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Great time had a Ghazala Gardens
10 of us descended on the Ghazala Gardens on Easter Sunday. Check in was efficient after a long journey and we got settled early enough to have dinner and hit the bar. The pool area looked spectacular at night, and first impressions were very favourable.
Next morning after breakfast we ventured out to the pool area which was really amazing in daylight. A series of pools interlinked by bridges, and surrounded by different areas for sunbeds. Throughout the week we had no problem locating beds and by the end of the week the attendant was preparing our sunbeds for us while we ate breakfast ( a few tips along the way helped!) We tipped throughout the holiday, to the waiters at the restaurant and at the bar this ensured that we received prompt service.
The food was good but got a bit boring as it seemed to be a variation on similar dishes every night. Also the grill dishes were served by the chefs who seemed very begrudging with portions and looked a bit miffed if you asked for a bit more! The best food was served at lunchtimes when hot tagines were put out and you could help yourself. One of our party is a vegetarian, and a she struggled in the evenings to find anything other than salads, bread, CHEESE and pasta each night.
The rooms were cleaned everyday and the beds were comfortable. We were all situated along the same corridoor.
N'ama bay was only a few minutes walk away but you had to cross an incredibly busy 3 lane road to get to it. Some cars would flash you to go and then others would ignore this and carry on driving! Watch out for reversing cars too, one of our group was nearly mown down on the first day by a driver who decided to reverse up the road and obviously didn't bother to use his mirrors!
Na'ama bay is buzzing. I can recommend 'The Camel bar' which is part of the dive centre. The Long Island ice tea is the best I've had in my long cocktail career plus if you stay in the inside bar you get free monkey nuts! It was cheap to eat out in Na'ama bay and there was plenty of choice. However the prices advertised often include a 12% service charge and another surcharge or tax which bumps the bill up.
Shopping was a nightmare. If you ventured out in couples you were invariably leapt upon by over eager sales people who got a bit shirty if you said 'no thank you'. The best policy is to find 8 other mates to go into town with! or don't make eye contact.
We found one excellent shop the 'Alladin' arts centre which was full of authentic egyptian craftwork not the usual tourist tat. Plus the guy in there was really laid back and helpful. Most of our party found something they liked in there.
Over all it was a really enjoyable holiday, I would go back to the Ghazala Gardens, and can't really fault it apart from repetitive food.
ghazala gardens ( lets its self down)
on arrival at Ghazala gardens we were impressed with the entrance and reception very clean@tidy ,as was the pool area and gardens,
the staff never stopped cleaning all day,.the big let down was the food and entertainment
if you like spinach it was on the menu morning noon and night,there`s also only so much that can be done with fish ,chicken, and beef
the waiter service in the restaurant was`nt the best, when ordering drinks you either got the wrong one or none at all,if you want good service all week tip one of the waiters like we did in the bar £2 every night had a table saved for four people every night and never went to the bar all holiday worth every penny
if you want a sun bed by the pool be prepared to do the dawn raid i got up at 6.10am and got the last two beds (don`t know how they did it) hotel was 85% european ie german. you have been warned.
there`s two grill bars outside around the pool serving burgers and pizza but it`s the same things every day with added flies on the pizza
the entertainment was the usual dancers and drum bangers and the local version of vic reeves(pub singer) not doing a good job
we met a great couple kevin@sarah from north allerton with who we sank a few beers and had a good laugh .the best part of the holiday was the old lass who fell in the pool one night and not forgetting the two lezzers round the pool. p.s our room was1627 and was kept spotless by the maid(a bloke) looks like the hilton hotel at sharks bay again next year
What a rip off
We stayed at the Ghazala Gardens for one week in April and found that the hotel was spotlessly clean and the security was good but apart from that we could nt wait to come home if only to get a decent meal. The food was very repetitive and what there was did not taste very nice. At lunch time you could get lasagne or pasta or an awful tasting burger and these were the same every day. In the main restaurant the food was the same day in day out and you could not even get a nice salad and we both had a stomach upset. The rooms were clean but a lot of people had problems with their air conditioning which was a matter of luck if it worked or did nt. Also the beds are nearly on the floor and the pillows are very hard and we found we had a backache every morning. We also found mosquito’s in the room which most people seemed to have as almost everyone seemed to have numerous bites on them, we bought a can of fly spray which was good providing you used it every day after the cleaner had been. I would recommend taking a plug in or two to combat the mosquito’s. The final straw was on my husbands birthday we got a knock on the door by someone from the main restaurant who insisted on doing him a "party" and was offering him champagne or wine, my husband told him, thank you but we were going out to celebrate but in the end the man was so insistent that my husband did not like to offend him or the hotel. Big mistake, we ended up getting a bill for the wine ( I was thankful we didn’t opt for the champagne) We argued with several people about this and reported the waiter and also complained to our my travel rep Richard who told us he would sort it as he had a good relationship with the manager but we still had to pay the bill.
The staff all seem like your best friend especially if you tip them which we always do when on holiday but they then expected to get tipped for every little thing and even the toilet cleaners would follow you in to the toilet to offer you a paper towel and expect a tip. You could also use the beach to the sister hotel but we found that the food there was just as disgusting and you were treated like second class citizens because you were all inclusive and were made to sit outside their restaurant to eat your lunch under a canvas where it was very hot.
All in all the weather was fantastic and the hotel grounds were great for sunbathing or a dip in the pool but we would never go back there due to the fact that you don’t expect people in your hotel to rip you off.
Best holiday ever
I got back on 11 March 2007 after a fabulous week in Sharm, the weather was lovely, just a few clouds around on a couple of days. The days were getting longer and and the temperature was a lovely 27 degrees but when the sun went down at 5 o'clock it did get a little chilly, cardigan time. I stayed all inclusive and found the Ghazala Gardens hotel was great value for money, the service was excellent, food was good but maybe a little too international for my taste (I was hoping for lots of authentic Egyption food). I did love and got especially accustomed to having any omlette that my heart desired being freshly prepared for me at breakfast - what a treat. My only real niggle was with the coffee, which I am sure was made with desalanised water, very poor to drink. The hotel itself has recently been refurbished due to the earlier bombing by terrorists - DO NOT LET THIS PUT YOU OFF COMING - the hotel is truly stunning and I felt very safe and secure here. The all inclusive Ghazala Specail Cocktails were the highlight of my days - go on try one! One unexpected drawback for me was the immediate onset of Hayfever due to the beautiful hotel gardens ( I usually only suffer from tree pollen at the end of April/ early May in UK) but it was a small price to pay for such lovely surroundings. A good thing to know before you leave home and will also save you room in your suitcase is that the hotel provide two beach towels and a beach bag for use during your stay. Another nice touch was that usually there is a member of staff on hand either by the hotel pool or down at the beach just waiting to assist you locate a comfy sunbed, position it right where you want it and even layout your towel - now that's what I call service.
The snorkelling and Scuba diving here were incredible and although I am loathed to say it, the reef and quality of marine life were better than I had seen in most of Australia and all yards from the beach. I saw a large blue spotted ray and a one and a half metre long Moray Eel - awesome. I would definitely think about coming back to do a proper diving holiday here.
The sister hotel Ghazala Beach is rather dated and looked more like a Butlins holiday camp to me, with the "chalet" caravan style accommodation by their pool . Located at the Ghazala Beach hotel is "Life Spa", you really must try one of their Anti Stress massages, at £13 it's a steal and the ultimate massage heaven. I could have planned the timing better as I had the massage a few days before going horseriding instead of after!
I had never been all inclusive before and the only downside I found was that with having paid for all of my food and drink, I was then loathed to leave the hotel and spend money further on dining and drinking out. Much as I liked the hotel restaurant and bar, I really missed that whole going out experience, tasting local cuisine and trying different restaurants. The hotel was ideally located just a few minutes walk from Naama Bay hub of activity and it was also just far enough away not to be disturbed by it.
All in all I found this to be a very fabulous grown up holiday, no screaming children running around the pool area when I was there, a pure pampering experience, just what I needed as a pick me up at this time of year. I cant wait to go back again and hopefully next time it will be for more than one week.
Not This Song Again!!!!!!!
We have just returned from the Ghazela Gardens and have to say that we are a little disappointed with some aspects of this establishment.
The hotel itself is very clean. Some parts of the building we would rate 5 star, but others parts 3.
We arrived about 8:30pm and have to say this place looks impressive as you approach it.
We had our cases taken up to our room by one of the porters, all looked good.
The room we had allocated to us was 1346. When the porter opened the balcony door to show us the view even he looked a little surprised. It was the staff canteen!.
We decided not to complain as we had a long journey and things might look better in daylight.
Downstairs to the bar sounded like a good idea so off we went.
I spent the first half hour trying to get served then sat down with my drink with i might add the entire cast of Cocoon. There was some guy warbling on in the reception bar very bad renditions of hotel California, wicked game & lady in red, buy the way you will hear the same songs every night by the same clown!, he thinks he's good and the Germans can't tell.
Feeling suicidal and the oh my god what have i done feeling come over me i noticed out the corner of my eye another bewildered punter, at last someone else feeling the way we did.
Keith & Jackie. great guys! From Wakefield made the week good fun. if it wasn't for them and some fool falling in the pool one night i think it would have been divorce for me.
So entertainment NI|l.
We tipped a waiter called Ahmed £2 every night and after that and got got the royal treatment. Looked after my wife a little too well i think. Typical Egyptian guy trying to sell Viagra and offering me Five Camels for her. How the hell would i get them home?
The pool was meticulously kept and very clean. I think the reason for this is that the water is that cold nobody goes in it!
We spent our days over the road at the sister hotel on the beach.
You got it in one!!! NO SUNBEDS AT OUR SPOT! Plenty of lonely towels.
Well i say road, more like the Grand prix if you ask me.
Taxi after taxi beeping horns at you and pulling over shouting at you for a fare.
Buy the way this is the hotel that was blown up in July 2005 and as a result of this the security is very impressive. Not just here but all hotels in resort.
The food was very poor, repetitive and dull. Weather was great in the late 20's early 30's
would go back to Sham again but not this hotel.
loved it! janice and tony braintree essex
Our first time in egypt. The bombing situation should not put you off booking this hotel. It is the cleanest, friendliest hotel we have stayed in. The pool layout was lovely, lots of small pools, bridges, split level eating and drinking areas, loads of sunbeds all with umbrellas. A small man made beach area, all with pretty garden areas. It was a shame the water was too cold to go in though, maybe it warms up later in the season! The staff looked after us really well, I had read another review before I went advising you to tip, this was good advice, we gave an odd pound here and there and they fall over themselves to take care of you. The breakfast food and daytime food was fine but the evening buffet was boring. We ate it the first night and looked in again a few nights, but it all just looked the same so we ate out the other six nights. But ask advice on what restaurants to eat in Naama Bay as we had a couple of rubbish meals. The beach was lovely, but we only ever stayed until about 2.00 as the all inclusive food that was served in the sister hotel Ghazala Beach was awful, so we came back to eat at Ghazala Gdns. And mind the road, you take your life in your hands trying to get across. They do not stop for the zebra crossings, and at night do not use their lights. So apart from the evening food and the cold water, everything else was great and would definately recommend this hotel. Good value, and fantastic location.
just came home today second time at sharm had an ace time this hotel is amazing ! looking at other reviews well u have to go with their culture .if u tip about a pound they will run after u they were serving us drinks at the other side of the pool coming looking for us just for 2 pounds a day not much for that service u have 2 remember they dont have lifestyles like us brits .And as for them saying they would give u so much camels for your wife they all say that they would run a mile if u agreed they are just havind fun .This hotel gets cleaned 24 hours a day its beautifull wasnt keen on the food but ok always found something 2 eat we found the same last time in a different hotel just egyptian food . weather was excellent hot,hot,hot . The security was 100% thought it would be at this hotel this is reason why we stayed there felt really safe. namma bay is just across the road u have hard rock ( really pricey drinks watch out !) tgis ,kfc,etc,etc ecellent loacation .Dont be put off by reviews if u want entertainment theres a whole town just across the road we have been all over the world and would give this hotel 100% just remember what these people went through a year and a half ago they depend on our trade many of them lost their freinds and family .enjoy!!!!
One week All Inclusive was a great experience.
Hotel staff were universally helpful ( especially after you tip them; little and often is a good system!)
The Pool and garden area was as good as I have seen!. Water was quite cold, but very clean.
Food was varied and contained several dishes that were uniquely Egyptian. There was always plenty of dishes that both my wife and I were happy to eat.
The Poolside Bar / Lounge was ideal for pre and posrt dinner drinks.
Room was excellent; balcony overlooking the gardens was ideal; for the late afternoon sun.
Crossing the busy road to the sister hotel with it's private beach was sometimes a challenge, but well worth the effort.
Overall great value for money and gave us the relaxing week in the sun that we had planned.
Hi Anyone going or been to the Ghazala Gardens recentley. Am flying out on Sunday for two weeks with my 13 year old daughter. Been to Sharm three times. Just want some recent data on the hotel
Re: Ghazala Gardens
Apart from being situated on the edge of lively part and fully repaired since being blown up i dont think there is a lot more to tell.People always speak highly of it and from the outside it does look the part.
Re: Ghazala Gardens
Oh do let me know what you think of it! I'm going there on the 23rd of September for two weeks.
I did my research on it, and it seems to get the thumbs up! It looks gorgeous anyway, i saw it last year!
Have a good holiday :D