The staff here are absolutely amazing !! Special mention to Tarek Mohmad who was our barman. He was our companion for 7 days, and really looked after us - we miss you !!
He made sure we had a great time, and that we made it through the holiday in one piece (from Richard & Soggy) - Habibi
Rooms - clean, large, we were on the bottom floor so could walk ten steps and be in the pool !
Drinks - There is beer, wine and local spirits - try them all, and you will find something you like.
Food - A short walk over the road. Many complaints while we were there about the Russians. But we would go about an hour after opening time and it would be ok. We were there for 7 days. You can always find something you like. There is always salad, and a huge array of sweet things. We tried everything and did not get sick. Try and get in Mohammed's area, which was front left when we were there. There were 3 of them in the section, all fantastic, and they share all their tip money. It might sound simple, but just be nice to the serving staff, it is not their fault if people take your plate or push in front of you. We found the staff very friendly, and always got more on our plates than the people in front of us.
Beach - A real highlight. We spent 2 days just chilling. You can buy snorkel gear from the shop by Mandarin Hotel. Small fish by the beach. More at the end of the wharf. You can also get pizza at the beach bar.
Mandarin - we are glad we stayed here, as it was quieter than the sister hotel, a great chance to relax, or sit around and chat with newly made friends. The Mandarin is where we meet many lovely english speaking people (also lovely non-english, conversation got easier with beer & charades & sharing snack foods we had all bought).
Money - everything at the hotel can be paid for using pounds. A lot of people tip with pound coins. If you take some extra £10s, the staff like to swap their coins for notes. If you swap at the beginning of your trip, then you will have plenty of coins for tipping the excellent service. The only time we needed egyptian money was at duty free at the airport, as they did not accept cards.
Touts - locals will approach you to buy trips, massage etc. We found them to be very friendly, even though we did not buy any trips. When we felt like having a chat it was very interesting to learn about their lives. When we wanted to be left alone, they would say hello and then leave us to our books.
If you have any problems with anything just see Ahmed Nassr at the main reception, and he will help you out.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- the location in Nabq Bay overlooking Tiran Island makes this hotel the perfect option for seeing the very best of Sharm El Sheikh. With a room selection of Mountain View and Pool View rooms, Enjoy a relaxing stay at the Hauza Mandarin Resort, Large swimming pool and children’s paddling pool▪ Pool bar terrace▪ Sun beds and sunshades▪ Pool barWe would love to see you at Hauza Mandarin Resort and look forward to making you feel at home. Be sure to check out our excellent All-Inclusive plus concept! ... more less
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