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Stella Di Mare Beach Hotel & Spa
Ranked #2 of 232 Hotels in Sharm El Sheikh
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Wonderful staff, and fab sea views from its tasteful bedrooms”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2010

I'm a seasoned hotel reviewer by profession and this is my first write-up on Tripadvisor. So fab was our two week holiday at Sharm's newest five-star hotel that I felt compelled to tell you all about it... This is surely a hotel that deserves to be in Sharm's top 5 five-star hotels? I can only assume that not enough people know about it yet.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS
If arriving at night, don't be put off by the naff electric blue sign at the entrance, because this hotel is pretty special and luxurious inside and out the back, with most rooms boasting a sea view which is unusual for a hotel (I'm privileged to have stayed at a few luxury hotels, for work).
My boyfriend immediately recognised the hotel's polished interiors were based on the design of The Titanic, and we were both blown away by the ocean views from the marble foyer.
Every evening a striking (Ukrainian?) lady pianist serenaded guests in the lobby. We never heard her playing the same song twice, her repertoire was so huge. It was a real treat to sit in the bar and listen to her before or after dinner.

A HOTEL THAT LISTENS...
Our initial room overlooking Naarm Bay was spacious and clean with a spacious balcony, but we were obligingly moved to a corner-facing ocean-view room which we preferred - thanks to the hotel's gracious front of house manager. The way he listened to our needs/comments was impressive and appreciated, and was indicative of the high service levels by staff everywhere at the hotel.

FRIENDLY CONSCIENTIOUS STAFF
An especially big shout out to our charming, conscientious cleaner Mahmoud Zeid (who surprised us daily by making astonishing animal origami with towels) and the terrific smiley waiters at La Terrazza restaurant (e.g. Mahmoud Mohamed and Gamal and the talented chefs who produced an amazingly varied daily buffet feast during our Half Board fortnight stay). We never tired of the endless buffet counters and their exquisite presentation and tasty hot and cold meals.

CLEAN
Worried about hygiene here? Don't be, the hotel is so clean it puts many notable European five-star competitors to shame. However, despite ample usage of antiseptic wipes and hand gels (especially after handling Egyptian money) we did unfortunately get stomach cramps and problems for a few days, but we put this down to one crazily-hot day sightseeing trip to Luxor, and our trips in to Naarma Bay, and not down to the hotel which looked extremely clean as I say.
Strongly recommended to minimise a bad tum (it's kind of impossible to avoid in Egypt. So if you suffer from chronic OCD, you may not find Egypt the most relaxing destination!) :
- Drink plenty of room-temperature bottled (with plastic seal intact) water. Nestle and Schweppes seem to be the most trusted brands sold here.
- Buy intestinal antiseptic and anti-spasm Drotazide capsules from a Sharm pharmacy (don't pay more than £2 GBP a pack)
- Ask for 'real mint tea' at La Terrazza restaurant at breakfast, and eat dry food, e.g. rice, bread and grilled meats with no sauces for a couple of days until better - this worked for us. A friend who lives in Egypt had advised us to dine early at buffet meals, but with the refrigerated presentation units and efficient air-conditioning at the Stella di Mare, we turned up when we were ready, timing it with the excellent entertainment that kicked off at 9pm at the poolside podium. Wonderful nightly singers and dancing by professionals made our holiday feel very special. It was tastefully done and varied daily, from Saidi dance to belly dancing (ironically by a blond Ukrainian, which wasn't particularly 'authentic' but I suppose will have delighted the hotel's Arabic guests).
- Close your mouth when in the shower, and brush your teeth with mineral water only.
- Wash your hands and use hand wipes, particularly after handling Egyptian money.
- Decline ice, particularly when in Naarm Bay. The Stella di Mare assured us that it uses imported mineral water for all food preparation, but we avoided ice and icecream as a cold temperature shock can trigger stomach problems anyway.

PEACEFUL (YET NOT FAR FROM NAARM BAY)
Location: We'd chosen Stella di Mare in part because it is mercifully not on bustling Naarm Bay itself (Naarm is rammed with hotels and tourists), yet is conveniently only five minutes away by taxi/shuttle bus if you want to shop or smoke hubbly bubbly in a bar there as we did a couple of times (a free hotel shuttle is offered four times daily at reasonable times).

OTHER PERKS
Other pros to the hotel? The softest Eygptian cotton sheets I've ever slept in. Astonishingly silky. Also some great snorkeling right at the hotel, thanks to a beautiful stretch of coral reef. I thought i'd hate snorkeling but was actually blown away by the beauty of so many colourful fish and the clarity of the water without even having to leave out hotel!
There was no real "beach" (with waves) to speak of at the Stella di Mare, but this was compensated by an attractive home-made stretch of sand with loungers, and easy-access pontoons. Two swimming pools with shaded loungers and attentive life guards (who spritz you with rose-petal water and served water-melon cubes to cool down!) were a nice touch and added variety.

ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT
Down-sides? The strict rule about not bringing in to the hotel your own food and drink - bringing water from outside is prohibited, which is ridiculous given that the hotel charges 20Egyptian pounds for a 1.5L bottle (about £2.50 GBP!) + that tourists have to clean their teeth in the stuff + are advised to each drink at least two bottles a day in the 37+degree heat, we felt the hotel's price markup was a rip-off, but this is apparently standard in five-star hotels in Sharm (to put this in to context, a large bottle of water costs only 3 (£0.35GBP) Egyptian pounds in Naarm supermarkets).
Why not sell it at a more reasonable markup in one of the hotel shops on level 3, at say, 4 or 5 Egyptian pounds a bottle? Guests would still pay that price for the convenience, but not feel robbed if they've already forked out a fortune to stay at the hotel. Or, why not do as one five-star hotel up the road does and give guests a complimentary bottle of water daily? That would be hugely appreciated and show great customer service.

It was also madness, we felt, to prevent access to the pools after 6.30pm by flooding them with chemicals and chlorine so early. An evening swim would have been romantic and fun, but we didn't dare risk a skin-rash! A bit disappointing as the 'beach' areas were also closed off in the evenings, presumably to protect the coral.

Our only other gripe was the inflexibility of going Half Board at this hotel. There are two other fabulous-looking a la Carte restaurants on-site (one serving fine-dining Mediterranean food, the other boasting a romantic position right on the waterfront). Both were woefully empty during our stay, and we both felt we knew why:
Why would Half Board guests (other than those for whom money is no object) pay for an a la carte dinner on top of the £15-25GBP+ they are already paying a day (each) for dinner every day? At the time of writing, Half Boarders are offered a paltry 10% off at these a la carte restaurants + a free bottle of local Egyptian wine, but this still didn't make financial sense for us I'm afraid.
The good news is that a brand new efficient Belgian Food & Beverage director joined the hotel in our second week. Hopefully he will flex up the rules and allow Half Boarders to pay a supplement at these a la carte restaurants. As much as we were curious about the other restaurants' offering, luckily we were perfectly content to dine at La Terrazza for the whole two weeks, as the food there was varied, beautifully presented and served by charming and efficient staff. But in an ideal world we'd have loved to pay a supplement to dine elsewhere in the hotel a couple of times.

VERDICT
The Stella di Mare was blissfully quiet during our entire stay (if you don't count the annoying beeping from the security systems fitted on all bedroom doors). Except for a smattering of British couples, Arabic families and a plethora of Russians, we virtually had the place to ourselves, or so it felt!
But I have no doubt that business will pick up for this fine hotel once word catches on. This is a real hidden find for couples and families alike, and despite the minor teething problems mentioned above, we will not hesitate in recommending it to anyone wanting a memorable sunny holiday away from the madding crowds. I actually shed a tear as I was leaving!

A final shout out to Emma-Jane, our brill Sharm rep from First Choice, who was a hard-working superstar and helpful sweetie. Always approachable and on-hand at 10am to help us with any niggles, nothing was too much trouble: Thank you - there's no doubt you helped make our holiday a special one.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2010

I have stayed in Stella Di Mare from June 20 to June 25 and also from 29 to 31 July
Can't describe how much me and every one of my family has enjoyed the stay and the activities
the location and layout is magnificent also food was @ a very high standards specially the salad bar
Kids clop and disco party for the kids was an added value
the satellite systems in the rooms is very stable and having a very nice LCD in the room
only the mini bar refrigerator was very week and does not cool enough
it has a great value for the amount of money that I spent As I enjoyed each and every second
I will recommend it to everybody and I will definitely come again

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2010

High Quality hotel with excellent food, amazing sea, good service and professional staff.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2010

I am very particular about hotels and looked on Trip Advisor to make sure I was making a good choice so booked Stella Di Mare.

On arrival down the path to the door the hotel looks impressive. On walking into the large reception area you are met by polite staff, a cool smoothie and wonderful atmosphere.

The hotel is only around 6 months old so it is still a relatively unknown gem hence not at all crowded. All of the staff, without exception are so polite, helpful, friendly and all go the extra mile to make sure you are happy. As you sit around the pool or beach of your choice they will ask if you would like to be misted with icey water with a flower extract or offer you cold melon or drinks. The sun loungers have towels on ready for you, the attendents roll up extra towels to make you little pillows as you relax.

The spa has a free gym, jacuzzi pool with massage jets and aqua bikes. Treatments like massages are charged reasonably.

The rooms are lovely, the bed and pillows are super comfy, I didn't even look forward to my own bed when I came home!

The food is amazing. The hotel has several bars, the menus on the table explain what is included on the all inclusive option, local wines, beers including stella, local spirits, cocktails and soft drinks. There is a disco downstairs and a few shops in the hotel (the keepers in these shops will give you a little hassle, you need to haggle, start off on half of the price they offer and then work to about the middle of that price and the offered one).

We did several scuba dives with the hotel. Khalad was our diving instructor, having never been before we first did a free dive for about 5 minutes - the beaches have jettys to allow you to walk down steps into the sea filled with colourful beautiful fish. Then we did a session in the pool to learn how to operate the equipment and then a dive in the sea for about 45 mins guided by the instructor (costs about 60 euros), we went on to do another 3 open water dives with him (40 euros each). He was a great guy and really made us feel confident in the water. Highly recommended.

We also did a star gazing excursion into the desert on a camel for 45 mins (ouch!), dinner with a bedouin tribe, singing around a camp fire and then a talk about stars before observing saturn with it's rings and a close up of the moon viewed by telescopes. You even get to take a picture of your camera of the moon down the lens.

There is a free shuttle bus to Naama Bay shops and bars. One visit was enough for us. We had a smoke of the water pipe and got hassled by shop keepers.

The hotel guests are like everywhere else is Sharm El Sheikh, Brits, Russians and Italians. The Russians are as everyone describes but are ignorable!

Some things you should know before going...
We stayed all inclusive. Only one restaurant is free with this package. The food in there is buffet style but the choice is huge, varied each night and of a fantastic quality.

The all inclusive includes water and soft drinks at the mini bar in the room but not alcoholic drinks, the water is free around the pool / beach / restaurant but ONLY in a glass. You will be charged if you ask for a 'large water' as they will give you a bottle, this is 20 egyptian pounds (about £2.50).

My only criticism is that the all inclusive option should be explained as you arrive. There is a sheet but it was not clear to us.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2010

I have stay in many hotels in the Sharm area and this has to be one of the best. The staff were great and the hotel was so clean. I awoke each morning to the most fantastic sea view. The room was so comfortable and well equipt. The food was of a high standard compared to other hotels I have stayed in. Drinks are a little on the expensive side so stick to local brands I have no hesitation to recommend this hotel I will return.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2010

My Experiece at Stella Di Mare was the best experience ever. I went with my boyfriend which we both found very relaxing and romantic. The room we stayed in was sea view so we had a lovely view when the sun was setting. =) The service is EXCELLENT. The staff was very polite and welcoming especially Ashraf the life guard at the pool, he offered melon and sprayed icey water on us which was lovely. The staff at the resturant were we had breakfast was very lovely too.

The room was very clean and spacey, cleaners came in every morning and double checked in the after noon if the room was ok. Theres a mini-bar but its quite expensive.

The location to naama bay was 7mins by shuttle bus. The free shuttle bus runs 3 times a day from the hotel. You couldnt really walk to naama bay from our hotel. if you did want to walk it, you had to go through another hotel, which the security guards did not allow you to walk pass.

Overall the whole experience was beyond excellent and i will come back soon. I would recommed this hotel to very one!!

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2010

spent a lovely honeymoon in this resort which was really amazing
on the first day the hotel sent us a lovely honey moon chocolate cake (delicious)
i stayed in several hotels (from my experience in tourism field) in sharm and i can recommend this hotel to be one of the best five hotels in sharm
staff are very friendly,smile,do the best for the guests,don't hesitate to present you the best service
i got injured on the beach one day and 3 life guards came to me to Ministering wound
food in Le Terraza restaurant is lovely,delicious you can find any lovely food you wish on breakfast , the staff come to you most of time asking if you need any thing
shuttle bus to neama bay 4times every day
the beach has 2 jetties the first one on left side is the best and that area full of beautiful corals and fish
the hotel is very very clean
reception staff well educated,do their best to make you enjoy your time
the lobby is very luxury with 2 elevators you think you are in the best hotel in London
we took lots of lovely photos in fabulous sights in the resort and now those photos are great memories
the Pools: hotel has pool for children and adult comfortable with all people
locking room system is a smart one
house keepers clean every spot in your room (well done)

trips: done quad bike for many times but this time was the best with wife
also did some boat dives and jeep safari and it was a great honeymoon

the dive center must bring good snorkeling equipments to be suitable to the rental price

finally it was my first time to stay in this hotel and it will not be the last and we will come soon to stay in this hotel
and we are highly recommend it

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank star_sharm_star
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Property: Stella Di Mare Beach Hotel & Spa
Address: Neama Bay, Sharm El Sheikh 1839, Egypt
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Region: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > South Sinai > Sharm El Sheikh
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
#2 Luxury Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
#6 Business Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
#7 Romantic Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
#9 Family Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:5 star — Stella Di Mare Beach Hotel & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 298
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This luxurious 5-star full resort is located nearest to Naama Bay. Gourmet dining, expert diving lessons, and evening entertainment, all with stunning views of the Red Sea. The rooms at Stella di Mare Beach Hotel and Spa feature a contemporary design, and are fully modern with flat screen TVs. Each room includes a private balcony or terrace. Stella di Mare has a state-of-the-art PADI diving center and training facilities on-site. A lavish 600 square meter spa and Wellness Center offers guests full relaxation. Saunas, steam baths, indoor and outdoor Jacuzzi are available. Guests can swim in the Stella di Mare's grand outdoor pool, with panoramic views of the surrounding area. The Stella's acclaimed a la carte restaurants offer a variety of dishes from Mediterranean cuisine to Sushi, all prepared by a team of highly-trained international chefs. We also offer guests the chance to play golf on our fantastic short course. Guest's can play whilst enjoying spectacular views of the clear blue sea and can also benefit from our professional golf instructor. The Stella di Mare Beach Hotel and Spa also provides its own evening entertainment program, featuring local Egyptian belly-dancers and international singers nightly. The Resort is located just 10 km from Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport. Free parking is available on-site. Hotel Rooms: 298. ... more   less 
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