I went with a friend and never having been to Egypt I was a little wary, but when we arrived it was fine! You do have to buy a visa when you get to Hurghada airport which is £13.
You definitely have to respect their culture and I found it really interesting and fascinating. The hotel is set in lovely, well looked after grounds-with plenty of flowers and plants from all over the world. The staff are very friendly and can not do enough for you, although the beach bar staff are a little bit less so-Im not so sure why though. The rooms are spacious with a tv, plenty of wardrobe space and balcony. All with controllable air conditioning (ours did break down but with a few words to reception got fixed) and there are power cuts , a couple a night but only lasted about a minute or two (but this is prob because they are trying to run so much off of the generators!).
The staff do try to sell you trips and spa treats around the pool this where bartering comes in! We did a cleopatra spa that lasts two hours that includes sauna,steam room, jacuzzi, body massage, body peel, face massage and mask-it was so relaxing and highly recommended.
We also took advantage of the intro diving session in the diving centres swimming pool. We took a trip out to Luxor for fantastic-trip included breakfast, lunch, a personal tourist guide, entry to valley of the kings and luxor temple. It is 4 hours driving each way though and we had to leave at 3am to get there fairly early before it gets too hot (it was 40c at 7.30am!) but even though it gets very warm when we were there (5th - 12th Sept) there was a gentle breeze and it is a dry heat unlike the weather that is humid in England (well when the suns out!).
They accept euros and the egyptian pound in the hotel and in most places in and around Hurghada. They also love it if you learn a little arabic or at least say thank you (shookra). The reception staff are very friendly always with a smile as were the waiters. Food was varied and they do a wide selection from French, English,Egyptian, German, Italian and Russian-and there was no one complaining of a dodgy stomach! The majority of people there were German, Russian and some Egyptian-but when we told the staff we were English they really were welcoming-and they love football!! Drinks are great with again plenty of variety. They supply you with towels for the pool and beach, you have to get a card (5euro deposit which you get back). The guys who are at the bazaar inside the hotel are rather pushy but they are trying to earn a living and as long as you barter or say that you arent buying anything they are fine.
On our last night we had a photo shoot with the photographer they have their. The member of staff that sold it to us said that we didnt have to buy anything if we didnt want to, but the photos were 3.50 euros each if we wanted any. We had a brilliant photo shoot with the photographer, we went throughout the grounds and beach, lovely photos. But once we got back and were choosing the photos he got rather disgruntled that I couldnt afford to have that many photos (I am a student! And I had 12 photos in the end). So we did have a word with the bloke that sold it to us (I dont think he spoke very good English), so if you have it done and you are a bit worried with the price, definitely say at the beginning of your photo shoot how much you are thinking of spending. We got our photos and had them put on a disc too- but when I got home mine werent on the disc- but luckily having a father who is also a professional photographer it wasn't that much of a prob!
On our way back, at the airport a man took hold of my friends suitcase and took us to the front of the queue then asked us for some money - luckily I had read about this on tripadvisor- we said we havent got any money!:/ And he just left us alone.
The mosquitos are a bit immune to the insect repellant though!
But all in all we had a brilliant time and are planning to go back but for 2 weeks this time and to go to Cairo to see the pyramids and do some diving!!!
We would def book with sunshine.co.uk again as you can see exactly what you are getting and how much it all costs individually.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Location: The complex is located northwest of Hurghada directly at the hotel's wide sandy beach. Shallow entrance into the water with bathing platform (swim shoes recommended). El Gouna is about 10 km away and the airport is about 20 km away. Equipment: The extensive hotel consists of a main building and 3 outbuildings in total, it has 456 rooms. Everywhere the theme of film is reflected again. The breakfast and lunch is served in the main restaurant "Indiana Jones" buffet, dinner should be reserved in one of the 5 a la carte restaurants - including "Don Vito" - Italian, "Aladdin" - oriental, "007" - fish restaurant, Buffalo Bill "or" Oceans 11 "- international) in the buffet restaurant. The "Grease" restaurant offers fast food from 10 am - 12.30 pm and from 12:30 pm 7.00 am fast food. Lunch snacks are also offered at the beach from 12.30 pm - 14.30 pm hours from the buffet. Further facilities include a reception with a lobby (safe available at a charge), free WiFi in the reception area, 9 bars (Celebrities Bar, Adults only Bar [only in winter season], Coyote Ugly Bar, Beach Bar, Pool Bar, Disco Bar[drinks not inclusive], the vitamin bar[not inclusive], the "I Scream" cafe), lifts, disco (drinks for a fee) and amphitheater. In the middle of the complex is the attractive pool area with artificial river, "The Black Pearl" a pirate ship with 5 water slides for large and small. 5 other pools (one heatable) as well as a sun terrace with sunbeds and umbrellas. Bath towels are available upon deposit. The hotel also offers a laundry service, spa and doctor on site for a fee, a pharmacy and some shops are located in the hotel. Country: 4 stars Room types Double room: 2 single beds and a sofa bed (double bed on request), equipped with bath and shower / WC, individually regulated air conditioning / heating, satellite TV, telephone, WIFI for a fee, fridge (once at arrival filled with water and soft drink) Balcony or terrace. Double Superior: 3 single beds and a sofa bed (double bed on request), equipment such as double, but larger, Double Sea View: 2 single beds Facilities such as the double rooms (double bed on request), but have sea view or side sea view. The rooms have a balcony and are located in the main building, partly in the side area with a view over the entire complex to the sea. Family room: A double bed, a single bed and a sofa bed, located in the main building, equipped as the double rooms with view to the desert and are larger than the double rooms. No balcony or terrace. The family rooms type B are double rooms with a connecting door either balcony or terrace. Super savings room (economy): 2 single beds (double bed on request) have the same facilities as the double rooms, view to the desert, no balcony or terrace. Availability is limited. Catering Ultra All Inclusive: Breakfast 07: 00 am -10: 00 am in Indiana Jones Buffet Restaurant, 10.00 am - 12.30 am Late Breakfast in the "Grease" restaurant, lunch buffet from 12: 30 pm -14: 30 pm in the main restaurant and on the beach, coffee / tea and cake / pastry, dinner in one The 5 a la cart restaurants can be reserved (inclusive). 12.30 pm - 07.00 am Fast food in the "Grease" restaurant. Selected local alcoholic drinks and soft drinks 10.00 am - 0.00 am at the bars. Soft drinks and hot drinks in the "Grease" restaurant during the entire opening hours. Conversation: Varied entertainment and show programs, Shooting studio with movie accessories. 3 D cinema, one of the largest amphitheaters on the Red Sea Hidden Camera: Through a professional camera team, different funny scenes are recreated every day, which could surprise you during your stay. Every Thursday at the "Night of the Oscars" in the amphitheater the funny results are shown. Free Style: On your arrival the animation team will divide you into 3 -4 groups, in each group the guests will be assigned individual roles from the film industry. Director, writer, actor and Cameraman. Through the professional team, each group will create a 10 minute film, with their own ideas. At the "Night of the Oscars" you can present your short film and a jury will choose the best idea, the best film as well as the best actor. Cinemagram / Video clip: Slip into the role of your favorite star (actor, singer, etc.) for professional make-up. Afterwards you will receive your own personal video as an unforgettable souvenir. Movie Clip: Allow yourself a whole day of the hotel's professional team with the camera to accompany your activities and take the unforgettable memories directly on DVD. For child Separate children's pool with 3 water slides. German-speaking childcare, hourly in age-appropriate groups (4-12 years / 6 days per week). In the vacation teen programs, children's shows, special days and children's parties, playground, Kid's Disco. Sport Included: Aerobics, tap aerobics, aqua gym, fitness room, water ball,volleyball, beach soccer, table tennis, Giant chess, shuffleboard, mini golf, 3 Tennis courts Sport for a fee: Kite surfing school, diving school, tennis equipment and floodlight in the evening, billiards, horseback riding (horses, camel) Hotel service: Early check-in / late check-out. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Club Calimera Hurghada Hotel Hurghada
- Calimera Hotel Hurghada
- Hurghada Calimera Hotel
- Calimera Golden Beach