Just came back from Na'ama Bay Jan 2013. We spent a week at Movenpick. Beautiful views and nice quiet location at the end of na'ama bay. Unfortunately, we had cold weather and the open plan hotel was not cosy but in hot weather it would be perfect. The endless stairs to go up and down to and from the swimming pool/beach to the rooms and fitness centre were confusing and we got lost getting back to our room the first night! But at least the stairs keep you fit! Asked to change rooms and the staff were obliging. Shame the hotel lobby was so lifeless and cold, the hotel generally was quiet and lacked atmosphere. Although at times noise from other guests could be heard, and the loud music coming from na'ama bay was audible at night, more so in some rooms than others.
Staff were variable, some were very helpful and friendly but room service was poor and lack of english made ordering very frustrating. There is also a small charge fro each room service request (be warned! as we didnt know!).
The excursion centre was good and we booked trips to St Catherine and Ras mohamed which were good value for money as we haggled a good price. Give the bedoiun dinner a miss, although Quad biking was good the dinner was poorly organised in filthy surroundings. There was no tent and candles as promised..very disappointing..and COLD!
The new diving centre that has opened in the hotel was excellent. We booked diving to Tiran Island Straits. The guy in charge was excellent and gave us a free diving lesson in the pool because our dive was postponed to the following day due to windy weather. Very professional manager, with helpful tips and new equipment. We got a good deal as it was a quiet season and they have recently opened and looking to expand their business. I would reccommend their dives. But make sure you check how many dives you are getting for the money, as we only got one dive 2 snokelling opportunities, instead of 2 dives as we were told.
Rangoli restaurant was great (and I'm indian and can vouch that it was good food!).
Shopping at the hotel..there was one shop where the guy kept hassling us as we walked up and down the stairs, so we avoided his shop...but make sure you buy some egyptian oils from the spices shop ERBORISTERIA. Mohamed Ahmed who runs the shop gave us a great price on some oils which they use in the hotel spa which smells heavenly. He also made us tea and we sat and chatted in his shop which was our nicest most authentic egyptian experience of the whole hotel, and na'ama bay!! It is a shame the hotel does not do more to promote local cuisine and customs more.... but overall and great hotel which needs some improvements but has a lot to offer expecially in warmer months. The snorkelling off Beach 4 was also impressive..
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- Minutes from the airport and downtown, on the majestic shores of the Red Sea, Mövenpick Resort Sharm El Sheikh combines convenience and luxury for a dream vacation or an unforgettable business trip. Captivating guests with its exotic charm, this exquisite hotel offers a panoramic view of Naama Bay, a private beach, 4 totally unique restaurants, a premier meeting room,a horse stable with a riding paradise on beach and desert tracks within the Resort and endless activities (from fitness to relaxation, scuba/desert excursions to shopping and night life). Discover the difference! ... more less
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