We stayed there from 7 to 14th June.
interesting reef just in front of the hotel, as matter of fact it is a diving destination and many boats were coming every day to bring scuba divers. I counted as many as 6 boats in front of the beach. If you snorkeled early morning or late afternoon there were very little people and lot of fishes.
I used to snorkel from 7 to 8 AM and 3 out of 4 times I met a 3 meter whale shark passing by the reef. By revieving the pictures I took, I can say that every time it was a different whale shark.
I also spotted a nice Napoleon a couple of times and a Eagle Ray.
If snorkeling is a priority for you, then choose this hotel. If diving is a priority, you are going to take a boat anyway to reach diving sites so you may find better accomodations.
There was no need to hurry to get the sun ombrella because there were enought for all the guests (at least in June). We have been previously staying in Tunisia and everytime it was necessary to wakeup at 7 for putting a towel on a chair.
The rooms were at the same level of the beach or just slightly higher. We went to the neightbouring hotel and it was awesome: from the beach to the dining room you had to climb a lot of stairs.
Animator staff does not makes pressure to involve you in games, so it is perfect if you are looking for relax.
we had stomach diseases. While it is very common in every hotel in Egypt, I must say that I was surprised to see little birds entering the dining room and eating the food from the distribution tables.
THE BARS ARE NOT WASHING THE PLASTIC GLASSES THEY USE FOR PROVIDING ALL INCLUSIVE DRINKS. I NOTICED THAT THEY JUST PASSED THE USED GLASS UNDER THE TAP AND THEN USE IT AGAIN. I COMPLAINED WITH BARMAN, HE TRIED TO PULL MY LEG EXPLAINING HE WAS WASHING THEM WITH SOAP, I ASKED TO SEE THE SOAP AND HE QUICKLY SHOWED ME AN EMPTY BOX. I COMPLAINED WITH THE ITALIAN LADY OF "GUEST RELATIONS" AND SHE REPLIED THAT IT WAS A KNOWN ISSUE SHE WAS TRYING TO FIX BY INSISTING WITH THE MANAGEMENT OF THE HOTEL TO HAVE GLASSES PROPERLY WASHED WITH A WASHING MACHINE.
We left our hotel towels on the chairs while having lunch and when we came back they have been stolen. We immediately reported this to the hotel, but they didn't seem to care and we had to pay 18 euros for 3 towels the day we checked out. My suggestion: bring and use your own towels.
Glass-bottom boats coming several times a day to bring tourists to see the reef used to enter into the buoy protected area and to create danger for the snorkelers. Moreover they shouted the snorklers to move away. Very uncivilized!
There was no way to walk into the water from the beach because there is coral and lifeguards stop you from walking on it. So you are standing on the beach in hot temperatures in front of the refreshing sea but you cannot just enter in the water, you must walk to the floating carpet and swim from the platform at the end of the carpet. Not good for children and people looking for a relaxing bath.
The food was average. Pasta was hardly a good one (at least for my Italian taste) , you can't just trow a bunch of raw vegetables in a pan for 20 seconds and then mix pasta and serve it!
The rest was ok, a bit repetitive.
Staff was kind, but not effective. You could order 2-3 times a drink during meals before getting it, sometimes was frustrating.
When we arrived there was no drinking water in the room (each one gets one bottle upon arrival) and we had to asks for it 2 times before getting it.
Evening shows were average and mainly in italian.
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- Also Known As:
- Melia Sharm El Sheikh
- Melia Hotel Sinai
- Melia Sinai Hotel Sharm El Sheikh