I am writing this review to warn parents about the 'Henna' tattooist in the resort. We have just returned from a 10 day holiday here & our 2 kid's had temporary 'henna' tattoo's which we believed to be harmless. Little did we know just how dangerous they can be. My stepson had a dragon on his arm which appeared OK throughout the holiday, & even had it 'topped up' for free on his last day with no apparent problems, but on his return home he has had a severe reaction to it with his skin blistering & flaking off & very sore & he has been feeling very unwell, even being taken to hospital. I have been searching the Web for information & what I have found has truly shocked me! The dye used is actually not Henna at all, unknown to us at the time there is no such thing as BLACK HENNA, it is actually a very toxic dye used in some hair dyes & is called Para-phenylenediamine. Once you have been sensitised by this, you will have a reaction for life! This means that you can NEVER dye your hair with chemical hair dye or use anything that contains it. This isn't the worse thing, it can cause blindness, chronic excema, liver problems & even CANCER! It also can cause PERMANENT scarring. We don't know yet to what extent my Stepson Charlie has been damaged. We can only hope that it isn't the worst scenario.
I am now contacting the hotel & health & safety to stop this from happening, you expect it from a street vendor but not from a 5 * hotel.
Apart from this, we did have a nice time in this hotel, the pools are beautiful & the landscaping is lovely. The rooms are spotless. The food is mediochre, if you get booked in the theme restaurants every night, then the food is good, but the main buffet restaurant was a bit 'school dinners'! I did suffer from a bad stomach for a couple of days but the rest of the family didn't. I spoke to several families & usually at least 1 out of each family came down with the same illness, it was usually the person who took most care about what they ate & hygiene funnily!
The service was a bit rubbish unless you tip, tip, tip & it starts to get on your nerves a bit after a while.
Basically, I wouldn't say don't come here, it does have a lot of nice things to offer, like the beautiful fish (at the end of about a mile jetty) & the weather is fab, although can be oppressive at night. But come with an open mind, remember it's 5* Egypt not 5* London & you just might enjoy yourself. I would say it's a lovely holiday if you want to unwind & take it easy, you like the sealife & some Egyptian culture. Don't come if you are expecting a luxurious 5* with delicious food - You will be disappointed!
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