Before going on our holiday we read the reviews and were bit anxious on what to expect. We need not have worried at all! On arrival at Hurghada airport we were met with many red sea tour guides who couldn't do anymore to help you, we were escorted to our waiting coach and upon taking our seats we were taken straight to our hotel which was less than a 10 minute transfer. On arrival at the hotel check in was very swift and the receptionists were very friendly and helpful. We were then escorted to our rooms with our luggage which was close to the pool area and restaurants.
Hotel is clean, well laid out to all amenities and location is great especially with being so close to restaurants, pubs shops and of course the airport!!
The beach is man made so it is not soft and sandy but it does have a sand bank with shallow water both sands for children to play in and explore looking for fish. Around the jetty area is very deep and especially first thing in the morning it has a lot of fish in the area. A couple of mornings though we discovered that the tide had brought in lots of jelly fish but we dont know if they sting or not and didnt fancy taking the chance!!!!! There are lots of sun loungers on the beach and a beach grill offering snacks and drinks.
We stayed in the bungalows and they were large, clean and of a really good size. We had a large balcony with part sea view that mainly looked over the fantastic gardens that were really looked after by all the garden staff. We had a tv with two english channels that showed mainly movies (especially good for chilling out with) at the end of your day. The bed was enormous, comfy and could easiily sleep three adults!! There is a safe deposit box which is free of charge in the room. The room was cleaned and the bed was made every day and we had clean towels every day. When you first arrive at your room you find a canvas siva grand bag with yellow beach towels for your use which we thought was really good. The air conditioning works so well I personally found it very cold during the night and needed to put on the extra blanket!!! but during the day heat it can be very refreshing!!! Tip:- Room bar fridge is NOT included in the all insclusive option so anything you use out of it will be charged to your room when you checkout at end of your stay and the drinks are expensive than normal. We used the two small bottles of water in the fridge when we first arrived as there was no large bottle in the room and we paid nearly £1.50 per small bottle. You do however get one large bottle of water per day free of charge There is a large cheap supermarket across road from the hotel that sells large bottles of water.
There are three restaurants, the ground floor and upper floor (sharm and Amar) in the reception area are the main restaurants for your evening meal and offer a range of different types of food. There is a lot of german based foods on offer but we always found something to eat and certainly didn't go hungry!! The Oasis restaurant opposite the beach is fantastic for everyday lunch and the staff are very friendly indeed especially Mohammed Ibriaham who looked after us every day!! The waiters are friendly and always check that everything is ok even if they havent had any tips. when you do tip the waiters they are very grateful and appreciate it very much. On Sunday night we went to the Oasis for American speciality night where we ate a large range of different foods but you have to book into these specialty nights when you first arrive at the hotel. There are three speciality nights Sunday-American night, Tuesday-Asian night and Friday- Siva specialty night. One tip is when you go for breakfast in the restaurants do not take the offer of fresh orange juice as it is not included in the all inclusive package and costs really £2,50 per glass. There is a pizza hut beside the pool which offer great pizzas but they are small so sometimes we ordered two at a time. There is also a grill by the pool which offers burgers, hot dogs (not same taste as english ones) and chips!! Le Terrace bar by the pool offers a late breakfast which is mostly continentail but is very tasty! There is a seafood restaurant that is on the jetty but it is NOT included in the all inclusive package but the food that we saw being cooked looked delicious:- bbq prawns, crevettes, lobster and calamari.Beside the pool their is ice creams availble from 13.00 and waffles from 3.00 which are both delicious.
The drinks are very good value based on the all inclusive package, the beer is good, spirits are very strong so good to order an extra soft drink with it to top it up! The waiters often come up to you whilst laying on the sunlouger and ask you if you would like a drink, they did not ignore us (english) and were always making jokes with us! They couldn't do enough for us and some of them mentioned that they prefer english to some of the other nationalities as we were always so polite. There are four bars where you can get drinks from and a cocktail bar. we enjoyed sitting on the jetty watching the fish and enjoying a cold beer!
Sunbeds and Pools:-
We got up early each morning to put our towels out usually about 7,30 but there was always sunbeds still available at 9.00 so there is no need to rush out of bed in the mornings. There is one large pool with a swim up bar and a childrens pool, sometimes the water is cold but only in the morning otherwise not too bad throughout the day.
There is a few activities during the day such as water polo, water gymnastics, volleyball, football, darts etc. There is evening entertainment between 8.30-9.00 there is cnhildrens dancing and then usually a singer, belly dancer, spinning man or the hotels animation team perform their own shows, like "music from around the world" and "this is it - Michael Jackson tribute show. Most of the entertainment stops around 10.30-11.00 and your all inclusive option for drinks finshes at 12.00 midnight. There is an option to attend the "Beach party" on a Tuesday night free of charge but that is at "The Grand Hotel which is about half an hours walk away. We chose not to go as had Asian speciality night the same night. We didn't go expecting broadway shows and what entertainment there was seemed suitable for the majority of the guests.
With regards to other nationalities i.e. Germans etc we found they were quite pleasant towards us and we had no trouble with them , some even said hello and or just smiled at us.
Negative points are very few but i would say entertainment should be little more towards the english, the mini fridge in the room, fresh orange juice in the restaurants and the seafood restaurant should all be included in the all inclusive package. The hotel is largely occupied by other nationalities but we did meet and see English people too.
Overall we had a great holiday and I would definetly return to the siva and I would most definetly recommend and use the Red Sea Holiday company, cannot fault them in any way. If we return to Egypt will use them again rather than using companies like Thomas Cook etc as was swift and hassle free from time of booking to returning home from our holiday. Been home two days and want to go back!!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoying one of the very best locations in Hurghada, the Siva Grand Beach delivers tradition with a twist. Choose from generously sized junior suites in the main building or rooms in the two storey bungalows in the grounds. There are few steps and with a wide gently sloping beach and excellent children's facilities, it is a firm favourite with families. And it's within easy walking distance of a wide range of shops, restaurants and other activities too. ... more less
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