All inclusives are not really our thing but this was superb. Didn't use the pools once - the sea was on our doorstep. When the tide goes out it leaves lovely warm pools - just plonk yourself down and you are in paradise. Great marine life off the end of the pier. The beach is quite private, you get a wicker windbreak which gives a lot of seclusion, occasionally interrupted by one of the great waiters offering us a cocktail. The staff here are amazing - look out for Joseph who runs the shisha bar. He's a top guy - tell him Garlic said so! The resort has three a la carte restaurants - Egyptian, Italian and Thai. All very good but you have to book a day in advance unless you have an anniversary or birthday to celebrate. Did two excursions - a snorkelling trip which was okay but the fish at the end of the pier in the resort were better. Also a visit to the night market which was interesting and very hot. This is a great holiday destination if you just want to relax, be very well looked after and not have to out your hand in your pocket - unless to tip the staff which they richly deserve.More
TheBedf0rds, Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom
Very good holiday
We have just returned from a weeks holiday here and had a great time. its only a 10/15 min drive from the airport which is great (be warned you will see planes flying overhead).
We had pre registered before arriving so literally just had to report to reception and sign the forms. We were then taken in a group to our block and told where are our rooms were. Our luggage turned up very quickly afterwards. We had booked a junior suite and had asked for a quiet room which we got overlooking the Relax pool. The room was clean and centrally located.
We then wandered down to the main bar for drinks (didn't even unpack) and then the buffet opened again at 11.30pm (we arrived at 10.30pm) for those late arrivals - although its a ltd selection it was very welcome.
The next morning after breakfast we didn't go to the Tour reps meeting but just wandered around the hotel getting our bearings and finding the beach and the 3 a la carte restaurants.
We didn't go to the activity pool which is huge and very noisy (if you want a quiet room don't get one near here) and this is where the families tend to do.
The relax pool is fab - although most beds are gone by 9am!! However this wasn't a problem as there were always a few that were in the sun in the morning but lost it after lunch (but by then someone had invariably moved on so you just moved beds). Osama and his mate at the pool bar were amazing - so friendly and working so hard. Remembered what we drunk every day.
The hotel is very clean and the staff are very friendly. We just went for a week of sun and relaxation and for that it was prefect. The buffet restaurant is better than many I have used and the seats are either outside or in the huge restaurant but away from the main buffet area which we liked. We also visited the Italian and Egyptian and both were great particularly the Italian. However just be wanted you can only book the a la carte one day in advance on the computer in the office outside reception. If you aren't there by 9am you wont get a table!!
There were 2 bar staff in the Wunderbar (Mr lovely Jubbly) and in the main bar who were also excellent. We sat most nights in the entertainment bit (main bar) which is something we wouldn't normally do but the people watching was too good to miss. We did tip as we went and it def helps but isn't expected.
We went out one night to Soho Square for dinner getting a cab from the hotel. perfectly safe and arranged a pick up time when we got out - there isn't much there be warned although the restaurant we did visit was excellent.
We also did a snorkelling trip run by Magic divers on the beach. This was a private speed boat and we had 2 hours with our guide. I am not the most confident swimmer but our guide was brilliant. They kit you out with wetsuits, life jackets and fins etc. You have to walk to the end of the jetty and jump in and swim (not far) to the boat - the day we went the swell was quite a lot and I didn't like it but did it! you can see quite a lot of fish if you snorkel at the end of the jetty by the way.
He then took us out to Tiran Island where we snorkelled off a reef with our guide going down and pointing out different fish. We went then to the Island (nothing there) and snorkelled in the shallow waters. They then walked us up to the island - thy had bought a photographer out on the boat and they wanted us to pose for loads of pics but my boyfriend wasn't feeling great so we just asked to go back to the hotel. We actually booked this when one of their guys came to our beach bed and asked us!
The beach is quite coarse sand you def need shoes for the sea as its very rocky. The sea just off the beach isn't deep and is quite safe for kids. You do have to walk out a long way to get ankle deep and you cant swim here (only off the end of the jetty).
Overall we enjoyed our stay and would recommend it.More
Helen S, Bournemouth, Dorset
Excellent holiday again for the second year!
What can I say! We stayed the same time last year 27th September for 2 weeks and have just returned from our second holiday, amazing food, amazing people and great service. Special thanks to Osama & Osama at the relax bar and pool, great service and friendly smiles everyday, you made our holiday 'Gary new shoes' . Thanks to Nico for the great mountain bike rides, hope to see you next year. An amazing hotel, beautiful grounds, fantastic food and restaurants,, staff our lovely and always there to help. Thanks to the Thompson rep who was very helpful, nothing to much trouble. Any one who goes will have a fantastic time!! Looking forward to hopefully going back next year.More
AndyPlatt, Preston, United Kingdom
Just back from this great hotel on 15th, and can't praise it or its staff enough, especially Ahmed in the Club Lounge who always had a smile and a drink ready for you, and Osama and Khaled at the relax pool who couldn't do enough for you. The food was excellent with 3 a la carte restaurants and theme nights each evening at the buffet restaurant. The staff are a credit to this hotel who work extremely hard and always have a smile and kind word, my friend and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and look forward to returning.More
Excellent choice of Hotel, you will be happy I'm sure
5th October 2014. Booked this hotel from a UK reps advice. We were not disappointed at all.
Let's make it simple.
Good food with plenty of choices hot and cold each meal time. Quality tasting drinks from any bar with coffes and lattes particularly good. Water bottles in abundance at all times. Staff very good through out bars, poolside and restaurants. Choice of 3 separate smaller restraurants other the the large extensive buffet. Great day time lunch at the Main Thai with fajitas fish, chicken or beef not to be missed. Hidden gem is the amphitheatre with 2 shows each week. We chose the daytime relax pool which is the quieter area to sunbathe and swim. Very nice padded lounge mattresses. I would not only recommend this hotel but also return in the future. The only negative is the strength of the WiFi, but really we should not bother with this on holidays, but we just can't help it. So book it with confidence and enjoy !!!More
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