I echo everything said in the previous review so just need to add a few extra comments. The fact that 85% of the guests are Italian means that there are very few people to have a chat with at dinner or by the pool, they are not the happiest people that we have met and made NO effort to acknowledge our family which wasnt a problem as there were 6 of us but it may have been if we were just there as a couple. The Brits tend to stick together, safety in numbers!!! There are a few Russian guests that tend to be very rude and were very violent when playing a friendly game of water polo!! You can visit the hotel next door ( Nubian village) where there are water slides and more British guests if you fancy a change of scenery but you cant eat here.
The hotel is spotless and the management run the whole operation very smoothly, the staff are so friendly and within a short space of time they had arranged for our 3 grown up sons to play football against them after work!! The staff loved the fact that we were English and went out of their way to make our holiday happy. Omar in the restaurant and Sam at the pool bar were wonderful when we all had upset stomachs by recommending what to eat and drink ( be prepared for this by getting tablets from the rep as the sooner you take them the less painful the stomach cramps are), when we couldnt get hold of the rep Omar went to the pharmacy and got the tablets for us, bless him! Mohammed in the upstairs bar is so friendly and a real charmer!! We had a fantastic location for our 3 rooms, right next to the pool ( Mohammed who keeps the pool running smoothly is so lovely) and the restaurant/reception so we didnt venture to the other pool or the beach very much ( snorkelling off the jetty is great when the red flag isn't flying but make sure that you never walk on the coral as we got told off!!)but the option is there if you fancy a change of scenery!
Bob and Julia from the animation team do their very best to keep everyone entertained with darts and water polo but they have very few options open to them, the hotel should provide the animation team with better tools to do their job properly.
The evening entertainement is organised by the Italian reps who make NO effort to acknowledge the British. The night club is dominated by them and when our son and daughter asked for some English music to be played the dance floor cleared in a few minutes!!!!
When Alex offered to organise our trips for us we were cautious because the Thomson rep had warned us off anyone but Thomson. I'm so pleased that we didnt listen to him as we had an amazing speedboat trip to Tiran Island and snorkelling on a wreck and a quad bike trip that was really great fun, and we saved a fair amount of money too!
We were told on the way from the airport by the rep that 98% of Egyptians dont drink alcohol so when they make it they dont taste it and you can tell this because it tastes terrible, he wasnt wrong!! This obvioulsy is dependant on personal taste but the only thing we liked was the dark rum and the beer. If you fancy an imported drink you certainly pay for it, a gin and tonic was £8.00! In week 2 we went on the courtesy bus to Namah bay and brought duty free gin and bacardi which was really cheap and treated ourselves to a decent drink!!
There are a few shops near the hotel, within walking distance, and a great English pub about 20 minutes walk away called the three crowns if you fancy a decent steak!( turn right and keep walking then cross over the road!) It's worth a trip to soho square which has up market shops and a lovely fountain display. We loved the fact that we were away fromthe busy life in Namah bay because we wanted a bit of peace and quiet but if you want lots of night life and action it would be best to stay nearer Namah.
Hope this helps!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in Nabq Bay, overlooking Tiran Island, the Nubian Island Resort Hotel is unique in its architectural Nubian elegance embraced by the spectacular land and seascapes of Egypt Sinai Peninsula. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nubian Island Sharm El Sheikh
- Hotel Nubian Island