We stayed for the first 2 weeks in June with a 1 yr old and 10 yr old twins. We had a large room opposite the quiet poor so location was good (but a 15 min walk from kids club which was a pain as had to sign twins out at 11pm most nights!).
On arrival (late at night) we had no cot and no camp beds. We had to request several times before they arrived and god knows where they found them! The cot was more like a washing trolley! But they were replaced the next day with proper single beds and a wooden cot.
The food soon gets boring.. chips, pasta etc. Remember too that you cant get pork or anything made from pork..... no bacon for your breakfast! And its scrum down to get your dinner!! Leave your manners at the door or you will go hungry. My poor kids spent so long waiting in line the first couple of days I ended up telling them to queue jump.
If you leave the resort and turn right, just opposite you will find McDonalds, KFC, TGIFridays... not my normal choice but a very welcome change from steamed beef! And you will get some hassle from shop owners but just say no and they leave you alone (even though they all claim to be your best friend with best deals!).
The staff are very friendly and were very good with my children. The Beauty staff are a real pain. They hassle you all the time at the pool side and some cant seem to take no for an answer. And I thought it was a bit expensive.
We went on a glass bottom boat which we booked on the beach with a company called Aquarius, cheaper than first choice. It was brilliant. We saw loads of fish and coral. It was great.
The beach isnt sand, its grit. A bit like the bottom of a quarry! But the sea is great with loads of fish to see.
It was very hot when we stayed, 40 plus during the day and not dropping below 30 at night which got a bit much at times.
We never had a problem getting sunbeds in the morning by the quiet poor. We didnt use the main poor as it was very crowded and a bit chavy.
The kids clubs were great. They have a daily Stay and Play which I took my 1yr old to. It was in an airconditioned room and great as he could crawl around which he couldnt do anywhere else.
Then there were the upset tummys. Me and my partner had to make frequent toilet visits with a couple of days of arriving and we never really recovered until we came home. We spoke to the reps about this and they werent suprised saying that a lot of people suffer. Had we of known we could have brought some medication with us just in case! It was more of an anoyance than anything as we couldnt stray too far from the loos! By the second week we all had it and this is not good if you have a child in nappies! We spent a small fortune on pills and nappies and I'm not sure the medication made much difference. 2 days before we were due to leave, me and the older 2 got a stomach bug with the worse sickness I have ever had. Made difficult by the fact we only had one toilet to share. I'm just glad it happened at the end of our holiday as it took a while to recover fully.
All in all the holiday was ok. The resort is stunning. But I'm with the other reviews on here... it is very Butlins with sun! Far more chavy than I thought it would be considering how much it costs. The older kids had fun but they found the heat too much sometimes and there is very little for adults to do unless you like pub quizes or Xfactor wanabes!!!!
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- 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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