We just came back from two weeks in Grand Sharm, and we had a wonderful time. We stayed in one of the bungalows by the "little pool", and this, at this time of the year, meant that most days we had the pool almost to ourselves, we just had to cross the little brick fence around our garden.
The apartments were very big, two bedrooms, two bathrooms a kitchenette and a livingroom with TV (no we didn't test it out) and a dining-table for five, a private garden, front- and back porch, to each apartment. More than enough room in two apartments (one bungalow) for 4 adults, two teenagers, two children (6 and 8) and a baby.
One of the teenagers fell ill after celebrating his new diving-licence at a mexican restaurant; do not eat chicken fajita at the mexican place in Naema! He had to spend three days in the hospital. The hotel staff vere very very concerned and helpful! They even brought a fruit-basket for the rest of us on the first night he was away, and yet another to celebrate when he finally was discharged.
Ayman in the restaurant by the reception became the kids' new best friend! He was helpful and concerned in a non-intrusive way, very polite and genuine in a way that is usually best seen out of the more touristy places of this area. It was so good to be treated like persons, not just dollar-signs on legs, as in so many other places. He gave the children little presents without expecting anything in return, and he was ever so patient. The other staff was also very good, we asked for food that was not on the menu (our six-year-old kept asking for pasta for instance), or dinner after the kitchen was closed, and nothing was too much trouble. A credit to the resort!
Mohammad, the cleaner, was very honest, the kids kept forgetting their portable dvd by the pool, and he kept bringing it back to us! He made towel-figures on the bed every single day of our stay, he cleaned the floor every day and brought enough towels for the lot of us. He was repeatedly turned away and asked to come back later as the baby was sleaping, and this never seemed a problem, even though he must have been on a tight schedule. Of course this is in a desert area, and it must be next to imposible to keep the place dust-free like in the north of Europe, but everybody certainly did their best.
Also worth mentioning are the front guard, the reseptionists and the bus-driver for their good attitudes, and the garden-people and pool cleaners who seemed to always be on duty. Everybody was eager to please, we asked for a baby-bed (cot), and it was delivered to our room within the hour, we called for room service, and it came promptly.
The beach was good. Three plateaus of sun-beds and parasols, and two floating stages out to where one could swim with the Red Sea fish, connected by ropes to mark where it was safe to do so. The weather was super, a little windy a couple of days, but being vikings, we didn't mind at all. A little bar where they served soft drinks, beer, pizza and french fries, and a small but sufficient (nothing more) toilet-room. This is about 10 minutes to walk from the hotel, and there was a free bus four times a day.
Il Mercato, a shopping street with quite a few restaurants (including McDonalds, KfC, Pizza Hut, Starbucks, and our favourite; Onions) was only 5 minutes to walk from Grand Sharm, in the other direction were tourist booths and a supermarket with fixed prices; Metro. - Although more expensive than the other shops (mini-"super"-markets) it was lovely not having to discuss every single item you would like to buy! There was a seemingly constant ray of blue-and-white taxis passing by the place, they took us to Naama/Naema bay for between 15 and 20 egyptian pounds (a 7 minute drive).
We loved the place, it was an oasis of polite smiles out of the naggings in the streets (come in, come look, come buy, where are you from, give me your price...) it was the perfect distance from the partylife at Naema - for a family - and we would love to come back!!!
Unless you are set on the "all-inclusive" I strongly reccomend the apartments, they are so...
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