This was our second trip to Sharm, but the first time at Coral Sea Holiday Village, and we were not disappointed.
The complex is huge, and we were situated in Block 14 which is fair walk to the beach or main pool. The room was great, very large with one enormous super king bed (although mattress seemed to be made of concrete), and two singles for our children aged 12 and 6. Our air-conditioning unit packed up on our first night, but was fixed within two hours of reporting the fault.
The food was very good - breakfast juices a bit naff, but fresh pastries and croissants available as well as cereals and fruit salad. There was a chef available for eggs should you want that. Lunches were nice - fresh pizza and toasties made to order while you wait. The ubiquitous chips were available always, but give these a swerve and try the Egyptian food - it was lovely (our 6 year old daughter loved the beef stew!).
The staff were faultless, polite and VERY hardworking.
The negatives? The sunbed reservations at the main pool. We are early risers, and were often enjoying the early morning sun while copious amounts of sunbeds were "reserved" with no occupants...sometimes not until late morning. The hotel was filled to capacity at Easter, and there seemed to not be enough beds to cater for the clientele. There was a vague threat by First Choice to remove towels from beds not occupied at 8am, but this never came into fruition. It is a great shame that this behaviour is necessary - particularly if you have a 20 minute walk to the pool from your room.
We have read negative reports on TA regarding a holiday camp atomosphere. We never felt like the entertainment was forced upon us, it was there if you wanted it...we didn't.
We would like to return to HV, but fancied the idea of a swim up room - no scramble for sunbeds! My husband enquired on checking out, and the hotel staff said the rooms could accomodate four, however First Choice state max occupancy is three. So, what is the answer - two rooms at an inflated cost and a holiday spent apart (no guarantee of interconnecting doors)?
We cannot comment on kids clubs - our children weren't interested. Spa was lovely - we had a his n hers Cleopatra massage...would recommend! Watch out for the Spa hard sell poolside though.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Offering the unsurpassed panoramic views of the Red Sea, Coral Sea Holiday Village Resort presents a comprehensive under-one-roof concept that meets the need of every discerning leisure traveler. This 5-star resort houses: 484 elegant guest rooms with modern amenities, superbly-designed facilities and 13 exciting dining and lifestyle choices for a multi-dimensional experience. It is our privilege to enchant our guests with courteous and attentive service that is the hallmark of Coral Sea Holiday Village Resort; we deliver only the best! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Coral Sea Holiday Village Hotel Sharm El Sheikh