More about The Royal Savoy Sharm El Sheikh
Fantastic - what more can I say!
Just returned from a week staying in the Royal Sharm and cannot recommend it highly enough. Great staff that couldn't do enough for you, good food and great snorkeling. The all inclusive 'S' Class is definately worth that little bit extra for as more than pays for itself. Have a great time, I only wish I could come with you!
A lovely relaxing resort
We have just returned from a week at the Royal Savoy. We booked for the Savoy and upgraded the day after arrival to enjoy a nicer room & better class of service and were not disappointed at all. The staff are ALL really nice, pleasant & polite and very smart in appearance. Special mentions for Ali at the royal pool, Hamby at the royal pool bar and Barbara at reception. They made our visit more enjoyable,
We were not all inclusice and found food & drink prices a bit expensive so would recoomend All Inc.
We liked the Entrecote Steak House, The Italian & the Indian restaurants the best. Although there is refurb going on so there may be even more places to eat at soon.
We will defintiely return to the Royal in the not too distant future as we had a fab time and felt very privilged to stay there.
A wounderful seaview & landscape
A very nice & luxury hotel, very good service at rooms or in resturants, the swimmig pools are great, the location is very unique & quite. The SOHO square is a great place to fun, eat and shopping too.
EXCELLENT HOTEL FANTASTIC SERVICE EXCELLENT FACILATIES
This was an excellent hotel, we were in the Royal Savoy s class, and it was fantastic, all 11 restaurants were included in the all inclusive as were the bars and restaurants in Soho square, the staff could not do enough for you bringing over cold towels while sun bathing saving our sundbeds, bringing us cold drinks and fruit kebabs. Booking our restaurants each day, giving us a free massage by the way the treatments are fantastic, one free trip to the bowling alley and ice skating in Soho square. They also have an ice bar. There is good entertainment outside in the theatre in soho square, near the fountains. I am would strongly recommend to go all inclusive S Class in the Royal Savoy , we had a superiour room which was lovely with a four poster bed , very roomy, with lovely patio garden, and only a few steps away to the private pool. We never had a bad meal and apart from one restaurant all of the others are waiter service, loved the cave bar and the safari bar. Cant wait to go back next year
This is the second time that we have stayed at the Royal Savoy and it did not disappoint! There are even more facilities with the newly opened Soho square offering Indian, Asian,Chinese and Ukranian restaurants as well as the wide range offered within the actual hotel grounds. Ice skating rink and bowling alley and several quality bars make the experience complete! The service at the Royal is second to non and the private pool area offers that extra bit of luxury. The breakfast and canapes available throughout the day in the Royal Lounge are excellent. We looked round a suite and that was fantastic albeit a little pricey with no negotiation on rack rates, however our room was lovely, clean and located opposite the private pool.
We will be back next year. Oh and the private transfer in the Royal chauffered car was a special touch
The Shining Armour of the White Knight Beach..Exceptional!
The Shining Armour of the White Knight Beach..Exceptional!
Having spent months reading reviews of various 5 star hotels in Sharm El Sheikh I know how hard it is to sometimes get a true reflection of a hotels calibre as all too often the only fault to be found is with the reviewer rather than the hotel. I hope this review ignites your desire to travel here..
When I saw the Royal Savoy/Savoy website and read the excellent reviews thought this was the one for me. I decided to book a Royal Savoy Side Sea View room at hotel, and went through an agent. I also decided to go for their All Inclusive “S Class” option as this sounded too good to be true to be honest...as it turned out...made the stay all the more special. Admittedly, some would class this as one of the pricier hotels in Sharm, but be assured it certainly repays any difference tenfold once you have arrived.
After booking with the agent, I emailed the hotel directly to confirm the booking and also arrange a transfer. This was done promptly and politely by the Reservations manager. I truly felt like royalty when on arrival at Sharm airport the sign “Mr Hamilton” awaited my partner and I. We where then guided through the airport by the lovely George, to an air conditioned chauffeur driven car to take us the short 15 mins to the hotel.
Upon arrival the first thing that strikes you is the hotel. Wonderfully illuminated at night with subtle coloured lighting enveloping the beautiful grounds. We passed the main Savoy reception to be taking around the hotel grounds to the private and exclusive Royal Savoy reception. The gorgeous and welcoming Barbara ensured we checked in quickly, then personally took us on a guided tour of the room and briefed us on all we needed for the next few days.
Our room, which had a Side Sea view was amazing. A entrance and hallway, which had lovely wooden cupboards and mirrors separated the bedroom and bathroom. The bedrooms centre peice was a gorgeous 4 poster bed and the room festooned with little signs of excellence. From a basket of fruit to individually prepared white & dark chocolates to enjoy by the window. The balcony overlooked the pool/gardens with the sea to the far left. We arrived at about 10 o clock at night, and the pool area at night is a sight to behold...and I think is when it’s at its most beautiful. Blue pool lighting emits a cool glow amidst the Red Sea’s warm breeze. The bathroom was awash with marble tops and tiled floors with a separate shower, bath & shower, sink, bidet and toilet. Overall, a nice size without being too small or grandeous.
The Royal Savoy section of the hotel is situated to the left of the main hotel grounds. And boasts 40 rooms and 6 private villas (now if I had the money....thats where I’d be...wow). It offers a wonderfully private yet open lounge and terrace where you can enjoy breakfast in the morning to drinks & exquisite canapés throughout the day and into the evening. With exceptionally friendly staff on hand to ensure your needs are attended too at all times. They also quickly remember your preferences which all adds to the exclusive and personal feel of the Royal Savoy.
The Savoy’s hotel grounds are a maze of bridges, stairs and archways which are all filled with artwork, statues and various themes. We did get lost a few times, but to honest always turned into a little adventure as we always stumbled onto a bar or restaurant. Another sign of excellence and attention to detail...even the sand filled ashtrays have the hotel emblem put into the sand each day. I was blow away with this...very clever and a subtle yet classy touch.
Royal Savoy guests are spoilt with a private twin pool area away from the crowds. It also has a no children rule, which for some be a negative, for most couples is a ideal for a bit of sanctuary. It has a dedicated bar serving you poolside drinks from sunrise to sunset. It truly doesn’t get much better than this. The towel guys ensure you have the beds you want for the majority of your stay and also make a pillow using a separate towel to ensure maximum comfort whilst sunbathing.
The main Savoy pool areas are vast and boast 3 levels to a wonderfully sculpted pool. Going from walk in pool ideal for the kids/toddlers to the deeper area at the bottom with a wonderful waterfall separating it from the middle section. A swim up bar in the main pool seemed popular and was a lovely way to spend an hour or two to cool down after the Egpytian sun had done its best to roast you alive. The temperature stayed around the 35 mark, which according to locals was down to the sea breeze we had. Thank god for the breeze is all I say....phew!
The White Knight beach is down the hill and exceptionally well kept and organised. Clean and with two jetties either end allowing for access to the end of the reef. Ideal for snorkelling and Scuba. They have a fully equipped water sports centre for the more adventurous amongst us and also a PADI Dive Center. The beach is looked after by friendly but firm guards ensuring no injuries happen on the sharp coral reef but also that the wildlife is conserved. Whilst snorkelling I saw loads of variety of fish, a few jellyfish (eek) and one one day a beautiful manta ray. All this within 100 yards of hotel...not bad really. Joys of Egypts coastline I suppose.
As mentioned we opted for the S Class All Inclusive option which meant we had something like 11 restaurants and bars to choose from all of which were included. I can only really review the ones I ate in but did a fair few
The hotel within its ground has a seafood restaurant for lunch by the beach serving the usual Fruit de mer all freshly grilled and lovely, the Rosmarino (Italian ala carte) in which is set into an almost Venetian style setting with fountains and obelisks. Not to mention the old Caligula disco which is a now a Hot Rock restaurant where you can sit amongst the Greek gods whilst cooking your steak on a 400 degree piece of stone. You have to go here for the setting alone. Amazing.
As always, the Tirana restaurant is your usual buffet style eatery but does have a good varied choice of food. Mixed nationalities seem to be well catered for. However as always, us British seem to have grasped the queuing concept slightly better than other Europeans ;-) But avoided this as had my breakfast in the Royal Savoy private lounge.
In SOHO square you now have 5 main eateries. Saffron (Middle East), Bombay (Indian), Kalina (Ukranian), Zen (Chinese) and L’Entrecote (Steak House). I was fortunate to eat in the Saffron, Zen and the steak house. All of these meals I would have paid good money for in the UK and was, as everywhere else, bowled over by the levels of service. The Bombay seemed most popular when talking to other guests. I will endeavour to try this on my return trip.
SOHO as you may be aware is a purpose built street offering shops, bars and restaurants and even....wait for it...an Ice Rink. Not to mention a Cultural cinema, Bowling Alley and....wait for it....and Ice Bar. Where everything is made from ice...even the glasses. In this heat, the air con bills must be interesting. SOHO is mainly full of Savoy and Sierra (its sister hotel) guests but also gets minibuses of tourists from other hotels in Sharm. I think this is an exceptionally well thought out idea and gives in my opinion a nice flexibility for people who want that something different but with security of being within the confines of a hotel. The fact that this is all included into your S Class again, adds to your spectrum of delights.
On the last day, we knew we had a late flight (Thomson to Manchester leaving at 2245) and asked what options we had to keep our room or have somewhere to change before we needed to leave. They offered us (to our a surprise) the option to keep out room till 6pm for a small charge of about £40. They said we could use our All Inclusive till 6pm at the pool, lounge or main restaurants. And lunch would be provided as normal due to us missing a meal when we arrived. Also they wanted us to attend the cocktail party later in SOHO square. We politely declined instead deciding to stay in the private lounge to watch the sun go down, chat to our fellow guests and enjoy our last few canapés. Leaving as we arrived by private car to the airport all covered by the hotel. Simply fantastic.
After 7 days at the Royal Savoy I can honestly say it was hard to find fault. I suppose you could say they try too hard if there is such a criticism to be made. Every time we bumped into the reception staff, duty managers or senior staff they wanted to know how we were, how our stay was and whether they could do anything to improve. Always trying to please you and make your stay even more incredible. This didn’t seem to be purely reserved for Royal Savoy guests...this happened just as much when we in the main Savoy.
I do wonder though if I may have set the bar too high now, and I will forever compare any other places around the world or even Egypt with the Royal Savoy. But as comparisons go, in my opinion it doesn’t get much better than this. 5* at its best.
A big thanks to all the Staff including George, Barbara and Mohammed. And I very much look forward to a return trip later in the year.
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i read the reviews , did my homework like you do ,and decided to pay a little more to stay in the more upmarket royal wing of the savoy .i loved the room (4227) though a little dissapointed with our supposed sea view , the staff are very attentive and really friendly and a small tip goes along way , the food was lovely in the restaurants we tried and all had their individual charm , hot rocks was our favourite , but unles you stick with local wines ( indeed) it can be rather expensive , We stayed on a B&B basis and were content with a few canapes at lunch and to try a different place everynight , rather than be tied to the half board buffet .The hotel location was great and the beach lovely , close to the airport but very rarely do you hear any aircraft . As i write this( 7pm) there has been continued building works going on outside our room since early morning for the last 4 days, and more recently on the roof above us , initailly we were promised that it would only last one day and there was no room for us to be moved. On viewing how busy the hotel is at present i dont wish to doubt anyones story but i came here for a relaxing , quiet holiday with my wife and i may have well gone to a building site , if its not going on outside your room , or the roof then the continued drilling on the land next door will get you !!!. I am more than afraid to say that everything that this lovely hotel has going for it has been somewhat ruined by their lack of concern for there guests enjoyment , i am even more concerned that this experience has made me become someone who writes to complain !!!!!, all in all a shame in sharm,
Romantic and Relaxing!
Me and my wife were at the hotel from May 23d to June 4th - we decided to have enough time for full relaxation after a tough working year. I say right away that we never regreted that we chose the Royal Savoy for that purpose.
The individual transfer from the airport was provided as promised - a nice car Land Cruiser Prado took us to the hotel in no time (about 10 minutes). Very polite reception manager Veronika met us at the doors and answered all our questions about the hotel at a glass of cold fresh juice in the RS private lounge (the Royal Savoy has his own Reception and a lounge separate from the standard Savoy). Veronika showed us our room which was a standard one in a two-storey bungallow on the upper floor. The room was cosy and light, there was enough space. The view from the balcony was charming. The bar was full of beverages which were free. Fruits and flowers awaited for our arrival. The room was fine. The only thing I'd recommend to the managers of the hotel is to renovate the bathroom - no, it was alright too, but the tiles were not very new and one expects to see tiles shining in a hotel like this. The other thing about the room was that the conditioner leaked twice during our stay but still worked alright and was fixed twice by the staff.
But the best praises should be said about the territory of the hotel. It's huge and includes the standard Savoy territory. Designers did their best to make a deep impression on your mind. Dozens of small and big sculptures all over the territory meet you anywhere you go. They are animals, birds, people. Children will love them for sure. All is green and clean. Many big palms, canals, small bridges, artifitial lakes make you forget that you are in the middle of the desert.
As many others pointed out there're two small private pools for the guests of the RS only. But there are also 3 bigger pools of the standard Savoy which can be used by RS guests as well. Actually we did not spend much time in pools because we took our chance for a better adventure - swiming and snorkeling in sea! Savoy has its own nice big beach and its own big coral with hundreds of fish!!! Snorkeling there is a real charm and relaxation for a city man. You put your head in mask under the water and find yourself in a different quiet and magnificent world - the world of sea, fish and corals. Tourists from other hotels are brought there by boats to snorkel.
There are three restaurants, several bars and a main buffet in the hotel. The main buffet Tirana is now under reconstruction which is good - it was rather poor with little variety of food for breakfast and with shaggy old chairs. We had breakfast in Tirana only once to see the difference between the main buffet of the standard Savoy and our nice little dining lounge of the RS which served good meal for us all day long. Especially we liked late tea there - there were many snacks and expensive spirits - all absolutely free!
Our rating of the restaurants at the territory of Savoy is: 1) Seafood; 2) Italian; 3) Hot Rock. Hot Rock we did not like. They serve there fresh beef which you should cook yourself on a hot marbel rock. The beef was Ok but all the rest including appetizers and soups left much to be desired. It was the only place in Savoy where a waiter rejected a tip because it was too little for him! Seafood is good, nice view at sea, nice food, good personal. Italian was Ok.
No doubt the best bar in Savoy is a Cave Bar. It's designed as a real cave from top of which a little waterfall is falling down to a small lake in front of the bar. It's magnificent! When you sit there with a cup of a Turkish coffe and a shisha pipe listening to the Oriental music you feel really relaxed and quiet. BTW, it's a best shisha place in the whole Sharm al Sheikh. If you come there ask for Hany - the best shisha-man. And when you try his shisha, even if you never did before, you'll like it for good.
We also really enjoyed the opportunity to be an S-class guests. Forget about B&B and HB. You'll save more money being an S-class and using all the perks of this. It's a free visit to all restaurants and bars not only in Savoy but also at Soho Square. There are Indian, Chinese, Ukrainian, Libanon restaurants at Soho and a Steak House with an English Pub on the first floor of it. You visit once all those places free if you are an S-class guest. Plus you'll get your free anti-stress massage, free fitness, bowling, free Turkish sauna with jacuzzi (we like both very much). As for restaurants we liked most of all a Chinese and a Lebanon ones.
The Soho Square is impressive. It's a shopping and entertainment street, brand new with expensive marble tiles on the street, shining illumination of shops, bars and a disco. Good place to be at night - peaceful and beautiful. My wife said she liked Soho much better than the dirty Naama Bay (Sharm's downtown). We both liked to spend our evenings at the Mandarin Bar at Soho (they have several tables in front of the bar at street with a big TV screen). Nice staff, nice beverages, good shisha.
Well, I wrote more than even planned at first. I aimed to be objective. But I must confess that maybe I was not. Because we loved this place and would be glad to come back...
Service of the highest standard.
We stayed at the Royal Savoy on our honeymoon for 2 weeks starting 21st May. We were booked for Mexico and cancelled at the last minute due to swine flu, so as we'd enjoyed holidays in Sharm before, we thought we'd go again. It's a difficult review to write because our stay was not without problems although our lasting memory will be one of great service and luxury.
I think it's unfair to compare this hotel with other international hotels as the level of luxury in Sharm is different to Mexico for instance. Rated against other Sharm hotels it compares with the very best.
We qualified for a free room upgrade for our honeymoon which didn't transpire and we didn't receive any sparkling wine in our room as the brochure promised. We have travelled widely and were looking forward to receiving the honeymooners treatment. Not to be treated any differently my wife found to be disappointing.
I'll not go into too much detail as aimhamilton and others have done an excellent job. What I would say is that there are two types of room, all under the umbrella of Royal Savoy. We spent our first week in a room located inside the royal lounge building, of which there are 18. The room was large and comfortable though nothing to write home about. Lucky for us, we had some air con issues which were solved with a room change. They moved us to one of the villa rooms which in contrast are outstanding. This is when our honeymoon really started. The room was light and airy with wardrobe and dressing area and a decent sized marbled bathroom with separate shower. There are four villas with four rooms in each villa - 2 upstairs & 2 downstairs. The rooms on the right hand side are slightly larger and thus have the separate shower. In future I would request one of these, numbered 4034, 4134, 4036, 4136, 4038, 4138, 4040, 4140. The other villa rooms are just as nice but without the separate shower.
During our stay, some of the rooms and suites were closed for renovation. This didn't cause us any inconvenience but I guessed this is why we didn't receive our free upgrade. The hotel management would stop to chat at regular intervals and they seemed excited about plans to upgrade the Royal Savoy further. I guess if you sit still, the others catch up.
The service was second to none. This is what sets it apart from the competition. All the staff worked tirelessly to please and made you feel like royalty. Without prompting they would bring our drinks at breakfast and throughout the day, whether at the royal lounge or by the pool also our sun beds would be reserved everyday without asking. Typically we would descend upon the royal lounge for pre-dinner drinks before catching a ride in a royal golf buggy up to Soho Square. Don't walk it, just be lazy like us and ask for a lift!
We had booked S Class and thought it was an excellent choice. It is not ultra all-inclusive as their website suggests though it is pretty close. I'm partial to a Jameson's whiskey in the evening which they had, but wasn't included, so I just had something else. The wine included was perfectly acceptable. Some of the restaurants had supplements against certain items on the menu, for example: if you wanted the lobster, you'd have to pay an extra £5 or Porterhouse steak £15. The vast majority was included and was cooked to a good standard. There are arguments for B+B & S Class. I think it comes down to drink. If you want the flexibility of any drink at any time then S Class is a must.
To summarise, the villa room we had for the 2nd week was very impressive and the service was top notch. The Royal Savoy has a lot going for it with the S Class package and Soho Square. It also feels very exclusive. We've stayed at the Hyatt Regency Club twice, and I have to say that should we return to Sharm, it would be here. There are only 40 rooms in the Royal where as the Hyatt Club has far more, sometimes causing their lounge to become crowded. The suites at the Hyatt are beyond compare though, so if you're used to one of their suites, I would stay there.
Even though it's not the best hotel we've stayed in, it definitely compares to the best in Sharm and because the management and staff simply couldn't do anything more for you, it must be worth 5 stars.
What an amazing place!!
We stayed at this lovely hotel for a week at the begining of May. I cannot recomend the Royal Savoy enough. The service provided by the concierge staff was fantastic (nothing was too much trouble for them), great food, nice room, service around the private pool with both towels & drinks, meant we were totally spoiled for the week.
We have been lucky enough to stay at a number of top quality hotels around the world and really feel that the service from the staff here makes this one of our favourite hotels..already planning another trip back in October!
the bedouin man in the background is very cool!
Sleeping like best friends
Royal savoy - sharm-el- sheikh
Have seen glowing reports on the above hotel can anyone advise me where I can get the best price to book this hotel........would be very grateful........
its the 'adult' side I am interested in which is the 'royal savoy'.......
last review july 2010 said they got itfor £1,100 yipee !!!! that would be great
Re: Royal savoy - sharm-el- sheikh
I suggest you start by googling 'royal savoy sharm', look at the hotels' own website as a guide price (it appears at the top of the google page) then check out the various booking agencies which list it (they'll appear on the google search)
I don't think there is any one site which can be guaranteed to give you the 'best' price.
Best package holiday deals to deal from the UK??
Hi all VTers,
I went to Sharm a couple of years ago, I'd love to go back with my girlfriend at the end of September but we're trying to do it very much on the cheap!
Inc. flights we're trying to find under £400 all inclusive for a week from the 27/09/07.
I know this is tight but I've found close to it for 4 and 5 star in Naama, coral bay and sharks bay. The actual area is really not important as we're only interested in the sun and the reefs.
Any ideas/little gems would be very much appreciated!
Re: Best package holiday deals to deal from the UK??
That time would be cheap
Since Fasting starts on 13 September
So you should get a good deal.
Try one of those hotels :
Hilton Sharks Bay
Savoy Sharm EL Sheikh
Re: Best package holiday deals to deal from the UK??
You can find deals but it seems a lot harder this year, plus its the end of ramadam and you are chosing a time which is running into the start of the half term dates in the uk, which always means a hyke in prices- I would suggest if you find a deal close to your budget take it or maybe try another resort in Egypt eg Taba or Marsa alam in the south rea sea.
Re: Best package holiday deals to deal from the UK??
i would suggest booking your flights and hotel separately. i do and got a holiday advertised in thomas cook for £1800pp for just over £900pp. try british airways or xl.com for the flights. they can be a lot cheaper than the agency flights. it is worth looking throgh the travel agents flights, they can sometimes be competitive. i have always booked through med hotels, they have a brilliant range of hotels in sharm and naama bay area. they can also arrange transport to and from the airport for you (in a safe car!)at a very reasonable rate. you also have the reassurance of an in resort rep and 24 hr assistance if needed.
hope this helps
Re: Best package holiday deals to deal from the UK??
We are going for 2 weeks in May and got b&b for £360 each with Thomson. What I did is shopped around with the high street travel agents and played them off against each other! I got a price then went to another and asked if they could beat it. They did so then I went to another and so on. It took one afternoon to get the price I got. The original price was £500 per person!
Good luck :-)
Sharm El Sheikh X-mas and New Year
I and my g-friend, we are going to visit Sharm El Sheikh during X-mas and New Year for 8 days. We will stay in SHARM HOLIDAY HOTEL close to NAAMA BAY. We will appreciate if someone could share some info on the following:
-Weather, Can we swim in the sea
-Change money – Euros, Dollars, ELira?
-How much costs Taxi, Food, Telephone Calls, Rent Car
-Any info/comments about the SHARM HOLIDAY HOTEL
-attractions near sharm
RE: Sharm El Sheikh X-mas and New Year
Hello, I just arrived home from my second trip to Sharm this year, Iwill try to answer some of your questions.
1)You CAN swim in the sea, but you will find it chilly, wear a t-shirt with your costume, or better still hire a wetsuit/snorkelling gear. The underwater scenery is magnificent!
2)Changing money. No problem. There are lots of banks in Naama bay. Also you can change your money at your hotel. Also there are ATM machines all over Naama, so no worries there.
3)Taxis are cheap, just BARGAIN! Personally I wouldn't rent a car. The Egyptians drive like lunatics!
4)I have never stayed in your hotelo. but all hotels in Sharm are to a high standard, some of the services they offer vary, one to the other. Nightlife?
Centres around the restaraunts/bars. Find a good one, there are plenty to choose from! Attractions? Boat trips during the day, also this time we enjoyed the quad biking in the desert.
ENJOY YOUR TRIP!
RE: Sharm El Sheikh X-mas and New Year
I was in Sharm at the beginning of December for a week. The weather was fantastic ranging between 25 and 28 degrees. The sea temp was 24-25 degrees and was a pleasure to swim in. I would assume it will be about 22-23 at the moment. Most hotels have money changing facilities. US Dollars seem to be the favourite although I got a good rate on the GBP. I was staying at the Savoy Sharm near the airport. A taxi from Naama Bay cost me 40 Eqyptian pounds. I used my mobile phone most of the time. It appears that there was 2 mobile networks both had good coverage. The food was excellent at the hotel - I never had any problems with bad stomach etc. The action is in Naama bay, however the hotels all seem to have some kind of entertainment programme that goes on into the early hours.
Hope you have a good time