Booked last minute for week ending 7/3/13 based on price/trip advisor ranking and reviews. I have still not been dissappointed by tripadvisor. There was little to find fault with the Albatross.
Everyone was friendly and genuinely eager to help. If you are AI and dont veture wider there is really no need for any egyptian money. They take euros as well as pounds. Tipping not required although many did, I used pound coins for consierge and cleaner. There is a communal box by reception here you can tip by each department if you want.
For buffet style food it was really good, especially as you can eat anywhere from any of the themed restaurants. You can have starter in one, move on for main, and have your pud elsewhere. Or stay where you are and go fetch from each. Most have chef's freshly cooking dishes, pizzas, pasta, BBQ etc. Drinks were good too, local beer fine, and we like rum&(helpyourself)coke, cocktails worth experimenting with too. There is a (pay extra) Thai restaurant and bar but we didn't feel the need to try it.
Rooms were clean and well maintained, although noise travels in them. Probably top floor (of only 2 or 3 floors) is best. Check location though; near the beach is long way from main services, and get full force of the wind which can rattle windows (and often blows until about 11am). As stated in other reviews best location is by the relaxation pool which is also reasonably protected from wind. There were always sunbeds available.
There is a beach front (and beach bar) and a pathway connecting other hotels (security patrolled in the day). We were advised not to get involved with the beach camel rides or any other traders as prices are negotiable. Whilst beach sandy, not recommended for swimming/playing in as it is rocky coral. there is a mile long jetty which goes out to deep see which is favourite snorkelling site; sunbeds also out there.
The hotel is last of a line from centre of Nabq bay (hard rock cafe) and it is a bit of a treck there. Taxi only about £3 or so though. Also if you do walk there go left out of hotel to avoid taxis touting (dual carriageway opposite direction).
There were lots of activity opportunities around (boule on beach, billiard room, kid games; large screen TV outside)
One final thing, the Irish bar doesn't sell any guinness (or any stout) !
- 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