We have just returned from spending Christmas at the holiday village. My husbnad was unsure about spending xmas abroad especially as they do not celebrate xmas there. Anyway what i can i say it was excellent.
As we only booked last min we had to settle for a standard room, but that was more than sufficent, the room was large with a bed bigger than i have ever seen before. The mini bar does come stocked but is very expensive to use. They do supply you with 3 small bottles of water a day in your room which are free. The tv has more than enough english speaking channels and cartoon network, not that we spent much time watching the TV.
The buffet restaurant was great there is such a large selection that you never get bored of the samefood twice. There are 3 gala restaurants, we did go to all of these and they were ok but in my opinion not as good as the buffet. There is also a seafood restaurant on the beach which you can use but we did not get chance to try it.
The evening entertainment was ok, ideal for families the entertainment staff work very hard and peform so great shows. They did say they are leaving in Februaury so i am not sure what the entertainment will be like then. Be warned if you play bingo they get you to do a bingo dance first which is funny, the money you win is good aswell, i won 890 eqyptian pounds one night.
There are plenty of pools, although as we went in December there was only one that was heated so everyone seemed to head for that one. There were plenty of beds around the pools though and the hotel also provide towels for you.
the kids clubs were great, the activites they offer for them are well thought out and all staff are british, they are very strict on safety which is reassuring.
There is a lot of walking invloved to get from your room to different parts of the complex so if you are travelling with people that have mobility problemsi would suggest you request rooms close to the restaurant area.
the beach is lovely and there are plenty of beds to use there free of charge, there are also wind breakers which where great as the wind in Dec was cold and lying without the wind breaker was not plesent.
There are plenty of shops outside of the hotel and for the really fussy eaters there is a mcdonalds, kfc and burger outside aswell.
Myself and my son did get a tummy upset while we were there but my husband was fine and he is more adventurous with the food, so i think it is just pot luck if you are unwell. There is a pharmacy just outside the hotel so if you do suffer with an upset tummy, you can buy medication from there it cost me about £10 to buy stuff for myself and my son.
I found that most of the excursions first choice had to offer were not really suitable for my 8yr old son. We did the seascope which was fun but in my opinion over priced. We booked quad biking with someone else as first choice woudl not allow under 16's to go, we got this £15 cheaper per head booking from a lady on the beach.
All of the staff were fantastic, they really went out of there way to make you feel welcome. As it was xmas they tried so hard to give us an xmas experience. The hotel was decorated and they did xmas dinner. When we returned to our room on xmas eve night, they had put a little stocking and a chocolate santa on our beds which i though was a really nice touch.
They are currently building a marquee on teh beach for New years eve and theh entertainment they have lined up looks fantastic.
I woudl highly recommend the holiday village to all ages. I never go back to the same place twice and i am considering taking all of my family there in the summer.
Have a great holiday
- 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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