The stand-outs here are the two lagoon-style pools, although a private beach puts up fierce competition.
This hotel and bungalow complex is designed like a Nubian village – think pink and terracotta buildings linked by winding pathways, wooden bridges and cacti gardens. Plus there are two lagoon pools.
The hotel has a private beach with a diving centre and a jetty for coral watching. As for food, there’s an international buffet, plus an Italian and a seafood joint. Central Sharm El Sheikh is about a 20-minute drive away.
Buffet meals and snacks.
Local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, by the glass - time restrictions may apply.
Ultra All Inclusive is available as an upgrade. It includes, in addition to the regular All Inclusive package, 24-hour drinks, International alcoholic brands, minibar refilled daily, VIP Lounge with Continental breakfast, lunch and dinner, dining in all à la carte restaurants, room service - 1 sandwich order per day, two 30-minute massages per stay, hair session twice a stay, use of sauna, steam bath and whirlpool, private beach area, bottle of wine and fruit basket in the room on arrival. To add this package, please call us after you have completed your booking.
Snacks at set times.
The pools come with sunbeds, parasols, whirlpool bath and two pool bars. One pool is near the lobby where you can laze the day away in peace and quiet. At the second, there’s a livelier feel with a swim-up bar and a family-friendly vibe. One of the pools has a children's section and one is heated in winter.
These bungalows have a warm and inviting colour scheme with stylish décor. And there's a garden-view terrace. In these bungalows, there's a double bedroom with an additional sofa-bed. They're located in the Garden Building section of the hotel.
Came here to celebrate our anniversary & chose here as couldn't get into our first choice. As we had been to Sharm before staying at a more isolated hotel we had done most of the trips e.g. Sunset cruise & in that case free hotel run trips to medina & Soho Square we only availed ourselves of the Thompson trip to Sharm town centre - it was ok.
large & picturesque well kept grounds with meandering stream & little bridges leading to beach which had plenty of sun-beds & beach restaurant (the Italian al a cart in the evening). Bungalows dotted throughout (more later). However despite being lovely it was not wheel-chair friendly or in the heat very good for people with walking difficulties. Though we did find a more accessible short-cut.
Our bedroom (bungalow) was cleaned every day & bed linen & towels as requested
Main restaurant - large & plenty of choice at all meals with show cooking some evenings. Standard of food was passable but generally typical of a large canteen type facility. Waiters did greet you & bring water &/or other drinks after being seated - after that it was self-service
Visited the Italian once & had the steak which was lovely & rather a large portion so couldn't finish it. Staff attentive & pleasant & nice to be waited on
The entertainment girls were lovely & helpful as was the pool guy (towels) & the pool bar guy - we stuck with the quiet pool by hotel (there is a more lively one closer too beach)
We could leave hotel & wander the 'strip' with bars & shops - yes we did get pestered but that's part of the experience along with the battering
You could also put a sign on your umbrella at pool so you didn't get pestered by e.g. people trying to sell you trips out or join in activities - this would have been a negative if they didn't offer that facility
We had booked into an hotel room but none available so 'up-graded' to a bungalow which was very convenient for the pool but which I personally hated - even though it had been fully refurbished. Also room prices list was in bungalow & I would have thought if an upgrade it would be more expensive than hotel room IT Wasn't. Questioning this got us nowhere.
We did experience some problems with lighting in bathing area & toilet & also a smell of sewage - this was addressed quickly however.
Because of the problems with mosquitos they did spray regularly with a powder which created a smoke which if you didn't shut door & windows & block any gaps in time it & ?? the mosquitos got into room. The smoke got on your chest & in your eyes - not nice. Understand they have to do it but would have been nice to have a warning of when they were going to spray. Despite mosquito bands - ankles & wrists & use of locally recommend repellent, covering legs etc in evening, I got a couple of bites (some people had many more).
As mosquitos seem to like me (??? Blood group) I always take extra precautions BUT one bite - which I don't think was from a mosquito - was rather nasty so I went to on-site (? for Nubian Village next door) chemist (as had run out of anti-histamines & cream). He advised I visit doctor stating it was infected (as a retired nurse I can state it wasn't - the price for which I therefore wasn't prepared to pay. Luckily another nurse who was going home came to my rescue - supplying enough antihistamines to last.
One of waiters in the hotel bar was rather rude to myself & apparently to other guests - he was therefore moved to the pool bar (with the nice one being moved to hotel bar - good for him as apparently more money by we missed him).
We didn't really bother with evening entertainment but what we heard from bungalow was pretty dire.
Apparently we could use facilities of the Village but the rules were unclear as to e.g. if we could eat there or drink there
I must admit I may be biased as I personally don't like Sharm - hubby loves it so we agree to disagree as to if we would go there again. It's not the people & the weather is great so I don't know what it is!
Stayed here in September 2015, staff were fantastic, so polite and courteous.
Food was amazing.
Beach was very clean and personal waiters were great!
10 out of 10 for everything!
Can't wait to go back again, totally loved it!More
Another excellent holiday at Nubian Island
It was lovely to return to Nubian Island for our second trip and to be given such warm welcome by staff who remembered us from our first visit last year.
Our bungalow was again very comfortable and convenient for all the amenities, although the bathrooms in particular are now looking a little tired.
Our only complaint and it is only small, is that we didn't receive one towel sculpture throughout our stay, but the cleaning staff were excellent apart from that.
The food in the restaurant was very good, although sometimes a little too bland, but the evening meal we had in the Barracuda was excellent.
Special mention goes to Jo (Guest Relations), she made sure everything was perfect for during stay, Maged (Bottom Pool Bar) who always looks after us so well, Mohammed (Il Mondo Restaurant) provides service with a smile and his catch phrase 'just one more' glass of wine, Amr (Leisure and Beauty) who always has time for a laugh and joke even when you are not buying treatments from him.
The staff are super efficient, and pay great attention to detail, nothing is ever too much trouble, a real credit to the hotel.
We will be returning next year.
I hope that all the troubles are sorted out quickly now and that Nubian Island can soon return to normal with the tourists returning in their droves.More
Lovely hotel - great stay
Stayed end Oct/Beginning Nov. We were therefore there when the Russian plane crashed, and were delayed on our return to the UK. Throughout this there was never a sense of worry at the hotel or outside of it, and the all the staff did all they could to reassure us.
Had a great stay, nothing really to fault. Had a bungalow with a great setting by the pool near the beach. Main room with double bed, separate bedroom and bathroom. Very clean. Food excellent and varied. Staff really friendly and helpful. If you sit by the pool by the beach you do get the entertainment staff and those selling trips coming up to you, but there are 'do not disturb' signs you can hang on the umbrellas which they observe. Can use waterslides (3) in adjoining Nubian Village hotel.
Sea can be choppy if it's windy, but it only affects you if you go out beyond the reef via the jetty. The reef itself is dead close to shore, but there are numerous fish there and it's really shallow so great for snorkeling. However it's best to go snorkeling off the end of the jetty where the reef drops away. Here the coral is alive and there are more fish. It's like swimming in a tropical fish-tank.
We went on a couple of trips, best was the day on a boat that went near to Tiran Island and made 3 stops for snorkeling (or diving if you wish) and included lunch and soft drinks....all for Â£20 (plus extra if you dive). We booked all our trips through a company outside of the hotel (Falcon Adventures) having read other reviews on Tripadvisor. They were cheaper than the trips offered by the company based in the hotel, who themselves were a lot cheaper than the tour company.
There are shops opposite the hotel for souvenirs, but not much else nearby, so you need a taxi if you want to go out for the night.
Only things we wish were different would be free wifi and having a bar that was open near the beach pool during the evening. If you wanted to stay in your room, and have a drink you had to walk up to the main reception area and the bar there, which is a 3-4 min walk away.....however that does help to burn off the extra calories from the excellent meals.
Overall would happily go back to, and recommend, this hotel. I just hope that the security concerns are resolved quickly so that the impact on the area, and Egypt as a whole, is minimized.More
We were on holiday here from 21st Oct till 1st Nov,in main hotel block, rooms were spotless ,beds and towels changed daily, contrary to what we were told the beds were really comfortable. Staff couldn't do enough for you especially Gergic (george) at the poolbar who was great & nothing was too much trouble and Wahid the towel guy from poolside who made sure we had fresh towels on our sunbeds every morning. Joe the British hotel rep was always available and came round every morning to check everything was ok and if we needed anything. Food from diningroom was excellent with a good choice.
Only down side and criticism was there was no bar down stairs at night time which meant having to go upstairs to bar to get drinks as at times waiters round pool area took ages to bring your drink order back. Enterainment (animation team) at night time was not to our taste really. Also paid wifi only worked around pool or reception and wasnt the best although seemed to work from balcony from room if not for the room itself.
If you get the chance go snorkling off pier to swim with the fishes and coral its immense.More