Lovely hotel, large (heated ) swimming pool plenty of sun beds and leads straight onto the beach where all the sun beds are saved by about 6am. Only a handful of English out there, according to the locals the English have stayed away this year so it is about 90% Germans and a smattering of other Europeans. Its fine if you are happy with your own company but if you like to chat to others this is not the place to visit.
The Staff were lovely (except reception staff who are useless and don't do anything to resolve any issues, then blame others, also have bad manners and can be rude) All inclusive drinks were good for non branded and selection of cocktails as well.
Two main restaurants serving the same buffet food which had plenty of choice so no problems there. Also the Oasis Bar near the beach was another buffet at lunchtimes and open selected evenings on AI but you had to book the day before. Burgers around the pool at lunch time were also nice as were the pizzas late afternoon. Or for the sweeter tooth waffles and ice cream.
More restaurants outside the front of the hotel gave you a 20% discount but they were not cheap for Egypt so did not bother as we were only there for a week.
Entertainment of some description every night in the main entrance/reception of the hotel other than that not a lot else to do.
The only entertainment we saw during the day was aqua aerobics in the pool lunchtime, nothing else at all which I feel was very poor as it was Christmas.
They celebrate Christmas on the 24th and the Gala dinner was £40 each and you got hassled every day to book it, we didn't bother and the main restaurant food was excellent as usual. They also booked all the tables in the bar/reception area for guests who paid for non inclusive drinks which is bad as there was nowhere to sit really unless you did and they wanted you to spend a minimum of £15 a head as week(they started by saying £30). From Christmas day they started to hassle about booking the New Year Gala and also the massage team kept on trying to sell you packages on the beach and around the pool but the prices are way too high and I can get cheaper at home.
Lovely pier at the left side of the beach with an all inclusive drinks bar. They also served fish but it was extra so gave it a miss but it did smell and look good.
The water was warmish and very shallow so safe for kids. Dissappointed no fish to speak of and after going to Sharm expected more. Went on the Paradise trip which was a boat trip to Paradise Island and you stopped on the way to snorkel, it was quite rough so snorkelling was really difficult and for the fish and corals that you got to see it really was not worth the effort. The island was lovely though and after we had lunch we fell asleep on the beach! Warning though getting on and off the boat is tricky so this trip is not for everyone and there is no way anyone not steady on their feet would manage it.
There is a guy who offers boat trips parasailing etc on the beach and is quite cheap he is in a hut on the right hand side so go see him before you book anything else.
My kids age 19 & 20 went on the Badawya super safari trip which they really enjoyed, 4x4 quads camels spider cars in the dessert, I stayed at the hotel with my Mum otherwise I would have gone on this one as well. Quite expensive though at £55 a head.
Hotel grounds were immaculate and I did enjoy a morning cappuccino at the small terrace bar before the others were up.
The weather was pleasant to very warm, low to mid 20's. Sun rise was around 6.30 I think and set early around 4 because of the mountains. Chilly in the evenings this time of year so recommend a jumper of jacket if you venture out especially when it was windy.
Would I recommend this hotel? Yes and no. Could not fault the food bars pool location on the beach but what let it down for me was atmosphere, I like something going on in the day, water polo, music, volley ball boulles or anything to break the monotony of just sitting around. However if you like to sunbathe all day with your headphones on or nose in a book then this hotel could be for you. If you want to see the Red Sea fish form the shore on a boat or snorkelling or diving, then do NOT go here but take a visit to Sharm el Sheik you will not be disappointed.
Sadly Cairo is still a no go area with Red Sea Holidays but Luxor had just reopened.
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- 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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