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Sofitel Sharm El Sheikh best hotel we have been too
Its been a week since we got back from Sharm and I am still having withdrawals.
The Sofitel is absolutely AMAZING, oriental/Arabian style set on the west peak of Naama Bay. If I could, I would go back there every year. The staff were friendly and helpful (nothing like the taxi guys outside who hassle you the moment you are in sight), the food was excellent, our room had a king size bed, lovely Egyptian cotton sheets, safe, clean with sea views, the bathroom was a perfect size and very clean. The resort has 4 lovely restaurants - Indian (best indian we have had and again the service was top knotch), the Main Restaurant which served a buffet of breakfast, lunch and dinner, the Oriental restaurant was just amazing serves traditional food like Kofta, kebabs, hommos all bbq style and fresh and there was also the bbq restaurant which only served lunch. We didn't get to try this place coz we were always so full from breakfast. Breakfast Omelette guy made super omelettes and he sings whilst cooking too. Also at the hotel there is an activity centre which has the ever so helpful Mohammad and Saladin who both speak good english, not at all insistent and very good at their job i.e. they know everything and go out of their way to please you. Saladin even took us to the coral beach and showed us how he had command over the beautiful fish and gave us a free ride on the bottom peeper. This resort has 4 private beaches one of them being Naama Bay's most spectacular coral beach. You see boats come bye all the time to see the Brain. There is the Horizon bar where you can choose from a large selection of cocktails and beers whilst watching the sunset behind the sinai mountains. I wish i could have stayed longer than 5 days however we were lucky to have been able to do as much as go to Cairo for a day trip, snorkel, day trip to Ras Mohammad National Park (all organised through the activity centre) and lots of relaxing in the sun. Hmm...what else. In the evenings there is entertainment every night at the cafe. There you have the opportunity to dance, drink and smoke a shisha! very relaxing.
We were very impressed with this hotel and being travellers we do experience many different hotels and this by far is, the best 5 star hotel resort we have been too!!
Tip for Staying at the Sofitel Sharm El-Shekih
This hotel is absolutely enormous and a labyrinth to get around. Your best bet is to request a room on the third floor which is the top floor as it's far enough from the noise of the pool and the disco that you can have some peace. If you're not fit, or just hate steps, then ask for a room on the top floor that's near the one elevator because it's quite a trek to the elevator from many of the rooms.
Large Pool with good food and drink service.
THREE great snorkeling reefs/beaches just 2 minutes walk from the pool. We're divers and were amazed at how great the coral and marine life were.
Romantic sunset views at the Rangoli Indian restaurant with the twinkling lights of Na'ama bay below.
Confusing to navigate around.
Many steps to climb/descend unless you trek to the elevator
In summary, this hotel has great views, pretty architecture and water activities on the property. A perfect place for some fun in the sun.
Sofitel Hotel, Naama Bay, Sharm
We have just returned from a week's stay at the Sofitel Hotel Sharm. We have visited Egypt many times over recent years and stayed in various resorts and this hotel is one of the best we have stayed in. However, the rooms are a bit on the small side compared to some hotels. A beautiful complimentary basket of fruit was left in the room for us upon arrival. The staff, as usual, were very helpful and provided us with a late checkout, free of charge.
The hotel is terraced and has many steps, both to the hotel and the beaches, so therefore is not suitable for small children, the elderly or anybody with mobility problems.
The house reef along the stretch of beach is fantastic. My husband is a scuba diver and even he could not believe how good it was. We saw many varieties of fish and even an octopus and huge tuna!
The negatives to the holiday were the usual rude, loud and arrogant Russians - they are like ants, they get everywhere! Also if you like evening entertainment, the hotel's "acts" are something reminiscent of Butlins 20 years ago! Fortunately, we're not into that so spent the evenings in Naama Bay.
Try the Kabebgy Restaurant in the hotel, it serves very good food and is excellent value. And the Horizon Bar overlooking the bay has a fantastic view.
So all in all, it was a good week and we will be returning!
We stayed at the Sofitel in July 2006. Really enjoyed the stay, agree with some of the comments that the bathrooms are a bit tired but overall the rooms are in reasonable condition. On the night we arrived, there was a problem with the lights in our bedroom and as a result we called for help with arrived very quickly & the problem was resolved quickly.
I liked the food, lots of variety and reasonably priced. I particularly liked the pool and even when it was busy there was enough space for everyone to enjoy it..I managed to swim over 50 lengths without being disturbed, not bad for a pretty full hotel with lots of kids enjoying the pool.
Would recommend it as a place for couples to stay, not sure about families as I don't have kids so I'm unsure on the suitability.
Most beautiful view of the Red Sea
My husband and I just spent three nights at the Sofitel. We thought it was by far the best hotel in the whole area. Just like the photos show, the hotel is built into the side of a mountain. From the Red Sea, the hotel looks like a mosque (it's in that style) that belong there. From the rooms, the view of the Red Sea is beyond words. The room was pretty average--don't go expecting the Ritz in the US. The bathroom was downright kind of gruddy--and I have high standards. I think it may have been mold on the walls. But, the hotel was so amazing in every other way that it didn't even cross my mind to complain--either to the hotel staff or to our tour company. The hotel has FIVE private beaches, all of which were empty since it's not quite tourist season right now. There were great restaurants as well. The meals were fantastic--extensive buffets, the best we had anywhere in Egypt other than the Marriott Casino in Cairo. They had themes for dinners which they carried out excellently--French night had table runners with the French flag on them, the waiters wore aprons with the flag, etc. The pool was pretty, though we never convinced ourselves to get in it with the Red Sea so readily available!!
Sofitel !! Most amazing holidays.... :-)
We have just returned from an amazing week at Sharm el Sheikh and a delightful stay at “Sofitel”. It’s the only hotel located on top of the hill offering the most amazing and romantic view of Naama Bay.
We had a room on the 3rd floor which was perfect because it was very quiet and we had a panoramic view at the same time. Our room was quite big, decorated in oriental style, cleaned every day and towels & sheets were daily changed. The bathroom was clean but maybe it needs a bit of renovation. The most important in the room was the air condition which was working all day and night long and it was great entering the room when returning from 45 C. Of course you could adjust the temperature in your room or shut it down. Another great thing was our big veranda. We really enjoyed the sunset & the sunrise and the beautiful scenery of Naama Bay. At the same time, the 2 plastic chairs in our veranda seemed strange to us in contrast to all the luxury of the hotel.
Nevertheless, all the areas of the hotel were outstanding. A huge pool (a separate pool for children) and plenty of sun beds (towels are supplied in the pool bar), 5 private amazing beaches with beautiful coral reefs, shops, fitness center, Tennis courts, Volley ball courts, lots of water activities (Water ski, Canoe, Catamaran) and scuba-diving lessons. There was also the “Horizon bar” with panoramic view of the bay.
The main restaurant area was very nice and the food was excellent, every night they cooked with a different theme. Everything was tasteful, the salads, the main dishes, the great variety of breads, the fruits and the desserts! At breakfast they were cooking omelets and crepes in front of you and at dinner, you could enjoy pasta prepared as you liked. There was also one Indian restaurant in Sofitel which we heard from everybody that it served great food in good prices but we didn’t have much time to try it unfortunately.
Don’t miss the amazing walk from Sofitel to the centre of Naama Bay through the pedestrian walk. In Naama Bay market you can buy lots of things, nice for gifts and always bargain the price of everything you buy. At the end you will get it in half price. Do the same with the taxi drivers.
Also don’t miss the “DOLPHINELLA” show near the old market. It’s an outstanding show with dolphins and you can even arrange to swim with them if you book it 2-3 days earlier.
To cut a long story short we had the holiday of a lifetime! The awesome hotel, the polite employees, the amazing views from our room, the great variety of food, the well organized diving centres in Sharm, the snorkelling on the beaches, the scuba diving with all the spectacular fish and coral, the safari with camels, filled a week full of memories.
Despite the numerous steps in the hotel (well there is an elevator too) I recommend this hotel to everybody. If we return to Sharm we will definitely choose to stay at Sofitel.
The Sofitel at Sharm, again.
I hope I am not biased, as I am Egyptian living in the UK and a great lover of Sharm Elsheikh.
This was our 2nd stay at Sofitel as a family with 3 kids. The 1st stay was two years ago. Our first stay was on a B&B basis and was very enjoyable. This time was even better. We went half board and liked it so much.
The hotel grounds are wide and there is something and somewhere for every one. The pool is the main feature and is out of this world. The hotel is situated on the first hill north of Namma Bay. Namma bay has got every thing we do not like eg crowding, loud music..etc. therefore the main parade along Nemma Bay starts (or ends) at the Sofitel for those who like it, but the Sofitel is well isolated from the rest of the loud world outside. The 3 beaches of Sofitel are nice and well maintained and snorkeling is safe. The only trouble was the glass bottom boats that get too close, not just to the sofitel site but to almost all other hotel beaches with coral sites. The way round it is to get up early, before the boats.
The food at the main restaurant is outstanding. As an amateur cook myself, I could easily write pages about the food and the dinner buffets. We all put on weight despite our long hours in the pool and the sea. There are several other "eating" sites apart from the main restaurant but in view of the kids priorities we did not try any. We heard though that they are all good, particularly the Indian (Rangoli).
The staff are "the piece de resistance" of the Sofitel. They treat every one as if he or she is the one and only guest of the hotel. The animation team work hard to engage the guests in their day and nightly entertainment. The hotel guests are French, Russians and Italians in majority with a UK and other arab countries strong presence.
If I have to change something in the Sofitel, I would redecorate the interior of the rooms into a modern style. Somehow the interiors do not give us the sense of what this hotel is really like.
If we go again to Sharm, we will be very reluctant to adventure and try another hotel.
Leaving for the Sofitel next Saturday. Does anyone knows how is the walk to Naama Bay and if there is a shop close to the hotel (we have a small child and we may need some food/drink for him)? Is it possible to go along the beach of it is separate? Do you know if it is possible to walk to the Hyatt Hotel as well (there are some friends there)? Thanks.
Re: Sofitel Sharm
We stayed in the Sofitel this past March. There is a walkway from the hotel to Naama Bay - it's about a 10 minute walk. There are lots of shops there, so you should have no problem finding what you need. You probably could walk to the Hyatt, but it's a bit far. We ate at the Hyatt 2 nights and took a taxi from the Sofitel. The taxi will then pick you up at the time you say.
Mohammed - the bartender in the Sofitel lobby bar is a great guy and so full of information about Egypt. We had many wonderful conversations with him. If you see him, please tell him that his American friends from Charleston send their greetings. Thanks!
Have a wonderful trip and enjoy that incredible view from the Sofitel.