More about Sharm Holiday Resort Hotel
Had a great time in Na'ama Bay at Sharm Holiday
Myself and my new husband stayed in the Sharm Holiday for our honeymoon this month. We had originally booked into the Sharm Cliff Hotel (which is a sister hotel down the road) only to arrive and be told we were actually booked into the Sharm Cliff. We were obviously worried about where we were going to end up but in fact this hotel was great for us and suited our needs perfectly.
Having read some of the reviews on this site I felt it was only fair to add some of the comments we had to make about this property. To put things in perspective, we are a couple in our late 20's / early 30's, we like beach / pool holidays but not to the exclusion of everything else. For example we went on day trips, wandered around Sharm / Na'ama Bay and didn't just stay exclusively on the beach or around the pool.
We were told the move to Sharm Holiday was an upgrade however we did feel that this was the standard excuse for transferring people from the Sharm Cliff Resort. Sharm Holiday is a big resort, with 2 pools and many rooms so it was no surprise to find that it was a busy place to be, although for us this was no problem. However if you do prefer a quieter holiday away from children this is not the place for you.
Firstly the room we were first taken to was allegedly the honeymoon suite (which we hadn't expected), but this had views of the car park which weren't too nice and so we asked about the possibility of getting a room with a pool view. The next day this was arranged for us. We were on the 3rd floor and our balcony led onto the biggest sun terrace I have ever seen at a hotel. The next day we were presented with a large basket of fresh fruit. The rooms were spotless and cleaned every day to a high standard. If you leave a small tip you get even better service - this applies to all the services available at the hotel. The rooms were large enough, and air conditioned. We had a small electrical fault at around 3am one morning and the staff arrived to fix the problem within 10 minutes.
Hotel facilities: the hotel pools were always busy but it was peak season so this was no real surprise. There are two restaurants, one the main restaurant where the buffet style meals are served, and a seafood restaurant which must be booked in advance. There is a health club at the hotel with gym, sauna, jacuzzi etc. some of which are included in the all-inclusive package. There is also a masseuse available very reasonably priced. If there is more than one of you try and strike a deal! Prices are in US$ but are converted into egyptian so do your calculations carefully. There is a volleyball court, ping pong, darts and pool activities to keep you entertained. The hotel entertainment does leave a lot to be desired but Na'ama Bay is full of life in the evening so all is not lost!
The staff at the hotel we found to be more than accommodating, in fact some of the most helpful, polite and trustworthy people I have encountered on such a package holiday for years. The reception staff are on hand 24 hours, the porters do an excellent job carrying heavy luggage to the rooms (no lifts) and the bar and restaurant staff are professional and perform their jobs to a high standard. We were on an all-inclusive package however the staff would make superb cocktails for you if you tipped them. Tipping in general guarantees you an even more excellent service. The pool staff ensured that the pools were cleaned every evening and we even encountered some evening staff whose sole purpose was to get rid of the huge moths there are around......!! I have to say some people's reviews have detailed how they felt a little threatened by the attentions of the Egyptian staff / people however I have to say personally, there was no problem in the two weeks we spent there. This could of course have been due to the fact that I was with a partner and was wearing a wedding ring. Some girls whilst we were there did complain of a little too much attention being paid to them which they were uncomfortable with. I definitely wouldn't recommend visiting Egypt as a female without male company.
The food at the hotel has had mixed reviews. Honestly if you are expecting your 3 course meal scenario don't come to the Sharm Holiday, you'll be disappointed. The food is all buffet style but we found there to be a great variety of food available and yes they do revamp the menus from week to week but if you're a hotel catering for so many people this is obviously the most time and cost effective way of serving the food. There is a variety of hot and cold food, soups and desserts and we never had the same plate of food twice during our stay. However if you do arrive and aren't impressed by the food, then it is reasonably cheap to eat out in Na'ama Bay, which is around a 15 minute walk from the hotel. Put this way, at this hotel you would never go hungry. Some people have complained about the all-inclusive drinks: firstly the drinks WILL go warm in the kind of temperatures Egypt experiences! The drinks around by the pool (local beers, squashes, local spirits) are all served in small-ish plastic cups. This was primarily because of the safety issue of glasses being smashed around the poolside where people are walking in bare feet, secondly if you had your drink in a larger glass, it would get warm very quickly. There is no limit to the amount you can consume so if you don't mind the 10 metre walk to the pool bar there are no problems! Just make sure you wear flip flops as the ground gets so hot.......The all-inclusive package doesn't include wine, however the hotel sell local wine for around £10 a bottle. If you walk to the local supermarkets you can pick up wine for half that price.
The hotel beach is 10 mins away by hotel shuttle bus. There is a snorkel hire shack, an excursions office and a beach bar / restaurant right there. The beach itself is not the greatest beach, but fairly sandy. If you want Caribbean style sand then this is not the place. However the water makes the shortcomings of the beach pale into insignificance - the temperature is around 25-29 degrees (the local hotels put the day's water, wind and sun temperature up on boards) and the sealife within is just amazing. In only 1 foot of water you can see the most fantastic species of fish. It's well worth hiring or buying a snorkel to go out even further where it's even better. There are a few people who wander the beach trying to sell British newspapers but unless you're willing to pay £3 or viciously haggle it's best to send them on their way as quickly as possible. The hotel staff work on the beach and you can take your towel cards and get the towels at the beach rather than bring them from the hotel, and again if you treat them well and tip them they will reserve a water side place on the beach for you. There are plenty of sunshades on the beach, which in August we were so thankful for.
Trips - we booked two trips through our rep which we later found out we paid way over the odds for! The rep had advised us not to book through anyone else other than him or English tour reps. We wanted to go to Cairo however the trip by flight through the rep cost £140 each and by bus (overnight) was £75 each. We eventually managed to get the coach trip for £33 each through a local rep, and it was a fantastic experience. However do use your discretion if you decide to book trips with a local as we did hear some horror stories of people being ripped off - but our experience just goes to prove you don't need to pay as much for the trips as you first think.
One of the things we thought was a shame about Egypt is the fact that everywhere you go you get hassled to buy things / go into a certain bar / restaurant etc. We literally couldn't browse a menu outside a place without someone coming out and hassling you to go in. We did say that if the people weren't so much like that, we would have gone in many more shops and browsed menus etc. than we did. The Egyptians are very good at drawing people in, as they are very polite and will try to talk to you as you're walking down the street. We tended to find that sometimes just saying 'no thankyou' wasn't quite strong enough, as they would try and draw you in with questions, such as, where are you from, come and take my business card etc. Don't fall for the business card ploy - they keep the business cards in their shops and once they have you in there they attempt the hard sell. In the end we just walked past and blanked them or said we weren't English. Always remember that anybody outside your hotel (unless they're staff from somewhere else) will expect money from you for doing something for you, for example if they ask you if you want your picture taken with a camel or show you a good place to take pictures they can get quite aggressive if you refuse to give them money afterwards. We were warned of a scheme near the pyramids where they say 10 egyptian pounds for a picture with a camel (about £1), but after you take the picture they demand £10 - quite a difference! These things are the main things to be aware of with regard to the people, but for the most part we found them to be very polite, helpful and accommodating.
Now for some information on places in Na'ama Bay! If you can't resist catching a few games of football there are a few places to go to: the Camel Bar or the Tavern Bar. The Camel Bar is fairly quiet, on the main Na'ama Bay street and the Tavern is much more your typical English pub away from home. It got really busy during matches but in the Camel Bar I was able to read a book whilst the other half watched the football! One of our favourite places to go quickly turned out to be the Hilton Fayrouz Hotel. There there is a type of beach bar which did happy hour from 4-6 (35% off cocktails etc.) and they did the best mojitos this side of Cuba! The Pirates Bar, also within that complex did happy hours which comprised of local beer (recommended) being sold at 6 egyptian pounds at 6pm, 7 egyptian at 7pm, and so on until 10pm (6 egyptian is about 60p - most places sell local beer at about £2 or 200 egyptian normally) so this was one of the cheapest places to go.
All in all, we had a great experience at the Sharm Holiday, there was nothing to complain about in our opinion, I just guess it depends on what you expect from a holiday. One of the families we got talking to said that they weren't impressed with the evening entertainment as the children got bored. But if you're happy to do a mixture of lounging around at the pool / beach, going on a couple of trips, wandering around the town during the day and experiencing the town's nightlife then Sharm Holiday is an ideal base.
OBS!!! This restaurant doesent exist any longer!!!!!!!!
This was the best Thai restaurant in Sharm el Sheikh, Sharm has 4 different Thai restaurants and this one is really good, the chef is a well educated woman (named Pin Pohn) from Thailand, dont miss this!
You have to take a cab to hotel "Sharm Holiday" where this wonderful restaurant is located Soup,chicken etc........ It can´t go wrong! I visited this restaurant 3 times
A long reveiw but full of useful information!!
My boyfriend visited the Sharm holiday resort hotel. Our first trip to Egypt. My first impressions was that the reception area was beautiful. The receptionists were very nice and helpful but insisted we had dinner before we went went to our rooms at 9.50pm. All we wanted to do was to go to the room and unpack. Food was ok for most of our ten days stay although I have to admit it was a bit repetitive and not very hot. The waiting staff were very friendly and we had such fun with them.
We paid £410.00 all inclusive, inc flights, transfers from and to airport, food and drink (both soft and alcolholic). We stayed for 10 days/nights, I thought the deal was fair. You will need to wear an armband, similiar to those you wear at a gig, but dont worry it doesn't affect your suntan.
My overall feelings on the hotel was that it was tired and needed some work and updating in places, almost as if it was the first complex built and then all the other sprang up in front. Our room same layout but bigger than the normal Travelodge size with the hugest bed I have ever seen looked out on to Na'arma bay and the scene at night was stunning to see all the lights across the bay. The hotel laid on entertainment in the evenings but we're not into organised entertaiment so didnt attend any. Our travel rep was fair and informative, sometimes with the wrong information but on the whole fair. We organised two trips with him and both were excellent, the first one a snorkel trip on a two masted schooner, accordingly to my boyfriend who had to go on his own, was brilliant and the second on a dive boat was also brilliant. I cannot fault the organisation of these trips especially the dive trip by Lucky Divers, Sam and Walid the brothers who run the company are brilliant. we are looking to return next year to do some more diving.
The beach at Na'arma bay was a 10 minute bus ride away by the hotel shuttle bus which every half hour in the morning and one the hour in the afternoon.
The fish both on the beach and sea were stunning, I have never seen fish like it or sea water so clear, you could see atleast 30 metres. The fish are very friendly and quite interested in what you are doing in the reef. We have some stunning photos.
The hotel had two swimming pools and organised water polo and aqua gym in the largest.
Na'arma bay shopping area is quite nice but the locals pestering for trade is a nightmare. My advice to anyone going is not to interact with them at all until you want something, then act like you're really not interested and halve the amount the offer you. The two shop keepers we did this with eventually were very nice people and we had a laugh with them. You will be asked to sign registers and be offered their business cards, just keep saying you'll be back tomorrow but they will remember and ask you again. Some of the locals can sound very pushy and I felt a little unnerved by it.
The big down side, of course is the upset tummies. We called them the three day trots as it seemed that one member of every family went down with them on the third day. It is very unpleasant and the worse case of the runs I have ever had, which is why I missed our first trip. If you get a dose of the runs only go to the pharmacy in Na'arma bay shopping street, call Dr ......(sorry I cant remember the full name) they were brilliant and spoke very good english. We were warned that a lot of pharmacies rip tourists off by supplying them with Immodium which do nothing.
The hotel caters for Egyptians and their families so if you dont like kids and families dont chose this hotel.
The finish our review we would definately go back to Sharm but not to the Sharm Holiday Resort.
Could have been better!!
Me and my boyfriend visited Eygpt at the end of May 07. We booked to stay in the Sharm Cliff Hotel down the road, only to be told we were staying in the sister hotel Sharm Holiday. The room was nice and clean with excellent air con!! We went AI and were VERY disappointed with the food (definitely not 4* food) , we both became ill on the 2nd day and the best food we ate was a McDonalds which we had delivered to the room because we were too ill to go out.
I would stay in the hotel again but would not rely on the hotel to provide decent food or entertainment.
Dont Go Here If You Want A Nice Hotel
Whatever you do PLEASE disregard any positive reviews - this hotel is AWFUL. We booked through an internet company but then worried when this hotel wasn't in any of the brochures. Our fears (and the reviews we found on here!) were confirmed on arrival :-
We arrived at 9.50pm and weren't allowed to go to our room - we were told abruptly to go for food first - no choice.
The only restaurant is in the lobby and smelt awful. The food was luke warm (i know it was late) and there were short curly hairs in it!
The restaurant itself is like a cave and is poorly lit and has poor ventilation - hence the bad smell.
We went to our room and it stank of cigarette smoke - we asked to try another room as we are non-smokers and after trying 3 they were all dreadful - dirty chewing-gum grey sheets, rusty dripping bath, dirty floor with hairballs, and a view of a dual carriageway!
The rep wasn't able to help, so after one night we rang England and paid £90 each to upgrade to the Sheraton Sharm - this was a holiday saved and was great - clean room, great food etc.
There were other Brits on our flight who were crying in the lobby as we left the Sharm Holiday who just wanted to go home.
PLEASE AVOID THE SHARM HOLIDAY HOTEL. I can only imagine (and from briefly speaking to other guests there) that the people who rate this dump as being any good must have very very low expectations indeed! IT IS NOT FIT FOR HABITATION!
Me and my boyfriend stayed at the Sharm Cliff for 2 weeks. It was our first time in Egypt and after reading some reviews of the hotel we were a bit sceptical. When we arrived we looked at each other and thought "oh god", its not the best from the outside but its a different place when you walk in! There's 2 pools, one quite lively for kids and the bottom pool for chilling with a swim up bar. The staff cannot do enough, seriously they are fantastic. The hours they work are untrue and they never complain. The cleaners are great they come in everyday and blitz the room and leave patterns and things on your bed. AS for location WOW - 10 minute walk from all the buzz of the down, straight road taking you straight in!!! Thats hard to find from what we could gather whilst we were there, people we got chatting to in the bars were all taxi rides away so we felt dead lucky.
In town it is so cheap!!! Try onions restaurant it is imense. Another good one is a little italian over looking the bay across from kfc. The thai is great too, we were all inclusive but in the second week we ate out every night just for the sake of it being so cheap, plus the food in the hotel is really repetitive, lunches are better than dinners definately.
Don't be surprised if you get the deli belly, Egypt is renound for upset tummies, it's not the hotel it's just one of them things! The chemists are fab if you need anything but we just grinned and bared it!
We went on 2 excursions and booked direct in town rather than with the rep.... miles cheaper. We did snorkelling at ras mohammed and quad biking in the desert, I fully recommend both they were great days and were really cheap.
I'm trying to think of anything else about the hotel, the rooms were great, pools were great only niggle is all inclusive stopped at 23.00 but its so cheap to buy food and drink it reall wasn't a worry.
If you don't want to go in the shops walk past the locals.... they do not leave you alone, some get a bit huffy but the rest take it in good jest if you don't want to buy from them.
The hotel has shops but if you want anything go into town, you're so close at this hotel you have no excuse not to!!!
The private beach is nowhere near the hotel but we just used one on the front it only cost about £3.00 each for the whole day. Don't worry about the baby jellyfish they don't sting, most locals pick them up and the kids play catch with them!
Give it a try the Sharm Holiday - you get what you pay for and more!
(Sorry for the essay)
We stayed at the Sharm holiday in mid June and overall had a nice time. We paid £355 each AI and discovered that some people paid a lot less.
The hotel itself was quite pleasant, clean and two nice sized pools. The staff were very friendly and worked very hard. We were welcomed with drinks when we checked in, which was welcoming. However the AI package is the worst AI package that we have experiences and we have been on quite a few AI holidays. They were very strict with this and at first it is hard to know what is included. The meal times were fine but there was not much variety at all (compared to any other AI package we have had for around the same price), for instance, breakfast would consist of eggs/omelette, hotdog type sausage and various pastries and croissants, that was it each day. Lunch and dinner would consist of either; pasta, chicken or beef everyday and sometimes chips. This may sound like enough but it gets boring after a while. Worst of all, my husband was ill in bed for two days and he was so bad that we had to call the doctor out. I think this was a mixture of sunstroke, dehydration and most of all, Food poisoning. Then just as he got better, I got the tummy problems and I think this must have definately been down to the food as I only had the tummy cramps and the runs (like I have never had before) and still had this for a week when I was back home. We only eat at the hotel (until we got ill) and found out from anyone else that we spoke to there, also had the same problems. Then on the day we had to check out (bearing in mind that we didn’t have to leave the hotel until the evening), we had to be out of our room by 12 (which is standard), but then as soon as we did, they cut off our AI bands and said that we no longer could have AI, not even a drink of water with our dinner. So we didn’t get our full 7 days AI that we paid for as we also arrived in the evening. If you even tried to get a drink, they would jump on you. On any other AI holiday we have been on, the AI doesn’t finish until you leave. Anyway, after getting ill, we discovered it to be very cheap to eat out in Namma Bay, you can get a pizza in Pizza Hut for £1.40, so there really isn’t much need to go AI.
Out and about
Namma Bay is only a 5 minute walk from the hotel, that is if you don’t get hassled by the locals in the shops nearest the hotel. They offer you their business card, then next thing you are in their shop (even though you have said ‘no’) and trying to make accuses to get away. After the second night they don’t seem to be too bad, you just have to keep on walking. There are loads of places to eat and drink in Namma bay and lots of hubbly bubbly if you want to give that a try.
We went over to Luxor by plane for a day, this was a good trip but very very hot in June, it was about 43° and it was too hot for me to enjoy the temples in the afternoon. Probably better to do this tour (and Cairo) in the winter months. There was also a lot of sitting around doing nothing and we also found out that we had to pay some additional money on the tour, which we were not told about when booking. So be weary of that!
Evening in the desert
This was another good tour where you get driven into the desert and then go on camels for about half an hour or so, then you get served dinner in a tent and watch the sun go down.
We had a good holiday overall but we don’t recommend the AI package. Probably cheaper and more fun to eat out and maybe no food poisoning. The hotel was worth the moeny we paid, we didnt expect the Ritz, just a better AI programme.
Good Stay Shame About Reception
Had a really good holiday. The room we were in was slightly too small for the 3 of us- the spare bed they had was a little too springy and uncomfortable and they provided no iron nor ironing board facility.
Most of the staff there were genuinely nice but there were a few sleazy 'stick their tongues out suggestively' ones inside the restaurant area where lunch and dinner was usually served. Our neighbours were 3 lads who were sort of our saviours as we paired up nicely with 3 of them posing as partners to avod being looked at strangely within the hotel by some of the staff sometimes... so beware of the nasties ladies if you're going alone... they won't touch you but it will make you uncomfortable... no damsel in distress stuff really.... just a bit icky in all honesty.
Reception were the worst lot of all as they will not do anything for you unless you give them a fee... if you ignore them or pass over your thoughts to them they will refuse to co-operate with you at all times. Do not upset the nasty men at reception- the welcome drinks are just a ploy- they are not all genuinely welcoming.
I must admit- the nights we ate at the hotel i was all fine and well until we went out for my birthday for a meal- bad day- i think the food's fine there... you only want to eat there to get something down you not to gauge food unnecessarily and then make yourself sick... just a suggestion- the bread's not so great- they seem to put sugar in it and it doesn't taste great but it's ok with some tea and butter for breakfast- great thing about this hotel is late breakfast and all day tea.... even if you miss breakfast and wake up at 5pm- you'll still have a brew- they have really good tea there so you won't have to take tea bags with you like i had done this time- bonus!
Overall- the hotel is situated in a totally cool location not far from the beach and central to Nama Bay which is where all the life is at night. If you come out of the hotel and turn right and keep walking for about 5/600 yards, you reach centre point of action and that's the best bit.
"Shisha party at night 1"
"Shisha party at night 2"
"The Pharos ship"
"Billiard Student that beats her teacher"
"Our Sharm Holiday room"
Hyatt hotel -Sharm al Sheikh
Sharm Holiday Resort / Hotel
Has anybody been to the above? And if so what did you think of it, I think its quite near the hard rock cafe. We will be there on the 22nd July, can't wait, only trouble is it may be only 4 weeks away but it seems like 4 years;>)
RE: Sharm Holiday Resort / Hotel
I think you will find that you are about 3/4 of a mile from the centre of Naama bay on a side road,off of the main(peace)road leading to Hadaba/old town.There are a few bits and pieces there but you will probably need a taxi to town and back.No big deal,LE5(50p) each way.