I have often used TripAdvisor before booking any holiday, however this is the first time I have written a review - mainly down to how impressed I was with this hotel. Although by no means is this hotel badly reviewed, I would certainly go as far as to say there are certainly some over critical opinions. But instead of combatting the specifics of these, I will just provide my own analysis.
The hotel itself is 1 of 3 hotels all within the same grounds. You are free to walk in and out of the other grounds as you please and even use some of the others services if you are an 'All-Inclusive' guest. You will most definitely walk around the Mirabel Park and Mirabel Beach with the feel as though you are in a 5* hotel. The third hotel - The Mirabel Club - would be more of a budget option and this is even identified by that it doesn't share the same grand entrance of the other two.
There is a spa and gym in which you can freely walk in and use at your desire. The steam room and Jacuzzi is free to come and go, and you can also opt to pay for any of the massages. I myself did not so I cant comment on the quality of them, although what I will say is the quality of the spa itself is strikingly impressive.
The Pool area excels and we was always able to find a nicely located sun bed no matter what time we set out. There are 2 pools on the Mirabel Park resort. 1 being more for relaxation and the other for games i.e Water Polo (Great Fun!), Water Aerobics etc. These are divided by the beach bar which serve the same drinks as all the other bars and also food throughout the day too which is all part of the All-Inclusive package. There are some water slides located in the corner with its own separate small pool. Initially I was concerned it may produce a lot of noise with regards to children, however this was not realised as the hotel has strict times on when it is open. Both in doing this - and its location -it creates no disturbance at all.
The room was fantastic. A very spacious room with high ceilings, a huge bed, and modern decor. The bathroom was well sized with a walk in shower to match. Most importantly cleanliness was top notch and all the furniture and fixings were top quality. All rooms have a balcony also. We were very lucky as to get one of the four large ones. These aren't any extra its just the design of the building grants some extra balcony space for some rooms. That said all of the balconies were of a decent size and a good place to enjoy the weather with the benefit of shade.
Perhaps the most negatively reviewed part of the hotel is its restaurants - a common thing amongst a lot of Egypt's hotels I have to say. I myself found the food - presented as a buffet - to be of a good standard and there was always something to make a large meal out of. In general they would have all forms of meat with the exception of pork and also supply multiple vegetarian options. Everything I ate was well cooked and prepared and I was really happy with the range on offer. What I will grant is that all the food was fairly standard, but it has to be realised that it is a buffet style and it is supposed to cater for everyone. I would go as far to suggest that anyone that can not make a meal out of whats on offer is being way too specific.
Of course you can also go to one of the A La Carte Restaurants on site. These do not form part of your all inclusive package, however you do get a free visit for your room so by all means try one of them at least once. I myself did not and was more than happy to stay with the main buffet.
The service was my favourite part of this hotel. Every member of staff would assist as much as possible, whether it be room service, bar staff, waiters, cleaners etc I always got the feeling that I was well looked after. There is a tipping culture in Egypt and it can sometimes be off putting however in this hotel not one member of staff asked me for a tip. That said I did find myself tipping often, not because it was an obligation but more because its what the service deserved. Also note if you give a tip it doesn't go to that one member of staff it goes in a collection which is distributed to all of them. A special recognition to Mahmoud in the restaurant who looked after us all week and would literally take offence if me or my girlfriend stood up to get a drink.
If your looking for a premium hotel for a good price you can not far wrong with the Jaz Mirabel Park. In all aspects it is top notch and I can guarantee you would have a good holiday if you were to go there. Suitable for all parties ranging from friends, couples, young people, old people and families, this is an amazing hotel for everyone.
Enjoy your holiday.
Thank you, Mark E.
A FEW TIPS:
- Insect repellent is a must for when you are sunbathing.
- Remember if you go out the hotel that 99% of people are only helping you for money and even if they say its free it is not. For example if someone offers you a free camel ride, just keep on walking else you will end up paying over the odds.
- If you need something then just ask reception straight away. They are well mannered and will do anything to help you enjoy your stay.
- If you plan on exchanging money your best bet is to wait until you get to Egypt. There are multiple HSBC's scattered around that will give you a much better rate than you will get from any UK based exchange. Although generally you can just pay in English currency.
- Also Known As:
- Jaz Mirabel Park Hotel Sharm El Sheikh
- Jaz Mirabel Park Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt - Nabq Bay