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Royal Albatros Moderna Sharm el-Sheikh
Ranked #15 of 33 Hotels in Nabq Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 20, 2013

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) !

Room Tip: by relaxation pool is quietest and close to main facilities; nb "family" upgrade rooms see...
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

We stayed at the resort in Feb for 10 nights . Initially received a room which was not up to standard expected . After complaining we received the best room I think on the resort Room 1401. It overlooks the main hotel above the cinema on a corner overlooking the whole resort . Fantastic . Two huge Bedrooms with 2 bathrooms and very larger corner balcony .
Food was just ok but what made our holiday was the people . The staff were fantastic with my two children Ryan and Erin .
You must please thank again 'Attia'. Pool man at the children's pool who looked after us every day ensuring we had the beds we required and took the time to chat to us as we'll as looking after all the safety of the children on the site . Attia is a huge asset to your company and should be rewarded with thank from the management . A huge smile every time you saw him . Your gardener a were very helpful also as was young Muhammed who works in the fantastic hair salon .

Our stay at Royal Moderna will be one we will always remember . A private hire of ' The Dum Dum' boat through The diving centre and Eagle was memorable . After swimming in the Red Sea and on the beach on our return a whole pod of Dolphin followed our boat . An experience of a lifetime wow! Mr Musaffet general manager was continually asking if all was well with out stay . It was . We would highly recommend Royal Moderna for a family resort stay . It was our first resort holiday ever and we will be back . Trips you must do ... Stargazing was a great night . The Dum Dum private charter . Quad bikes just ok , as we have quads at home this trip was slightly disappointing all flat ground .
Overall great holiday made by the fantastic staff

Room Tip: Ask for an upgrade to overlook the pool areas and sea .
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

My husband and I recently spent 10 nights at the RAM. Despite having read some negative reviews we had a fantastic time. Our room, a junior suite, was clean and spacious with a view over the main pool.The balcony was a little small and the furniture on it could perhaps do with updating, but this was a minor niggle and certainly didn't cause us a problem. The pool areas had plenty of sunbeds and were cleaned to a reasonably high standard, plenty of sunbeds on the beach too. Absolutely loved the coffee lounge - lots of delicious hot & cold drinks to choose from. Five differently themed restaurants gave us plenty of choice for meal times. I think people need to bear in mind that the hotel has to cater for 600-800 plus people so you're not going to get 5* a la carte dining. We had no problems finding food we really enjoyed!
All the staff were very friendly and really appreciate the "please & thank yous" of the English guests, nothing was too much trouble.
We didn't use the water park, but the slides looked like fun.
We would definitely recommend this hotel and I am already checking out prices for next year!

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3  Thank sam_earle
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

Me and my boyfriend (age19-21) came in feb for a relaxing week and warm weather! We couldn't of pick a better hotel in Egypt! Nothing to fault great service, room, facilities and food however breakfast is a little iffy! Amazing made to order pizzas at both dinner and lunch! All 4 pools are perfect and the aqua park is an added treat! All sunbeds are of high quality which I love becuase there is nothing worse than being unconfortable! The beach and jetty is a must! Amazing views and snorkelling is one of the best! Loved it! Just a warning your bound to get an iffy tummy in eygpt so beware of that

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1  Thank Holly F
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

Just returned from another wonderful visit to the Albatross. My Daughter and I have been to the Hotel three times over the last 5 years. We see improvements each time we visit. The rooms are clean and spacious, the cleaning is fantastic. We had our room cleaned by a young man called OSAMA - management hold onto him. he was wonderful. nothing was too much trouble, he was polite, helpful, friendly and always accommodating. Our room was absolutely spotless.
As returning guests, they upgrade you, provide you with a few nice luxuries and invite you to a wonderful meal at the WHITE ELEPHANT THAI restaurant. The thing that takes us back time and again to the Albatross, is the quality of the food in the various restaurants, the extensive choice (unusual in all inc Egypt) and the excellent service. This year I had the opportunity of talking to the management, as I was so impressed, particularly with the Lady Chef who I think is in charge of the Italian Restaurant. She is spectacular, the presentation and attention to detail was superb.
My only small gripe, and it really is small, would be the quality of the local spirits, It is a small gripe because having been to various hotels in the Sharm area, I have only ever been to one that serves decent all inclusive spirits, it's difficult to compare. If I did I would say the Albatross comes a close second. Their beer is good, their wines are fine and their spirits and definitely better than most, If they improved this area minutely, this hotel would be very hard to beat. As it stands, taking into account value for money, service and returning guest incentives, its really is a hard act to follow. Keep up the good work Albatross. See you in the summer!

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Thank Julezh
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

Firstly TOP TIP: You do not need to pay the £10 entry VISA at Airport unless you plan to leave Sharm and visit CAIRO, many people paid just assuming they had to.
Stayed at the Royal Albatros Moderna 2nd week in March, was a fantastic holiday, weather was superb 89 -93 degrees. Transfer from airport is about 25 mins.
The Hotel is a very large complex with everything you could wish for... 3 pools, hundreds of sun loungers, plenty of bars, nice beach, great Jetty for snorkelling with sun loungers located half way along and at the far end. The hotel also has its own Aqua Park (tubes and slides) for the kids and adults located by the hotel entrance/exit (if you arrive a night you may not notice its there until you leave as not visable from other pool areas) there are sun loungers and a seperate pool bar located at the aqua park also.
Hotel has 6 different resturants, all offering varied foods and you can walk through them all picking and choosing your favourites from each. The food itself was fantastic, so much to choose from and sooo tasty! Food must have been perfectly prepared and cooked as i have a weak stomach yet experienced no problems the entire week.
The local larger was nice but i wasnt a fan of their local spirits, unless in a cocktail! I purchased a bottle of Smirnoff at gatwick and took that with me! If you tip the waiters they look after you well, bringing endless drinks to your sun loungers all day long - well worth doing!
The coffee shop (now located next to reception) was fantastic, genuinely tasted just like starbucks and very addictive!
The hotel has a SPA on site, offering everything from hair cuts, massage, beauty and even tattoos! I had a facial which was fantastic, lasted an hour and well worth the £25 i paid.
Our room was fantastic, overlooking the Relaxtion pool, large with balcony/terrace etc.. hairdryer and room safe (no charge for safe) tea/coffee facilities fridge (stocked with bottled water daily) etc.. Rooms were cleaned daily and always spotless.
SHOPS: If you walk out of the hotel and turn left, after 5 mins you come across a small area of shops but if you keep walking (total of 25-30 mins) you reach a market area selling all sorts of souveniers, t shirts, shoes trainers snorkels etc... hagle down to atleast half what they start at even 30-40 %. Expect to pay only about £5 for a snorkle. Everywhere accepts english pounds as well as the egyptian pound. I took Dollars with me as advised by someone before but wish i hadnt... although they do accept dollars its not the preffered currency and they convert it at a much worse rate, NOTE: departure airport from sharm is all priced in dollars.
There is one shop on resort/hotel but nothing is priced and when i enquired about buying a snorkle they wanted £16!! they make up prices as they go along.
SOHO SQUARE: took a trip to Soho Square which was nice but smaller than expected. The nice thing about the shops in soho is that they will not hassle you to come in or pressure you to buy (unlike namma bay!) Soho has shops, bars and restuarants, nice to visit in the evening. BEWARE: prices of drinks are very expensive... cheapest bottle of wine was about £55.. two smirnoff vodkas and two beers cost us £22 in the english bar.
QUAD BIKING: Booked the 1hr30mins desert quad biking eperience through our hotel rep for £15. was fantastic and would deffinately recommend... lasted more like 3 hours too. You need a scarf (which they will put on for you) and take few bottles of water with you (free from hotel).
KIDS: although i dindnt go with my kids on this occasion, though worth mentioning for families, they have great pool facilities for the kids and a large animation team/kids club. They also have a large projector screen outside, showing kids movies most evenings which i though was a nice touch.
The only down side to this hotel seemed to be the EVENING ENTERTAINMENT... it was pretty rubbish! main entertainment is down at beach bar everynight (apart from thursdays) from 9ish - 10.30ish...after that everyone either goes to the IRISH BAR (inside hotel) which has a very odd smell about it or the lounge bar which is ok. Football/sprts are shown on tvs just outside the irish bar where you are also able to drink smoke (only place insde the building that allows smoking)
Hope this review has been helpfull.... to finish i would deffinately recommend this hotel and will be returning.
TIP: take wetwipes with you, as there are lots of small birds around and often you may need to wipe your sun lounger before use!

Room Tip: All rooms appeared to be facing pools etc but if you would like peace and quiet, ask for a room by r...
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

just came back from ram happy with all things at this hotel .the hotel is tops it may not be a uk 5 star .but i have been holidays for last 30 years and i think it is one of the better not number one but close.this hotel is tops for cleaning spotless food great i could eat most of it .allways hot .and i think all the saff were more than good from reception to the beach boys all out to help you at all times we are aged 73 and the walk to beach was a good walk some mone but we did it 2 or 3 times a day.we were in room 1842 over the relax pool lift but we did not mind look forward to going back at some time may next year or before

Room Tip: at the relax pool
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Address: Peace Road, Nabq Bay, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > South Sinai > Sharm El Sheikh > Nabq Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 Top resorts Hotel in Nabq Bay
#14 On the Beach Hotel in Nabq Bay
#15 Luxury Hotel in Nabq Bay
Price Range: $63 - $301 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Royal Albatros Moderna Sharm el-Sheikh 4.5*
Number of rooms: 680
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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Royal Albatros Moderna Hotel Nabq Bay
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