The highlights of this hotel have to be the food quality, the snorkelling from the jetty & the friendly, accommodating staff. It is definitely a bit run down & would benefit from a refurb, but overall it's a good hotel & we enjoyed our ten days here.
We booked a 2 bedroom family room which was a bit more expensive, but gave both us & our ten year old son a good amount of privacy. There are two single beds in the smaller bedroom with a wall / lockable door through to main bedroom. The latter was very large but very sparsely furnished; Would definitely have benefited from a sofa / sitting area. As we were on the ground floor we had a large patio which led straight onto a grassy area & then on to the Waterfalls pool. I believe all the family rooms are in the same block (block 9), equidistant from reception & beach.
The food was very good quality for an all inclusive resort. We ate in all four specialist restaurants; Italian, "oriental" (which is actually Arabian / Middle Eastern), Chinese & fish. All were excellent. You can book the speciality restaurants at reception a day in advance & we never had a problem with this.
Like all British guests we were upgraded to the Aquarium restaurant & here the food was always very good; great soup & salad, lovely hand-made desserts, good range of hot mains plus freshly cooked pasta, steak & chicken at cooking stations & always a speciality every night. At lunchtimes you have a choice of pizza (good) or fast food (passable) at the beach, or a large buffet in the main restaurants; good choice at the Marrakech at lunchtime.
The Waterfalls pool is a huge lagoon type pool with lots of shallow areas; you could swim round for hours before you came back to your starting point. There are a lot of nice areas to sit around this pool & it's much more peaceful than the main pool. The latter is also large with water polo & volleyball nets but it's noisy most of the day with the animation team. All three main pools have swim up bars & there is also a small heated pool, so lots of choice. Lots of loungers round all pools and we never had a problem getting them.
The beach......again plenty of loungers & sunshades. You have to go out a long way before it's deep enough to swim (or even kneel / get wet). The jetty is 3/4 km long & really enjoyable to stroll along as the views are great with the turquoise sea & the mountains behind. Not many fish until you get to the end of the jetty and then..... Underwater paradise! A lovely attendant sits at the end of the jetty & points out things of interest; one day an octopus in a rock pool a few metres away, another day a baby clown fish in an anemone. At the end of the jetty the water is still less than knee deep; you walk out 20 metres or so & then come to a coral drop off with an amazing array of fish. You could easily spend a couple of hours each day snorkelling.
The staff all round the resort are very friendly & everyone wishes you a happy stay all the time. On our first day or two all the spa & excursions staff hassled us a little to buy their wares but it wasn't a problem & they soon left us alone.
Finally.... A key topic on previous trip advisor posts.... the Russians.....in our first week there only seemed to be British & Russian guests & the latter were no problem, in fact several times struck up conversations with us. It probably helped that the hotel was only about 30% full so there was plenty of space for everyone. However, in our second week we were inundated by large groups of Palestinians & this changed the atmosphere in a very negative way...... Lots of shouting at all times & we would get out of the pool to find that they had taken our sun beds (even though there were loads available) & even our towels while we were swimming; they would just stare at us & shrug. The pool staff were not happy with their poor behaviour. Shame, as we usually get on with all nations.
Lastly, trips..... We did two, snorkelling / diving boat trip to Tiran island (stunning) & quad biking. Both extremely good value (boat trip £15GBP pp for whole day trip on very comfortable boat including lunch & quad biking £12 for single quad & £15 for double quad for about 1.5 hours). Both highly recommended. We booked through Pete at the St George's pub a couple of doors along from hotel entrance. While the trips were great, we had a few issues with Pete telling tall tales; he totally oversold the trips which was unnecessary, as we were going to book them anyway. So he told us that on the boat trip we would be going on his own boat, that he or his son would personally be our dive master & several other fabrications. In reality, the tour was run by a third party & he was obviously a booking agent; no problem but it made things a bit confusing & he should have just been honest. We were aware of several other trips that he misrepresented to other people in the same week. A word of warning; as Nabq Bay is the northernmost resort in Sharm the excursion transfers can be very long with lots of collections / drop offs along a 20km long area, which is a bit frustrating before & after the trips.
Oh, and try to hire a electric scooter along the beach promenade - great fun!
So all in all, a good resort - enhanced, in our opinion, by the fab snorkelling opportunities. Definitely tired & run down which hopefully the new management will deal with but, given the size of the resort, this will be a mammoth task. Overall great value given the all inclusive room rate.
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- Tropicana Grand Azure Hotel
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- Hotel Tropicana Grand Azure
- Lti Sharm
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