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Hotel and location again up to expectations, beautifully maintained grounds and very friendly staff ensure this hotel provides a very relaxing and hassle free holiday.The airport was ok to, smooth check in and flight left early , what more can you expect,?? And now comes the negative, isnt it about time 30 year old flying sardine cans were pensioned off ? The interior looked well used ,with loose seat backs testifying to a busy life and the tight seat space is ok for a short haul but 5 and a half hours ? Flight crew were first class--5 star staff--3 star travel experince!. Come on Thomsons , treat your passengers with more respect, particularly at these prices. Next time before I book egypt or similar with you I'l check the plane , 757 , no thanks --and go with somebody who provides a comfortable way to get there. Otherwise your service is very good but time to change the buses surely so we can all avoid backache
My wife and I, together with our five year old daughter have just returned from a week at the Jolie Ville Golf (formerly the Movenpick), with memories of what was the best beach-type holiday we have ever experienced.
We had paid to go to the Cleopatra hotel, but after the reading the extremely poor reviews (some on this website) we decided on a last-minute change (and upgrade) to our plans, which was handled very well by Thomsons - and thank fate we did!
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The rooms? Spotlessly clean and spacious, easily swallowing two double beds and a single. Do not bother with an upgrade to the Royal Wing, as some have suggested. It is a longer walk to the beach and main pool area and for what? A bath instead of a shower and a balcony you will not need, since you will be out by the said pool and beach by day and enjoying the 1001 things to do in Sharm, by night.
The facilities? A huge pool with waterslides (kept the five year old and her 'fortysomething' parents amused for ages!) and a half-hour relaxing trip around the lazy river. There is a gym and the beach is five minutes walk over an exquisite wooden bridge and down the terraced steps.
Once there, the sea life is breathtaking - run, do not walk, to buy yourself a snorkel and mask. It's the best investment you will ever make - and a morning snorkelling followed by a refreshing beer in the beachside cafe is about as good as it gets in this life.
The food? Plentiful in both choice and helpings. We opted for the BB option, with a couple of evening meals taken at the hotel. These were good but somewhat expensive in comparisom with what you can get in Naama Bay and the Old Market.
Ah yes, the resort!
Even allowing for the idiosyncratic timings of the free shuttle bus to and from the hotel or the cost of a taxi, I would strongly advise BB and half-board visitors to eat out each night in Sharm, preferably in the Old Market and preferably at The Fisherman Restaurant, opposite Kodak in the Old Market.
The food here would send Rick Stein into an orgasmic frenzy, with fish (Sea Bass, Red Snapper, Giant Prawns, Lobster etc) prepared simply but oh-so tastily, accompanied by a range of salads (Tzatziki, Houmous, Taramasalata etc) and a bottle or two of local Omar Khayyam wine. The cost for three of us? Never more than 40 Egyptian Pounds. Result or what?!
Overall this was an absolute delight and we are already trying to book a return at Christmas!
We got back from our Honeymoon two days ago, and wish we had stayed for two weeks. The hotel was very clean, and the rooms were good. Our original room overlooked a quadrangle, so had no view at all. On enquiring at reception though there was a room available in the Royal Wing, and we happily paid an extra #15 English a night to move there, where our room was bigger, had a bath, not just a shower, and looked towards the quieter pool there. We did not take our 2 year old daughter with us, but realised quickly that this is a place she would have loved and would have been very safe in.
The resort was fully booked when we went, but did not feel crowded, even at breakfast time, where everyone made advantage of the all-you-can-eat buffet. There was a good mix of English, German and continental breakfasts, and also cereals, muesli, yoghurt, fresh fruit salad and healthy options. There were freely flowing fresh fruit juices too.
The restaurants in the hotel were of a good standard, but I think I would have got bored with the fare within a second week.
The pools were great - the average pool temperature while we were there was 28 degrees, which still felt cool, but was hotter than the sea which was 23. The weather was fine every day as you would expect, and the temperature was 23, though on our last day was 26.
We had our first ever go at golf here, and the tuition was very good - and very good value too. It was amazing to see all the birds of prey gliding round the course - there are lots of bird species there! There is a free shuttle bus to the golf course and back, which is in the next block of land opposte the hotel (the entrance is on the far side).
We made use of the free shuttle bus to a sister Maritim hotel on the beachfront in Naama Bay, which came in useful after a taxi picked up outside the front gates of our hotel and overcharged us steeply. Apparently it should be about #25E one way, but he wanted us to pay #100E (We didn't pay QUITE that much but still!).
We last came to Egypt 5 years ago, and there are still security guards at entrances to all hotels. Rather than give a feeling of danger, they are very friendly as are all hotel staff in any of the hotels, and add reassurance.
The only thing to take note of was the mark-up on things like bottled water - #14E, which could be bought for #8E in Naama Bay.
Apparently this hotel is changing hands soon, but hopefully will stay as nice. We are looking to return as a family soon.
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