Amazing hotel and resort, we have just returned from a 2 week trip and can honestly say it was a remarkable trip with many memories we will treasure forever.
We stayed at Sea Gardens, part of a 3 hotel complex in Nabq Bay. A mixed resort in terms of Nationalities, but predominantly the English part of the complex with a few Russian and German tourists thrown in, Sea life and Sea club seemed more Russian than Sea Gardens in our opinion, but this may just have been when we visited though
Check in upon arrival was quick and painless, and the concierge quickly got our bags to our rooms so we could run down and grab a late dinner.
We booked a family suite as we were travelling with 2 young children aged 7 & 3 and we were not disappointed, we had 2 large living/sleeping areas and a large balcony overlooking the children's play area. The room was clean and well equipt with 2 televisions and a large clean bathroom with shower large enough for the whole family :) The bedding was changed daily and fresh clean towels also every day. Plenty of plug sockets and bed was lovely and comfy, aircon worked really well and was on pretty much constantly whilst we were in the room.
Communal areas of the hotel were immaculate and the pool area(s) we also very well kept and clean, Always ample sunbeds without the need to run and reserve one at 6am (even with the number of Russian visitors), all the staff went above and beyond, nothing was too much trouble, our waiter in the main restaurant Karam was lovely, always happy and the kids loved them, always a high 5 or a joke to be had with them. We had a meal cooked to order one night at the request of the head chef, which was as per everything else top notch, they offered to cook anything we desired and so we ate like kings that night, although every night the food was good, with plenty of choice for all tastes.
The Beach was fairly pleasant, and 10 min stroll through the neighbouring hotel brings you to a sheltered lagoon, beyond which is a reef dropping off several KM, Sand shoes are a very worthy investment and the sand is very stoney and sharp in places, the lagoon is lovely for young children as its very sheltered and makes viewing the fish easier for little people, if you are a little more adventurous you can enter the reef for better snorkelling from the end of the Jetty, this is supervised and completely safe although the sea is rough at times,
The hotel animation team do a good Job in a very hard environment as the resorts are so very quiet currently presumably due to the recent trouble in Cairo. Guests are few and far between, but they do a good job of getting everyone up and taking part in various activities throughout the day and evening.
We used the kids club once during our stay, and found it fine, I was a little concerned by the lack of security of the clubs with the doors being left wide open and nothing really to stop the kids eloping off, however both my boys had a great time for the couple of hours they were there and the mixed nationalities of the children attending made it an experience for them both, plenty of painting and toys to keep them entertained in the cool for a while. You do sign them in and out and the staff keep a close eye on them.
Only 3 things which we feel maybe could be improved on and they are tiny points but in the interests of being thorough I will add them, The food at the pool bar at lunchtime is very very repetitive, Burgers, hot dogs and chips every day... however you have the option to go elsewhere (i.e. the main restaurant) so not a big deal really, and the WIFI is rubbish, we had access to the net twice in a 2 week period, however this seems to be a problem across Egypt not just with the Sea group resort, something to be aware of if you use something like Skype to keep in touch with home
Lastly the amount of people that bug you around the pool can get irritation, from people trying to sell beauty treatments and trips to others selling a newspaper..... can get a bit tedious so needed to pretend to be sleeping quite a lot to avoid them ;)
overall a wonderful relaxing holiday to a wonderful part of the world, We have come home feeling completely refreshed and cant wait to start looking for next year!
Thank you to all the staff at Sea Gardens for making a holiday a fabulous one, we will see you next year !
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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