This was our fourth trip to Sharm though the first time we had been to Albatros Moderna. Our room was large with a huge double bed and a setee that could be made into a put up bed. The curtains struggled to meet and many hooks were missing or broken, we should have got this sorted but past experience is this is a frustrating and wattless exercise - we just therefore cobbled it together and put up with it being lighter earlier than we would have liked, maybe in summer this would be too early! Our bathroom was very tired, the toilet had the cheapest plastic seat imaginable and the shower had a mind of its own both mechanically (it spun back and forward continuously) and the temperature varied from very hot to Luke warm instantaneously - I plumped for baths but would have preferred a shower. There was a bidet though and that was a plus. Our room boy was Abdel who was really pleasant and looked after us well and was always keen to help.
The restaurants were what you expect at an all-inclusive in Sharm - OK but not brilliant. The breakfast was pretty much identical whichever restaurant you went to though the fresh baked croissants at the Italian were terrific. In the evening their offerings were different but not so much that you would really notice, our favourite was Tagine which was sort of Arabic themed - though as I say there wasn't a lot to choose from either. We did go one night to the A La Carte Thai, it was very pleasant but whether it was worth the extra is debateable.
I think both the Spa and the Diving were undertaken by separate concerns from the hotel, the reps for both activities could be a bit of a pain when you were sunbathing and they did seem to hunt in packs! I did have a massage on my first day as I had an annoying sports injury, the massage as far as it went was ok but maybe not worth £50, however the pressure to have further treatments at "discount" was a bit intimidating. I did make use of the gym several times and my impression was that because I wasn't spending any more money there was no need for the staff to be pleasant, and again I felt it was a bit intimidating that they stood about watching and mouthing comments to each other - not at all what we have been used to in Egypt.
Overall we were slightly disappointed with our holiday and though we will definitely be back for a winter break I feel sure we will do more research beforehand and remind ourselves that five star in Sharm is different from five star in most other places.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Opened in 2004, the 5* resort has a dream location on the golden sandy beach on the new hotel zone of Nabq Bay, facing coral reefs in the crystal clear waters of the Red Sea, and the shipwrecks of the nearby Straits of Tiran. The main building and the attached two-storey building are surrounded by resplendent gardens extending down to the beach. This elegant all inclusive resort is only 12 km from Sharm El Sheikh Airport, and 20 km from the famous Naama-Bay.Whether you're celebrating an anniversary or honeymoon, planning a family vacation in Sharm El Sheikh or just wanting to get away from it all, Royal Albatros Moderna is the perfect place for all ages and interests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Albatros Moderna Hotel Nabq Bay
- Calimera Royal Moderna
- Calimera Moderna Beach
- Royal Albatros Moderna Sharm El-Sheikh Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt - Nabq Bay