I stayed for a week with my husband at the begining of March to cellebrate our wedding anniversary. We have been several times to Dubai to Jumeirah hotels and we can say we were impressed with Royal Grand Azure. Fantastic value!!
When you arrive at the airport they will try you to pay a tax of 13 pounds, don´t do it, no need for staying at Sharm el Sheik. We went with Thomson, be aware of this and go straight to the passport control.
It´s only 10 minutes drive to the airport, we booked a taxi and it was very cheap.
It was lovely and sunny during the day although a bit windy. It got abit cold in the evenings so bring a jumper or a light coat.
The hotel has beautiful grounds, lovely gardens, several pools, although in this time of the year the best is to use the Heated Pool, with a lovely bar, plenty of sunbeds and close to the Royal restaurant (the adults only one).
This pool has the animation activities and I can not undertstand why people wre complaining in previous reviews. You can do waterpolo, belly dancing, aquagym... It´´s up to you if you want to join the activities or not but they wonñt disturb you while resting in the pool area. The animation team are lovely and they make a great effort.
The resort has private beach and it´s perfect for snorkelling, and you have sunbeds at the beach but you can not expect a lovely beach to swim because it´s not that type of beach.
The resort is so big that when you arrive you will be taking with your luggage to your room by buggy.
I would recommed to stay in a building in the middle of the resort so you are more or less close to everywhere. Block 10 is nice, and overlooks the lagoon pool. But anyway you will have to walk a lot because it´s really big.
There is a special area in the lagoon pool for massages, they are not very cheap (similar to European prices).
We had a superior room, lovely, plenty of space, King size bed, flat TV, terrace with chairs and a table.
It´s true beds are a bit hard but itñs not so bad, pillows need an improvement.
If you have kids better a ground floor room because they go directly into the garden. Otherwise first floors are more private. There are no lifts to go to the rooms.
Junior suites are lovely with a living area.
This is fantastic, I don´d undertand previous complaints about drinks, there is a wide choice of cocktails and they are fantastic. Tequila Sunrise and Jamaice worth a try.
You will have breakfast, lunch and dinner in the two buffet restaurants, Zodiac has a better choice and it´s bigger but we loved Royal because was adult only and more intimate. The buffet are really good and the food presentation is very good what it´s important for us.
They have 4 a la carte restaurants, you can try one per week stay so this means you can try the four of them: chinese, egyptian, indian and italian. The food is outstanding but the chinese was our favourite. They are in a building called the World of Cuisins (excepting the indian which is independent). You have to book at Guest Relations in advance to get a table.
The are two bars, one in the old reception when you have animation every night and the new reception lobby bar which is great and it´s new and it looks very luxury. Drinks are included every day from 10 in the morning until 2.00 am. You have bottle water and wine what is a bonus, rose is really good.
Bottle water is free and they leave some in the room for you too.
The lagoon pool bar and the beach bar offer snacks but they weren´´t very good.
My biggest dissapoinment was the afternoon tea, we went to the Bar at the old reception and nothing, only 3 types of small cakes in a small box. This needs improvement.
They are fantastic and really make your stay. They are friendly and very helpful, Mohammed and Mahmoud at the reception, Sameh is great running by himself the pool bar and preparing amazing coktails, Mario who organizes taxis, and the waiters are lobby bar and royal restaurant are fantastic...
Do it, In Egypt they don´t earn a lot of money so tips make a difference. I recommend you to take some pounds or euros coins and to tip. The best thing is they won´t hassle you for tips but they will really be grateful for them and they deserve it because they do a wonderful job.
The taxis are very cheap so they are the best option. I would recommend to use the hotel ones. Look for Mario at the old reception and he will organize for you lovely private cars to drive you to wherever you need at a very cheap rate.
The best option is to cross the road and go to the Agrycole Bank, they have the best exchange rate.
HOTEL OUTSIDE AREA
In fron of the hotel there is a good English Pub with karaoke, two chemists, a Bank and several tourists shops.
Go to Soho Square for shopping, it´s new and luxury but it doesnñt have plenty of choice.
For real Egyptian experience go to the Old Market, reallt cheap and please bargain.
We went to Naama Bay and we didnñt like it, noc charm, very touristy and lots of hassle.
There is a shopping area only 5 minutes by taxi from hotel calles Al Khan and that´s nice and new sith lots of shops, MacDonals, Starbucks...
If you want to call home go to a Vodafone shop and get a Vodafone holiday card, its the easiest and cheapest way to call home, if your mobile is unlocked.
The Lobby is wifi althogh Internet is not very good in Egypt.
There is a Vodafone shop 10 minutes walk on the left outside the hotel where you can use the Internet.
They have a Kids Club for young Kids with private gardens.
I had a problem with them but got a repelent spray in the chemist and no more problems.
Mainly from UK, Russia, Germany and Italy. We were the only ones from Spain.
What else can I say? Of course I am planning to go back and as soon as possible. If you are looking for a luxury resort in the Red Sea, this is it. We saw other resorts and this was the best by far.
- 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