The hotel is only 10-15 minutes from the airport bonus!!
We stayed for 2 weeks at this fabulous hotel. Yes it is a little tired and is being uodated. but everywhere was clean. And all the staff were very friendly, helpful and happy!!! No hassle, nothing was too much trouble! and you didnt feel thet were doing this for tips either.The majority of staff are male, only one female working at the restaraunt. not including animation team.
There are 2 bars in the main recetion(Drago up and Piano down), In the Dragon bar we had Mohammed who was a star so friendly and fun. He taught us some Arabic.(you can get extra bottles of water here from 10am til 11pm). All Inclusive drinking finishes at 11pm. The coctails are strong and are either gin,rum,vodka,brandy or whisky in colourful layers. If you want a particular spirit just ask for say vodka cocktail. The wifi is free in the main area! I found this out on last day..... Beer is nice and the wine is drinkable....
The food is repetative but there is a great selection and its what you make of it. Breakfast you could have fresh eggs or omellettes, scrambled and boiled, beans!! sausage, fresh pancakes or waffles cooked to order. No pork at all but we are in a muslim country. Lots of choice of cheese for breakfast but not at any othet time of day which was wierd. Fresh bread and pastries, fruit, cereal youghurt,you could even have custard or rice pudding!!
Lunch and supper were about the same, there was, soup meat and salads potatoes (usually a bit hard), veg, rice pasta, very sweet puds and fruit (lots of dates some resembled raw new potatoes!).Usually there is a roast meat Beef lamb turkey e.t.c each evening (beef wellington one night!!.The fish was a little strange it always seemed a bit slimy n not quite cooked?? there is a small BBQ outside the hotel at night. Didnt try, but looked and smelt nice!! a few cats liked it too!!
There are 2 al a carte restaurants Chinese or Indian (book the night before in the restaurants) both are good with four set courses (beef, chicken,seafood or veggie). There is a menu that you can pay extra for. There is a seafood restaurant but that costs to go there. The staff were very friendly in the main restaurant especially Mohammed (wears a striped jacket!!!) If you want to tip, give it to the restaurant bar managers, the guys in beige shirts for food or blue for bar they will share the tip equally. yes there were restaurants closed but with 2 buffets, a beach snack bar (beach 1) and 2 free al a cartes and one fish one to pay, isnt that enough??
The main pool is huge with a swim up bar, large slide and wave pool. there is a smaller secluded pool just passed beach 3.
The layout of the hotel is set in a bay with the main area at the top and the beaches at the bottom. There are lots of steps to keep you fit or a shuttle bus if you feel lazy.
We stayed on beach one for most of the 2 weeks. The sand is a bit course but hey its only to walk into the sea. The pool guys are fab but it was a losing battle picking up all the daily discarded cigarette ends!There is a coral bed right in front of the hotel sunbeds (dont walk on it as I did!!) If you go to the the left a bit there is sand to walk in and swim. You can swim and snorkel around the coral. The fish are beautiful and lots of variety. There is a bar and snack food (chips, hot dog meat n salad if you want little lunch time snack) We walked back to the main buffet for lunch. The beach is shared by another hotel (sunbeds to the left arent from Pyramisia lol ) There is a jetty to the left with daily boats going on diving snorkelling trips, It was lovely watching them and the planes!! There is a 2nd and 3rd beach but there is only a plastic jetty beach 2 and wooden at beach 3. Beach 2 jetty was great for snorkelling and diving lessons.
We booked with the coral diving centre (behind beach one) and went on a day trip to snorkel around Tiran island ( you could dive too). What a fabulous day! snorkelling gear provided. Lunch and drinks inc.(non alcohol!!) The whole day cost £24 each and was well worth it!! We had Frady take us snorkelling, he was great! and Ahmed takes pictures which are an optional extra.
There is another trip to Ras Mohammed too for great diving & or snorkelling.
There are guys trying to sell trips, newspapers etc, that walk past your bed but are not pushy except one!!! and a polite no thanks and they leave you alone!!!! one guy from the massage parlour was very pushy and wouldnt accept that I wanted to think about it! He was very persistant, my hubby had to tell him to go in the end!! Shame because I did fancy a massage and did want to think about it!! But he put me offf.
We took a taxi form the hotle recetion (Sinbad lovely guy!) to Soho square well worth a look!! Hassle free shopping (they are not allowed). Bars an English pub! Ice bar, restaurants. Bowling cinema, skating. It cost £5 each way.
We didnt go to Naama Bay or the old market. which are recommended and cost about £8 each way by taxi, but didnt fancy the hassle n haggling. There are big shops there too and a Hard Rock Cafe n Little Buddha? I was able to get all my souvenirs in Soho.
There are shops in the hotel but some shop keepers are a bit pushy!!! The snorkelling shop and cigarette one are ok. But we were dragged into the parchment picture shop (Tito!!) and hard sold a picture (which is lovely!). There is a small supermarket at the bottom end of the shops with crisp etc. If you dont fancy the hassle of walking thru them all. There are some steps up at the side of the fish restaurant. This is where the massage parlour, indoor pool, kids club, hairdressers are, at the bottom.
The pool guys especially Ayman are fab, fresh towels everyday if needed!!.
Our room was 5112, 2nd floor with amazing sea view from the balcony. They layout means the rooms in front arent visible only their roof (which looks like a garden with a pyramid steps entrance). Yes the room was dated but spotless!! Plenty of towel art everyday!! There is a fridge and you get 2 bottles of water each day. Ramadan was our housekeeper he was fun and very happy and friendly. Airconditioning was old and not great but ok! Ramadan left us an extra room card (you only get one) and we could leave the airconditioning on constant. Plenty of wardrobe drawer space and a free safe.
The animation team are great and such fun!!! Ahmed you rock!! and Becca, Sophie and Jelena were especially fab and helped make our holiday great. The guys were good too but I cant remember all their names sorry... The entertainment was good, I only hope the bingo night is improved lolo The line was a house and a house 3 books!! Hehe it took forever. They had thier regular hotel dances which I loved joining in!!
The hotel was quiet the first week and a little busier the 2nd, never a problem with sunbeds! |It has just changed over from the Sea Magic Resort back to Pyramisia. a big Egyptian hotel chain.
There were a lot of Russians approx 80%) which is fine apart from..... every day on the beach 1 the animation guy opens his hut at 10 am and talks in Russian and plays the same Russian songs regularily and loud!! He only does this 2 hours am and pm tho, and somtimes plays English music. But I did notice we were probably a minority on the beach us Brits ( I think a lot of the time it was only me n Hubby!) Also there is a ?lifeguard on beach 1 who is very fond of his whistle! I was tempted to put it somwhere.....
There was also Egyptian famillies staying at the hotel especially at the weekends, it was lovely to see!!
All in all I would recommend this hotel and we had a very pleasant memorable holiday. Oh the mossies left me alone too only 1 bite!! But hubbie got a few the first few days ? early evening on the beach. A couple of upset tummy days but not enought to spoil the holiday! and I eat everything!
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- A 5 star All Inclusive resort ideally located on the heart of magnificent Sharks Bay. Resort facilities include 861 rooms, chalets and villas with exotic sea and pool views, the largest swimming-pool in Sharm with artificial waves, indoor swimming-pool, 5 restaurants, bars, disco, kids club and SPA. ... more less
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