We've just returned from a wonderful chilled out 12 days at the Coral Sea Splash. We arrived Sunday 18th December & flew home Thursday 29th.
To get the bad out of the way first, I have to say the flights out & on our return were awful. Thomson have reverted to the bad old days of no extra leg room as standard, horrible, horrible food (soggy pizzas or bacon roll) & no inflight entertainment unless you're prepared to hire a psp with games & a selection of films you've probably already seen! As if we haven't paid enough for our seats already! I feel they've gone backwards 6 years!
Also, upon arriving at Sharm airport, we walked into scenes of chaos with super long queues to get through customs & passport control. Having travelled to Egypt on five other occasions & never having experienced any problems with this part of our holidays, we assumed it was a blip but, sadly coming home was the same, if not worse. So, anyone travelling out in the next few days/weeks, be prepared!
Now the good... Upon arriving @ the Coral Sea Splash, we checked in no problem and were shown to our room (1102) without any delay. We were right next to the main building and faced the children's water slides where the bucket fills up until it spills over the thrilled kiddies who stand under it! As the door was opened, we saw a series of doors off a main corridor which to our huge delight opened onto a bathroom to the right, a bedroom with 2 single beds to the left, the main bedroom with a larger en suite bathroom (yes really... 2 bathrooms) and a living room at the end. We had a total of 3 large flat screen tvs, plenty of wardrobes, drawers, mini bar which we emptied as we only wanted to put our free water bottles into it (red topped bottles are all inclusive whereas blue topped are chargeable). Patio doors then led out to 2 separate balconies. All in all, our accommodation was amazing and we were very impressed with the cleanliness and with how spacious it was.
Don't really want to repeat what every other reviewer has already mentioned so, basically will sum up all the good things about this resort and few niggles:
Sun beds... One of the pool guys laid towels out for us everyday in our preferred spot next to the wooden platform by the coloured sand seller.
Service... Amazing! Always with a smile & a friendly bit of banter. Special mention to Sam (blue t-shirt) who brought us drinks all day long so we didn't even have to get up off our sun beds, Mohammed no. 1 & Mohammed no. 2 & Mahrous in the buffet/American diner, Mario (White framed glasses) in the sports bar & special thanks for being so super friendly has to go to Moody on the flow rider who is a cheeky but oh-so lovable guy (reem).
I'd also like to thank Jody (customer relations manager) who by the way, does not want any blue cheese & crackers lol, and Claire (Thomson rep on site) for their help and advice dealing with my husbands very sore tooth. This resulted in two visits to a genuinely lovely Egyptian dentist, Dr. Ahmed Sherif, who was located within a 10 minute walk of the hotel. My husband needed root canal & a nerve extraction to fix work done by an English dentist prior to us flying out to Egypt. Would you believe it! he was charged 1200 Egyptian £ (about £120) which we will recover through our insurance.
Water park... Absolutely no queuing except maybe on the flow rider as it is sooo popular with everyone. I tried the inner tube slide and the 4 slides on the right hand side of the park, our girls tried all, and the lazy river which ranged from being freezing to bearable.
Weather... Glorious! We all have fantastic tans as good as the ones we got during our summer holiday to Mexico. Say no more!
Food... Delicious! Something for everyone from fussy to eat anything!
Niggles, of which there are few:
Yes we were pestered by flies on sun beds but, hardly felt them if you decided not to let them bother you.
Mozzies... We were all bitten on first night to varying degrees; grandad was the worst bitten countless times on the backs of both ankles, down to my eldest who had 1. We bought a can of OFF and sprayed our uncovered bits resulting in no more bites for the rest of our hols. Also, everyday at 5 pm, a chap goes round to fumigate the resort.
One word of warning... Re. Flow Rider... My husband is a 6 foot 3 big guy who threw himself off the top of this fun surf simulator with what is essentially a smallish body board! He did a bit of damage to a couple of ribs and was in a bit of discomfort for rest of his holidays and so, a little caution should be applied.
That's it! It's also worth mentioning that as on our previous holidays to Egypt, we always try and speak a little Arabic, you know the usual, thank you, good morning/afternoon, goodbye! The Egyptian staff absolutely love it and feel very proud when they hear you speak to them in their language and this small gesture goes down very well.
We would definitely go back as this resort although smaller than other resorts in the area, has a very friendly atmosphere at it's heart and heaps of genuine Egyptian hospitality. You will not be disappointed.
Our group consisted of Grandad (70), Nan (67), Dad (46), mum (46), two girls (15 & 12).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Feel the dynamic pulse the moment you walk into the Coral Sea Aqua Club Resort. It is home to the most prestigious aqua park resort in the fashionable Nabq area on the Red Sea. The aqua park entertains guests with: Boomerang and the Speed/Bowl slides. On top of that, you can race down the multi-laner or go for something calmer like the lazy river. But the real big boy has to be the flowrider ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Coral Sea Splash Hotel Nabq Bay
- Coral Sea Aqua Club Resort Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt - Nabq Bay