First let me just say that my partner and I are 27 with no children, so our type of holidays are normally very relaxing with no children in sight! However, my partner’s father kindly decided that to celebrate his 60th we would have a family holiday in the sun. Our party was made up of 6 adults, age ranges from 27 to 60 and 4 children age ranges from 3 and half to 11. Finding somewhere to accommodate everyone was never going to be easy but the Holiday Village was brilliant. Before we went I read a comment with someone saying it was like Butlins in the sun (my worst nightmare). However, I can honestly say that it was nothing of the sort.
Accommodation and Grounds
The hotel is approximately 10-15 mins from the airport which is very handy. On arrival you notice just how lovely the hotel grounds are in a country with hardly any greenery. The gardeners worked tirelessly to ensure the grounds were stunning. The reception desk staff were very helpful on arrival and we were very impressed with our rooms which were huge and very comfortable. The family in our party had two adjoining rooms which were ideal and provided an absolutely huge room for 6. The rooms were always spotless.
Be warned, the hotel is HUGE!!!!! The hotel grounds span a vast area and it probably takes a good 10 mins to get from the main reception to the al a carte restaurant on the beach. I still didn’t quite know where I was going after a week!!! Definitely not a hotel where everything is on top of each other which was very nice considering the hotel was full the week we were there.
The hotel is right on the beach too and if you like snorkelling make sure you take your own. It was great. Highly recommend buying some sea shoes though. They can be purchased in the hotel and were definitely a good buy for walking out to the coral reefs.
Food & Drink
The buffet restaurant was really good. A good variety for all tastes with several serving stations cooking food to order such as pasta, pizza, omelettes, grilled items etc. It does get a little busy and it shuts for 30 mins halfway through the evening to replenish the buffet (so a queue tended to form outside around that time). We also ate at the Mediterranean and the Japanese (which you can eat at once during a weeks stay). Both of which were very nice and made a nice change from the buffet. My partner and I and his parents also ate at the seafood restaurant on the beach one night which was very nice. This however is not included in the all inclusive and you will need to pay to visit this restaurant. Well worth a visit but probably not with children (kind of defeats the object which is why it was almost empty when we were there. The snack bars were also great throughout the day and offered the usual burgers, chips, chicken etc. Basically you could never be hungry at the Holiday Village.
I read many reviews about the drinks at the hotel and all I can say is if you go to all inclusive resorts you will know what to expect. There are very few all inclusive resorts that serve international brands so you can expect to be served the local brands but pretty much everything was on offer.
The pools were lovely with the main pool having a swim up bar, which was very popular with the men in our group. There was also a kiddies pool with slides and all sorts as well as a smaller pool with two large water slides for the older children. This was very popular.
The hotel facilities were great with the children never getting bored. From cake making to archery to raft building to a teddies bear picnic there was always something going on for all ages and was extremely well organised. The animation team work tirelessly to give you a break while your children are having fun.
Overall I would definitely recommend the Holiday Village for families. The family in our party are already looking into which Holiday Village they intend to visit next. The only reason I gave the location 4 out of 5 is that there is nothing really outside of the resort unless you take a taxi into Sharm town.
Finally, for those of you without children, you must do the Valley of the Kings tour. Brilliant day and an experience of a lifetime. Oh and the weather, not a cloud in the sky the whole time we was there! Now that is my kind of holiday! Lovely!
- 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