pool view rooms, 161 garden view rooms, 46 triple rooms, 2 special care rooms, 13 diplomatic suites, and 1 presidential suite. The hotel also features a private beach, 5 swimming pools 3 adult pools (2 heated in winter time) and 2 children's pools (1 heated in winter time) , 5 Bars (1 pool Bar) , and 6 restaurants Savoy hotel offers different types of meal plans that ensures you trying everything starting from the hotel’s main restaurant to Soho Square different restaurants and cuisines; standard Bed and breakfast, half board, full board, S-Class (ultra all-inclusive concept) , and half and full board dine around option (which SOHO Square restaurants as well) Diving or at least snorkeling with a PADI approved dive school on the beach. In the hotel we can find tennis, squash and beach volleyball courts as well as a modern gym facility . Sauna and Jacuzzis, as well as a range of beauty and spa treatments. Each room features adjustable air conditioning, WiFi access, mini-bar, en suite bathroom and hairdryer, and a private terrace overlooking our gardens , pools, or the beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Savoy Sharm El Sheikh Hotel Sharm El Sheikh
- Savoy Hotel Sharm El Sheikh