I booked the Cinderella Beach as a last minute break for me and my 11 year old daughter, wanting somewhere hot, all inclusive and on the beach. I've visited Egypt several times before but never this area.
I read the reviews, some good, some bad and decided to risk it anyway, and I'm glad I did. The hotel certainly needs some upgrading, especially needs aircon in the reception area, and the units in the rooms are noisy and not very cold, but after 2 or 3 days they are sufficient as you get used to it.
The hotel was full of Germans, no Russians as previous reviews said, and only about 10 British guests, but generally everyone rubbed along quite nicely. Moomoo the only member of the animation team speaks loads of languages and works really hard to ensure the people who want to join in have fun, but no hassle from him to get you involved.
Food is not 5* but you have not paid 5* prices, and only on 2 lunchtimes did we struggle to enjoy the food.
Drinks, wine was actually not bad compared to other Egyptian hotels, and sweet talk the waiters and they'll happily serve bigger measures.
I was never once pestered for tips, staff were extremely friendly and did a really good job. Although the pool boy could do with learning a bit more about keeping his pool a bit cleaner...
A few people had dodgy stomachs and moaned incessantly to anyone who'd listed, but we were fine. I've been ill each time I've visited Egypt and just accept that this is probably normal when going from 18 degree in the UK to 40+ in Egypt.
The excursions were overpriced - £50 each for a snorkelling trip with lunch - same thing about £25 in Sharm. Rep (Nasser) not the best in the world but did an adequate job.
Don't visit this hotel if you are picky about your food, expect cocktail hour, lots of entertainment and shopping, but if you just want to chill out in the sun and enjoy the snorkelling maybe you'll be ok. I would not visit the Cinderella Beach again unless it was upgraded with better access into the sea - there are better hotels on the coast (next door the Acacia Swiss Resort) but they do cost more, so you decide.
Hi to Jayne & Phillip, it was good meeting you, we enjoyed spending the week with you guys - I hope the taxi was waiting for you.
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