Booked a 9 nights stay at the Farrana Heights resort (the sister hotel to the reef) based on it being a decent price and pictures showed on many different sites. After booking the Heights resort I became a little worried as I could not find any info or reviews on the net. All we could find was info in Russian/Eastern european and a few reviews on the Faraana Reef resort. Many were saying that you should try to change your booking to the much better Reef as this hotel was finished and not still a building site. All this in mind we went with an open mind and the idea that you get what you pay for and people view hotels differently as has happened when we have pre-read reviews in the past.
On arrival we were shown to our transfer bus, we showed the guy the reeipt for transfers to the Faraana Heights and he marked us off saying just Faraana. Two othe couples got o the bus and off we set, dropping these couples off at their respective hotels. The rep who was Egyptian indicated Faraana to us to which we replied Faraana Heights not Reef, as we knew their were two hotels, He replied yes they are the same just one hotel. When we pulled off the road we imediately knew we were at the Reef resort. We explained this to the guy who insisted yes this is the one. We took our luggge and went inside, knowing we were prob in the wrong hotel.
The man at reception took our voucher walked away and came back saying "who brouht you here you in wrong hotel", We explained that we knew this but that the driver and rep (A2B transfers) had insisted that both hotels were the same. He asked if we wanted to stay here instead, we were a little confused and asked about the Heights resort, he told us that indeed it was not finished and that we would be better at the Reef resort. We didnt think twice as mostl reviews on the reef were pretty good. The Heights resort was advertised as 4.5 star and the Reef 4 star. We asked for a good room to compensate for this and he said "I give you a nice room" We were shown to room 247 which is near the end off resort but close to the beach with a sea view.
The room was very clean and tidy. The cleaner came every day to clean and change towels and from what I coud see changed the bedding too. I would say that we were a little far away from restraunt ,beter to be close to the pools for getting beds ect. The hotel was good it was beeter than we had expected as we had not been to sharm before. The beach area was fine and there was a snack bar to get drinks from as you need to drink plenty because of the heat. There were plenty of Russians and Eastern Europeans at the hotel but this was ok as we didnt see the usual hoards of brits, we were deffinately in the minority.
I know that reviews have said that the Russians are rude and that the staff dont like brits but I wouldnt say this was true, I think they work long hours for little money and just get fed up with tourists full stop. The only downside to the AI programme was the size of the glasses, very small, The food was what it is repetative but there are only so many ways with salad. There was always something to eat, breakfast was good and the omelette chef was impressive.
The African bar served alchoholic drinks until sunset sometimes 4/5 oclock this ar was where they showed they world cup games so on final night you had to buy drinks if you wanted them (naughty really for All Inclusive)
All in all the holiday was very good we went to Ras Mohammed snorkelling and did the adventurous Mt Sinai over night. The hotel was very clean, the grill resteraunt had fab views (but very warm) and pools were fab, needs bigger glasses and more entertainment.
We were glad we stayed here had a lovely time and would come again.
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- Also Known As:
- Faraana Reef Hotel Sharm El Sheikh