Have just returned from a week at Coral Sea Splash Resort with my partner.This was our first trip to Egypt so I was really looking forward to it and I'm happy to say I wasn't disappointed. First Impressions when we pulled up to the hotel were quite good. Its very modern and airy inside in the lobby. Check-in was speedy and efficient and reception staff were very friendly. We were too late for dinner when we arrived and went next door to McDonalds but I'm sure they would have arranged something to eat for us if we had of asked as the staff are very accommodating. Along with McDonalds there is also a Starbucks, TGI Fridays and an Italian restaurant on the left when you leave the hotel, and a Burger King a little further down the strip.
We were taken to our room which we discovered was a twin, I immediately rang reception and they sent someone up to us with a new key card for a different room on the same floor. We tipped the staff that carry that up the luggage but there is no obligation to do so. The double room (2216) was the very same as the twin room except for the massive superking size bed. This is the most comfortable bed we have ever slept it!!Everything from the mattress to the pillows were so comfortable, some days I didn't want to get up for breakfast. Other facilities in the room included tea/coffee, kettle, mini fridge and the usual shower gels/shampoo etc in the bathroom. Shower was lovely and powerful with hot water not matter what time of day or night.
POOLS: There are a number of pools located in this hotel complex. The main pool is heated and where Aqua Aerobics/ Water Polo etc take place through out the day although there's no obligation on you to take part if you are just looking to relax! There is a baby pool next to this one that's also heated.
The Wave Pool is also heated although we didn't use this for the week but it did seem to be popular with other guests.
The Lazy River isn't heated and is a little bit cold this time of year but you get used to it very quickly once in the rings.
Then there is the water slides, we went on theses and were like children going back up again and again! There are 3or4 ones next to the main slides and they appear to be used more frequently by the older kids. There is also a young kids water park separate to this one.
Then there's the Flo Rider where you can learn to surf!! I wasn't brave enough to get up on this but there were adults and children alike giving it a go and it seems like great fun.
All in all there is a good selection and something to suit everyone. The only negative I would have is, it says the main pool is an Adults Pool but there are kids up in it all the time and none of the staff seem to take any notice of this. It wasn't so bad this time of year but I imagine in the summer months it might be a bit annoying. There is so much variety within the hotel and it is very much geared towards families but I don't think its too much to expect to have the Adults Pool for just adults only!! But as I say its only something small and didn't bother me too much but I could see it causing problems for others.
RESTAURANTS: There is the main buffet restaurant where breakfast, lunch and dinner is served. I have to disagree with some reviews that stated they were required to queue in here. I didn't see anybody having to do this while we were dining in there for the week. We've both stayed in All Inclusive resorts before that have resembled a cattle mart at feeding time but we were both delighted this was not the case in this hotel. There is a good variety of food at each meal with something to suit everybody's tastes. Once again the staff in here are great and work very hard.
The Asian al a carte we visited once during our stay. The food is beautiful and I got a wonderful beef dish. The atmosphere and decor is lovely inside. Would have went back here if we had been staying longer.
We also visited the American Diner (which isn't quite like a typical diner) once during our stay. The food was nice here too but I favoured the Asian over this one. Nothing wrong with it just personal choice. Himself got a turkey sub for his main course and it was delicious.
SNACKS: There are snack stations around the pools that serve freshly made pizzas, burgers, chips, hot dogs, toasted sandwiches etc so there's no need to go hungry.
BARS: The main bar is in the lobby next to reception and has various entertainment on throughout the week. Staff here are lovely too, work very hard and are always on hand to bring you drinks. It's a little quieter than the other bar and this was welcomed some nights. There is also a terrace out off this bar that looks out over the pools which is lovely.
The Sports Bar is off the lobby also and there is entertainment here every night including face painting and magic shows for the kids to bingo, quizzes and dance shows for the adults. There is also a pool table and loads of TVs mounted around that can be set to different stations in this bar.
There is a bar next door to the hotel called Viva Bar that was showing Six Nations rugby so you don't have to go too far to see your sport if you're missing it!!
There are a few shops in the lobby area but we didn't buy anything from them. The beach can be accessed from a laneway across the road and it about a 5min walk. Also out by the pool area at the back of the waterpark are table tennis and Fussball facilities.
One tip I would strongly advise is just say NO to the Spa reps around the pool. We went to look at the gym on our first day and it was the sorriest thing we ever did. They hounded us for the week about "specials" that they would do for us. No matter how many times we said a polite no they just don't get the "fobbing off" treatment so in the end we were required to give a forceful NO to them. Its a shame as it prevented us from using the gym for the week. From looking at how empty the gym was throughout our stay I think this attitude from the Spa's staff probably put off a lot of other people too.
Oh another tip if getting a taxi, get one (blue&white) outside the hotel rather than the ones that are available in the lobby. I rang to enquire about getting one into Naama Bay and they quoted us 200Egyptian Pounds which is nearly €30! We got one outside for 60pounds(nearly €10) after asking the First Choice Rep (who suggested no more than 60pounds). You must negotiate a price before you get into the taxi with them though. Agree a price before you open the door.
After all that long winded info I would definitely not only return to Egypt but I would stay in this hotel again. I've already told all our family& friends at home about it and are looking into returning next year as a group. Wonderful hotel, wonderful, helpful, friendly staff, great location, great amenities, a perfect week in the sun.
- 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