Firstly i would like to say the resort and the hotel was really nice and the staff were very accommodating and helpful.
The room was open and spacious for the 3 of us. the first night we had a minor problem with the 2 double beds. My son wouldn't sleep on his own in a unfamiliar place so we pushed the beds together but the gap between the mattress were too big. We made do the first night, but in the morning we mentioned to Ayman (room service) and in minutes he arrived with a king size mattress! We were immediate impressed!
There is just one issue we had and that was the buffet restaurant which we felt catered for the majority (Germans and the Russian holiday makers). There wasn't much in what we Brits would consider 'continental breakfast' and being accompanied by a very fussy child we had to pack a tin of Heinz baked beans!
Don't get me wrong, if you go all inclusive the unlimited access to the 4 restaurants at the resort are very good. La Grill serve good steak. Nino's Italian has a real good menu. We didn't eat at the Sofra Oriental restaurant but were not satisfied with the asian cuisine at Mukai Tukai. It was easy to organize as you had to reserve the night before at the restaurant of your choice.
The El Shisha bar come restaurant organised entertainment pretty much every night where the animators like Shady and co were bubbly and busy keeping us entertained.
We were 30 km away from Hurghada city where we weren't keen on seeing bazaars or markets as this gets really intimidating and have been to so many of them we just wanted to relax.
If your planning to do any excursions and have a family on board then make sure you bring no less than £500 for managing trips. However if you want to plan a fly over cairo trip than costs £199 per adult and around £140 a child.
As we were running on a tight budget we opted to stay on the resort but were saved with a 5 minute bus ride to the Makadi Water Park. It has slides to cater for both adults and children. This was the saving grace as we didn't do enough homework on keeping ourselves entertained on a small budget.
The Hotel barman Moustafa was polite and friendly and joked all the time with our son. the cocktails are typical in serving local whiskies, rum and vodkas and we found the prices for commercial booze pretty much the same we would pay here in England! Plus the only commercial beer they had was Heinken (probably a favorite of the German customers) so not much of variety there.
There are lots to do in terms of excursions, snorkeling and diving along with the the Water park your not looking for anything to do. Again our slight issue was the buffet and another very small but noticeable issue was the affection the resort/staff showed towards the German and Russian customers. By no means am i trying to make a political statement or damage the reputation of this lovely place we felt the British holiday makers did not receive the same vibe that maybe our European counter parts got. Hence maybe reasons why brits stick to Sharm El Sheikh and eastern Europeans prefer Hurghada.
I couldn't help but notice that the London clock was missing at reception where the clocks of Berlin, Moscow and Cairo hanged!!!!!
To conclude, if i would travel back to Egypt then it would be for Sharm El Sheikh, but take nothing away from Hurghada as it really is a nice place!
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