Arrived back tonight (6th April)Hope this doesnt ramble too much . Positives are the staff, very helpful and lots of them. the resort is very clean and the gardens are lovely. Now for the bit that doesnt quite cut it as 5 star. the rooms are quite dated, chuncky pine furniture, no milk for tea and coffee although they say if you call they will deliver but could take 45 minutes due to how spread out the resort is!!!They have mini fridges in the room and they should place milk there and change every day.Its just not good enough to not be able to have a coffee 1st thing or a cup of tea in the afternoon.
The breakfast buffet is good with lots of choice but so ,so busy, we tried to stagger our arrival times but always busy with lots of children running around (its very geared to being a family resort). i was a bit anxious as coffee is self service from a very good machine but you then have to navigate your way back to your table through lots of running around children....an accident waiting to happen I'm afraid.
we ate in the Oriental 1001 and it was excellent, limited choice but really good standard of cooking. The bars are very expensive as are all areas that sell alchohol . never felt under any pressure to tip staff although they appriciated it if you did.
Beach very clean and well orginised, pool area too busy and the children dont use the childrens pool, they come to the main pool with their parents, cant blame them for that but they should create an adults only pool in the pool with the water polo nets. the pool area was far too busy and frantic for any relaxation to take place and as it was easter holidays so very busy,.
I'm a keen diver and I was really disappointed with the swimming/diving/snorkelling opportunities....of course not the hotels fault but the reef is 0.5 k from the beach and the coral is very damaged so limited marine life. Very exposed coast and the clue to the conditions might be in how popular it is with kite surfers ,......windy !!.
The marina area is great, quite upmarket with good restraunts, bars and a few art galleries.
It all depends on what you want from a holiday, we were a couple, no kids, like to explore and dive/snorkle so it didnt do it for us but the hotel staff cant change any of that. I've been to Sharm 4 times, twice to the Ritz carlton and twice to the Hyatt Regency and the Sheraton isnt up there with them although El Gouna is a much preferable resort to all the hassle and noise of Sharm. we enjoyed it but we wouldnt go back. As far as value for money is concerned, I fully expect to get what I pay for and I expected slightly more as its not a cheap week from the UK. Hope this helps.
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