Sharm El Sheikh for diving
Stayed there in July with my husband just two days after the bombing. This is a beautiful hotel, slightly shabby in places with broken or mismatched tiles which is a shame because it is lovely. The terraces are not real, but man made. The only access into the sea is by a floating jetty which is a bit dodgy when the waves are high! The sea at the end of the jetty is at the end of the reef and is very deep. The food is pretty good.
My girl friend and I went out in September and I decided to learn to dive. The diving school Dive In is excellent. I am fat, in my 50's and am not the fittest person in the world, but I completed the PADI open water course in 4 days which was HARD slogging. If you are going to do it I thoroughly advise you to get the book and learn the theory BEFORE you go, because I was getting up at 5.30 a.m. just to study. It is a very solid course, and my Italian instructor was brilliant - Matteo - and I am delighted I did it.
The hotel is situated out of Naama Bay which to me was a great bonus, but it doesn't have a great night life, the evening entertainment was dismal ! However, returning guests get an upgrade to a suite if one is available, at no extra charge. I also found out that if you arrive and decide you would like a suite, you can do a deal with the desk for upgrade.
The Cyber Cafe is pretty expensive and I had to muck out the mice before using the computers otherwise you waste a lot of time trying to make the mouse work. Reef - uncrowded
If you are facing the sea in your room get up early to watch the dive boats go past. Also look out for dolphins which I saw.