Well, after reading the reports my wife and i were a little worried after booking a couple of weeks away at the Savita resort. we booked 6 weeks prior to our departure from lovely cardiff airport on the 2nd april 2012. we laft at 9 pm and arrived at sharm at 4pm their time, easy.
we were then led to our transport to the savita, on the way we dropped off a couple of other people at what seemed to be very exclusive and beautiful lookinf hotels.
we thought oh god here we go, last to be dropped off at most proberbly a dump of a hotel.
Well let me tell you, when we arrived at the hotel we were greeted like a king and queen, lovely cold drink and introductions to staff. The hotel looked fantastic, clean, colourfull and very well presented,even the run up to the hotel through the grounds was well kept with flowers running all the way along the centre of the road. the booking in took no time at all and soon we were on our way to our room. when we got there we were amazed, the room was massive with a hugh bed, air con, balcony, fridge, safe,patio chairs, it was lovely. the bathroom was in need of a little attention but no way a mar on the room.(only if you wanted it to be.) we were very happy indeed. the view overlooking the pool and the sea was fantastic. after a frantic unpacking of bags we then went to find our bearings. the staff were all friendly smiling and very courteous.
the bar in the centre of the hotel was lovely although plagued by mosquito at night. eh your in egypt. the restaurant was busy to say the least, but when you get used to the russian cattle market attitude and the pushing in you will find that the food on offer was varied to say the least, it was catering for all tastes and nationalities, so many differant breads, cakes, fresh pizza's pasta dishes, beef and chicken every night in differant forms, always a fish dish or two. and so much fresh salad it was amazing. but do you know what sticks in my head is the amazing service the staff all provided. can you imagine having to smile every day at some miserable arrogant person who is ungratefull or over expectanty of your service...anyway, thank you all at the restaurants for your valued service. by the way, make sure if you want to get to the chinese and italian restaurants,you have to do these. you have to book 24hrs in advance for each one, in reception opposite the front desk. if your there for a fortnight then you can if you want to go twice to each, any problems ask to see the fantastic managerial staff of the food and beverage dept. shawky, saad,ahab,to name but a few were great. thanks again. now, the shops in the little mall they have, or the gauntlet as i called it are an insight into what is on offer at the nearby soho sqaure and naama bay and also, a quieter nabq bay... if you dont want hassle too much then nabq is the place, 4 quid in a cab. dont forget you haggle for everything there. any way, these shops are not there to rip you off, they are there to sell to you without hassle, look at your liesure, they will ask you to buy but its up to you, just be polite,after all they are only working for a living. talking of earning a living the waiters/barstaff there get 1200 egyption £ per month. for us thats 120 quid....so a tip doesnt go amiss if you get great service, which im sure you will. the pool area is great, after all there is not a lot else in the local area to do execpt swim and snorkel and dive. due to last years events i was under orders not to swim in the sea, well i promised my mum that i wouldnt cos she paid for the holiday..but i must say i was tempted, the sea was bubbling with fish, beautifull. we seen all we wanted from a glass bottom boat for 15 a head for 2 hours. you can book at the hotel by way of the many salesmen who appoach you for massage, pedicure,boat rides,excursions etc. talking of which, the only other excursion we did encompassed all we wanted to do. quad biking in the desert followed by a drink in the beduin tent and then a camel ride for 30 minutes then lunch then quad bike back to bus to take us to a beach where all the activities are free. banana boat, canoes, pedalos and snorkelling.we paid 55 quid each with thomas cook rep who was great bye the way, you can get cheaper but why take a chance.peace of mind is essential on trips. the pool / towel staff are also great, and worth tipping, nodd nodd,wink wink. if you want a lovely spot with your towel laid out every morning without fail. thank you mu brother....saad, seriously i know ive gone on but i cannott praise the staff, food, service, room, the bars. all excellant.
ok.... downside, and this is for mohammed and the staff at the savita.
entertainment, very childish and amateur like, pay more to get more in show business.
not enough based around the english speaking holiday maker.that includes poolside.
When people book out at 12pm give them a temporary wrist band so they can have food and beverage. 6 more hours at the most wouldnt hurt would it.
we were told we couldnt have a drink without paying for it after 12. i did complain and was told management decision, well management,, change it. that nearly spoilt my holiday memories. the last impression should be as good as the first.
improve the qauntity and quality of selection of drinks available. on the subject, if you wish to close the bar at 11pm then at least open it again so people can pay for the drinks after time. i dont think we should have to but eh, i would have paid to have a quality jack daniels after 11pm..or do i have a problem ?lol.
Anyway folks, we thouroughly enjoyed the egypt experience and will definately go back to the savita another year but my choice enxt year and i want to catch a massive predator fish in cuba,,,, p.s i agree with previous writers, the small pretty fish are better looked at and swam with than caught on rod and line, i dont thinkl the people who were attacked by the sharks think that way anymore though eh....
e mail mohammed at the help deak and ask for a sea view.
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