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Egyptian Stone Amphoras
A plenty of amphoras from firm grades of stone, in particular, diorite are revealed in Egypt. Diorite amphoras have a narrow high throat which extend below. Thus thickness of walls of vases is practically identical in its all places. Archeologists convince us that these amphoras have been drilled.
We ask, how was it possible to drill an amphora from exclusively firm diorite through a narrow neck so that thickness of walls everywhere was identical? Egyptologists cannot explain it. Instead of it they assure us that a master spent all his life for manufacturing of such amphora. It is absurd!
According to Davidivich amphoras have been made of an artificial stone on a usual potter's wheel. That is like from clay. After hardening such products turned to amphoras from firm diorite or quartzite. Nobody drilled anything in them.
We spent a week at this hotel AI, it was clean and the staff were great and very friendly. Our room was huge with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and balconies it was cleaned daily. The pools are lovely and the "towel man" used to reserve our sunbeds for us if we went to the same pool which we did. The food was not of a high standard but we survived on plain rice, pasta and bread ( becareful with the meat on many occasions it was not cooked properly). Drinks were ok beer, wine and self serve pop for the kids, some guests though said their spirits appeared to be watered down. I would say 80% of the guests are italian and it is geared towards them with all the entertainment in italian and they have their own half of the restaurant, this wasn't aproblem for us but we were shocked to hear that some brits had tried to go by the pool next to the beach(if thats what you can call it) and were told it was for italians only no brits allowed! Many people we spoke to had spent quite a bit of money eating out because of the poor quality and variety of food. we however were determined not to spend any extra cash so stayed at the hotel for all meals. We had a cheap deal and we got what we paid for ,we had a good time but i wouldn't go back to the Amphoras.
Nice hotel shame about the food
Hotel is very nice and up to 4/5star quality with the amount of pools, cleanliness of rooms and grounds, but the food is awful. BBQ is outside almost every night but watch the meat, my husband had a chicken burger from the BBQ and when he cut it in half if was red raw inside (the onsite chemist must have sold out of stomach tablets the next day). Most of the food that was suppose to have been hot was nearly always cold and it sometimes felt as if you were in the school dining room. Was dissappointed at the lack of all-inclusive bars, at night time after your meal there was only 1 bar that served all-inclusive drinks. There is more eating and drinking facilities that you have to pay for than there is for all-inclusive. The Italian restaurant was empty every night, all-inclusive are allowed to eat here once in your stay but with no choice of food. The entertainment on the beach was catering for the none brits as never once did I hear the head of entertainment shout anything in English. Usually they speak at least 3 languages, this was the same on the evening entertainment as well, so if you only speak English you will be at a bit of a loss. I have been to 2 other hotels in Egypt 3 and 4 star and I must say that they knock spots off the Amphoras. Would never go again.
Good quality resort with enough to satisfy all tastes
I have just returned from a week's stay at the Amphoras resort, which is situated a couple of miles south of Naama Bay (about 20 minutes from the airport).
Check in was warm, efficient and friendly and the assistance with our bags was gratefully received following a long flight on a First Choice Airways flight (avoid this airline if you are over 5'5" tall). Initial impressions were good: the reception area was clean, light and airy. One sign of the times was the metal detector and permanent security guard stationed outside the hotel. Vehicles cannot access the road to reception without the removal of metal bollards, which gives further reassurance to guests worried about terrorist incidents that have taken place in Sinai in recent years.
Half of the guests in the hotel are there via an Italian company called Eden Village. The remainder are a mix of British, Russian and other European guests. Not sure why this seems to bother so many people on previous reviews but for us, this was a big positive. All the staff speak English and seem to prefer English guests as (massive generalisation) we appear to be more polite to them.
Our room was again spotlessly clean and surprisingly big, complete with a king size double bed. Rooms are individually air conditioned and also have a fridge and television (British guests should note that the BBC World reception is a bit ropey). The bathroom is also a decent size although just has a shower cubicle. Our room had a good view over one of the numerous little pools dotted around the resort with a nicely shaded balcony.
The resort itself is quite big and appears to be the result of two separate hotels being merged, the newer one being the left of the two. A small parade of shops links the two from reception comprising a few souvenir shops, a shop selling drinks and crisps, a pharmacy and beauty salon. Outside, the resort slopes downwards through well tended gardens, with several smaller pools spread throughout the area. These smaller pools are fairly quiet and good for those looking for a quiet break. Further down just set behind the beach is the large main pool, which comes with a thumping Europop soundtrack and (depending on your point of view) highly motivated or highly annoying entertainment staff whose main purpose in life is to convince guests to join them for a quick game of volleyball or a spot of aerobics. Not to my taste at all, so I avoided this part of the resort but well suited to families with demanding kids.
For those feeling more energetic, there is a gym although the exercise bike was broken and the treadmill wasn't looking all that good either.
The hotel has its own private beach. Don't expect long golden sands though as much of the beach leads down to a sharp shelf, so paddling is out. There is one small area of beach that does meet the sea but the area is naturally very crowded and you'll need to bag your sunbed with a towel early in the morning.
Most guests will be staying on an all inclusive basis. There are a number of restaurants although only one is for all inclusive guests (there is an Italian restaurant that offers a set menu for all inclusive guests but you can only use this once during your stay). Food in the main Amphoras restaurant is typical all inclusive - not especially challenging but you're not going to starve. To be honest, if you go on any all inclusive holiday expecting the height of gourmet cuisine then you really need to re-evaluate your choice of holiday (and your budget). What does however set the food ahead of other all inclusives is the good range of food and regular barbecued meat, cooked outside. Given that half of the guests are Italian, expect pasta and meatballs to feature often although there' usually a choice of fish and a couple of meat dishes. Egyptian night on a Wednesday is probably the highlight.
Drinks on the all inclusive are less impressive. The local beer is good (a local Heineken subsidiary) but the spirits are on the rough side. Plenty of soft drinks are available too (coke, diet coke, fanta and sprite). All inclusive drinks are only available at certain bars although the bar near the restaurant is good for the evening, especially if you want a shisha pipe. Note that all inclusive drinks are only available until 23:00.
Like most of the area, a small tip goes a long way so make sure you tip your cleaner and the bar staff. A couple of Egyptian pounds can get you a few extra nice touches in your room (we had flowers) and bigger measures in the bars.
One final tip for the British, who will most likely make use of the hotels4u.com rep: Ahmed is an absolute waste of space. Do not trust him with anything important. The other reps we met on an excursion are aware of his forgetful nature so be warned.
I wouldn't hesitate to come to the Amphoras again for a relatively cheap Winter sun break. It's by no means a 5* resort but it is a cut above most Mediterranean all inclusive resorts, which makes the slightly longer flight well worth it.
Do not bother wasting your money...
i feel it necessary to write this review as our holiday to the Amphoras Hotel was absoultely horrific!!!
On arrival at the hotel, we were told quite rudely to leave our baggage outside and to check in. This was only the beginning of the abrupt and rude nature of the staff... Like virtually all of the English guests we had booked through 'hotels 4 u' - this was the first problem. Unfortunately i lost my baggage and on ringing the 'Hotels 4 u' rep he replied that 'he was not dealing with the problem as he had had a long day'. Further to this on another occasion it took the rep three days to visit us at the hotel when we had a problem.
Although the above is a problem with the rep alone and not the complex, these problems follow:
When entering our room there were a number of dead flies on our floor both in the room and on the balcony. the towels provided had holes in them and some unsightly stains. the air conditioning was also not working in one of the rooms and the safety deposit box was out of order. our bathroom was a disgrace and the smell of sewers never faded. we had to ask the managers to change the towels and shower curtains - but this took two days.
on our first day we went down to the pool, unfortunately these pools are far from clean and we moved to the beach. in honestly the beach and the jetty are probably the only high light of the holiday and resort. Snorkelling off the jetty is a must, as the experience is amazing. in terms of staff the only friendly staff are the life guards on the beach, nnot do enough to help you.
me and my group of friends through out this holiday had to put up with discrimination and rude staff. we were told we were no longer allowed drinks however the italians were able to help themselves. we were also told to move out of a certain parts of the restaurant as we were not italian. when complaining to the management they justified this by saying - 'the english dont like to watch the italians eat. ' this is absolutley disgusting behaviour.
although we expected a different culture, we never expected to be treated as we were. the shops on resort will rip you off at every opportunity, and will quite clearly make the price up; as on a number of occasions we bought the same products but were charged different prices.
ladies take a large supply of sanitary products as tampons are 5 english pounds each...
finally probably the most important part of this holiday is to explain that the all inclusive deal is not all inclusive. this only lasts between 11am and 11pm and this only refers to drinks. you can only eat in two hour slots which is no good if you are on a number of trips as we were. diet coke is not included in the soft drinks and you are charged extra for bottle water. there are a number of water coolers however none of them are turned on, and you end up drinking warm water through out your stay.
i feel that strongly about my stay at the amphoras that if some one offered me and all expenses paid trip back there i would decline it with out any thought what so ever.
i hope people reading seriously consider if you would like to spend money on going here as we tried to get flights home after 3 days.
Ask your operator 4 a description of AI b4 booking.Service not even close to 4*.
I usually choose 3* and boked the Amphoras only because it was a cheap deal.
Don't get me wrong....the hotel itself is nice, clean ( even better if you tip) and you can aways find something to eat... if you aren't very fussy.
The problem is the service. The staff treats you depending on your country of origin. They are also extremely rude when they find out that you aren't Italian and even try to move you out of areas designates specifically for italians...Strangely, these "designated areas" aren't even signposted....
All inclusive is not what it says on the tin! Whach out if this is what you are about to book! Check with your agent for details.Make sure you are making an informed choice and know what you are getting especially if you don't have much money to spend! We only went b/b ( as we do alot of diving and spend most of our time out), but there were quite a view disappointed families there. You will be asked to sign a docket for every drink you have- whach out- there are specific times and places when AI operates!!! check with the staff if the drink is included in the AI package or else you will see it on your bill on departure!
Half board and b&b travellers: Water and juice are included only with your breakfast! You will be charged 10 egyptian pounds (i think) for a glass of water over dinner. Bring your own...there is a decent shop 10 min away.
Taxi to Naama Bay is 30 or 20 ( depending on season) but I usually get them for 20-15 , just walk away, they'll come after you.
Huge fan of sharm, just returned from my sixth trip, however really not impressed with the Amphoras Hotel. The hotel is nice enough, big, clean with lots of different pools and lovely little beach area (if you get down early enough).
Food ok - ish, wasn't expecting a great deal from an all inclusive, but still plenty of choice, however i would avoid the food at the beach bar unless you are there waiting as soon as its comes out, any later than that the clingfilm is uncovered and birds help themselves?!? BUT, a great place to chill with a shandy/beer during the day when you want a break from the sun...total highlight of the holiday was sitting there and on two ocasions seeing dolphins playing in the sea... unforgetable!
Now the downside, not very clear where you can get your free drinks from, water only available from water butts with tiny plastic cups, got told off several times for trying to re fill a water bottle? The only time i have been ill in egypt was here, i honestly dont think it was the food, but lack of water in such hot temperatures.every other hotel i have stayed in have had waiter service around pool/beach area, with bottles of water plentiful.
Entertainment - as a group of girls, we were looking forward to plenty of activity/ games with animation team - always before this has been the highlight of our hols. As previously written, 85% of hotel is "eden Village" purely for the Italian guests, they looked like they were really having fun, well organised games throughout the day, but were completely separate. the rest of the 15% of english/russians, had a poor excuse of an animation team - were really rubbish, dis- organised and nothing really happening. Other hotels in Sharm have international teams, with all activities done together in always in 2/3 languages - i think is this an excellent way for everyone to get along regardless of origin. Ok, animation is not everyones cup of tea, but i do think there is a huge divide at this hotel and the english definately get the raw deal. Personally they should stick to all Italian hotel!
Apart from that, still had a great holiday, taxi's outside in road will take you to Nama Bay fro approx £2.50 or £3, great places to eat, however i have noticed the prices for spirits have rocketed in the last 5 years - just watch out for all the added taxes.
Will be returning to Sharm again next year, but will pass on this hotel for sure, they are tons of far better hotel out there.
Very disapointed this year.
Terrible racism experience
Staff (except bar staff), sea, sun, hotel - excellent
24/7 guard at the entrance - excellent
Food - good, could be better
Drinks supposed to be free until 11pm, few times we were tricked to pay for it. Be careful with cocktails, if you order without juice it is free, if bar men decides to add juice you will have to pay 20 pounds.
Rooms + house keepers very hard working, big thanks!
Sauna, gym, jacuzzi are worst i been to, this hotel has hot / warm water only in shower.
One of the restaurants closest to the sea was just for Italians, one of my friends in evening was going to the use wc and he was hardly allowed in.
Later on this restaurant was closed for maintenance and Edden club was moved to main restaurant.
Main restaurant was for everyone in the beginning and you could sit anywhere you like.
I was shocked when a staff member came up to me and asked if i were Italian or not. He asked me to move from left side of the restaurant to right as they called " international " one.
Funny thing is they did not asked me If I were "Eden Village" club member just if I am Italian or not.
Also food in the left side was with more choice and faster refilled, international one looked like left overs if you were half hour to hour late for dinner.
People if you are not Italians there are plenty of other good places to go, don't go there...
This was my first travel, had all inclusive family apartment.
I am Lithuanian but was treated as Russian all time, jokes with vodka from bar and restaurant staff and so on...
I just thought I would write a review to say how lovely this hotel was and cannot understand how people can give it bad reviews! The rooms are fantastic, there is lots to keep you occupied with all the different swimming pools, the huge beach area and the different bars. The food may be abit samey but aren't all AI places after a while, at least theres always something you like and being a vegetarian that is usually a struggle for me but there was always something there.
People have moaned about all of the Italians but when you're abroad what do you expect, of course there are going to be over nationalities there. Everyone I met was very friendly and even if they didn't know much English they would still try their best to have a conversation with you.
We did go on a trip with the diving centre here and they were very helpful and friendly, the people working here are some of the nicest Egyptians we came across. Unfortunately the same can't be said for alot of the shop workers in Naama Bay in particular(the main tourist area in Sharm El Sheikh). We had many incidences where they tried to intimidate us into their shops by shouting at us down the street as we passed. This behaviour made us want to stay away altogether and many other tourists that we spoke to also said the same thing which is a shame for the future tourism of this place as I think it puts alot of people off. I have been hassled in shops abroad in the past but not "oi"-ed at down the road like here!
But the hotel itself was a wonderful retreat and I couldnt fault anything with it here, I would go back to the hotel but not Naama Bay unfortunately.
Beautiful Hotel - Shame we were soooo sick
This is was the third time my boyfriend and I had been to egypt in three years! We absolutely love the place and continue to miss it year after year.
When we booked the hotel we thought, 5 star, all inclusive 6 pools!! Woohoo!!
We arrived late at night and were ready for bed! Check in was ridiculously slow and then they tried to make us leave our suitcases in reception so someone could bring them down but we just wanted to go to bed so declined and made our way to our room. The room was very big, we had two single beds which we pushed together to make a HUGE bed and slept soundly as the air conditioning and comfort of the bed was superb.
The hotel is in such a beautiful location on a slope to the sea and all the rooms surround the many pools. This was one of the most gorgeous hotels I have ever stayed at. The pools were great and while the main pool was very noisy and Italian centralled, all others were quieter and mostly English. We were able to play ball games, go on lilos etc so very relaxed.
As a keen diver I would absolutely insist that if you go to Egypt you AT LEAST snorkel once as the Red Sea and it's colourful fish are a wonder themselves.
The main issues we had on our stay were:
The food - every single one of us was sick! Every single person we spoke to was sick! And not feeling a bit quesy, we were in pain, dehydrated and unable to eat. We met one family who's dad was injected by a doctor as he was that ill! If you are to stay in this hotel either only get room service for dinner (it seemed to be cooked better) or go out!!
The cleaners - Our cleaner broke a glass ashtray on our floor and didn't clean it up! Resulting in my partner getting glass in his foot! Also they seemed reluctant to go away when you told them that you didn't want your room cleaned that day and almost felt forced out.
I'm not one to complain about hotels and it really was beautiful and overall we did enjoy our stay, I just advise that if you plan to eat in the hotel all the time then perhaps this isn't the one for you.
View of Hard Rock and Naama Bay from Naama Center
Main Street at night
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holiday in amphoras?????
just booked a week in sharm with a few friends, first time visit, any one any experience of the holiday inn amphoras. also any general advice would be greatly appreciated.
RE: holiday in amphoras?????
I had my lunch with Rotary people at this hotel last may.. it was great the food,the animation and the site(hadaba om el sid)far from Neama bay 6 km
Holiday inn amphoras
Has anyboddy any info on this hotel, i cant find reviews on hardly no websites. went to sharm last year was great so going back this year to this hotel and now getting worried because cant find any information. Any feedback is good enough for me.
RE: Holiday inn amphoras
I'm also going to the Holiday Inn Amphoras this Sunday 30th October.Having exactly the same problem trying to find info. Hopefully, someone will be able to give us a review soon, but if not, I'll post a short review and pictures when I return.
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Whoops! meant going on 30th April.... so will post review soon.
RE: Holiday inn amphoras
The Holiday Inn Amphoras Resort is a 4* Hotel catering mainly for Italian guests. My husband and I were there for a week in early May, and were told by the Reception staff that the clientel is approx 70% Italian, 20% Russian and the other 10% split between Polish, Baltics, Germans and British. The food is certainly not geared towards the British, and although my husband usually found something to eat, I lost 3lbs over the week. So, all in all..... a success! Every cloud has a silver lining and all that. Seriously though, Breakfast was ok, cereals, toast, salads etc. No eggs, bacon etc though so be prepared for a more healthy start to the day. Evening meal was mainly stewy type foods and salads. No chips or fresh vegetables though. If you're perfectly happy having a break from our English diet, and the sound of other English folk, the Hotel itself is really very nice. The rooms are spacious and all overlook the Red Sea or one of the 6 Pools. The staff are lovely and so friendly and helpful. They seem to love the English people, and can't do enough for you. There's a small private beach, but always plenty of sunbeds available, and the snorkelling is absolutely fabulous. I would say personally that I would not go back there, mainly because I probably missed chips and fresh vegetables, and also I like the sound of a least a few other English folk around, but if you can overlook my little foible, you could have a really wonderful holiday here, as the Hotel itself, the staff, the wonderful pools and private beach are truly amazing.
amphoras holiday inn, anyone been there?????
goin to amphoras holiday inn in a few weeks, not too sure what to expect as websites are hard to find. has any one been there? if so what is it like for location, food, drink, staff and general standards????