We've just come back from a superb 10 days at Tamra Beach and would happily recommend it as a great place to stay.
Cheryl from Guest Relations was keen that I write a warts & all review, so here goes...
We were there as a family of 4 (2 kids, 10 & 8). We had a great apartment with a fantastic view of the sea (room 3144).
- accommodation was tasteful, spacious and clean. The grounds / pool are kept spotless by the staff. Well laid out so it doesn't feel like a huge hotel. No complaints at all.
- Staff are really friendly and went out of their way to help. Most spoke some English, and we tried to learn a few words of Arabic too, which goes a long way to help.
- Food is very good for a hotel of this size – plenty of choice and lots of fresh salads, freshly cooked pasta etc. Beer & wine very drinkable (although red wine served chilled, which we're not used to in UK)
- Weather was great. We were there from 10-20 Feb, and it was sun tan lotion and sunbathing every day except one, when it was windy & clouded over.
- Snorkelling on the reef is fantastic! There's a pier that runs 100 yards or so over shallow reef to the drop-off, which is teeming with beautiful corals and hundreds of amazing fish. Light is best in the morning when it's shining on the face of the drop-off (ca. 15m high). Take a waterproof camera and you'll get some great pics. (I've posted some of mine titled 'Coral reef off Tamra Beach pier'). A couple of days it was a bit choppy, but when it was calm it was definitely the highlight of our stay.
- As other people have said, it is mainly aimed at Italians, so we were very much in the minority. This wasn't really a negative for us, as we knew this was the case when we booked it, and joining in with the activities/evening entertainment wasn't a priority for us (we were after some winter sun, lying by the pool, snorkelling and reading) but might be worth bearing in mind if it's important to you. The only thing that wasn't made completely clear beforehand was that the Italian staff aren't insured to look after English speaking children, so if you want kids to join in the activities, you have to attend them too. I know Cheryl is looking to address this.
- At some points it felt like there was a bit too much loud music coming from the beach and the pool bar. Again, depends what you're after and maybe I'm just getting old, but if you're after peace & tranquility you might want to escape the Italian pop music. There are some quiet pools tucked away, but they're not heated, so chilly in winter time.
- The main pool looks fantastic, but was too cold to swim in, so we spent most of our time in the one heated outdoor pool, which was fine, but smallish. There's another indoor one that you have to pay for, but we didn't feel the need. I understand it's not realistic to heat a huge pool like that all year, and also we were there in winter - most of the year it's probably fine.
- There were some mosquitoes, but I can't blame the hotel for those!
None of these negatives were major enough to spoil the holiday though, and we had an overwhelmingly positive time.
- we arranged a couple of day trips: One boat trip to Tiran island. The highlight was seeing dolphins, but apart from that (and despite the friendly crew) the snorkelling was better at the hotel! The other was a day trip to Aqua Park (huge water rides/flumes theme park), which is fantastic if you've got kids. Each trip cost around £80 for a family of 4.
Apart from that, we didn't feel the need to venture out of Tamra. The little I saw of the rest of Sharm struck me as pretty touristy – again, depends what you're after.
All in all, definitely worth a visit and I'd have no hesitation in recommending Tamra for a great holiday.
Many thanks to:
- Cheryl for quickly sorting any issues/answering any Qs
- Ashraf in the restaurant, and his team (Waleed, Asem, Sharif, Fathy to name just a few)
- Waled on towels who helped us learn Arabic numbers
- Waseem who tidied our room and made the girls laugh with his towel designs
- Mohammed & Abdo at the pool bar
- Mahmoud on the pier who kept an eye on the girls snorkelling
- and the dozens of unsung heroes that cooked, created fantastic food designs for the buffet, and kept the grounds looking great.
Shokra – for a great holiday!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Luxury 5-star Tamra Beach Resort is ideal for single travelers, couples and families looking to avoid long airport transfers and for somewhere they can relax and have everything catered for without the need to leave the resort. Tamra Beach resort is in the Nabq Bay area and on the beach front only a 10-minute drive from Sharm el Sheikh International Airport. It also offers 24-hour front desk service. The Resort is mainly an Italian Club, but welcomes other nationalities. The resort is located next to Nabq National park which is known for its colourful marine life and its extraordinary Mangrove colonies. All rooms are air conditioned they also have a bathtub, Rooms have modern furnishings and come with cable TV and a safe Deposit box Free of charge. The resort offers rooms with balconies overlooking the Red Sea. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tamra Beach Hotel Sharm El Sheikh
- Tamra Beach Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt - Nabq Bay