My partner and I (both 28) had a fantastic time - we will certainly go back! There were some really bad reviews posted before we left which left me feeling gutted & expecting the worst, but when we arrived we realised we shouldn't have listened to the miserable people who post bad reviews - some people moan about anything and ruin their own holiday!
The pool scene is brilliant! The pools were reasonably clean (though they made a bit of an annoying noise sometimes) and there was NEVER a time when we couldn't find a decent sun bed, there are loads around all the pools and beach. The pool guys are great and bring over a mattress and sort your towels out for your sun bed and we never tipped them. You do get bugged a little by sales reps but be nice to them and say no and they aren't pushy at all - after the first 2 days we weren't bothered much and they tended to say hi even though we hadn't bought anything from them.
The restaurant, bar and animation staff are really friendly and a Thompson tour rep Hany was fantastic. Mahmoud in the Lobby bar, and Michael and Remon in the restaurant were our favourites and always looked after us, often topping up our drinks before we had finished out last ones! Staff were always willing to go above and beyond and they love the English (no surprise given most of the other guests are Russian and very rude to staff). Reception staff were less helpful and quite rude, but they did call the room each evening to check if all was ok which was nice.
As Thompson guests we were given our own section in the restaurant where we were waited on and asked if we wanted anything special - they even put Heniz ketchup on the tables there! As English guests we could also always jump any queues into the restaurant; as soon as they saw us they let us slip in in front of everyone else. The food was quite 'samey' but we always found something to eat and it was of good quality, neither of us got poorly at all. If you fancy a burger or something a bit more English just asked and they will make you a special meal, we had steak and chips on our last day which was nice and they made us a packed lunch for our journey home. If you fancy something more tasty the mexican and indian on site (about £10 for a meal) were really good and although we didn't go to it the 'Love Boat' seafood restaurant at Dreams Beach looked lovely. There was also a Grill and an Italian at the beach which you could eat at as much as you like for lunch and once a week in the evening for free but I don't think they were great at night. Book early for all a la carte restaurants as they are only open a couple of days a week. Drinks are usual all inc quality, spirits not particularly nice but cocktails were good and the red wine was nice (just a shame they only serve it from 1pm - 10pm and only at certain bars).
The other great thing was that you have access to the pools, beach (with great snorkelling), bars and restaurants (as above) at the 5 * Dreams beach which is a short walk or free 'tafftaff' journey away - it's all part of one resort so you don't have to leave the hotel to get from one to the other. The grill restaurant at the beach was nice for lunch and you can look out to sea while eating. I preferred Dreams vacation to Dreams beach overall (the staff were nicer) but good to have both and makes the resort feel huge with lots to do.
The only negatives were the egg man in the morning (grumpy and usually had an undercooked egg or got splattered with egg/oil when he was carelessly making them) and the general cleanliness or the rooms and toilets on resort could be improved a lot, but who spends time in their room on hol!! The Thompson Courtesy room which we used for a shower on our last day was also extremely disgusting and never seen anything like it - I don't think it ever gets cleaned and there were filthy towels and tissues everywhere.
Overall though the resort is great for all ages and one of the best hols (with best weather!) we've ever had. You won't get bored of this place, we stayed for 2 weeks and wished we could stay longer!
Don't book Thompson excursions, they just use local tour operators and it's easy to book when your there, or do what we did and book with Sharm Excursions online before you go who were cheaper and really good. Cairo by plane is a must!
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- Also Known As:
- Dreams Vacation Hotel Sharm El Sheikh
- Hotel Dreams Vacation