I went with the girlfriend to Tirana Grand Azure. We had never been abroad together and we were especially unsure on what to expect in Egypt. We arrived at the hotel and like all brits, we were upgraded to a junior suite close to the main lobby.
Room was very clean with two showers, bath, sofa, balcony and three beds. The room cleaner was outstanding and was always happy and asking if our stay was ok. He would clean our room when we were out and leave fantastic towel displays, very funny (best one was a hanging monkey from the ceiling with a toilet roll as a head).
We arrived on the 6th July and went home on the 17th. The hotel started off super quiet which seemed odd for the size of the resort, but it got gradually busier as the days went on.
The pools were lovely, there are many to choose from. Although the main, huge pool could do with re-painting to make it look less dirty. Lots of sunbeds to choose from. One con around the pools are the excursion guys CONSTANTLY walking around trying to make you go on trips and never get the hint to leave you alone. We ended up doing two trips. Boat trip to Tiran island to snorkel and the desert safari on quads, camels, stargaze and show. Both trips are a MUST DO.
Restaurants: We mainly ate in the aquarium restaurant, which is located in the main lobby. Staff were amazing and always went out of their way to top your drinks up and treat you like royalty. Food was great for the first few days but then became extremely repetitive. The Italian and the Arabian restaurant were merely average. Not much choice in food and portions not that great. Snack bars are POOR. The snack bar at the waterfall and the terrace bar was never open due to the resort being so quiet, so if we were hungry during snack times we had to leave our sunbeds and walk 10 minutes (YES 10 MINUTES) to the beach. Snacks available are burgers, chips, hotdogs etc. no crisps, chocolate or ice lollies which is a massive disappointment when you want something light to eat.
Beach is lovely. Private beach with security guards either side of the hotel to make sure only grand azure can get on it. The pier/jetty goes out FOREVER. Must be almost a mile long and you can walk in the sea (in the afternoon) all the way to the end of the jetty. Sea is deeper in the morning with less fish. Lots of fish at the end of the jetty to snorkel although it's often windy and the red flag is up. PS wear sea shoes when doing this, the coral is sharp!!!
SERVICE: The service at this resort is 100/100. Staff will do everything they can for you. They are always smiling, making sure you are ok and always topping up your drinks. A massive thank you to Muhamed, Ahmed and Abdullah by the main pool and slides. These guys made you feel at home and always got into some great conversations with and always had a laugh with you daily. The pool guys in the blue and white polo tshirts are the only staff at the resort which don't do it just for your tips whereas it feels like all the other staff do it just to get tips out of you (as great as they all are). The pool guys working in 45 degrees heat doing 12 hour shifts, 7 days a week (during Ramadan too) and always have a smile on their faces. We genuinely felt sorry for them as we felt they needed time off. The bar staff by the pools are ace too.
CON: The animation team. These lot are the most irritating people I have ever known. They are so cheesy, with repetitive and dreadful entertainment.. especially the English ones (not sure on names) and the Russian lady who speaks on the mic (AWFUL). They also pester you to join their 'events' every evening also.
Overall a great hotel which is designed to be a lot busier than it is now. Meant to be a refurb at the end of the year (so i've heard) so it should improve even further.
Thanks for a great holiday! I miss Egypt! :(
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