Upon deciding Egypt was going to be our honeymoon destination due to the guarenteed weather mainly, and good value for money, we poured through trip advisor reviews and decided on this hotel mainly as it looked huge, spacious and reviewed pretty well, in a nut shell most of the reviews were spot on, so we were happy not to be shocked at what areas we would have fely a little let down with being a 5 star if we'd not have come prepared.
I think the areas this hotel are let down with, mainly being service related would be accross the board with 5 star Egypt hotels as it's just their way, the staff are fine don't get me wrong, polite, helpfull, smartly dressed but i'd say 1 in 5 staff just seem to let the side down in customer service, some can be a little rude and come accross as miserable or arragant.
I dont think i've read a review that points out that this hotel is only 3 years old! hence everything is immaculate, also their main reception which is beautifull and very impressive is only 5 weeks old!! we serveyed a lot of hotels in Nabq Bay and we feel this hotel was definatley the best hotel by far! a lot seem to be that bit older there fore you can go around and see the signs of age very easily, plus they didn't seem anywhere near the same standard.
Definatley definatley go for a junior suite, the rooms are twice the size of a double, their huge. also ask for a room overlooking the Lagoon pool, this is the most stunning pool to look over, also you'll get a sea view which is nice. If you overlook the Royal pool you'll have the boom boom music all day and no sea view, just a view into someone elses room.
For those who havn't been to Egypt before i can not stress the importance any more than ensure you know the resort you choose, not hotel, the resort... we went into Nama Bay on the courtesy bus and were in a taxi on route back in 5 mins. Nama Bay is one of the most intimidating shopping enviroments we've encountered, fine if you like 40 men hassling the crap out of you every step of the way, and i'm not joking, this was 3pm too so i'd hate to imagine the night. DON'T SATY IN NAMA BAY!!! For shopping go go Soho Square, this is a quarter mile strip of shops in a gated complex where hassling as banned, it's quite unique, soho square is impressive, marble floors, flashing lights, fancy shops, very nice.
Our advice is choose a hotel that is big enough that you dont need to leave for a whole week as soon as you leave the complex's you'll be longing to get back. You can easily spend a week here and not need to go anywhere, it's georgous.
Food is unbeleivable, 5 ala cart resturants and 2 buffet resturants, and when you think buffet you think urrrgh, not buffet. let me tell you, you've not seen this quality of food in a buffet before i can assure you, it's beautifull. A lot of people told me be carefull in Egypt with their food as you can easily get ill with their level of food standards, this hotel obviously has very good food management as i've never seen food preperation, presentation, cleanliness and quality anywhere in the world. Very good.
Lots and lots of swimming pools here, this time of year they're too bliming cold though, so be warned, although the main pool by the new reception is niceley heated which is lovely, but this is also the pool where there is pumping music all day and lots of pool activities going on, this is aslo the busiest so not particually relaxing. The other pool areas are very relaxing. At the time we went the hotel was about 70% full and there was easily enough space to llose yourself in your own space.
Be warned also that Sharm can get a little windy, look into this if needed, we only went to the beach a couple of times as too windy, pool areas were more sheltered so this was bit better.
For tipping, if i went again i'd take about 50 pound in one pound coins, the Egyptions love UK pounds and it'd make it a lot earier tipping a couple of quid here tand there instead of rummaging through the egyption notes and trying to get change all the time to tip people. Their way of life is being tipped for everything, it gets very annoying so be prepared. we tipped a couple of waiters quite a bit where we drank in the evenings and they soon see themselves as your personal waiter, therefore you just nodd and they'll come shooting over and give you great service. plus they earn pittence so it's nice to think you can make a little difference to their lives. most earn about £20 a week!! and work for 30 days straight then have 10 days off, some do more. so you can see they rely of tips.
People we sat next to on the plane we staying at Club Magic Resort which is number 5 i think on trip advisor where as this is 16, this hotel is next door so obviously we checked it out, no way is Club magic resort better than Royal Grand Azure, no way on earth. it looked cramped, crowded, just not as impresive at all, we bumped into them in the airport on return and they said they had a good time but wished they'd stayed in ours as it looked amazing in comparison.
We loved it. In terms of some of the negitive coments for this hotel i think you need to assess the quality of the other hotels in Sharm and think are they going to get better than this for this money, the answer is no. If we go back to sharm we'd definatley go back to this hotel, the next up from this would have to be the Savoy. All round excellent
The hotel managers seem very concious your having a good time and if there is anything they can do for you, i cant see your going to get this everywhere you go, they obviously know they've got a very nice hotel here and with a little tweeking of service quality they can get this right up the ranks on trip advisor, they are very concious of trip advisor and it's influence on custom. i wouldn't be supprised if this was number 5 or something by may 2012.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 198 Superior Rooms, 290 Deluxe Rooms, 70 Family Rooms and 137 Junior Suites are spread around this beautifully designed modern resort. Several swimming pools wind there way between buildings or there is a gorgeous stretch of beach providing our guests with lots of options on where to spend their days. There are even 3 water slides to entertain the young and the young at heart. Try snorkeling from the wooden jetty or merely a stroll at sunset to see the magnificence of the underworld of the Red Sea. Dining choices include international buffet or choose from the World of Cuisines, with Chinese, Indian, Sushi, Italian, Sea Food or a taste of Egypt. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Grand Azure Hotel Nabq Bay
- Rixos Sharm El Sheikh Egypt - Nabq Bay