My boyfriend and I went to stay at this hotel for 11 nights from the end of October and we were very pleased overall. We arrived very late and check in was simple and easy and were upgraded for free. We were pleased with the room on the new side of the resort. The shower was big, the room was clean and the bed was more comfortable than our one at home! The room was cleaned every day and the cleaners made us lovely towel sculptures! A nice, personal touch.
The food was good all round. I would recommend going to the buffet restaurants early to avoid having food being sat there for a while. There were a few days where there seemed to be a lot of flies so we got in early to avoid having food that had been landed on! The Il Rustico restaurant had great food and service although we had to wait 3 days for a table because they were fully booked. We ate in the Bedouin restaurant one night and were very pleased again, it was warm, welcoming and felt very authentic with the shisha lounges round the edge.
The local beer is Sakara and was nice to drink. We also tried the red wine which was good too. I wouldn't recommend the all-inclusive cocktails. The spirits were very harsh and the juices too sweet and watery. We paid for a couple of cocktails and the difference of having proper fruit juices and branded spirits was surprising! I think having the spirits with a fizzy mixer like pepsi or 7up is more palatable than the watery, sugary fruit mixers.
You will have people approach you round the pool every day to book for activities or spa treatments. I had a spa treatment and loved it! We booked a couple of things from the pool side so it's worth doing to avoid hassle. The pools were good and quiet down at the far end of the new side. Having a child free pool was a bonus for a quiet days sunbathing! The pool bars were ok. I wouldn't recommend the food or service at the Waves pool bar. The waiters are more interested in dancing around and singing to each other than serving people and the food was basic. We waited in excess of 15 minutes just to be approached at our table on both times we went!
Try snorkeling at the beach! The coral and fish were amazing. The mask, snorkel & fins are available for hire for a deposit but doesn't tell you the deposit amount ANYWHERE on the info in the room so we were surprised to learn at the beach that it was 400 Egyptian Pounds EACH for our gear which was given back on return of the equipment at 5pm.
The airport is VERY close to this hotel, especially the new side. You WILL hear the planes taking off and landing all day and into the late evening. It didn't bother us but it was loud. I would recommend taking a deet based mosquito repellent or buying "OFF!" from the shop in the hotel. I got 11 bites on the first night but none after buying using "OFF!" spray.
I would recommend this hotel to friends & family but reluctant to return to the country following contracting a tummy bug which has stayed with us for a week so far. Apparently it's something to expect from visiting Egypt!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dive into a Red Sea adventure at the beach side Hilton Sharks Bay Resort, an all-inclusive resort in Sharm El Sheikh. Relax on the private beach, swim in one of 7 pools or try your hand at tennis or mini golf on the onsite courts. Close by the famous SOHO Square where restaurants, bars, entertainment centers, night shows and shopping arcade with less than 4 minutes walking distance. Just 10 minutes from the airport and 20 minutes from the Go bus station, the hotel boasts a fully equipped health club, a private beach, 7 polls, 13 restaurants and bars, 2 kids' clubs, kids' playground and shaded pool and daily evening entertainment with animation team program. Sporty types will love the dive center. Explore the Red Sea coast and top dive sites or visit Sharm El Sheikh Attractions like the Aqua land Water Park. Treat your loved ones with a private dinner at the beach, or enjoy a cool drink over Red Sea views at the Sunset Bar. Hilton rooms boast a balcony or terrace with garden, pool or sea view. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Sharks Bay Hotel
- Hilton Sharm El Sheikh
- Hilton Sharks Bay Sharm El Sheikh
- Bay Hilton Shark
- Hilton Sharks Bay Egypt