I decided to take my two teenage sons to this hotel after reading the reviews here. I was not disappointed with the hotel. It was very staff friendly and the hotel facilities and grounds were immaculate.
The rooms were basic but clean and all we needed we were in the 400 block which backed on to the large gradual pool.
The food was served in abundance and although we did not like the food served in the Italian and Asian restaurants (very,very bland) we did enjoy the Moroccan and Buffet. There was soooo much food you could not possibly not find something you enjoyed. We often ate starters in one place and moved on to the next for mains... just because we could...:) All day cafes by the larger pools provided coffee,tea, drinks, cocktails, ice cream and pizza (during lunch time hours). Needless to say I ate way too much....
The boys used the Water park facilities next door but did not enjoy the park as the water was not heated...freezing cold water when your ride ended. I heard a lot of complaints regarding that.
We booked a snorkeling tour and a quad bike tour direct through the hotels tour centre. Both were great fun. I advise if you are going on the quad bikes do not take handbags, expensive cameras do not take or wear anything that you consider precious. This is purely for the sand, dirt factor. It gets into everything...I took a plastic bag with water and my iphone wrapped in another plastic bag.
The snorkeling was fun and it doesnt matter which tour group you book with you all go to the same places. The first place Paradise Island was a disappointment to say the least. Nothing resembling Paradise on that island. The water was dirty and had far too much trash floating around in it. However, the next three stops of the day were wonderful. So do not lose heart after being visiting Paradise... :)
The hotel complex has a number of shops, Tshirts, Jewelery and a small mini mart and of course all the Egyptian trinkets... the t shirt shop at the end of the mall is very well priced and is run by a wonderful man who does not believe in pressuring you in to buying anything. There is also many shops within walking distance from the hotel. If you catch the shuttle to Dana Hotel (beach hotel) you will see the shopping streets. I advise you to choose a set price store as getting ripped off is always on the cards. Set price shops will drop their prices if you are buying a few items. There is also a large shopping mall (walking distance) to the left of the hotel you pass by the go cart track. Lots of good quality stores and a wonderful Mexican restaurant.
The hotel has a relaxation centre which included massages and saunas, worth a visit. The hairdressing salon offers pedicures and facials which can be summed up in three words...don't do it! They also do hair plaiting which seemed ok.
The hotel has two foreign currency change machines... they are unreliable and were out of order a lot of the time... the shopping mall has change machines if you get stuck.
Dana Beach hotel was nice to visit, you are taken by shuttle directly to the beach area of the hotel. Lunch and drinks are inclusive. We had a good day there.
If you intend to spend the day lying by one of the larger hotel pools I recommend that you place your towels out on the sun chairs or beds BEFORE breakfast. The competition was very high to secure sun chairs... by 8am most have been "reserved". So go out early and get your towels on seats...
The hotel entertainment was good, nightly shows were held in the complex arena (same show each night but in different languages). Lots of childrens activities (they even have a child centre), the main pool in the middle of the complex has all day entertainment. Music and dancing in the two clubs at night.
All in all it was a great holiday. I felt relaxed and well looked after exactly what a holiday should be. Hope you enjoy.
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