My boyfriend and I stayed here mid-late July 13 for 2 weeks. There are some amazing positives and just one negative about this hotel. Please see below for things I'd like to know before booking a hotel: (Food, location, hotel and amenities, entertainment and staff).
6 to choose from. 5 al a carte and 1 buffet. The al a carte restaurants you can use as many times as you like including in your AI package with the exception of the fish restaurant.
The beef in all restaurants was amazing and extremely well cooked - I would go as far to say they are NEARLY as good as cruise ship food which is very unusual for a 5 star hotel. Great variety. In summary, recommendations:
Italian (on the beach. Very romantic setting) - the chicken and fillet of beef simply devine
French - the beef is by FAR the best dish. Would avoid the chicken stew here (and I always choose chicken in restaurants!!)
Thai - more like chinese. The sweet and sour was gorgeous and the most popula dish
Indian - not as good as the others (in our opinion). You need to ask them to put a bit more spice into it! (although some people enjoy it like that)
Fish - we booked for this but unfortunately didn't make our booking due to too much sun that day! Other people said it wasd great - especially the mixed seafood platter, lobster etc. Drinks are not included here either so expect a bill of £70 for 2 of you.
Buffet - Is what it says.. not our favourite way to dine as we prefer to look at a menu and be served what we fancy by the description.. Having said that, always plenty of choice of meat, salad, soup etc.
Breakfast - similar to most hotels. Chef on hand to make your choice of eggs, panakes etc.
Lunch - burgers etc around pool bar. Buffet - usual lots of choice of meats, salad etc. Italian (on the beach) pasta, pizza. All very good.
There are only 4 hotels near the hotel, a coupld of shops nearby but nothing to have a walk to. Although you don't really want to leave the hotel resort (not usual for me as I like to get out and about!!)
In Sharks Bay - £15 return in a taxi to Naama Bay (hotel provide - a little more pricey but more sophisticated and felt safe - drivers in suits, take their number and call them when you are ready to be picked up. No hassle and nice cars with air con) Naama Bay very lively - maybe a little tacky but ok for doing a bit of "genuine fakes" shopping!
Soho square is much nicer - better setting but prices for shopping more expensive so go to Naama Bay. The hotel provde a free shuttle bus or if you want to do your own thing a taxi return its £12 - again through the hotel.
Rooms VERY spacious. Beds more comfortable than ours at home!! All rooms have 2 double beds in them and huge shower. Only negative would be the lightening isn't amazing in the main area of the room.
Loads of pools and sunbathing areas. Sunbeds are really comfy and large free towls are provided every day, including on the beach.
Very quiet hotel - it was significantly under occupied when we stayed due to being a new hotel.
Swim up bar - very handy
Infinity pool - situated near the beach. Only for suite guests but anyone can use at the min as so quiet.
Bars - A few to choose from including a nightclub but not enough guests to want to get up and dance! Most people sat outside in the evenings.
Here is the NEGATIVE.. Unfortunately the animations team do not really fit into the culture of the rest of the hotel. They are pushy, tacky and "in your face" constantly asking to do activities and calling you lazy when you don't want to play their games during the day - ALL day!! They let the resort down.
On the first day, my boyfirend and i explained we were there for a relaxing break and told them we didn't want to do any activities (such as darts, water aerobics and water polo). Every day after that we told them the same thing. On the 12th day of our holiday, I was interupted from sunbathing 3 times in 10 minutes hassling me to play some game).. by this time my patience was wearing thin.
The evening shows were also led by the entertainment team. Unfortunately the "entertainment" team are just a group of early twenty somethings and NOT even graduates of performing arts. They are talentless so to leave them in the hands of the entertainment programme was extremely painful and awkward to watch!
The hotel would be much better to cut back on the entertainment team and provide 2 professional evenings per week with the money that were more in line with the 5 star resort. During the daytime, people just wanted to relax and listen to music. Instead every 5 minutes, the animations team keep interupting the song to play a song they do a dance to (eg YMCA) or to announce the show for the evening, or to drum up custom for water polo/ areobics etc.
Everyone who we spoke to said they were not impressed with the animations team and especially during the daytime - all we wanted to do was listen to some music - without being hassled every 5 minutes!
We appreciate teenagers may want to do some activities, in which case, perhaps allocating a "entertainment" pool or area where all the games are throughout the day - not near the swim-up bar where most adults liked to meet up and have a chat around whilst listening to music.
To end my review on a high, the staff at the hotel were all amazing. You could not fault any single one of them.
Pool bar - Ehab and Poula were brilliant. They couldn't do enough for you, kept you topped up with water (and any alcholic beverages you fancied!) They were so polite and just really nice, non slimey guys!! The chef was also great, meeting any requests you had.
Main bar - Mustava makes amazing "tequilla boom booms" and cocktails!! Not sure what is in a boom boom but its much more pleasant than tequilla shots and a must try in the Sunrise!!!
Guest relations - Sam and Veronica were great. Customer service is everyones priority at this hotel. Any request we made was dealt with straight away and always followed up. We had too much sun one night and had to cancel our restaurant reservation. When we called Veronica, she offered to send food to the room. Then the next day, she called to see if we were feeling ok and needed anything.
Fresh water was provided every day to the room.
The fridge was also stocked with cans of pop - filled up twice a week.
All in all, this hotel is perfect for a relaxing 5 star holiday. If you are after a busy, party place - this isn't the place for you! Just ignore the animations team and you will have a fab time!!!
Thanks to all
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- SUNRISE Grand Select Arabian Beach Resort offers guests an unforgettable and luxurious escape to enjoy an ultimate holiday. Each with an own private balcony or terrace overlooking the Red Sea and the garden surrounding, the 420 guest rooms are thoughtfully designed and exude the spirit of Arabian elegance and enchantment. Complemented by a host of comprehensive amenities, all rooms and suites are adorned with the convenience of telephone in room, LCD flat screen TV with international channels and news, WiFi internet (free of charge), in-room safe, coffee and tea making facilities, mini bar, individually controlled air-conditioning. Several room categories guarantee to satisfy all guests' needs. Families will find their personal haven in the spacious family rooms, featuring a master bedroom with king size bed and 2nd bedroom with 2 double beds. Experience a new level of pampering in our different suites with private Jacuzzi bath, that cater our discerning guests all the comfort and luxury for an unforgettable stay. Room Types• Superior Room• Deluxe Room • Deluxe Swim Up Room • Family Room • Executive Swim Up Suite• Executive Suite • Dining & Bars For the ultimate gourmet enjoyment at SUNRISE Grand Select Arabian Beach Resort an excellent selection of dining options awaits you. ... more less
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