My partner and I have just returned from 14 nights at the Sharm Cliff and we were sad to leave. The location is fine for the fit and mobile: be aware that there are 140 steps down into Naama Bay town - or you can take the shuttle bus. The ongoing (or pending) building work is unsightly but you have to accept this in Sharm. Swimming and snorkelling at the Wind beach is ok - the sunbeds get a bit crowded though.
If you go to Hadaba beach on the shuttle you HAVE to be fit as the steps are hewn from the rock in the lower part, with planks bolted to ironwork on the upper part. Snorkelling is great here, either up to the reef in the shallows or in deeper water off the jetty. We saw two types of stingray and on another day I discovered I could swim backwards very quickly when we saw a huge 5 - 6 ft. moray eel! The butterfly and angel fish are amazing; many seem to go around in two's and if you lie still on the surface they will come and nibble your fingers.
The room in the hotel (534) was great and superbly serviced by Osama; couldn't get any English language programme on the tv though. Didn't bother mentioning it - didn't miss it. Food is typical A.I. with always something palatable to eat. If you get bored have a night in town. Service in the restaurant was superb - special mention to extremely hardworking and always cheerful Karem and Said. Towel service by the pool was also first rate from Fouda - always ready to be helpful.
The animation team were efficient and not too pushy. We don't need the entertainment but it was nice to join the stretching class on a few mornings - thank you Irina.
Quandary - which to apply first: the anti insect bite DEET stuff or the sun block? The makers should do a product that combines the two. I was bitten lots (34 extremely itchy lumps) in the first couple of days and had to seek medical help. It's worth going to El Ezaby pharmacy which is a 20 minute walk on the road towards the airport, rather than a more local one. My partner, though, was only bitten twice in the whole fortnight. Depends on how tasty you are, I suppose.
Would we go back to Sharm? Yes, certainly. Return to this hotel? Definitely.
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- Also Known As:
- Sharm Cliff Hotel Sharm El Sheikh
- Hotel Sharm Cliff
- Sharm Cliff Holiday Naama Bay