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We had a two week stay at the end of April. The weather was wonderful 35 36 degrees. All the staff were wonderful and really helpful. We both suffered from stomach bugs and found the on site chemist very useful. The hotel is in need of a revamp especially around the pool areas. There was always lots of room around the pool and on the beach, plenty of empty sun beds. The sea is wonderful, we snorkled and saw lots of wonderful fish around the coral. We stayed in a basic room with two double beds. The rooms are spacious but fairly basic. No kettle was provided in the basic rooms, but could be rented for 5 Euros a day, which seemed a bit pricey. No hand soap in the bathroom but small bottles of shampoo and body wash were included but not very good. Food was good especially the beef and plenty of salads and desserts. The evening entertainment was limited, two bars with live acts which were of dubious quality. Entertainment was provided in the arena but only started at 10pm which was too late for us. The entertainment for kids seemed good from what we saw. The hotel in on a small bay and is side by side with other hotels, there is nowhere to go unless you pay for an excursion, outside is just desert. We went to Luxor and saw the valley of the kings, it was great to see but a very long journey (four hours each way) and was very hot and tiring. All the bar and restaurant staff were great and very helpful, they made our stay. If you do go on any excursions be aware that the Egyptians are constantly bugging your to buy things and asking for money. We found it very annoying and would put us off going to Egypt again. All in all we enjoyed our stay.
This could be a fantastic hotel but is let down by the restaurant; the East Wing restaurant is particularly poor with a limited selection of poor quality food. The restaurant in the West Wing is better and has a higher quality of service as well as a wider selection of food.
The beach is fabulous with plenty of parasols and sun beds and there is good snorkelling.
Be aware that although the website states that all rooms have a sea view,this is not actually the case (154 certainly didn't) and the implication is that only Thomson is the only UK operator whereas this hotel also has a significant number of guests on SAGA holidays.
Fort arabesque is in a lovely setting in the Red Sea. It's beach is beautiful with several coral reefs just off the shore requiring little effort to snorkel around and appreciate the vast variety of amazing fish that feed there.
The hotel itself was really comfortable, it has a gym which was inexpensive to use and a spa offering Thai massages, well worth a visit.
Food ok, I loved the salads, so much variety, but the hot food was less exciting. Desserts however were irresistibly scrumptious.
We took the super safari trip which we really enjoyed though it wasn't quite as Thompson advertise. The jeep ride was fun, we saw an mirage and climbed some small, rocky hills to appreciate the views.
The village was uninspiring and rather disappointing, our rep gave some info but not much which was disappointing. Camel ride an experience, led by the fully burqa wearing women and young children.
star gazing particularly disappointing as was poorly organised and lacked detail.
However, for the money we still felt it a fun and worthwhile experience - be warned to wear trainers!
This was our second trip to this hotel and we will return. If u want a quiet restful, sunny and relaxing holiday in a beautiful setting, this is it. If excitement and activities are essential, it's not for you.
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