Myself and partner (29 & 32 yrs old) have just recently returned from 10 fab nights at the Sea Gardens hotel in Nabq. I was slightly nervous about our first Egypt experience, due to delly belly and being hassled. But we really had a great time! The airport experience isn't great when you land. Very disorganized and chaotic, just try and find the sign for your rep/tour operator and they'll sort the rest. Sea gardens is the smaller of the 3 hotels. They're all behind a sort of walled area, with gates and security guy, which made me feel safe and that randomers wouldn't be walking through the complex. Reception is small, but still welcoming and friendly. Your bags are taken up to your room, and the young guy puts lights on/air con etc and checks your ok with everything. Rooms are very spacious, HUGE king size bed, which is sooo comfy :) bathroom a little tired, but still clean and worked fine (shower pressure was bit rubbish we noticed on first evening, however was immediately fixed when mentioned). There's no problem with sunbeds. We were by pool about 11ish, sometimes but later and always got beds where we wanted. The bottom end away from bar is but quieter and away from the shallow end with kids! Steps at shallow end are main steps to pool, and finished with a sort of sand coating. It is a bit rough but bothing major. There are normal pool steps also you can use, or just lower yourself in from edge! Very clean and tidy, lovely pool. I'm not normally a pool fan, but we spent most days there. Staff by pool chatty and friendly. Mahmoud always happy to help and serve by your sunlounger. Just throw him a couple of pound coin every couple of days and you'll definitely not go thirsty while you bathe! Guys do try and chat to you about trips/massage. We personally didn't book any with them. Just say you've already booked a boat/quad trip with rep and they happily leave you alone. We didn't get poorly at all throughout our stay, to my delight! The food was excellent. Obviously they have different nationalities to cater for, but overall we thoroughly enjoyed it, from breakfast to eve meal. You won't go hungry, there's always something you'll fancy! Burgers round pool were yum at lunch too! In the restaurant you do occasionally find the chef on his mobile while flipping pancakes! But it didn't bother us, we still got fed! (They all work away from their families and stay in a staff house, so don't see their children very often) We ate in all 3 hotels, but as ours was the smallest we preferred the most personal touch and tended to eat there. We went to all 3 al la carte restaurants too, Lebanese (meat skewers on a grill) and tepanyaki (Japanese/Chinese) both really good. food was ok at fish restaurant but it felt but rushed, not as relaxing surroundings disappointingly, but still a nice change to buffet. We found the nightlife to be best at Sea Club. More atmosphere round the lake and bar outside. Very relaxed with music and soft lights. Not much going on at sea gardens on a night, only really the lobby bar, but it's only a few mins walk to other 2 hotels so we didn't mind. The local beer was good, however the spirits are very strong as all local! The gin and vodka taste different to at home, nit that great. That's the only real thing I was disappointed in, but I got a fab piña colada in Namma bay :) the cocktails at hotel are extra, about £4.50, but there is a menu telling you this on the bar. The waiters always tell you if it's extra, ie ice cream and freshly squeezed orange at breakfast. They dont trick you. You just sign to your room and pay when you check out. After a few nights we did get a little fed up of just sitting round drinking. I wish I'd have known earlier, but if you walk up to main gates and get a taxi (don't get from reception, very expensive) go to Nabq bay, few pubs, supermarket and shops for a change of scenery. I think if we'd have done that we'd have been fine on a night. But didn't find out till our last day! There's a few shops on site, but very expensive for crisps/choc. You'd be better going to supermarket in Nabq or soho sq (which is only 5 min away in taxi). Soho sq was good for a night out. Not really that much there to be honest. Please don't do the Ice Bar. £15 in each, and it's basically a big industrial freezer in Tescos! What a waste of £30! Wish we'd not bothered! A day trip to Tiran island snorkelling was fab and only about £35 each. Fish are amazing! Overall you will have a fab stay here. Don't let negative reviews put you off. The staff are so attentive and always smiling. They can't do enough for you. The rooms are clean and big and the weather beautiful. Hope this is helpful, sorry it's long winded but I always find reviews vital in making a decision! Happy holidays, L&J
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- Also Known As:
- Sea Gardens Hotel Nabq Bay
- Sea Garden Hotel
- Hotel Sea Garden
- Sea Gardens Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt - Nabq Bay