Just returned from a 11 night stay and having read the reviews on this site I can see some of the views are fair but others are way off target! Please remember to take £13 each for your entry visa on arrival at the airport. Don't let them take your passport!! The whole experience is immensely chaotic at the airport so be warned and take care of your paperwork etc. We got a private transfer to the resort for about £20, which is probably better than haggling for a taxi. On arrival to the reception you think you are sent back in an 80's time warp!! However, immediately the excellent service and friendly staff are on hand to assist you. The service at this hotel resort outweighs anywhere I have stayed recently and it cannot be faulted. Getting to the room you see the rooms are a little tired and in need of some TLC however, after a good nights sleep on the biggest king size bed I've ever seen, you soon settle in and since time in the room is spent only for sleeping and washing this lessens the focus as there's too much to see and do around the gigantic site. The pathways are lined with immaculately trimmed trees and palms and a short walk brings you to one of the pools then a further 200m or so onto the lovely sandy beach. Good sized Pool towels/beach towels are provided and you can change them as often as you like. There's padded lounger mats too for a comfy sunbathing experience. Lovely clean beaches and sea. Great for water sports like scuba, snorkelling, windsurfing. Kite surfing etc which you can arrange on the resort for not too many Euros/Sterling or Egyptian Pounds. Food at any All Inclusive resort is always going to be 'samey' if you stay more than a week but there's plenty of choice and breakfast is the best meal of the day. Please don't book this holiday if you expect nuggets and chips as you will be really disappointed!! The menu features lots of local dishes and European delicacies; and why shouldn't it. Plenty of Russian and German holiday makers, most of which do need to learn some manners and find their volume button however, since I speak fluent German, I was able to interact and wasn't too bad. It is quite funny to eavesdrop in another language especially when they don't think English people can understand. Drinks are plentiful and service again was no problem. I would question the alcohol content of the spirits as the vodka definitely wasn't vodka!! Juices and cocktails are extra but there's plenty of juice and fruit at all meal times which was included. There's a good money exchange at reception and also a cash point in reception too. There's a good selection of shops bizarres and food courts in the hotel and along the 'strip' up to the Senzo Mall about 15 min walk. Best to do this at dusk when the walk is cooler. Just be careful of the taxi drivers who tend to be quite persistent with you getting in!! We took a boat trip out to Giftun Island which was very much worth the £22 p/p which included transfer to harbour and meals and drinks on the boat and three stops to snorkel; the fish were a amazing. We managed to avoid any tummy bugs etc as we maintained immaculate hand hygiene at all times and avoided ice in drinks and too much salad. Handy to take a small bottle of hand gel to pop on after every time you handle money etc. there's a chemist and clinic on site too if you need it but expect to pay a fine price. Mosquitos and flies are a bit of a problem so go prepared with the Deet and sprays. All rooms have controllable air con and tv with two channels in English. Hair dyers and liquid soaps are also provided but we took our own and so didn't use theirs for fear of allergic reaction. The pools are cold and not heated and so if you want a warmer swim, go into the sea. You can still get drinks and snacks on the beach and the service is 5 star. As for the rest of the resort I would rate this a maximum of 3 star and nowhere near the 4 star it claims on travel agencies. The best bits in our opinion were; * Service - 5 STAR SERVICE we cannot fault or complain, * Staff - all very friendly, welcoming and helpful, * Hot Sunshine - Most days it was 37 degrees and water temperature was 27 degrees, * Activities - Scuba Diving and snorkelling - Fantastic seas, fish, coral and wrecks. Areas for improvement in our opinion were: * alcohol - variation and quality poor, * food - vegetables were cooked soggy and not enough meat products, * rooms - a tad dated and in need of some love and attention, * Noise - Our Eastern European friends need to learn some manners and talk quieter especially during the early hours!!
We will definitely return to Hurghada and Egypt next November for more of the same. The sun and warmth is to die for at this time of year. In fact we would return to this resort again if we got the same deal as we just did with TravelRepublic. A very good holiday and I would recommend it to anyone.
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