Our family of 4 (incl 2 late-teens) arrived in Sharm on 7th July to temperatures in the high 30's. Ten minute transfer to Sea Life Resort (first stop for the bus) and check-in by the staff was quick and easy. We went with Cosmos on an all-inclusive but arrived too late for dinner (after 10.30 p.m.) so our 2 sons waited for the snacks to be rolled out at 1.00 a.m. - just sandwiches but they filled a gap in the middle of the night!
You get access to all the restaurants and bars in all the 3 Sea Group resorts on the same site - Sea Life, Sea Club and Sea Garden. Great variety of foods at each meal - breakfast was cooked, cereals, fruit, continental, juices, etc.; lunch and dinner was a choice from roasted meats (on different days beef, turkey, chicken), pasta, salad, breads, soup. Desserts were typically v.sweet cakes of different shapes and sizes and fruit (both in a fruit salad and individual). Dinners each evening had a different country's cuisine. There are also a-la-carte restaurants on iste - Lebanese, Italian,Tepanyaki and French. The pool bar served snacks during the day but was generally burgers, pizza and chips - great of that is what you want.
All the bars and restaurants had very friendly and helpful staff who spoke good English (and German, Russian and Italian). Water was served in bottles so better than some hotels we have stayed where we only got a cup at a time.
Plenty of sun loungers around the pool under umbrellas and even more on the beach where there was usually a bit more of a breeze off the sea. Not sure if that was because of the small number of tourists in Sharm/the hotel generally or just that the hotel has plenty of space. The gardens are lovely and well maintained.
Great snorkelling in the shallows just off the beach - take some rock/wet shoes to protect your feet. You don't need to be a swimmer to enjoy lots of fish species. Swimming in the sea off the jetty gives you a great view of the coral reef and even more fish.
Good animation team trying to get guests of all shapes and sizes to join in the pool and poolside activities including water polo and yoga. They were all working very hard.
Rooms were not 4- or 5- star luxury like you would expect in Europe but they were clean and tidy and made up every day with new linen and towels available every day if you asked for them. Lighting could be a bit better in the bathrooms and the aircon was a little noisy but very efficient and alomost essential for us soft Europeans.
The guys who came around the sun loungers selling diving, boat trips and salon treatments were a little annoying but were usually happy with a "no thanks" and walked away.
All in all, a great holiday hotel with very friendly and helpful staff. If we were the sort of people who go back to the same place lots of times, we would be happy to stay here again.
For Egypt first-timers, have lots of small denomination notes (LE 5, 10, 20) for tipping. Hotel staff never asked and never expect a tip like some of the airport and cafe workers but a little bit of cash to your cleaner or favourite bar staff/waiter during the week really makes them feel appreciated.
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- Also Known As:
- Sea Life Hotel Nabq Bay
- Sea Life Nabq
- Sea Life Resort Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt - Nabq Bay